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How Can I Strengthen My Immune System?
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How Can I Strengthen My Immune System?

Introducing A.Vogel! We have recently partnered with A.Vogel, the premier supplier of high-quality plant remedies, that is founded on the same mission as PromptHealth; to help people find holistic options. Just like PromptHealth, A.Vogel believes in incorporating nature to maintain our health and wellness. Continue learning through our Instagram Live with A.Vogel’s medical advisor, Owen Wiseman  - continue learning more about strengthening your immune system through there!


What Exactly is The Immune System?

Your immune system is a complex apparatus that battles viruses, germs, and fungus from invading your body. This mechanism has the ability to eliminate cancer cells. Several actors are involved in this work: white cells, which are defense cells of various types that circulate in the blood; cells with defensive capacity that are in the tissues and do not circulate; and substances or biochemical mediators, which are used directly against invaders or as warning and control messages.


In other words, we have a highly specialized army that employs a wide range of weaponry as well as a sophisticated reconnaissance, identification, and extermination system, all while being managed by a highly accurate information system.

Can this system be improved? It is not required to improve such a developed, complicated, tremendously effective, and comprehensive defense system. What we should do is let our immune system function normally without getting in the way.


Protecting Your System > Improving Your System

It is not required to improve such a developed, complicated, tremendously effective, and comprehensive defense system. What we should do is let our immune system function normally without getting in the way.


We can do this by distracting the defense system as little as possible. Consider the ambulances that respond to crises. If they begin to get more bogus calls on a particular day, it is evident that the system will begin to fail in its goal of properly responding to crises.


Similarly, the stress response created in reaction to events that we perceive to be harmful, whatever they may be, works to arouse alerts throughout the body and prioritize processes that allow for immediate physical defense in order to have alternatives to overcome or flee from danger. Keeping the body on constant alert depletes and distracts the immune defense system. But what if our alarm systems are set off by mortgage payments, my neighbor's attitude, or simply viewing the red news?


The solution is to persuade our bodies that everything is alright by using our senses to send a message to lessen the alert. The senses are used to produce these comforting signals. The five senses were designed with this goal in mind: to inform the body. They all serve a purpose.


Employing Your Senses to Serve Your System

Everything we see must be viewed in the context of a harmonious landscape. Nature's blue and green colours are quite soothing, and if you can't go for a stroll, consider looking at landscape images. 


You must enjoy the fragrances and aromas that we like the most. Those are the ones that are effective, and we may test them while resting or relaxing.


Use the sense of touch by taking a hot shower and enjoying the fall of water, resting in a bathtub, strolling on the warm floor, or getting a body massage.


For taste, we can experiment with various fruits, veggies, and nuts. We want to convey to the body that there is both diversity and sufficiency. Trying different scents of tea works extremely well. 


The ear is not as demanding. Nature sounds, such as pouring water, birds, or low frequencies obtained just by browsing the internet, will do the job. Along with that, listening to instrumental music that calms our body down is beneficial in relaxing the body after a long day.


Below are some general tips that use two or more of the senses. Take deep breaths while going outside, and dance to music that you enjoy and that thrills you. Remember that sensory stimulation should be done every day for at least 15 minutes and on a consistent basis. 


Looking for Other Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System?


Join our PromptHealth community, where you can learn about all your options for immune health and learn directly from the knowledge shared by all types of wellness professionals. If you are a health and wellness provider, join today and start sharing and collaborating with other professionals. Start sharing your content on one universal platform, and begin building your online presence along with your holistic practice. Check it out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android. Share this information with your colleagues and tag @prompthealth. 

3 Snow Shoveling Solutions to Combat Your Back Pain
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3 Snow Shoveling Solutions to Combat Your Back Pain

January has come again, and this time of year often brings frigid temperatures and a healthy amount of snow. Whether you shovel or snow blow, the process of clearing snow is not an easy task, and you are often left feeling like you have done a full workout. Back pain is a common side effect caused by shoveling snow, and when winter lasts as long as it can here in Canada, it is important to know how you can get help.


Effects of Shoveling On Your Back

For what seems like a simple task, shoveling actually places a lot of stress on the body. First and foremost, you are lifting a lot of weight with your shovel. Six inches of snow covering a standard double driveway can carry a weight of up to 1,500 pounds! A single shovel load can weigh up to 25 pounds, which is a lot of weight being moved and a lot of stress on your back. Repeated movements and twisting your body can cause pain as well, not to mention the added strain caused by extreme temperatures. Essentially, shoveling snow is a very common cause of back pain. But you have to shovel, so what can you do to ease your back pain?


