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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

Late Summer Energetics

The season of late summer is upon us. The weather is changing and the season is in transition towards fall. The element of Earth is the overarching one for late summer as well as each change of season and is associated with the organs of the stomach and spleen. The changing of the season can be difficult for some, but it doesn’t have to be. Are you in balance? This season has to do with nourishing ourselves and feeling the abundance in our lives. Are you satisfied? Do you have enough and are you able to share your abundance? If you find yourself feeling resistive to change, are overindulging, overly ingratiating, forgetful, extremely fatigued, worried, foggy-brained or needy of attention, then you are experiencing Earth out of balance. If you are able to be accepting of the opinions of others, life changes (and cycles) and new ideas, you are in balance. If you are especially drawn to the color yellow and/or have a yellow colored complexion you may have a propensity towards having too much of the earth element. Amma bodywork therapy can re-balance you if your body, mind and emotions.

 
Often times in this season we see the body present itself with ailments related to the digestion. Physically the body can be affected by nervousness or hurried eating, and the food will not be assimilated if this is the case. If you are “holding on” to emotions and thoughts, you may experience constipation. An inability to “stomach” ideas of others or resisting the end of summer may cause indigestion for some. An inability to nourish the body or mind is imbalance as well. Eating whole foods deliberately and without other distractions is important to the absorption of nutrients. If there are problems with the skin or muscles there is an imbalance with the Earth element. This may come in the form of tension (inflexibility), stiffness, edema, loose or flabby skin or muscles and cracking or peeling of the skin.

 
By getting Amma bodywork, you can have your imbalance shift and your body will get back into its natural rhythm. An increase in your immunity, increased energy, improved digestion, and heightened willpower will happen as the result of a session. Let go into the coming fall by nourishing your body and getting things flowing!

 

Many Blessings,
Tanya

The Summer Season

In Chinese Medicine there is a ruling element for each of the seasons. The fire element rules the summer season. The main functions of fire in the body are of heating and circulating. The heat is essential in the body to warm the digestive fire and help the body absorb the nutrients. The other aspect of heat is that of the emotion and energy of vitality, joy and warmth to others. The fire element also carries out the ideas that the wood element sets forth and it feeds on creativity, action and change.

 
High blood pressure and low blood pressure, edema and cold hands and feet can be signs of a fire imbalance. Out of balance fire may also look like excessive joy, nervousness, inappropriate laughter or sadness. If there is fatigue, being overly shy, afraid to play, overly serious, or fainthearted then you also have a need to get your fire back in balance. Other signs of disharmony include not being able to sort out things in your life, difficulty having sound judgment, trouble with compassion or serving others, and either no sex drive or too much sexual activity.

 
Some of the ways to build up your fire are to eat more cooked foods esp. some whole grains and lots of vegetable, as well as some fruits during the summer. Keeping hydrated as well as limiting sugar, alcohol, meats, fats and dairy will help you feel light and at your best. As always, avoid processed foods and keep salt and caffeine to a minimum. Getting regular exercise is also necessary and this should always be mindful movement. My favorites include Qigong, a gentle yoga, biking, hiking, running or strength training. Emotionally it is important to process any anger, sadness or worry with journaling, counseling, play and other therapies.

 
Amma bodywork is one of the best ways to balance the fire element. Because Amma is based on Chinese Medicine, I can address the correlating organs of the fire element: the heart, small intestine, triple warmer and pericardium and help remove any blockages that have occurred. The body will then begin to regulate the blood flow better, assimilate the food digesting, and extract the nourishment. And finally the person will be able to express themselves with creativity, warmth and vitality!

 
Blessings,
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