ALKALINE WELLNESS BLOG

Is snacking helping or hurting you?

In the 20th century, Americans typically consumed 3 square meals a day. The 21st century has brought on the notion of snacking, largely because quick grab and go convenience foods are, well... convenient. There are many nutritious snacks and non-nutritious snacks...

Stop drinking soda for good

Whether you say soda, pop, coke, pepsi, or soft drink, they all mean the same thing. Regardless of how you feel about the correct way of saying this popular fizzy drink, I will use the word soda. Hopefully, no offense is taken. Soda is everywhere in the United...

Thai Massage

Thai massage relaxes the body in certain ways. Thai Massage is nicknamed 'Lazy man's yoga' because it combines all of the benefits of Yoga without the work. Thai Massage consists of flow with deep, rhythmic pressure to muscles and energy pathways in the body, combined...

Refreshing new minds

  The Alkaline Wellness employees recently traveled to Dahlonega to attend a career fair for North Georgia University's physical therapy program. We were the only small business in attendance as well as the only physical therapy company that focused on total...

How to stay healthy through pregnancy

Pregnancy can be scary, especially for first time moms. You are now responsible for two (or more!) humans, and you want to do what is best for your kid(s). This may be hard to think about through the mood swings, cravings, nausea, swelling, and tender breasts, but...

The gift of health

The holidays bring so much joy. No matter what holidays you celebrate or recognize, there is one gift that is perfect for every occasion. The gift of good health. Health is something everyone has in common because is defined by so many things. Movement, nutrition, and...

The mind game

We have been getting requests for more mind content, so to start off a series of mind related blogs, lets talk about sleep. Even though sleep is overlooked as an essential part of good health, it is still very important. Let's demystify the truth about sleep. Can...

The ins and outs of coconut oil

Coconut oil has rapidly increased in popularity over the past few years. Coconut oil boasts health claims such as reducing hypertension, maintaining proper cholesterol levels, and boosting immunity. Because of its increasing popularity, the choices of coconut oil...

A Thanksgiving turkey trot

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I'm not talking about the menu, although that is important. I'm talking about the Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot works up an appetite, clears you head mentally to handle chaos of cooking, and gives you time to hang out and talk with...

How to recover from antibiotics

The season of sickness is upon us. It is the time of colds, flu, strep, sinus infections, and stomach flu. Everyone is cooped up indoors, and the spread of germs happens faster than the number of times you can wash your hands and sanitize surfaces in a day. If you do...

Why do hormones have to be so difficult?

Life is tough, and from your twenties all the way up into your fifties, life is all about hormones and kids. In your early twenties you do not want to become pregnant. In a few short years, you may be praying to get pregnant and start a family. After that, you raise...

As the days get shorter

Days get shorter and the weather gets colder, there is less sunshine to go around. This means less vitamin D for our skin to absorb. Vitamin D is hard to find in foods. It is fortified in milk and orange juice, but many Americans do not drink either of them. All these...

Your body’s healing power is within you

From birth, our body has an internal thermostat that maintains the balance in each of our system, the endocrine, digestive, immune, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, nervous, vascular, and the respiratory systems. All cells, their receptors, enzymes, hormones,...

Why Alkaline?

Our Alkaline Program is about creating balance.  Because we are organic, we constantly fluctuate on the general dichotomy of good-bad, alkaline-acidity, high-low, sad-happy, positive-negative, sick-healthy, etc… This fluctuation is highly dependent on...

Whole body healing

I recently had a pelvic floor case which was referred to me by a local ob/gyn.  For those of you who don’t know what this is… it can include all conditions including: Urinary/Urge incontinence Organ Prolapse (Cystocele/Rectocele) Vulvodynia (Pain of the vaginal...

What is the pelvic floor

THE FEMALE PELVIC FLOOR The pelvic floor consists of several layers of muscles that cover the bottom of the pelvic cavity. These muscles have several distinct roles: To support the pelvic organs, the bladder, uterus and colon within the pelvis. To assist in stopping...

What is adrenal exhaustion?

With so much information and busy schedules, we are becoming overloaded with “to do” lists and bombarded with flood of information every minute.  Consider the smart phones, Tablets, IPADS, and the likes……perhaps its time to really enjoy peace and quiet and really...

What body type are you?

Did you know that your body type can determine where you carry weight? Four Metabolic Types Defined: The metabolic types have its foundation in “Sasang” Constitutional Medicine, which values the relationship between the mind and the body. The balance between Yin and...

Wake up call

Wake up call - I was in an accident a week ago. I T-boned a pick up truck but luckily braked in time so that the impact was not too bad. My car however, was totaled, but myself and the other driver were safe with no injuries.  As I was fast approaching...

Vitamin D to thrive

Vitamin D: An Absolute Requirement for Healthy Living Everyone should have his or her vitamin D level checked at least once a year (infants through the elderly). Below are conditions that have been associated with vitamin D levels: 10 ng/mL Severely deficient 15 ng/mL...

Understanding Thyroid Tests

Understanding thyroid tests - There is confounding information in medical literature about thyroid testing. Traditionally, doctors have relied on a test called TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) to help diagnose and treat patients with a thyroid disorder. Until...

Trigger Point Dry Needling

One of the many services that Alkaline Physical Therapy offers is Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN). TPDN is a technique used to relieve myofacial pain in the muscles using a very thin filament needle. Myofacial pain can be caused by many things (such as scoliosis,...

Tame your gut, change your life

Your gut is the second brain center of your body, it has so many functions in our body.  Before I go over the 5 R Matrix Implementation on how to tame your gut, let’s understand the functions of the gut.  It is always so much easier to do something when you...

