The Benefits of Reflexology in the treatment of Diabetes.

Did you know that Reflexology is of huge benefit in the treatment of Diabetes?

Diabetes is now recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. In Australia 280 people develop diabetes every day and the International Diabetes Federation estimates that by 2040, one adult in ten will have diabetes. China has the highest proportion of diabetes in the world, followed by India and the USA.

So what is Diabetes? It is a condition where insulin is not produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the cells of the Pancreas, to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert glucose into energy. If blood sugar levels are unregulated and remain high, serious complications can occur to the body’s systems, especially to nerves and blood vessels.

There are three main types of diabetes.

In Type 1 Diabetes, there is a loss of production or insufficient production of insulin by the Pancreas. It usually occurs in childhood, may be auto-immune or of unknown cause. It can however occur after the age of 30. It requires treatment by daily injections of insulin and changes to diet and lifestyle.

Type 2 Diabetes mainly occurs in adults and is the result of the inability of the body’s cells to respond to insulin effectively or where enough insulin is not produced. Most people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. However it is becoming increasingly common in adolescents and young adults. It usually occurs as a result of lifestyle factors such as stress, diet, lack of exercise and being overweight. It has a strong genetic link so you are more at risk if there is a family history, but lifestyle strongly influences this. It is managed by diet, lifestyle changes, weight loss and medication and is preventable.

Type 3 Diabetes is also known as Gestational Diabetes as it occurs during pregnancy when a woman without diabetes, develops high blood glucose levels. These usually return to normal after the pregnancy but there may be an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Over time, Diabetes may damage the heart, kidneys, blood vessels, eyes and nerves and cause fertility problems. This is where Reflexology comes in.

As you may know, Stress is one of the biggest factors in our health today. It depletes the immune system and raises glucose levels. Constant stress effects the ability of a person with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. Reflexology is deeply relaxing and reduces the stress response.

It also boosts the immune system, increases circulation and nerve supply, balances the hormones and glands, including the Pancreas and all other glands and helps detox the body. Research has shown that Reflexology reduces peripheral neuropathy (pins and needles) in people with Diabetes, increases their circulation so that kidney and eye health are improved, often enables people to reduce their medication and stimulates the pancreas and liver to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Diabetes is not an easy condition to live with but it can be successfully managed. A healthy diet, exercise, adequate water to avoid dehydration, stress reduction and weight loss will all help.

Reflexology is a powerful complimentary therapy that will benefit all types of Diabetes and should be included in all management plans.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

References: Treatment of the Diabetic patient – Lone Sorensen course, www.reflexology-research.com, www.healthline.com, www.statista.com, www.who.int, www.business.inquirer.net, www.diabetesaustralia.com.au, www.modernreflexology.net.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Welcome to a New Year

Welcome to a New Year.

It’s the start of a new year, a new decade and the promise of new things to come.

A new year always arrives with new opportunities and excitement for what might lie ahead over the next 12 months.

The start of this year however, has been marred by the destructive bushfires that have burnt and continue to burn across so much of Australia. Instead of making plans, so many of us are caught up with the sadness, grief and horror of lives lost, homes destroyed, huge areas of our country burned and the loss of such vast numbers of wildlife.

Each time I read a paper or watch the news, I cry tears of sadness. It’s very easy to feel helpless, angry and at a loss as to how we as individuals, can make a change and help out. It can all feel overwhelming and so distressing. Amongst the many tears I have shed I, too have asked how can I make a difference? Yes I can certainly donate to various charities, volunteer and send out prayers to all those affected, but what else can I do to bring about change?

I was contemplating these things as I went to water my garden on one of these hot and windy days. I noticed that a favourite plant of mine was looking very sad and dry with most of the leaves shrivelled up. I gave it a good water and gently stroked the leaves feeling how dry and parched they were. I wondered if they would ever recover.

The next day a few green tips were emerging and a few days later, although many of the old leaves had dropped off, there was an abundance of new growth and older, rejuvenated green leaves. I realised that nature always recovers. Yes she may need some help but the earth will regrow. Perhaps not as before but in another, sometimes better way.

I am still angry at our current leadership and failure of those in power to protect Mother Earth but rather than sending out resentment and frustration, I can use my voice and I can send out love and forgiveness instead.

Each one of us can make a difference. We have choices, we have our voices and we can take action. Last week a collective prayer for rain, took place around the world and yes, we did get rain.

