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Women’s Health 2017-06-01T06:37:23+00:00

WOMEN’S HEALTH

So what are some of the more common health issues facing women today?

  • Cysts
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Uticaria
  • Dermatitis
  • Rosacea
  • Canker sores
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colds & flu
  • Weight gain
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • High cholesterol
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Addiction to food, alcohol, coffee, sugar
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Infertility
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Poly cystic ovarian syndrome
  • Vaginitis
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Endometriosis
  • Heart disease & high BP
  • Diabetes
  • Back Problems
  • Addiction to food, alcohol, coffee, sugar

FOUNDATION PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH

Before we consider the strategies that can be used to prevent and heal from these health issues, let’s consider the ‘Foundation Principles’ of health. These principles apply to every human on earth regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or religion and have withstood the test of time. Failure to comply with one or more of these foundation principles will lead you away from optimal health and toward a state of disease.

Organic whole foods
Active lifestyle
Emotional health

Adequate hydration
Mental health
Optimal breathing patterns

Quality sleep patterns
Spiritual health

Taking the time to define optimal health may allow us to better centre our efforts and identify direction in our lives.

Optimal health is not a definitive point in time or a single state of being; it is continually evolving, just as individuals do.  Optimal health may therefore be best represented on a continuum, one that allows us to evolve, to reflect change and to progress forwards in life.

health continuum

Finding your precise location on this continuum may be irrelevant.  Likewise, comparing your position to that of others is not necessarily desirable or productive.  The continuum towards optimal health is not a race, a competition or a method for judging yourself against others.  Optimal health is as unique as the individual.

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DEFINING OPTIMAL HEALTH

By defining optimal health, you can be assured that the choices you make on a daily basis reflect your complete desire to achieve an optimal state of being.  Stated another way, defining optimal health may allow you to increase your awareness of the choices you make that are counter-productive to your progress.

It’s in this way that taking responsibility for your choices, your behaviours and the emotions that shape your life, that you’re able to experience a happier, more fulfilled life.  There is a tremendous amount of self-love that can be gained through this process.

Body Mind Spirit Diagram

Again, optimal health is not a single state of being.  You don’t ever fully actualize optimal health.  It’s only a mirror that allows you to reflect your current state of being and to guide you in the decisions that you make each day.

To change your reflection you must change yourself.  And to change yourself, you must be conscious of how you choose to live your life.

Holistic Healing is process of building people’s awareness and helping them to understand that optimal health includes Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and Mental Health. Neglect in any one area may have a detrimental effect on the other aspects of optimal health and on your life as a whole.

In addition to physical health, Integrative Health Practitioners also need to consider the mental, emotional and spiritual health of their clients.

So how can you make better choices on a daily basis and in the process have a significant positive impact on your life?

30 DAYS 30 WAYS

The research is clear smoking not only increases your chances of getting lung cancer but also shortens your lifespan by 10 years if you haven’t quit by 40 years old.

The best form of exercise is the type that you love doing. Some women love Crossfit and running while others find that Yoga or Tai Chi is more enjoyable. Sustaining an active lifestyle is important to your health, you might as well find something you love doing.

Whether your trying to lose weight, improve the appearance of your skin or overcome joint pain, drinking more water will help. Keep in mind that the water in tea, coffee, fruit juice, sports drinks, and energy drinks doesn’t count towards your 2-3 liters per day.

There are have many recent studies that have looked at municipal drinking water and concluded that despite government regulations, there are still many dangerous contaminants present in tap water after it has gone through treatment facilities. These chemicals include fluoride, chlorine, radioactive contaminants, pharmaceutical drugs, lead/aluminum and other heavy metals, and arsenic.

The implications to your health can be considerable:

  • Damage to your teeth
  • Increased fracture risk
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Decreased thyroid function
  • Increased cancer risk (i.e. bladder, rectal, breast)
  • Increased risk of birth defects
  • Premature aging of the skin
  • Increased risk of asthma
  • Exposure to antibiotics, birth control pills, painkillers, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. It’s difficult to predict the health consequences of this exposure.
  • Nerve, brain and kidney damage
  • Increased risk for all forms of cancer

Consider finding a ‘grateful rock’ or other small meaningful object that you can carry around with you each day. At least once per day pull this rock out of your pocket and express how grateful you are for something in your life. Being grateful on a daily basis will enhance the quality of your life and lead to greater happiness.