Structural symmetry

Structural Symmetry and Physical-Yoga-Pilates- Therapy Our bodies are like the wheels of a car, we need to be “balanced” and “aligned” periodically to ensure that the tires are wearing out evenly.  When I treat, I consider the pelvis to be the base of...

Shocking findings from “Food Matters”

Eating Genetically Modified Corn can have devastating consequences.  It can cause cancerous tumors as seen above, “ new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. The study was published in The Food &...

Sexuality

I just had a very intimate talk regarding the very personal and often a taboo topic for us women of sexuality and how to optimize our experience in a very safe manner with our respective spouses. It was a very special time of sharing our personal issues and the...

Results are in!

I just went to my nephrologist and got the results of all my labs that include lupus panel, protein in my urine, the basic chemistry, lipids, etc.  The nurse felt so bad because she took so much blood.  It’s the first lab since my detox already 2 months ago...

Restore your gut

One of the first steps to restoring your gut and healing chronic  inflammation is to stop the influx of chemicals and pesticides that come from our routine American diet. If you are suffering from digestive issues, IBS, gas, indigestion, or skin irritations,...

Qi Gong

I recently went on a retreat and was introduced to the practice of Qi Gong and its health benefits. The practice of Qi Gong aids in opening our channels of energy by conscious breathing and movement. I learned that there are two power systems, one is physical and the...

Proper posture at the computer

Proper Body Positioning at the work station As a physical therapist, I see so many patients complaining of neck, shoulder, wrist, and back pain from prolonged sitting at the computers.  With the work days averaging 8 hours 5 days a week, its no wonder that more...

Our growing yoga family

Updates on Our Growing Family How is it March already? February went by so quickly, but it was a great month at Alkaline Wellness Center Yoga—and the best is yet to come! NEW CLASS, NEW INSTRUCTORS  I’m excited to announce that we are expanding the Yoga...

Neti Pot Protocol

The nasal passages are lined with a thin layer of mucus that is one of our body’s first lines of defense against disease. A nasal wash keeps this layer of mucus moist, clean and healthy.  A healthy way to wash away the debris and the allergens in your nasal...

Lupus Flare

Ok, so I’ve been a maverick when it comes to managing my Lupus, choosing the nutraceuticals over pharmaceuticals for over two years.  However, I found that my body has a mind of its own. Despite all my healthy efforts, I’ve relapsed and have proteinuria, extreme...

Internal guidance vs. external influence

I’ve struggled with "shiny object syndrome."  I always look for the greener pastures on the other side.  Somehow I did not trust that I had everything I needed.  I’ve sought, studied, sought some more, then got confused, curious, furious, and then, back...

Importance of probiotics in kids

Probiotics are live strands of bacteria that are GOOD for you. Bacteria is usually associated with disease or sickness, but there is good bacteria that colonizes the gut. This gut bacteria is called microflora, or just flora for short. Flora plays an important role in...

How xenoestrogens can cause inflammation

How xenoestrogens can cause inflammation: Xenoestrogens are substances that mimic estrogen in the body, resulting in estrogen dominance. Xenoestrogens can be found in makeup products, food, pesticides, fertilizer, plastics (tupperware), and cleaning products. Current...

Sparkling Matcha Tea

This refreshing matcha tea is the perfect pick me up on a hot, summer day. Without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners, your health will thank you! Just the combination of matcha, lime, and sparkling water for a little something extra. [mpprecipe-recipe:5]

How to train your pelvic floor

HOW TO LOCATE THE PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES The Urine Stop Test At the midstream of your urine flow, squeeze the pelvic floor muscles. You should feel the sensation of the openings close and the muscles pulling up and into the pelvic cavity.  If you have strong...

How happy are you?

The importance of Goal Setting: I was recently at a wake and the woman who deceased was a mother of two grown children in her early fifties.  I have not been to a wake since my grandmother passed away, my grandmother passed in her late 80′s and we all knew that...

Hip pain-the solution can be simple

Recently one of my referral patients from my yoga community came to me to be treated for her chronic left hip pain.  She’s has chronic neck issues and had three different opinions about her left hip first from her primary physician, then from an orthopedic...

Hidden sources of 6 common allergens

The following list will help you identify hidden sources of refined sugars, egg, dairy, soy, wheat, and yeast that may be added to many common foods. Always read labels carefully and don’t hesitate to make inquiries if you have any doubts as to a food’s contents....

Healthy is the new way!

I believe medical practices here in the states are monkey business.  Just recently, I’ve had more than 5 patients who are suffering from various ailments, and 100% of them on anti-depressants, cholesterol lowering agents, pain medications, and oh here is the...

Healing butter: ghee

Ghee is another name for clarified butter, and is a traditional healing food in India. It is made by heating butter until it liquefies into a golden liquid. The milk solids are removed, making it suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. You can also buy it in...

Have more energy

As a Physical Therapist, I share a personal space with my patients when treating them. Over time, found that each patient brings their own set of expectations, fears, and perceptions to the table.  The visit with me to facilitate healing only begins when our...

Foods that are making me older

Can food be inflammatory? YES. “Dietary patterns high in refined starches, sugar, and saturated and trans fatty acids, poor in natural antioxidants and fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and poor in omega-3 fatty acids may cause an activation of the...

Food sources of vitamin B12

Food Sources of Vitamin B1 Vitamin B12 is required for proper red blood cell formation and neurological function. It is bound to the protein in food and is released by the activity of hydrochloric acid and enzymes in the stomach. Those with low amounts of hydrochloric...

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