Nutritional Therapy Right at Home
Written by Sundial Clinics Sunday, 25 April 2010 12:01
Food is definitely something we cannot live without. Everyone depends on it for survival. The food we eat should contain all the nutrients our bodies need to perform our daily routines, jobs and activities but for most of us today the food we eat contains fewer nutrients than in years gone by and in fact is increasingly loaded with things we should avoid like sugar, salt, additives, pesticides and herbicides.
However, did you know that even food can be used as an approach to heal or relieve ailments? Yes you read that right. Even the chocolate bar you may be munching on right now may be relieving your stress. How is that possible? Well, chocolate has over 200 chemicals that increase the levels of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are the natural pain killers of the body. Not only that, chocolate contains phenylalanine which is a known substance that makes you feel happy or gives you that giddy feeling when you’re in love. Food has a great impact on health, energy, mood and even appearance. The saying: “You are what you eat” definitely applies to nutritional therapy.
Food has a lot of benefits which is why there are books about nutritional therapy available in any book store. The good news is that nutritional therapy can be easily done at home and you don’t have to spend much.
So what exactly is nutritional therapy? Nutritional therapy is the use of nutrition to promote optimum health in an individual to combat diseases or ailments. Now there is no one diet that is perfect for everyone. So, for best results, ask a nutritional therapist to develop a nutritious diet specifically for you.
However, there are things you can do right now to start nutritional therapy at home. Simply follow the guide lines I’ve mentioned below and you are on the right road to a healthy lifestyle and diet.
- Limit the amount of packaged and processed foods you have in your cupboards. Always read the labels and ingredients of the food you buy as these foods often contain heaps of sugar, salt, hydrogenated fats and preservatives that do us no good at all.
- Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables – aim for 5 portions a day. Eating salads is a great way to help you on your way to this but be sure to limit the amount of dressing you use!
- Stick to water as your drink of choice. Even better make it filtered water and use it for cooking too.
- Limit the biscuits and cakes that you have close by and may get tempted by during the day. This will help cut down on excess sugar and carbohydrates that we take in.
- Salt may be an important ingredient to your special dish but don’t keep adding salt when you think the taste isn’t quite enough. Salt is a major factor that causes high blood pressure so lay off the salt.
These are just simple tips to follow on nutritional therapy right at home. Start the right choices, starting with the food you eat today. Live healthy and happy!Learn More
Relieving Pain with Hypnotherapy
Written by Sundial Clinics Monday, 19 April 2010 02:49
Most of us have suffered some form of physical pain during our lives. Pain can have a significant impact on our daily routine and can affect our performance. Sometimes it may become so bothersome that it wrecks our whole day.
Increasingly people depend on pain medications when pain becomes too bothersome and impacts on their daily lives. But depending on a tablets isn’t as healthy as you think. You can find that your body becomes dependent on a certain dose of a pain medication and, when something more severe occurs, one tablet is not enough.
That is why some therapists recommend hypnosis to relieve the pain rather than merely depending on synthetic medications. Hypnotherapy can be very effective even when the source of pain is unknown. We also know that pain is a subjective experience meaning the person who feels it is the only person who knows he or she is in pain even if there are no symptoms to prove that pain is present. Therefore, hypnotherapy plays a vital role in relieving pain for people experiencing subjective pain. Hypnotherapy trains a person’s mind ways to process the pain he or she feels so that pain is no longer noticed.
Contrary to the belief of some, hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness but is an altered state of consciousness. So in the process of hypnotherapy to relieve the person’s pain, the individual is in control which is totally different from the belief that they are losing control over themselves. Hypnotherapy is about gaining control over your own body to a higher degree, allowing yourself not to feel or perceive pain.
Pain can be caused by our emotions. Emotional stress leads one person to have physical pain even if there are no proven symptoms of the pain. Stress levels in our brain can create a flood of chemicals throughout our body leading to inflammation which is perceived as pain. Hypnotherapy allows us to control our own cells and even the pain we feel.
All that hypnotherapy does is convince our brain to stop the signals that cause it to perceive pain. Once we have control over our brain, we no longer need to depend on synthetic medications to relieve our pain. Control over our mind is a powerful tool and it is a healthy option to relieve pain as well.Learn More
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