Thoughts and insights from a Holistic Health practitioner
So Why does Tapping work?
by Linda Anne Ledwidge
Our body is an amazing machine, it is constantly regenerating, self-healing, self medicating and working to ensure the continual flow of blood and oxygen to all the organs and to maintain a balance of all the hormones and chemicals produced within. Our body does this naturally............until we get in the way.
Are you aware that at least 95% of all illness and disease is caused by the way we REACT to ....
Stress occurs when your mind believes that you are in some kind of danger – whether emotional or physical.
Your body pumps adrenaline into your system to give you a boost.
This is called the “fight or flight” response.
The ideal scenario is that only life threatening situations trigger the stress response in our body which allows us to act quickly with less thought and faster reflexes.
However in our society the stress response is often triggered by a ringing phone, a deadline, a boss, a family member, watching television or any number of other non-life-threatening situations.The long-term effects of continual stress are dangerous – even deadly – to our health and happiness, and, as you can see, stress is everywhere.
Some common effects of excessive stress:
Tapping on the body´s energy meridians (using some of the Acupuncture points ) effectively sends a message to the brain that says “ I am safe” , "there is no threat" and the brain then takes the body out of the “FIGHT OR FLIGHT “ mode. We then become relaxed and allow the body to do what it does naturally.
How to Tap
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What are Allergies?
An allergy is the body´s reaction to substances that are usually harmless to most people. When you're allergic to something, your immune system mistakenly believes that this substance is harmful to your body and your immune system identifies it as an allergen. An allergen is any substance that the body recognises as foreign or dangerous.
Allergies are not caused by pollen, foods, medicines, etc.,.however in some people these things can act as triggers causing the body to react. In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system produces IgE antibodies to that allergen. Those antibodies then cause certain cells in the body to release chemicals into the bloodstream, one of which is histamine. The trigger is not the reason the body is reacting, if that were so everyone would react, wouldn´t they?
Why Do People Get Allergies
It has been suggested that the tendency to develop allergies is often genetic, however, as with all genes, just because you have an inherited gene doesn't mean you will definitely develop the allergy/disease/illness that your family genes may show. A person usually doesn't inherit a particular allergy/disease/illness,just the genetic tendency towards these.
A healthy body with a strong immune system does not have allergies.
So why do we get allergies then….
Types of Allergic Diseases
The fact is that many conditions are caused by an allergic response in the body. It is not only runny noses, itchy eyes and rashes that are the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction. When there is a build up of toxins and the body cannot eliminate them we then see signs of disease and chronic illness - some of the most common are:
Dealing with Allergies
So you have an allergy, what do you do?
The conventional treatment for allergies is avoidance and suppression of the symptoms.
While this will give temporary relief it will not improve the condition sufficiently unless you are able to completely avoid the allergen for the rest of your life. Also as the body will still be in a state of imbalance it usually will mean that this will show up in another way.
To correct allergic conditions, the body must be brought into balance and allowed to self heal. Detoxification and strengthening of the immune system while avoiding the allergic trigger is important.
Keeping It Super Simple:
Give your body what it needs to do its job, it will always strive for health and wellness and even the most toxic body will find a way to maintain life as long as possible.
Getting the basic needs of the body are, as always, the first step :
Of course you can always opt for the band aid / quick fix, and pop a pill or nasal spray or live your life avoiding , for some people, a multitude of triggers.
If you seriously want to live your life in a happy healthy way....there is nothing to stop you...except YOU!
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So you feel sick and / or have no appetite. Why?
What is your body telling you and are you listening?
When we understand why we feel like this it makes it easier to deal with.
It is very simple.
There are 2 main processes that use a huge amount of energy in the body.... self-healing / regeneration and digestion.
When we are un-well or have an injury or are pregnant (ladies) our body requires all the energy that it can get to get back to balance. While we still need nutrition, this comes second to the need to heal or regenerate. This explains why the nausea / loss of appetite generally comes in waves, to give us the opportunity to provide the nutrition required while not interfering with the body's most urgent needs.
So what can you do to help and feel better?
Find out the cause and treat if needed.
Drink plenty of water...stay hydrated.
Eat food that is easily digestible and when your body signals that it needs it. i.e. in between the waves of nausea or when you feel hungry.
Here are some suggestions to consider -
Avoid pre-prepared / packaged processed foods.
Eat fresh foods and organic when possible.
Steamed Vegetables - Most vegetables are rich in fiber, but steaming them until they become soft will reduce the amount of indigestible fiber in them. The good thing is that steaming will not affect the mineral and vitamin content of vegetables.
Juicing - You can process vegetables and fruits in a juicing machine to get rid of fiber and feed your body with all the nutrients. Blended smoothies will make your vegetables and fruits even more digestible, but they may still contain fiber.
