The situation is serious, but there is a bright spot: Almost all the factors that contribute to NAFLD (Non alcoholic fatty liver disease) are related to lifestyle. Changing what you eat, exercising more, and reducing toxins in your environment can significantly improve your liver’s health. With these interventions, NAFLD is largely preventable and, until its latest stages, reversible.
February is the month of purification. The holidays are behind us and the pressure of making and keeping resolutions has either made its way into our daily lives or is waiting in the wings for another chance. February reminds us that spring is on it's way.
Begin your February purification with therapeutic massage, manual lymphatic drainage or energetic balancing with Reiki.
There is so much information available nowadays regarding nutrition and how it affects literally every part of our life, health, mood and everything in between. For so long people have been eating to…well, just eat. To fulfill a craving or to satisfy our basic hunger without much thought of fueling the body and mind with the vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that we need to live healthy lives. Over the past several decades, more and more of our food has become processed and over processed.
As a young child in the 1970’s, I loved vegetables, as long as they were in a can. I can remember canned French green beans, corn, carrots, and peas (NO lima beans THANK YOU!!) being stacked in the cabinet. How could meals get any better than this? No sooner had we asked the question when the answer came…TV dinners! A new trend and a must have. Hungry Man turkey and mashed potatoes (at least that's what they said it was) fried chicken, pot pie: All complete with a processed veggie and dessert on the side. I ate them up. We all did.
Then came the microwave. WOW!! Anything I wanted in less than 30 seconds! All prepared in convenient, toxic, plastic trays no less. You name it, we cooked it in the micro. What could be more convenient than meals in under a minute? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Fast Food chains. McDonalds MY FAVORITE…at least until Wendy's came along. I wonder why my thyroid is shot. That's another story for another time.
I ate anything and everything terrible that they gave us. Sadly, at that time we did not know it was terrible for us. Today we know better and I am happy to say there is no microwave in my house: No TV dinners, no canned veggies and no McDonalds. I am so happy to make a meal or snack that is fresh, whole food. It is a common occurrence to have a veggie tray available when the kids are playing outside. The rule is to eat a different color every time you grab something. Today’s tray has broccoli, snap peas, carrots, tomatoes, and celery.
Studies have proven that a diet FULL of Mother Nature’s goodness and FRESH vegetables and fruits is not only good for us, it is necessary for our bodies and mind to operate at optimal levels. The anti-inflammatory effects of the “greens” are amazing. If you start to incorporate them into your diet on a daily basis instead of the man made “factory” foods you will begin to see an amazing difference. Your body will thank you for it!
As a massage therapist' I see a lot of people that complain of a general all over muscle aches and pains. Complaints of joint stiffness, chronic neck and low back pain, and disrupted sleep are common. One of the main reasons for all of these complaints is an underlying low-level chronic inflammation due to our diet. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. Without it, we can't heal. Foods that are processed, high in sugar and saturated fat can spur on the inflammation. They cause over activity in the immune system, which can lead to joint pain, fatigue, and damage to our bodies. While massage therapy is one AMAZING tool to help with all of the aforementioned, it is imperative to have a healthy diet FULL of FRESH fruits and vegetables. Not only are they low in calories but they are anti-inflammatory, high in much needed phytochemicals, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Experts recommend that we eat AT LEAST 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. If you can count on one hand the amount of freshness you have had today then you might need to reconsider what you are putting in to your mouth. So many fruits and vegetables are convenient and travel well, like apples, oranges, pears, & baby carrots. Slice up some cucumbers, zucchini and peppers add in some snap peas and a healthy dip and you have yourself a healthy snack.
I love these article/slideshow on the power of adding fresh fruits & vegetables to your day. Not for the weight loss as much as it shows how power packed these babies are with nutrients. Please pick one to add to your daily meals. Enjoy!
What do you do to celebrate your mother? Throughout the world mother's are celebrated in a variety of traditions. While here in the US it has become very commercialized it was originally to be a day of personal celebration between mothers and families.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.
Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.
Celebrate and pamper your mom! Give her a few hours to herself to unwind and relax.
It has been proven that massage therapy provides a host of benefits not only to your body but your life in general. Besides the fact that massage can be very relaxing and decrease your stress it also can lower blood pressure, reduce muscle spams and tension, help with fibromyalgia symptoms and improve your sleep.
According to an article posted by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals you need a massage now more than ever! Find that article here. http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/1363/Now-More-Than-Ever-You-Need-a-Massage.
Truly, massage is more than a luxury--it's a vital part of self-care that has a positive ripple effect on us as we work, play, and care for others.
Take care of yourself today by scheduling a much needed and well deserved massage.