Living with eczema: How I helped my daughter



Living with eczema: How I helped my daughter

Eczema is a very common skin condition due to skin inflammation. It may start at any age but the onset is often in childhood.

According to the Irish Skincare Foundation, eczema affects one in five children in Ireland and about one in 12 adults. Some 65% of children grow out of it by age 7, 75% by age 16. But for a quarter of patients, it continues to adulthood.

The term ‘atopic’ is used to describe a group of conditions, which include asthma, eczema and hay-fever and food allergy. These conditions are all linked by an increased activity of the allergy side of the body’s immune system.

It can affect any part of the skin, including the face, but the areas that are most commonly affected are the creases in the joints at the elbows and knees, as well as the wrists and neck.

What people don’t realise, for example, is that for 60% of sufferers, itchy, sore skin causes sleep deprivation, leading to poor concentration and poor school or work performance. Often it causes bad mood in children and teenagers with eczema. They can become depressed and have low self esteem. Parents of children with moderate/severe eczema must establish a strict routine of daily baths, applying moisturiser at least three times a day and apply steroids. It’s very tough and parents and eczema suffers. Parents can feel tired, frustrated and hopeless. However there is hope ….

Hear Vashti’s story…..

I came across Kinesioogy by chance. I had a young daughter who suffered very badly from eczema form the time she was born. It was so bad she barely slept at night as the itch was so bad. There were deep gouges in her wrists and ankles where she has scratched so much and they would not heal.

She was prevented in nursery from playing the water, sand and paint isolating her from the other kids. The creams prescribed by the doctors were generally not strong enough to make a difference when we were prescribed something that worked as soon as she had finished the course it came back again within hours.

The day my daughter’s life changed  One day we were at swim lessons and another mother asked me about her skin and suggested i see a Kinesiologist…A What !  I had no idea what this entailed but at this stage i was desperate and eager to try anything at this point. 

After her consultation we found out that ‘whey protein’ was causing a problem along with other foods.  Two weeks after removing these things from her diet most of her skin cleared up and she was starting to sleep through the night. It was a few months later and some probiotcs that helped heal up the worse affected areas…I WAS HOOKED.
I couldn’t believe the difference.

Then I started research on the internet about Kinesiology. I came across www.Kinesiologyzone.com, I read so much and watched lots of videos and found it could help with so many other things.  I decided I wanted to take it further and I have not being disappointed

I booked my place on the Balanced Health course in Donegal and couldn’t wait to get started. When i attended my first weekend I felt as if I had come home. The instructors were amazing as were my fellow students. As the weekend progressed I was absolutely amazed at the human body and what it can do. I went home to practise, I know I am only at the beginning of my learning but I have being able to help so many people already. I have being searching for a way to help others for a while now but before this I hadn’t found anything I was comfortable with.

Helping family through stressful house moves and job changes. One family member who always had trouble sleeping, now sleeps soundly every night through my help! I can now help people with digestive problems and stress issues.

I have found it a privilege to be able to help people in this way and I look forward to being able to do it more. One of the main reason that i decided to do this course was to help others the same way my daughter has being helped. I have being able to do this.

I have also felt the benefit of better health in my own lifeDuring our food testing segment in our first weekend i found that milk did not agree with me. At first i wasn’t going to do anything about the information as i love milk ! But in the end i decided to leave milk out of my diet for a couple of days and see what happens. I was shocked. I have being suffering stomach problems for years. I didn’t think much of it as i thought it was something i would just live with. However once I eliminated the milk, I no longer had the pain. I have also being pleasantly surprised by the fact that i have being feeling better as i treat other people. That was not something i was expecting”

In Kinesiology, we have found in many cases that why people have allergies is not addressed. Nothing whatsoever has being done to deal with the causes of their problems. The questions of why they have allergies in the firs places are often not asked. We must remember each person has different nutritional needs and sensitivities. Everyone is different. One man’s meat is (frequently) another man’s or woman’s poison. What suits one person, certainly may not be all the suitable for another.

