Love the Skin You’re In-Naturally!

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Soak Up the Rays The Healthy Way!

The largest organ of the body is the skin.  Suncreens block UV light from the skin.  UV light is rumored to age the skin and cause skin cancer.  While studies show over ninety percent of skin cancer diagnoses are from sun exposure, the opposing viewpoint is that the chemicals in many sunscreens can actually cause cancer.  The answer is to protect your skin naturally!  The best natural way to protect the skin is by going into the shade and wearing protective clothing. Another thing to watch for is what time you are in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest temperature. Our skin absorbs anything applied which can then eventually get into the blood stream. Sunscreen is a billion dollar business that the FDA does not regulate as much as food and pharmaceuticals. [Click to Tweet] So it is up to us to protect our skin. There are many brands of sunscreen to choose from, here are some things you should know when choosing the best sunscreen for your skin.

Non-mineral sunscreens are applied before you get in the sun, and also contain chemical ingredients that can get absorbed into your bloodstream. The chemicals to avoid are oxybenzone which is a synthetic estrogen, known to damage cells and change the hormone system. Retinol pomenate is form of vitamin A but when in the sun can form tumors. Mineral sunscreens will be effective immediately after you apply them. Mineral sunscreens have two main minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

“Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide scatter or reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them, so they are very effective at preventing sun damage without creating free radicals in the skin. And since traditional formulations of these minerals aren’t absorbed into the skin (thus the white streaks they tend to leave on the skin), there is less risk of the substance building up in your body. Another benefit of using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreens is that they are effective at protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.” 1.

The natural and organic sunscreens are the ones you want to buy.  They range from 30-85 SPF and are effective from the minute applied, unlike the non-mineral chemical sunscreens that take up to thirty minutes to start protecting the skin. Some of the organic natural sunscreens you can try are Juice Beauty, Jack Black Sun Guard, Alba Botanica Suncreen and Babyganics.

‘Here’s a quick guide to find the best products to protect your family from the sun:

–Use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and a maximum of SPF 50;

–Make sure labels list UVA and UVB (or broad spectrum protection);

–Avoid products containing oxybenzone and retinyl palminate if you’re concerned about potentially toxic chemicals;

–Choose lotions versus spray sunscreens for a more evenly distributed protection.

Remember to apply at least 2 ounces of lotion (about a shot glass full) and reapply often. The sun breaks down the ingredients in sunscreen that protect your skin. Experts recommend reapplying every two hours, or after swimming or heavy sweating. 2

Nikita Williams
November 29, 2015

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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  1. http://life.gaiam.com/article/sunscreens-more-harm-good
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/health/sunscreen-report/

Is Your November Getting a Little “Hairy?”

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Movember: It’s All  About Men’s Health!

As fall ramps up and the winter approaches, the smell of pumpkin pie often invades the air, spiced cider can be found at fall fairs, and thick frothy mustaches and beards begin to appear more than ever.  Just as the trees are shedding their full appearance with the leaves falling, men’s faces around the world are just the opposite and becoming thick with facial hair.  The month of November has now been adopted as a men’s health awareness month, and growing a beard or mustache is one way you can show your support.

So just what is Movember?   Seven Nightly News aired a story in 1999, including a group of young men in Adelaide, Australia who coined the term “Movember” and the idea of growing mustaches through the month of November for charity. [Click to Tweet] (1) Leave it to the Australians to come up with such an idea.  The story goes that a few buddies were sitting around at the pub and somehow triggered the idea to have a mustache-growing contest to help raise awareness for men’s health.  It started with just 30 participants the first year and raised $0, and since then has grown as an international phenomenon raising millions of dollar annually to support a variety of men’s health research and charities.  “No Shave November”  or  “Noshember” has been another popular spin-off that holds the underlying cause for greater awareness of men’s health.  There have been many foundations that have sprouted from the original movement, so if you decide to take part and give to the cause, make sure that you research to who you are donating and what the money goes towards.

Men’s health is a blanket statement that embodies more than just prostate health.   The official Movember movement supports four key men’s health topics: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity. (2)  It is absolutely amazing to see the depth of involvement the Movember movement has created on an international scale.  From University support all the way down to individualized awareness, the movement’s goal is simply to create healthier men.

As a healthcare professional and a male, the topic has a special place in my heart.  Although it is not often, nothing makes me more excited than the like-minded patients who come in for consultation on preventive treatment.  Like any good doctor, I take a good case history and then make a best recommendation on a patient specific care plan.  Movember empowers the movement for men to take more initiative in understanding what they can do to promote a healthier lifestyle with less potential complications.  Nothing is a guarantee in healthcare, but it can give one piece of mind when working towards a health goal.