The message here is that as humans we are so very powerful when we come together. We can be angry or frustrated or divisive, but when we work together to fight negativity, donate, volunteer, help out or support each other in some small way, the collective brings about change. Humanity as a whole, is incredibly powerful.

As I watched my precious plant recover, I realised that positive actions inspire hope. Mother Earth and her people will recover if we work together and hope and trust that we can make a change.

So as we enter this new year, I wish for every one of you, Hope, Trust and Love for the coming year.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxxx

If you are feeling stressed and anxious, this Facial Reflexology may help. It will relieve fears and anxiety and you can download it here. https://solevitality.com.au/fear-and-anxiety/

 

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Finding the Magic in Christmas.

Finding the Magic in Christmas! Do you think this is possible and do you still believe in magic?

As we come closer to the end of another year, the celebration of Christmas is nearly here. Is there still any magic left in this day or has it become over commercialised?

While many celebrate, others can feel very isolated and alone and it isn’t always a happy time. I was blessed to have many wonderful Christmas’s as a child and the magic they brought to my life still lingers.

My sisters and I were brought up to believe in a religious Christmas and it was the angels who came each year with the gift of a live Christmas tree. Our sitting room was locked up a week or so before Christmas Day and all the blinds were drawn so that peeping eyes couldn’t see in.  We knew when the tree had arrived because we would follow the trail of pine needles from the front gate all the way up to the French windows of the sitting room.

Our excitement grew as each day passed, up until Christmas Eve when our European parents would celebrate Christmas. The whole family would gather together until a little bell sounded to let us know that the angels and baby Jesus had been. Only then could we enter the room, open presents and share the joy and excitement that unfolded.

It was indeed a very magical day for me.

Our son was brought up to believe in this Christmas magic too. We had no angels bringing secret trees but we would fill a large stocking of presents and wait until he had fallen asleep on Christmas Eve. Many a time my husband and I fell asleep before him, only to set the alarm at 4 am to place his stocking carefully on his bed so that a magical morning awaited him.

As we have all grown, we don’t keep up such traditions but the ones that remain and are perhaps more important, are the gathering of family to share our love and joy at this time of year.

Christmas to me, is still magical. It’s a time when we celebrate our beliefs, our faith and our family in whichever way resonates. I love exchanging presents and I love sitting down to a special meal with those who are important in my life.

It’s also a time to give thanks for the year past and to look forward with excitement and anticipation for the new year ahead.

However I know that for many, Christmas can be a lonely and difficult time. It can be very isolating or stressful when so much emphasis is placed on gift giving and celebration, often with those you don’t particularly get on with. Not everyone can find the magic at this time of year.

Perhaps Christmas is meant to be a time of gratitude. Gratitude for the things we do have, for those who do love us and for the beauty that surrounds us everyday. Gratitude for our health, our senses, our ability to walk, laugh and play, for the love we have in our lives.

Life can be difficult but it can also be amazing. By finding the amazing in our everyday life and giving Gratitude for what we do have, maybe we can find that magic once more in Christmas.

I would sincerely like to thank you all for entrusting me with your care throughout this year.

May you all have a magical Christmas!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

What is your most important relationship?

What is your most important relationship? Is it the one you have with your partner or perhaps the relationship you have with your children or family?

I believe that the most important relationship we can have in our life, is the one we have with ourselves. Yes we may have an amazing marriage and the bond between a mother and child is very unique and precious, but the relationship we have with ourselves determines how we react to and treat all other relationships in our lives.

Many of us were brought up to be people pleasers. If we always said Yes to everyone, put everyone else’s needs before our own, we were given love and praise. It was considered selfish to put ourselves first. Taking on this role throughout our childhoods, meant we stayed happy and safe. So long as we kept up these roles, love and praise were guaranteed. We often grew up basing our self worth on our achievements and the consequent praise we received.

As an adult, it’s so easy to continue these patterns. We put our careers, our families and partners ahead of our own needs and usually only stop to re-evaluate this when we become ill or exhausted. Few of us stop to look at the relationship we have with ourselves.

So what do I mean by this? The relationship we have with ourselves is how we look at ourselves and how we treat ourselves. Can you honestly and openly say you love yourself? Do you really respect yourself and care for your own needs on a daily basis?

How do you then care for yourself? It’s the little things that add up to a great relationship with yourself, just as they do with the relationship you have with your partner and children. Do you respect yourself and how you speak to yourself? How do you allow others to speak to you? Are you always criticising yourself e.g. I’m too fat or too thin or I look tired or ugly etc? What foods are you putting into your body? Are you drinking enough water, exercising enough, having time out just for you?

