Perhaps you've heard about the gut-brain connection. Which we've all felt to a certain extent as in feeling "butterflies in your stomach" when you're nervous, or even nausea when you're about to speak in front of a group of people.
Turns out, there's a gut-pain connection as well.
Okay, so maybe it seems counterintuitive to do a relaxing flow exercise to boost energy. However, as we talked about in the last post, improving the amount of oxygen available to the cells can drastically (18-19x) increase energy production. So while a cell without oxygen present produces around 2 ATP (units of energy), a cell WITH oxygen present can produce up to 38 ATP! That's a HUGE difference! Sign me up for more oxygen please!
Two big ways to get more oxygen are exercise and fresh air. And even better...exercise IN fresh air. :) But an overlooked way to improve oxygenation is making sure our lungs, diaphragm, and ribs aren't crowded so they can fully expand and bring in air. Remember in old movies where you see women in corsets who may even pass out from not being able to breathe? Well, it's real. While we don't usually wear corsets these days, too tight clothing is a big problem in interfering with our oxygenation.
But an issue we have that wasn't a factor back in the corset days is sitting in front of a computer for hours on end. And if we tend to hunch over while we're doing it, we cave in our ribcage, thus hindering expansion and air intake.
So, if you're a desk jockey, forward leaner, or just want to try an easy way to open up your chest to bring in more oxygen and boost energy, here's a Doorway Flow for you. Definitely run through it a few times in a row for full benefits.
With all that's been going on these last months, I'd be surprised if you haven't experienced fatigue. Fatigue is a classic symptom of stress, but going deeper, it boils down to lack of oxygen.
Within each cell, good mitochondrial function is absolutely essential for energy plus recovery from illness as it moderates our immune response. Hence why it's a hot topic in many circles in looking at COVID recovery in which mitochondria damage has occurred. And therefore, long-term fatigue ensues.
But even if you don't have illness, we can enhance our body's production of energy...simply by increasing our intake and the body's ability to use oxygen. Check out some main ways to improve oxygenation in your body. (I'm no dancer, but it was a fun challenge to learn this little move...plus homeschool P.E. for the day DONE!)
So I've mentioned before how I don't love to exercise...but I do love to move. Always have. And while I'm not the most glamorous or smooth movers, I like to have fun with it. Basically I'm a big goofball.
Frankly, I think being a goofball is a key to health. Hear me out. If we always have to fit in and move like everyone else, doesn't that severely limit the movements we can do?
And taking it one step further, there are people who say that moving a certain way is or isn't healthy for your body. Obviously we don't want to injure ourselves. But what really is the "right" way to move anyway?
Here's to moving more like a goofball. And staying healthy!
P.S. If you are looking for a rebounder like mine, here's the one I use (click).
Let's talk about self-care. Not to be confused with selfishness. Have you ever been here? Where you have worked hard all day long (at home or elsewhere) and you're just settling in for a nice relaxing evening (or a few minutes) when outta nowhere something (or someone) comes and interrupts your down time? Hey, that may just be the season you're in, like I am. But it's just for now. Not forever.
If you've never looked into what chemicals are in your laundry detergent, now's as good a time as any. This week on Instagram I'm sharing all about laundry and how to detox what you're wearing. With the absorbency of the skin, whatever you put on your body can directly influence your health. Check it out...
Ever been told that one thing caused your illness and once that's "fixed" with medication, surgery, or injection, then you'll feel better? Myth.
The true cause of feeling bad is a build-up of many things. Like a glass of water about to spill and it just takes one more thing added to cause it to overflow...
Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) is a buzzword amongst fitness and mom circles and has become a common term that many women are on the lookout for especially during and after pregnancy when it seems the post-pregnancy belly won't go away.
Many well-known fitness professionals have created entire niche programs around the so-called “mommy tummy.”
But with all the press Diastasis Recti gets, there’s a lot of error mixed in with the truth. So it can get really confusing trying to figure out what’s correct, who to believe, and what you should do (or not do) if you have a DRA.
Here are some surprising myths about Diastasis Recti Abdominis and what the truth really is…