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ELM Maine Essential Happenings July 2018
  • The Importance of Health Advocacy

    I haven’t been feeling well since last Fall. I was under a lot of stress in September so I thought it was just remnants of that, but as time went on and I continued to develop more and more symptoms, I knew it was time to visit my doctor. Now you would think that my being involved with ELM™ | Maine for the past couple of years would mean that I would go to a Naturopath or at least an Integrative Doctor, but to be quite honest, I just hadn’t made finding another practitioner a priority. So, in November...

  • 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...

  • Can you Lose Weight with Keto?

    “Keto” or the Ketogenic Diet is #trending. More than half of the bestsellers in the diet book category are pro-Keto for its benefits with weight loss, brain health and even cancer prevention. Keto has become mainstream. So, you may be wondering…will it work for you? First, let’s start with some background: Keto isn’t new. The high fat, moderate protein, low carb approach to eating has been around for well over a century. It was used in Diabetes management and for the treatment of epilepsy, but it was left behind in favor of more profitable medications. The fear of dietary...

  • Is 2018 Your Year to Finally Find Love?

    Do you dream of finding love? Someone to hug, kiss and snuggle with? How would life be different if you had a partner who has your back and makes you laugh? One thing I know as a dating coach for 15 years is that it’s never too late to find love! However, to find love you’ll have to DO something about it. Just like getting a new job or redecorating your home, there are steps to make your goal a reality. Here are 10 steps to find love this year: 1.Clear the Past: If you are ready for love,...

  • The Crown Chakra

    There are seven chakras in our bodies and they are the centers in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. The Crown Chakra is divine tingly energy, connecting us with divine light and guidance from the sky; it reminds us of how big we are, and that we have a team of guidance ready to invest in our earthly matters. A healthy crown is connected to the higher self, allowing us to...

  • Eco-Travel: Can We Really ‘Green’ Travel?

    It seems everywhere you look these days the terms ‘Green’ and ‘Eco-Friendly’ are thrown around so loosely it’s hard to determine what, if any, positive environmental impact we can make on the things we do every day. Take for example Green household cleaning products. Does ‘green’ mean they were produced in a facility that uses renewable energy or that the ingredients or packaging are more natural? Now don’t get me wrong, I’m THRILLED to see more and more companies taking the idea of sustainability more seriously but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult as a consumer to navigate how we...

  • Your Stomach in Knots: How Stress Affects Gut Health

    According to a 2017 survey by Stress In America, 24% of adults reported extreme stress while more than one-third stated their stress increased over the past year. – American Psychological Association It is no secret that stress has become a normal part of life in this 21st century. However, what is not readily known is how much that stress is affecting your gut health. From physical damage of your digestive function to psychological warfare between your brain and gut, your stress load plays a big part in your gut and overall health. Know Your Inside Tract The digestive tract...