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Happy New Year 2011!

It’s been just over two years since I started this blog and what an enlightening journey it’s been. When I started it, I was writing two times a week and then cut down to once a week when I started aboutalz.com. Now, as the new year begins, I am in the process of developing a new program, Gracefully Age Program  (GAP), where I work with seniors and baby boomers who struggle to find enough time to take care of their aging bodies, but would like to feel like they are in their 20’s again … except with better judgment.

My clients and I work together on the goals to be accomplished. Currently, we are in a three-month pilot program, but the actual program starts this spring and will run for six months. I am developing resources for the program as well as joint ventures. My program will be unique in that as a Cellular Response energy healer, I will incorporate energy exercises which I find totally intriguing.

As my blog has pointed out for the past couple of years, we seniors need to take care of our bodies if we want to have a good quality of life ahead of us. As I observe seniors around me, so many of them have let their bodies deteriorate. They have no energy. They have no sparkle in their faces. They are in pain. Diseases are rampant. I felt a program like GAP could help people even more than what I am doing in my Cellular Response practice. But only people who are committed to do anything to have optimal health will succeed in such a program. We all know people who could benefit from such a program, but they are going to have to want it for themselves. I will be the link that will help them achieve their goals.

So, I need more time to spend on the next chapter of my retirement career of helping more people and therefore, I will be adding to my blog every other Wednesday instead of weekly. I’ll be back in two weeks.

I appreciate your friendship. Make 2011 the best year ever!

How to Keep your Body Alkaline

As 2010 comes to a close, I hope it was a healthy year and you are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. I know I have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in 2011.

Each of us has a path we can take — the illness path or the wellness path. The choices we make determine whether we’re headed for illness or for wellness. We are in charge of our own body. We determine what to consume. We decide if we are going to challenge our bodies by exercising. We are constantly making choices — one choice is just as easy to make as another choice. Still, over a period of time, one will lead to better health and one will lead to your doctor’s office. Which will it be for you?

One of the ways to keep your body free of diseases is to keep it in an alkaline state. I’ve heard it many times — diseases cannot live in an alkaline body. How do you keep your body in an alkaline state? By consuming more alkaline foods than acidic ones. Approximately 75 percent of your food intake should be alkaline and about 25 percent should be acidic. So, a lot more alkaline foods than acidic ones. This helpful chart at betterbones.com puts the alkaline-forming foods on a scale from low to high.

There are various places where you can buy pH paper such as a garden center or pet shop or even one that sells swimming pool supplies. If you want one that covers a wider gamut, you may need to find a lab supply store.
Personally, to keep my body alkaline, I take a “greens” supplement with every meal. What I like about this company is that their multi-vitamin is also packed with a “greens” caplet. I also drink alkaline water. I was recently tested by a health practitioner and my body was in an alkaline state. This is not to say that I leave the job to the supplements. I do try to make smart choices about what I eat.

I wish all of you the best of health. Take care and see you next year.

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Best OTC Painkillers

Last week the Washington Post had an article in its Wellness section — Choosing the right painkiller doesn’t have to be such a headache. Since I had just talked about natural alternatives in my last post, I thought this was a good follow-up. Notice the row, Be careful if. Yes, there are side effects even with common over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. If the chart is not clear, please click on it and it will open in a new window.

It is important to understand your own body. Take control. Research natural alternatives. For example, the other day I twisted my knee slightly and was uncomfortable. So I gave my knee a Cellular Response energy healing treatment and doubled up on my glucosamine/chondroitan/msm (click here). I also used an all-natural topical analgesic (click here). The next day I was back at the gym.

Remember, there are side effects to even over-the-counter medications. Before you reach for one, see if there are any natural alternatives that might help.

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Happy New Year from noranagatani.com!

Happy New YearCan you believe another year has flown by? Happy New Year! Here at noranagatani.com it was an incredible year of awesome experiences. I hope it was full of wonderful memories for you as well. For my husband and me, it was always the anticipation of seeing and being with our now 16-month old granddaughter. She flew in with her parents on Christmas night and it was the best gift anyone could ask for. Together with my younger son and his wife, we are currently enjoying our holiday family reunion.IMG_6773

Are you living your life’s purpose? I had a hand analysis done this year and found that I am a gifted healer. It validated my wanting to learn and practice Cellular Response, an energy healing modality founded in California by Dan Yamaguchi of Silicon Valley Health and Wellbeing. It gives me immense pleasure to help people with their pain (and as seniors, don’t our bodies pop up with pain here and there all the time?) I am very excited about continuing my education in this area.

I hope you enjoyed Joanne Lozar Glenn’s series on writing. I am inviting more senior guest bloggers to join me on this blog to share their expertise with you. I’ve met many of them through the Women’s Network of Springfield, a women’s networking group that I co-founded. If you have a Facebook account, you can visit us here.

Take good care of yourself. Remember, the gift of health is the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. Happy New Year!

How to Ease Shoulder Pain

shoulder_rotation2Pain … ouch! Every decade seems to assure most of us that there’ll be more pain in some part of the body that we never felt before. One of the typical places is the shoulder where many muscles, tendons, and ligaments stabilize the joint. Years of activity as simple as reaching up for something or playing a musical instrument can lead to wear and tear on the joint and make the shoulder prone to injury. Falls or other accidents can also lead to injury.

You can keep your joints supple and strong by doing some exercises like the illustrations. However, if

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you are already feeling pain, you want to nurse that area and make sure you do not cause further injury and pain. Once the inflammation is down by using ice packs and perhaps over-the-counter medication, you can start exercising.

One exercise shown to the right is a deltoids stretch. You bring your arm across your body and press gently with the opposite arm either above or below the elbow. Hold for 30 seconds. For more information, check http:exrx.net.

http://familydoctor.org also offers some exercises below you can do. Having been through physical therapy myself, I know these were exercises that were recommended to me.

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Exercise 1

Exercise 1: Range of motion. Stand up and lean over so you’re facing the floor. Let your sore arm dangle straight down. Draw circles in the air with your sore arm. Start with small circles, and then draw bigger ones. Repeat these exercises 5 to 10 times during the day. If you have pain, stop. You can try again later.

Exercise 2

Exercise 2

Exercise 2: Rotator cuff strengthening. Use a piece of rubber tubing for these exercises. Stand next to a closed door with a doorknob. Loop the tubing around the knob. With your hand that is closest to the door, bend your arm at a 90° angle and grab the loop of the tubing. Pull the band across your tummy. At first, do 1 set of 10 exercises. Try to increase the number of sets as your shoulder pain lessens. These exercises should be done every day.

Exercise 3

Exercise 3

Exercise 3: Upper extremity strengthening. As your pain goes away, try adding a general upper body weight-lifting program using weight machines or free weights. Lie on your right side with your left arm at your side. With a weight in your left hand and your forearm across your tummy, raise your forearm. Keep your elbow near your side.

Topical pain relievers like creams and patches might also give some relief. They are widely used in other countries, but are less popular here. Topical analgesics might cause skin reactions, but pills affect the gut and blood.The one I use before I sleep is called Sunjing. For more information, click here.

Hopefully, this discussion of exercises and pain relievers will give you some relief if you are suffering from shoulder pain.

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