Let’s Get Healthy-Step 3!

Juicing and food supplements is a great way to start your day and stay healthy.

Let’s Get Healthy–Step 3!

Published  July 26, 2017 | By Mary

Taking food supplements is a must in this day and age because we are not getting enough nutrients from our food.  Be careful what vitamins and minerals you take, however, because they might have synthetic substances in them.  All vitamins are not pure.  There is a good book on the market today that tells you what the synthetic ingredients might be in the vitamins you take.  The book is called, The Vitamin Code  by Massoud Arvanaghi, PHD; and Mike Yorkey.  In part 3 of the book, “What The Vitamin Code Means To You”, it explains that vitamins and minerals are manufactured from different sources.  On page 107 of Part 3 there is a partial list  of the name of the vitamin, and whether it is natural or synthetic.  This book is very informative and an interesting read.  I’m sure it will be an eye opener to you as it was to me. After reading this book, I can imagine that you will be reading the ingredient labels on your vitamin bottles a bit more closely and be much more aware of what ingredients are in the bottles.

Making nutritional blender drinks is a great way to supplement. Using organic fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh greens, herbs and pure water is wonderful for getting the nutrients we need for our bodies.  We should be using organic as much as possible.

Here is a great way to start your morning off right!  This blender drink is packed with vitamins and minerals!  Take 2 leaves of kale, 2 sticks of celery, ½ cucumber, and some red cabbage, a very small piece of turmeric, and a 1 inch piece of ginger.  Put some water in your blender or Vitamix and blend it until liquid. If you have to add some honey to make it sweeter, go ahead.

Getting in the habit of taking healthy food supplements or juicing is a great way to start your day and to stay healthy!

Contact Mary at 616-456-5033 [email protected] for further questions. I’m always happy to help!

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Let’s Get Healthy-Step 2

Let’s Get Healthy–Step two!

Published July16, 2017 | By Mary

A second step to good health is the foods that are eaten. We Americans eat way too much food.   Often, our food includes processed meat, fast food, and highly-processed food. We like our sweets. We skip meals because we are in a hurry.  We forget to drink 8-10 glasses of water per day. The food is high in fat, sugar and calories.  This kind of food causes blockages in our arteries, heart, liver, lungs, brain and colon. Eating this way also causes inflammation and disease. Our bodies become “off balance. We start to feel sick. We begin to feel sluggish and tired, we get constipated, feel bloated and gassy.

The foods we should really eat are greens, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, organic juices and healthy meats. When we eat this way, we will be promoting our good health and have a disease-free body.

Mary

 

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Let’s Get Healthy!

Let’s Get Healthy!

July 17, 2017| By Mary

Here is a list of my six steps to a more powerful and healthy lifestyle.

Let’s get healthy–Step one:

Getting rid of our stress is one of the first steps in getting healthy.  Ha-ha, you say.  How in the world am I going to get rid of my stress?  Well, it can be done but it is hard.  We really have to focus on it.

Here are six suggestions we can take to successfully manage stress:

  • Learning to relax is very important—like playing soft music, doing guided imagery, reading, deep breathing and having a full-body, relaxation massage.
  • Changing our attitudes and reactions about things—things that make us angry, depressed, moody or negative.
  • Practicing forgiveness—don’t let the bad feeling build up inside of us.
  • Express love—giving gifts to others, doing acts of service, or giving positive affirmations to others.
  • Laughter is good for the soul. It is very healing and boosts the immune system.
  • Eating healthy and exercising are essential to stress management.

All the above steps are very important; however, a full-body, relaxation massage will put the body back into harmony and balance.  A massage will take our cares away and bring us back to a relaxed state of mind. Are you experiencing stress in your life? A relaxation massage will do wonders for you—I guarantee it!!!

Call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected] to schedule your full-body, relaxation massage!

 

 

Suffering From Gas and Bloat?

The symptoms of gas and bloat usually occur after eating.  One can eat a small meal or a large meal and get that gassy/bloated feeling.   It is usually very uncomfortable and can be embarrassing as well.  You may wonder how this problem comes about.

Often, we do not combine our foods correctly.  That is, we put a starchy food and a protein food together at a meal.  Let’s say you are having breakfast and you decide to have eggs (protein) and toast (starch or carbohydrate).  Putting this combination together causes gas.  Maybe a dinner choice would be rice (starch) and beans (protein) which also causes gas.  These are just two examples of putting protein and starches together at the same meal.  Of course there are many other combinations that can cause the gas and bloat feeling as well.   Learning what combinations work best for your digestion system can be a real education.  We need to practice food combining with our meals to eliminate that gas and bloat feeling.

