Sunday, February 9, 2014

Complementary and Aleternative medicine (CAM)

 Since 2000, we have been able to read much research regarding yoga and its benefits. The National Institute of Health Research has started to fund many of these studies to the growth of western trained medical doctors inspired to study this ancient techniques.

Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults: United States, 2002

Friday, February 7, 2014

We Feel What We Eat

Often times we hear health practitioners, our friends or family members make excuses such as, “It comes with age,” when talking about illnesses ranging from chronic aches and pains to cancer. This leads many of us to lose hope when thinking about our old age and to believe that these things are just a part of getting older. But this is not true. There are many elderly people who lead vibrant, healthy lives. And, sadly, there are many young people who suffer from illness and disease. I, myself, have had debilitating back pain since I was 12 years old.

Some of what happens to us is clearly out of our control. However, there are also many things we can do to fortify ourselves and help prevent some common ailments. One simple way to start is with our nutrition. I often hear people talk about how cheaply they can get dinner here or there, or which supermarkets are having specials, but this cheap and “fast” food has very little nutritional value.

Steaming organic veggies in balsamic or apple cider vinegar or sautéing organic veggies in coconut oil is easy and tasty and can assist the body in feeling better and the mind in becoming less anxious. Knowing where your food comes from is a good place to start—know how far your food had to travel to get to your plate.

Recently I was in Washington, D.C., attending the Medical Yoga Symposium and heard a speaker named Sandra McLanahan, who co-authored the book, Surgery and Its Alternatives: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health. It is a point of view that most of us have not heard—that we can choose to let go of our illnesses and instead to be healthy and happy, and to enjoy life.

We can accomplish this through eating a balanced diet of  75% fruits and vegetables, coupled with meditation, exercise and deep breathing. By doing these things, we get the nutrients the body needs and help keep the mind healthy and positive. This helps move out the stagnant emotions, energy and thoughts that have been sitting within us collecting dust. With toxic thoughts and living on an unhealthy processed diet, we make our bodies work twice as hard, leaving them little room to fight off many illnesses.

It is a great idea to do a juice cleanse several times a year, to help clean house. But you can also start small—try eating raw or plain steamed vegetables for just one day. In 2014, choose to be healthy, choose to feel good! Find hope in the beautiful aging process, instead of resigning yourself to an old age filled with aches and illness. I want you to take the steps to health by exercising, eating more vegetables, drinking more water, and breathing more deeply. Think you can? I would love to hear about it at BambooMoves: