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Feeding Yourself

Feeding Yourself

During the holidays, it is very easy to neglect your self-care.

As a single mom of two sons, it was very important for me to get up early in the morning and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee.  This set the tone of my day so that I could ‘handle’ what the day brought on!

As a parent, it sometimes feels that you are expected to give, give, give.  However, if you don’t fill your tank, it will run empty, and that isn’t good for anyone.  I love how Lisa Nichols talks about feeding people from your saucer and not your cup.  If your cup is running over into the saucer, you can give without it costing you more than you have.

Because of the demands of my work and being a single parent, my empty tank began to take its toll.  Learning that taking care of myself first (can anyone say guilt?) went from being a luxury to a necessity.

Finding out what is important for your well being doesn’t have to be tricky.  Knowing that I am an introvert, it makes sense that quiet time refuels me.  Add in a little meditation, yoga, reading, classical music, and walking, and my take begins to fill.  But what works for me, may not work for you.

Don’t forget to eat healthy and drink lots of water!  Look for my future article – Sleep is King, Water is Queen.

I hope that everyone has a very Happy Holiday season, but remember – Feed Yourself!

Please do some research, ask some questions!  Become an expert of your own body.

And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

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Sewage System of the Body

Sewage System of the Body

No, it isn’t your bowels!  Welcome to the wonderful world of Lymph!  The lymphatic system is one of the first lines of immunological defenses of the body.  It has many other extremely important functions as well.

The lymphatic system creates immune cells such as lymphocytes, monocytes, and plasma cells.  The lymphatic system sends these cells throughout the body to wherever they are needed.  It then carries away dead cells to be removed.

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It is the circulatory system’s sister and is the second pathway back to the heart.  Lymph is the fluid that helps produce the connective tissue of the body – think fascia and bones, to name a couple.  The lymph system does not have its own pumping system like the heart in the circulatory system.  Movement is key!!  (Look forward to my video series – Combatting FFP – Front Forward Posture)

Ever wonder why massage therapists always tell you to drink more water?  The lymph system is throughout the body and a lot of it is just under the skin.  So, when you receive a massage, the lymph fluid has been manipulated, releasing toxins.

Think of cleaning with a sponge.  Before you use the dirty sponge somewhere else, you have to clean it.  Same thing with our lymph.  Once it has been manipulated it has to be cleaned out by drinking more water.  The type of water you drink is also important.  (Look for the Hydration vs Saturation)  If you ever feel like you have the flu the next day after a massage it means you need to drink more water!

When the body has had surgery or trauma, the damaged tissue responds with inflammation to protect the area (not to mention the fascial response, which we will talk about in another article).  Lymphatic massage helps to reduce painful swelling from the traumatized area.

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Julie Fisher

LMBT SC/NC

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Nightshades – The Dark Side of Inflammation

Nightshades – The Dark Side of Inflammation

-Julie Fisher

 

Wow! It is so important for us to do research for ourselves. Taking charge of your health (coming soon) For quite a while I have thought that nightshades – white potatoes, peppers, paprika, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco and tomatillos (there are more) cause inflammation for everyone.  That isn’t the case at all!

Turns out that some of us are sensitive to some of the chemicals within nightshades, specifically alkaloids and lectins.

People with auto-immune problems are even more susceptible.

Without going into too much of the chemistry, some lectins bind with sugar and protein molecules to increase the permeability of the intestines.  Which is why it can affect people with IBS. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Some of the alkaloids within nightshades aggravate the immune response (histamine), which is where my struggle lies, and they also contribute to the permeability of the intestines.

One of the questions that I have with sensitivity to nightshades is the Why? I feel that part of the answer is that years of chronic stress and the development of an ulcer has weakened my digestive system.  And even though I have been through some major healing, there is still more to be done.  Of course, I will be doing more research and already plan on an article on the effects of stress on the body, mind and spirit.

Another question or observation is that there must be a correlation between the gut issues and a Vitamin/mineral deficiency (coming soon).  Hmmmmm, the next article almost writes itself!

So, my questions for you are – do your armpits smell awful like never before? Do you eat and immediately have food baby?  Do certain foods send you running for the bathroom? (like Haagen-Daz does for me) Do you ever just not feel right in your own body?!  Please do some research, ask some questions!  And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer

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