Another cause of gas would be drinking liquids with our meals.  The gas comes because all the liquid we just drank with our meals is preventing the stomach acid and the digestive enzymes to break down the food properly.  The large amounts of gas that occurs from drinking the liquid with our meal will cause bloating in our abdomen.  Our abdomen is usually swollen at this point making us look like we have over-sized abdomens.

Sometimes, certain vegetables and fruits will give us gas.  The individual needs to determine which vegetables or fruit might be causing the problem.  A food diary is a good way to keep a record of what we have eaten and how our body has reacted to the foods.  Becoming aware of the foods we eat that are causing the gas and bloat is the first step in understanding our digestive problem.

Mary

Call me with questions about gas and bloat or to set up a colonic appointment to get rid of this problem.  616-456-5033

What about a massage?

What is massage?

Massage dates back to about 2000 BC.  There are many references to massage which appear in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, Egypt, Greece.  The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques and the type of massage given usually depends on the person’s needs and physical condition. The many techniques that I use in my sessions vary from person to person.  I could use just one technique for the whole session or I could use more than one in the same session.  It depends on what is going on in the client’s body when they come in.  (See my web page on massage and the different techniques I use.)

Massage therapists work on muscle, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, and pressure points. They also might work on the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the fascial system and other body systems depending on the need of the individual at the time.  In all forms of massage, the therapist works with their hands, forearms and their elbows to manipulate the body’s soft tissue.  Massage strokes can vary from light to firm and deep depending on what the client needs.

Why would a person want to have a massage?

Most people are stressed these days.  Stress can cause serious consequences in people’s lives. Taking care of one’s self is very important. One of the ways to de-stress and relax is by having a full body, relaxation massage.  The massage will calm the person and put harmony and balance back into the body. (see my blog on Stress 101)

Massage is wonderful for people who need better range of motion and flexibility in their muscles.  By using certain techniques in the massage session range of motion can be restored.

People will benefit from a massage if they have upper or lower back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, headaches and migraines, muscle spasms, strains, circulatory and respiratory problems, post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation.  The list goes on and on for ailments people might be experiencing in their bodies.

Massage has many healing benefits. It will increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the body.  It will soothe anxiety and depression. Massage enhances the immune system and gets down to the cellular level in the body.

As you can see, massage is wonderful and has many wonderful benefits, as well.  If you want to feel healthy, be healthy, and look healthy, then try massage.  You will be glad you had the experience!!!  I guarantee it!!

To receive some wonderful healing benefits, schedule a massage with Mary, just call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected]  

Written by Mary

 

 

 

The Lymph System

The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues.  The lymph system also filters out toxins and foreign substances and maintains a healthy immune system.  It is a complex system composed primarily of lymph vessels and nodes.  When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised.  This opens the way to many physical ailments.

There is a wonderful technique that is designed to activate and cleanse the human fluid system.  It is called the lymph drainage (pronounced-drahnahge) technique.  This technique works with the flat of my hands, using all my fingers  in a mild pumping movement making wave-like movements to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the lymphatic flow.

Lymph drainage therapy has many benefits:

  • Reduces edemas (swelling)
  • Detoxes the body
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, scar (pre- and post- surgical), wrinkles and stretch marks.
  • Relieves chronic inflammation (sinusitis, bronchitis, acne and allergies
  • Reduces the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • It helps to relieve insomnia, stress, and loss of memory
  • Alleviates body fat and cellulite tissue
  • It relieves muscle conditions and some forms of constipation.

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful technique, be sure to contact me at [email protected]

Mary

Ionic Foot Bath – another way to detox

The ionic foot bath is another way to detox the body but by no means should this procedure take the place of colon therapy.  Colonic irrigation is important as it washes the fecal matter and waste from the colon wall.  The ionic foot bath, however, is an external detoxification method which removes toxins from the body through the feet.  Each treatment takes about 30-45 minutes.  The benefits are numerous (over 76).  The immediate benefits include an increase in energy and overall well-being, a healthier disposition, a better state of mind, weight loss, increased metabolism.  Also, one could get relief from candida (a yeast overgrowth), stress related conditions, skin problems (eczema, psoriasis), muscle injuries,  joint problems, blood circulation, acid reflux, back pain, gout conditions, headaches, etc.  The list of benefits goes on and on.   The individual who detoxes in this way will be able to see the results in 30 to 45 minutes as the water will change color.  An explanation of the color changes will be given to the person during the session.  There are numerous advantages to doing a cleanse this way.