Thanks to Vashti for sharing her story. If you want to make a difference in your families health and life and those around you, sign up and hear more about the benefits of Kinesiology.  Be the first to hear about upcoming free talks, taster events and training courses. www.Kinesiologyzone.com/training

 

Improve Shoulder Mobilization with Kinesiology



Improve Shoulder Mobilization with Kinesiology

The more precise medical term for a frozen shoulder is “adhesive capsulitis”.

It is a condition where normal shoulder ranges of motion are decreased often severely, and there is pain on resting or with even slight movement.
Most cases of it can occur in people between the ages of 40 and 60. The condition is more common in women than men. It is estimated that it could affect up to 1 in 20 people.

Common issues include:
Unable to reach above shoulder height.
Not able to reach above shoulder height.
Can’t to throw a ball.
Unable to quickly reach for something.
Unable to reach behind your back eg. bra or tuck shirt.
Not able to reach out to your side and behind. eg. reach for seat belt.
Just cannot sleep on your side.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder?
In basic terms, it means that your shoulder pain and stiffness is a result of capsule inflammation (capsulitis) and fibrotic adhesions that limit your shoulder movement.

Through Kinesiology it can be resolved either directly by using shoulder mobilisation technique or indirectly by muscle balancing and resetting the muscles that hold the scapula in place. Sometimes the muscles get moved out of place by trauma or whiplash or injury. They become damaged by constantly over working muscles that are switched off. Dehydration or vitamin deficiency can be an underlying cause too or coming from an emotional standpoint a client may be carrying emotional weight and stress.

All muscles in the body are overlapping other muscles. Each muscle has a particular set of skills and a unique and only job, which is to move the body in a certain way. Muscle fibres are usually smooth and slide effortlessly over and past each other without obstructing the nearby muscles from doing their only job too. If the muscles fibres are dehydrated and become frayed and tight or become loose and entangled then the smooth motion becomes erratic, painful and frozen.

We like to imagine muscles are like sea sponges that you use in the bath tub. When they are wet they are luxurious and soft and smooth our muscles need water to work properly because we humans are roughly 67% water. So now imagine that you take the sea sponge out of the bath water and let it dry out. What happens? It dries out and would now hurt your face. Our muscles need water to function so let’s water them!

Kinesiology we look at underlying problem that could be causing pain. We often recommend making changes when it comes to their diet, stress levels, water intake, caffeine intake, poor sleep habits which can all be contributing towards the pain.
Some schools of thought say it can take up to eighteen months to resolve frozen shoulder, but with Kinesiological balancing it is usually helped much quicker.

 
Before and after pictures of the Diploma class working on techniques you can see the results for yourself.

The Power of Systematic Kinesiology

Tom, one of our Diploma students, has being struggling with an injury and unable to move his arm above his shoulder for over 20 years. He suffers constant pain in his shoulder and was happy to volunteer in class. (See the video below – we apologize for the quality, this was a powerful technique captured in class by one of the students)

While frozen shoulder is commonly missed or confused with a rotator cuff injury, it has a distinct pattern of symptoms resulting in severe shoulder pain, loss of shoulder function and eventually stiffness.

If you have pain that limits your range of movement. It is important to get it checked out and you can find a local Kinesiologist here -http://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/ .

Early treatment can help to prevent long-term stiffness in the joint. Make sure you gently stretch the shoulder before exercising and try to maintain good posture.

 

To find out more about training, we have a last chance course coming up – http://www.kinesiologyzone.com/lastchance

 

Kinesiology can help your asthma…

Did you know Kinesiology can help your asthma?