Research is now demonstrating that prolonged sitting (sedentary lifestyle) is a significant risk factor for disease. In other words, the more time your butt is parked in a chair, the higher your risk of suffering from obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. And no, working out three times per week for an hour does not reduce these risks.

Helpful Tips

  • Purchase a stand up desk
  • Purchase a treadmill desk
  • Set your alarm and get out of your chair for 10 minutes per hour. Use this time to perform breathing exercises, hold Yoga poses, or perform some lunges.
  • Go for a walk during your lunch break

There is always going to be an excuse to drink; birthdays, holidays, post-breakups, work events, happy hour, Fridays, Saturdays. The challenge is that alcohol is a drug that can damage your body in many ways. Everything from contributing to unhealthy skin to causing a ‘leaky gut’ to gastrointestinal problems and even increasing your risk for mouth, esophageal, stomach, liver and colon cancer.

There is no safe limit for alcohol but if you are going to drink keep it to no more than two drinks in any one day and a maximum of seven (7) standard drinks per week. Equally important, to allow your liver to heal, have at least three days in a row where no alcohol is consumed.

In his incredible book ‘The Happiness Advantage’, Shawn Achor explains why the formula for happiness we’ve all been taught by our parents, our schools, our companies, and society is actually backwards. “That is: If you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy.”

Shawn goes on to explain why this formula is broken and how extensive research has shown that “Waiting to be happy limits our brain’s potential for success, whereas cultivating positive brains makes us more motivated, efficient, resilient, creative, and productive, which drives performance upward.”

Forget their title, Integrative Health Practitioner, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Doctor, Naturopath, Osteopath, Massage Therapist, or Kinesiologist, and find someone who is willing to listen to you, be compassionate, and form a relationship based on mutual respect. Add to this an excellent skill set and years of experience and you’ve found someone you can work with for the rest of your life.

The practitioners at the Body Genius Institute pride themselves on meeting these types of standards and have a referral network of other high quality practitioners that can assist when needed. You only want to work with the best.

It’s amazing how ‘time flies’ and before you know it you haven’t seen your friends for a few months. Certainly you weren’t avoiding them or angry with them, life has simply been so busy, right?

Guess what! Life is always going to be busy and there will always be things to do. And yet time with friends is limited and precious and should be cherished. The only way to make this happen is to schedule a weekly catch up and lock it in place. No cancellations, no ‘something came up’, no excuses.

  • Catch up Wednesday evenings and go to a Yoga class together
  • Meet at the park during lunch break. Take off your shoes, walk around on the grass barefoot and enjoy quality conversation.
  • Include your partners and have a Friday evening meal
  • Saturday morning ‘spin’ class followed by a green smoothie sounds lovely
  • Sunday afternoon walk along the beach, divine

We all want to feel loved and to be appreciated. We rely heavily on our families for support and guidance. At times we may feel let down, misunderstood or unappreciated. But when it counts our family is there to support us, love us, and to show compassion.

Like any relationship family bonding needs to be cultivated and nurtured. Far too often we take our family for granted and simply expect them to be there for us, because … well … they are family. And yet if we reflect on our commitment to our family over the last year we may realize it hasn’t been as strong as it should have been.

TIME = LOVE

  • Sunday roast is a fabulous way to end the week. No cancellations, no ‘something came up’, no excuses.
  • Saturday morning swims at the beach lifts your spirits.
  • Shopping for fresh food at the markets together followed by a cheeky ‘treat’ and tea is lovely. Engaging in quality conversation builds strong relationships. Cheeky ‘treat’ = organic bliss ball
  • Family dinners around the kitchen table are a fabulous way to spread the love.

