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My Personal Detox Strategies

Well, cold and flu season is upon us and this year we have the extra stress of dealing with the coronavirus situation. I do think that one of the positive things to come out of this season of uncertainty, is the widespread focus on health and well-being. We all want to stay safe and healthy so here are some of my favorite ways of taking care of my body and ensuring it is free from toxins and infections. Onion Poultices Did you know that cut onions attract viruses? Yup! They sure do. So in cold and flu season, I make it a habit to do several warm onion poultices per week on my neck and upper chest. Onion poultices are great for pulling viruses out of your system and helping you to stay healthy.  They are super easy to do and very relaxing too! Basically you chop up an onion and lightly sauté it with a little water until it starts to soften. Then drain off any extra water and put the onions into a clean kitchen towel. Place the towel across your neck and upper chest, and sip some tea and relax while the onions do their work. Another

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Keeping You and Your Home Virus Free

DIY HAND SANITIZER If you’re stuck somewhere and can’t wash your hands, using hand sanitizer is the next best thing. But what if you don’t have any sanitizer – and/or your local store has sold out? No problem! Make your own! It’s very simple. TIP: The CDC recommends using a sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. This recipe meets that requirement. Ingredients: ⅓ cup aloe vera gel ⅔ cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol or organic vodka (optional) 2-3 drops organic, all-natural essential oil Instructions: Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl and pour into a clean container (like a bottle with a secure top. Optional: use a bottle with a spray attachment.) Use a small amount and rub over the fronts and backs of your hands. This also can make a thoughtful gift! Propolis Diffusers/Vaporizers “More than aromatherapy, the propolis vaporizers / diffusers eliminate bacteria, mold, viruses, and even air pollution, as well as enhancing the health of humans and animals. These electrical appliances diffuse propolis (a resinous material made by bees), known to have very important therapeutic properties – antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and as an immune system booster.” (Source)  I love this all-natural, chemical-free way to sanitize

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Emotional Health

Self-care In A Time Of Coronavirus

Never has it been more important to look after your physical and emotional health than in this time of social distancing and isolation. For many, this is a time of stress and uncertainty. Below I have listed my top solutions for taking care of your physical health and emotional well-being.  Echinacea To Support Your Immune System Echinacea is a native North American flowering plant called the Coneflower that closely resembles the common daisy and is classified as an herb.  This perennial plant can live for as many as five or six years and can grow to be as tall as four feet. The flowers are usually pink or purple with a larger multicolored center cone that holds the seeds. There are about nine different types of wild coneflower on several different continents.  Echinacea has long been used to improve health. (Source) Immune Support The most common way that echinacea is currently used is simply for immune support. It is widely used in Europe and North America for common colds. Based on what form in which the echinacea comes, the supplements all differ in their composition, due to what part of the plant material is used, the extraction methods used and

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Emotional Health

The Role of the Amygdala in Fear and Anxiety

Imagine you’re lying alone in bed when something hairy crawls across your arm. You immediately think SPIDER! and trigger your fear response. Your heart rate goes up, you jump out of bed and turn on the light to find out what just crawled over you.  This fear response was triggered by intricate communication pathways between your senses (touch/feeling in this case), your nervous system, and your hormonal system. These communication pathways are the same pathways that go haywire when we are diagnosed with anxiety spectrum disorders like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). The Role of the Amygdala in Fear and Anxiety So what exactly is going on? Well, this is where your limbic system comes in. The limbic system is made up of several areas in the brain whose main purpose is to keep us safe and alive.  Within the limbic system, you’ll find the amygdala, which is an almond-shaped set of neurons located in the temporal lobes near your temples. The amygdala’s job is to process emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness. It also helps to store memories of events and the emotions associated with them. This

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Weight Loss

Control Your Appetite with These Foods

Are you having a hard time losing weight because of a big appetite? You can curb cravings and reduce your hunger significantly just by adding the right foods into your diet.Here are a few tips to help you curb those hunger pangs! Focus on Balance and Complete Nutrition The most important thing about having healthy meals isn’t trying to eat as little as possible or necessarily restricting food groups, but aiming for balance. Having an even balance between lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and produce in the form of vegetables or fruits can be key. This might mean having dinner with salmon, brown rice, and broccoli, or lunch of a big salad bowl of sweet potato, organic chicken, leafy greens and your favorite fruits. You can get as simple or as complex as you want, as long as you are getting all the nutrients you need without starving yourself. Get More Protein with Eggs Next up are your eggs. If you are not sensitive to eggs, they can be a wonderful source of protein and vital nutrients. For those who are sensitive to chicken eggs, I typically recommend eating Duck Eggs because many people who are sensitive to chicken eggs find