Asthma affects around 235 million people on the planet? Today is World Asthma Day, so we wanted to tell you about other natural holistic options out there for people suffering.athma Kinesiology

Let’s start with some facts about asthma

Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world
  • 7.1% of 18+ population have asthma
  • 18.9% of 13 – 15 year olds have asthma
  • 38.5% of 13 – 15 year olds reported wheezing
  • More than 1 person a week dies from asthma
  • 29% of asthma patients miss school or work
  1. Adults miss 12 days a year on average
  2. Children miss 10 days a year on average (https://www.asthma.ie/get-help/resources/facts-figures-asthma)

How can Systematic Kinesiology help with asthma?

Diet, anxiety and stress can significantly influence asthma.  Systematic Kinesiology can help you to figure out the stress that’s a contributory factor to asthma. Unlike the conventional medicines your doctor may prescribe for you, there is less information available on complementary therapies including how well they work and how safe they are.

The good news is there are Systematic Kinesiologists all around the country who can assist you to better health, which may help to prevent or reduce future attacks from happening. Stress is a trigger for asthma and Kinesiology offers techniques that can reduce and resolve stress in your life.  Kinesiology works particularly well with people struggling emotionally. 

Nutrition and immune health

As with all health issues, a healthy diet is an important consideration. It is difficult to reverse chronic asthma if diet is not at least considered as a contributory factor, so that it can be addressed and corrected. Your food choices are critical when you have asthma. Specific foods that may be causing mucous, or other sensitivities, can be identified and eliminated; chemical additives, such as preservatives, food colouring and artificial sweeteners, may also need to be removed from the diet.  Removing dairy from the diet can also have a positive impact.  Gut issues can also play a role, and since 80% of the immune system can be found in the gut, it’s role in helping resolve chronic health issues and fighting infections is key.

Melissa took control of her family’s health …..

Hear Melissa’s story after experiencing how Systematic Kinesiology helped her family overcome asthma.

“When a family member turned 2 she developed a cough which never seemed to get better for very long and which normally progressed into a chest infection. I didn’t realise that this cough was actually asthma. After 4 years of coughing, sleepless nights for weeks on end, inhalers, steroids, antibiotics, calpol and many trips up to Temple Street Hospital we found out that structurally the tube that goes into her left lung is actually smaller than the one that goes into her right lung. So any infection or bacteria or virus that entered her lungs it was nearly impossible to clear it and to keep it clear. Structurally this will improve as she grows however I felt there had to be more I could do to help.

I took her to a Systematic Kinesiologist….who did muscle testing and recommended removing dairy from her diet and taking vitamins that she specifically needed to help improve her immune system and gut health.  I did what I was advised to do and within a month she had more energy, was sleeping better, less use of inhalers, no steroids and no antibiotics needed.  The only thing that affects her asthma now is if she eats something that doesn’t suit her and  the weather particularly going from a warm to a damp environment which triggers inflammation which triggers the coughing.  Managing her diet had a massive impact on her health and also on her stress levels. Kinesiology really turned a very stressful health issue into one that is very manageable and stress free most of the time.”

Melissa’s motivation having completed the KinesiologyZone Balanced Health course is to work with others, and is about to graduate from the KinesiologyZone Diploma Course, and work with clients from her own clinic. (www.facebook.com/Melissa-Costello-Kinesiology-342954702783376)

If you suspect that you or a family member have food sensetivities, that may be playing a role in their Asthma, it’s worth paying a visit to a practitioner.  The Association’s list of practitioners can be found here

Systematic Kinesiology’s whole person approach can identify what areas of your life are important to focus on.  Muscle testing is a unique way to find out what specifically is affecting you, both in terms of emotional stresses, food sensetivities and other imbalances. If you are considering excluding certain food groups from your diet, it should only be done for a short period under close supervision. However, it is possible to have a balanced diet without dairy products.  asthma Kinesiology

Keeping a food diary before visiting a Systematic Kinesiologist can be useful so that you have a list of foods that you regularly consume every day or several days of the week can be tested. Each person is unique, and therefore it’s best to test you specifically, than go by a general guideline.

