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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has grown and in frequency in recent years. This mysterious and complex disorder can be debilitating to most sufferers and a cause has yet to be discovered. This complex disorder is characterized by extreme fatigue that does not improve with rest and often times is worsened with physical or mental exertion. CFS can often times go overlooked or misdiagnosed because it's symptoms mirror so many other illnesses. Fatigue itself may be a symptom of hundreds of conditions. So how do you determine it may be CFS? People with CFS function at a much lower level of activity than they were once capable of before they developed the condition. Many of your personal, social, work-related and other activities show significant reduction and some of the following symptoms are recurring for at least six months:
*Increased malaise or extreme exhaustion after physical or mental exertion lasting more than 24 hours
*Difficulties with memory (especially short term memory) and concentration
*Muscle pain or join pain without swelling or redness
*Tender lymph nodes in neck or armpit
*Recurring sore throat
If these symptoms have not occurred before the first fatigue and persist for at least 6 months or more, you should ask your doctor if CFS is a possibility. They can often rule other illnesses first with diagnostic testing. Although symptoms do not define CFS nor contribute to the diagnosis of, many people also have the following symptoms:
*abdominal pain *alcohol intolerance *bloating *chest pain *chronic cough *diarrhea *dizziness *dry eyes or mouth *earaches *jaw pain *morning stiffness *nausea *night sweats *psychological problems (anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks) *shortness of breath, tingling skin sensations, weight loss
Some experts say that CFS may be triggered by a number of factors, ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. There is still no single test to confirm the diagnosis of CFS and the treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms. Other possible causes may include immune support problems or abnormal blood levels of hormones produced in the hypothalamus , pituitary or adrenal glands.
Some factors may increase your risk including:
*Age-most commonly occurs in people in their 40s & 50s
*Sex-Woman are more likely than men to develop CFS
*Lifestyle-being overweight, inactive and overly stressed increase risk
Some questions to expect from your doctor:
1. What are your symptoms and when did they begin?
2. Does anything make your symptoms better or worse?
3. Any problems with memory or concentration?
4. Problems sleeping?
5. Ever feel depressed or anxious? If so how often?
6. How much do your symptoms limit you ability to function?
7. What trWhile there is no single test to diagnose doctors may rule out other illnesses such as:
*sleep disorders (sleep apnea, RLS or insomnia) using sleep studies *medical problems (anemia, diabetes, hypothyroid. etc-using blood tests *mental health (depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.)
You can find out more information about treatment, education and more at www.cdc.gov and www.mayoclinic.com
Some say CFS is caused by Candia overgrowth in the body as well as inflammation & auto-immune illnesses. Candida with is a fungus (yeast) found naturally in the body but if you have a weakened immune systems is can multiply exponentially and cause a damaging effect on the body. Some use a raw foods diet, green drinks, juices, essential oils and coconuts which are natural mold and fungus killers help to control their CFS symptoms.
A typical green drink:
*One young coconut including meat and water
*2 cups organic spinach
*handful of blueberries (optional)
*Blend until smooth
Essential oils that help treat CFS: *Frankincense *Oregano *Peppermint *Thyme *On Guard see how to use these at www.everythingessential.me and search CFS protocols
Diet is important, ask your doctor about trying to avoid sugar and sugar substitutes, anything canned or processed, food colorings, dairy, fungus & yeast products such as mushrooms, bread and cheese. Meats and anything white (white flour, milk, sugar white rice, etc) may also want to be avoided
Please take care and as always Be Well.
One Drop is my personal passion project to help spread the message of how we can all do our part to make a change. Especially now as the holidays are upon us we usually try to think of a way to donate and give back a little. My goal is to have everyone do this all year round can pay it forward on a regular basis.