These are all signs of self care and self respect. They are a vital part of establishing a healthy relationship with yourself. The more you care about yourself, the more you are able to be there to care for others. As you show respect for yourself and establish strong boundaries around how you want to be treated, the more others will do the same. Your children will learn what is acceptable behaviour and how they would like to be treated themselves. This also impacts your relationship with your partner and friends.

So have a look at your own life first. Tell yourself, ‘I love you’ on a regular basis. Treat your body with kindness in your thoughts and deeds. Take time out when you need it. Rest, drink lots of water, eat well and move your body. Have regular treatments such as Reflexology that nurture and heal your body.

Prioritise your own needs first!

Remember that when your cup is full, you are much better placed to be there for others. You only have one life. Live it to the fullest and be there for yourself.

After all, you deserve the very best.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

If you would like help in prioritising You and setting clear boundaries, you can book in here.

 

References:  Photo by Carol Oliver – Unsplash

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Why choose Facial Reflexology?

 

Why choose Facial Reflexology when there are a multitude of therapies out there?

Complementary therapies have become increasingly popular and government studies have shown that 2 out of 3 Australians use some form of complementary therapy. As their name suggests, these therapies complement Western Medicine and are often used to support medical treatments.

So how do you choose which one would benefit you and why should you choose Facial Reflexology?

This really depends on your health concern and what you are hoping to achieve in regards to your health. If you are looking for nutritional advice or supplements to support a healthy lifestyle then a naturopath would be a good choice. If you have a lot of muscle tension or a physical injury then massage will help.

However if you have a myriad of other health issues, Facial reflexology may be the answer. It gently assesses the area of your body that is most out of balance and where a disease process started. It then works to clear this area so that the body can start to heal. It uses Traditional Chinese Medicine, Vietnamese Nerve points and Japanese acupressure points to treat your symptoms.

Nerve supply and circulation are increased to the whole body so that our cells receive oxygen and nutrition more rapidly and our bodies relax very quickly. The immune system is powerfully strengthened to help support the body in fighting disease. As a bonus, we are less likely to pick up viruses or flu’s and if we do, we will be able to fight them off more quickly. Lymphatic drainage helps rid the body of toxins and muscular aches and pains are relieved with work on various nerve points and meridians. Our hormonal system is rebalanced and the quality of our sleep is improved.

Out of all the therapies that I have tried, I personally find Facial Reflexology to be the most relaxing. You may think that I am biased and perhaps I am. I have monthly massages to ease tired muscles but  the deepest state of relaxation that I ever achieve is through Facial reflexology. Because it works on the Brain and the whole Central nervous system, it powerfully relaxes and de-stresses me.

Numerous medical studies have shown the direct correlation between stress and disease. If we live in a constant state of stress, our bodies are more prone to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, anxiety, digestive disorders, hormonal and skin imbalances.

So doesn’t it make sense to reduce our stress levels as much as possible. Of course, the added bonus of regular treatments on the face is the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.

Initially more frequent treatments are needed to assist the body in rebalancing but after that it’s so beneficial to have regular sessions on a monthly basis. Many clients say that they knew that it was time for another treatment as their body just felt tense and fatigued and not quite right. Subtle changes may be felt but the results are truly powerful as Reflexology works on such a deep level.

So if it’s been awhile or if it’s something you have never tried, why not choose Facial Reflexology? You will love the treatment and leave feeling totally relaxed and stress free.

Now isn’t that worth the experience.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2017/may/patterns-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-and-health-literacy-in-general-practice-patients-in-urban-and-regional-australia, https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body#2. Image by  Angelica Echeverry on Unsplash

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

How much do you love yourself …….. and does it even matter?

How much do you love yourself?

You may think that this is a silly question and what in the world does it have to do with Facial Reflexology? Bear with me because it actually has a strong connection.

Does it really matter what we think of ourselves? I believe very strongly that it does. Many of us are brought up to be the ‘good girl’, the one who always thinks of everyone else first. As children, if we do what is expected of us, achieve what is expected of us and behave how we are expected to behave, we will receive praise and encouragement and in many cases, love.

We grow up as adults who learn to put everyone else first. Our careers, our partners, our children take priority and somewhere along the way, we come in at a very distant last.

Often, it is only when we end up exhausted, burn’t out or fall ill that we start to re-evaluate our lives. This was my story too. I would put everyone else’s needs before my own and going into a profession such as nursing, only added to the carer role I had taken on.