The Kinesiology solution is simple.  With Kinesiology treatments our practitioners work to uncover what your body is finding difficult.  You don’t need to guess. Kinesiology works with your body and can help make a real difference to your health.

Top Tips for a Healthy Easter

Top Tips for a Healthy Easter

Easter is around the corner and who is not excited about a long weekend and lots of fun?

We certainly are. The Easter egg hunts, family gatherings and who would forget the delicious egg-shaped chocolate. But for some people Easter can a time of temptation, stress and and over consumption of sugar. So here are a few tips for you to have a happy and healthy Easter.

Be Mindful

While chocolate eggs sure are tasty, they actually contain a lot of sugar — 26g, or six teaspoons, to be exact!  It’s a pretty shocking amount of sugar when you consider that the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) guideline advocates no more than about six teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for children and adults. So try not to mindlessly snack over Easter by tracking consumption – a study found people who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no record.

Don’t bulk buy

We know how hard people work to lose weight and you certainly don’t want to waste all that hard work over one weekend. Only buy a small amount of good quality chocolate, rather than lots of poor quality chocolate. The darker the chocolate the more antioxidants, so chocolate with 60 per cent cocoa is a good option.

Stock your fridge

Healthy Easter from KineisologyZoneHave plenty of delicious healthy foods on hand so you don’t automatically reach for the Easter eggs. Find healthy substitutes to chocolate that still satisfy your sweet cravings.

Drink Water

Your body is composed of roughly 60% water. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake. You often feel hungrier when dehydrated so a great way to eat less and stop cravings is drink more water.

  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water (if you weight 140lbs, drink 70oz of water each day).
  • Carry a bottle everywhere with you as a reminder to keep drinking.
  • Eat raw fruits and vegetables – they are dense in water. You can get water from food, not just from beverages.
  • Drink water and other fluids until you urinate frequently and with light color.

Get outdoors

Spring is in abundance this time of year with lots of cute newborn animals, flowers all over and (slightly) warmer weather this a perfect time of year for everyone to get outside. Integrate some exercise into your Easter while having fun. Check out a  great list of ideas here – www.mykidstime.com/things-to-do/10-cracking-easter-activities-for-kids-outdoors/.

Meet up with Family & Friends

If you’re off work and the kids are off school for the holidays, it’s a great time to take advantage of the better weather and longer days go meet families.

Do you dare to be different this Easter? You don’t have to give gifts of easter eggs. Why not give your kids the gift of a family day out, visit a local park, go to the movies, or buy them a book?

 

How To Get To The Truth About Your Health

How To Get To The Truth About Your Health

Truth About Your Health

Have you ever experienced hearing something so profound, it made you feel differently about life? You felt it in your body. At your core essence you knew you had heard, and felt the truth? And it resonated so deeply that it changed you in some way?

We live in a world that is full of information, more than at any time in history. How do you get to the truth about your health, to know what’s right for your body with so much conflicting advice out there.

As I observe the crisis we have with healthcare, the increase in allergies in kids, the rise in obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases, and each time the record of not enough beds is exceeded, I know, deep down, we are looking in the wrong place for the answers.

The normal 21st century way of living is making us stressed, tired, in pain, overweight, overwhelmed or depressed. Yet never have we been more self-aware of our issues, flaws, weaknesses, so much to blame on our current stage of health and happiness. On my own journey, and helping others with theirs, I found that self-awareness has commonly turned into self-consciousness of all that’s wrong with ourselves. We feel vulnerable to those reasons for the rest of our lives, and seek solutions to work on what we think we have to fix in order that we may feel whole again.

We weren’t made to be this way.

We were born happy, our innate nature is good health, happiness, aliveness and wisdom. So what makes us think it’s not there? How have we forgotten?

As we look outwards seeking ways to make us happy yet it’s our innate nature to be happpy. We fill our brains with more and more information, thinking, stressing, that there isn’t room for anything else, new ideas, solutions, peace. There comes a time to question, are we even looking in the right place?

