The Cross Crawl: Increase your Mind Power

Cross Crawl is one of the first techniques learnt on a Kinesiology course, and it is so very powerful.

Did you know..that cross-crawl technique is one of the easiest ways to activate your brain development and nervous system. It gives the proper motor and sensory stimuli it needs to take control of your bodily functions thereby preventing or rehabilitating health problems. Often knows as the ”supercise”.

It is essentially an exaggerated walk which facilitates the crossover of energy between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The brain is bathed in Cerenro-Spinal Fluid or C.S.F for short. Stimulating the flow of the vital C.S.F yields great benefits. A list of some of the real advantages of using this exercise can be seen below.

You can use it regularly to both discharge and recharge your attention and energy. It’s a great break from over focusing and it works just as well to bring body and mind online.

Signs that your cross-pattern movements could use some sharpening include:

  • Lack of coordination and balance
  • Difficulty reading
  • Exhibiting learning disabilities, such as dyslexia
  • Clumsiness
  • Stuttering
  • Saying things backwards

Fortunately, you can reprogram your nervous system and strengthen the connection between the right and left sides of your brain using cross-crawl exercises. Remember, nerves are very much alive and willing to learn new things.

How Do You Cross Crawl?

When you Watch someone do her first Cross Crawl the first thing you will notice is the person will begin to smile!

Stand with your feet apart and your arms open parallel to the ground. Shift your weight to your right foot, lift your left knee and touch it with your right hand.  Step back to both feet and immediately shift weight to on your left foot as you lift your right knee and touch it with your left hand. Repeat this several times in a comfortable, upbeat, rhythmic way.Breathe fully and enjoy.

The Cross Crawl movements should be performed very slowly. When the exercise is done slowly, it requires more fine motor involvement and balance, consciously activating the vestibular system and the frontal lobes.

 

Anyone who wants to find out even more about potentially life changing techniques to boost the health and well-being of you and your family,you may like to consider investing in some Kinesiology Training.

Our next course starts in Spring. We have Taster events coming up for anyone who wants to find out more before they commit:  www.Kinesiologyzone.com/booknow

Halloween made healthier with Pumpkins

Halloween is one of our favourite holidays we love the scary movies and Halloween decorations.Halloween is also the a big sugar high season withbags and nags of sweets on offer in every supermarket. And while it’s pretty hard to avoid sweet treats, having altogether, it is possible to make better choices and not overdo it. Having Healthy snacks available and healthy options helps the kids not overdo it on the sugary treats and with Pumpkins widely available this time of year we should make the most of them.

Health benefits and nutritional breakdown

Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration craand if you make it a family event and crave the pumpkins you most likely dump the insides of the pumpkin on the bin.But a Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

Health Benefits

Support Prostate Health
Protect againist Diabetes
Lowers Cholesterol by 13%
100g seeds provide 30g Protein
High in zinc
Regulating blood pressure
Help supplement the fiber shortage
Pumpkin can protect immunity.

Nutritional breakdown

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database one cup of cooked, boiled, or drained pumpkin without salt contains:

  • 1.76 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 0 g of cholesterol
  • 12.01 g of carbohydrate

This amount of pumpkin also provides:

  • more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A
  • nineteen percent of the RDA of vitamin C
  • ten percent or more of the RDA of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese
  • at least 5 percent of thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus

Preparing fresh pumpkin at home will deliver the most benefits for your health.Steer clear of canned pumpkin pie mix. This is usually placed next to the canned pumpkin in grocery stores, and is sold in a similar can. It contains added sugars and syrups.

Adding Pumpkin into your diet

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter. We love roasting seeds and roasting pumpkin seeds is very easy.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

Wash the seeds. This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried. Put the pulp and seeds into a large bowl of cold water.

Boil seeds in salted water. Simmering them first, in salty water for about 10 minutes, solves this problem helps them roast evenly. Dry the seeds Drain the seeds in a sieve and dry with towels. Place them on a baking sheet

Drizzle the seeds with about 1 teaspoon of oil. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with Achill sea salt and bake at 325 degrees F. Roast until toasted, about 25 minutes. Stored in an air-tight container, your pumpkin seeds will keep for 1-2 months in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for about a week.

