Does it pay you to stay strong? ………….. If so, how?

Does it pay you to stay Strong? How does this help you?

Growing up we are told that ‘big girls/boys don’t cry. Keep that stiff upper lip, don’t be a sook or a sissy.’

It’s acceptable to a point to show our emotions as children, but once we become adults, it is often considered a sign of weakness if we ‘ wear our heart on our sleeve’.

But keeping our emotions, be it grief, trauma or sadness bottled up, only delays the inevitable. Some day you will need to face that fear or loss, or it may contribute to disease.

I lost my younger sister many years ago. Although I grieved at the time, I had a two year old son to care for so I kept going and pushed down all those traumatic emotions. I told myself that I would have time to grieve later. I stayed strong, or so I thought!

Consequently I started to overprotect those I loved and worried endlessly if someone was late home. I tended to catastrophise events out of all proportion. This only led to overwhelm. It was exhausting trying to control everything and everyone in my life. After many years and lots of support, I learnt to let go, trust and show how I felt and not bottle everything up. I never forgot, but I learnt to deal with the pain of loss.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has believed for several thousands of years, that emotions are powerful energies that strongly affect our Qi ( our life energy) and our  overall health.

In the 1980’s Dr. Candace Pert  demonstrated the link between emotions and health. Dr. Pert discovered that certain brain chemicals called neuropeptides, which she called “molecules of emotion,” act as messengers between the mind and the immune system. Her findings revealed that thoughts and emotions directly impact the physical body and our health.

In Chinese medicine our emotions are strongly linked to our organs and the process of disease.

For example, our Lungs and our Large Bowel show how easily we ‘breathe’ through life, whether we have to control everything and every body or we have the ability of letting go. Our lungs also hold grief and if we haven’t dealt with that grief,  imbalances will result in that organ. If not treated, this strong emotion may lead to disease either in the lungs or elsewhere in the body.

Our Stomach and Spleen hold worry and stress and manage our immune system and digestion. If we are constantly worrying or not dealing with the stress in our lives, we may end up with a deficiency in our immune or digestive systems.

The Kidneys hold fear and constant thoughts of fear. If we are always fearful of life and what may unfold, this leads to an imbalance in our kidney energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are our ‘life force’ and a key organ in sustaining life.

The Liver and Gall Bladder are where we hold anger, frustration or resentment. As the liver is involved in so many functions in our body, including our metabolism and energy, it pays to have a healthy liver.

Facial Reflexology detects areas of our body that are out of balance and treats these accordingly. However it also looks at the emotion behind the affected organ as many diseases are influenced by strong, repressed emotions.

So what are the benefits of staying strong? Yes it means we don’t fall in a heap or cry hysterically when something happens but who does this actually help? The people who might be embarrassed by your behaviour or does it help you? Sometimes we need to carry on until a time is suitable to grieve or deal with a trauma. However deal with it we must. No matter how painful something may be, unless we deal with it and get help to do so if we need, we will never be able to grow or move through life.

I’m not saying that it’s easy because it’s not. I know! It may be the hardest thing you have to deal with in your life. But dealing with your emotions, not always staying strong and allowing yourself to be vulnerable may just keep you healthy and living longer.

Let me know what you think. I would love to know your thoughts and if you would like a Facial Reflexology session to deal with some of these emotions, please let me know.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: https://www.tcmworld.org/emotion-commotion/Image: Pixabay.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.

How do you welcome a New Year?

Happy New Year to you all!

How do You welcome a New Year?

It’s the start of a New Year, a time of optimism and hope for the next 12 months ahead. Do you greet each year with a round of parties, a quiet night in or a ritual to greet a new dawn? Or is it just another day or another year for you?

I welcome each year as an opportunity for growth and new adventures. Each New Year feels like a fresh start or a new beginning, a time to implement new ideas or take on new habits.

Some cultures have rituals to bring in luck and cast out misfortune. Homes are cleaned and old decorations burned to bring in good luck for the year ahead. Others write down or journal what no longer serves them, or things that they don’t want to bring into a new year and burn the offering. Some release lanterns with messages of hope. Others do a huge declutter to get rid of the old energy, bring in the new and start the year afresh.

What do you do?

Do you make a resolution that you know will be forgotten by February?