In first starting this project my main objective was to
help spread the message of the Power of One-how each of us as individuals have the power to do what little we each can, and putting those little things all together it becomes a wave-an ocean of change. I still believe this to be true and I continue my mission to simple share the resources I come across and the information I have with you. I know I myself and not perfect. And yes, I do practice what I preach- however, I am only human and need to remind myself to try and not buy bottled water or forgo the plastic bag at the store for one little item. But I'm getting better. As I always say, knowledge is power. And I know none of us are perfect, but if we have the knowledge then we are armed with the ability to make conscious decisions on a daily basis that can have a better impact on the world. And there are so many little things we can
do, and technology has had a tremendous effect on that. While drinking my morning coffee it took me 5 minutes to donate $5 which helped give 10 ppl enough medicine for an entire year to help fight off diseases in their developing country. A day later I was checking my Facebook and the Red Cross had a link to donate $10 for the Phillipines Relief Fund. That took even less time. If we just keep our eyes open we can see opportunities around every corner where we can make a difference. Buy an extra coffee in the morning and hand it to the man standing on the corner holding a cardborad sign. Pay to the person's coffee behind you in line. Odds are they will follow suit and do something good for someone else that same day, and on and on it goes. If we only realize that we are all on this planet together, have the same wants and needs, and even strangers can have a huge impact on eachother's lives then we can be one step closer to uniting the Human Race. Looking at the planet from a distance, you don't see borders. YOu don't see colors, or statuses, or anything differentiating one place from another. We are all one, and if we can start seeing ourselves that way then we can start to really take care of each other.
So please join me in spreading the message. Pay it forward. Be the Change. Check out 'The List', 'Ways to Go Green' and 'Volunteer Opportunities' tabs at www.onedropworld.org to see how you can start to make a change today. And it's always wonderful to do your part the holiday season, but even better if you keep it up and do it all year long. I will be joining up with Complete Care-they have decided to be a 'One Drop Business' and do their part to Go Green and Give Back. We will be hosting a One Drop Meet Up in December-stay tuned to the events page to see where you can come and join the One Drop Army. Thank you.
Meditation is a mental dicipline that helps you let go of your normal, reflexive thinking that helps your reach a deeper level of awareness and insight which in turn can lead to relaxation and clarity. Meditation has it's roots in several religions, but it is also practiced by many non-religious practioners as well. The goals of meditation vary. As some would strive for a higher state of awareness and spiritual development, others are looking for things such as better focus and creativity, physical and emotional healing, better insight, stress reduction and relaxation just to name a few.
There are 4 types of meditation techniques one can use in their practice, the first involves using a focus. The goal with this technique is leaning to focus and concentrate. We work to train our minds on focusing on an image, whether it be a candle, an object in the room, or simply your breath. In this we can harness the ability to calm and stabilize the mind, recognizing uncontrolled thinking patterns and learning to relax quiet our thinking.
Secondly there is using mindfullness. In this practice we learn to be mindful of both ourselves as well as the world around us. Here we concentrate in things such as the subtle sensations in our body and the content of our conscious thoughts. Throught this type of meditation we can observe mental habits that may create negative thought patterns and hold us back from things in life. We learn to be in the presents moments, letting go of the past as well as the future. In this we can learn to bring that mindfullness with us out into our everyday lives, so we do not travel through life on 'auto-pilot' and live in the present moment.
The third type of meditation is focusing on a topic. During your meditation you simple choose something that you would like to work on personally such as patience, anger, forgiveness or acceptance-or you can choose a topic that would help society such as world peace or clean water for third world countries.
Lastly we can use the senses in our meditation. Engaging the senses we can help harness the mind's power to create it's own reality. Listening to music or the sounds of nature can help bring you into a relaxed, meditative state. Also, we can use voice, being that of your own voice by using a chant or mantra in your meditation or listening to a guided meditation that can help ease you into relaxation and visualize the reality you wish to inhabit.
The benefits of meditation are virtually endless, but we'll go over a few here. Physically meditation can help your body in many ways. Simply by meditating on your breath you can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety. Meditation can be used in conjunction with traditional or alternative treatments for illnesses such as cancer to help alleviate symptoms and anxiety related to those conditions. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, meditation can also bring you mental contentment, clarity, enhanced sleep quality and longevity to your life. I will be hosting an Introduction to Meditation Workshop at the office Tuesday November 19th-here we will go over the information I've mentioned here, plus more information in packets for you to take home and we'll be doing some of my own guided meditations as well. To get a preview, please visit my 'Meditation Station' on YouTube and see what we will be going over in that workshop-meditating in a group is extremely helpful and enjoyable, as you can share experiences and feel the collective evergy in the room. I hope to see you there, tickets are only $10 and I'll be sure to give you plenty of resources to take with you! Be well and I'll see you to get your 'Om' on!
