Dry Brushing..what is it and what are the benefits?

I learned more about Dry Brushing when I enrolled in a continuing education class for Holistic Health.  It is one of the complimentary therapies you choose from to support the detoxification process. I learned that personally I love the physical touch so this process for me was very stimulating.  I could feel it way deeper than on the surface of my skin! I can feel the electrical charge run through my body, I could feel the nerves relax.  It helped with the “itch that never goes away”.

We store electrical energy in our body and this is a great, and totally easy, cheap way to do that!  It’s my new favorite!  I start my morning while I’m still laying in bed and brush my legs, back and arms, it wakes me up!  I use it before bed, and it has a calming effect.  It releases stress and tension and allows my body to relax quickly and helps me fall asleep.

If you want to learn more about complimentary therapies to aid in your weight loss, cleansing, detoxification, or holistic health program, call me, we can get you educated and going on the right path!

 

Dry Brushing at a Glance:

Your skin is a complex system and the largest organ of the body made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers.  When your skin is healthy it serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.

Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, aiding in detoxification. If your lymphatic system is not properly eliminating waste and toxins can build up and cause sickness.

Dry skin brushing stimulates your circulation, and stimulates your central nervous system so may offer both stress relief and invigoration.  Dry brushing can improve digestion and kidney function because the stimulation can go even deeper to support organ functions.

Dry brushing exfoliates your skin, it may also reduce cellulite.

Choose a dry skin brush with firm natural bristles and brush once or twice a day for optimal results.  You should use gentle pressure while brushing (toward your heart); your skin should be pink (but not red) after a session.

Dr. Mercola says:  “Dry Brushing: How to Do It

First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. They should feel stiff but not overly so. Ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.

Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, or even twice a day if you like. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine, such as doing your brushing before your morning shower and then again after work (avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it may leave you feeling energized).

When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).

The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid “scrubbing”). Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes.”

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/24/dry-skin-brushing.

HUGS-can they really prevent or help depression? ABSOLUTELY

Hugs…therapeutic…YES!

The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds. But the researchers have discovered something fantastic. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere embrace produces a hormone called “oxytocin”, also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. This wonderful tranquilizer is offered free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, who cradled a child, who cherish a dog or a cat, that we are dancing with our partner, the closer we get to someone or simply hold the Shoulders of a friend.

A famous quote by psychotherapist Virginia Satir goes, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Whether those exact numbers have been scientifically proven remains to be seen, but there is a great deal of scientific evidence related to the importance of hugs and physical contact. Here are some reasons why we should hug::

1. STIMULATES OXYTOCIN

Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centre, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress, and even making mammals monogamous. It is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us. New research from the University of California suggests that it has a similarly civilising effect on human males, making them more affectionate and better at forming relationships and social bonding. And it dramatically increased the libido and sexual performance of test subjects. When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

2. CULTIVATES PATIENCE

Connections are fostered when people take the time to appreciate and acknowledge one another. A hug is one of the easiest ways to show appreciation and acknowledgement of another person. The world is a busy, hustle-bustle place and we’re constantly rushing to the next task. By slowing down and taking a moment to offer sincere hugs throughout the day, we’re benefiting ourselves, others, and cultivating better patience within ourselves.

3. PREVENTS DISEASE

Affection also has a direct response on the reduction of stress which prevents many diseases. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine says it has carried out more than 100 studies into touch and found evidence of significant effects, including faster growth in premature babies, reduced pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, lowered glucose levels in children with diabetes, and improved immune systems in people with cancer.

4. STIMULATES THYMUS GLAND

Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.

5. COMMUNICATION WITHOUT SAYING A WORD

Almost 70 percent of communication is nonverbal. The interpretation of body language can be based on a single gesture and hugging is an excellent method of expressing yourself nonverbally to another human being or animal. Not only can they feel the love and care in your embrace, but they can actually be receptive enough to pay it forward to others based on your initiative alone.

6. SELF-ESTEEM

Hugging boosts self-esteem, especially in children. The tactile sense is all-important in infants. A baby recognizes its parents initially by touch. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

7. STIMULATES DOPAMINE

Everything everyone does involves protecting and triggering dopamine flow. Low dopamine levels play a role in the neurodegenerative disease Parkinson’s as well as mood disorders such as depression. Dopamine is responsible for giving us that feel-good feeling, and it’s also responsible for motivation! Hugs stimulate brains to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone. Dopamine sensors are the areas that many stimulating drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine target. The presence of a certain kinds of dopamine receptors are also associated with sensation-seeking.