It is estimated that less than 10% of New Year’s resolutions are ever achieved because they usually involve a new habit, something we tend to think of in broad terms e.g. lose weight, exercise more, eat healthily. These resolutions sound great, but unless they are broken down into bite size pieces, it is highly unlikely that we will follow through on them. So instead of exercise more, say you will walk for 15 minutes every day. Rather than eat healthily, cut out one food that you know isn’t good for you. Make it achievable.

Or instead, do you choose a Word to signify what the New Year means to you and what you would like it to bring?

I do! I choose a new word each year to embody what I would like to see in my life over the next 12 months. After the champagne, celebrations and fireworks are over, I alway go out into the garden and gaze at the millions of stars in the night sky. I then give thanks for the past year and all that it has given to me. The next day, I sit quietly and meditate on how I would like the year to unfold. Then I choose the word or words that come to me and write them down. This year my words are Manifest, Peace and Trust.

There are a lot of things I would like to manifest in my life in the coming year – Great health, travel, abundance in all I do. However, I would like these things to be achieved in a relaxing and peaceful way, without stress or anxiety, all the while trusting in the outcome.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s significant. Each New Year is a gift. There are so many opportunities available to us, so much happiness to be enjoyed and so many adventures that we can participate in.

Take the time to envisage your year, then write it down, journal it or even do a vision board of images that relate to your year ahead. If great health is your aim, then book in a Reflexology session or see a practitioner of your choice.

The start of every year is a great opportunity to reflect on what you want. Grab it with both hands!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

References: Image: Pixabay – Chinese lanterns being released on the Lunar New Year. https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/brain-wise/201612/the-science-why-new-years-resolutions-dont-work

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.

Happy Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas and another year has nearly passed. I am writing to you a little earlier as this time of year gets very busy.

Christmas is a time of family and friends, a time of celebrating and a time of reflection. It can also be a time of loneliness for some and a time that others choose not to celebrate.

Whatever it means to you, Christmas is a great time to reflect on the year gone by. Has it flown by meaninglessly or has it had some significance for you?

Was this year one of growth or just days blurring into another? As we get older, life seems to pick up its pace and the weeks fly by at an alarming speed. We are all busier with seemingly endless tasks to fill our days.

We are always connected to others, the media, our phones or other devices all day long and can rarely find time to be still and appreciate all that has been.

Why not use this Christmas or certainly the quieter days afterwards, to look back on the year and give thanks for all that you have been through. Find gratitude even amongst the hardest of times, for this is how we grow. My husband was ill earlier this year and although thankfully, he is now well, it was a very stressful time. I certainly wasn’t glad it happened, but things could have been worse and I’m so grateful that he has now recovered.

This period of time was a huge learning curve for me, to not control everything, to let go and to accept what was happening and give myself time to rest. Sometimes we have to sit back when a situation is out of our control and give ourselves the time and space to just be and get through the days. No pressure!

So accept what has been, for you cannot change it and give thanks for all that you have achieved and for all the happiness and good things that have come your way. There are always lessons for us to learn in life.

Then, look forward to the New Year with excitement and enthusiasm for the next twelve months hold unlimited potential. It’s up to us to grab the opportunities and make the most of our days.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful and abundant 2019.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your care and journey to great health, throughout the year. It is greatly appreciated!

Warmest Wishes,

Judy xxx

Can your Thoughts heal your Body?

Can the thoughts you think on a daily basis, actually heal your Body?

Can the millions of thoughts we think every day have any influence on our Health?

Many scientific studies have shown that our brains and our minds indeed, have a significant effect on how healthy we are.

One of the reasons for this is because nearly every thought we think comes with an associated emotion. If we wake up feeling positive and happy, these thoughts trigger the release of ‘feel good’ hormones that affect our body chemistry.

If on the other hand, we wake up anxious or fearful, we release stress hormones that immediately impact on our immune, digestive and cardiovascular systems.

Every thought, feeling, and emotion creates a molecule known as a neuropeptide. Neuropeptides travel throughout our body and connect with receptor sites of cells and neurons. Our brain takes in the information, converts it into chemicals, and lets our whole body know if there’s something to be feared or celebrated. Our body is therefore, directly influenced.

If we calm our mind during a practise of meditation, we are boosting essential brain chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins, which reduce anxiety and depression.