What is massage therapy? Massage therapy is a type of bodywork where the therapists works in several different modalities (or techniques) to manipulate soft tissue to help increase function and induce relaxation. Massage can also help increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutirents to the tissues, decrease inflammatioin, increase flexibility, reduce muscle tension and pain, reduce pain & stiffness in muscles & joints and much more. The benefits are endless, and we at Complete Care have a great team of therapists to help you with your specific needs! We are all trained in several modalities, and some of us specialize in certain fields. In today's blog I will share with you some different types of massage therapy to give you a better idea of what you may need for your specific needs. And always feel free to call or stop in with any specific questions, our therapists would be happy to answer them for you!
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Our trained therapists will typically use a combination of the following modalities to tailor each session to each individual's specific needs. We always work in conjunction with the doctors to facilitate proper treatment
with safety of the patient first priority
Swedish Massage Therapy (Standard Relaxation Massage)
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also
known as Swedish or relaxation massage. Massage therapists use long
smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle
using massage lotion, cream or oil. Swedish massage can be very gentle and
relaxing, creating a smooth, flowing type of session. Those who like relaxation massage can also request firmer pressure with the same flowing session. If you've never had massage before, trying out a relaxation massage is a good way to start out.
Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is quite popular with
expectant mothers and recommended by many doctors. Therapists knwo the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage, as well as how to modify techniques for her comfort and saftey. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression.
At Complete Care we have our prenancy pillow in which the expectant mother can lay on her stomach all the way to full term, a woman's best friend towards the end!
Although reflexology basically a foot massage, it is much more than simple foot
massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot
that correspond to organs and systems in the body. A reflexology session is said to help
not onlyrelax but help achieve overall healing and balance for the entire body.
Reflexology is very relaxing, and perfect for the person who wants a shorter session and someone who works on their feet all day. You wont even have to get undressed and will feel the benefits everywhere!
This Japanese healing technique is performed fully clothed and works to restore the
life-energy balance in the body and may aid in stress reduction, relaxation,
& overall well being. Reiki is a specific type of subtle energy work in which healing is performed by the
touch of the hands, allowing the flow of the energy from a limitless source to
the patient via the Reiki practitioner. It is extremely powerful, yet gentle
energy that can be easily channeled to yourself and others, just by intension. This is a great technique
for someone weary about massage work, but looking for some healing or overall wellness.
Deep Tissue Massage (we don't typically offer deep tissue massages, however our therapists can work deep to focus on a particular need of the patient)
Deep tissue work targets the deeper layers of muscle as well as connective tissue. The
massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of
the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful
muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People
often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage. Deep work is not always
nessesary for the best results, as therapists we have many non-invasive and effective
techniques we can use for optimal results.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical
activity but works to loosen muscles and increase flexibility. The strokes are generally faster than
Swedish massage. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques are used including stretching and joint mobilizations.
Great for the younger kids, athletes and those who work out often.
Geriatric Massage (Senior Massage)
Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly
population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light
application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light
oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive
friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation,
combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of
arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall
well-being. Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health
as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort,
especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.
