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Monthly Newsletter for June 2010
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."~~Maori Proverb spacer

This month's edition discusses:

  • Discover the Warmth Within
  • Step 6 of the 12 Step Program to Stress less
  • Monthly Recipe
  • Suggestions to Help Reduce Stress
  • June Activities
  • Upcoming Events
 

Welcome to June!

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Discover the Warmth Within

June is generous with her authentic gifts.  Once again the days are sunny and hot.  The roses and peonies are in bloom, and it's time to feast on strawberries and cream.  School is over, summer camp begins, and visions of vacations dance in our heads.  Our smiles deepen, our laughter increases, our hearts open. This month we rediscover that it is life's enrichments rather than the riches of life that bring us true contentment.

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The 12 Step Program to Stress Less

Now that you have evaluated how you rest, continue to nurture yourself to wellness with Step 6 of my 12 Step Program.

Step 6: EVALUATE what you Breathe

If you can smell the air you breathe, it's stressful.  While the toxins in your food and liquids are cleaned by the liver before entering the bloodstream, the toxins you breathe - from smoking or living/working in a smoke/smog-filled environment - go directly into your bloodstream. 

How are you breathing?

Our day-to-day stress forces us to raise our shoulders and take rapid shallow breaths.  Although this seems normal, it causes our bodies to function in SURVIVAL mode.  Your body cannot reach optimum health like this.  To change the pattern from SURVIVAL mode to HEALTH mode, we must reprogram the brain by changing the breathing pattern.

Here's how you do it:

• Slowly breathe in through your nose.  Breathe from the abdomen and not the shoulders, and count to four.
• Hold that breath in for the same count.
• Slowly exhale for the same count.
• Then hold your breath out for the same count.  Repeat.

Note:  if this exercise is difficult for you, lower the counts to one, two or three.
 
To begin Step 6, if you must work in a smoke-filled environment, go for outdoor walks as frequently as possible to breathe clean fresh air.  If you smoke, cut down gradually until you can stop.  If you live in a smog-filled area, begin thinking about a move.


MY ACTION CHOICES AND RESOLUTIONS TO TAKE CHARGE OF MY LIFE AND REDUCE HARMFUL STRESS:

Step 6:  To begin changing how I breathe, I will:
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Suggestions to Help You Reduce Stress

Come to Your Senses

It's quite amazing how many wondrous remedies and recipes relied on roses, especially rose water.  So for a sweet June treat, why not "test the waters" in these stress-reducing recipes. 

On a hot summer's day, reaching into the refrigerator and dabbing a clean white handkerchief in rose water and then wiping your forehead, neck and chest will have you swooning first, then revived in just a few moments.

Roses contain an impressive amount of Vitamin C, so even double-distilled rose water retains this slightly acidic, and therefore astringent - property.  An excellent toner for normal skin, rose water combines well with witch hazel (mix one tablespoon of rose water with one teaspoon of witch hazel) for a non-irritating yet thorough cleansing of oily skin.

In a heatproof bowl set into a pan of boiling water, combine one cup of distilled water with four tablespoons each rose water, cornstarch, and glycerine.  Cook, stirring, until a clear gel forms.  Remove from heat, allow to cool, and bottle in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.  This gel is excellent for any dry areas of your body, including your face.

Rose water can also be used as a tummy-soother.  In a blender, combine one small carton of plain yogurt, one quarter cup of rose water, one tablespoon of honey, and one half teaspoon each of ground cardamom and cinnamon.  Slowly sip to soothe an aching tummy.
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June Activities

In case you haven't noticed, there's splendour in the grass and a riot of colour in the garden.  The fresh fragrance of freedom is in the air and nobody's paying attention to what we're doing.  Leave the back door open, turn the sprinkler on, and dare to bare.  Linger in the twilight of a simmer's day.  Moments you once called ordinary now seem infused with grace.

     • Treat yourself to a bouquet of roses or plant a rose bush
     • Enjoy a frosty pitcher of lemonade and conversation when you come home from work
     • Be on the lookout for a strawberry festival or hold your own!  Invite friends to bring their favourite
       strawberry sensation and enjoy!
     • Hang a hammock and lie in it.
     • Paint your toenails red.
     • Treat yourself to the most fetching straw hat you can find.
     • Enjoy some watermelon with family or friends on the back deck or front porch.
 
Lastly, remember that ice cream is good for the soul.  Take a stroll or bike-ride to the local ice cream shop and indulge!.

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A Little Inspiration

Let your light bring all the elements of summer to others, no matter what season it is.

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Upcoming Events


Microbiologist visits the Natural Health Care Centre.  Summer dates to be announced.

By extracting a minute amount of capillary blood from the fingertip, our microbiologist can detect distortions of the red blood cells which reflect nutritional status, especially low levels of iron, protein, vitamin B, folic acid and fatty acids.  This test can assist you by giving early warning of possible problems and helping you determine the effectiveness of various treatments, products and diet.

Register today for your appointment.  Contact Susan Holm at 519.886.3000. 

Nordic Pole Walking Clinics.  Summer dates to be announced.
 
The most effective low-impact exercise suitable for everyone supports stress management, increases heart and cardiovascular training, and burns up to 46% more calories than exercise walking without poles or moderate jogging.


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Until Next Time...

Stay tuned for the July instalment of my newsletter, where we'll explore more great tips and tricks for achieving true wellness, including Step 7 of the Action Guide.

Until then, I remain yours in good health,

Susan Holm
Naturotherapist

Natural Health Care Centre
52 Bridgeport Road E. Waterloo, ON  N2J 2J6
Phone:519.886.3000
naturalhealthcarecentre@bellnet.ca
www.naturalhealthcentre.ca