Practicing meditation also increases our body’s production of human growth hormone and reduces cortisol. Low levels of human growth hormone (HGH) have been linked to loss of muscle mass, body fat retention, heart problems and motivation issues. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when we are under stress.  As mentioned, stress inhibits the immune system and has been shown to contribute to many diseases.

Think of the placebo effect. One of the most common theories is that the placebo effect is due to a person’s expectations. If we believe something will do what it is supposed to do, we will experience the perceived outcome. Research has shown that giving a sugar pill to someone in pain, who believes and expects that the pill will reduce the pain, actually experiences pain relief. If a person expects a pill to do something, then it’s possible that the body’s own chemistry can cause effects similar to what a medication might have caused.

Old cultures that believed in magic and witchcraft were very strongly influenced by these practices. If a person was told they had had a curse placed on them and would die, the ensuing belief and fear around this usually resulted in their death. Their thoughts influenced the chemistry in their bodies and the fear literally ate at them until they succumbed to a disease.

I recently attended a workshop with Dr. Joe Dispenza, a scientist, lecturer, teacher and author who spoke about the power of our thoughts and how we can use them to influence our lives. By the time we are 35 years old, 95% of who we are becomes a set of automatic behaviours and subconscious beliefs.  The way we act and respond to situations remains the same because we have been ‘programmed’ to act that way. It’s what we have always done.

If we constantly think the same negative thoughts, we will always have the same negative experiences.

The good news is that we can change. If we make an effort to see the positive in every situation, we can influence our health in a positive way. Scientific studies on brainwaves have shown how our brains respond to calming, happy and loving thoughts and how new neural pathways are formed in the brain.

Dr Bruce Lipton, a cell biologist, showed that our thoughts cause biochemical reactions that affect every cell in our body.

By concentrating on the good in our lives, we can bring more of that into fruition. This is not to say that nothing bad ever happens. But it’s how we respond to it, that makes all the difference. Even if we are unwell or having a horrendous day, try to switch your thoughts onto the positives in your life and give gratitude for what you have.

The sun is still shining, you have a home to go to and food on the table, you have family and friends. Yes these may seem very simple things, but if you change your thoughts to something positive in a difficult situation, you change the chemicals your body is releasing.

Regular meditation, concentrating on emotions of joy, love, gratitude and happiness, over time can indeed influence the Health of your Body.

Try it and see. I’m going to!

 

With warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

References: www.operationmeditation.com, www.webmed.com, ‘Mind over Medicine’ by Dr Lissa Rankin, www.drjoedispenza.net, ‘The Biology of Belief” by Dr Bruce Lipton, https://chopra.com/articles/harness-your-mind’s-power-to-heal-and-transform

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 does your Skin say about your Health?……………Actually quite a lot!

What does your Skin say about your Health? Actually, quite a lot!

The Skin is the largest organ in the body and has a total area of about 20 square feet. It consists of three layers; the epidermis – the outer layer which creates our skin tone, the dermis – the middle layer  which contains connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands, and the hypodermis – the deep inner layer which is made up of fat and connective tissue.

Our Skin reflects not just what is going on inside our bodies but also how we are feeling. Emotions such as worry, joy, grief and stress are all reflected on the face and as we age, we develop fine lines and wrinkles. These do occur over time but may also indicate an imbalance in the body.

We all know that when we feel great and relaxed, this shows up on our face. We have a healthy glow about us. On the other hand, when we are ill and suffering from a cold or virus, we look pale and tired. If we are dehydrated, our skin appears very dry but when we drink lots of water, our skin tone is improved and appears soft and supple. Our skin reflects our inner health.

Conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea, pimples, eczema and dermatitis all present on the skin surface, but their causes lie within the body and can indicate the state of our health.

Acne and pimples often present during adolescence or even pregnancy due to hormonal changes in the body. They can also occur as a result of stress. A diet rich in sugar and carbohydrates can cause a flare up too.

Dermatitis and eczema usually occur due to an immune system imbalance. This can be from an allergy, sensitivity, an inherited gene, environmental factor or even stress.

Psoriasis is considered to be an autoimmune condition where there is a problem with the action and production of certain white blood cells. It may lie dormant for years only to be activated by stress.

