Elements of Health
Key Elements of Health and LongevityOriginal Content by Deanna Straub CMT April 2012
At birth we come into the world unique and full of potential, developing the same relative anatomy structures and body systems yet with a genetic package unlike anyone else. Our bodies require input to maintain a balance of health; the most basic being food, water, and sleep. In health care, the body, mind, heart and soul are all being recognized as key elements to maintain, for health and longevity.
My practice of Massage Therapy involves the obvious element “the body”, but every person I work with brings with them a unique tapestry of their body, mind, heart and soul and its my belief that all are affected during a session.
In my 23 years of clinical practice I have observed the people I work with repair and restore balance by means as simple as therapuetic touch, compassion, empathy, communication and simple lifestyle modifications. Read on and check out these “Elements of Health” for some basic reminders and cool facts on how to manifest a best healthy state and maintain it by simple means.
Self Care is free care. It is as simple as that.Original Content by Deanna Straub CMT April 2012
Access to health care is uncertain for many, the costs of care is increasing at what feels like light speed and the economical and environmental variables continue to impact us all.
Here are some simple healthy reminders of self care that will save you money and time in the long run.
Move your body everyday, spontaneously and joyfully!
Rest well! Make it a priority to sleep well and powernap when you are fatigued.
Feed your body whole clean food. Your body will readily access the fuel and require less energy for filtering unhealthy, indigestible, toxic substances.
Hydrate your body. We are made up of 60 – 80 % water and require water for all body functions.
Develop support systems. Your “go to team” and a personal lifestyle that honors your unique personality, physical make up, and desired outcome.
Practice self compassion. Make U Turns in daily living when you need to, honor your internal compass, validate all that you do right.
Update your self care toolbox. Much like a garden, the process of growth and rebirth is never finished and your recipe of living life can be uniquely yours. Listen to your body’s feedback, respond in kind, fine tune where you can, and live well.In Health and Motion,
Why we need to drink enough water everyday.Original content by Deanna Straub 2012
So often in health care we ask our patients if they are drinking enough water and suggest more if it’s apparent they are lacking. Here are some basic reminders of why we need sufficient water intake on a daily basis.
The human body needs plenty of water because it:
Regulates our body temperature.
Lubricates our joints.
Keeps mucous membranes moist.
Helps dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them accessible to the body.
Carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells.
Flushes waste from our bodies.
Helps prevent constipation.
Cool facts ..did you know?
Most people sweat out two cups of water a day.
Use one cup a day to exhale.
Loose six cups a day for elimination.
Our bodies are 60% – 80% water.
Our lungs are about 90% water.
Our brain is about 70% water.
Our blood is about 80% water.
Signs of mild dehydration are
So drink up !!!
The human body’s need to moveOriginal content by Deanna Straub 2012
A body kept active is more likely to maintain health and longevity. To walk, run, climb, crawl, squat, twist, bend, push, pull and lift allows us to perform all manner of physical demands for daily living, work, sport, and play, but ultimately to maintain life.
Even greater implications of an active lifestyle are lower medical costs, the prevention, reversal, or reduction of the disease process, maintaining your best natural weight, increasing and maintain endorphin production and improved quality of sleep.
And….when we move our body
The muscles and connective tissues pump the lymphatic system, moving cellular waste out for elimination.
The disc spaces between our vertebrae are hydrated by movement and this keeps them healthy and intact. Without movement they dehydrate, loose space and degenerate.
Our neuromuscular system stays robust -i.e. the feedback loop for our motor skills to our brain stays sharp and able to perform on demand.
Movement and exercise is so individual and there are endless activities to keep active- so find an activity you enjoy doing and put your groove on! Read on for an example of what mere walking can do for you. Imagine what dance, hiking, jogging, biking, swimming, golfing, yoga, bocce ball, table tennis, etc could do for your health and longevity!
Benefits of Walking are many, life supporting, and perhaps surprising.
Sustained walking sessions for a minimum of 30-60 minutes 5 times a week has been well studied to show it can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol)
Boost the Metabolism and produce lasting results
Reduce the production of Cortisol, the stress hormone related to weight gain
Maintain motor control, balance and coordination
Help to prevent constipation
Naturally cleanse the body by pumping the lymphatic system
Balance the hormones that regulate insulin
Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
Improve cardiovascular performance
Reduce muscle stiffness and pain
Nourishes all cellular function by increasing the flow of blood, oxygen and water throughout the body.
and…Reverse or Reduce symptoms of and prevent diseases such as
- Type 2 diabetes
- Anxiety and Depression
Life Crisis and the body mind heart and soulOriginal Content by Deanna Straub CMT April 2012
I am not a clergy, spiritual teacher or psychologist yet occasionally I work with clients presenting with complexities of life which affects their mood, sense of well being, and capacity to restore a sense of balance.
Often quieting the mind and calming the body by means of a therapeutic massage can be profoundly beneficial in easing the stressors. Some times though, overwhelm due to acute crisis or the “tipping point” of prolonged stress can call for an ally in health.
I have had the good fortune of working with and connecting with highly skilled, compassionate, professionals dealing in trauma, loss, grief, and unexpected and significant life changes.
A skilled, specialized ally to help navigate challenging times can be invaluable. If you or someone you know is in need- reach out, ask for help, and get a trusted referral. It will at least be a place to start on the path to restoring balance. Check out the LINKS page for resources.
Simple actions to calm the stress:
Breath slow and deeply.
Go outside and move even if it’s a couple of minutes.
Allow yourself to change your mind and make a U turn.
Take a power nap, even at your desk…close your eyes, breath deeply.
Hydrate, do not skip meals, rest.
Call a friend if you need some compassion.
Check your internal dialogue and reset to a positive statement.
Again, breath deeply.