There is another way.

All of my adult life, I’ve had a thirst to explore more about health, and I’ve loved learning and enjoyed new information and knowledge. I’ve shared wonderful experiences helping others, and I’ve gotten to experience the value of joy with my students and graduate practitioners as they release themselves from pain, stress, and past traumas and go on to help others do the same.

We know intuitively that how we are feeling is connected to our thinking. We know intuitively that how we are feeling is also connected to what we eat, and how much we move our bodies.

By learning how our diet affects us long term, we can make better food choices. By reducing stress and letting go of fears and grief, we can return to better health and wellbeing. When we make health the focus and not just the absence of disease, the body naturally loses weight, we sleep better, and pain goes. The body knows how to heal itself. On our Balanced Health courses we teach people the whole person approach so our students can learn how to identify the underlying causes to health issues, empower their own lives and help transform their health and that of others. It’s the start of a rewarding career.

Aligning your life to seeking the truth in others brings real connection and presence to our lives, and I think we need more of that. The way to better health and happiness is to know it’s already there.

We just forgot.

Enjoy the journey of rediscovering yours.

Boost your Health with Apple Cider Vinegar



Boost your Health with Apple Cider Vinegar

There is tons of stuff on the internet about apple cider vinegar and alot of conflicting information so we wanted to keep it simple. We know people just want practical ways to get healthier and simple ways to feel better.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an age-old ingredient for healthy living. Drinking it can bring a number of health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with 17 amino acids, vitamins like potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus and minerals like B1, B6, and B12

Apple cider vinegar is an apple cider that’s been fermented. The sugar allows the fermentation process  to start allowing the sugar to turn into something called an organic acid. That organic acid levels the pH within your body.

High levels of stress, poor sleep, processed foods, too much coffee and alcohol can all make the body too acidic. The body starts to use its valuable minerals such as calcium, iodine, and magnesium to bring pH back into balance. If you are suffering from heartburn, poor digestion, headaches,poor bone health high blood pressure, low thyroid,  insomnia, muscle cramps, tiredness, weight gain—and poor skin, maybe your PH is out of Balance. That’s why adding apple cider vinegar can offer benefits to your Health balancing your PH levels.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar helping Diabetes

A study published in Diabetes Care looked at men and women with type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that when the participants downed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed with a snack (one ounce of cheese). They had lower blood sugar levels the next morning, compared to when they ate the same bedtime snack paired with two tablespoons of water.

Whole-wheat bread and other ‘healthy’ foods diet experts avoid. Another study published in the same journal compared the effects of apple cider vinegar on healthy adults, people with pre-diabetes, and people with type 2 diabetes.

Study participants in all three groups had better blood glucose readings when they consumed less than an ounce of apple cider vinegar with a high-carb meal (a white bagel with butter and orange juice), compared to when they the had the same meal and drank a placebo.

People with pre-diabetes improved their blood glucose levels with vinegar by nearly half. While people with diabetes cut their blood glucose concentrations by 25%. – www.cnn.com

Which brand of ACV is best?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It should be made from cider or apple juice and should have a pale to medium amber color. Pretty much any brand will do: Bragg and Heinz are two of the better-known ones.

If you want to experiment with drinking vinegar to soak up any of the benefits listed above. The safest and most effective way is to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar to one glass of water and drink it on an empty stomach immediately before eating. Don’t even think about drinking it undiluted. Mkae sure to dilute 1 tablespoon in at least 1 cup of water. Your esophagus isn’t designed to withstand all the acidity. Some people like to add lemon or cinnmon to their mixture.

Don’t overdo it, as you can see the benefits with one tablespoon, and significant effects with two. But there’s never a time when more than that is better.

Protect your tooth enamel with baking soda.
It’s not a bad idea to brush your teeth immediately before and after you drink ACV. Alternatively, rinse your mouth with a mixture of water and baking soda, which will counteract the acidity in your mouth and protect your teeth.

