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ELM Maine Essential Happenings Mar 2018
  • How Screening Can Help Vascular Health

    Your vascular system is made up of a vast network of blood vessels, including the arteries and veins. To put it simply, arteries carry oxygenated blood away from your heart to all parts of the body where the oxygen is dropped off, and then veins take the de-oxygenated blood back up to the heart. But what happens if something affects this system? Arteries and Veins Problems with arteries occur when blood vessels become narrow or clogged, constricting the flow of blood to various parts of the body. The reduced blood flow can be due to a build up of...

  • Mindful Writing for Healing

    There is a growing body of evidence that mindfulness benefits us in many ways. The assertions from these studies suggest that mindfulness boosts the immune system, increases positive emotions and helps us handle stress more effectively (Kashdan & Biswas-Diener, 2014). Today, most people have an idea of what it means to practice meditation and be mindful. However, these ideas are often associated with images of Buddha, gurus, yogis or monks, sitting calmly in a state of other-worldliness. While it is true that Buddha, gurus, yogis and monks from all over the world have practiced the Art of Being Present...

  • Are You Willing to Change?

    In order to make lasting changes in your life, you must be willing to change. Whether it is your personal habits, your business or your participation in shaping the course of our nation, your ability to visualize what you want and take steps towards it, relies upon your willingness. Change is happening all the time, sometimes seemingly without our individual attention. It is happening in the government, economic structure, our bodies and in the universe. So, if change is going to happen anyway then why must you be willing? Because you are a part of the change that is...

  • Mindfulness for Permanent Weight Loss

    Since my article in the last issue of ELMTM Maine, I have been asked by several of you how to incorporate mindfulness to lose weight. The simple answer is to be present when you are consuming food. One of the techniques of mindfulness is to scan the body to see how you feel throughout your body without trying to change whatever is there or to expect relaxation….it is to feel what there is to feel without judging. For example, close your eyes, focus on your breath and begin scanning your body from your feet to the crown of your...

  • Let’s Gut To The Point With Candida

    I’ll be honest, before my journey into becoming a practicing Integrative Health Coach, I had no idea what the heck was going on with my body. I was feeling mighty awful. I had constant headaches, joint pain and stiffness, struggled with acid reflux and other unpleasant digestive disorders, not to mention my mood was in the toilet (pun intended). I knew that I needed to find solutions to help bring about the relief that my body was desperately seeking. It wasn’t until I researched “Candida” years ago that the wheels in my foggy brain began to turn. Candida or...

  • Can Compression Raise Your Game?

    Vein specialists have long touted the benefits of graduated compression garments for patients with venous symptoms, but in recent years, athletic coaches and fitness trainers have begun to get on board. Compression socks or stockings are worn over the leg and foot to create a gradient “squeeze” that is greatest at the ankle and lessens up the length of the garment. Compression works by helping the veins in the legs to pump the de-oxygenated blood back up towards the heart to prevent “pooling” in the lower limbs. Compression worn on the legs can help athletes at every level in...

  • New Year’s Resolutions That Bring Lasting Change

    There’s no better time to improve your life than at the birth of the new year. The new calendar is a fresh, clean slate and most of us feel energized and inspired to make changes for the better. Most of us pick a small slice of life to focus on like losing weight or perhaps finding a new job, but I prefer a “whole life” approach. Specifically, I suggest you make 2018 the year you adopt a resolution that has the potential to bring lasting change to every area of your life. The key ingredient? Higher vibrations. Here’s what...

  • Reduce Your Risk of Infertility

    There are a number of reasons that may be contributing to the difficulties experienced by a couple who cannot become pregnant. Whatever the cause, infertility is a lonely, frustrating, and heart-wrenching journey for any couple going through it. Over 6 million people in the United States alone struggle with conceiving a child. An additional 4 million couples have sought infertility services when trying to conceive. Simply put, one in six American couples is facing impaired fertility. Everyone deserves the chance to experience having their own child. What is Infertility? To begin, we need to define exactly what constitutes a...