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October 2016

The sixth wellness pillar is body balance. Our skeletal and muscular systems are pivotal to our health. Like the scaffolding of a house, they need to be built on a solid surface and able to weather the storms of life. Your posture and skeletal systems also have to be in good order to allow enough space for your organs to work effectively, thus supporting your overall health and immune system. Therapies such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, reflexology and massage are key to keeping your physical ‘home’ in order. Having regular treatments like the above greatly improves circulation, facilitating maximum nutrition to the cells and allowing toxins to be removed. Working on your fascia – connective tissue beneath the skin - also permits emotional blocks trapped in our physical body to be released which are related to disease. Look back at the last three to six months. Do you feel your body is in good balance? Depending on your toxic load and whether

The fifth of the 7 Pillars of Wellness is mindfulness, to build mental resilience. Mental resilience is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the everyday stresses of life, work productively, and contribute to her or his community. However, achieving this can be easier said than done and requires constant effort and commitment every day. We generally recommend our clients to establish habits of mindfulness like the following: Keep a gratitude journal and try to make a few entries every day before you go to sleep. It boosts mood and helps you feel more connected to those around you. Try to perform one random act of kindness each day. It will make you happier and healthier. Talk to people! Make time to be social and build relationships with others. Try meditation. It will benefit your focus, brain health, emotion regulation, and immune system. Exercise. It will lift your mood, reduce anxiety

It is vital to use nutrition and food as medicine to support all of our 11 Body Systems, including our immune system. This is why NUTRITION is the 4th of our 7 Pillars of Wellness. Our bodies need whole-food nutrition and clean water married in with herbs, spices & powerful gut supportive condiments such as sauerkraut and kimchi. The goal is to reduce pesticides, chemicals and hormones from your food. To eat more organic, whole-foods versus synthetic, reduce toxic artificial sweeteners and a review of your coffee and alcohol load. I’m not asking you to be a purist, but it is essential to understand your lifestyle. Armed with this information, we can support you and make a plan that allows you to have a glass of wine, a takeaway meal, some chocolate or other treat foods. Nutrition, Food as Medicine Most people know how to eat well, to eat more plants, less meat, less sugar, less gluten and less dairy these days, but