One of the most important tests a male can have done is a Lipoprotein analysis.  This test gives men an idea whether they are at a higher risk for a cardiovascular disease. [Click to Tweet] Heart Disease was the number one cause of death in the CDC’s 2013 mortality statistics in the United States.(3)  The lipoprotein analysis far surpasses the lipid panel which is often run by primary care providers as “routine” blood markers.  According to the research, lipoprotein analysis is much more reliable in predicting whether or not you are at risk for cardiovascular disease.  So next time you healthcare provider wants to check your cholesterol, ask them if they have heard of a lipoprotein analysis.  If they have not, then I would consider finding a doctor, who is more current with their method of helping treat you,

Another panel that is critical for men’s preventative health is a steroid hormone panel.  Our clinic utilizes testing from Diagnostechs Laboratory to check for free fraction hormones.  It is important to check more than just testosterone in men.  The panel our clinic often runs gives a complete breakdown of the hormones that are available at the cellular level to see if your hormonal chemistry is in balance.   If you have any question in you mind that your hormones are out of balance don’t hesitate to contact me for more advice.

So as you are out and about during the fall season and you see a thick and frothy mustache or beard, let it be a reminder to observe men’s health.  If you are still unsure where to get started to be a healthier you, stop in to you local functional medicine doctor and ask them how to take the next step.

In the meantime, show your support.  Put away the razor and let it grow!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
November 25, 2015

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movember
  2. https://us.movember.com/about/foundation
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm

 

Do You Have This Genetic Defect? Up to 50% of People Do!

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 What is MTHFR and What is So Important About Methylation?
6 Facts About This Genetic Defect You Need to Know.

I have it.  I have a genetic defect.  To be exact, it’s a MTHFR genetic mutation.  No, MTHFR is not a swear word but I will admit that I was a bit dramatic when I found out I had it.  Alzheimer’s, dementia and other mental illnesses run in my family!  I’ve done my internet research.  I’m doomed now, I thought.  I’m lucky though. I happen to work with two of the very few MTHFR-certified doctors in Ohio.  This is what I’ve learned.

First, here is a little bit of background.   The official name of the gene is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.[1]  “MTHFR is the gene’s official symbol.”[2]  The MTHFR genetic mutation was first discovered as a result of the human genome project. The gene produces the MTHFR enzyme and people who have this mutation have a reduced ability to process folic acid/folate (which are not the same by the way) into something their body can use.  There are more than fifty known MTHFR variants; the two primary ones are C677T and A1298c.

The three symptom areas affected by the mutation are:

  1. Central Nervous System disorders due to improper production of neurotransmitters causing things like depression, aggression, post-partum depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.[3]
  2. Cardiovascular problems due to high homocysteine levels causing heart attack, stroke blood clots, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, miscarriages and congenital birth defects.[4]
  3. Environmental poisoning due to low levels of glutathione (the body’s natural detoxifier) causing, among other things, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, and rashes. [5]

Now, here is what I have learned:

1.  First, even if you have the MTHFR defect, it may not be expressing itself and may never express itself. In other words, you could have absolutely no problems due this defect ever!  A gene expresses itself when it produces a protein.  In the case of a genetic defect the protein being produced is causing harm.  Your doctor, after a thorough case history, exam and testing, can tell you whether any symptoms are due to the gene’s expression and what to do if the gene is expressing itself or if it is not.

2.  Your doctor can order a blood test to find if you have these genetic variants. Or, you can do a full genetic profile at 23andme.com. 23andme does a great job, but if you have the defect, you must find a doctor with the proper training to help you find out what exactly it means to you.  Again, it might not be expressing itself at all.

3.  If you have the mutation, there is a problem with your methylation pathway. Methylation affects more than 224[6] different processes in our bodies.   When the methylation process is interrupted, it disrupts essential bodily functions.  Some of these processes are cellular repair, detoxification and neurotransmitter production and healthy immune system function. So, if the gene is expressing itself, it is critical to have the issues with your methylation pathway addressed by a properly trained doctor.

4.  Treatment protocols are complex and depend on which MTHFR gene is mutated, what pathways, and the affected areas.  Protocols also depend on how many and what combination of mutations you have.  More on this in a future blog post.

