Boost Your Energy Naturally

Boosting Your Energy Naturally

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Fatigue and lack of energy are common complaints with chronic pain and autoimmune disease sufferers. When your battery is running low or you are trying to maintain a constant stream of energy to keep you going, it’s important to seek out all the possibilities that could provide you with  additional  energy support outside of food. Back in the day, food was able to provide us with more energy than it does today.  Cheap food policies have negatively impacted how we can sustain ourselves through food. Processed foods, artificial ingredients, and overuse of pesticides leave our bodies fighting daily to rid our bodies of toxins robbing us of the energy the food was to provide.

So what can you do these days to boost your energy?

Get out in the sun. Being out in the sun for 20-30 minutes a day, preferably early as the sun is rising or as it is close to setting.  This is the most natural way to get vitamin D. Vitamin D3 is made in your skin when you expose all of your body to sun. In just 15-30 minutes, depending on your body type, where you live, and the color of your skin a person can produce needed vitamin D. Check out more from the Vitamin D Council here. Get Core Complete here to get a daily dose of what your body needs!

 

Drinking water with added salts and minerals will help your body absorb and perform vital body functions more efficiently, as well as, helping you sweat for cooling and removing toxins. Read more about water here. Ionic Elements can help to provide your water with a specially formulated combination of fulvic acid and ocean trace minerals supporting a healthy body. Get $50 of your $75 purchase of Ionic Elements here. Use code kimburns. On a fun note…getting a salt rock and licking it throughout the day can also be a great strategy for getting needed minerals into children.

 

Breathe the right way. Utilizing a 3 part and 2 part breath technique can provide your body with increase oxygen, reduce your heart rate and assist in moving body fluids for removal from the body. Muscles have memory. When the body is placed in a sitting position all day or curled up in a ball all night, we are training or body to breath using only the upper part of our chest. This can lead to diaphragmatic dysfunction leading your body to breath pulling the chest upwards  filling only the top portion of the lungs rather than expanding downward to full all of the lungs. The Detox Yoga Program teaches you how!

 

Move your body. Being a “couch potato” or being in a compressed position such as sitting at a desk all day can limit the flow of energy and fluid throughout the body. Movement produces kinetic energy, which can be converted into power to fuels the body. Detox Yoga can help to support good spinal alignment necessary for maximizing blood, lymph, and nerve flow throughout your body supplying your body with nutrients and protecting your joints. Detox Yoga Lifestyle is about influencing wellness through supporting your lymphatic system daily.

 

The Earth is similar to a giant battery with a natural electric charge. Grounding is charging your bioelectrical body through connecting with the earth. As we become more industrial, living off the ground, covering our feet with rubber soles, and staying indoors, we lose contact with the ground leaving us disconnected and out of touch with the earth’s natural resources. We miss out on daily natural strategies that can prevent illness and improve energy supporting well-being. If you have lost your electrical roots you can easily start to ground yourself by getting outside to enjoy the warm sun and Florida’s natural resources while walking barefoot. Can’t get outside? No worries, you can bring grounding in through use of chair mats, bed pads, body bands and more! Check out a grounding study here.

Want to know more and learn how to use the natural resources our body and earth provide us to be well? Contact me today for a complimentary 30 minute consultation by phone or video conference. You will also receive my top 5 exercises that you can do in 15 minutes a day to influence better spinal alignment, cleansing your lymphatic system and breathing to influence your nervous system for calming. MsKimBurns@gmail.com or call 215-499-0444.

 

References:

https://chopra.com/articles/grounding-the-human-body-the-healing-benefits-of-earthing

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25848315

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116537/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3489133/

vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/#.XC-Nm1VKjIV

https://www.choosemyplate.gov

 

 

YOUR DOCTOR TOLD YOU TO DO YOGA

YOUR DOCTOR TOLD YOU TO DO YOGA – NOW WHAT?

by Kim Burns, OTR/L, CLT and Cheryl Albright OTR/L RYT

Some physicians are now prescribing or suggesting yoga for all sorts of medical conditions. That’s appreciated! But now what? Do they have recommendations or will you be left on your own to find one? Most won’t really know how to explain yoga other than to have their patients go for stretching and strengthening. It’s also likely they won’t know where to send them and it’s possible they think all yoga practices are the same. How is the patient supposed to know how to safely treat their body with Yoga if they are not instructed by medical professionals?

The moment someone hears the word Yoga, thoughts of twisting and bending come to mind. If you are in pain and seeking comfort, twisting and bending are not in your visions of healing. Unless you have selected the slow, restorative practice class, walking into a typical Yoga class can be putting your body at high risk for further damage.