The Solution: Pick for Yourself!

Well, the good news is that you have options! 


  1. Exercise is one great way to combat back pain. From strength training to yoga, the options are limitless. Dr. Marc Bijman, Doctor of Chiropractic, discussed with us the benefits of exercise and how it can combat back pain. 


“Although there are numerous types of exercise that are meant to strengthen your core and prevent further back pain, it is so much more important to be consistent with getting physical exercise in than specific exercises that are only done once or twice and then forgotten about after. For most people, they don’t get enough strength training in their day to day. Strengthening is the most effective, as we are building the muscle mass to maintain a healthy aging versus short term relief through stretching.”


Along with strength training, Dr. Kristie Griffiths tells us more about using yoga to heal musculo-skeletal conditions in our podcast: 


Movement is extremely helpful to managing back pain. Beyond that, there’s a level of mindfulness that comes with reducing stress - which is a huge indicator of back pain. What’s great about the yoga practice is that it combines the physical approach while also addressing the mental space that can create physical problems in the body.”


2. Complimentary Care is a combination of multiple modalities; which can include physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture. Physical therapies can offer an alternative to over-the-counter remedies, and provide longer-lasting relief through the use of a personalized regimen. Chiropractic care can provide huge pain relief and a wide range of benefits. 


3. Conservative care is also known as traditional care; which includes pain medications and topical treatments. These solutions may provide temporary relief, but the pain often returns after a while. The best solutions to back pain are consistent, to strengthen your back for the future.


Our blog gives some options that are out there when it comes to back pain, but this is in no way an exhaustive list. Remember that you have options when it comes to your healthcare, and the best way to find the right care is to investigate everything that is out there. 


What other solutions can you think of to solve back pain? Join our PromptHealth community, where you can share your knowledge, inter-refer, and connect with other health professionals. Start sharing your content on one universal platform, and begin building your online presence along with your holistic practice. Check it out for yourself at www.prompthealth.ca and download the PromptHealth app on iOS and Android. Share this information with your colleagues and tag @prompthealth. 

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Free Sleep 101 Webinar
04
NOV

Free Sleep 101 Webinar

  • Virtual event
  • 2021/11/04 09:00 PM - 2021/11/04 10:00 PM (your local time)

Special Announcement!


I am so excited, to share this opportunity with you !


On Thursday, November 4th, 2021 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, I will be co-hosting a Sleep 101 Webinar!


My business partners & I are hosting are teaming up to provide tips, bedtime routine suggestions & overall healthy habits to help ensure you have a long & restful nights sleep

!


This particular webinar is a great opportunity for you to learn all about WHY you are not sleeping well & HOW you can get back to it!


We hope to see you there!

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE END OF MY CANCER JOURNEY
Jennifer Smrz
2021/10/29
1min read

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE END OF MY CANCER JOURNEY

We shared Jenn’s incredible story of living with breast cancer and depression over a year ago. Ever since being published on RedLily® we have seen her grow monumentally and replace the sadness and unknowing feelings, with positivity and motivation. In Part 2, she shares how the cancer came back but is determined to beat it for good. Please read & share in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thank you, Jennifer Smrz!

Kerrie-Lee Brown,

Founder & Publisher of RedLily®

xo


https://redlilylife.com/.../hoping-this-is-the-end-of-my.../

GRAND OPENING - KELOWNA
28
OCT

GRAND OPENING - KELOWNA

  • At 1555 Banks Road, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 2021/10/28 05:00 PM - 2021/11/30 06:00 PM (your local time)

Move Health & Wellness is proud to announce our newest location in Kelowna, BC.


We are co-located with @JNHCanada inside the Walmart Supercentre on 1555 Banks Road. 🥳🍾📣 come by for a tour and book a consultation today!!

Tabi Padidar
2021/10/23

Flourish TCM Clinic specializes in non-narcotic and non-invasive practices in healing pain such as headaches, chronic pain, joint pain, back pain, and Sciatica. Flourish TCM Clinic uses Chinese Medicine Bio-Current Massage Treatment which combines the benefits of acupuncture, cupping, Tui Na (Chinese acupressure massage), and Gua-Sha as well as Cold Laser Acupuncture to treat any body, mind or internal organ conditions. We combining the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine to take a holistic approach to preventing and reversing diseases. We believe the healing has to be from within.