Lymphatic massage is used to help bolster the immune system, cleanse the body of toxins
and maintain healthy muscle and skin tissue. This is an extremely light and slow type
of massage session, with the therapist barely moving the skin, but the results can be
tremendous! The lymphatic system works with other parts of the human body to handle waste
removal on a cellular level. The flow of lymph in the human body can experience blockages. When this
happens, skin can dry out and tissue does not receive the proper nutrients. Lymphatic
massage is a specific technique designed to increase circulation and the flow of
lymph. As a result, waste removal is more efficient and tissue receives more
fluids and nutrients. By eliminating these blockages, one can avoid dry and
damaged skin and weakened muscle tissue. Also, since the lymphatic system
affects the human body's immune system, lymphatic massage can reduce the
frequency of colds, joint aches, fatigue, arthritis, acne and many other
ailments by helping to remove toxins from the body. Lymphatic and other types of
massage therapy are often used for pregnant women and people with already
weakened immune systems to avoid infections or
Myofascial Release Treatment
Myofascial release is a type of treatment that uses stretching and sustained pressure to
loosen myofascial restrictions. Fascia is a very thin connective tissue that covers every part of the human body, from major organs to bone, muscle and everything in between, similar to a
membrane. You can almost picture is as a full body stocking that kind of holds
everything in place, and if you pull it or it gets tangled at one end, you can surely feel it
at the other. Fascia connects everything. Myofascial release treatment is
meant to focus on restrictions where areas of muscle and fascia have become
tense or rigid. Fascia is normally pliable, and using the heat and sustained pressure from
the therapists hand they can work to make that tissue even more pliable. Injury or tension resulting from
repetitive motion or poor posture causes it and muscle to tense up. Since fascia
connects all parts of the body with each other, tensing in one area can
negatively impact others as well. The treatment reduces the resulting pain and
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight, palpable area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other
parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral
pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then
cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point
therapy is often used in the treatment of headaches, and is specifically designed to alleviate the source
of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of
massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through
deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the
discomfort.The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in
the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in
pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a
regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic
This is only the tip of the iceburg when it come to massage therapy and the different modalities out there. Other types of massage include Thai, Shiatsu, Orthopedic, Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Hot Rocks and many many more!
Massage therapy is much more than a luxury and our therapist trained and continue to train hard to learn everything they can to help learn how to manage your pain! We look forward to working with you in the future
and hope you take advantage exploring the different areas of massage therapy!
Be Well and Nurture your Mind, Body & Spirit
Known as 'white gold' in the Himalayas, Himalayan Crystal Salt is the purest salt on Earth. It is untouched by pollutants and toxins, found at the foothills of the Himalyan Mountains formed 250 million years ago. Himalayan salt is far superior to traditional iodized salt and contains the same 84 natural elements and minerals found in the human body. Himalayan salt has a unique cellular structure and allows it to store vibrational energy. This salt is so beneficial to our health it's important to know the reasons why!
Standing at the foot of the ocean the cool sea salt air invigorates you, do you know why? The cool salt breeze from the ocean relaxes you and makes you feel more alive because of the highly charged, healthy negative ions released feed your cells. It's said that in the 1800s a Polish physician discovered that breathing pure, iodized air in salt mines was beneficial in soothing inflammation and curing respiratory conditions. People soon sought out 'salt caves' in Eastern Europe to help cure their ailments. In current times our lungs are continually under stress from both indoor and outdoor pollution. A current, popular physician Dr. Mehmet Oz recommended Himalayan Salt Therapy as a way to help relieve asthma, congestion, colds, allergies and hay fever.
While we cannot always be near the serenity of the salt water ocean, we can indeed bring a part of it into our homes and offices.
'Pure Crystal Salt lamps release negative ions into the environment, creating some of the benefits of being in a “salt cave.” The emission of ions is primarily caused by the alternating actions of the salt's ability to first absorb water, and then evaporate it. As the lamp heats, the heated salt crystal attracts water molecules from the air to its surface. The salt goes into a solution as it mixes with the water molecules. Sodium, as a positively charged ion, and Chloride, as a negatively charged ion, are emitted.
Negative ions are electrically charged particles, and in addition to their beneficial effects on our respiratory and immune systems, they help remove airborne contaminates. Negatively charged negative ions help cleanse the air because they attach themselves to contaminates and allergens, which are positively charged. The larger particles formed by this interaction then fall to the ground, and out of the air we’re breathing.' -Solay Wellness Himalayan Salt Lamps.
