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About “Wellness Psychology” – be proactive and develop habits

Wellness psychology is the study of mental and emotional wellness – in other words, the wellness, psychology, body, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls Californiaway to create conditions of thinking and feeling that are consistent with healthy living.

Wellness psychology is a way of responding to the challenges of life with positive expectancy and self-esteem, based on the awareness that our natural state is harmony and inner peace, if we can reduce or eliminate whatever is interfering with that state.

Wellness psychology is based more on lifestyle decisions than the treatment of a professional. Learning to interpret the events of your life with positive realism gives you a perspective from which you can assign uplifting meanings to those events. Tony Robbins says, “Nothing has any meaning but the meaning you give it,” and putting a positive spin on things sets an internal environment that is more likely to encourage overall wellness.

But there’s more to wellness psychology than just positive thinking. Rather than waiting around for mental and emotional symptoms, you can be proactive and develop habits that make you mentally and emotionally healthier on an ongoing basis.

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.

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A good sleep for optimal health and wellness

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Research suggests that the amount and quality of sleep we achieve has profound effects on wellness. Nightly sleep is critical for the restoration of health.

Sleep expert and President of the American Sleep Research Institute Lynn Larson explains that the link between sleep and decreased longevity is due to the immediate effect lack of sleep has on human performance. Missing sleep leads to poor decision-making and affects everything we do: rushing when we should be methodical, forgetting important procedures, loss of attention (such as when driving), not having the energy to exercise, poorer reaction time, higher stress levels, elevated blood pressure, and inability to adapt to change. These things lead to accidents in the short-term, and poor health in the long-term.

Research at ASRI suggests that the amount and quality of sleep we achieve has profound effects on wellness. Nightly sleep is critical for proper function of: the brain, immune system, endocrine system, digestion, as well as for energy, recovery from injury, and restoration of health. The lifestyle changes explained throughout this website are all intertwined with sleep. Sleep gives us the energy, the will, and the foundation to accomplish these changes.

Approximately 100 million Americans struggle with difficulty sleeping. If you have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, there are some “tricks” to improve the situation. To some extent, insomnia can be like the old expression about fear: there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Sometimes, just the fear of not being able to sleep causes enough stress to keep us awake. Don’t worry, these guidelines should help.

  • Sleep is like a good meal. It must be at the correct time and well anticipated; it helps to be hungry, the food should look, taste and smell good; your surroundings should be pleasing; and you should have plenty of stress free time to enjoy it. Make your bedroom as inviting as that meal and you will sleep better.
  •  Don’t look at the clock. Studies have shown that looking at the clock during the night increases insomnia. You will sleep more if you ignore the clock when you wake up during the night.
  • Leave work at the office and don’t take it to bed with you.
  • If you wake during the night – do not think! Mental distraction is the name of the game. Try counting backwards from 100. The first times that you try this technique you might count from 100 two or more times. It’s OK. Eventually you will fall to sleep at about 95. You are training yourself to stop thinking about problems and to fall to sleep instead. It will take time to learn this good habit.
  • No caffeine after dinner. The half-life of caffeine is about four hours.
  • Alcohol makes you doze off quickly, but after it metabolizes it will interrupt sleep later in the night.

Get ready to revamp your sleep habit this weekend… have a restful Labor Day Weekend!

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Protein: It does a body good!

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Most people are lacking Protein in their diets (there should be a balance of protein, carbs and fat in your diet…40/40/20 or 40/30/30). When your body is getting protein it functions better because it supports the lean muscle mass which will burn the fat.  When you cut down on calories and eat only carbs, these carbs are broken down into simple sugars and stored as fat.

To discern how much protein you need personally, your body requires 1 gram of protein for every 4 pounds of body weight per day…then divide it between your 5-6 meals per day for your healthy ratio of protein per meal.  If you are a very active adult, you may require more protein per meal.

Protein is made up of 23 essential amino acids, 8 of which adult bodies cannot manufacture on their own and therefore we must get it from food.

Next to water, protein is the most plentiful substance in the body and accounts for 12-15% of our total weight. Protein is needed for almost every vital function of the body and makes up the essential building blocks of the living cells of the body (the amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein).

It is a misconception that protein only comes from animal sources.  There are many excellent plant sources that supply us with protein.  A few examples of how to mix the plant proteins to make them a complete protein are: combine whole grains with beans, mix legumes and grains, eat corn with beans

Other sources of protein: egg whites, almonds, cashews, fish, soybeans.  You also get protein from seeds, natural brown rice, rye, oats, millet, wheat and beans.

Protein from Meat: The leanest meat sources are chicken and turkey (turkey is actually leaner than chicken).  A lean cut of steak or London Broil once or twice a month is good for iron and especially if you are working out this source of protein is important for the amino acid building blocks that your lean muscles require to grow.  Eliminate completely high fat meats such as beef, pork and ham.

Protein Deficiency: A lack of protein affects the hair, nails, skin, growth and tissue development.  The mental and physical development of children is affected when protein is lacking.  In adults, they suffer a loss of stamina, are less resistant to infection and slower to heal and they become weak and may suffer from mental depression.

Too Much Protein: Diets too high in protein will also have side effects such as dehydration because the body has to work hard to excrete the wasted nitrogen that the body has accumulated.  If the protein is not used by the body, it will convert and be stored as fat.

Start adding protein to your daily nutrition plan and watch your energy levels increase and your immune system will be boosted as well.  Plan to succeed by making changes in your daily habits!