Our Philosophy
Tabi Padidar
2021/10/23
1min read

Our Philosophy

Flourish TCM Clinic specializes in non-narcotic and non-invasive practices in healing pain such as headaches, chronic pain, joint pain, back pain, and Sciatica. Flourish TCM Clinic uses Chinese Medicine Bio-Current Massage Treatment which combines the benefits of acupuncture, cupping, Tui Na (Chinese acupressure massage), and Gua-Sha as well as Cold Laser Acupuncture to treat any body, mind or internal organ conditions. We combining the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine to take a holistic approach to preventing and reversing diseases and heal the body and mind from within.

Stress Eating: Why We Do It and 4 Ways to Overcome It With Mindful Eating
Alexa Jackson
2021/10/21
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Stress Eating: Why We Do It and 4 Ways to Overcome It With Mindful Eating

In the wake of a global pandemic, there is a new understanding of the role stress and anxiety can play in our everyday habits. One topic I have heard more about than ever before is stress eating. Clients tell me about it as if they are reporting the weather, “I have gained five pounds in the last few months…. I have been doing a lot of stress eating”. I am grateful for how comfortable my clients feel talking to me about this.


However, I also see it as a sign that stress and stress eating have become almost accepted as our new normal!


Yikes!


Our bodies and our health are not designed to withstand prolonged stress. I am a firm believer in not just managing our stress, but also reducing it.


Overeating, as a result of stress eating or emotional eating, takes its toll. Most often weight gain is the main complaint, but depending on where those calories come from, overeating may also increase our risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and chronic disease.


So how do we tackle stress eating and emotional eating in a healthy way? Let us start by understanding mechanisms that are making us reach for food in the first place—executive functioning and conditioning.


Executive Functioning

Executive functions are a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. When our executive functions are working well, they allow us to make good, well-thought-out decisions. They are at their best when we are well-rested, well-oxygenated, and are relaxed. When we are tired, oxygen-deprived or under stress, our executive functions don’t work as well. We aren’t as quick or as clear in our decisions.

When someone tells me that they “don’t have any willpower around food” I always think about executive functioning.


Consider this. What time of day do you struggle the most with emotional eating or stress eating? In my practice, I don’t think I have ever had a client tell me “first thing in the morning.” They typically tell me “later in the day” or “evening.” This makes sense. This is when we are most tired, following the stressors of our day.


Conditioning

Conditioning is a learned behaviour in response to a “condition”. These learned responses often come from our childhood or past experiences, leading us to associate a certain condition with a specific response. In essence, when we are in a particular environment, or experience a certain sound, taste, emotion, etc., we may respond in a specific—learned—way.


For example, in childhood, perhaps someone gave us a food “treat” when we were upset to help make us feel better and stop crying. The action seems innocent enough, but when the situation is repeated over and over again, we can become conditioned. We may start to associate having “treats” with making us feel better. Then later, as adults, we reach for food for comfort.


Often we are not conscious this is happening, unless we pay close attention to our thoughts, emotions and actions. This is the beginning of what we call “mindful eating”.


As you set out to overcome stress eating, I would like to give you some important advice:


1. Let go of shame and guilt – There are some strong internal powers at play. There may be times when you still give into stress eating along the way. Be gentle with yourself.


2. Have patience – Changing our behaviours means retraining our brain to be conditioned in a new way around food. It will take time.


3. It is okay to intentionally choose to have a “treat” – The idea is not to avoid all the foods you enjoy; it is about being aware of why you are eating. Don't just eat mindlessly.


In my practice, I often spend several sessions working on mindful eating. However, if you are ready to get started, here are 4 steps to get going:


1. Focus on regular, well balanced meals – If you are hungry because you are skipping meals or eating more processed foods, you might have a tougher time tuning into the difference between physiological hunger and emotional eating. Start by nourishing your body well.


2. Keep a journal – It can be helpful to track your hunger, emotions, and thoughts as they come up along the way. You can use any kind of journal you like, but if you are looking for one that focuses on eating, check out my Daily Health & Self-Care Journal.


