Keeping Your Skin Hydrated

Its not just water that you need to keep your skin hydrated. I had really bad skin rashes for many years and it took lots of work to figure out what was causing them and to fix it. Once I discovered the problem and removed the problem from my life it was another issue to…

Are Coffee and Tea Hydrating?

This is a big debate out there but really for the most part it depends on how much coffee and tea you are drinking and what else you are drinking in addition to coffee and tea. So whats the problem? Coffee and tea are both high in a kind of molecule that are called tannins….

Hydration and Detoxification

In last night’s Wellness Watch we were focusing on body flora but our conversation led us to hydration. Hydration is a key point to many functions of the body, including maintaining healthy body flora in all of the regions of the body that tend to have bacteria populations growing. I mentioned to Annabelle that most…

Vitamin D-Yes you need more!

This has got to be the supplement that I recommend to more people than anything else. We just do need it! More Vitamin D for everyone! Vitamin D can be obtained through three different methods. (1) We can make it by our bodies. When the sun is at a high enough angle to the horizon…

Contemplating Probiotics

When deciding if you are going to start eating or taking probiotics there are a few things you should keep in mind to know what are the right options for you. Probiotics are generally a short term solution When taking probiotics they are not going to solve your digestive or related problems for good. In…

Probiotics In My Diet

For many years, all through graduate school, taking classes on nutrition, discussing probiotics and recommending them to others I have never been one to take them myself. Generally when I am recommending them to someone else it is to support their digestion and encourage more healthy, regular bowel movements. Having consistent bowel movements daily is…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 5

When you think of yoga there are probably two different poses you think of: sun salutations and downward dog. Sun salutations can be great for getting your whole body ready to move but downward and upward dog can provide a little more support for your back pain that you might not experience at first. Downward…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 4

Last week we practiced child’s pose. This week I would like to get a little bit more fluidity into our spines after stretching so that next week we can begin to strengthen our spinal columns a bit more. So lets all practice every kids favorite yoga pose: cat and cow. This common yoga pose is…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 3

Now that you have had a chance to practice rocking your hips to get movement into your lower back and practicing a bridge to strengthen your core and get additional movement into your spine we will continue to stretch the back this week and learn child’s pose. For many people beginning yoga this is the…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 2

Last week we looked at simple hip rocks, this week we will step it up a level to get more movement through the entire back, looking at what I call back rolls to get into a yoga pose called a bridge. To get used to the movement and to really pay attention to your whole…

Yoga for Back Pain, Part 1

Back in college I started studying yoga. Now I have in no way kept up with it consistently but I believe the practice I had in place for 3 years taught me a lot about myself and it greatly influenced my life. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at a variety of…

Postural Alignment for Your Health, Part 2: Sitting

Two weeks ago we talked about how to encourage a more proper posture when standing. This week we will focus on sitting posture. While this contains many of the same focuses there are key differences to consider when encouraging a good seated posture. I, myself, am constantly trying to develop alternative seated postures that feel…