8. STIMULATES SEROTONIN

Reaching out and hugging releases endorphins and serotonin into the blood vessels and the released endorphins and serotonin cause pleasure and negate pain and sadness and decrease the chances of getting heart problems, helps fight excess weight and prolongs life. Even the cuddling of pets has a soothing effect that reduces the stress levels. Hugging for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

9. PARASYMPATHETIC BALANCE

Hugs balance out the nervous system. The skin contains a network of tiny, egg-shaped pressure centres called Pacinian corpuscles that can sense touch and which are in contact with the brain through the vagus nerve. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.

Embrace, embrace with your heart.

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Mushrooms are in a kingdom all by themselves!

Mushrooms…They are getting more widely recognized or maybe just more researched and talked about.  The use of Mushrooms in Chinese Medicine have been around for about 2,500 years.  They draw on the belief that Qi (translates to “vital energy”) is essential for overall health  and keeping all the systems of the body in balance.

Meridians are utilized during treatments.  Meridian’s are connected to specific organs and if you focus on energy flow you can help resolve specific problems, restore balance and can prevent disease from developing.

Chinese herbal remedies focus on bringing homeostasis (balance) to the body and restore proper energy flow.  Chinese herbs can hope lower inflammation and oxidative stress.  Medicinal mushrooms are an antioxidant and have anti inflammatory properties.  They also are antiapoptotic and help regulate autopahagic functions.

Some main herbs Chinese Medicine uses are:

Reisi & Cordyceps

Alma Berry (Vitamin C) gooseberry

Wormwood

Green Tea

Astragalus root

Goji berry

Ginko Biloba

Ginseng

The best feature is that these herbs are adaptogens that help fight stress, hormone regulation, fatigue, inflammation, less chronic pain. Adaptogen means they can change the way the nerves transmit messages to the brain.  This improves functions within the endocrine and central nervous system.  This helps promote healing within the body balancing hormones such as insulin, cortisol, estrogen and estrogen.

There is so much to learn in the ever changing world of functional medicine.  Hiring a Certified Nutritionist is a good idea if you want to learn more about your body and support your system as you improve your health status.  Call me if you are not sure where to start, I can get you going in the right direction so you are not overwhelmed.  I do the research so you don’t have too.  Know your source.  Trust the Process.  I’d love to help you with your supplements and herbs if you are tired of guess what’s good for you. Single nutrient supplements may be a waste of money because some of them need other vitamins and minerals and amino acids for uptake and potency.

 



https://draxe.com/reishi-mushroom/

 

Earth Day Celebration: Patio design ideas & plant based snacks

April 22, 2019

I have not celebrated formally before and thought it would be fitting today to show gratitude or this Marvelous Planet we live on.  I think most of us take our resources for granted as we rush day to day.

My institute instructor repeatedly tells us, Nothing in Nature hurry’s up.  We need to slow dow…breathe…meditate….love more…show more gratitude…give back and hold space during the process.

Life is Journey.  Journaling is the key to unlocking everything in that pretty little brain of yours…write it down!  Get it out!! Scream!! And then Shout for joy because you ignited the process and you are on your way!

I invited my dear friend who is a Master Gardner (I accidentally called her a General Contractor instead of a Project Manager in the video, whoops, sorry) in to help me conduct my class.  I wanted to teach plant based foods and encourage one vegan day a week to be aware of the resources we could cut by just that one meal collectively as a planet.  I decided I wanted to Spot light Jackie’s business as a Patio designer.  She is fabulous and gave some great tips and helped expand my knowledge and appreciate for her work.

I love supporting Local business so I highlighted the Transformational Healing Center I work at, Family Fusion.  I spoke about the amazing women that make us a great Support Network above the rest.  If you visit the website you can read more about the services offered there.

http://Www.familyfusionaz.com

If you contact me directly I can put you in touch with Jackie France personally if you are local.  Here are the links I spoke about, Jackie’s preference.  And make sure you check out my recipe tab for the yummy snacks we ate!


 

Egg facts-did you know….?

Can we all agree our food supply is going downhill fast if we don’t take action?  Can I suggest getting to know your FARMER instead of your DOCTOR?