3. Pause before you eat – As best as you can, try to slow down before you put any food in your mouth. Take a few seconds to reflect on the emotion you are feeling at that moment (e.g. tired, stressed, excited, bored, and so on). No judgement about the emotion, just write it down in your journal, along with some details about what was happening in your day at that time.


4. Look for patterns – After a week or so, review your journal to see if there are any common themes in the emotions you wrote down. This might help you uncover the triggering emotions or situations.


Once you have created an awareness around your eating behaviours, you can then start to use some mindful eating techniques to start shifting to healthier habits.


As well, it is important to look for healthier ways of handling our stress and emotions.


Remember, stress eating and weight gain are often the symptoms of something deeper. It is equally important to address the underlying emotional concern as well.


As a trauma-informed practitioner, I understand how emotional eating and body confidence may be intertwined with past trauma. Whether you have struggled with c-PTSD or have simply had upsetting experiences with past weight loss programs, my priority is to provide a safe, judgement free space to work on your health. I offer one on one and group programs, to best meet individual needs.


Food for thought.

Cortisol And Sleep
Annie Savage
2021/10/13
3mins read

Cortisol And Sleep

Cortisol and Sleep

 

What do we do when we still can’t find restful sleep, even after we’ve perfected our sleep routine? In this article we’re going to look at the effect of cortisol on our sleep cycles.


What is Cortisol and Where Does it Come From?

Cortisol is your stress hormone, released from the adrenal glands, under stressful stimulus. A stressful situation can be anything from an argument with your partner, to anxiety about work the following day, to missing a meal. Your body doesn’t understand the difference between types of stress, so any type of perceived negative event, thought or situation will cause cortisol to be released.


More On Cortisol

Cortisol is a diurnal rhythm hormone. This means that cortisol is released in a certain rhythm naturally, depending on the time of day. In a normal, healthy person, cortisol is released early in the morning, peaking shortly after waking. This is the stimulation that wakes us up, and mobilizes our blood sugars so that we wake up with a bit of energy and hungry for breakfast. As the day moves forward, cortisol should have a nice slope downwards, called a diurnal slope. By the evening, cortisol should be low, eliciting a nice relaxed feeling. In the evening and into the night, cortisol stays level until the early hours of the morning when it will increase again, waking us up.


What About Stress?

When we are under stress, cortisol is released from the adrenal glands. This begins the “fight or flight” cascade of hormones. Under stress, our body thinks we are in imminent danger so it directs our blood supply away from digestive organs, and out to the periphery. Pupils will dilate, you may become sweaty or flushed and feel like you’re trembling. Under this high cortisol picture, you don’t feel relaxed, and you won’t be able to sleep. Typically, stress doesn’t last long, and cortisol diminishes, leaving all these symptoms to disappear, and you return to your relaxed state.


If you’re chronically stressed, your cortisol hormone can be chronically elevated, and if it remains high into the evening, that elevation can make it difficult to fall asleep. You may have the feeling that you’re ‘tired but wired’ so you can’t fall asleep. In this situation, it is best to manage stress to naturally reduce the level of cortisol, so that you can fall asleep easily.


I Can Fall Asleep, But I Always Wake Up!

Another possible scenario is that cortisol that is spiking in the middle of the night. Sometimes, after long periods of chronic stress, the diurnal rhythm of cortisol is affected. Cortisol can be low enough at in the early night to allow you to fall asleep, but random increases occur, which wake you up. When this happens, you wake in the middle of the night or early morning feeling very alert, and possibly anxiety or stress.


Testing Cortisol

At Bay Wellness Centre, we often do either salivary or urine testing to determine what the cortisol curve looks like for you specifically. We get 4 samples of either urine or saliva; one in the morning, one at lunch, one in the evening and one at bedtime. This way, we can plot the data on a graph to give us an idea of when cortisol is high and when it is low. With this information we can treat you to re-balance the release of cortisol, allowing for easy, restful sleep.

Core Strength for Better Posture and Less Pain Our core consists of not just our abdominal muscles, but our back as well, in fact, the area from our chest to our hips is considered our core. Often, weak core muscles are responsible for back pain and poor posture, leading to injury when doing daily activities. The good news is, with a good core strengthening program, the core muscles improve very quickly. A strong core and better posture also help us look slimmer! Do you want to look and feel better in the next 8 weeks? I'd be happy to chat about what I can do to help you, not only strengthen your core, look and feel better, inside and out. Contact me at cindy@revivehealthandfitness.ca or visit my website to learn more. www.revivehealthandfitness.ca

Arthritis pain management
1min read

Arthritis pain management

Did you know?


