Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Show Your Liver Some Love


Spring is the season of the Liver in Chinese Traditional Medicine. What follows is an article I wrote some time ago which offers some easy and beneficial tips to help you show your liver some love. Enjoy :)



Love Your Liver  
by Regina Ann

The Liver…what it does for us physically is simply amazing.  It is our detoxification and protein synthesis unit, produces digestive biochemicals, and plays a major role in metabolism, stores glycogen synthesizes plasma protein, decomposes red blood cells, and produces hormones.  If the liver isn’t functioning well, we are not functioning well either.  Considering the important of the liver I felt it high time to show the liver some love.

In my practice I find the most common issue with the liver is that it is overburdened.  Remember, the liver is your body’s central detoxification unit. The contents of everything you consume are managed by the liver.  From the food you eat, the drink you enjoy to the medications you take, the liver handles the toxins that result.  The more processed and “un-natural” your consumption, the more toxins your liver has to deal with.  A naturopathic doctor friend made it very easy to understand in one of his lectures, “the body has receptors that are designed to receive what was created naturally to nurture it. When we offer it something other than that it must interpret what we have given it. Often the interpretation is less then desirable and the liver pays the toll.” 

Along with the toxins we consume, there are the emotional and mental toxins that we are all exposed to on a daily basis. Yes, the liver is the holding pen for the mental and emotional toxins we carry as well.  Mental and emotional toxins are those things which we hold in our emotional or mental body such as negative thoughts, unforgiveness, fear, guilt, grief, anger, etc.

Showing your liver some love often means making changes.  Changes to your consumption, changes to your mindset, changes to the people you choose to be around, and changes to what you hold on to.  Loving your liver is work but anything worth loving is worth working for.  In this case the work is wrapped up in learning how and then making the changes necessary to show it some love.

Start showing the love by simplifying what you consume.  The closer to nature your consumption, the easier it is on your liver.  Instead of fake sugar, which the body translates as everything from chlorine to formaldehyde, give it raw sugar or raw honey or some other form of natural sweetness.  The key is to keep it close to nature with as little processing as possible.  Everything created in nature was created for our joy, for our benefit.  It makes sense that keeping it natural gives our body what is best for it.

Increase the love factor by exploring the mental and emotional toxins you have been holding on to and allowing them to be released.  Some people are designed to accomplish this act of love with little or no assistance while others need help.  One should never consider the need for help as a negative.  Admitting the need for help is allowing oneself to be vulnerable.  Vulnerability is the strongest act of any human.  Every human being has the ability to be closed off.  It takes someone truly strong to allow themselves to be vulnerable.

Incorporate nutrition, nutrients, and techniques which aid the liver further to keep the love flowing.  Following is a list I recommend.

Liver Loving Foods –

Garlic                                      
Grapefruit                              
Beets & Carrots
Leafy Greens                          
Avocados                               
Broccoli
Lemons & Limes                    
Walnuts                                   
Cabbage

Nutrients –

Dandelion Root                     
Chicory Root                          
Turmeric
Cinnamon                                
Licorice                                   
Essential Oils

Techniques –

Tai Chi                                   
Qi Gong                                 
Yoga
Meditation                             
Reiki                                       
Massage

Regardless of the changes you choose to make, the most important thing you can do is release the emotional and mental baggage that is weighing you down and focus on being healthy.  There is plenty of research to support the fact that attitude plays a major role in health but the best research I can share with you is experience.  Both in my journey and in the lives of those I have worked with, I have seen time and time again how simply changing attitudes affects health.  Wear an attitude of gratitude, peace and joy and show your liver some love.

Visit my YouTube Channel for some Qi Gong videos for the liver. 



~*~ Regina Ann is the founder of Integrative Wholistic Solutions and a Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner offering Complimentary and Integrative Medicines, resources and tools to assist you in achieving emotional, mental, physical, spiritual Well Being. Visit IntegrativeWholisticSolutions.com to learn more.

