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Why a Candida Cleanse?

Here’s the skinny on what the heck candida is, why you may have it, and could benefit from a cleanse!

Candida is a fungus that is a form of yeast that lives in our intestines and in our mouth. We all have some and it aids our digestion when it is in healthy parameters in our body. Candida or yeast overgrowth breaks down the intestinal wall linings when it overpopulates. Once this happens, the waste from it goes into the bloodstream and causes leaky gut. At first, too much candida will go unnoticeable. After time however, they will lead to sugar cravings and then you may experience such discomforts as gas, bloating, persistent heartburn, constipation, or diarrhea, fatigue, brain fog, recurring vaginal infections, vaginal or rectal itching, urinary tract infections, kidney and bladder infections, athlete’s feet, toenail or fingernail fungus, dandruff, or skin rashes such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, white spots on the tongue or inside the mouth, burning tongue, severe seasonal allergies, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, mood swings, anxiety, or depression. Once it progresses even longer this imbalance can manifest into an autoimmune diseases such as MS, Lupus, Hashimoto’s, Graves’, other thyroid dysfunctions, cancer and other conditions from low-immune systems. Do you or a loved one suffer from one of these?

So many of us are suffering with this and it often grows out of control due to stress and diet. The Western diet and protocols has greatly contributed to this problem. The main culprits that cause an overgrowth are sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates and processed foods. Even some fermented foods such as kombucha can contribute to this problem. Oral contraceptives, heavy metals and use of corticosteroid drugs and antibiotics also cause candida overgrowth and contribute to killing off or crowding out the good bacteria in our gut.

This year, I will help you to kick that candida! It will take a little perseverance on your part, and with support from me you will and can do this! Make 2017 the year to be healthy and make you come first! There are two ways you can get support: one is through an Amma session which will help your body detox and I will give you all the protocols at the end of the session. During your Amma, I will talk you through pointers and planning. The second is through a Coaching session in which we will cover all the information in-depth on what to eat, what not to eat, supplements and lifestyle needs. These sessions will include 45 recipes to assist you! With all this support you can be candida free and feel and look your best this year!

Looking forward to assisting you,

Tanya

Spring Energetics

The season of spring is upon us and with it comes more yang (activity), longer days and nature is awakening from its dormancy. Yay flowers, colors, and growth!!! With the season of planting, ideas are birthed and this is a time of creating new growth in all areas of life. What is your vision for your life and for your health? This is a good time to take an inventory, make new goals or check your progress.

Wood is the element from the five element system of Chinese Medicine that governs this spring season. When we are in harmony with the wood element we are flexible in our lives and we have good judgment. We are able to focus, organize, plan, make decisions and stay calm.

With a wood disharmony a person may exhibit poor flexibility (problems with ligaments and tendons), spinal problems, headaches, and neck and back tension. Being out of balance can add to poor immunity and illness can come up. From a psychological/emotional standpoint a person may become unrooted, anxious, angry, easily irritated, controlling, lack vision, or unable to decide or plan.

Enjoying sour foods during this season will assist in keeping the body in harmony with the wood element. Be careful to not overdo it, as too much sour also shows an imbalance.

The liver and the gallbladder are the organs associated with the spring. These organs are able to purify the blood, regulate metabolism, influence hormones and store vitamins for later use. If the gall bladder and liver are overloaded you will have more of the disharmonies mentioned above. It is important not to overdo alcohol, drugs, fried foods and meats. It is time to add a little more raw veggies in and sprouts are a great addition. Spring can also be a great time to cleanse. Let’s talk before you begin though, to be sure your body is up for doing so.

Come in this month for a check in on your health goals! Amma therapy brings the organs into harmony, and you will feel at ease and have clarity once again!

Here’s to a Healthy and Vibrant Spring!!!

~Tanya

Traditions

Those of you who have been coming to see me for a while know that I love to share lifestyle antidotes to assist in the healing process. Amma is holistic and because of my education I am emphatic about how a holistic approach to health is the best way to achieve optimal health. You have probably heard me share the importance of using affirmations, of incorporating mindful movement into one’s life, and I often suggest journaling and seeking other forms of therapy. I am on a mission to share my research and ways in which one can achieve more health and happiness.

 
At this time of year as the days shorten and we come inside more, we find our focus on family and loved ones. At this time we can reflect on tradition and dream up what new ones you want to bring to fruition. I bring up tradition because research shows that the families that have traditions are the ones with children (and adults) who have the highest levels of self-confidence and emotional well-being. The rate of teens and young adults with depression continues to be the highest and the holidays are known to be a trigger of grief and anxiety for some. Without a sense of who one is and where they came from, we can feel lost in a society that emphasizes consumerism and media as a way to boost ones’ happiness. So today I want to talk about the ways in which you can add in family ritual to become a healthier individual.

 
I think most of my readers strive to be healthy. And since our rituals often surround food, we need to find a way to incorporate ones with holidays that are delicious and also not filled with sugar. There is a time and place for sugar, and a small amount can go a long way. There are also many alternatives available now and so we have an opportunity to explore and find ways to make a meal or dessert that everyone loves and isn’t going to leave us stuck to the coach immobile the rest of the evening. A favorite tradition we had at our Halloween parties as kids was bobbing for apples. No kid ever thought, “Oh no! It’s just an apple!” We loved the sweet fruit! It can be easy to find ways to make healthy choices fun too! Here are some ideas I have for rituals that can assist your family being healthier this year:

 
• Have a weekly tradition (maybe Tuesday nights) where you go for walks as a family. In the fall make it a tradition to kick the leaves or rake up a pile for the kids or (adults) to jump in!
• Have a weekend morning be one in which you make your favorite breakfast food. (Mine is a big veggie stir fry with an egg scramble and gluten-free banana pancakes & real maple syrup. Yum!)
• Have a weekly family night where you do an indoor activity such as board games or movies. You can make homemade popcorn, kale chips or roasted pumpkin seeds for nights like these.
• Have your spouse or kids help you make a meal one day a week. Making food together brings in teaching moments and can help you to experiment with new dishes!
• Volunteer with a group that the family decides on and can be passionate together with. This is a great way to meet and make new friends too!
• Break traditions that don’t serve you. That’s right, if you hate Christmas and don’t want to participate, take a vacation at that time. Or let your family know how you would like to celebrate it with them (or not celebrate at all). And let them know it’s not about them!

