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The Importance of Stretching!

Rebecca Marks, RMT shares… ​

I am always trying to stress the importance of making stretching a part of my client’s daily routine.  Often, people leave stretching out altogether or don’t spend enough time doing it because they think it doesn’t make a difference. This is INCORRECT!  People who stretch regularly benefit in multiple ways!  In fact, by stretching on a regular basis you:

  • reduce muscle tension
  • increase range of motion and flexibility
  • decrease the chance of injuring yourself
  • circulate blood and oxygen to your body
  • facilitate better posture
  • help reduce stress

You can see why beginning to incorporate stretches into your daily routine would really enhance your overall health and wellbeing. Stretching can be done every day and throughout your day. You should hold the stretch for 30 seconds and do each stretch 1-3 times. Remember both sides! Try some deep breathing while stretching and always ensure you are supported and safe so you don’t lose your balance while doing any exercises. :)

Here are a few stretches to get you started!
Hamstring/Gastrocnemius Stretch (Long seated stretch)
Sit on a firm surface with your legs fully extended. It is best if your knees are touching the ground as this will provide a full stretch of the muscle fibres.  If you are not that flexible yet, do not worry just do the best you can and work towards gaining more flexibility. Keep your back straight and bend forward at the hips to try and reach as far as you can. The goal is to reach past your toes! By pointing your toes towards to your nose you are including your calf muscles in this stretch and you should feel a nice stretch through your lower and upper leg.      
Upper back/Rhomboid Stretch 
This stretch can be done standing or seated.  Intertwine your fingers and extend your arms in front of your body.  Really focus on pulling your shoulder blades (scapulas) away from each other. You should feel a great stretch across your upper back.  You can also bring your neck into flexion, chin towards the chest and this will give a deeper stretch.
Piriformis Stretch (Forward four stretch).
If piriformis is tight it can compress the sciatic nerve causing extreme pain and discomfort. Sit in a chair and bring one ankle to rest on the opposite knee as shown in the photo.  Keep your back straight and bend at the hips toward the ground.  You can use your hand to push your knee toward the ground as well to provide a deeper stretch. This stretch can also be done standing with your leg over the edge of a table or bed if you are more flexible.   
Neck and Upper Trapezius Stretch 
Sit in a chair (without wheels preferably!) with your feet planted on the floor and your back straight.  Hold onto the side of the chair with the side you are stretching.  This puts upper trapezius fibres into depression to help stretch out that muscles.  With the other hand, apply an overpressure on your head bringing your ear to your shoulder as shown in the photo.  You may feel enough stretch without using the overpressure, this is okay!  If you change the angle of your head you will stretch out different muscles in your neck.
Remember all exercises can be modified to meet your needs.  No need to feel frustrated if your flexibility is not quite where you think it should be! Stretching on a regular basis will show great improvement in this area and you will quickly start to see the results.
Start stretching today!
Click here to learn more about Rebecca Marks, RMT

Finding Parasite Infestations through 
Live Blood Analysis 

By Dr. Taeyeon Kim, PHD 

Parasites are organisms that live inside the human body and feed off of our cells, the food and even the supplements we take. Live Blood analysis can detect parasites, worms and microscopic protozoa within our body system.
Regardless of which type of parasites you have, they all can cause major damage to the body and we should rid them from our system. 
Do you have Parasites? 
Parasites are all around us: in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. You can pick up an egg or cyst anywhere. Parasites enter the body through the mouth, nose, and skin as well as insect carriers. Common sources of parasites include contaminated vegetables and fruits, polluted water, contaminated soil, pets, meat as well as contact with a person who has parasites. A variety of parasites can infect the intestinal tract. Parasitic infections have become more common with international travel over the last few years. Recent studies indicate that more than 50 percent of North Americans carry parasites.
What are the Symptoms of Parasites? 
Regardless of which type of parasites you have, they all can cause major damage to the body.  
No one is immune from parasites infestation.  Parasites are a silent and dangerous burden on our immune
system and cause a wide range of health problems. 
As parasites can enter the bloodstream, they are able to travel to any organ in the body and can affect tissue anywhere in the body, including any internal organs, skin and the brain. 
Even though parasites can mimic other disorders or produce no noticeable symptoms at all, unfortunately but not surprisingly, they can cause a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, IBS/abdominal pain, nausea, vomitingdigestive complaints-excess gas, bloating, heartburn, stomach pain, loss of appetite, appendicitis, rectal itching, allergies, persistent skin rashes/granulomas-tumour-like masses that encase parasites, malabsorption of nutrient, anemia, chills, lack of energy, brain fog, muscle cramp, arthritis, weight problems, epilepsy, cancer, etc..
The damage that parasites cause occurs not only because they live inside the human body and feed off of cells and nutrients, but they also excrete very toxic waste into the body. This waste poisons the body, overworking the organs of elimination, and processing this excess waste can weaken the essential immune system.

