At this time of year, as the sap of the trees and flowers returns to their root systems, we too are preparing to turn inward. In virtually every ancient medicine system, this season of harvest was seen as the time of the year to pull inward and gather together on all levels; a time to plan for the approaching darkness and stillness of winter.
In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), autumn is associated with wind and dryness. It’s also the season associated with the lungs and large intestine, which are responsible for releasing carbon dioxide and food wastes, respectively. It follows that the energy of both these organs is ‘letting go’. Elimination problems like chronic constipation can be exacerbated at this time of year. Emotionally, it’s the time of year to look at things we are hanging onto that are no longer serving us, and to let them go for good.
Similarly in Ayurveda, vata (the wind principle) characterises the autumn months. Dry conditions related to the lungs are common now. Uns...
Of course we all have different metabolism, epigentetics and lifestyles which means there are different food and nutrient requirements to suit. Resetting your diet really needs a tailored plan. A tailored plan that suits your requirements. However there is a broad based commonality that we can talk about when it comes to food.
Its our relationship to food. Foods that have a negative impact on you physically, mentally and emotionally. Yes, it can be so confusing there is a plethora of information in regards to nutrition and so much mis information out there. You just have to read the news to know currently, in terms of diet and food - we have terms such as Paleo, Vegan, Lectin & Leptin free, Salicylate, Fructose intolerant, Gluten Intolerant, Sugar free, Gluten free, Raw diets and the list goes on.
One of the first principles when it comes to aligning your food to who you are, is to identify what foods...
Did you know the time of day your exercise impacts your health?
Studies confirm Individuals who exercise in the morning spend longer in REM Deep sleep than other individuals exercising at different times of day. It all seems to do with resetting the hormone cortisol – setting it at the right time with the right amount. The morning exerciser seems to have an advantage point – Most I say because it requires hormone testing to see where your cortisol is at. If your cortisol is low in the morning, but higher toward the end of the day – it suggests there may be sleep issues as the hormone plays with your sleep patterns. If its high in the morning and lower at night, you'll exercise great and sleep best at night.
Morning exercisers seem to experience e a wide range of benefits ranging from 25% reduction in blood pressure, deactivation of flight/fight schedule meaning a calmer person, a calmer digestion absorbing ma...
In an never ending world of infinite distractions, stimulation, great content online, a phone tied to your waist, it has been difficult for patients to make sleep a continual routine. Like a child's sleep routine, you need to work out how many hours of sleep you personally require and set a consistent time to go to bed and a time to wake up. Not keeping a set routine for sleep will make you feel like you have constant jet lag.
You must prioritise your sleep.
Sleep is another often ignored lifestyle factor that has a tremendous impact on your health—physically, mentally, and emotionally. The other side of sleep is related to light. It's actually crucial to get enough light during daytime hours in order to sleep well. Light actually serves as the major synchronizer of something called your master clock. This master clock is a group of cells in your brain called the suprachiasmatic nu...
Ladies, we all know those moments when we feel angry, frustrated and emotional, sometimes for no apparent reason. Often we blame this on our hormones. And that’s not just a lame excuse, no matter what your partner says. Hormones, do in fact, play a very important role in women’s health and well being. When hormone levels fluctuate, this can impact on your mood, sexual desire, fertility and ovulation, even socialising.
What causes a hormonal imbalance?
Hormone problems are common, so you if you feel that you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance, then you are not alone. There are certain causes which can throw off your body’s natural chemistry. Common culprits are menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycle, the contraceptive pill, and lifestyle factors such as inconsistent sleep patterns, exposure to toxins 9personal and environmental), stress, a poor diet and lack of exercise. Other causes can be thyroid issues or diabetes.
Women's Health Week
So naturally its all about the hormones ladies:
Mastering Your Hormones
PERIMENOPAUSE and MOOD CHANGES
About 1 in 10 women experiences depression, anxiety or feelings of inadequacy around peri menopause, but the reason why leaves many professionals baffled. Some studies show symptoms are related to 1. hormonal changes, others suggesting symptoms were common when women had 2. pre existing conditions such as coping generally or menstrual mood changes.
Relating to no 1, a woman's attitude to menopause and ageing affect her peri menopausal experience. Women with a negative attitude to either or both were found to be much more likely to experience problems than women who saw menopause and ageing as positive experiences. Peri menopausal mood changes are seen to be coincidental to rather than caused by the hormonal changes at peri menopause.
In one study peri menopausal women recovering from depression had higher levels of oestrogen in their urine as they improved. Sleep depriv...
6 Life-Changing Strategies to Boost Mood, Build Resilience, and Increase Happiness
Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. Whether you’re looking to cope with a specific mental health problem, handle your emotions better, or simply to feel more positive and energetic, there are plenty of things you can do to take control of your mental health—starting today.
What does it mean to be mentally healthy?
Mental health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.
Good mental health isn't just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being fr...
In preparing for Spring it is important to begin with an understanding of how each season affects every other. Our sense of balance, as we go into the Spring, is intricately connected to whether or not we took the time to rest in the winter (restore, be still, and go inward).
Spring is associated with new growth and expansion--the time when the seeds begin to sprout and push upward to the sun with force. Likewise, there may be escalated agitation in individuals as the springtime inspires the urge to move forward and grow after the encapsulation of winter.
New growth is dependent upon the rejuvenation of our deeper sources that occurred in the winter. Spring is associated with the liver and with the emotion anger. The liver energy, when balanced, modulates our emotional energy. The autumn is the time of letting go. If a person was not able to let go of outmoded beliefs or emotions in the Autumn - it can show up in the Spring as congestion.
The choices are always there, the power is always in your hands to make the right choices for your body. To make choices that are resourceful and avert issues in the first place. However, on those occasions discipline can't be achieved, there is of loss motivation or just being at a party that has all those foods present, here are some things you can do to neutralise the food incompatibility, stop the build up of acid, inflammation and all other symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, gas, foggy brain and pain that can accompany wrong food choices. The below list are very accessible to you via health food shop, health practitioners and your local supermarket.
1. There are a host of full spectrum digestive enzymes that you can buy as supplements and keep on hand in these types of emergencies. They are proteases, may have hydrochloric acid and other enzymes which are highly useful to help break down food quickly helping take off the load and damage on your diges...