When you are preparing eggs this Easter Season, here are some facts to consider…Look up My JLDFIT YouTube channel and search Egg facts

And here is a simple recipe if you want a new twist on eggs

Green Eggs minus Ham

Dairy Free, Gluten Free,  Keto Friendly

Happily serves 3

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

6 hard boiled eggs, cooled and peeled

2 avocados

¼ Cup cilantro, finely chopped

1 TBSP green onions finely chopped

1-2 TBSP lime or lemon juice

½ tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

1 tsp Red pepper flakes

Chili powder and/or paprika

Cut eggs in half and remove yolks

Smash yolks and avocados together

Stir in cilantro, chives, lime/lemon juice, salt, and red pepper flakes

Spoon into egg white shells

Sprinkle with chili powder and/or paprika

Chill until serving

Bentonite Clay-whole body care!

 

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Clean body and a clean mind.

It is a powerful ADSORBER of Environmental pollutions that are found in our intestines.  It can effectively remove infections, and bind endotoxins, Aflatoxins (found in Peanut butter and some Legumes) so they cannot be reabsorbed into the body.

A true cleansing program requires Bentonite clay to help clean the waters of the body, clean the bile, and clear the Digestive tract.

It promotes wound healing and provides healing in the GI tract.

Clay can also be used on the skin to draw out impurities.

Call me if you are interested in cleansing and clearing the immune system, digestive system, and want to start your healing process.

Oil Pulling-An easy tip for better oral hygiene

Ever heard of Oil Pulling?  Do you have cavities?  What happens when you leave that bacteria in your mouth?  It grows and creates more expensive dental work down the road.  If your mouth is less than healthy, that bacteria travels to your gut and can grown there as well, disturbing our gut microbiome.

An easy at home remedy is oil pulling. Most of us have coconut oil in our cupboards, so pull it out, put some in a small jar and put it in your bathroom!  You use 1 TBSP and swish it around for as long as you can up to 10 minutes.  Spit it out and rinse.  Pretty dang simple!

Since that coconut oil is in your bathroom now, you can use it as lotion. You can use it to take off your eye makeup.  You can use it on burns (curling iron or sunburns).  You can use it for massage oil.  You can take it when you get a pedicure and have your technician use that instead of their chemically laden lotions.  Oh the Possibilities!!

If you are interested in learning more, call me!  I’d love to help you get help make your health a priority in your life.  Invest in health, not healthcare!

https://draxe.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/

 

Creating Space-eliminate negative and add positive, even if it’s not related to food…here’s how

http://healthywithjodi.com/recipes/mint-mojito-virgin-thyroid-stimulating-energy-replacement-drink/

How can you create more space in your life for positive energy?  We must eliminate and make space for it! Negative thoughts weigh us down, if you want a positive life you must create it, it doesn’t just happen. 

Food is one way we can introduce good energy to our body.

Meditation is powerful for healing and making space.

Exercise and sweating are key to any cleansing of space and feeling lighter. 

Holistic health is mind body spirit.

Maybe just drinking out of glass and eliminating plastics is where you want to start.  Maybe you can start being “healthy” by updating your cooking to safe cookware that doesn’t emit toxins.  Maybe you can learn breathing techniques to help reduce stress and get healthier that way.  It just takes ONE action, and WE can BUILD on that!

Call me and we can design a plan that makes sense in your life and doesn’t overwhelm you.

Www.healthywithjodi.com

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Uses and Benefits of Fennel Seeds

Uses and Benefits of Fennel Seeds

What is fennel and how do you prepare it?

Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine. Most often associated with Italian cooking, be sure to add this to your selection of fresh vegetables from the autumn through early spring when it is readily available and at its best.

Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves near which flowers grow and produce fennel seeds. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible. Fennel belongs to the Umbellifereae family and is therefore closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander.

Good quality fennel will have bulbs that are clean, firm and solid, without signs of splitting, bruising or spotting. The bulbs should be whitish or pale green in color. The stalks should be relatively straight and closely superimposed around the bulb and should not splay out to the sides too much. Both the stalks and the leaves should be green in color. There should be no signs of flowering buds as this indicates that the vegetable is past maturity. Fresh fennel should have a fragrant aroma, smelling subtly of licorice or anise. Fennel is usually available from autumn through early spring.