  • The WHO has listed Acupuncture as an effective therapy, proved through controlled trials, for Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The WHO has listed Acupuncture as having a therapeutic effect for Osteoarthritis (but requires further proof).
  • "1 in 5 Canadians live every day with arthritis and there is no cure." - Arthritis Society (Arthritis.ca)


Acupuncture can help with:

  • pain management
  • mobility
  • decreasing inflammation
  • rest, relaxation, sleep
Become Your Inner Healer-Learn Usui Reiki Level 1 Training
23
OCT

Become Your Inner Healer-Learn Usui Reiki Level 1 Training

Ozzie Kipnes
Finished
  • Virtual event
  • 2021/10/23 07:00 AM - 2021/10/24 12:00 AM (your local time)

This is your invitation to come and learn Reiki, a Japanese healing technique designed to bring peace and calmness to your body and soul. This is your self-care practice. Your healing/relaxation technique that you will have at a snap of a finger for the rest of your life.


Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki Level 1 Training, Master the Art of Self-Care by discovering your Inner Healer


Get ready to:

-clear emotional blocks

-get rid of stagnant energy

-raise your vibration

-relieve stress and anxiety

-strengthen your intuition


In this class, we will discuss the history of Usui and Holy Fire® III Reiki, receive the Holy Fire® placement (attunement) and enjoy beautiful meditation ceremonies.


Reiki is ideal for those open to embracing an energetic, intuitive approach to healing.

Learn Reiki Level 1
23
OCT

Learn Reiki Level 1

Ozzie Kipnes
Finished
  • At 207-2678 West Broadway Vancouver, Bc, V6k 2G3, Canada
  • 2021/10/23 07:00 AM - 2021/10/24 12:00 AM (your local time)

This is your invitation to come and learn Reiki, a Japanese healing technique designed to bring peace and calmness to your body and soul. This is your self-care practice. Your healing/relaxation technique that you will have at a snap of a finger for the rest of your life.


Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki Level 1 Training, Master the Art of Self-Care by discovering your Inner Healer


Get ready to:

-clear emotional blocks

-get rid of stagnant energy

-raise your vibration

-relieve stress and anxiety

-strengthen your intuition

In this class, we will discuss the history of Usui and Holy Fire® III Reiki, receive the Holy Fire® placement (attunement) and enjoy beautiful meditation ceremonies.


Time: 10am-5pm

Date: Saturday October 23, 2021

Location: Elements Wellness Centre, Vancouver BC

Summer Wellness Series Wrap Up
12mins read

Summer Wellness Series Wrap Up


As the last month of Summer 2021 begins, it’s time to reflect back on all that we learned about health and wellness. As part of PromptHealth’s Summer Virtual Wellness Series, we had the opportunity to sit down and speak with different experts on the topics of mental health, understanding our bodies, fitness, nutrition, and emotional health and lifestyle. For a summary of what we learned, keep reading below!


Mental Health 

When it comes to taking care of our mental health, there are so many proven methods to choose from. Did you know that acupressure can actually help with your mental health? We spoke to Clara from AcuPro Academy to explain this. Acupressure is the process of inserting tiny needles, as small as a strand of hair, into the area on the body being treated, which triggers mynute nerves that send signals to the brain to trigger the body to self heal and balance itself. Another method to support your mental health journey is through how you actually think. Dr. Shaheem explained that as humans, we are always looking for things to make us feel good and give us dopamine. However, when we get that feeling of extreme happiness and normalizes as it naturally will over time, that feeling subsides. When we are confronted by unpredictable circumstances your first instinct is to resist and pull from things we cannot control. Instead, stop and reflect. Take a breath and allow yourself to make better decisions with a clear mind - that’s when you thrive. A fun way to teach yourself to think positively is through laughter yoga. We learned from the Laughing Lovebugs that laughter improves your mental, physical, and emotional health all at the same time. Even spending 5 minutes a day can boost your mood and put you in a better headspace to tackle the day. Your body and brain does not know the difference between real and fake laughter, so our bodies get to take advantage of the happy chemicals our body releases like dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, even if we are fake laughing. 