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Spice up your life…and health with Turmeric

Turmeric is a plant (or root) from the ginger family native to South Asia.  It grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia and is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes.  This golden-colored spice is, however, a very potent natural anti-inflammatory food, that also improves liver and kidney function. Turmeric can be taken in pill form or made into a paste that can be applied directly to an area of the body that is experiencing pain. Turmeric, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls California

The best part of this natural pain-killer is that there are no side effects!  It’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent–useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. When combined with cauliflower, it has been shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

Turmeric is also known to reduce the risk of childhood leukemia, stop growth of new blood vessels in tumors, speed up wound healing and assist in the remodeling of damaged skin as well as prevent breast cancer from spreading to the lungs (when tested on mice).

Aside from all of these known health benefits, Turmeric is currently being studied due to the belief that it can help treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions, aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management, and treat pancreatic cancer.  This “miracle root” has recently been shown to have many beneficial effects on myeloma patients.

Turmeric offers something for everyone.  So why not go your local health food store today and pick up a bottle today?

by Chelsey Charbeneau CYT, E-RYT
Certified yoga therapist and registered yoga instructor

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.


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Recharge the Soul

YOGACLASSDRAWING, Therapy and Training in Beverly Hills, CA - Beverly Hills Posture offers Chiropractic Care, yoga, Acupunture, and Massage Therapy, Walker Ozar - Doctor of Chiropractic, Chiropractor in Beverly HIlls California‘Recharging the Soul’  is necessary and can look (and feel) many different ways. Sometimes a change of scenery is the answer: a trip out-of-town, a different rhythm of life to move through, a “breath of fresh air.” But for many of us, we may not have the time, funds or energy to take a trip, take a break from our daily responsibilities, or even go take an afternoon hike exactly when it may be needed.

Yoga is a science and an art form of transformation. Consider here that “transformation” doesn’t have to be something that is very involved and huge in order to be extremely effective and powerful. Yoga is a beautiful and multi-layered practice that can shift our current state any time of any day. We don’t even have to gather our gear and get ourselves into a yoga studio to make this happen. It is accessible (and quick) to find those necessary ‘recharges’ throughout our day – whenever needed – just simply focusing our attention to the Breath.

Breathing is the most vital part of human life. And yet, when things get busy or stressful, our breath is one of the first things to suffer. Poor breathing patterns negatively impact the body on many different levels. Yogic breathing techniques are simple and can be integrated throughout a day, seamlessly. The benefits of consciousness and proper breathing include: elicits the relaxation response in the body; creates a balanced source of energy moving through us; increases our lung capacity; boosts the immune system; feeds our organs with vitality; stabilizes the mind; maintains emotional equilibrium; facilitates the reduction of depression… just to name a few.

So, the next time you feel tired, sad, overwhelmed, unfocused, burnt out, or just feel you need a little “pick-me-up,” try this yogic breathing technique (this one can also be helpful for insomnia, and is safe to do for those on the fertility journey, as well as throughout pregnancy):

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama  (means: “alternate nostril breathing” or “channel cleansing breath”)

Benefits:

  • Lowers heart rate, reduces stress and anxiety & soothes the system
  • Said to synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Said to purify the subtle energy channels (nadis) of the body so the prana (life force) flows more easily

Notations:

  • You can practice this breath work up to 15 minutes at a time.
  • You are breathing normally through each nostril (no constriction/sound at back of throat).

How-to Step by Step:

Sit in a comfortable seat, with a tall spine, soft shoulders and a long back of neck (chin slightly down).

  • Gently close your right nostril with your thumb. Inhale through your left nostril fully, then close it with your ring and/or little fingers.
  • Open and exhale slowly through the right nostril.
  • Keep the right nostril open and inhale through it.
  • Then close it, and open and exhale slowly through the left.
    This is  one cycle.**
    Repeat 3 to 5 times (or more), then release the hand at the nose and go back to normal breathing though both nostrils.
    Feel the impact on your body, mind and spirit!

**Depending on your needs this breath can be practiced in a few different ways:

  • To balance: begin with the LEFT nostril — do many rounds back and forth — and end with the RIGHT nostril
  • To calm (also good for interrupted sleep): begin with the LEFT nostril — do many rounds back and forth — and end with the LEFT nostril
  • To energize: begin with the RIGHT nostril — do many rounds back and forth — and end with the RIGHT nostril.

Wendy Obstler, CYT, E-RYT,  is a certified yoga therapist, experienced registered yoga teacher and certified prenatal yoga teacher. Wendy is also the certified Lead Teacher and Ambassador of Strong Yoga™ 4Women. Since 2005, she has worked with countless women struggling with fertility challenges and has witnessed over and again the powerful benefits of yoga on fertility. Having used the practice of yoga therapy to heal her own severe back injury, Wendy enjoys sharing the transformational qualities of yoga with other individuals in chronic pain, healing from injury, post-operative rehab and as awareness for injury prevention.  Wendy is a therapist/instructor at Beverly Hills Posture, a proud member of both the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Alliance. Wendy Obstler, CYT/E-RYT ©2013 All Rights Reserved

If you have any questions regarding anything we’ve written or would like to book an appointment with us, please click HERE to be directed to our contact page. Beverly Hills Posture is proud to offer Chiropractic Care with an abundance of options including- Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage Therapy. We dedicate ourselves to creating a healthier you.