5.  Treatment will include supplementation and dietary and lifestyle changes. Depending on the gene affected, combination and quantity of defects, your treatment recommendation may include the following instructions[7]:

* Avoid folic acid or any vitamins that contain it. It can block the methylation pathway. If you pregnant, this will need, address this with your doctor.
* Avoid antacids as they block absorption of vitamin B12 and other nutrients.
* Measure homocysteine levels properly. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to test for and treat MTHFR.  Be wary. Look for a doctor with proper training.
* Inform your family members so that they can test for the MTHFR mutation.
* Eliminate gluten (especially wheat)
* Eliminate or reduce dairy from your diet (use goat or a nut milk milk).
* Sauna or sweat somehow 1-3 times per week.
* Limit processed foods
* Eat food the colors of the rainbow.
* Filter chlorine from your drinking water and drink 2 liters per day.
* Eat small frequent meals with some form of protein limited to .7 grams per kilogram of body weight.
* Address all current and future dental corrections with a biological dentist.
* Do not eat, drink or store anything in plastic.
* Eat grass-fed, free range, hormone and antibiotic free meats and eggs.
*Supplementation may include one or more of the following: methylfolate, methylcobalamin, betaine in the form of TMG, NAC, glutathione, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, riboflavin, curcumin, mixed tocopherals (vitamin E), silymarin (milk thistle), EPA/DHA, phosphatidylcholine, nattokinase, vitamin C, vitamin D3, comprehensive multivitamin/multimineral, probiotics. Do not take any of these vitamins without consulting a doctor.

6.  Finally, other than the few sources here that I’ve listed, avoid doing your own research on the internet. It will just confuse you and turn you into a crazy person.  I know. I did it.  Find a doctor you trust.  Make sure you understand what he is telling you and follow his/her instructions.

So, ready for some good news?  My MTHFR gene is not expressing itself!  I admit that I had to hear it a few times from my doctor before I accepted the fact that I’m as healthy as I was before I found out I had it.  I admit that I went down the “rabbit hole” when I first heard the news trying to pin every little health symptom I had on my “defect.”  I admit that I almost made myself sick trying to figure out if I was sick.  I hope this article will help you avoid all of that.  Get tested, find a trained doctor you can trust and don’t make yourself crazy on the internet!

If you’ve been diagnosed with a MTHFR mutation, are you happy with your treatment?  Are you feeling awesome and in a good place emotionally?

Caroline Boardman
April 9, 2015

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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[1] http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/gene/MTHFR
[2] Id.
[3] http://www.methyl-life.com/symptoms-of-mthfr.html, see, also, www.mthfr.net
[4] Id.
[5] Id.
[6] Dr. Ben Lynch, www.mthfr.net.  This website will give you accurate information.
[7] See id.

6 Ways To Supercharge Your Memory

Memory  6 Ways to Supercharge Your Memory

­­What did I need at the grocery store?   What is his or her name?   Who was I supposed to call back?   Where do I need to be and when?   We all have suffered from time to time with memory problems.  But, we can supercharge our memories!  First, a little bit of background.

Memory loss is one of the first warning signs of cognitive decline.[1]  It can also be the result of a metabolic or other health issue.[2]  There are four 4 types of memory: Sensory, Short-Term, Working & Long-Term.[3] Sensory Memory is a very brief recall of a sensory experience, such as what we just saw or heard. Short-term memory is that brief period when you can recall information you were just exposed to from 30 seconds to a few days. Id.  The human mind’s ability to hold a limited amount of information in a very accessible state temporarily is called short-term memory states author, Nelson Cowan. (Cowan, 2009) Working memory is our brain’s ability to store a limited amount of information available just long enough to use it. (Heerema, 2014) Working memory helps you plan and carry out behavior. Long-term memory is a vast storage of knowledge and a record of earlier events. Long-term memories can range from a few days to decades. Id.

Memory is important in everyone’s day to day life. We cherish our memories and hope they will last forever. Did you know that even when it becomes harder for us to recall certain memories that they are not lost forever? Memories do not vanish; they are still being stored in your brain. However, our ability to access these memories can diminish over time. The brain’s incredible ability to reshape itself holds true when it comes to learning and memory. You can harness the natural power of neuroplasticity to increase your cognitive abilities, enhance your ability to learn new information, and improve your memory.[4]  When you notice early signs such as forgetting names, directions, or simple instructions it is time to get to work! Here are a few ways to help you exercise your brain and work on improving your ability to retrieve memory.