This is not necessarily the same as ‘praying’ before meals but rather an opportunity to demonstrate respect for the animals or seafood that gave their life so that you could thrive. Likewise, it is another opportunity to be grateful on a daily basis.

“Dear food, thank you for the love you are giving us now and thank you for the love you have given mother earth and the universe. It is with great love and respect that we bring you into our bodies and we thank you for the sacrifice that you have made. Would you be willing to join us now in mind, body and spirit so that we can make the world a better place for all living beings, now and in the future.”
As you can see from the above example, it is also an opportunity to invite the food into your own body and to let the animal, seafood, fruit/vegetables know that their energy will be used to help us flourish.

Many clients have stated that this practice alone has changed their eating habits. It’s difficult to give thanks for your food when your plate is covered with McDonalds, pizza or other processed foods. These same clients stated that the quality of their food choices improved in direct proportion to how frequently this practice was adhered to.

  Category Comments
1 Organ Meats and Oils Organic, biodynamic, free range.
2 Bone Broth, bone marrow Organic, biodynamic, free range.
3 Herbs and Spices Organic
4 Nuts and Seeds Organic
5 Cacao Organic
6 Fish and Seafood Wild caught
7 Pork Organic, biodynamic, free range.
8 Beef Organic, biodynamic, free range.
9 Eggs and Dairy Organic, biodynamic, free range.
10 Vegetables (Raw and Unprepared) Locally produced, in season, organic.
11 Lamb, Veal and Wild Game Organic, biodynamic, free range.
12 Poultry Organic, biodynamic, free range.
13 Legumes (Cooked) Organic
14 Vegetables (Cooked, blanched, pickled) Locally produced, in season, organic.
15 Plant fats and oils Organic, unrefined
16 Fruit Locally produced, in season, organic
17 Animal Skin and feet Organic, biodynamic, free range.
18 Grains and pseudo-cereals Organic
19 Animal fats and oils Organic, unrefined.

 

Nutrient density refers to the amount of vitamins, minerals and cofactors that a specific type of food contains. Whole food eating is the quickest way to enhance your health and feel fantastic.

Beef Spinach Shrimp
Oysters Crayfish/lobster Kidney beans
Flax seeds Pumpkin seeds Egg yolks
Garlic Turkey Salmon
Pork Raw cacao Beef liver
Sesame seeds/Tahini Peas Lamb
Cashews Crab Mushrooms
Almonds Chicken  

 

Zinc benefits the body in many ways

  • Zinc plays a vital role in many of the body’s systems: Integumentary, gastrointestinal, central nervous system, immune, musculoskeletal, and reproductive.
  • Helps with hormone production
  • Enhances growth and repair
  • Improves immunity
  • Facilitates digestion
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Acts like an anti-oxidant within the body, fighting free-radical damage and slowing the ageing process.
  • By supporting hormonal balance, zinc may reduce the risk for infertility and diabetes.
  • Zinc may enhance energy levels, improve concentration and allow you to heal faster.
  • Zinc enhances metabolism and may assist with maintaining a healthy body weight.

A 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D test will determine whether your levels are optimal.

Sun exposure is the best method for raising your Vitamin D levels. Expose your entire body to the sun until your skin turns a light shade of pink. The best time of day for sun exposure is noon. This should be a daily practice in the spring and summer months.

Foods Rich in Vitamin D

Tuna Egg Yolk Beef Liver
Kidney beans Black beans Mackerel
Salmon Cheese Trout
Cod Liver Oil Mushrooms Fish Roe (Eggs, caviar)

 

When sun exposure and nutrient dense foods are not enough to raise your Vitamin D levels into the optimal range, you can consider a nutritional supplement. A vitamin D3 supplement can be taken orally however this should be done under the guidance of a practitioner. In many cases 8, 000 to 10, 000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 per day are needed in order to elevate levels to the optimal range. Taking less than the ‘therapeutic’ dose will not have the health enhancing or risk reducing benefits desired.

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When under chronic stress, your body releases high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone actually blocks the effects of testosterone and other important sex hormones and can lead to hormonal imbalances.

  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Infertility
  • Poor complexion
  • Skin disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Brain fog

Is your Stress Glass overflowing?