Breathwork and meditation is another way to give yourself a break and focus on relaxation. It is a balancing practice that is safe for everyone to try. Payal Khanwani’s breathwork routine involves finding somewhere comfortable to sit and arriving in your position by taking a few moments to feel yourself in your body. Inhale into your stomach and expand the belly. Then, try the nostril breathing technique: with your index and middle finger down, block your right nostril with your thumb and inhale with the left nostril. take your ring finger and cover your other nostril, releasing your thumb from the right as you exhale. continue inhaling and exhaling through each nostril for 4 counts each way and equal in length. If you are feeling more anxious or stressed, make the exhalations longer to help with letting go of negative emotions. Inhale for 4 and exhale for 6 or 8 counts, depending on lung capacity. Adjust the counts as you’d like to until the practice is comfortable for you. Finally, Dr. Nima walked us through healing from attachment trauma. For many people, there are emotional attachment traumas that they go through in their childhood that they don't ever heal from. Our emotional injuries show in our bodies, from our posture to our ability to make eye contact; to heal from this, guidance is needed to become “unstuck” in our lives, which is where finding expert care comes in. 


Understanding Our Bodies

On the topic of understanding our bodies, Dr. Sheldon Bjorgaard from MOVE Health and Wellness explained how people may suffer from insulin resistance without even knowing it. Insulin resistance occurs when the cells in your body don’t respond to insulin anymore and therefore can’t use the glucose in your blood for energy. Your body creates more insulin to make up for it and over time, your blood sugar levels go up. If you notice changes in your weight or level of energy, you may benefit from testing for insulin resistance and getting on a health plan that will support you. Michael David Huey talked about how what is in our genes affects how our bodies function, all throughout our lives. The gut microbiome is acquired by everyone at the time of birth; richness is the total number of bacterial species that are in your gut microbiome and diversity is the amount of individual species of different bacteria in your gut. Being intentional about hydration, your gut, and your sleep, watch what happens to your skin, energy levels, and overall health. Dr. Marc Bijman spoke about spinal health and how it is a general indication of your overall health. Like many health topics, there are a lot of myths around spinal health so it's important to not believe everything you hear, unless it comes from a credible source. Our bodies are adaptable and resilient, as long as you slowly adapt your body, it is capable of a lot. When it comes to your spine, your best option is to invest in preventive care. 


Hormonal health is another great way to understand your body. We spoke to the Menopause Chicks to better understand the process. Because of the way menopause has been depicted in the media, there is often a lot of misconceptions and misinformation being spread about how it actually looks and is experienced. Menopause happens on the12 month anniversary of your last period, and marks the end of our reproductive lifestage, and of menstruation. The period of time before menopause is called perry menopause which is when your hormones are fluctuating, preparing our body for menopause. The same way a young girl’s body prepares for puberty. For men, we spoke to Dr. Pollock about how 50% of men over 40 experience erectile dysfunction. Men may not realize some subtle symptoms they are experiencing, such as low testosterone. To help with this, lifestyle changes are very important, aerobic exercise 4-5 times a week at a moderate or high level. Another tip he gave was to stop watching pornography, as it increases the threshold that men can get an erection. 


Lastly, an important part of understanding our bodies is to make sure you are getting complete and effective care. We spoke to JR Burgess about how patients can ensure they’re getting the best quality care. He explained that it is important to ask the practitioner that you are working with if they feel they can help regenerate or restore you through their treatment, rather than helping you manage it. Learning how to ask powerful questions will greatly benefit you in finding the right treatments. 


Fitness

On the topic of fitness, we spoke to Mark Campbell on the benefits of TRX training. TRX training is a form of exercise that uses suspension cables, your own body weight, and gravity to create resistance. It helps increase: strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core, and joint stability. The movements can be adjusted to meet any fitness level, making it a good choice for almost anyone, and there are so many different ways you can use the TRX to reap the benefits. We also had the opportunity to speak to Farinaz Lari, Olympic Gold Medalist, about creating the mindset of a champion. Farinaz told us that investing in a mindset coach can be highly influential and helpful for maintaining the motivation for a goal. Something you can try at home yourself without any professional help is to try not to turn on your phone immediately when you wake up. Instead, have some meditative time with yourself, even just 10 minutes in the morning. Setting your day up at the beginning through gratitude gets you in touch with your intention and your “why.” During these 10 minutes, think about what you are grateful for; the repetition of understanding how grateful you are for what you do will give you energy and help you enjoy what you do! 