  1. Neurofeedback

For people who do not respond well to medications, or people looking for a natural alternative to pharmaceutical treatments, neurofeedback is a great option. Especially effective in a clinical setting where the clients can also receive cognitive and emotional support, neurofeedback targets the underlying disregulations in brain activity that can increase or cause clinical symptoms. [Click to Tweet] Neurfeedback promotes health brain activity by creating positive changes at the source of the problem. Clients can begin to experience the benefits of increased cognitive function and lowered stress levels. These changes help increase the speed and fluidity of retrieving memories.

  1. Water Your Brain

Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your brain.  Your brain works like an electrical current. Dehydration causes the currency to become weak. [Click to Tweet] Researchers from the University of East London and the University of Westminster in the UK analyzed particular areas of the participants’ brain, including reaction time, verbal recognition memory, visual memory and learning.[5]  They found that participants who drank around three cups of water just before completing tests had a 14% increased reaction time compared with those who did not drink any water. Id.

  1. Brain Games

There are plenty of fun ways to help train your brain to recall memories quicker and easier. With today’s technology, we have access to endless websites and cellphone apps that strengthen your brain. One of the most well-known websites is Luminosity, which offers a simple online tool with games that exercise core cognitive abilities. You can use Luminosity from a computer, tablet, or cellphone for iOS (iPhones) or Android operating systems.

  1. Work Out Your Hands

Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you work out your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information. [Click to Tweet] The best brain exercises break your routine and challenge you to use and develop new brain pathways. Activities that require using your hands are a great way to exercise your brain. (Smith, 2015) Playing a musical instrument, juggling, enjoying a game of ping-pong (table tennis), making pottery, knitting, or needlework are activities that exercise the brain by challenging hand-eye coordination, spatial-temporal reasoning, and creativity. (Smith, 2015)

  1. Play Games
  • Picture Memory
  • Matching Pairs (Match the Pictures)
  • Matching Pairs (Match the Words)
  • Universal Crossword
  • Sudoku Daily

6.  Just Say No to Technology

When the working memory is experiencing digital overload, it’s like a glass of water overflowing. According to Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, as explained in an interview with The Huffington Post in June:

“It’s like having water poured into a glass continuously all day long, so whatever was there at the top has to spill out as the new water comes down. We’re constantly losing the information that’s just come in — we’re constantly replacing it, and there’s no place to hold what you’ve already gotten. It makes for a very superficial experience; you’ve only got whatever’s in your mind at the moment. And it’s hard for people to metabolize and make sense of the information because there’s so much coming at them and they’re so drawn to it. You end up feeling overwhelmed because what you have is an endless amount of facts without a way of connecting them into a meaningful story.”[6]

I hope this article gives you some useful information to help you recharge your memory. Now, put this list somewhere you can find it so you don’t forget to carry out some of these ideas.

Missty Klinger
April 4, 2015

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[1] Cowan, N. (2009). What are the differences between long-term, short-term, and working memory? Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2657600/
[2] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000683.htm
[3] Heerema,  E. (2014). 4 Types of Memory: Sensory, Short-Term, Working & Long-Term. Retrieved from http://alzheimers.about.com/od/symptomsofalzheimers/a/4-Types-Of-Memory-Sensory-Short-Term-Working-And-Long-Term.htm
[4] Smith, M. (2015). How to Improve Your Memory. Retrieved from http://www.helpguide.org/articles/memory/how-to-improve-your-memory.htm
[5] Whiteman, H. (2013). Drinking water boosts your brain’s reaction time.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263648.php
[6] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/11/technology-changes-memory_n_4414778.html

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Quick Guide to Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine   QUICK GUIDE TO FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

 We have heard the term, “functional medicine.”  But, what exactly does it mean and is it real?

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine,

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.

Functional medicine is science-based.  It is grounded in the following principles:

  • Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function
  • Patient-centeredmedicine emphasizes “patie­nt care” rather than “disease care.”
  • Dynamic balanceof internal and external factors.
  • Web-like interconnectionsof physiological factors
  • Health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease.
  • Promotion of organ reserveas the means to enhance health span.

The functional medicine practitioner will consider multiple factors, including:

  • Environmental inputs– The air and water in your community, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical exercise, and toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
  • Mind-body elements– Psychological, spiritual, and social factors, including how you deal with stress, can have a profound influence on your health.
  • Genetic makeup Although your individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. [Click to Tweet] Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, plus your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs.
  • Fundamental physiological processes, such as: how your body rids itself of toxins, digestion and absorption of nutrients,,regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters, musculoskeletal integrity, psychological and spiritual equilibrium, immune system function, how you manage stress, inflammatory responses, and how much energy you have.