It was only when my own health suffered that I finally started to look at how I treated myself. The first question I asked myself was why? The answer was obvious. Self love! I started to learn more about self development and commenced doing Louise Hay’s ‘Mirror work”. If you’re not familiar with this, you start each day by looking in the mirror, deep into your own eyes and say ‘I love you (insert your name).’ This may feel really silly at first, and I know that I laughed out loud at what I was doing. But I persisted and another time, I cried. I realised that perhaps I didn’t really love myself as much as I had believed.

The more I did this work however, my attitude changed and I started to make changes around how I treated myself and how I let others treat me. I set up strong boundaries around my life, around my business and what I said Yes to. Now I can happily say that I do love myself and my whole life is better for it.

So what’s the connection with Reflexology?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, different emotions are held in different meridians. If there is an imbalance in a particular meridian, it is often related to a very strong emotion that we have experienced or not yet dealt with. Our face holds these emotion in the various meridians. If we don’t love ourselves deeply, we may experience feelings of grief or loss or we hold fear around our daily lives. We may hold resentment about how others treat us or take advantage of us. Grief and loss are held in the lungs, fear in our kidneys and resentment or frustration in our liver. Holding onto these emotions can lead to disease for they literally ‘eat’ away at us, cause stress and deplete our immune system.

So have a think about how you treat yourself. Do you like yourself and if not, how can you change this? Try and do the ‘Mirror work.’ It may feel silly and it is confronting but it will change your attitude towards yourself. Have a look at your boundaries and what is acceptable to you. If you have always said Yes when you really want to say No, start looking at why? Examine what feels right for you. If you don’t want to say Yes to someone or something, gently turn them down. Ask for help when you need it and don’t feel you need to be Superwoman.

Stop being the ‘good girl’ who is always there for everyone else. Put yourself and your needs first and then you will be in a much better place to serve others.

Start to tell yourself ‘I love You’ and really feel it. It will change your world.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: ‘You can Heal your Life’ – Louise Hay, Photo by Jon Ly – Unsplash

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Winter is the perfect time to nurture You with Reflexology.

Winter is the perfect time to nurture You with Reflexology.

Why have a Reflexology treatment in Winter?

Having a Reflexology treatment any time of the year is of huge benefit to your health. But having it in Winter is particularly beneficial as it helps to boost your Immune system.

Having a strong immune system  helps prevent flu’s and colds and if you do succumb to a virus, a healthy immune system will help you fight it off sooner.

The main components of our Immune system, include the thymus gland, the lymphatic system and the spleen. Our Thymus gland produces antibodies and during a facial reflexology treatment, this gland is stimulated. Our lymphatic system filters the blood from viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances and is extensively worked during a treatment. Our spleen helps filter the blood and destroys bacteria too. Again there are nerve points to work the Spleen.

Reflexology also improves nerve supply and circulation. Our feet and hands are often cold in winter and if a poor circulation is added in, the chances of getting chilblains increases.

Chilblains are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels that can occur in our skin in response to repeated exposure to cold. They can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on our hands and feet and can lead to infection if not treated. By limiting our exposure to the cold and improving our circulation, they can be prevented.

The short, dark days of winter can also lead to feelings of despondency and depression so it’s an ideal time to do more nurturing things for yourself. Reflexology helps reduce stress and anxiety and it’s been well documented that Stress is a major cause of depletion of the immune response. Doing regular things to nurture ourselves is such an important part of our wellbeing.
Daily walks in nature, while rugged up, are invigorating and also help us feel better. Warming foods such as soups and casseroles are so welcome when at the days are long and cold. Buying flowers or picking them from the garden lighten the house and lift the mood. Regular meditation helps us start the day in a calm and relaxed manner.
Winter is not my favourite season but even though the days are cold, I choose to do things that lift my mood and nurture myself and Reflexology is one of my favourite choices.
So why not choose Reflexology this winter. Your body will love the nurturing.
Here’s a handy facial chart to help boost your immune system.
Enjoy and take care this winter.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chilblains, https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=tp10165

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

We are energetic beings. How can we use our energy to heal?

We are energetic beings. We are all made up of energy. So how can we use our own energy to heal?

What do I even mean by this?

Our bodies contain many components including our nervous system and our hormonal system. Our nervous system and our brain are constantly sending electrical messages to every cell in our body.

This method of communication ensures our survival. This is electrical energy and can be measured. An Electroencephalogram or EEG measures this electrical activity in the Brain. An Electrocardiogram or ECG measure the electrical activity in our Heart.