Dry skin may indicate dehydration but may also hint at a thyroid imbalance. A bright red, flushed face may occur if your skin is very sensitive to temperature changes but may also indicate high blood pressure. Dark circles under our eyes will show that we are tired, but may also hint at a kidney or liver problem.

There are many, many skin products on the market and it is a billion dollar industry. There are all sorts of promises made about reducing fine lines and wrinkles and making you appear younger. Many products are great and will hydrate your skin and help it to retain its tone and appearance while many others won’t.

However to really improve the state of your skin, both on your face and all over your body, you need to look at the state of your health and not just the products you put on it.

Are you drinking enough water to hydrate your skin and improve its tone? Are you eating a healthy diet with lots of green vegetables to nourish your cells? Are you exercising regularly to increase circulation and oxygen to your skin? Are you finding ways to reduce stress in your life?

Our health comes from within our body – how we treat it and what we put into it. Hormone imbalances, allergies, stress and immune issues all occur within. Our Skin protects us, regulates our body temperature and allows us to feel sensations such as touch.

However the appearance of our Skin and how it looks and feels is dependent on the state of our overall Health.

So look a little deeper than ‘Skin deep’ if you want to find the real cause behind your skin issues.

Take care,

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

References: www.mayoclinic.org, www.webmd.com, www.healthline.com, Photo by Coline Hasle 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 often do you Celebrate ………… and if not, why?

How often do you Celebrate?

Is this something you do on a regular basis or rarely, if at all?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, to Celebrate something means to “Acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity, or to reach a significant milestone or to honour someone.” Is this something that you do regularly or do you really not bother?

I believe that Celebrating events and people in our life is very important. This can be on a grand scale or a simple recognition of significant things in our lives. Let me explain. I grew up in a family that always celebrated Birthdays, Christmas, Easter and even European ‘name’ days. Any excuse and we celebrated. This tradition made these occasions stand out from the day to day and made them feel very special and unique.

As I grew older I continued to celebrate the larger events such as Christmas and Easter and the special days such as Birthdays. These were occasions to be spent with family or friends. They continue to be a celebration of love and joy and an acknowledgment of what is important to me. Everyone of us is a unique individual with various gifts and talents. We are all worth celebrating! Our birthdays are a recognition of what makes us special and unique and thus should be celebrated. They help keep us connected with others and foster healthy relationships in our life.

I recently had a birthday where we went away for a few days. This made it extra special and more significant for me and something I will always remember.

However celebrations don’t always have to be on a grand scale. It’s also important to celebrate the simple things. By doing this you are noticing the good stuff in your life. It can also be a reminder of our talents, abilities or skills and can motivate us to keep working toward our goals. By rejoicing in the small day to day things, we become more positive and this helps us to be more resilient when a stressful situation arises.

These day to day occurrences can include a new job, the end of winter, a pay rise, new clients, getting through a difficult situation or a difficult week, the arrival of a warm weekend, successfully growing a vegetable garden, booking a holiday, mastering the piano or a foreign language. Celebrate the small things as well as the large. The positive emotions these celebrations create, also benefit your health. They have been shown to reduce depression, strengthen your immune system, improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress and slow down ageing. Celebrations make the mundane extra special and remain in your memory.

By showing others our accomplishments and celebrations, we allow them to celebrate theirs.  We acknowledge our efforts, those who have supported us along the way and where we would like to go next. Celebrating puts the ‘fun’ back into life and enhances our self worth. The more we celebrate the more we nurture our body, mind and spirit. It may be a special occasion, a significant time of year, the summer solstice or the new moon. Whatever it is, remember to bring joy to the occasion.

So next time it’s your Birthday, don’t forget to make it extra special but just as importantly, remember to celebrate the small achievements in your life. For it’s the little things that make up the sum of our days.

Let me know how you are celebrating.

 

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/celebrate, www.psychologytoday.com, www.mayoclinic.org, www.verywellmind.com. Photo: www.pixabay.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.

Gratitude …………Why giving thanks is so powerful!

 

Gratitude is the ‘quality of being thankful’ or showing appreciation for a kindness. As children we are brought up to say ‘thank you’ when we receive something.

But Gratitude is much more than a simple thank you. It is actually a very powerful emotion that helps build happiness and great health.