Hear more from Thomas De Lauer about balancing your body with ACV. – www.ThomasDeLauer.com

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To learn more about helping and healing the body with natural holistic treatments, come along to our Taster events or find out more about our Balanced Health course. Visit www.Kinesiologyzone.com

Zinc Deficiency Symptoms and the Best Food Sources




Zinc Deficiency Symptoms and the Best Food Sources

Zinc is an important trace mineral which is useful in the body in many ways. It is essential for cell division & aids normal growth & development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.
Zinc deficiency is indeed something you should be concerned about especially if your body is already showing some warning signs of the condition.

Key facts on zinc

  • It is an important aspect of nutrition.
  • Deficiency can occur if there is not a high enough consumption from diet or supplementation.
  • Deficiency in children can lead to growth problems and increased risk of infection.
  • During pregnancy and lactation, women may need extra.

Some people use zinc for an eye disease called macular degeneration, for night blindness, and for cataracts. It is also used for asthma; diabetes; high blood pressure; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

Other uses include treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), severe head injuries, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, Hansen’s disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers and promoting weight gain in people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.

Some people use zinc for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED), weak bones (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle cramps associated with liver disease. It is also used for sickle cell disease and inherited disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica, thalassemia, and Wilson’s disease.

Some athletes use zinc for improving athletic performance and strength.

Zinc is also applied to the skin for treating acne, aging skin, herpes simplex infections, and to speed wound healing.

There is a zinc preparation that can be sprayed in the nostrils for treating the common cold.

Zinc sulfate is used in products for eye irritation.

Zinc citrate is used in toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent dental plaque formation and gingivitis.

(source – http://wb.md/2E982DN)

Kinesiology can muscle test, to find out if there a deficiency in a particular nutrient, and determine is it necessarily to take more nutritional supplements. It could simply be that the body is out of balance, and not working at peak efficiency.

Nutritional deficiencies and excesses change from all the time, depending on the person’s lifestyle and condition.

Often people get nutritional deficiencies because they are consuming too many toxins, and the body has to use up what good nutrition it does get in getting rid of them. By visiting a Kinesiologist you can get tested for toxins and metals.

Supplements are available in the form of capsules and tablets. However, the tolerable upper limit for zinc is 40 milligrams for males and females over 18 years.

It has been proven isolating certain nutrients in supplement form will not provide the same health benefits as consuming the nutrient from a whole food. First focus on obtaining your daily zinc requirement from foods, then use supplements as a backup if necessary.

If you would like to get tested, visit a Kinesiologist in your area. The website has a list of practitioners nationwide – http://kinesiology.ie/.

If you want to know more about training in Kinesiology check out our Balanced Health Courses happening nationwide.http://www.kinesiologyzone.com/booknow/

 

New Year – Make it the best one yet.

With the New Year comes the opportunity for a fresh start, we can turn January into an exciting new beginning. We put together our top tips and what we do to help achieve your goals …..

Makes small changes to your diet – Start slow/make changes over time. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.

By just adding Ginger to your daily diet it can make a significant different .

• If you are exercising and feel the soreness it may reduce muscle pain and soreness
• Ginger May Drastically Lower Blood Sugars and Improve Heart Disease Risk Factors
• Ginger Can Help Treat Chronic Indigestion
• Ginger May Lower Cholesterol Levels
• Cold and Flu Prevention. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia.