Looking for a physical workout? We spent some time with Bree Munno from Balance with Bree as she walked us through a simple summer at-home workout. Check it out on our Instagram or on the Knowledge tab on our site to watch and follow along!


Nutrition

For our nutrition segment, Jenn Messina, a dietician, spoke to us about how we can help our kids have healthy relationships with food and their bodies. Often, our distorted relationship with food as adults affects our children and their relationship with food. Parents are responsible for the where, when, and what, when it comes to food, while the kids are in control of how much, and whether they eat. How a child feels about their body affects many other aspects of their life, and it is important to encourage healthy relationships with food from early on. No matter what their body size is, there are many people who are never fully satisfied with their body, and that makes us realize that it is not about the appearance of our bodies, it is about the way we feel about our bodies and the relationship we have with it. Jill Schmelke, a nutritionist, covered healthy hydration and happy hormones. Hydration is something people tend to overlook. Did you know that tap water does not hydrate you on a cellular level? Adding lemon and sea salt to your water in the morning, as well as getting in electrolytes throughout the day helps deepen your hydration. A lot of people are struggling with hormone balance but do not realize it. Some signs and symptoms include weight gain and weight loss, pain and stiffness, and increased thirst. She reminded us that diet and nutrition are very important for your hormones, and we should be avoiding sugar and alcohol and instead focus on eating whole foods. 


Andy De Santis, also a dietician, spoke to us about the connection between nutrition and mental health. Three facets to mental health and nutrition include the way you react to different foods physiologically, how you think and feel about food, and the management of conditions that affect your daily quality of life. If you suffer from anxiety, try adding more omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin d, and foods high in antioxidants to your diet. In the winter, due to the lack of sun in most places, people need more supplementation for vitamin d. A simple way to incorporate healthy nutrients into your lifestyle is to figure out what nutrients you are likely to be low in, and increase your nutrient intake with foods like legumes and vegetables that you like. Finally, we spoke to Kelly Carter who walked us through three simple, delicious recipes you can easily make at home. 


Emotional Health and Lifestyle

Our final segment of experts covered emotional health and lifestyle improvement. Pari from the Naaji Podcast explained that low self-esteem usually manifests from when you are a child or teenager, which is when you start to criticize yourself. The six pillars for creating self-esteem are living consciously, self acceptance, self responsibility, self assertiveness, living purposely, and self integrity, and it is important to practice building these up to lead a fulfilling life. We need to work hard everyday to change our mindset and opinion of ourselves. Remember, it is not selfish to want to take time and energy for yourself. Samira Hoghoughi stated that when it comes to relationships, we commonly think that our needs are the same. However, everyone's basic needs are different, so the best way to manage conflicts is to firstly understand the needs of the people you’re in a relationship with. Figure out what you want out of the conversations and time you spend with your partner or people in your life. Communicate your needs about what you need and why so they better understand. Remember to make your needs clear, accurate and doable!


Rao Kolusu reminded us to practice meditation in our daily lives. When you are at work, try to take one minute of each hour to take deep breaths, and recenter yourself. You will find you are more focused and are more intentional about the work you are doing.Take deep breaths and inhale into your stomach, letting your belly expand and retract with each deep inhale and exhale. Being in the present is so crucial to your yoga practice, and approaching life in general. Solmaz Barghgir explained that the most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. If our relationship with ourselves is full of self hate, we will be more likely to enter into and attract toxic relationships. This is why we must connect with what we value in ourselves and the world around us, and then behave according to those values. Next we must figure out what brings us a sense of purpose. Without feeling like we are bringing value into the world through our sense of purpose, we may feel empty and lost. We need to look out onto the horizon of our life, and look into our future. If we can see our horizon, the one we want without limiting beliefs and negative thoughts this will guide us to getting what we want out of life.


With our Summer Virtual Wellness Series concluded, we hope you learned as much as we did! To watch all of the mentioned sessions, please visit our Knowledge tab where you will find the full videos. 


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Insulin Resistance in the Context of Weight Management

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Dr. Sheldon Bjorgaard, naturopathic physician at MOVE Health & Wellness, will teach us about the connection between insulin and weight management.

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Healthy Hydration & Happy Hormones

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Please visit @prompthealth on Instagram at 11:00 AM (PDT) on July 27th to join the live event. 

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