Showing gratitude or practising the art of gratitude means we are acknowledging the goodness in our lives. It is a much deeper emotion than just saying a simple ‘thanks’ and because it is such a deep emotion, according to psychologists, it produces longer lasting positivity.

Practising Gratitude is an art because the more we do it, the better we become at recognising the good in our lives. When we start seeing the abundance in our lives, we are in fact, saying Yes to life, that life is worth living and is rich in all aspects.

One way of doing this is by thinking of all the things that you are grateful for, every night before you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up. You can even write it down. Examples may include, giving thanks for your warm bed, a good night’s sleep, the breakfast or food on your table, the clean water you have to drink, the sun shining outside, the birdsong in your garden, the love of your family and friends.

Each day there is something to be thankful for. It may sound very simple but by showing gratitude for all the small things in your life, you are helping your body to release ‘feel good’ hormones such as oxytocin, and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. These substances are hugely beneficial in reducing stress and depression and improving the quality of your sleep.

Gratitude has also been shown to increase blood flow and activity in the hypothalamus, the ‘master gland’ of our brain that controls the release of hormones, our metabolism and sleep cycles. The release of cortisone and Stress levels are reduced and our immune system is strengthened as a result.

As positivity increases, our attitudes change and our awareness of all that is good in our lives is highlighted. Physical ailments such as aches and pains are reduced and anxiety levels decrease.

This is not to say that we won’t have bad days or difficult days or even really sad days, but if we try and see something positive in every situation, our whole perspective changes.

When we show gratitude or appreciation for our lives, we are able to feel true joy and contentment. According to the Law of Attraction, what we focus on grows, so the more we show gratitude for the things in our lives, the more we will have to be grateful for and the more abundance we will attract.

As well as giving thanks for what you already have, each morning give thanks for what the day will bring.

According to Pam Grout in her book, ‘Thank and Grow Rich’, if you think ahead of all the things you have to do and give thanks for everything turning out to your advantage, it’s amazing what will unfold. Give thanks for arriving on time to your appointments with no traffic to hold you up, give thanks for the work you will do with ease and grace, give thanks for the sunshine when you are heading out on a walk and that the rain will hold off, give thanks that the perceived difficult appointment will go off smoothly.

If you show gratitude ahead before things have even happened, it’s amazing how often, they fall into place exactly how you envisaged they would.

The best thing is that Gratitude isn’t hard. Most of us have a roof over our heads, regular meals, an income, people that love us, we wake up each day and the sun still shines. Even amongst the most difficult situations we can find some joy or some beauty.

So why not give it a try? Before you go to sleep, think of 3 things to be grateful for. When you wake up, give thanks for 3 things that will unfold during the day. It’s easy and only takes a minute. Write it down in a journal if you like.

You will be surprised at how much happier you will feel and how more abundant your life will be.

With warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: www.dictionary.com, www.positivepsychologyprogram.com, www.psychologytoday.com, www.jackcanfield.com. Photo: Top Photo by Guilia Bertelli on Unsplash. Bottom Photo by Ryan Moreno on Unsplash, ‘Thank and Grow Rich’ by Pam Grout.

Juices and Smoothies…..Are they worth the effort?

Juices and Smoothies are known to have many benefits but are they worth the effort?

They take time to make, can use quite a number of ingredients and leave a lot of mess to clean up afterwards. I have alternated between having them daily, then not having one for months, and have decided to revisit the whole topic.

Juices and Smoothies. What are they and why are they healthy for you? Are they really that good for you? And are they worth the effort involved?

Firstly, Juices are a mixture of fruit and vegetables that are put through a machine, a juicer, to extract the juice and leave the fibrous pulp behind. It separates the two. Some juicer models allow you to regulate how much pulp or fibre is left in your glass for you to drink.

A Smoothie is also made up of a mixture of fruit and vegetables but uses a blender, so that all of the fruit and vegetables are mixed together and you consume the whole of the pulp or fibre. Juices can of course, be made in a blender but you will be left with all the pulp and it won’t be separated.

Dietary fibre is the part  of plants that your body can’t absorb or digest. Fibre can be soluble or insoluble. Soluble fibre dissolves in water and can help lower cholesterol and glucose levels. It also feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Insoluble fibre promotes the movement of food through your digestive system and increases bulk in stools, so it can be of benefit for those who have problems with constipation. Fibre is also important to help maintain a healthy weight as it helps you to feel fuller for a longer period of time.