Another way our cells are stimulated is through chemical messages via our Hormonal System. Hormones are chemical messengers that co-ordinate and stimulate responses and actions in the body. We have digestive hormones, reproductive hormones, stress hormones, ‘feel good’ hormones. These all operate on an energetic level but it is a chemical one.

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at our Chi, our life force energy and is used in treatments such as Acupuncture and Reflexology to clear blockages in a person’s energy so that the body returns to balance and healing.

The Chakra system is another way of looking at our energy. It is a Sankrist word meaning ‘wheel’ and is often depicted as spinning wheels of energy. Chakras are basically energy centres within our body that regulate all processes.

So whichever way you like to look at it, we are created and comprised of energy. To become and remain healthy, we need to balance our energy on a physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual level.

So you may ask, what can we, ourselves do to heal?

Firstly having a healthy lifestyle and diet has a huge impact on our energy. If the food we put into our body fuels our cells we will have more energy. This helps our healing on a physical level.

Our emotions also play a huge part in our healing and impact our psychological well being. It’s not simply a case of feeling happy or sad, but having a deep look at our thoughts and how they impact on our emotions.

Let me explain. Every time we feel anxious, or think a fearful thought or a negative emotion, we stimulate our hormonal and nervous system. Any emotion or thought that causes stress, no matter how small, results in the release of stress hormones. This is an energetic response of the body to cope with the stress. Not all stress is bad but a constant stimulation of our stress hormones, depletes our energy.

So how can we deal with this? Be aware of your thoughts! This isn’t as easy as it sounds as we are constantly thinking a million thoughts at once. But the trick is to notice when you are starting to think of something negative or fearful and immediately stop or change the thought. This takes practise but each time we do it, we stop that loss of energy.

According to Caroline Myss, author and international speaker, we leak our energy every time we  hold some anger or resentment towards another. This eventually depletes our body and our cells. We can stop this and return our energy by learning forgiveness.

The ancient Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono is something that I have used myself when I have been very hurt by someone. The words you use are, “I’m sorry, I forgive you, I thank you, I love you’. Now these words can be very hard to say especially when you are very angry or very hurt. But feeling resentment or anger doesn’t affect the person it’s directed at. It only affects you and by affecting you it affects your energy.  Learning to let go of the emotions attached to the feelings isn’t easy but it restores your energy and replenishes your cells.

Every time you think a positive thought or emotion, your energy is affected on a chemical level. You release Serotonin, the ‘feel good’ hormone. Serotonin impacts all parts of our body from our emotions to our motor skills. It helps with sleeping, eating, digesting, healing wounds, maintaining bone health and regulating our moods.

So when you are faced with a health issue, it’s important to look at the body as a whole. Yes our physical health is important but our energetic health is equally if not more, vital. For it’s our energetic response that determines how quickly we heal. It’s good to know that we can play an active part.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

Are you living the life you are mean’t to live? If not, why?

Are you living the life you are mean’t to live? What do I even mean by this?

I believe that we are all born for a purpose – To live our lives to the best of our abilities and to make use of the gifts that have been bestowed upon us. Unless you believe in past lives or reincarnation, we only have this life, the one we are currently living.

As we go through life we take on roles, as students, business owners, entrepreneurs, retail assistants, doctors, nurses, teachers, healers etc. We become parents, partners, daughters, carers, wives or husbands and we become defined by the roles we have taken on.

But under all these titles, have you ever wondered who you really are? What do you really want out of this one amazing life? What do you want to do with your time here on earth?

These may sound like strange questions for a Reflexologist to be asking, but I have noticed that many people I meet and also see in clinic, aren’t totally at peace with their lives. If we carry feelings of stress and disenchantment with our lives, this affects our health. We may be in jobs that we don’t really like, but feel trapped and unable to leave. We may be overcommitting ourselves, trying to be the ‘good’ person or the ‘yes’ person, but deep down resenting the drain on our energy and time. We may be dealing with negative people but can’t see a way out or know how to avoid them.

Our bodies hold our emotions and if our prominent emotions are those of fear, anger, stress or worry, changes start to happen at a cellular level. We start to live in a state of inflammation with constant chemical reactions elevating the stress response, changing our DNA and decreasing our immune systems. Over time this leads to chronic disease, anxiety and depression.

Now I’m not saying that we should live in a bubble and pretend that we’re hippies and everything is going to be fine, though that’s okay if you want to live that way. I’m asking you to consider if you can make changes in your life to improve the quality of your life.