INTENSE EXERCISE
CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
POOR WATER QUALITY
DEHYDRATION
FAMILY
RELATIONSHIPS
POOR SLEEP QUALITY
ALCOHOL COFFEE SUGAR
POOR FOOD CHOICES
ACITIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING
MOTHERHOOD
WORK

Our Integrative Health Practitioners can show you how to use both ‘Reduction Strategies’ and ‘Life Enhancement Strategies’ to lower stress levels. Activities such as slow walking, meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong can all be used effectively for this purpose.

Organ meat refers to the liver, heart, kidney and brain of an animal. In ‘primitive’ cultures organ meats have traditionally been held in high regard and prized for their nutrient density.

In modern cultures offal has fallen out of favour and is now seen as waste or used for pet food – likely at the expense of our own health.

What are the benefits of this nutrient dense food?

  • An abundance of Co-enzyme Q10
  • An abundance of creatine
  • High in cholesterol
  • One of the best dietary sources of Vitamin D
  • Rich in choline
  • Rich in zinc
  • Rich in purines and nitrogen
  • Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • An abundance of protein

And it’s for all of these reasons that organ meats can boost your energy levels and enhance your overall health.

Our Integrative Health Practitioners can teach you how to incorporate organ meats into your diet, either in meals or through supplementation.

  • Liver and onions make a delicious start to the day
  • Find a butcher who will mince organic offal for you. Roll tiny little mince balls the size of peas and place hundreds on an oven tray. Cover with glad wrap and place in the freezer. Each day have 4-6 frozen balls – simply put them in your mouth and wash them down with water.
  • Organic whole food liver supplements in capsules are available.

The top 10 reasons to include bone broth in your daily eating plan.

  1. Bone broth helps to heal leaky gut (intestinal permeability)
  2. Bone broth helps to heal your joints
  3. Bone broth helps to fight infections such as colds and flu.
  4. Bone broth helps to keep skin, hair and nails in peak condition.
  5. Bone broth can assist with healing from injury including the promotion of bone formation, growth and repair.
  6. Bone broth can assist with detoxification.
  7. Bone broth is super easy and super cheap to make.
  8. Homemade bone broth is much more effective and healthier than buying supplements.
  9. Bone broth fights systemic and peripheral inflammation.
  10. Bone broth promotes sleep and helps to calm the mind.

Sugar has many names and comes in many different forms.

 

Cane Sugar Fructose Figs
White granulated sugar Dextrose Fruit juice concentrate
Caster sugar Sucrose Milk sugar – lactose
Icing Sugar Molasses Processed carbohydrate
Raw (Turbinado) Sugar Honey Bread, cereal, pasta,
Brown Sugar Maple Syrup White rice, white potato
Demerara Sugar Agave Chips, chocolate, lollies
Fruit Sugar Corn Syrup Artificial Sweeteners
Liquid Sugars Stevia Acesulfame potassium
Confectioners Sugar High fructose corn syrup Aspartame (Equal)
Pearl Sugar Fruit Neotame
Sanding Sugar Berries Saccharin
Muscovado Sugar Fruit Juice Sucralose (Splenda)
Glucose Dates Advantame
Xylitol Glycerol Sorbitol
Maltitol Mannitol Erythritol

 

Sugar is sugar, whether it is white, brown, or raw. Even natural sugars in abundance can harm your health and delay or prevent healing. Most likely you have heard your parents or grandparents say things like:

‘Everything in moderation’

‘A little bit won’t hurt’

‘Eliminating any food group is dangerous’

‘Nothing wrong with a sweet tooth’

‘It’s fuel for the brain’

‘He or she’s active, they’ll burn it off’

But the truth is that the majority of people in Western civilizations are consuming well above the recommended daily intake for ‘free’ sugar.

The term ‘Added’ sugar is used to describe added sugars such as sucrose, fructose, dextrose, lactose, and sugar syrups such as glucose syrup. The term ‘Free’ sugar extends this definition to include sugars that are naturally present in honey, fruit juice, and fruit juice concentrates. In 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a recommendation that both adults and children reduce their intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total dietary energy to help reduce the impact of obesity, dental caries, and non-communicable disease.

