Deep Breathing at Christmas Time

Breathing is important for life. This information is nothing new. However, breathing correctly and mindfully can make all the difference to your health, especially this time of year. In Chinese medicine, your breath determines the rhythm of your body’s energy. This energy then assists with digestion, water metabolism, sleep and energy levels. When we are stressed, busy or overeating (sounds like Christmas doesn’t it?) breathing gets shallow and restricted and in turn can cause slow and painful digestion, bloating, water retention, insomnia and fatigue.

Breathing deeply into the Kidneys, provides oxygen to the metabolic fire which supports all of the body’s normal physiological processes.

Over the next week or so, try to take 10 mindful breaths when you wake up, after each meal and before you go to bed. Make sure you feel your breath go all the way into your Kidneys. Just a small thing you can do to help you enjoy the holidays.

Have a Merry Christmas x


Green Tea and Fertility

You maybe be aware of a recent study that has been splashed over the internet the last week or so reporting that green tea has negative affects on fertility. I just wanted to set a couple of things straight about the article.

  1. the study was performed on fruit flies NOT humans
  2. a green tea concentrate was used, NOT in the form humans would generally drink it in
  3. it was injected into the larvae of the fruit fly NOT consumed
  4. 10mg was injected – over 10,000 times the body weight of the fruit fly

Please, please be more critical of health information you read. Whilst I do agree that we need more information on therapeutic versus non therapeutic doses for the foods we’re eating, I don’t think scaring people into changing their diet based on a study with this design is helpful.

Green tea is and always will be a great antioxidant with wonderful health benefits. My only advice is to find a good quality brand.

When reading anything about food advice, keep this quote from Claude Bernard (a French physiologist) in mind; “Everything is poisonous, nothing is poisonous, it is all a matter of dose”.

Instead of making fear based decisions, read more, ask more questions, get informed.


A Bun in the Oven

Having a warm place to grow your baby is one of the healthiest things you can do prior to falling pregnant. A warm environment for your baby allows better blood and fluid flow so they develop as healthy as possible. I see so many women with cold digestive systems and cold lower abdomens, that it’s no surprise a baby hasn’t developed in there. You can’t cause bread to grow in cold oven and neither will a a baby.

How do you know if you are cold internally? Feel your abdomen below your belly button with your whole hand with a slight amount of pressure. If you feel cold underneath your palm, you have cold in your lower abdomen. Symptoms you may get include frequent urination, low back pain, digestive complaints, diarrhea and period pain.

Also, only eat warm foods. Steer clear of smoothies, acai bowls, juices and ice creams. Drink herbal teas and eat soups, broths and casseroles. Also keep a wheat heat bag on your low abdomen as often as you remember to warm you up.

Acupuncture and moxibustion directly on your lower abdomen work wonderfully well in removing cold and warming the uterus to just the right temperature for a healthy baby to grow and thrive.


Thinking of Your Children (not yet conceived)

The health of your children starts before conception. In Chinese medicine, parents pass on a very important life energy to their babies. We call it Jing, Western medicine call it genetics. Jing is root of all health and is stored in the Kidneys. The Kidneys are the source of birth, growth, development and reproduction – all of life’s big events. Jing cannot be replenished after birth, but it can be expended quickly. It’s kind of like being given a sum of money when you’re born with no chance to have more. You can spend it wisely or you can waste it all. Either way, what you have left, will be what you can give your children. Stress, poor diet, poor lifestyle habits all consume Jing, which leaved you with limited genetic health to pass to your children. Jing can be nourished by acupuncture, eating well, managing stress and implementing mind calming into your daily routines. What you give to your children, will be what they have to work with and who doesn’t want to give their children the best health possible?

So if you’re finding it hard to stick to a healthy eating plan or to get up in the morning for exercise or can’t help binging on chocolate while you’re trying to fall pregnant, think of the future health of your children. What you do before you’re pregnant affects your child more than you know.

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