Healthy for Life – Hometown Focus



Here we go jumping through January’s forecast as we try to catch up with the rest of the world, let alone ourselves. Our world is filled with constant stimulation and information that may keep many of us and time spinning even faster. And for some, time isn’t moving fast enough. Regardless of either one, it probably means that something may need to change in order to find a spiritual balance or connection.

As you read this column, you will find I have listed some health topics and my personal input regarding what’s happening or has been occurring, in part, in our health world. Thank you for your continued support and contributions for raising and sustaining a healthier and safer community. Godspeed to everyone!

Health happenings

Spirituality: Souls are recognizing the value and healing power of prayer and a positive faith-based existence.

Energy: Use personal energy wisely. Pay more attention to your inner self and spiritual guidance needs. It begins with an emotional bank account of personal energy. Too much energy is wasted on speculation and expectations. Take a break from cellphones, TVs, computers or other things that consume most your time, mind and body.



Sleep: Put your emphasis on getting adequate sleep. Learn what is causing your sleep problem. It’s natural energy.

Mental health: Recognize the cause of a mental health issue and use safer and healthier alternative treatment plans. Many of the other items that I list, such as breathing and meditation, exercise, and eating right, may help to promote better mental health. Also, finding and receiving the right help that an individual needs is still a growing concern and is widely recognized as a major issue.

Health insurance: They are starting to pay for some alternative healing methods and medicines. Insurances are also recognizing the help needed with increasing mental and drug addiction issues, dental work, better testing techniques and preventive treatments.

Safer pain management alternatives: There are many more options available for pain relief and management, strengthening and body performance—specialty therapy classes, individualized treatment programs with a specific food plan, exercise and support programs and classes. There are also more available apparatuses, such as electronic Thera-gun, Bemer and neurostimulation techniques. In addition, there are more herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements, and holistic treatments available.

CBD: It stands for cannabidiol, which is a naturally occurring component found in cannabis plant. The cannabis plant, also known as marijuana, produces hemp fiber or can be used as a psychotropic drug. CBD is extracted from the plant and is not supposed to be psychoactive. It has been used to treat many health conditions such with pain, anxiety, neuroprotective and cancer treatment, to name a few.

This substance has spread like wild-fire. It’s everywhere and found in some things I believe that it shouldn’t, such as alcohol and caffeine. Personally, I have tried it for pain relief, the roll-ons seem to work well.

It also depends on your pain severity. I cannot tolerate the liquid drops for many days in a row and the edibles, forget it. There are side effects and, like any drug or pharmaceutical, it doesn’t work well for everyone. And, if you have certain grain or weed allergies, using CBD may create other issues as well.

Breath work: There are many types and methods of breathing techniques to help promote different types of healing. Some of them include abdominal breathing technique, progressive relaxation, guided visualization and yoga breathing exercises.

Meditation: Some of different ways of meditating include breath awareness, loving-kindness, body scan or progressive relaxation, Kundalini yoga, transcendental and Zen meditation.

Big food brands buying up smaller health-focused companies: Some of those food companies aren’t always using the safest ingredients. So, if the big company buys up the health brand that you use, recheck the quality and ingredients.

Plant-based foods: They are included in more products such as drinks, chips, skin care and makeup. Continue to watch out for other added ingredients or food allergies or intolerances.

Intermittent fasting: This term is being tossed around a lot lately and it sounds like breakfast to me. So, create a period of time during the day to fast—say, you have your last meal at 6 p.m. and don’t eat until 9 a.m. the next day. This may also depend on your health and degree of daily activity.

When starting any new regiment, it is important to learn as much as you can regarding it. Be sure to consult with a health practitioner, especially if you have existing health issues.

Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate.


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