Fitness Goals – “Dear Santa, This year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year.” Didn’t we all see this floating around before Christmas on social media. Plenty of us made healthy New Year’s resolutions for 2016 — “I will finally lose those 10 pounds,” “I will fit in my old jeans,” “I’m giving up carbs.” Yes, setting goals may be the first step to achieving them, but why do we almost always find ourselves back in our old routines, making the same exact resolutions over and over again every year?
Simple steps to help you really achieve your fitness goals this year . Set small, reasonable goals It’s easy to set unrealistic goals with the motivation boost we get on January 1st. Two weeks in and still way too far from reaching our goal, we start finding excuses not to go to the gym, or worse, completely give up and binge on biscuits. Set a series of smaller, more realistic goals that act as stepping stones. You are more likely to achieve specific and reasonable goals like “I will lose 1 pound this week,” or “I will walk 10,000 steps today,” than “I will lose 20 pounds,” or “I will run a marathon.” Start small and take it slow, it will pay off in the end.

Do something you actually like – I have started the Keto diet and some other staff members have taken up running. Hate squats ? Then don’t do them! Exercise is supposed to be fun and make you feel good about yourself, not the other way around. Try a new class or ask your friends what they like doing. Experiment to find the best fit.

Portion control – As boring as it sounds, portion control is still an effective way to cut down on calories without the pain of letting go of your favourite foods. Let’s be honest, none of us will be giving up our guilty pleasures for a whole year.

Drink Water – By simply increase you water intake can make a huge difference. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Also combined with fiber, water can cure constipation. Make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the colour and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do its job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating. It can even improve your mood. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water. Make this a new addition to your daily routine in he New Year,

Get to Bed on time
Are you a bedtime procrastinator? failing to go to bed at the intended time. Yes, how many times have you not gone to bed when you said you would even though there was no outside influence or circumstances stopping you from doing so (only yourself)? It is not so much not wanting to sleep, but rather, not wanting to stop what you are doing. You lose track of time looking at your smart phone, tablet, watching TV, or even doing chores, even though you will regret it in the morning. 
Sleep is very important for your body to recharge and heal itself. People actually sleep better when they are well rested rather than when over tired.

If you’re looking for the ideal time to turn the lights off, it’s 10.30pm. This comes form Traditional Chinese Medicine. Every meridian system which is connected to an internal organ has a two our window of focus time.Chinese Medicine practitioners use this clock to help them determine the organ responsible for disease. For example, if you find yourself waking up between the hours of 3-5am each morning, you may have underlying grief or sadness that is bothering you or you may have a condition in the lung area.

If feelings of anger or resentment arise, you may feel them strongest during the time of the Liver which is 1-3am or perhaps if you experience back pain at the end of your working day, you could have pent up emotions of fear, or perhaps even Kidney issues.

Most adults need between 7 to 9 hours per night. Women actually need 1 hour extra than men!!

Say ‘Yes’ to new opportunities – It is important that you need to respect your future self enough and create a plan. Look at some new training, research taking a careen break or changing career if you are not happy . Here at Kinesiology Zone we are offering new students a huge discount on our Spring Training Course . To find our more visit kinesiologyzone.com/training

Happiness Jar
Resolutions are a good concept, but suffer from mostly poor follow-through on the behalf of the majority. I think we all can agree that resolutions are pretty tricky to stick to . . . especially for an entire 365 days and beyond.
Which is why Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s revised resolution idea of a happiness jar is a great idea.The best part? It’s incredibly easy. Write down the day’s happiest moment on a slip of paper and put it in a jar (or any sort of container, really). It literally takes 60 seconds or less, and you’re pretty much guaranteed not to fail.

We want to hear your ideas and tips and feel free to comment below ….

Health Show Episode #15 – How to have a Healthy Christmas

In our Christmas themed Health Show we offer some tips on how to survive and thrive over the Christmas season. Practical and easy advice, while not coming across as the killjoy by those around you!! And download our Healthy Christmas Gift Guide below.

Healthy Christmas Gift Guide

Weight gain?

Some studies claim it’s a mere 1lb while others say it’s as much as 5lb. But one thing’s for sure: the scales are more likely to go up than down. “We take in about 500 extra calories a day over Christmas,” says dietician Helen Bond. “And when you think a mince pie has about 230 calories and a small chocolate about 50 it’s easy to see how the nibbles tot up.”

