Today in the U.S., we are faced with the alarming reality that we are the sickest developed country in the world, and for the first time in history our children's generation is expected to live shorter lives than the adult population.Read More
We tie ourselves to the seasons. All summer, we do what we can to spend as many daylight hours outdoors, participating in high energy activities. Our diets are lighter, fresher, and the foods we consume are generally cooling in nature, and designed to keep the fire element in check.Read More
We all felt the 10-degree temperature drop. Some of us might have reached into the back of the wardrobe for our boots, and a fair few of us have been taking advantage of days spent without children and an excess of people in town.Read More
It's that time of year again! The season is changing, the temperatures are dropping, and the kids have gone back to school. For some of us, transitions can be less than gentle and fluidic. Taking a deeper look into what is happening during this transitional time can help ease the process.Read More
Somatic Experiencing is a body-based method to resolve symptoms of traumatic stress, including tension and pain. Pain and trauma often go hand-in-hand, and involve a complex overlapping of physical and emotional symptoms. Pain and trauma can be challenging to diagnose and treat when the approach is specific to either the mind or the body but does not consider the interconnection of the two. SE works with the bi-directional communication between the body and brain and addresses both physical and emotional responses as they emerge. As such, it can be a powerful tool in managing, and relieving, chronic pain and tension holistically.Read More
The human experience and pain are symbiotic; pain is universal, yet highly individualized. We need to feel pain to navigate and survive in our environments. Our reaction to pain is formed at an evolutionary level, meaning our primitive brain reacts and starts a cascade of physiological events. However, pain is a complex phenomenon, in that each person experiences it differently making the experience subjective, with no specific diagnostic tools to accurately capture the full capacity of the situation.Read More
Understanding pain, and the suffering that it causes, still eludes us despite decades of research in the field.
Chronic pain is recognized as the most frequent cause of disability in the United States and many other industrialized nations today. The diagnosis, physiology, symptoms and treatment of acute vs. chronic pain are quite different and require separate consideration.Read More
The interpretation and experience of pain is an individually unique process that depends upon the physical and emotional circumstances surrounding the incidence and the extent of damage from the injury.Read More
Within every human body exists an ecosystem of trillions of micro-organisms. Bacteria, yeast and viruses all live together in and on our bodies.Read More
Pain management can be a real pain in the *** but navigating pain and understanding the process can, and should be, empowering and manageable.Read More
I don't know about you, but these peak-of-summer mornings are getting a little too hot for a steaming cup of coffee. Yes, yes, iced coffee is an easy option but as we love all things health and wellness related, we thought we'd look for some awesome alternatives to that morning cup of Joe that will help refresh, hydrate, boost you up and give you a glow.Read More
When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that you do? Hit snooze seven times? Hide under the blankets? Reach for the coffee pot and start brewing? Do you find yourself rushing into work late, having only consumed three cups of caffeine and nothing else?Read More
It's hot! And we're all reaching for a drink to help us hydrate, replenish ourselves and cool down.
It's all too easy to crack an ice cold beer at this time of year, or sip on an iced latte on route to the beach, but how can we really maximize the benefits of our daily hydration options?Read More
It's finally here. This most loved and hated season. The one so many of us rely on for our paychecks, and the one we so look forward to in the depths of winter. And yet, it's inextricably one that many of us despise in equal measures with the onslaught of traffic, never ending construction zones and myriad of alternative transport options that invade the sidewalks.
There are lots of obvious foods and drinks that we know to exacerbate anxiety: caffeine, too much sugar, alcohol … but what if we could eat our way to being calm instead of fueling the symptoms?
Refined sugar, while giving us that initial high, can cause massive crashes in energy, lethargy and mood swings. Caffeine has a similar effect on the body after that initial burst of fire.Read More
In the first part of this series we talked about the prominence of overwhelm in today's society and how more and more people are finding themselves stuck in "fight or flight" mode, leading to an unprecedented amount suffering from chronic illness.Read More
Do you ever wake up with a tight chest feeling like you can't quite catch your breath? Have you found yourself immobilized in a busy street while the world rushes on around you? Are there days when you notice that you can't seem to calm your mind, like it's jumped on a runaway train that's going around in circles, incessantly honking, asking you to take notice but you've no idea how to address the thoughts, or even where exactly they're coming from?Read More
A woman inhabits her body in a new way during pregnancy. A change we might be most familiar with is the foods she desires and emotions she experiences. Her growing belly will also shift the way her body relates to gravity.Read More
For the past two weeks we've been talking about spring cleaning your health in this section: making the switch to spring eating, and beginning to eliminate processed and refined sugar from your diet in order to expel toxins from your body and in turn cleanse, nourish and support your liver during the change of season.Read More
Generally speaking, we all feel a little more inspired and uplifted come spring time. Once you catch sight of a few buds on the trees trying to burst open and there's a run of 60 degree days, we're able to start thinking about shedding a layer or two and everything seems a little more possible. It's easiest at this time of year to adopt a more positive outlook toward the future, set some goals, and let go of the heaviness and introspective nature of winter.Read More