If you have never been to a Yoga class before your doctor recommended, it is in your best interest to seek out a medical professional that can provide specific guidelines for your medical need. We would recommend to everyone who enjoys yoga or wants to try Yoga for the first time to also seek out consultation from medical professionals that incorporate Yoga into their practice. It’s not all about stretching. It must be about spine and joint protection.

 

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REHAB YOUR ASANAS

Rehab Your Asanas: Rejuvenating Pose

When first practicing breathing, one should learn how to align the spine properly to maximize the free flow of energy and the proper muscle activation for breath control. Our spine has 3 natural curves: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. We lose these curves over time with prolonged standing, sitting, and poor sleeping postures. Your breathing patterns can also become disrupted. A lot of us tend to be chest-only breathers, which limits the ability to fill the lungs. When you address spinal alignment and base all of your physical movements on the correct posture, you place your body in the best position to strengthen the stabilizers, protect the spine, and to breathe correctly. The inability to properly control spinal movement and breath can contribute to injury, re-injury or delayed recovery. Our postural muscles, transverse abdominals, and respiratory muscles are slow twitch muscles that are used for endurance. In contrast, fast twitch muscles are used for short bursts of movement. Slow twitch muscles are typically closest to the spine, and are deep and internal. They form our architectural support structure and are controlled at an unconscious level. Typically postural muscles are only supposed to engage at approximately 15-30% effort. When they are fatigued from injury/pain/nerve damage, fast twitch muscles could take over causing spasms and compression.

Yoga is a great way to activate our slow twitch fibers when it’s performed correctly!

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5 Core Concepts for beginning Yogis

Therapy on the Mat – Private Lessons

5 things beginners should due in yoga class

  1. Know Neutral Spine! Getting the spinal muscles stabilized first is important before beginning to add advanced poses. Maintain neutral as much as possible!
  2. Learn correct breathing: I find yoga classes do a nice job warming up with breath, giving enough time for the participant to breath with a relaxed body yet there are not enough cues to instruct on breathing during exertion and 3 part breath for great detoxing influence through the lymphatic system. Very important to maintain the integrity of the abdominal organs.
  3. Pay attention to placement of your joints. don’t over do any movement, flexion, extension or internal rotation. These put you at risk of stretching ligaments, compressing discs, or blocking blood and lymphatic flow. Wrist, elbow, and neck hyper extension are most common. maintain neutral spine in positions to develop flexibility before compounding the integrity of the joint of placing your body weight over.
  4. Never try to look at the instructor or other participants. If you are unsure of how to continue a pose, back out to a resting position and observe from there. You are already putting your joints in a compromised position, by twisting and turning to look.  I like to look for studios that have mirrored walls. If there were mirrors on the ceiling, even better. It makes checking your alignment better and improves proprioceptive awareness, the way we can ‘feel’ where all our body parts are in relation to each other.  See it in “your mind’s eye
  5. Push to burning not PAIN! Back out slowly! Don’t push into it and its not OK to fall out. You want to teach your muscles how to get back to the place you just took it to!

The next time you head into any studio be it Pilates, Yoga, or Zumba, Think about your own level of flexibility, how your joints are positioned and modify the poses with safety and protection in mind.

Therapy on the Mat is designed as basic guidelines of yoga  for spinal alignment and good technique for joint positioning. Medically relevant information is provided during poses so that you get the most of of your class.  It is safe for those with back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. Poses are performed at a slower pace to ensure proper spinal alignment and to develop a better understanding of anatomy, posture and intelligent integration of the body. We will explore various breathing techniques and how they influence the lymphatic and nervous system. Modifications are suggested for safe and proper alignment. This class is also appropriate for advance yogis looking to improve core strength and learn alignment principles, biomechanics, breath work and detoxing through yoga. Aromatherapy is also presented as a way to intensify focus and the effects of yoga enhancing your practice.

 

Holiday Detox: Use your lymphatic system for better health.

Starting a new year usually means starting a diet or exercise routine. Choosing which route to take or what activities are going to be right for you can be daunting. With so many fad diets and exercise routines out there, why not try a new routine of influencing your body though its immune system. The lymphatic system is a crucial component in health and wellness It is involved in all aspects of your body’s inner workings and carries out your body’s immune responses through channels that are similar to the circulatory system. The lymphatic system works along with the circulatory system to clean up the waste materials from your body that your blood vessels could not accommodate for. It is also able to absorb larger materials than the blood vessels are able. Attending to your lymphatic system can assist in reducing pain, managing swelling, weight loss, and will help you to restore balance and equilibrium to your body.

