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.

 

Are you always in Control …… and if so, why?

Many of us feel the need to always be in Control of everything in our lives. If our lives don’t run smoothly then something must be wrong. We set our alarms at the same time on most days, we stick to our morning routines and heaven help anyone who disrupts this, we go to work, come home and repeat the same the next day.

Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if things changed or you started to do things differently? Yes this might feel uncomfortable or even fearful but could it make things better? Just because something is different doesn’t mean it can’t be as good, or even better than what you had previously.

Letting go of controlling everything in your life may seem frightening, but in fact it can be incredibly liberating because it reduces stress and allows more freedom into your life.

Do you find that after a long day at work, you still have to do everything at home? Is this a choice? If so, ask yourself why? Is it about control? Do you feel that your partner would not do things as well as you e.g. cooking, cleaning or even stacking the dishwasher? (This was a big one for me). Then ask yourself, does it really matter?

I was a bit of a perfectionist and a control freak until I realised that I was stressing myself out about things that I didn’t really need to do. I ended up exhausted because I couldn’t meet the high expectations I placed on myself. I eventually discussed this with my husband and he agreed to share the cooking and chores around the house. I also learnt to ask for help.

This is something that you can do if you don’t have a choice about cooking, for example. Ask your partner or children to help prepare the meal, set the table and clean up afterwards. Yes it may not be done the way you would do it, yes it may not be perfect but why stress over the details. Does it really matter?

Can you ask the people you work with to help out? Can you delegate? Do you need to micromanage everyone and everything, or can you let go even just a little bit? You will be surprised how much better you feel when that burden of responsibility for simply everything, falls from your shoulders.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Lungs and Colon are about Control. Our Lungs determine how easily we ‘breathe’ through life or whether we need to control every action and situation. Our Colon is also about control and whether we can easily let go or need to hold onto everything (and get constipated). Imbalances in both these areas of our body usually relate to some control issue and this can impact our health.

Control is also associated with Stress. If we need to control everything in our lives, we are never relaxing or letting go. What then happens when we can’t control everything? We end up irritable, angry, frustrated and stressed.

So have a look at your daily life and think about the areas where you have total control. Can you let go and give yourself some ‘breathing’ room? Can you ask for help? It can be hard and things may not be done the way you would do them, but you will get used to it and feel so much better. Your Lungs and Colon will thank you too.

Give it a try. I did and I’m so very grateful.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

 

 

Can you Influence your Immune System?

Can you influence your Immune System? The short answer to this is, Definitely!

We don’t usually think of our Immune System and how it works unless something goes wrong. We get a cold or flu, frequent chest infections or recurrent asthma or maybe something more serious. It’s only then that we feel we may have been doing too much or are ‘run down’ or really start to consider that our Immune system may be depleted.

But how can we have an influence on it?

Our Immune System consists of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The Bone Marrow and Thymus gland are called primary lymphoid organs because they produce our defence cells, the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These are produced in the Bone Marrow and mature in the Thymus Gland.

The Thymus gland is the size of an orange in children and decreases in size with age. It was believed to have little use in adults but recent research has shown it can still have a significant function in immunity throughout our lives.

The secondary lymphatic organs are where these lymphocytes do their work. This is in the spleen, tonsils, mucous membranes of the bowel and in lymph nodes. Our lymphatic system transports these protective blood cells and removes old and damaged cells.

The Spleen acts as a filter for blood removing old or damaged red blood cells, stores platelets and white blood cells and also produces white blood cells to fight infection.

So as you can see, our Immune system works in amazing ways.

But what can we do to influence it?

Our brain and our Immune system are in constant communication with each other. If we are feeling stressed on a constant basis, our ‘flight or fight’ mechanisms kick in to help us survive. The endocrine system responds with the release of hormones such as cortisol and this severely depresses the immune system. It decreases inflammation, the production of white blood cells and increases the rate of tissue damage.

So reduction of stress is vital if we are to maintain our long term health.

A Diet high in sugar and processed foods has been shown to hamper the ability of white blood cells to fight infection so a healthy diet with plenty of whole foods, fruit and vegetables will make a huge difference.

Alcohol can affect the functioning of immune cells and increase your susceptibility to disease so look at moderating or reducing your consumption.

A good night’s sleep is vital for the replenishing of all your cells, especially your T-cells or lymphocytes so take measures to improve your sleep.

Other factors that can influence your immunity are exercise (increases circulation of antibodies and white blood cells, avoiding excessive use of antibiotics (weakens your immune system), smoking and obesity (trigger allergies and increase inflammation) and sufficient intake of water (helps remove toxins).

Regular Reflexology can have a profound affect on your Immune System too. It stimulates the functioning of your thymus gland and spleen and balances your whole body. It helps remove toxins via the liver and lymphatic system and powerfully reduces stress so your ability to fight disease is strengthened.

As you can see, there are many ways to boost your overall health and your ability to fight disease.

Can you influence your Immune System? Most definitely!

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx

 

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References: www.corehealth.chiro.com, www.livescience.com, www.webmd.com, www.psychologytoday.com, www.rediff.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.

 

A New Year has arrived ……will this one be different?

Happy New Year to you all!

A new year has arrived along with the promise of so many possibilities. Will this one be different for you?

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and some restful time with those you love.

To me, each new year heralds a little bit of magic. It is as yet uncharted, there are weeks and months ahead to discover and there is so much that can be achieved. Do you also feel the excitement that a new year presents?

As has become a habit of mine, I no longer make New Year resolutions.

Instead I choose a word that embodies how I would like the year to unfold. My word this year is Empowered! I would like to step into my own power and help others to do the same. By this, I mean, realise my potential and what I can achieve in my life and in my business. I would also love to help others do the same.

Why not choose a word for yourself? What do you want to do or achieve this year? Do you want more peace in your life, or for things to flow smoothly? Do you want more joy or excitement in your life? If so, use your ‘word’ as a guideline. When a situation presents or you go to take action, ask yourself, ‘Does this bring me peace or joy or excitement’ or whatever your word is. By doing this, you bring some alignment between your vision and the actions that you can take.

Is this year going to unfold as so many others have before it or is it going to be different? Are there things you want to achieve, or do you have dreams that you want to fulfill? If so, don’t just sit back and expect things to happen. Start taking steps to bring your dreams and desires into reality.

If you are unsure how to start, use your ‘word’ as a guideline. If your word is Joy, and you want to learn a new language, choose a course and language that brings you joy. You can also start with a vision board to gain clarity around your desires.

A vision board is a collection of images that depict what you would like to happen in your life for the coming year, such as great health, travel to Paris, a new job. Post images of these things onto a piece of cardboard or just print them out and place them in a prominent place. This will give you ideas around your desires.

Then start thinking about ways that you can achieve this such as ditch the sugar and unhealthy snacks, open a savings account, chat to a recruiter.

It’s great to have dreams, but it’s only when we start to take action in a way that is aligned with our values, that things start to happen.

So choose your word and set your goals. We have a whole new year ahead of us. Make this one different and Make it a happy and memorable one.

Warmest wishes,

Judy xxx