Don’t know about you, but I’d say I eat way more than 500 extra calories.  But I no longer buy into the myth that calories matter – they do of course to a certain extent, but in the context of health, it’s the type of calories and the effect they have on your insulin levels.  So having 800 calories only consisting of sugar/carbohydrates will stop you from losing weight long term. Whereas 1300 calories made up of a balanced diet, of protein, low carb, and good fats, means you can enjoy foods without getting hungry, feeling deprived and even lose weight.  See Episode #14 of The Health Show for more info

Listen in to our Health Show where Siobhan will offer expert tips and strategies to help you thrive this Christmas, enjoy the season to the full and stay healthy from a whole person perspective.

First two minutes are audio only! Sorry about that!

Distractions and remained focussed

Intentionally removing distractions during Christmas is a great way to have more family fun and be more focused and present during the festivities. No email, no Facebook, no TV, (for some of the day) means you won’t miss the deliciousness of the foods on your plate and conversations around you. The people we love deserve our full attention and you’ll feel more fulfilled simply by being present!

At the end of the day there’s no point in worrying about elements of your life that you have no control over. For example, you can try your best to make a healthy choice when out to dinner but the meal that someone has gone to the trouble to make should be enjoyed. When it comes to Christmas stress remember it’s just one day and it’s about the memories you create.

When it comes to festive food getting the balance right is key.  You can pick healthier portions that will fill you up – turkey is high in protein; fill your plate with gorgeous vegetables, eating nine Brussels sprouts provides half our daily requirement of folic acid and all our vitamin C needs! And then ask yourself you really need all those roast potatoes? Have one and enjoy it!! You can always go back for more. And then there are herbs such as oregano, thyme and rosemary that have a high antioxidant content.  Simply by being mindful of what you eat, enjoying every mouthful, eating slowly and savouring all the nourishing food, will leave you feeling full and satiated.

We all know when we eat crap we feel crap, so fill up on proper food and there will be no room for too much junk!  You might surprise yourself at what’s possible.

And then some of the regular things we will be eating are GOOD for us – remember, when drinking red wine enjoy all the healthy antioxidants, dark chocolate contains magnesium (a feel good mineral), choose nuts instead of crisps or sweets to snack on (they don’t raise your blood sugar/insulin as much), and finally chew your food well as this will aid digestion.

And enjoy your family, breathe more, don’t take things personally, and relax more.  It IS only a day, and think about all you can be grateful for, rather than focussing on what annoys you!

Here are some more preparation tips from students  – which I didn’t have time to share:

  1. Plug in the extra camping fridge to keep stuff cool. Have extra AA and Triple AAA batteries and a small Phillips screwdriver handy. Buy in a few extra gifts in case anyone catches you unawares. Have loads of fresh carrots n celery n cucumber n tomatoes n Chillies n basil n coriander and natural yogurt so you can whip together a few dips in a hurry.  Have the fire ready to light and a few treats that you don’t like ready to share. Haha… that way you won’t feel tempted.   Thanks Ria
  1. My tips- get as much sleep rest as you can – try to get fresh air / walks some outdoor activities in – light into the pineal gland- try not to eat too much rubbish (which is difficult with crimbo parties etc) – plan to do mini detox in the new year – rub relevant NL points liver gall bladder prob – get in some rebounding if you can – and enjoy friends and family !!!! Thanks Debra
  2. Staying present is a present. We can get ahead of ourselves and so stressed out we end up missing the day and wrecked. “Breath” and be mindful rushing about won’t get it done faster. We aren’t all used to so much alcohol and rich food so drinking lots of water prevents getting blocked up and will cleanse the body. A good digestive enzyme for the foods that get at the gut just in case and at least 6-7 hours sleep at night.    Thanks Aoife.

 

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We hope you enjoyed our Health Shows this year.
We look forward to seeing you on our next one in January 2018.

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