South Central WI Archive
April 2013

April 2013

Welcome, April!

Our outside environment is abuzz with positive energy, and the world is alive again! Gardeners, walkers, bikers and what I call “putzers” are emerging in abundance. It’s an exciting time of year!

Getting more active outside means spending more time in nature. Recently I read an interesting article about ecotherapy and its regenerative powers: stress, anxiety and depression reduction, and overall mood improvement. More and more health care providers are giving their patients “nature prescriptions” for treatment of various medical conditions as well. Research is showing that spending time in a natural setting has benefits for mind, body and spirit.

On April 22 we pay homage to our precious Mother Earth. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference: treat your yard to some compost (best of all, that which you made yourself!), “reduce, reuse and recycle,” pick up litter, shop local or ride your bike for an errand. Small acts by each of us can really add up to make a big difference!

This month brings another observance, World Health Day, on April 7. Celebrate by learning about health issues around the globe and what you can do to help. Check out the World Health Organization’s website at http://who.int/world-health-day/en/ for more information.

There are some wonderful healthy living articles in this issue to help you on your journey. Dennis Kotnour shares some common roadblocks to weight loss of which we should be mindful. Debi Morton encourages us to purchase and grow organic, and presents some interesting facts in that regard. Sonya Theis educates us on a healing modality called spiritual response technique. And there’s much more, so please read on!

I hope you’re able to get wrapped up in the positive energy of this time of year and enjoy some quality time with nature. Please find your own special way to honor our planet this Earth Day!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

Question: I’m new to the gluten-free lifestyle, and I am overwhelmed with what foods I cannot eat! Where do I start? Answer: Go back to the basics and start there with foods that are naturally gluten-free. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and rice are all good places to start. We often…
Food addictions are overwhelming habits that can destroy our health and steal our self-worth through constant feelings of guilt and defeat. Overeating can cause us to gain weight, which may make us feel unattractive and can even keep us from fulfilling our dreams and desires. Would you like to go…
With baby boomers retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day well into 2029, we all need to step it up in the natural healing arena. Information I am getting from several different reliable sources says that drugs (statins more specifically) are ruining an otherwise good retirement. Last February, the…
“TRE (tension and trauma releasing exercises) is built on the premise that it is completely natural for the body to move towards a fetal response or position in relation to stress, anxiety and trauma. It is likewise just as natural to have the shaking/tremor release response after the perceived threat…
You’ve heard the formula for losing weight is calories in/calories out, right? Master that and you’re on your way to weight loss success. Not so fast! Weight loss has become a bit more complicated in our stress and toxin-filled society. Although a good diet and consistent exercise are the foundation…
Spring has arrived (hopefully!) and your New Year’s resolutions may be long gone now that it has been a few months since the ball dropped. The hustle and bustle of daily life has taken over and is charging forward like a speeding train. Before you completely give up on those…
“How Yoga Works” by Michael Roach should occupy a space on every yogi’s bookshelf because it’s a perfect companion to your practice and journey towards a deeper understanding of yoga and meditation. It beautifully and humbly reveals what’s happening while you’re practicing yoga and how to get the most out of…
Spring is here and that means it’s time to plant and grow this year’s bounty. Whether you are a farmer, market or home gardener, or just love to buy great vegetables, going organic provides many benefits, including better quality of food, our good health as well as a healthier ecosystem.…
Why do I still feel sick if my lab tests came back normal? Excellent question! Laboratory ranges are calculated using a bell curve, so that 95 percent of the test results fall into the “normal” range. You have to be an “A+” sick person to reach that outlying 5 percent…
Ever wonder what happened during that fall on the ice to make you feel out of sorts? It’s potentially complicated. Here is a hypothetical answer: You slipped on the ice and landed on your butt. Your point of contact is asymmetrically on one of your “sit bones.” The skin and…
“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dahl Skin is so much more than just a pretty face. It is your body’s largest organ, and it works very hard to help you with temperature regulation,…
Diaper rash is so painful looking. Usually it is not something we need to call a doctor about in the middle of the night, but sometimes it feels like it is. According to Mayo Clinic, severe rashes that should be seen by a doctor include boils, rashes extending out beyond…
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