Nuts - Most all types of seeds and nuts are great for easy digestion. The reason for this is that these foods contain lots of omega 3 fatty acids as well as natural types of oils that also give the digestive system a boost. Nuts and seeds are considered to be in the top 10 of easy to digest foods.
FOODS TO AVOID OR EAT IN MODERATION.
Depending on the cause of the nausea / loss of appetite your body will require different nutrition please seek advice from a nutritional adviser if you can.
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Calling all dieters....hear ye! hear ye!
So you want to lose weight.
You have tried all the diets, starved yourself exercised until you ache all over and it´s just not working.
You managed the diet , exercised, looking great however struggling to keep to what you feel is your ideal weight.
What you believe about dieting and how to lose weight is arse about face as we say in Scotland.
Successful dieting is not about losing the excess fat, it´s about keeping it off.
Diets, no matter what kind, don´t work. As soon as you come off the diet the weight starts piling on again, and it´s harder to shift this time around. That´s why most diets are referred to as the yo-yo diet.
This is the BIGGY - diets are NOT a long term solution to weight control.
As always I like to KISS - Keep It Super Simple
In order to lose weight and keep your ideal weight you need to first of all
Then and this is what we need to look at arse about face.......
In general the only people that think about their blood sugar are people who have been diagnosed as diabetic, however, this is the key to successful weight loss and control.
Your body is constantly striving for balance, when any system is out of balance it results in dis - ease and your health suffers. Every illness and disease is simply an imbalance in the body. Find the imbalance, correct it and we restore health.
Excess weight is an imbalance in the body.
Your blood sugar level is the amount of glucose, from what you eat, that’s circulating in your bloodstream to provide energy to cells immediately or be stored for future use.
When we eat, our body converts carbohydrates into glucose, this is how we get our energy. When our blood sugar levels rise the body produces a hormone called insulin in order to allow the glucose to enter your cells and give you energy.
Insulin and weight gain
When glucose is able to enter your cells then glucose levels in your blood drop. The higher your blood sugar , the more insulin you produce. Glucose that your body cells do not use accumulates as fat. If you have too much insulin circulating it will also hinder the body´s ability to break down fat. So as you can see increased blood sugar leads to increased insulin production.
Ironically, not getting enough sugar can also lead to putting on extra pounds!
Eating too little glucose can lead to a low blood sugar level, causing your body to go into “starvation mode” and then it will burn your lean muscle instead of the fat .
So how do we do this using the KISS method?
1. Make sure you drink enough good water daily.
Are you hungry or thirsty? Quite often when we feel hungry the body is actually thirsty.
Water helps the body metabolize stored fat, rid the body of waste (as in unwanted fat and toxins), and is a natural diuretic and a natural laxative.
The way to tell if you are hydrated enough is how often you have to pee and whether your urine is clear with no strong smell. If you do not have to pee every 1 - 1.5 hours during the day and your urine is concentrated and smells then you need to drink more water. What simpler way could the body have to tell us we are dehydrated. How many of us listen!
2. Maintain a healthy acid/alkaline balance in the body.
This can be done with diet.
3. Eat regularly throughout the day to maintain blood sugar levels.
Avoid eating white flour products , eat more fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries.( these all help to burn fat and maintain blood glucose levels) Avoid drinking soda, replace with carbonated water if you need the bubbles!
You do not have to suddenly become the most frequent visitor at the gym. Take a walk, stretch and bend, whatever you are doing do it consciously and exaggerate the movement a little.
The biggest hurdle people face when they are focusing on their weight is , they are focusing on losing weight. Change the focus = lose the weight!
The above is meant to give you an oversight into how easy it can be to maintain your natural body weight. It does not have to be difficult and it is not about depriving yourself. If you would like more details contact me for a chat!
Proper breathing is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your physical and emotional health.
We can survive for a time without food or even water. We cannot survive without breathing!
Breathing not only supplies our organs with oxygen, it also rids the body of waste products and toxins.
When we are in pain, stressed or anxious we have a tendency to hold our breathe or breathe shallow breathes. This sends a distress signal to our brain and can make the situation worse.
By using breathing exercises we can avoid this.
Are you a chest breather? or an abdomen breather?
Place your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your abdomen. Breathe in , which hand moves higher. If your right hand is higher, you are a chest breather. If your left hand is higher, you are an abdomen breather.
When you are Chest breathing it is inefficient because then the greatest amount of blood flow occurs in the lower lobes of the lungs, areas that have limited air expansion in chest breathers. Rapid, shallow, chest breathing results in less oxygen transfer to the blood and subsequent poor delivery of nutrients to the tissues. This is a learned habit, so therefore, like when you learn to drive, you can train the body to improve its breathing technique.
If you do this consciously and regularly you will breathe from the abdomen most of the time, even while asleep.
Breathing exercises should be done at least twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to sleep.It is also beneficial to do them if you feel stressed, anxious or are in pain.
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Linda Ledwidge -
Qualified General Nurse
Certified Practioner Level IV
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