An Australian Health Survey: Consumption of added sugars, 2011-2012 revealed the following:

  • Australians consumed an average of 60 grams of free sugars per day (equivalent to 14 teaspoons of white sugar. That’s over 5100 teaspoons per year, almost 22kg.)
  • Teenage males consumed the most free sugar at an average of 92 grams per day. The top 10% consumed up to 160 grams or 38 tsp per day.
  • Just over half of all Australians aged 2 years and over exceeded the recommended limits.

The Effects of Sugar?

  • Cavities – Rotting teeth
  • Damage to all systems of the body: Gastrointestinal, lymphatic/immune, integumentary, musculoskeletal, central nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, renal/urinary
  • Sugar is not a food group. It contains no nutrients, no protein, no healthy fats, no enzymes, no vitamins, and no minerals.
  • May cause bloating, diarrhea, and flatulence
  • May lead to inflammation and toxicity within the liver
  • May lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • May increase ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides
  • May contribute to Leptin resistance which in turn can lead to weight gain, cravings, and sleep disturbances
  • Promotes premature ageing
  • Triggers weight gain
  • Feeds cancer cells
  • May cause insulin resistance, a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes
  • Studies have shown that people who consume large quantities of sugar are at greater risk of getting cancer
  • Sugar is highly addictive
  • Sugar is a leading contributor to the obesity crisis
  • Artificial sweeteners are even worse and may cause a wide range of symptoms: Headache, sleep problems, hallucination, memory loss, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, hives, mood disturbances, rash, fatigue and weakness, diarrhea, and joint pain, just to name a few

Our skilled practitioners can teach you Reduction Strategies and how to use ‘Rainbow Bridges’ to overcome sugar cravings and addiction

  • Coconut
  • Olives
  • Organic, grass-fed meats
  • Coconut Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Organic pastured egg yolk
  • Raw nuts
  • Avocados
  • Unheated organic nut oils
  • Butter made from raw grass-fed
  • organic milk

The Benefits

  • Improve blood pressure and lower triglyceride levels
  • Improve the health of the cardiovascular system
  • Reduce inflammation and support the immune system
  • May play a role in preventing and treating depression
  • Enhances the development of the fetus, especially the brain and central nervous system.
  • Builds stronger bones
  • Improves liver health
  • Promotes healthy lungs
  • Promotes a healthy brain
  • Supports proper nerve signaling
  • Assists with weight loss and maintaining a healthy body fat percentage

The easiest way to make this happen is to stick to a whole food diet and avoid processed foods. Remember, if you can’t pronounce one of the ingredients or are unclear as to what it is, then you shouldn’t be eating it.

The list of additives is far too great to include here, however Julie Eady’s book “Additive Alert” is a great starting point.

Potential Health Implications

  • Contribute to skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, uticaria.
  • Cause asthma-like symptoms
  • Cause gastrointestinal upset such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and malabsorption.
  • Create stress on the delicate endocrine system and may contribute to hormonal imbalances
  • Cause or contribute to a long list of psycho emotional challenges such as ADD, ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia, brain fog, depression, anxiety, and learning difficulties.

Have you ever considered how often you are exposed to harmful chemicals or toxic substances on a daily basis?

  • The toothpaste you brush your teeth which each morning
  • The shampoo and conditioner you use to wash your hair
  • The deodorant you put under your arms
  • The hairspray that seeps into your scalp
  • The make-up you put on your face
  • The nail polish on your fingernails and toenails
  • The tampon you insert while you’re on your period
  • The toilet paper you wipe your bum with
  • The soap you wash your hands with
  • The liquid you wash your clothes with
  • The products you use to clean your floors, toilets, and counter tops.
  • The herbicides, pesticides and rodenticides used to grow your food
  • The hormones and antibiotics contained with the animal products you eat

Our skilled practitioners can help to create a ‘Reduction Strategy’ that will allow you to significantly reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and enhance your health.

