Different Paths to Wellness

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Breath and Body | Comments Off on Different Paths to Wellness

Different Paths to Wellness

I have been doing quite a bit of wellness writing lately, and thought it would be a great idea to step away from my own frame of reference and my own go-to health tips, and pass the torch to a few friends and colleagues who are able to offer invaluable insights on the subject.

Q: What is your best wellness tip to offer people who are looking to improve their overall sense of health and wellbeing?


Lisa Kilgour, registered nutritionist for Eat More Real Food:

“I find when people are feeling low they’re out of touch with how food makes them feel. Low mood can be a sign of eating out of season, eating too much processed food, or simply not eating enough. Learning how to balance your diet for the season and your mood is one of the best ways to find dietary balance. It creates a true sense of nourishment and healing.”

Vidya Heisel, director of Frog Lotus International YTT (my own teacher!):

“Take a walk every day for at least 30 minutes. Never sit at a desk for more than an hour without getting up and moving for at least 5 mins. Drink two glasses of water when you wake up, preferably with a lemon squeezed into them. Find out about edible greens in your area and go foraging for things like nettles to add to soup and dandelion greens to add to salad. Add fresh herbs to salad like mint, basil and parsley-they are full of antioxidants.  Also if I need a real boost there is nothing like Envision Yoga (Pick up your copy of the Envision Yoga DVD) to get me back on track!”

On how to train with Vidya Heisel, go to www.suryalila.com, and for more information on Envision Yoga, head over to www.envisionyoga.com.

Steve Sanna, owner of Farmacia Organic Juice Bar in Toronto:

“Eighty percent of the human immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract. Alongside it are the trillions of symbiotic bacteria, fungi and other single-celled organisms that make up our guts’ microbiomes.  Our microbiomes help calibrate our immune systems, so our bodies recognize which co-inhabitants should be there and which should not.

Mounting evidence suggests that when our resident biota are out of balance, they contribute to numerous diseases, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, autism and now studies have pointed to MS as well. Single-celled organism called methanobrevibacteriaceae that activates the immune system is enriched in the gastrointestinal tracts of MS patients whereas bacteria that suppress immune activity are depleted.

Keeping a strong flora in your gut will strengthen your immune system and definitely prevent many sickness’ and diseases.”

Libby Limon, Nutritionist and Yogi:

“Looking after your sleep is so so so important.  It is the cornerstone of wellness.  Taking high magnesium, tryptophan and melatonin foods such as cashews, tart cherry juice and almonds, having evening relaxation rituals including digital detox a few hours before bed, a hot back, or simple nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) can really help too.” For more tips (as well as some recipes!) from Libby, check out her great website.


Thank you, friends!  x

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