Can you change jobs if your current one leaves you feeling anxious and sick when it comes to Monday mornings? Can you slowly start removing yourself from some of your commitments or start asking for help? Can you start saying ‘No’ to things that drain you and ‘Yes’ to things that make you feel great? Can you remove yourself from situations or people that make you feel uncomfortable.

We all go through happy and difficult times in our lives and it’s not always easy to make changes. But do you want to get to 80 or 90 or even 100 years of age and regret the things you didn’t do in life? Have a look at what’s working in your life and what isn’t. Then sit down and list the things you want to change. Then look at how this can be done and slowly start making some changes. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

I changed jobs many years ago when I became disheartened with nursing and trained to be a Reflexologist. It took time but I knew that my life needed changing. I also decided some years ago that I wanted to meditate but thought I didn’t have time. So I looked at how I could incorporate this practise into my day and I now get up 20 minutes earlier every morning. It’s become a habit and I always feel better for it. I would love to do some Qi Gong but have yet to find a class. So to make it easy, I downloaded a practise online and do this at home. It’s not quite a regular habit just yet but I’m working on it.

So what can you do that will positively impact your life? Do you need to start making enquiries about a new job? Do you need to start saying ‘No’ to people you don’t want to work with? Do you need to start valuing your time and energy and raise your fees? Do you want to start including more fun things in your life? The more we procrastinate, the further we remain from our goals.

Remember that every positive thing that you do to make you happier and improve your life, will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

So start right now.

 

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

References: www.newscientist.com, www.forbes.com, www.jhunewsletter.com. Photo by  Gian Cescon on Unsplash.com

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.

5 Easy ways to treat a Throat infection and beat the bugs.

The weather has been really changeable lately with cold mornings, cooler days and the occasional blast of a lingering summer.

Research has shown that the change of seasons often brings with it an increase in the Rhinovirus, which causes colds. As a result many people have succumbed to one bug or another.

Despite my best intentions, I, too recently had a cold and a nasty throat infection. As most sore throats are caused by a virus, there are many simple measures you can take to shorten the duration and relieve the symptoms.

Here are 5 Easy ways to treat a Throat infection and beat the bugs!

  1. Rest! This can’t be emphasised enough. Your body needs time to heal and your immune system works best when you allow your body to rest and recover from the virus. Doing too much puts an extra load on a body that is already depleted. If you keep working, your energy is being used to do the work and not to fight the infection. Listen to your body and give it time to heal.
  2. Fluids! Increase your intake of fluids, particularly warm drinks such as tea. Chamomile tea is particularly soothing and acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce throat swelling and pain. Add honey, especially Manuka honey to soothe the throat and help with healing. Manuka honey is a very potent antibacterial, antiviral and an anti-inflammatory agent. Other teas that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are Slippery elm, Licorice root, Tumeric or Green tea. You can also buy blends of teas specifically for sore throats at Health food stores. Increase your water intake too, to help flush out toxins from your body.
  3. Vitamins and supplements! Increase Vitamin C and Vitamin D if you have a cold or sore throat. Vitamin C boosts white blood cells and the function of the immune system. Vitamin D protects against acute respiratory infections and helps boost natural antibiotic-like substances in the lungs. Other supplements that will support the immune system are zinc, echinacea, olive leaf extract or a combination supplement such as Armaforce or Immune Defence which contains many of the mentioned ingredients in one pill.
  4. Gargles! Gargling is a very effective way to treat the infection and reduce the pain of sore throats. Use a mixture of warm water and salt every few hours. Colloidal silver is another very effective remedy. It has a unique ability to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs and is also a powerful antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Essential oils such as Tea tree and Lemon are powerful antibacterials however they need to be used with care as they can be quite irritating. Only use one or two drops in water or combine with coconut oil before gargling and definitely don’t swallow. You can also diffuse oils such as lavender or thyme to help fight infections.
  5. Reflexology! Reflexology is a very powerful weapon in the fight against all types of infections. It helps boost the immune system, balances the body and helps the lymphatic system to remove toxins. I regularly worked points on my face to help me recover quickly and treat my symptoms. If you have a sore throat, this chart will help. Here’s the link:  https://solevitality.com.au/sore-throat-handout/

If a sore throat persists or worsens, always see your doctor and have it assessed. Most times it will be from a virus and hopefully the above suggestions will help.

Take care,

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: www.mayoclinic.org, www.aurorahealth.org, www.healthline.com, www.sciencedaily.com, www.draxe.com, www.tipsbulletin.com, The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.