These salt lamps also help to protect you against the constant EMFs (electromagnetic fields) we are surrounded by everyday from our televisions, computers and wireless devices. The Himalayan Salt Crystals resonate a frequency almost identical to our bodies, helping to counter the excessive EMFs organically. The lamps not only help with our health but are beautiful and serene to look at.
Many other benefits of these salt lamps include:
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Cupping therapy is an ancient technique used as early as 3,500 years ago by the Egyptians as well as by Hippocrates in ancient Greece to cure many ailments. Still it is used today to compliment many therapies and bodywork including massage, detoxification, spa treatments, lymphatic drainage and myofascial and triggerpoint release. A common Chinese practice, cupping is a simple way to produce big results. Cupping originated with the use of animal horns to create a suction over the skin to drain out toxins from snake bites and skin lesions, and eventually graduated to bones, shells and eventually glass. The use of a cup is to create suction against the skin's surface where the cup is placed to create a negative pressure; this softens tight muscles, drain excess toxins & fluids by opening lymphatic pathways, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissues, and increased circulation to the area treated.
Cupping therapy can be used for conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Neuromuscular dysfunction, cellulite and scar & stretch mark reduction as well as general detoxification, wellness & relaxation. The cups are placed on the body by an experienced practitioner and a level of suction is created in an area of stress or tension. The cups should only be left on a few minutes to achieve desired results. The longer the cups are left on, the more blood is pulled to the area. Very quick bruising and cupping 'hickies' are occur with the placement of the cups, and the longer left on, the more intense the markings. My markings shown lasted about a week and a half. The treatment is not uncomfortable or painful unless too much suction is brought to the area, which is easy to reduce with the knobs on top of the cups.
The cups can also be moved along the body while suctioned and perform a type of deep tissue massage, which may I mention is much easier on the therapist. It picks up underlying tissues and and get deeper quicker than regular manual therapy.
Although probably not for everyone, I definitely recommend cupping therapy for anyone interested, just be sure to go to someone with the proper knowledge and training. It is not a replacement for treatment for any condition, and always consult your doctor before trying any new therapy. If you are interested, let me know-I'll give you the information for my cupping therapist, Nicole! :)
In today's fast paced society we try to add more and more things to our day. It seems between work, personal, & social media we can have up to 3-4 emails to check daily, and our daily tasks would make people from years ago think we were some type of super humans! I know I've mastered the art of multi-tasking & sometimes find myself checking my emails while watching the news, feeding the dogs, doing the dishes & brushing my teeth! I'm the first one to say I wish there were more hours in the day, but one thing I love is going to bed! For some, after a full day at work, picking up the kids, shopping, making dinner, helping with homework & getting the kids to bed I'm sure leaves just enough time to watch the late night news before bed. One way people try to make their days longer is to cut back on sleep. But some don't realize just how important sleep really is for you & the vital functions that take place during sleep. According to the National Institute of Health adults need between 7.5 & 9 hours of sleep EVERY night. Although impossible for some, consistency is the key-and skimping on sleep can have more effects than you know.
Chronic sleep deprivation can effect many things, including your every day waking life. When we sleep our body & mind go through very important processes. Deep sleep renews the body by repairing muscle & tissues as well as build up energy you need for the next day. Alcohol or nicotine before bed may have an effect on whether you experience a deep sleep cycle, so best to avoid those too late in the day. REM sleep renews the mind & plays a big role in learning & memory. According to a research at Harvard University during sleep the brain goes through a process call memory consolidation where it commits new information learned that day to memory. The brain also replenishes neurotransmitters including dopamine & serotonin, which help elevate your mood during the day.
If you miss sleep regularly it may effect the way your body processes carbohydrates and could contribute to weight gain & possible hypertension. Other effects include a decreased immune system leading to frequent illness, our ability to handle stress, plus reduced creativity & problem solving skills, which could effect your role at work! If all of that isn't enough, it also makes you cranky! So when you get sleepy, that is because your body's reaction to the lack of sunlight is to produce the hormone melatonin that makes you tired. When there is daylight your body inhibits melatonin production which helps keep you alert. Your body is smart, people, listen to it! So make your bed a wonderful welcoming place to end your day, if you wish add lots of cushy pillows and a sound machine if that helps you relax before bed. Getting enough sleep is another way to take care of your mind, body & spirit, so be mindful you are getting enough. And don't forget other things like yoga, meditation & massage therapy can help regulate and improve sleep! So sweet dreams and get some shut eye!