All of these processes are influenced by environment and by genes, and when they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.  Most imbalances in functionality can be addressed; some can be completely restored to optimum function, and others can be substantially improved.

What is the functional medicine approach to treatment?

  • Prevention is paramount.Virtually every complex, chronic disease is preceded by long-term disturbances in functionality that can be identified and effectively managed.
  • Changing how the systems function can have a major impact on the patient’s health. The functional medicine practitioner examines a wide array of available interventions and customizes a treatment plan including those with the most impact on underlying functionality.
  • Treatments may include combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, or detoxification programs. They may also include counseling on diet nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, or stress-management techniques.
  • The patient becomes a partner. As a patient, you become an active partner with your functional medicine practitioner. You may be asked to make dietary and activity changes that, when combined with nutrients targeted to specific functional needs, will allow you to really be in charge of improving your own health and changing the outcome of disease.

 In summary, functional medicine practitioners focus on understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. [Click to Tweet]  It is:

  • Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient, the practitioner involves the patient and customizes treatments that address the individual’s unique needs and goals.
  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach.Functional medicine practitioners consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. “The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.” Id.
  • Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates the traditional medical model with an  “alternative” or “integrative” medical model, “creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques;” and prescribed combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. Id

Dr. Keith S. Ungar

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

Just the DNA PleaseFunctional Endocrinology of Ohio

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Slow Down – Happiness is Trying to Find You

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Slow Down and Take Time To Smell The Roses…

Slowing down is hard to do! I’m working on it.  I am a women always trying to do it all.  As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and a women devoted to her career I continue to struggle with finding my balance.  I’m working on breaking the habit of being busy and live a slower more intentional life! I need to stop to smell the flowers…sing in the shower… say good morning to my neighbor… have lunch with a friend…take a different route home… watch the sunset…and make sure I tell everyone I love “goodnight”.  I want to take advantage of the small moments! I aspire to be a better person, to live in the moment and to appreciate life and all that comes with it.  After all, the happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything! [Click to Tweet]

Getting a great start to my day has been key to my slowing down and becoming more mindful in the moment.

Below is a sequence of Sun Salutations that I have incorporated into my morning routine.  By taking a few moments to invest in ourselves we will be much better suited to face the day.  So why not make the most of those first few moments of your day? Simply follow the sequence of poses, holding each pose for as long as it feels good.  Slowly waking your body, elongating the spine, getting the blood flowing, breathing deeply and working out the kinks.  Follow this sequence in a series of 3 or simply listen to your body each day. Maybe just start with one sequence and work up to 3 sequences a day.

I invite you to Slow down….take time to invest in yourself, others and those small moments…and let the happiness catch up to you. [Click to Tweet]

Yoga Pose 1 Yoga Pose 2 Yoga Pose 3
Tadasana                               Ardha Uttanasana               Uttanasana
(mountain pose)                  (half way lift)                         (standing forward bend)

Yoga Pose 4 Yoga Pose 5 Yoga Pose 6
Uttihita Chaturanga            Prep for Bhujangasana      Bhugangasana
Dandasana (plank pose)                                                    (cobra pose)

Yoga Pose 7 Yoga Pose 8 Yoga Pose 9
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Marjaryasana                       Bitilasana
(upward-facing dog)          (cat pose)                              (cow pose)

Yoga Pose 10 Yoga Pose 11
Adho Mukha Svanasana    Balasana
(downward facing dog)     (child’s pose)

Joy Vale
November 11, 2015

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Sources:

“Stop and Smell the Roses: 5 Ways to Be Present Now.” ‘positively Present’ N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2015.
Photograph’s of and by Ashleigh Vale, My Favorite Yogi.

 

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes for Every Dietary Restriction!

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Thanksgiving Recipes that Everyone

Can Eat and Enjoy!

It’s that time of year.  Do you love Thanksgiving Dinner?  Are you thinking that your dietary restrictions are going to limit you to eating plain turkey and dry veggies?  No so!  Check these recipes out by clicking on the link below.  These Thanksgiving recipes are gluten, dairy, corn, soy and sugar-free!  [Click to Tweet] Even better – they taste great!
Thanksgiving Recipes
Caroline Boardman
November 8, 2015
www.balancingyourchemistry.com
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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