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2010-2013

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Amazing Aromatherapy




Aromatherapy
 by Regina Ann

According to Wikipedia Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health. Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of disease by use of essential oils.
Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. Some essential oils, such as tea tree, have demonstrated anti-microbial effects.
The Urban Zen Foundation and Beth Israel Medical Center together with Young Living Oils are integrating Aromatherapy as part of the ongoing treatment for patients on 9 Dazian, the BIMC’s post-surgical cancer floor. The goal is to treat symptoms commonly suffered by oncology patients with complementary modalities including aromatherapy. Some of the essential oils showing exciting results include ylang ylang, peppermint, lavender and ginger.

You Can Thrive Foundation includes Young Living Oils as an integrated part of their long-term survivorship services to breast cancer survivors in the New York City area.

In my own practice Aromatherapy is integrated into everything I offer. The main benefit is that of stress reduction. Stress is reported to be the number one cause of death in the U.S. Stress wreaks havoc not only on the physical body but the emotional and mental bodies as well. Simply walking into the treatment room filled with the aroma of lavender or a blend of relaxing essential oils immediately allows a person to shift stress out and release it.

As a holistic health and wellness advocate it is very exciting for me to see mainstream medicine embracing complimentary medicines including Aromatherapy. More and more clinics, hospitals and medical foundations are integrating these centuries old holistic health practices into their facilities and practices as demonstrated by the list below.

Personally, I use essential oils every day. At home we have a holistic medicine kit and emergency first aid kit. We use essential oils and Aromatherapy for everything from immune building and virus killing to headaches and stress relief. We continue to learn more about the benefits of including Aromatherapy in our everyday life.

When using Aromatherapy it is important to use essential oils that are pure. Do your homework or find someone you trust who has. This is one of those things that operates under the rule of thumb that if it’s cheap, it’s probably not good for you. Remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body. If you cannot safely ingest an essential oil, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. Each essential oil has unique properties that dictate how it is best used (i.e. orally, topical, diffused) so learn how to properly use the oil. This information should be easily attainable by the producer. If it’s not, ask why not.
Aromatherapy is yet another wonderful tool from nature to assist our wellbeing. Allow your intuition to guide you to the essential oils that are best suited to your bodies needs. Some aromas will stimulate more of a response than others.

You can find my personal “must have” essential oils on my website http://integrativewholisticsolutions.com/essential-oils.php


Be Well

~*~ Regina Ann

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2010-2013

  Regina Ann is the founder of Integrative Wholistic Solutions and a Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner offering Complimentary and Integrative Medicines, resources and tools to assist you in achieving emotional, mental, physical, spiritual Well Being. Visit IntegrativeWholisticSolutions.com to learn more.


Hospitals Using Essential Oils

St. Croix Valley Hospital in Wisconsin in 1993 started environmental diffusing though an HVAC system in the lobby reception area, a mid-size portable unit in chemical dependency rooms & medical surgery unit, and three small plug-in units in individual rooms.

Volunteers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland give patients aromatherapy oils as comfort items.

"It strengthens patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually."
Dr. Barrie Cassileth, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Desert Samaritan Medical Center is largest hospital serving Phoenix, AZ
496 licensed beds, 1,500 physicans, 3,000 employees
Lavender, Rose, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, and Mandarin used in labor unit to help reduce anxiety, nausea, and improve mood. They inhaled Peppermint which was used to relieve nausea.

Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center - Omaha Nebraska
Aurora Healthcare System - Foxpoint, Wisconsin
Banner Health - Mesa, Arizona
Beth Israel Complementary Care Center - New York, New York
Children's Healthcare - Roseville, Minnesota
Elk Regional Health Hospital - Pennsylvania
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital - Arkansas
Florida Hospital Medical Center - Orlando, Florida
Goshen General Hospital - Goshen, Indiana
Heather Hill Hospital - Chardon, Ohio
Ingham Regional Medical Center - Landing, Michigan
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan - Oakland, California
Manilaq Hospital - Kotzebue, Arkansas
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - New York, New York
Mercy Holistic Health - Cincinnati, Ohio
Pinnacle Health - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
St. Barnabas Healthcare System - Toms River, New Jersey
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center - Hartford, Conneticut
St. John's Riverside Medical Center - Yonkers, New York
St. Luke's Medical Center - New Bedford, Massachusetts
Sentara Healthcare - Wilmington, Deleware
The Valley Hospital - Ridgewood, New Jersey
University of Michigan Hospital - Michigan
Wishard Memorial Hospital - Indianapolis, Indiana


In 1997, Massachusetts Board of Nursing issued a landmark Advisory Ruling permitting the use of Aromatherapy by nurses.