Fibre does need to be increased gradually. If large amounts are eaten too quickly, it can cause intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase it slowly over a few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the change.

You may think that the lack of fibre in Juices makes them less advantageous than Smoothies, however this isn’t the case. Juices deliver a lot more nutrients per serve as all of the nutrients in the plant’s juice, ie. the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients fill our bodies in one go. Juices are also very beneficial for those with sensitive guts, where too much fibre can cause problems. Some people also prefer the texture of juices, as smoothies can be a bit lumpy.

Smoothies on the other hand are full of fibre. If you are concerned about your blood sugars, the added fibre helps sugar to be absorbed more slowly into your bloodstream. It also enables you to use foods that a juicer doesn’t tolerate. Nut butters and superfood powders can help increase your energy but can’t be juiced. Instead they need to be blended so you can enjoy their benefits. Smoothies can be filled with lots of nutrient packed ingredients so can replace a meal and they help you to feel fuller for longer.

Both Juices and Smoothies are an amazing way of incorporating really healthy foods such as greens, vegetables and fruits into your diet. Juices give you maximum nutrimental uptake in one hit, while Smoothies allow you to use more ingredients that include fibre, proteins and health fats.

Some further benefits are listed below.

Many fruits and vegetables have cholesterol reducing properties, so including blueberries, avocados, carrots and grapes in your drinks, may help lower cholesterol levels.

Oranges, broccoli, blueberries and spinach are among the top anti-aging fruits and vegetables around, and including them in your juices or smoothies may help fight the signs of ageing. Oranges, blueberries, and broccoli are full of Vitamin C, while broccoli and spinach contain coenzyme Q10, which has been shown to be effective in treating wrinkles.

Fruits such as grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, and lemons contain very high levels of vitamin C so are beneficial in boosting your immunity.

Most vegetables and fruits are high in potassium and will help maintain a healthy heart. They also help boost your energy. Others such as limes, grapefruits, and oranges contain folate and manganese, which are beneficial for bone strength. Fruits including blackberries, raspberries and cranberries, can decrease inflammation.

Why not incorporate both Juices and Smoothies into your meals? Yes there is some preparation involved and yes, there is some cleaning up afterwards, but the health benefits far outweigh the inconvenience.

Below is are two easy and tasty recipes to get you started.

Enjoy.

Warmest Wishes,

Judy xxx

Immune Me

(Makes two servings)

8 romaine leaves
4 cucumbers
2 green apples
1-inch piece of ginger
1 lemon, peeled and quartered

Juice and serve.

Brain Booster Smoothie

  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries or mixed berries, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice. I use coconut milk.
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped or can substitute with 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds.
  • 1 cup kale, leaves only, tightly packed or spinach, if preferred.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

1. Wash and prep all ingredients.

2. Blend and serve. If needed, add 1-2 tablespoons water at a time if the consistency is too thick.

Choose your fruits carefully so that you are not consuming too much sugar. Berries, canteloupe and papaya are good choices but go easy on the bananas. Add protein and healthy fats through nut butters and avocado and a few handfuls of spinach, kale or silverbeet with a dash of lime or lemon will reduce any bitterness.

Juices are best drunk fresh but can be kept in the fridge overnight in an airtight container or even for a day depending on the type of juicer used. Smoothies will last a day or two as well, in an airtight container and both juices and smoothies can be frozen for up to 10 days.

 

 

References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/. https://kriscarr.com/blog/difference-between-juicing-vs-blending/. Recipes from www.kriscarr.com. http://justjuice.org/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-smoothies/

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’s your Secret weapon this Winter?

What’s your Secret Weapon this Winter?                                                        Mine is Facial Reflexology.

Yes winter has arrived in Melbourne and it’s already made it’s presence felt. Cold frosty mornings have heralded in June and our heating seems to be on permanently.

Along with the start of winter, comes the usual cold and flu’s. Why is this so and why are we more prone to viruses at this time of year? One explanation is that people spend more time outside in summer. Whereas in winter, we tend to hibernate in warm environments where bugs flourish and these germs tend to recirculate around heated rooms.

