Chronic stress adds to the burden of cumulative repair deficit (inflammation). Unhealthy thoughts or attitudes are metabolically expensive yet can be relearned in ways that promote rather than impair health. Stress-reduction should be considered a crucial element of any health restoration program. Techniques such as meditation, abdominal breathing, salt and soda baths, and photobiology are simple for patients to implement and will yield great reward in terms of improved treatment outcomes and quality of life.
Healing traditions of every ancient culture have included some form of breath practice. There is a profound effect from the simple act of learning to breathe consciously. Breathing deeply and consciously…
– Teaches us to be more mindful
– Supports energy levels
– Helps keep us relaxed and centered
– Is a refuge from stress and a tool for healing
Lack of regular exercise promotes repair deficit while regular exercise reduces inflammation. Exercise should be a pleasure, with a goal of adequate activity that is achievable rather than excessive activity that becomes a burden.
The mind and body are always connected, and interactive movement is essential for physical and mental peace. The ideal activities are those systems that combine breath and movement, with a priority given to core strength and musculoskeletal resilience.
For example, the following practices are all meaningful and restorative ways of combining breath and movement:
– Traditional free form hatha and prana yoga
– Tai Chi
– Trager System
– Feldenkrais method
– Alexander technique
As a trusted healthcare provider, you are the best person to help your patients implement healthful lifestyle choices. Use Joy In Living: The Alkaline Way as a resource to help you prescribe, inspire, and support your patients in developing their own personalized program.
The guide includes tips and tools for living the Alkaline Way…
– Acid/Alkaline food effects chart
– An entire chapter of alkaline recipes
– Help in building an immune-tolerant diet
– Detox and cleanse guide
– Getting started with physical activity, mindfulness, and light therapy