Mindfulness is the practice of quieting your mind and centering your attention. This mental state is achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.

There are many ways that this can be achieved:

  • Meditation
  • Tai Chi
  • Qigong
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Breathing techniques

The potential health benefits of daily mindfulness practice are endless, but it is fair to say that it can be of substantial benefit to every system within the body.

The vast majority of nutritional supplements are a waste of money and could literally being harming your health. Synthetic (man-made) supplements are stressful to the human body and may throw the delicate systems of the body out of balance. Add to this a long list of potentially harmful additives and you have a recipe for disaster.

Invest your time and money into purchasing the highest quality whole foods that you can afford.

  • Grass-fed, organic, free range meats
  • Wild caught seafood
  • Organic, free range chickens and eggs
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Organic herbs and spices
  • Organic, raw, activated nuts and seeds
  • Organic legumes

There may be times when you’re overcoming disease or ill health, or during periods of intense stress, when a supplement can offer significant benefits. Natural supplementation can be used effectively to overcome the barriers to healing and enhance treatment outcomes.

The benefits of organic, whole food supplements include:

  • Maximum nutrient density – Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and cofactors.
  • No exposure to chemicals or other toxins: Herbicides, rodenticides, fertilizers.
  • No exposure to GMO
  • Maximal benefit from natural enzymes and ingesting a broad spectrum of phytonutrients.
  • Avoid exposure to synthetic vitamins and minerals that are often stressful to your body and can create imbalances within your body’s delicate systems.
  • Enhanced bioavailability – This simply means that more nutrients are available and assimilated within your body.

Whether it’s figuring out when you need to dial down your stress levels or when dealing with something more sinister like anxiety and depression, you need to take care of your mental health.

If you’ve been dealing with psycho-emotional issues, don’t ignore them get help. Mental health plays a huge role in your day-to-day happiness and overall wellbeing.

It’s pretty simple; everyone is going to indulge from time to time. That is not the issue. The question then becomes whether you will select ‘comfort’ foods or ‘treats’ that won’t harm your health.

  • Organic Bliss Balls
  • Organic Raw Cake
  • Organic Popcorn with butter
  • Chocolate coconut paste
  • Gluten-free/dairy free ice cream
  • Organic, preservative free wine
  • GF and DF dark chocolate
  • Organic strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate
  • Organic coffee with coconut milk or a stick of organic butter

These are just a few examples of the literally hundreds of choices available to you. Yes, it takes some planning. Yes, you need to be careful of the amount of sugar you consume. Yes, daily consumption of these ‘healthy’ treats is not advised. But there is no point beating yourself up for the occasional indiscretion, especially when you consider that many of the ingredients can enhance your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.

60 years (combined) clinical experience has consistently demonstrated to our practitioners that clients who live fast-paced lifestyles, work excessively, exercise intensely, and avoid ‘quiet time’ generally present with a much wider array of symptoms: Lethargy, hormonal issues, poor digestion, multiple areas of pain and inflammation.

In his book ‘Places of the heart: The psychogeography of everyday life’ Colin Ellard demonstrates how spending time in nature, even for as little as three minutes, can have a profound positive effect on stress levels and overall health.

  • Turn off your TV, computer, iPad, and/or mobile phone and go for a walk
  • Even better, go for a long (barefoot) walk on the beach
  • Do you have 30 minutes at lunchtime? Take off your shoes and walk around barefoot on the grass at the park across the street.
  • Take your family to the park on Saturday and play for several hours.
  • Plan a trip to the closest forest and spend the day hiking and exploring.
  • Meet your friends at the park for a game of touch rugby.
  • Sign up for a nature photography class and enjoy nature in all its beauty
  • Join a cycling club and get outside to ride several times per week

The energy that can be acquired from spending time outdoors will enhance your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.

“But I really don’t watch much TV.’ Really? Prove it. Unplug your TV for 30 days and find alternative things to do. Yes, that includes no computers, iPads or mobile phones outside of business times. Yes, other members of the household are likely going to get a bit cranky but guess what, it’s probably good for them as well. It only hurts for the first week or so and then you won’t even miss it.

