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Shalene Kritzinger

Think of the times when you've acted courageously in your life – in speaking your truth, in giving your heart away, in trusting someone fully, in honestly looking at yourself and changing what no longer serves you! Having faith that things are exactly the way they should be. All that takes courage. You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous. You cannot be loving if you are not courageous. You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous. You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous. Hence courage comes first… and everything else follows. —Osho

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Health and Wellness

Adrenal glands

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Little glands sitting just above the kidneys,  playing a very important role in various aspects of the physiological functioning of our bodies, responsible for releasing several important hormones incuding adrenalin, noradernalin, cortisol, androgens, sex hormones etc,

These hormones all play various roles within the body ranging from controlling stress levels, influencing metabolism, anti-inflammatory reactions, blood pressure regulation, conversion of glucose and blood sugar levels, to name a few

Fight or flight…

With my history of anxiety I know about this phenomenon all too well.  The adrenals also control the “fight or flight” response, which helps the body to react appropriately (appropriately being the key word) during times of stress.  If you are confronted with a perceived harmful attack or event, the body has a physiological response which will help you to either run for your life or fight for your life. You do not have to think about this, it is a basic instinct in a fearful situation.  It is very necessary to have this fight or flight response in our  lives however sometimes during periods of prolonged and chronic stress or anxiety this gland becomes overstimulated and can lead to adrenal imbalance, weakness or fatigue.  (Have you ever experienced a burst of adrenaline, followed by increased heart-rate, cold sweaty palms, racing thoughts leaving you feeling shaky and uncertain of what just happened as there was no logical perceived threat?)

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Some of the symptoms of adrenal weakness to name a few are:

Anxiety, Autoimmune diseases, Chronic fatigue, Depression, Headaches / Migraines, Infertility, Insomnia, Irrational fears, Irregular menstruation Low blood pressure, Lower back misalignments, Mood disorders, Excessive sweating, Weight gain or loss

Due to the complex role that the  adrenals play in the functioning of the entire body, having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have an adrenal imbalance.  It can however mean that an imbalance could be contributing to the symptoms and is worthwhile getting it checked out.

What can you do to support a healthy functioning adrenal gland?

Diet and health

Eat regular balanced meals. Reduce coffee, sugars, sweets

Exercise regularly in moderation

Practise relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation, enough sleep 6-8 hours per night)

Ensure any candida issues are dealt with effectively

Emotions

Emotional blocks within your body can be contributing to your adrenal glands not operating at optimal capacity.  Often ongoing feelings of fear, anxiety, overwhelm, feeling like a victim or not good enough etc can cause the adrenals to overwork which can eventually lead to adrenal burnout.  In order to aid the healing process these emotional blocks need to be identified and cleared.  There are various techniques that can be used successfully.

With transformational kinesiology we can identify adrenal imbalances, recommend supplements to support the adrenals and clear any underlying emotional charges or beliefs that may be contributing to the overworked adrenal glands.

Ultimately helping your body along towards optimal health.

 

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The silent powerhouse

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We don’ often spare a thought for our body’s very own powerhouse – the liver.  One of the most important organs in the human body, responsible for a multitude of vital functions.  The liver is tied to most bodily functions as it is responsible for the filtration of ALL incoming fluids and foods.

Some of the functions the liver plays a role in:

  • metabolism
  • digestion
  • storing vitamins and minerals
  • filtering the blood – removing toxins
  • breaks down and eliminates excess hormones including thyroid hormones
  • manages blood sugar levels

Imbalances in the liver often go unnoticed due to the fact that it can result in any many different kinds of problems, not directly related to the liver.

Symptoms of an imbalance could be:

  • excessive weight gain or inability to lose weight
  • intolerance to HRT
  • aggravation of menopausal symptoms and pms
  • allergies and food sensitivities
  • high cholesterol
  • gallbladder disease and intolerance to fatty foods and alcohol
  • acne
  • bad breath
  • Irritable Bowl syndrome, digestive problems
  • overburdened immune system and auto-immune diseases
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • recurrent viral, bacterial, parasitic infections

You can see why it’s important to maintain a healthy, happy liver.  You can do this by maintaining a liver-friendly diet consisting of (amongst others):

  • raw fruits, raw and lightly cooked vegetables
  • Nuts – brazil, almond, walnuts
  • legumes and sprouts
  • wholegrains
  • chicken and eggs (remember to get free-range)
  • garlic
  • seafood (omega 3 and healthy fats)
  • water

Avoid:

  • fast food
  • alcohol
  • salt
  • artificial sweeteners
  • monosodium glutamate (MSG)

The good news is that the liver the capacity to regenerate itself and it’s not too late to turn things around.

Keep your liver healthy and help it to look after you and keep your body functioning at 100%.

Love your liver today!

 

 

Weight vs cm loss

As part of my kinesiology practice (ok not a practice as much as a hobby right now), I help people with weight loss.  This consists of first doing physical syndrome testing to make sure there are no underlying physical problems that could hamper the weight loss.   If syndromes are found, I recommend supplements to be taken.

It is very important to identify sub-clinical syndromes that would directly affect the weight loss, such as:

1.  Slow Thyroid

2.Insulin resistance

3. Excess of cortisol hormone from stress

It is also important to identify any limiting beliefs that may exist around weight loss.  We identify these beliefs and clear them in the session. (Belief such as “I cannot reach my ideal weight”).

The weight loss protocol I use is homeopathic HCG drops and supplements together with the Dr Simeons VLC diet.

People have reported astounding weight losses on this diet and I’m currently assisting my first client with the process.

26 days in to the 40 day phase of the diet and my client is not losing as much weight as she did in the beginning.  We are stuck at 60kg, somedays she records just under, and other days just over 60kg.  This is quite demoralising for her.  There is a big however though – even though the weight is not coming down, she is losing massive amounts of cm.  During the last week of the weight not budging much, she lost a total of 12,5 cm – which I think is not bad at all!

What could be contributing to the weight not dropping off?

She is working out 3 times a week, so perhaps the fat is being converted to muscle.

In the first round we picked up an imbalance in the liver.  When I tested her after nearly a month on the supplements, I still picked up a problem.  I increased the dosage for the supplements and will continue to monitor.  I have done some research on the liver and fat burning – and it’s one of the main organs involved in fat burning.  Hence, it makes sense if the liver is not functioning at 100% then it’s probably impacting on the body’s fat burning capability.

She has lost 6.6kg to date and a whopping 62cm in total, which, in the grander scheme of things, is quite fabulous.  She feels a bit disappointed as the promise of 12kg in 40 days does not look like it’s going to happen for her, however, she says she is feeling much better than she was a month ago and she’s looking fantastic.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 10 days brings for her – I’m hoping for at least another 2kg.

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