Tuesday, 16 May 2017
It's Not the Snoring Beast Beside Me...

It's Not the Snoring Beast!

I'm typically a great sleeper.  Even during super busy and high stress seasons, sleeping 7-9 hours is no problem and I relish in the rest that I'm able to take.  Sleep is super important for healing and maintaining wellness, but that topic is for another post.  

The past few weeks have been difficult for me to find rest beyond 4-5 hours.  As I lay awake, tossing around - more like flopping like a fish out of water - my mind would wanter and drift to a variety of things, but none that seemingly prompted this sleeplessness.  Most often, my sweet hubs would offer his nighttime serenade that once awakened, would not allow for me to fully resume my treasured slumber. 

But after he returned to flying the friendly skies, my sleepless routine continued in the midst of the silence of the night that I loved.  Ok, so I couldn't blame his songs of night...so what was it??   What was really a VERY obvious answer did not reveal itself until just today...after about 3 weeks of this inconsistent sleep pattern.

This morning, I awoke refreshed, realizing that I truly slept like a baby for the first time in days.  So, of course, I began to consider what I had done differently the day before.  It took only minutes to recognized two teas that I had been consuming on a regular basis before, but had not had in quite a long time.  But why would teas make that much difference? 

The first tea is a green tea blend that is used for muscle recovery and the second is a tumeric/ginger blend (sometimes I make my own blend, too) to help keep inflammation down overall - a great tool in preventing cancer.   In the months that I had to pull back on exercise while my torn hamstring recovered, I had held off on the green tea and then gradually did the same with the tumeric (not sure why, just did).  But in recent weeks, my workouts have increased...and so has the tenderness in my muscles and joints!   It finally dawned on me that my sleep was being disrupted by my own lack of care to the increased (good) work that was happening, and that the subtle soreness and shifting energy deep within was not being properly cared for.   How quickly adding these two natural herbs back into my system helped!   I also realized today that the post workout pains were much less, if at all.

This is simply just another reminder to myself - and hopefully to you - that food in nature can heal, and that being mindful to what your body is telling you is essential for all well being.  Our bodies are subtle and the subtleties will build until something finally gets your attention.   The goal is to grasp the message(s) before they develop into serious conditions and disease.

So while some sleepless nights might be the snoring beast next to you, that may only be the smokescreen to the real problem at hand.

Posted on 05/16/2017 9:00 AM by Paula Swift
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Iodine Deficiency & Cancer...the Connection

Iodine Deficiency is believed to affect all Americans!

As I embarked on my adventure to explore the "why's" and "how's" of my cancer development, every doctor and practitioner considered my iodine levels (along with Vitamin D and Omegas).  I was told that most cancer patients have iodine levels that don't even register on the tests!   At the time I was told this, I had been taking an iodine supplement for about 6 weeks and still only registered a 2, with the goal to be in the range of 20.   Clearly my body had some major catching up to do!

In earlier times, iodine was used medicinally, only to be said in the 1970's that iodine was dangerous.  Well, yes - if overloaded like anything else.  So the elimination of iodine from our food sources began...  

Today, still, I take regular iodine supplement and sometimes will still test "low".  So considering the ability to absorb iodine is also something to keep in mind.

I encourage you to check out this article in full detail to better understand iodine and how it impacts our health, especially in the area of cancer development.   Remember, the more we understand how and why our bodies allow for cancer to develop, the less fear we have and the stronger our ability to prevent and reverse it!

Posted on 05/11/2017 11:00 AM by Paula Swift
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Nashville, TN