More states followed:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia

Monday, March 24, 2014

In This Moment

In This Moment
I am Love
I am Peace
I am Harmony
I am Joy
I am Balance
I am Free
I am Endless
I am Infinite
I am One
I am All
In This Moment


~*~ Regina Ann
3/24/2014

~*~ Regina Ann is founder of Integrative Wholistic Solutions and a Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner offering Complimentary and Integrative Medicines, resources and tools to assist you in achieving emotional, mental, physical, spiritual Well Being. 
Visit IntegrativeWholisticSolutions.com to learn more.

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2010-2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Energy Tips


The energies overnight and this morning have been quite aggressive and abrasive. Upon rising I immediately began my energy work to restore harmony. Since so many of you, my family, are aware of these energies and contact me for help on managing them I wanted to give you some energy tips to help you (especially on a morning like this.)

Tip #1: Breathe deeply and focus release of all that is not love and light, peace and harmony. A good affirmation for this is: I Am Love, I Am Light, I Am Peace, I Am Harmony, I Am Joy, I Am. Breathing deeply and focusing release of anything save these. Repeat as needed.

Tip #2: Balance and heal the Chakras. Click Here for one of my favorite videos for this purpose. You may also focus the intention of all Chakras being balanced, whole and perfect as well.

Tip #3: Declare your space, your bodies and your physical environment, as sacred and holy allowing only love and light to be in your space demanding all else leave at once. Breathe deeply and allow it to be so and it is. A mantra that I teach my students is: I am a child of the light. Only light may dwell in my space. Everything else must leave now. This mantra was given to me for protection and I offer to others for that purpose.

Tip #4: Move. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Yoga are my favorites and I use what feel right for the moment. The purpose is to break up any energies (in opposition to love) that have lodged themselves in your bodies cells and release them. Releasing chi (energy) and allowing new, light, chi to restore the bodies harmony.

Visit my YouTube Channel for more videos that may help. There is techniques in the Transformation and Weekly Well Being Tips Playlists, Healing Frequencies, Mantras, Guided Meditations and More. https://www.youtube.com/user/ReginaAnn1/playlists?sort=dd&view=1&shelf_id=1

Above All hold love in your heart and choose to be in your center, your space of love and peace, harmony and joy regardless of what is going on around you. As each of us chooses to be in that space we leave less and less room for that which opposes love.

Blessings to all ~*~ Namaste

Regina Ann

Monday, March 17, 2014

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!



Happy St. Patricks Day! Today thru April 17th Buy One Session Get One FREE!  Tax season has everyone stressed...Now you can Relax & Save! Your body will Thank you and so will your pocketbook :)

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Power of Emotions


This weeks Empowering Transformation with Regina Ann & Rich was all about Emotions. We talked first about how emotions impact the life you experience. Then we shared some insights as to processing, managing and learning to have new experiences with your emotions.

If you missed the show you can listen online or download from archives here http://integrativewholisticsolutions.com/radio-shows.php You can also use that link to schedule a reminder for upcoming shows and listen to any of our previous shows.

Our next topic is Perception. Join us each Thursday, 6 PM EST on Empowering Transformation with Regina Ann & Rich


Gluten Free Goodness Goes Italian


The January Gluten Free Goodness Cooking Demo was held Wednesday, January 22nd at the Natural Grocers 31st & Harvard location. There was a full house to enjoy the delicious gluten free creations. As always there was a lot of Q&A time and laughing during the cooking demo and everyone loved the results.

Watch for details of the next Gluten Free Goodness Cooking Demo coming soon! In the meantime, enjoy recipes from past cooking demos on our events page http://integrativewholisticsolutions.com/events.php