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Weight Loss

Body Composition and the Dangers of Visceral Fat

Body Composition Basics This week, let’s dig a little deeper into the weight loss topic and learn about the importance of understanding body composition and losing visceral fat! When I talk about losing weight and getting healthy, it comes down to burning off toxic body fat and increasing muscle mass.  Before you start any new weight loss program or diet plan, I suggest having a body composition analysis to track your body fat percentage, muscle mass, BMI, bone mass and other metrics. That way, once you’ve completed your program, you can reassess and quantify your results beyond just the number on the scale. At Cornerstone Wellness Center, we use a professional Tanita Scale to analyze body composition. If you’re located nearby, come on in for a free body composition analysis and consultation! During all of our weight loss programs, we use the Tanita to scan weekly to make sure each client is headed in the right direction. Understanding The Dangers of Visceral Fat According to Harvard Health, approximately 10% of body fat is visceral fat. While that may not sound like a lot, visceral fat is one of the most dangerous types of fat. Visceral fat resides in your abdomen

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Weight Loss

How Probiotics Can Help With Weight Loss

Despite the advances in modern medicine, many people continue to struggle with their weight, evidenced by the epidemic of diabetes and obesity that faces this country. With so many advertisements for weight loss and belly fat reduction in the media today, it’s hard to know which sources are credible. Here at Cornerstone Wellness Center, we believe in fixing things at the root cause level. To better understand how we treat weight loss and how probiotics can help, let’s have a little science lesson! We’re going to talk about what’s going on at the cellular level when you can’t lose weight. It’s kind of important to know this so that you can fix it! Everything starts with your cells. When you look at the structure of healthy cells, you’ll see they are all coated in cholesterol and saturated fats.  On the outside of all your cells are your hormone and nutrient receptors.  In a healthy cell, your hormones and nutrients hit their receptor site, go inside the cell, make energy called ATP, and then waste products are ushered out. Unhealthy Cells But, if you are having a hard time losing weight, if your hormones are out of balance, or if you

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Weight Loss

Addicted to Sugar?

When you think of addiction, you might think about gambling, substances and alcohol, but there are many other addictions as well. One of them is sugar, which can actually be something you struggle with and not even realize it. Here are some things to know about sugar addiction. I will also share with you how effective a 5 day detox can be for you and your health. Why Sugar Addiction is a Bad Thing Migraines When you eat a large amount of sugar your brain reacts to that sugar. This can cause a number of reactions, including energy bursts. When this happens, your regulators are dulled over time. This means that you are not feeling the full effects of the sugar and what it is doing to your system. It also means that more and more sugar is needed overtime to get you the energy you need or the reaction you once had to the original amounts of sugar. When you do not have the amounts of sugar your body has now become used to, you end up with a migraine headache. If you already get headaches, you may notice a severe increase in these headaches and the headaches getting worse. Hypertension Hypertension is a severe danger with a sugar

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Weight Loss

Understanding the Emotional Root Cause of Weight Loss Resistance

If you are overweight and have tried to lose it, but have consistently struggled even though you are doing everything “right,” you are experiencing what I call weight loss resistance. In our last blog, we addressed one root cause of weight loss resistance: cellular inflammation. This article will give you an overview of another root cause—the emotional root cause of weight loss resistance. A Brief Introduction to Emotional Root Causes The Autonomic Brain is in charge of your survival and is always looking for a biological way to keep you alive when you experience a trauma or conflict.  This biological response appears in our bodies as illness. When we look closely at the type of disease which is being expressed, then we can understand the underlying trauma that is associated with that disease. Some of these traumas may be more conscious than others. Looking for emotional patterns throughout your life can guide you to the original trauma.  Since these nuances are very individual, it is suggested to seek the support of a Recall Healing Specialist to help resolve the underlying conflict or trauma. The Project Purpose When things don’t quite make sense, we must look to the Project Purpose or

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