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Spinal Decompression Stretches

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Your ‪facia is the connective tissue that connects muscles and helps them function together so you can develop your movement patterns. Your facial chains create your body shape and posture.  These stretches originate from Dr. Guy Voyer and his system of ELDOA stretching.

Here are two stretches I use to create space in the spine at T8 and T9 (first stretch) T6 and T7 (second stretch). Keeping these areas open helps you rotate your spine when walking and running, creating more mobility and greater overall function.

Doing these stretches can also prevent you from developing a hump in the upper back from sitting in poor posture. It also boosts function and circulation in your internal organs;  liver, spleen, adrenal glands and pancreas.

How to do it:  Hold for 30-60 sec actively. Draw belly button toward spine, lengthen up through palms of hands or finger tips and pull shoulders toward ears.  Keep feet grounded and flat.  Do your best not to round the back or hunch forward.

I recommend performing this only when you are warmed up to prevent injury to the tissue.

Coffee For Pure Energy

As we approach the cold and dark winter months thyroid health becomes a top priority.  Simply because the days are shorter, your body uses more energy to regulate body temperature and you have less sunlight exposure.

These stresses alone can be enough to bring your immunity down to a level which can make you even more likely to get sick.

What I love about coffee is that it can be used as a tool to counteract these stresses by keeping you from getting sick, regulating body temperature and providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals.   It’s so great when you can use real food as a tool to get your systems back into balance.

A few facts about coffee and how it effects the body;  coffee provides the body with magnesium and B1, stimulates the thyroid to regulate metabolism, protects the liver from alcohol, protects against radiation, chemical carcinogens, viruses and estrogen dominance.  Caffeine can also stop the release of free radicals in the body, in other words, slow down the aging process.

In Dr. Lita Lee’s blog, Coffee Has It’s Benefits, she mentions that it’s been scientifically proven that coffee provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food in the American diet.  That’s pretty amazing!

Although coffee has it’s benefits, I suggest you sip it with food and add a little heavy cream to keep your body from going into a hyper adrenaline state.  If taken black you can actually produce an adrenaline and cortisol response making your body less responsive to using glucose for energy.  Thus, not providing the liver and thyroid with what it needs to produce efficient energy in the body and to fire up your metabolism.

Last but not least, always choose organic coffee over non-organic.  Conventional coffee can have lots of added chemicals which can add unnecessary stress to your body.  We want to eliminate any unhealthy stressors so the body can do it’s job to regulate all of the systems properly.

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