Store fresh fennel in the refrigerator crisper, where it should keep fresh for about four days. Yet, it is best to consume fennel soon after purchase since as it ages, it tends to gradually lose its flavor. While fresh fennel can be frozen after first being blanched, it seems to lose much of its flavor during this process. Dried fennel seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool and dry location where they will keep for about six months. Storing fennel seeds in the refrigerator will help to keep them fresher longer.

Tips for Preparing Fennel

The three different parts of fennel—the base, stalks and leaves—can all be used in cooking. Cut the stalks away from the bulb at the place where they meet. If you are not going to be using the intact bulb in a recipe, then first cut it in half, remove the base, and then rinse it with water before proceeding to cut it further. Fennel can be cut in a variety of sizes and shapes, depending upon the recipe and your personal preference. The best way to slice it is to do so vertically through the bulb. If your recipe requires chunked, diced or julienned fennel, it is best to first remove the harder core that resides in the center before cutting it. The stalks of the fennel can be used for soups, stocks and stews, while the leaves can be used as an herb seasoning.

A Few Quick Serving Ideas

  • Sautéed fennel and onions make a wonderful side dish.
  • Combine sliced fennel with avocados, and oranges for a delightful salad.
  • Braised fennel is a wonderful complement to scallops.
  • Consider adding sliced fennel in addition to the traditional toppings of lettuce on your sandwiches.  (Lettuce wrapped preferably)
  • Top thinly sliced fennel with plain and mint leaves.
  • Fennel is a match made in Heaven when served with salmon and lemon.
  • Beets and Ground fennel seed is an excellent combination for potassium and digestion

Reflection…a year in review…

REFLECTION…

I sit in quiet in the morning and collect my thoughts and decided to copy my thoughts to my website instead of just my healthy blog and email newsletter.  It’s that important to for my voice to be heard.  And not heard because I want praise, but because I want the world to feel different about the future and realize it can be better but it starts deep inside each one of us.  We change no one but ourselves.  If we looked inward instead of blaming others for our situation or circumstances then this world becomes a softer, kinder place to live in.  Sadness would be replaced by happiness. I’ve seen it, I believe it.

So….

My Midlife…is my best life…as I reflect on this year, I have come to the conclusion that I love everyday I wake up and open my heart and mind to enlightenment. Truly believing that everything in the universe is divinely orchestrated and placed in our paths for accepting more love and growth in our lives.

So…. I am no longer waiting for a special occasion; I burn the best candles on ordinary days.

I am no longer waiting for the house to be clean; I fill it with people who understand that their presence is more important.

I am no longer waiting for everyone to understand me, it’s just not their journey.

I am no longer waiting for the perfect children; my children have their own names that burn as brightly as any star.

I am no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop; It already has and I survived.

I am no longer waiting for the time to be right; the time is always NOW.

I am no longer waiting for the perfect mate who will complete me; I am grateful to be so warmly, tenderly held by the light in the sky in the form of the Sun, Moon and Stars.

I am no longer waiting for a quiet moment; my heart can be stilled whenever and wherever it is called to.

I am no longer waiting for the world to be at peace; I unclench my jaw and breathe peace in and exhale uncertainty.

I am no longer waiting to do something great; being awake to carry my grain of sand is enough.

I do not need to be recognized; I know that I dance in a holy circle.

I am no longer waiting for Forgiveness. I believe I am enough.

I asked my daughter if she had any resolutions and she said it was just another day Mom. I told her I can make a new goal just like I can any other day of the year and I redirected her thoughts and challenged her to make her yearly bucket list. What are the things she wanted to accomplish this year, where did she want to do, and how did she want to feel, who did she want to surround herself with?

I know I want an adventure every month. I know I want to wake up grateful everyday that my body works and carries through another day of inspiration. I know I want to see change in the world, and I know that starts with me and my heart. It’s a daily choice of how great we want to be. I like the circle of life I dance in and plan to expand this year. As I open my heart to more love and acceptance the world does change….one soul at a time.

I’m grateful for all those that believed in me and trusted me with their health goals and emotional health.  I am grateful for all the tender lessons you’ve taught me, for touching my heart, enriching my life and allowing me to be apart of your journey.

❤️🕊🙏🏻

Much Love and Light in 2019

Jodi

C. Austin Miles