Learning to live with a lymphatic influence is easy and can be built into your already daily routines. Let’s take a look at a few key points of this great system.

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Gluten Gluttony

Gluten Gluttony: Surviving the Holidays

Living gluten free is challenging enough under normal daily circumstances. When you add on the holidays and events, you have a prescription for disaster. Gluten free living continues to grow in popularity and more stores and restaurants are becoming increasingly more aware of the need for gluten free foods. That’s not usually true of holiday parties and the numerous events that take place in season. What is frequently served are the staples of any party, cheese and crackers, baked goods, desserts and oh the pastas! Who doesn’t want to indulge in the delicious meals and snacks that are offered up? How do you contain yourself in a world of decadent food? You go in with a plan of attack. No, not attacking the food! Attack the cravings for the gluten riddled food with strategies to reduce your envy of that big fat chocolaty cake staring at you.

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Finding Balance: Could you benefit from Manual Lymph Drainage…AKA Lymphatic Massage?

Finding Balance:Could you benefit from Manual Lymph Drainage…AKA Lymphatic Massage?

By Kimberly Burns, OTR/L, CLT

Balance can have a great many meanings. It can be balancing a check book, balancing your tires, work-life balance, nutritional balance .Sometimes we need to look at how our body is balanced. Our blood, organs and tissues all have a certain amount of fluids, oxygen, blood, etc. that they require to keep them working properly. When there is too much or too little of those substances, systems can become burdened.

For those of us who find our systems lacking in balance by feeling too much pressures from inside your body or a feeling of constant inflammation or bloating, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a wellness therapy to consider. MLD is a technique that aims to support body’s fluid balance by utilizing a gentle yet stimulating hand technique to assist your lymphatic system in removing fluids that build up in our bodies and causes inflammation. It is a great tool for wellness as it relaxes your nervous system and leaves you feeling cleansed. While commonly known as a Lymphatic Massage, this skilled technique does not utilize kneading or rolling of muscles. It is a gentle movement of skin to stimulate the delicate vessels of the lymphatic system. Continue reading “Finding Balance: Could you benefit from Manual Lymph Drainage…AKA Lymphatic Massage?”

Your Lymphatic System and Snoring

Your Lymphatic System and Snoring

Did you know that wearing compression stockings worn during the day can help you reduce or prevent snoring?
Compression Therapy is the application of controlled graduated external pressure to the limb to reduce venous pressure within the limb and to reduce lymph process (edema).  Compression stockings are specially designed knit legwear with the following goals in mind: •To aid the venous system in getting blood back to the heart, •To reduce or prevent edema, •Reduce progression of venous or lymphatic disease.

The lymphatic system is a group of small organs (nodes) and vessels through which lymph fluid flows. The lymphatic system functions in cooperation with the circulatory system, which carries blood throughout the body. Impurities are removed from the circulatory system by the lymphatics and are broken down by cells important in fighting bacteria and viruses. The lymphatic system also plays a role in maintaining fluid balance throughout the body.

To prevent or reduce snoring, wearing compression stockings during the day can reduce fluid accumulation in your legs during the day which will reduce excess fluid being returned to the circulatory system at night as you lie down in bed. The rational for this approach is supported by a study of patients with chronic venous insufficiency. These subjects experienced significantly reduced apnea and hypopnea when they used support stockings during the day. By preventing fluid accumulation during the day, much less fluid pooled around their necks at night, resulting in improved breathing during sleep. The rationale is applicable to just about anyone who snores.

Compression stockings work by compressing the superficial veins that are located right under the skin and in the fat layer underneath. The pressure exerted on the surface then pushes the blood into the deep venous system that runs inside the muscles of the legs and on to the heart, reducing the pooling that occurs in spider and varicose veins. Thus, the role of compression therapy is to assist the muscle pump system of the legs, a major mechanism promoting the return of venous blood to the heart during normal locomotory activity (e.g., walking, running).

Having snoring and/or leg health problems? Call Sensory Intuition, Inc. at 215-499-0444  for a custom fitting and start your day right with a Lymphatic influence!

 

 

What is the Role of the Lymphatic System?

What is the Role of the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a group of small organs (nodes) and vessels through which lymph fluid flows.  The lymphatic system functions in cooperation with the circulatory system, which carries blood throughout the body. The Lymphatic System picks up where the circulatory system cannot . It takes on excess loads the circulatory system is unable to handle and assists in its reabsorption.

The Lymphatic System consists of:

Lymph vessels called capillaries, pre collectors, lymph collectors, and lymphatic trunks.

Lymphatic tissue is formed to be lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, adenoids and the thymus.