Nurture your mind, body & spirit~Namaste
How we start our morning is very important in setting the tone for the rest of the day. Taking the time to rise early and set a morning ritual just for you can be paramount in effecting your overall mood. Getting up and rushing to drink a cup of coffee before you speed out the door to work does little for getting your immune system jump started or your mind centered for what you need to accomplish for the day. Whatever it is for you, it's important to know that you are just as important as everyone else & deserve time to be with just yourself. Sitting outside to enjoy your morning coffee or tea, just listen to the sounds of nature and listen as the world wakes up around you. Bring your yoga mat out to the back yard and say good morning to the sun with a few sun salutations. A brisk walk in the morning can be a perfect way to clear your head and have your mind right & ready for the day. A morning meditation, if only for 5-10 minutes is a great way to relax and allow your mind & body to reconnect. Focus on your breath and get energized for your day! Maybe you wake up extra early and hit the gym, just be sure that whatever you do you don't skip breakfast as it is really the most important meal of the day! Eating a solid breakfast jumps your metabolism in gear and you are more likely to not overeat at lunch or dinner. Small snacks in between meals keeps you metabolism running and you can in turn burn more calories. Nutritionists say a cereal with whole grains and fiber is a great way to start the day, keeping you full until lunchtime. Be sure to always educate yourself & ask your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen or diet. Knowlege is power, so educate yourself and take charge of your mind and your body-they're the only one's we've got!
Check out the Meditation Station tab and get started today!
Nurture your mind, body & spirit! ~Namaste & have a great day!
Besides water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. The varieties seem endless; black, green, white, oolong, herbal, red......but what's the difference? Research shows there are many health benefits to drinking tea. Many of your teas have powerful antioxidants, some even more than fruits and vegetables, as well as vitamins, minerals and at least half the caffeine of coffee. Tea drinkers have a lowered risk of things like high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke, mainly due to the free-radical fighting polyphenols.Your 'true' teas such as black, green, white, oolong come from the Camellia plant and have the true cancer-fighting antioxidants and many health benefits. Most of your herbal teas are surprisingly not really teas at all. They in a class called 'tisane' and are fusions of herbs, flowers, spices, roots and other parts of plants. These teas are not without their benefits, however. These herbs have wonderful effects on the body. Chamomile tea has sedative and relaxing effects and can help aid in stomach and digestion problems. Herbal tea can also help the immune system, lower cholesterol, relieve symptoms of arthritis, and can even relieve the onset of migraines due to anti-inflammatory properties.
So which ever tea is for you, be sure to steep a cup once a day to help aid in your optimal health. You could even ask your doctor or a nutritionist which tea is right for you. Be sure to educate yourself and take charge of your health. Be well and drink tea!
Nurture your mind, body and spirit, Namaste!
All of the cells in our body require oxygen to live, however a natural oxidation process can cause damage to and even destroy healthy cells. This process releases free radicals which are groups of of chemical substances that have unpaired electrons and are very unstable. These free radicals begin to release or take electrons from surrounding healthy cells to try and regain balance. In this process chain radicals form and result in the decay of living cells. Extended damage from free radicals can eventually lead to heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Antioxidants contain vitamins and minerals as well as some enzymes including beta carotene, Vitamin C & potassium.
These antioxidants help stabilize free radicals thus stopping the oxidation process. Eating a diet with food high in antioxidants can promote good health as well as increase our life span. The following list are some of the best 'super foods' we can include in our diet that are rich in antioxidants:
Nurture your mind, body and spirit~ Namaste. :)
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Hello lovelies. I hope you enjoy my journey of discovering my magick and Divine Feminine along with health, wealth of spirit and evolution. I am happy to share my experiences with you to heal, love, and evolve. Namaste-Heather Rae