Gardening season is finally here! Whether it’s vegetables or flowers, proper planting techniques are essential to prevent injury. Raised garden beds are wonderful, as they eliminate the need to bend over. If you must bend, you should squat or hinge forward at your hips, engaging your buttock muscles as you rise up. Use a foam pad when kneeling on one or both knees, or try sitting on a garden seat. A wheelbarrow or cart is a great way to move items around that may be awkward to carry. Choose lightweight garden tools with ergonomic handles. Now watch it grow!
“The mind is like a parachute – it works only when it is open.”
Proven to be a safe and effective natural alternative to NSAIDs (drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen), Serrapeptase breaks down long protein chains into amino acids that the body needs. It helps to reduce pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis, joint pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, and post-operative swelling. It even thins out mucous which in turn eases chronic sinusitis. Serrapeptase should be a delayed release or enteric-coated capsule taken on an empty stomach. This allows the Serrapeptase to pass through the stomach to the small intestine, where the enzyme is then released.
Are you menopausal and experiencing hot flashes, hormone unbalance, mood unbalance, irritation, and low energy? Beneficial for unwanted menopausal symptoms, the Women’s Sage Blend contains the essential oils of clary sage, lemon, geranium, cypress, peppermint and chamomile. Add 4-5 drops of Women’s Sage blend to your diffuser at night or 4 drops to 1oz of coconut oil and massage on your neck, chest and feet both morning and night. During the day, apply 1 drop to your Aromatherapy Necklace or Lava Bead Bracelet. Essential oils are one way to manage symptoms and as a bonus: you’ll smell great!
Kelburn Estates Mental Health & Addictions Recovery Centre is a private residential wellness centre on 45 beautiful acres along the red river, here in Manitoba. We pride ourselves in providing confidential and multi-disciplinary expertise for our guests to reclaim, develop, and sustain a meaningful life. A life free from the destructive mental health disease and related substance abuse. Our mission is to create and maintain a lasting relationship with our guests, families, and community service providers. At Kelburn Estates, we will walk with you on your journey to recovery.
Water is essential for your health. It is also very important to consume the right KIND of water. Drink ‘GOOD WATER’ such as mineral water or hard water, which has lots of calcium and magnesium. Find water with a strong reduction power that has not been polluted with chemical substances. This can help keep your body at an optimal alkaline pH levels. Some say that alkaline water can help prevent disease, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and also aid with digesting acidic foods. Besides the possible health benefits, it can also be used for cooking, beauty, and cleaning.
There are a number of nutrients that are important when it comes to reducing anxiety levels. Consider the B Vitamins. Vitamin B1 is important for balancing blood sugar levels, which are a significant factor in anxiety stress levels. Vitamin B3 plays a crucial role in the synthesis of serotonin and has been shown to help anxiety. Vitamin B5 supports the adrenal glands, which reduces stress and anxiety levels. Vitamin B9 (folic acid), and B12 are important in balancing out depressive moods. It is always a good idea to take a good B complex alongside individual B vitamins, as they work synergistically.
Did you know stress is energy-based and one cannot see stress in the body under a microscope? We can only see the effects of stress and what it does to the body and mind. Never relaxing fully, never truly breathing deeply – your body is unable to go into parasympathetic mode, which means there is no healing and no digesting. What are you doing daily to allow your body to de-stress? Bars sessions are like cleaning out the hard drive of your brain to be more in the now and to think clearer. Are you ready to let go of stress now?
Muscle strains can happen anytime and anywhere – at work, while playing recreational sports, or when performing home and garden chores. So how soon after a strain should you start physiotherapy? A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found the average time to return to physical activity was 21 days sooner in individuals who started physiotherapy two days after their injury! By not seeking early intervention, you run the risk of an injury becoming chronic (which makes it more difficult to treat), and waiting longer to return to normal activity.
As the weather gets nicer, we become more active outdoors, going for runs or long walks. Here are a few tricks to decrease your chance of injury when you’re out and about.
When taking a step, instead of having the foot far in front of your body, try taking a smaller step so the foot stays closer to your body. This keeps your body perpendicular to the ground and allows for a more stable base. Practice balance exercises, and strengthen your hips and core, to keep your body strong and able to react to changes in your centre of gravity.
May is a month to celebrate women. Take a moment to breathe and just be. So much time is spent doing. You deserve your time too. Here are a few suggestions. Get more rest, whether it’s by taking naps or relaxing on the couch with a good book. Aim for five to ten servings of fruits/veggies a day; the fresher, the better. Talk with friends and take time to listen to their advice. A fresh perspective can be lovely. And of course, a little bit of exercise every day can make your body happy. You’ll thank yourself!