Scientists believe that our internal body temperature drops after exposure to cold air. Consequently our immune response is weaker than when our body temperature is raised. Hence we can be more susceptible to viruses.

Viruses are thought to be around all the time but it’s during winter when people gather together in warm  conditions that the virus spreads. These are all scientific theories and no-one is entirely sure but it’s important to have some strategies for the colder weather.

Do you have a Secret Weapon? Many people swear by their intake of Vitamin C and Zinc, perhaps an immune boosting herb or even Olive Leaf extract. A healthy diet and regular exercise will also help boost your immune response.

I often use these tools too, but my favourite and most effective is regular Facial Reflexology. Facial reflexology works to balance the whole body. It increases circulation and nerve supply to nourish and innervate all cells.

It incorporate lymphatic drainage to remove toxins and any bugs that may be lurking around. It stimulates the immune system to balance the body and uses a range of nerve points that decrease inflammation, act as natural antibiotics and work directly on the spleen, thymus gland and immune boosting cells.

If you do happen to get a virus, Facial reflexology will help to shorten the duration of the infection.

So get your Secret Weapon out this winter and put it to good use. I’m certainly using mine!

To get you started, I have included a Facial Reflexology chart with nerve points you can work, to boost your immune system. You can work these points up to three times a day. If pregnant, don’t do any points until you have consulted a professional reflexologist.

Of course, a full treatment is preferable so if this sounds appealing, give me a ring.

Enjoy!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: www.webmed.com/colds-and-flu, www.scientificamerica.com, Multireflexology Dien Chan by Patrick Aguilar Cassara and Anna Rosa Carrasco. Photo by Teddy Kelly 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.

 

Can your Face reveal your Health?

Can your Face reveal your Health? The answer to this may appear obvious. If you’re feeling ill, you may look very pale and tired. If you have a fever, you may appear flushed and hot. If you are in great health, you will appear bright-eyed and rosy cheeked.

However the Face can tell us a lot about our inner health, not just what appears on the surface. In Facial Reflexology areas of the face are palpated to see which organs or parts of the body are out of balance. If you are feeling stressed or have had a run of late nights with little sleep, small deposits like grains of rice may be felt in various parts of your face. For example if you have had a few nights out partying, these small deposits may be felt in your liver.

If on the other hand you have had long standing issues such as constant stress, hormonal problems, gut issues or more serious concerns, the areas of your face will feel denser and tight and may even form into a lump. By feeling these dense areas called deposits, a reflexologist can tell whether an issue is of long standing and also  which part of the body is most out of balance.

Lines and wrinkles can also reveal an underlying health issue. In Dien Chan Vietnamese Reflexology forehead lines depict different areas of your body that may be out of balance. Lines at the top of your forehead may indicate a Large Intestine issue. Lines along the middle of your forehead relate to your mind. So if you are constantly stressed or worrying, your face will reflect this. Lines along the bottom of your forehead relate to a possible imbalance in your Stomach or Liver.

Deep wrinkles along the sides of your nose may mean there is an issue with your Colon, whereas deep wrinkles just above the corners of the mouth may mean a kidney or adrenal issue. Deep furrows between your eyebrows usually relate to shoulder problems. Dark circles under your eyes may mean an kidney imbalance or low Chi, your body’s life-force.

Areas of your face that are out of balance can also relate to a person’s personality. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, if a particular meridian is out of balance this may not only mean an issue with the underlying organ, but may relate to the emotions of the person.

For example, if the Kidney meridian is out of balance, the person may be a very fearful individual. If the Lung meridian is affected, the person may be very controlling. Liver/Gall bladder issues can relate to anger or frustration while Stomach meridian issues can be associated with stress and worry.

The Face is an amazing map of what is going on in your body, not just physically but emotionally. It tells so many stories about an individual’s health journey. You just need to tap into it, look a little more closely then read and understand.

Remember that health issues can be tackled and with treatment the face will change. As your health improves, fine lines may disappear and your complexion will look brighter and healthier.

They say that ‘your eyes are the windows to your soul’. Perhaps the face is the mirror of your Health.

Give me a call if you would like to discuss your Health issues.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

References: Facial Reflexology (Sorensensistem), Dien Chan Multireflexology.

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.