GIVE YOUR BODY A CHANCE
One of the things I am most grateful for is my health and my knowledge about health and wellness. I was sickly when I was child, but now that I'm an health practitioner, I hardly get sick even after getting exposed to some pretty ill patients at the clinic.
As a child, yes I was vaccinated, but beyond that, my mother hardly ever brought me to a medical doctor, unless she thought I was dying. I remember having measles twice. Whenever I was ill, she would bring me instead to a local "hilot" (hee-lot). A hilot is somewhat of a "wildcrafted" massage therapist-midwife-herbalist-energy (faith) healer-shaman rolled into one. Their healing skill/talent/knowledge/gift was typically passed down from one generation to the next. I was a regular "patient" of my beloved hilot, and I'd always feel better after seeing her.
OUR AWESOME BRAIN
This is the most fascinating, moving, and the most powerful Tedx talk I’ve ever watched. Definitely my top fave!
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor shares her incredible experience that allowed her to study her own brain’s consciousness as she was having a stroke and recounted her experience moment by moment as her brain started to deteriorate.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, neurology is a big part of my world. I am simply in awe. Our brain’s design and consciousness are simply divinely profound!
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
Leaky gut is exactly what it sounds like. The intestinal tract is like a fine screen or mesh, which only lets nutrients of a certain size through. The nutrients then pass into the hepatic portal blood vessels, which can bring nutrients to the liver, your chemical detoxification plant.
In a leaky gut condition, the intestinal tract becomes inflamed and the selective permeability (letting only digested food particle through) breaks down. This allows the passage of not only normal digested nutrient building blocks (amino acids, fatty acids and simple sugars from carbohydrates), but also the passage of larger food particles, like larger chain proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and toxins that were never meant to pass through. This can be likened to a window screen. If the screen is functioning properly with no holes in it, air will pass through, but the flies, mosquitoes and other bugs will not. In leaky gut, the intestinal barrier becomes inflamed. Instead of only letting the digested broken down food particles through, the larger food particles and toxins enter, causing the immune system to become weakened and over stimulated. This is like the screen that now has tears, making larger holes that allow all types of insects to get through.
This presents a few problems.
8 Ways to Keep Your Mind in Shape
A lot of us are concerned with the size of our biceps or the girth of our waist. Having a fit body is important. However, keeping your mind in shape is critical to enjoying your life at the highest level. Give your brain the attention it deserves!
Keep your mind healthy, active, and in shape with these simple strategies:
Exercise regularly. Roughly 30% of your brain’s volume is composed of blood vessels. It’s important to keep your blood moving! Exercise will get your blood flowing and help to control your blood sugar. High blood sugar is harmful to blood vessels. That’s why so many diabetics die of heart disease or stroke at a relatively young age.
Did you know that gratitude can have a tremendous impact on your health? A recent study, titled “The Role of Gratitude in Spiritual Well-Being in Asymptomatic Heart Failure Patients,” found that it plays an important part in overall well-being.
The study found that being thankful helped improve the health of heart disease patients.
This has wider implications, and researchers believe it can help anyone. So, you don’t have to be a heart disease patient to benefit from showing gratitude to others. Anyone can be thankful and see improvements in their health.
Try these strategies to use gratitude to benefit your health:
Are these items causing your fatigue?
Fatigue can make you feel unable to handle the simplest task. However, you can identify the cause and treat it. Instead of reaching for another source of caffeine, consider finding the root cause of your weariness.
Fatigue doesn’t have to ruin your life, and you can fight it.
These issues might be causing you to feel tired:
Dehydration. You may be feeling sluggish because you’re not hydrated. Instead of coffee or energy drinks, try water first. Water will hydrate your body and increase your energy levels. It’s an easy and quick way to treat fatigue.
Skipping breakfast. If you skip breakfast, then you’re at a higher risk of fatigue.
Wait! What’s in that delicious muffin you’re eating? Maybe a lot more than you thought! Chemical additives are used to affect flavors or preserve products, but these additives can also negatively affect your health. So it’s important to pay attention to them. You might be able to find a different tasty muffin without those additives.
Because you never know what might be in a food product these days, it’s important to read the ingredient list for each food item before you buy it.
Proper posture for pooping perfection
As a Chiropractor, my mantra is alignment, alignment, alignment. Your body needs to be in proper alignment so that your neuro-musculo-skeletal and organ system can function optimally. There’s a proper posture in standing, a posture in sitting, a proper posture in exercising…and a proper posture in pooping!
In many parts of Asia, people traditionally use the toilet in a squatting position. However, Western-style toilets are mounted at sitting height. This type of toilet, though considered more “convenient and civilized”, puts the person at a 90 degree sitting angle, which actually puts a strain in the pubo-rectalis muscle during elimination.
Though meditation has been around for thousands of years, it’s only now that meditation is becoming mainstream. Even the conservative medical community is singing the praises of meditation. Meditation is a simple and free tool that can enhance your life in many ways. If you’ve considered meditation but decided against it, now is the time to reconsider.
Dr. Jane San Juan is a heart-centered cranial chiropractor, acupuncturist and a certified EFT tapping coach serving the Santa Monica and West Los Angeles community.