For more information on how this technique works as a detoxification procedure or to set up an appointment, contact Mary by phone at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected]

 Mary

BODY DETOXIFICATION – How Important Is It?

WHY DO A DETOX?

The colon is affected by the type of food we eat.  The traditional way we eat and drink our foods is loaded with preservatives, chemicals, white flour, fats, sugars, mucous forming foods (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and other dairy products). Also, tobacco, alcohol and the air we breathe cause a build-up of toxins in the intestinal tract.  The damaging affects of  our environment and the lack of nutritional value in our foods plays a large part as to why we become unhealthy.

A detoxification should be one of the first steps in the healing process.  A detox is designed to draw out the accumulated waste, toxins and poisons that are in the body.  By detoxifying, the body will be healthier and cleaner.  When the body gets clean and the elimination system is cleaned, then the body is toned, strengthened, and tuned up.  Problems go away and one has a lot more energy!

WHO SHOULD DETOX?

Some people detox because they want to continue to feel really good.  They are not sick.  These people do well being on a detox program when the seasons change; that is, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  Other people do a detox program because they do not feel good or they  have an illness or disease.  These people would start on a cleanse right away.  The individuals need to decide what type of detoxing cleanse they will be using and how long they will be on the cleanse.  Some people do a juice fast while others may eat salads and other raw foods.  Some take colon cleanse capsules along with the juicing or foods.  People may cleanse 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 10 days or 21 days, etc. depending on the circumstances.

The above cleansing is very good for the body but usually is not complete unless colonics (colon therapy) is added to the program for a thorough detox or cleansing of the colon.  Colonics is the necessary ingredient to help loosen the  old fecal matter and waste from the colon wall.  So, then, along with the cleansing supplements and healthy diet, colonics completes the detox program.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom.  It is i the name given to pain that is caused by the sciatic nerve.  The pain can vary from a mild tingling, a dull ache, a burning sensation, or it can be an EXCRUCIATING, SHOOTING pain that makes standing or sitting almost impossible.

Sciatica occurs when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve; or it might be the symptom of a pinched nerve.  Sciatica usually affects on side of the body.

Sciatica

Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. Source: WebMD A Visual Guide to Sciatica http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-visual-guide-to-sciatica

The pain from sciatica radiates from the buttock down the back of the leg and can be felt in a number of different locations such as the knee, sole of the foot and the toe.

Can Sciatica Be Prevented?

  • Practicing proper lifting techniques is important. Lift with your back straight, bringing yourself up with your hips an legs, and holding the object close to your chest.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods or lying with pressure on the buttocks
  • Avoid long driving hours in the car.  Take frequent stretching breaks during road trips.
  • Use good posture when sitting, standing, and sleeping.
  • Exercise regularly to strengthen the muscles of your back and abdomen.
  • A good exercise routine including stretching exercises to improve flexibility of tight muscles is important.
  • Sleeping with a knee pillow between your knees can help keep your hips in alignment and relieve sciatica.

Can Massage and Bodywork Help?

Absolutely!

  • Massage relieves the muscle spasms caused by the pain from the pinched nerve.
  • Massage helps reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • Massage can assist to realign the pelvis thus helping to reduce and eliminate tension in the affected area.
  • Massage may eventually help the client heal from the sciatica symptoms.  Pressure and techniques will vary from person to person.  Several sessions might be required to relieve the symptoms of sciatica.  Sciatica pain usually goes away with time and rest.

I have treated many clients for sciatic symptoms with massage and bodywork therapy.  Don’t live with the pain any further, give me a call so that I can help you!  616-456-5033

-Mary

 

Colon Therapy – An Important Step

Colon Therapy (colonic irrigation) is an important step in maintaining or regaining ones health.  Colon therapy is NOT used for the purpose of treating or curing disease.  It is purely a hygienic method of cleansing and toning the colon.  It is an internal bath which helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas and accumulated fecal matter.  Colon therapy is a gentle procedure whereby the filtered water helps to soften and remove built-up fecal matter that has not been eliminated through bowel movements, enemas or laxatives.

As the colon gets cleansed, the fecal material will be removed and eliminated.  This will help the colon to function normally.  The gentle washing of the colon wall will remove the build-up of toxins thus improving the colon muscles.  The colonic will help to eliminate the pockets of waste and spastic constrictions by allowing the colon to resume to its natural state.

It is of vital importance to keep our colon clean because it is the key to good health.

Give me a call at Harmony ‘n Health and I will explain how colon therapy can make you feel better and healthier!  616-456-5033

-Mary

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