Health Show Episode #13– Steps to Take to Help Your Thyroid

Health Show Episode #13– Steps to Take to help your Thyroid

Thyroid disorders are on the rise, and is a serious problem that’s causing so many health complications. Because millions of people around the world are suffering, we decided to highlight this topic and was the theme of this month’s Health Show. But since we would look at the problem as a symptom, and not necessarily the source of the problem, we wanted to showcase our approach to finding the underlying cause(s) using our whole person approach.  

A bit of background about the Thyroid

The Thyroid gland is one organ found in the “Endocrine  System”. This system of glands works together to regulate body temperature, metabolism, sleep, reproduction, mood, growth and development. The other glands are the pituitary, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries/testicles.

In this Health Show you will learn that it is totally possible for you to take good care of your thyroid health.  It is a HUGE topic and while we covered a lot in episode #13 of the Health Show, it can’t compete with getting to the root of your own issues by visiting a practitioner.

Types of Thyroid Conditions

Your thyroid can either be functioning normally, or if not it can either by Hypo-(low), or Hyper-thyroid (high), and when they get chronic enough, you can be diagnosed with either Hashimotos (a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid) or Graves Disease (also a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid).  The usual treatment is either surgery or medication to treat the symptoms and to normalise the blood readings of the thyroid hormones.  Both men and women can have an underactive thyroid. However, it’s more common in women.

However, in the Systematic Kinesiology when organs are in trouble we look at that as being a useful signal. BUT we also have to be mindful that often – where it IS it ISNT, in that we want to understand WHY the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, and the blame is often not the thyroid at all.  Testing through Systematic Kinesiology we can identify imbalances before they become a chronic problem.

Common Symptoms

Fatigue
Weight gain
Depression
Slow wound healing
Itchy dry skin
Hair falling out
Loss of outer eyebrows
Very sensitive to cold weather
Constipation
Crying easily
As well as the regulation of the menstrual cycle

In this Health Show Siobhan Guthrie demonstrates how we can test for low thyroid, the factors to take into consideration, and talks about the Steps to Help Restore Function

Factors to consider when approaching health from a Whole Person and lifestyle perspective:

M – Mental realm: emotional stresses
C – Chemical realm: toxins in the environment, food sensitivities
P – Physical realm: whiplash and other structural problems
E – Energy realm: energetic blocks.

 

Here are some of the vitamins/minerals and foods that can help you keep your thyroid health in good condition

B Vitamins – Apart from helping you with your mood health, energy levels, and metabolism, B vitamins can also help you improve your thyroid health. Some of the most common plant-based sources of B vitamins are avocados, broccoli, sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, coconut, beans, legumes, and whole grains.

Vitamin D – particularly useful for people who have auto-immune problems as lots of studies link auto immune problems to Vit D deficiency. It also plays an essential part in your mood, bone, blood sugar/diabetes, heart, and muscle pain. Since Vitamin D is primarily obtained from the sun, the best way to get it is to be exposed to sunlight for about 15 minutes every day it is not always that easy in Ireland so consider taking a supplement.

Selenium – Apart from being vital to your skin and hair, selenium is also good for your thyroid health. The best source of plant-based selenium is the Brazil nut.

Glutamine – particularly useful if you suspect digestive or even leaky gut issues.

If you have blood sugar issues, then Chromium and Magnesium and Zinc may be indicated.   Zinc if low can impact on the production of T3, a thyroid hormone.

Iodine – You’ve likely heard that iodine is good for the thyroid.  However, since it’s a micronutrient you don’t need very much, and since it is possible to get from our diet, may not be a factor in your thyroid issues.  Eating seafood is a good dietary source of iodine.


To make an appointment with a Systematic Kinesiologist to get tested to best support your Thyroid and treating the underlying causes, you can find a list on the Association’s website
here
–  http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

 


Next month’s live recording of the KinesiologyZone Health Show will be on 15th November at 12.30 as usual.  We will be covering ”Sleep Problems” and how Systematic Kinesiology can help you.

If you have any comments or want to share the success you have had using these techniques please post below.

