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Wellness Works!

Health Benefits of Yoga

“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?... therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 /KJV

Yoga benefits three main aspects of life, the spirit, mind, and body. It is a form of exercise that is appealing to many. The simplicity and ease of yoga allows it to fit into your everyday life as easy as any basic workout program. And unlike many programs, you don't need any special equipment other than a spot on the floor, a mat, your mind, and your body. And while many exercises only benefit the body, yoga benefits the whole person. The yoga system of asanas (poses) emphasizes deep breathing, relaxed movements, and mental concentration. Asanas develop the entire body, mind and spirit. Practicing asanas can also help you discover your true potential.

Like any exercise program it is important to note that before engaging in the practice of yoga, it is recommended that you get the consent of your medical physician. If you are under a doctor’s care, you should continue that care as yoga is not a replacement for medical treatment. Your doctor can tell you if you are in the physical condition necessary to participate in yoga and derive the benefits of yoga to the fullest.

Whatever your age, yoga can enhance your lifestyle. For children, learning yoga develops self-discipline and can enhance their physical and mental health. Regular practice can enable young people to keep their natural flexibility for many years. It can help teenagers keep their youthful flexibility and give them the inner strength to say no to negative influences. Gentle yoga exercises allow older people to retain mobility and may relieve problems such as arthritis and poor circulation.


Vitamin D

There is increasing evidence that Vitamin D has impressive effect in reducing certain cancers, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, chronic pain and other diseases such as depression.

What is vitamin D?

A vitamin by definition is a substance that cannot be reproduced by the body but is crucial to the body’s function.  Vitamin D is produced by the skin and technically is not a vitamin, in fact in function it closely resembles a hormone, a substance that stimulates specific cells/tissues into action.  Vitamin D’s final form in the process of metabolism is that of a repair and maintenance hormone that affects more than 200 genes in a wide variety of tissues throughout the body.

Given the potential importance of Vitamin D, one would assume that the majority of the population in today’s society would have adequate vitamin D levels.  The only reliable natural source of vitamin D is the sun.  Very few foods have much vitamin D content-shitake mushrooms and wild caught salmon are notable exceptions.  Farm-raised salmon has about one-quartet the amount (200 IU per 3 ounces) found in wild salmon.  Vitamin D supplements are becoming the most recommended source—especially when vitamin D deficiency is found.


Health Reform - What's In it for you?

If you remember President Obama signed into law a bill called: The Patient Protection & Affordable Car Act known as Health Care Reform.  This law provides benefits and access to health care that will chnage the health industry for millions of people.  It is especially important for families that have been previously with out access to health care.  Insurance companies will no longer be able to deny health coverage to people who have pre-existing conditions or present health status.  Such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and/or cancer.
Some of the Benefits of Health Care Reform:

  • Children may stay on their parents' health plan until age twenty-six.  Particularly important for students who are in college and may find it difficult to find employment.
  • Community Health Clinic like NorthPoint will be eligible to receive funding to provide morre services to more familes/people, particularly those under/uninsured.
  • There will be more prevention and health screening services provided through Community Health Clinics. Services will address early screening for such conditions as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • Small businesses will be able to get tax credit to help pay the cost od health insurance for their employees. 
  • If you are a senior, Medicare will cover your annual checkups.  No more deductibles and co-pays for most preventative services and screenings.  Seniors will also have better coverage for prescription medications.
  • Starting January one, all new health plans must cover health checkups and preventive services.  No more co-pays and no deductibles.

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"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

- John 13:34-35 (niv)