So what are you going to do with all your free time?

  • Sit down and have a quality conversation with your partner, without any distractions.
  • Play with your kids or talk to them about how their life is going.
  • Schedule time to meet face to face with friends
  • Make family dinners at the kitchen table a priority
  • Start reading a great book
  • Practice creative writing, drawing or learn to paint
  • Go for a walk every morning and every night
  • Practice a mindfulness activity such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong or meditation.

Sometimes simple strategies have surprisingly large benefits.

Most women diet because they’re trying to lose weight, look better and feel better about themselves. The challenge is that diets simply don’t work. And more importantly there is no need to diet to obtain these goals for the vast majority of women.

Go back and read the previous 29 strategies and slowly implement the ones you feel would benefit you the most. For most women this will be enough to look and feel your best.

If this process seems daunting or your not sure where to begin then simply schedule a Free phone consultation with one of our Integrative Health Practitioners and explain your challenges to them. Stack the odds in your favour and build a strong support network around yourself, one that is caring, compassionate and highly skilled. It’s through this type of mentorship that you can reach all your health and wellness goals.

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HOW CAN OUR PRACTITIONERS HELP?

First, our treatment approach will focus on mental, emotional, spiritual and physical healing. This is unique in that most treatment approaches focus solely on physical healing.

Second, a key step in our approach is to emphasize the reduction of habits or patterns of thinking that are contributing to your symptoms or disease. In other words, this ‘Reduction Strategy’ will focus on removing the barriers to healing.

  • A reduction in the amount of time spent sitting (Sedentary Lifestyle)
  • Less processed foods such as breads, cereals, pasta, pre-prepared meals, canned or packaged foods, processed meats and farmed seafood.
  • A reduction in the amount of time spent using phones, computers, watching television or using other electronic devices.
  • Minimizing or completely eliminating alcohol, sugar, coffee and other inflammatory foods and drinks.
  • Reducing the amount of negative thought patterns and negative emotions that are experienced on a daily basis.
  • Reducing the amount of stress experienced on a daily basis.
  • Minimizing or completely eliminating all soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks and other liquids containing sugar and harmful additives

In many cases this ‘reduction strategy’ is far more important than promoting natural supplementation or ‘adding in’ positive behaviours such as meditation or yoga. Eliminating ‘old habits’ and ‘fixed mindset’ patterns of thinking is a crucial first step.

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Third, it’s through these types of reduction strategies that an emphasis is placed on the ‘Foundation Principles’ of health. You will notice there is a natural shift towards certain lifestyle changes.

  • Improvements in sleep patterns
  • Adequate hydration on a daily basis
  • A diet based firmly on organic, whole foods
  • A diet that focuses on vegetables, leafy greens and healing herbs/spices
  • Daily physical activity
  • Being grateful on a daily basis
  • Being happy on a daily basis. Happiness leads to success!
  • Connecting with friends and family on a weekly basis
  • Stronger relationships with your children
  • A stronger relationship with your partner
  • Greater mindfulness and a lifestyle that is focused on conscious living, organic living, and sustainable living!
  • Improvements in work/life balance and more time for play!

The more simple the strategy, the more successful the outcome!

Natural supplementation can be used effectively to overcome the barriers to healing and enhance the treatment outcomes.

The benefits of organic, whole food supplements include:

  • Maximum nutrient density – Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and cofactors.
  • No exposure to chemicals or other toxins: Herbicides, rodenticides, fertilizers.
  • No exposure to GMO
  • Maximal benefit from natural enzymes and ingesting a broad spectrum of phytonutrients.
  • Avoid exposure to synthetic vitamins and minerals that are often stressful to your body and can create imbalances within your body’s delicate systems.
  • Enhanced bioavailability – This simply means that more nutrients are available and assimilated within your body.

Want more information? Request a free phone call with a Body Genius women’s health specialist now!

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OUR LOCATION

The Body Genius Institute is located in Perth, WA. We are only a couple minutes’ drive from the city and provide all of our women’s health services in one central location for your convenience.