 

Here’s to creating new memories and health!
Tanya

Winter’s Energetics

Winter is a time to go within, to recharge and to prepare for the coming time of growth in the spring. It is a time of introspection and yin building, where the focus is on stillness, listening and reflection.

The water element rules the winter. Water is our life blood, and it also circulates all of the body’s fluids. Therefore, water is able to move out waste, help nourish the body, and carries heat to warm us. The kidneys and the bladder are the associated organs and assist the body in cleansing and moving water through the body. The kidneys also help heat the body. When the water energies are in balance in the body, circulation will be present and will help us to maintain warmth.

Fear is the primary emotion that is associated with the kidneys. When there is an imbalance or stuck energy of the water element, we can become overly emotional and fear can easily rise up.  Being overly negative or constantly anxious will also affect the bladder and kidney. Resentment that is held over a long period of time will strain the bladder, and can cause bladder infections.

The ears, teeth, bones, the spine and knees are additionally associated with the kidneys. If you have any issues with these areas, your kidney energy needs attention. The kidneys are responsible for our overall life force, our growth, development and sexuality. If you suffer from fatigue, overuse stimulants or any kind of drugs, or have sexual dysfunction, this also points to a tax on the kidneys. Inappropriate rest or exercise, and not nourishing the self with high quality foods will deplete the kidneys too. A person’s will is related to the kidney energy. If you lack willpower to make the changes in your life that you wish to, the kidney energy is deficient.

Amma Therapy will address all of these issues by balancing the kidney energies, as well as the other organs that have become stuck and are contributing to the dis-ease. It is always nice to see how much people are able to resolve emotional build up, unhealthy mental habits and physical stress during an Amma session.

Transitioning to Winter: The Season of Rest and Sleep

Seasonal Imbalance and Amma Therapy

Here we are in the transition season from fall into winter. The transition periods between seasons are governed by the Earth element. During these transition times we may feel out of sorts and it is important to get 7-9 hours of sleep, rest and exercise. You may find yourself in disharmony if you are feeling resistive to change, are overindulging, overly ingratiating, extremely fatigued, worried, and foggy-brained. If you are especially drawn to the color yellow and/or have a yellow colored complexion you additionally may have a propensity towards having too much of the Earth element.  By getting an Amma bodywork treatment you can have this imbalance shift and your body will get back into its natural rhythm.

Sleep, TCM, the Heart and Kidneys

Sleep in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is often related to the heart, as it is the organ that is responsible for governing thought, memory and sleep. The acupoints correlating to heart imbalances such as insomnia are stimulated in treatment and the stuck energy is then released allowing the organs to work together in unison and the symptoms to dissipate. The heart also houses the shen, which is the name of the emotional component of the heart, and also referred to as the spirit. Acupressure points can assist the shen when it is disturbed, as there will be either excessive or dream-disturbed sleep, an inability to feel adequately rested, or insomnia. There is also a heart and kidney balance that must be maintained as the heart gives blood to the kidneys, and the kidney raises heat for the fire needed in the heart. Pathogens and a blood deficient diet, heavy menstrual periods and other issues can also affect the heart and therefore sleep. The kidneys not only need to assist the heart, but they store our essence and life energy. They are the organ that predominantly presents with a chronic neglect of rest. As with any chronic condition, continued treatments will assist in building the body back up, along with self-care recommendations and Chinese herbs.

Seasonal Cycles, Stress and Sleep Deprivation

Although we are not taught to slow down this time of year in our culture, our bodies need to be in rhythm with the seasonal cycles. This is the season of hibernation. We require adequate sleep for rebuilding our bodies and processing the day.  Often times with the holidays we feel obligated and excited to be active and social. And there are many positive aspects to doing so when balanced with rest and good sleep. However, since improper rest and nutritional deficiencies are often present, stress-related disorders are high this time of year.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression around the holidays are all too common. And depression is linked to not having proper sleep and rest. Another result from deficient sleep is higher anxiety levels, which are exacerbated by being overly busy and over thinking. Without getting proper sleep, your ability to think, process information and your memory become impaired. Sleep is so essential that when our circadian rhythms are disrupted, our white blood cell count goes down, and our ability to physically respond to stress and pathogens is limited. To top it all off, when you don’t sleep enough, you crave foods and eat things you shouldn’t. This negative cycle takes you down the path to sickness and disharmony.

Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation Prevention

A good way to disrupt this vicious cycle is to create a plan that builds in adequate rest and sleep. If you suffer from insomnia, there are things that can be done at home. Scheduling the TV and the computer to go off an hour or two before bedtime will allow your body to produce melatonin and your body will not be tricked by the artificial lighting into thinking it should stay up late. Too much socializing can lead to late nights and inadequate rest. Challenge yourself to say ‘no’ or answer with ‘let me get back to you’ when you know you could be over-committing. When you find yourself over-committed, sometimes you can gracefully back out. Remember the reason for the season is to spend quality time with loved ones, but you can’t be everyone to everybody.

Here’s to sleep!
Tanya

Tanya Kutterer
Amma Therapist
Blue Heron Holistic Health
tanyabhhh@gmail.com