Understanding Parasites
People with imbalanced gut flora, intestinal lining inflammation or a weakened immune system may be more susceptible.
Although many external factors contribute to parasite problems, the major factor is an internal one—a dirty colon. Parasites thrive in unhealthy colons where the colon is failing to efficiently eliminate accumulations of rotting waste and causes bacteria imbalance. 
For our intestinal tract and colon to be healthy, there exists a balance between good and bad bacteria, with about an 80%: 20% ratio. When the ratio of good to bad bacteria is disrupted, the resulting imbalance creates an intestinal terrain conducive to parasite infestation.  
How do I know if I have Parasites?
A stool analysis is normally used to detect parasites. However, even with a stool analysis, parasites can be difficult to detect since they tend to hide in the intestinal lining and in other organs. For example, if parasites are in your heart and lung, they will not show up in your stool regardless of how well it is analyzed. This can cause problems that are often not recognized as parasite related and result in an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis. 

The good news is...Live Blood Analysis and Dry blood - Oxidative Stress Tests can detect not only many varieties of worms but also protozoa which are microscopic in size within the body system.

Live Blood Analysis can be explained best this way…The bloodstream is like a river. It carries oxygen, nutrients, hormones and other life-giving agents as well as all toxins and micro toxins throughout the body system. 
A single drop of a Live Blood sample is magnified by about 20,000 times under the dark field microscopy and displayed on a video screen, providing a mass of information which can be used to assess the current health state of the parasite infestation described above: pH level, stomach acid balance, nutritional imbalance, mineral absorption such as folic acid, B12 and iron, digestive process of proteins and fats, colon condition by the level of bowel wastes, bacteria balance, inflammation and leaky gut, immunity, and clearer views of the parasites along with the overgrowth of candida.
Eliminating Parasites
Since candida/yeasts and parasites tend to co-exist, it is wise to treat both simultaneously. This will require certain candida and parasite cleansing diet. Regardless of the severity of your parasite problem, performing a thorough parasite cleanse is vital to eliminate them from the body.
Recommendations to eliminate parasites:
1. Diet 
Consume Anti-parasite foods:
• Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil: anti-parasitic. 
• Garlic and onions – immune-boosting 
• Herbs – oregano and ginger: anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic
• Papaya juice: anti-parasitic 
• Coconut oil: anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.
• Probiotic-rich foods – kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt improve the gut health 
Foods to avoid:
• Sugar – Feeds parasites and lowers immune functioning.
• Processed foods – Do not support immune health.
• Alcohol – Does not allow for proper immune system functioning.
• Wheat – Many grains, especially those containing gluten, can break down into sugar quickly and cause intestinal inflammation.
2. Natural anti-parasite supplements
3. Balance the stomach acidity
4. Improve digestion
5. Colon cleanse: in order to kill parasites in your system, get rid of bad bacteria and the candida that parasites live off. 

For more information contact your health care practitioner.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Taeyeon Kim, PHD
• Saturday, March 31st at 10 am join Veronica Tugwood, Integrated Energy Therapist, for the next Community Circle — Empowering you with the tools to make life even more beautiful.
• Also coming in March with Christina Fowler, Certified Podologist 
Foot Care Workshop — Learn about how to care for our feet and non-surgical intervention to correct ingrown toenails.
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas
1 tbsp olive oil/avocado oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
6 cups of canned black beans, drained and rinsed well
3 tbsps chilli powder
2 tsps ground cumin (can increase if needed)
1 pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 tbsps soy sauce
4 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
Tortillas of choice
Shredded cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
Optional Additional Ingredients:
- Sweet peppers and onion, cut into strips then sauteed
- Leftover chicken breast, cut-up
Toppings Options:
- Salsa of choice
- Sour cream or plain greek yogurt
- Guacamole or diced avocado
- Hot sauce of choice
  • Bake sweet potatoes until soft and mash them.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and saute onion and garlic until soft.
  • Mash beans and add to the mashed sweet potato
  • Add this mixture to the onion mixture and heat until warm (2-3 minutes)
  • Remove from heat and stir in the soy sauce, chilli powder, cumin, and cayenne powder.
  • Spread bean and sweet potato mixture onto side of tortilla, add optional additional ingredients, sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top, fold in half
  • Once lightly browned on one side, flip the quesadilla to brown the other side.
  • Place on a plate and finish with the toppings of your choice.
  • You can also make this a burrito recipe if this form is preferred! Make it grain-free by adding the mixture to brown rice to make a burrito bowl and add cut up tomatoes. 
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Please note that the clinic will be closed for Chiropractic Care on Monday, February 19th.

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