December 2018

Yoga poses for stress reduction

by Michelle on December 19, 2018

Since the Holidays are upon us it’s the season to be stressed!  If you can carve out a minute for yourself from the hustle and bustle try some simple yoga poses to help reduce your stress level and maybe enjoy the festivities a bit more.

Check out the website www.yogajournal.com for step-by-step instructions on how to do these and many more poses:

Child’s Post:  quiets the mind and eases stress; benefits the nervous system and lymphatic system.

Bridge Pose:  provides gentle stretching of the back and legs, reduces anxiety, fatigue, backaches, headaches, and insomnia; may be therapeutic for high blood pressure.

Standing Forward Bend:  stretches the hamstrings, thighs, and hips; thought to relieve stress, fatigue, and mild depression.

Corpse Pose:  puts the body at ease and emphasizes total relaxation; can trigger a state of deep rest that slows breathing, lowers blood pressure, and quiets the nervous system.

Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose:  Helps reduce stress, and helps renew blood and lymphatic drainage back into the heart area.

Cat Pose:  Soothes and stretches the lower back, and relieves stress while massaging the spine.

Cow Pose:  Gently warms the spine, relieves stress and calms the mind; massages and stimulates the organs and creates emotional balance.

Dolphin Pose:  Quiets the mind, alleviates stress, and reduces anxiety; stretches the shoulders, neck, and spine.

Head-To-Knee Forward Bend:  Calms the mind, helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, fatigue, headache, menstrual discomfort, and insomnia.

Easy Pose:  Promotes inner calm, opens the hips, lengthens the spine, and increases serenity; eliminates anxiety, and relieves physical and mental exhaustion.

Sometimes more than breathing or a nap is needed to help us calm down.  Yoga is a good way to restore some balance and serenity to your life when things seem hectic and out of control.  Whatever fitness level you might be on there is a yoga pose and an adaptation you can do for stress relief.

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New Diet Protocols

by Michelle on December 13, 2018

We now have a Lifestyle page on our website www.creativebioscience.com that not only gives you the information for our 1234 Diet but also outlines the Ketogenic Diet as well as the Paleolithic Diet.  Along with food choices and nutritional information for these diets you can also learn about how Intermittent Fasting can work for you.

You will find the informative Lifestyle page under the header “1234 Diet” on our website or at the bottom of our website’s home page by clicking on “Diet Protocols”…but here is the link to that page as well:

https://www.creativebioscience.com/1234-diet

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Happy Pets…Happy Holidays!

by Michelle on December 5, 2018

If you’re like me you just can’t believe it’s already December 1st!  Maybe you’ve waited until now to put up your decorations or perhaps they’ve been up for a while.  Whichever applies, if you have pets this means there is some important information you need to be aware of.

Pets of all types need to be considered both for safety as well as comfort when it comes to the holidays.  Here is a list of the main items to be aware of as well as some treats that we might love but must be kept away from our pets:

  1. Christmas Trees: Cats can climb up the trunk of the tree and dogs might try to jump up and get ornaments (or the climbing cat), knocking over the tree and injuring themselves.  Also, if you have a live tree the water basin it sits in poses another hazard.  Many times adding a preservative to the water keeps the tree fresh longer but is poisonous to pets who might drink it.
  2. Imitation Snow: Also called “flocking”…is poisonous and can flake off, falling to the floor where it’s easily ingested.
  3. Edible Ornaments: Cookies, cranberry and/or popcorn garlands, candy canes, etc. all are alluring to pets and pose a possible toxic problem.  Be sure to put them high up on the tree (out of reach) if you do wish to use them.
  4. Tinsel: Whether you like the single shiny strands or a garland it needs to be kept far away from pets.  It’s toxic and can clog their intestines and lead to poisoning.
  5. Light Strands: Keep lights out of reach since both cats and dogs might love to chew on the cords, posing an electrocution problem as well as a toxic hazard.
  6. Plants/Flowers: Poinsettia, Holly, Mistletoe, Christmas Cactus, English Ivy, and Amaryllis are considered toxic and result in gastrointestinal irritation & depression of the central nervous system.  They can even cause death.
  7. Foods: Chocolate, onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, most nuts (especially macadamia nuts), and dairy can cause everything from mild irritation to a fatal toxic reaction.

Our pets, like small children, are naturally curious and tend to put everything into their mouths.  Keeping them safe needs to be a priority and keeping them stress-free is also important.  This time of year there is more clutter in the house with the decorations and sometimes extra people so be aware of the stress that the altered surroundings and visitors can pose.  Pets can stay safe with some planning and hopefully stay calm when they’re needs are considered.  These things can make them more pleasant when socializing with house guests and save you from some stress as well.

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