Living with Fibromyalgia: Kinesiology can Help

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome, is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

The name fibromyalgia comes from three Latin words:

  • ‘fibro’ meaning fibrous tissues, such as tendons (tissue that connects muscles to bones) and ligaments (tissue that connects bones to bones)
  • ‘my’ meaning muscles
  • ‘algia’ meaning pain

Earlier this month, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of the upcoming leg of her world tour due to her ongoing battle with fibromyalgia syndrome alot of people had never heard of Fibromyalgia until them and wonder exactly what was Fibromyalgia.

How common is fibromyalgia?

The number of people who suffer from fibromyalgia in Ireland is not known but approximately 14 million people in the EU have the syndrome and 1-3% of the global population. In most cases, fibromyalgia occurs between 30 and 60 years of age, but it can develop in people of any age, including children and the elderly.

The number of people who suffer from fibromyalgia in Ireland is not known but approximately 14 million people in the EU have the syndrome and 1-3% of the global population.

Fibromyalgia can be a difficult condition to diagnose because there is no specific test and the symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions.

Many people with fibromyalgia syndrome may have:

Pain and tender points
Fatigue
Sleep problems
Concentration and memory problems, known as “fibro fog”
Anxiety or depression
Morning stiffness
Numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
Headaches
Irritable bowel syndrome
Problems with peeing
Painful menstrual cramps
Pain and Tender Points

Almost all people with fibromyalgia ache all over. It can feel similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis, but it’s over your entire body. This is usually what makes you go see your doctor.
https://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/fibromyalgia-symptoms#1

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition which can be treated multi dimensionally. There is a clear physical component and chemical component that Kinesiology can address, the first line of defence is to decrease pain then to address the cause, and Applied Kinesiology can pinpoint exactly what nutrients and herbs will be effective for you. Lastly fibromyalgia is almost an emotional component. Kinesiology can identify the stress and where it is coming from in your life.

Roberta joined our course last year and just recently spoke publicly about her struggles with Fibromyalgia and how Kinesiology has helped her come off her medication. Hear her powerful story here.

You can make an appointment with Roberta or connect through her facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/rbholistictherapies/

Wellness is vital in fibromyalgia, and Kinesiology can give you tools to be willing to take care of your mind and body with education. Because when you are willing – anything is possible!

Get your kids off milk now !

The milk industry has been working hard for decades to convince us that it’s absolutely essential for everyone to drink milk.
Milk supporters – and the milk industry – tend to focus their marketing on bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis to sell their cupfuls. And while intuition may tell you that the consumption of calcium must, in turn, do a body good, the medical literature isn’t so sure

Conventional cows milk is a food that can cause leaky gut. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 casein. Also, the pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest.

The mechanism behind dairy causing the damage it does lies in several areas:

1. It stops the formation of glucosamine in the gut lining, thereby creating a leaky gut. (Glucosamine is known to help repair the mucosal-lining defensive barrier in our small intestine.)
2. It impairs immune system development in the gut and the maturation of important immune cells known as T helper cells – this can lead to autoimmune disease, asthma, allergies.
3. The milk from other mammals is too high in protein and phosphorus and the protein damages the gut lining.
4. Dairy products are highly chemically laden, the highest per gram of all food, and are thereby toxic to the gut lining.
5. Dairy creates a mucous “slime” in the lining of the gut that prevents the absorption of some nutrients as well as causing gut inflammation. – (http://glutendoctors.blogspot.ie)

Hear from Brian who joined us for a recent workshop he believes ” we should not be drinking milk”

Brian’s take on milk is rather straightforward. Milk does not appear to the magic food whose consumption leads to strong bones or everlasting life. It is also not the dietary problem that’s poisoning the nation. And although a source of calcium there are many alternative sources of calcium and that, if bone strength and general health is your concern.

 

Hear more from Brian Miller – http://betterbodymanagement.co.uk/about/

 

If you feel your health is suffering from eating dairy prodcuts a visit to a Kinesiologist can determine if you are lactose intolerant.  Using muscle-testing, we can find out whether a particular food is stressful for a person by placing the item on their body and pressing on a muscle We can also test to see if it is an allergy or an intolerance and see how it might be affecting the person emotionally as well as physically. (In some cases, a particular food can switch a person into sabotaging themselves – in other words, when they eat it, they tend to make unhealthy choices in life. A good example would be dairy.)

Find your local Kinesiologist here- http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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