Piyo 101

By: Brenda Jane, Pure Fitness 4 You

PiYo is a total-body fitness class designed with NO jumping and LOW impact moves that combines the practices of Pilates and yoga to help you build strength, lose weight, increase flexibility, improve balance, improve energy levels, reduce stress, and have a great time doing it. PiYo will really get your heart rate going as it features various styles in continuous movement and flow from one exercise to another. Sometimes I describe PiYo as a hyper version of yoga, but with the benefits of balance, stretching, strengthening, and relaxation.

Who is PiYo for?
PiYo is for EVERYONE no matter your fitness level. We take every move and show how to modify it or advance it so it’s right for YOU! This lets you take exercise at your own pace, helping you feel better and comfortable. It is designed for people who want the mind-body benefits of a yogaor Pilates workout but with a higher-energy class.

How can PiYo help you this Holiday Season?
We all know the holidays are a stressful time, so let’s take PiYo and let the stress go! Below is a list of benefits you get from exercise, and when you combine them with a comfortable, welcoming workout environment you win! It pumps up your endorphins! Physical activity helps pump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. It’s meditation in motion. During and after a PiYo class you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything you do. It improves your mood.  Regular attendance at a PiYo class can increase self-confidence, helping you feel better about you. Bring PiYo into your life and create strength, flexibility, balance, and so much more, including that it can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life!

Boost Fertility Naturally

By: Abby Burgess

Although struggling to become pregnant can feel isolating, the Center for Disease Control state that it is a common problem in the United States affecting around 10 percent of people. Factors that may impact fertility include delayed childbearing, environmental toxins, and lifestyle risks such as stress, smoking and excessive alcohol use.

The good news is that medical technology has made great advances in diagnosing and treating infertility. Medical testing can diagnose any physical challenges, such as hormonal imbalance, low sperm count or blocked fallopian tubes. And we are far past the days when trouble conceiving was considered a women’s problem. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine states that infertility affects men and women at equal rates.

When difficulty conceiving is a concern, many patients look to natural health methods to enhance their chances of getting pregnant. Two practices for boosting fertility that pre-date modern medicine are acupuncture and Ayurveda.

Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture is widely accepted in the medical community as a resource for patients who need help with fertility. Eau Claire acupuncturist Dr. Paul Lin says that he often treats patients who are also undergoing traditional allopathic procedures. “Studies show that a combination of treatments

Preparing for Conception with Ayurveda

Another alternative treatment that is unique to each patient is Ayurveda. Carleen Sterner retired from her position as a family physician at the Mayo Clinic Health System, seeking something more holistic. She is currently training to be a certified Ayurveda practitioner. The word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words for life and knowledge. According to the Radiant Living Online School of Ayurveda, it has been practiced in India for over 6,000 years.

Sterner says Ayurveda, like acupuncture, can be used in conjunction with mainstream fertility treatments. “I can’t see there being any contraindications,” she says. “Anything you are doing to prepare your whole body [for conception] is beneficial.”

Sterner was attracted to Ayurveda for its holistic approach that brings balance to each individual in a unique way. In Ayurveda, she explains, conceiving a baby is considered a sacred and special event. “You prepare your mind, body and spirit to increase your chances of bringing a healthy and happy baby into the world. You want to be at your best before you make a human being!”

That preparatory process begins 35 days before attempting to conceive. Both partners go through a cleansing process overseen by a certified Ayurveda practitioner. While the treatment plan is uniquely tailored to each individual and their dosha (body type), there are some general Ayurvedic guidelines for increasing fertility.

Balancing the digestive function of both parents is the first priority, explains Sterner. “Part of doing that is eating a clean diet. That means fresh, seasonal, local foods including organic plants. Avoid processed foods, leftovers and microwaving. Prepare and eat your food with love and care.” Certain foods are recommended or discouraged when trying to conceive. Men should avoid excess salt and bitter flavors such as coffee. Both partners should eliminate soy and alcohol from their diet as well as citrus (except lime), vinegar, sour cream, pickled and fermented foods and aged cheese. Other detrimental foods are anything pungent, spicy or astringent. Nourishing foods for fertility include dairy, whole grains such as rice and quinoa, meat and fruit.

Getting enough sleep, managing stress, and engaging in a spiritual practice such as prayer or meditation are important for both partners.

This article explores only two of the many natural health practices available. Today’s couples are lucky to have so many resources available to help on the journey to creating families.

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

Difficulty getting pregnant can take an emotional toll. “It’s huge…it can be quite devastating,” Dr. Dan Czelatdko says. When it’s happening to you, the options for treatment can seem overwhelming. Dr. Dan is a doctor of chiropractic and board certified nutritionist at Tenold Chiropractic in Eau Claire. As one of his specialties is hormone balance, he sees many patients who are struggling with fertility issues. Here is his take on sifting through the avail-able therapies to find the best choice for you.

How non-invasive is the treatment?

The non-invasive nature of treatment methods such as chiropractic is something to consider. “The natural approach is less strenuous on the body, and leaves the body in better condition to support an embryo and fetus so there is a better chance of having a healthy baby.”

What are the benefits?

“We’re not only helping with the fertility,” Dr. Dan explains of holistic care. The treatments target the underlying cause, so the patient’s overall health can improve. “You end up getting side benefits —you can fix two or three other problems at the same time.”

What is best for you?

“Explore all possibilities. There are many out there.” Dr. Dan says. He encourages individuals to research all the options including the benefits andside effects. “Make the decision on what you think is going to be the best for you to go through.”

Balanced Living

43% How much lower the risk of the neurological nightmare known as Parkinson’s disease was among study participants who got more than six hours of moderate exercise a week. Anything that raises your heart rate counts—walking the dog, taking stairs, doing chores. Source: Brain

195 second  That’s how long it takes for you to think about whether that chocolate cake is healthy after your first thought, which is always about taste, accordingto a study in Psychological Science.  Researchers say you can overcome your natural gimme impulse by waiting a second longer to weigh the pros and cons of that cake before throwing it down the hatch.

The Slimming Spice

Drop the celery and head for the spice rack. In a new study, women on a reduced-calorie diet who also consumed 1 teaspoon of cumin daily lost 3 more pounds and 3 times more body fat in 12 weeks than those on a calorically equivalent diet without cumin. How can a teaspoon work such wonders? Cumin revs metabolism, researchers say. Another bonus: Those on the cumin plan saw greater drops in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, thanks to natural plant sterols in the spice. Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Nauseous? ADD GINGER!  Ginger’s gingerol and shogaol calm digestive- tract spasms to reduce nausea better than motion-sickness drugs, according to a study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Pairs well with: citrus fruit, tea, sweet  potatoes, pork, coconut, miso soup, onions, relishes, pears, rice.


Lose Weight with ChiroThin

By Dr James Appel, DC

The ChiroThin formula is physician created and has been specially blended to aid in boosting metabolism, suppressing hunger and cravings, reducing fat cell mass (the bad fat cells), reducing insulin resistance, increasing fullness, and detoxifying your body. ChiroThin is an all-natural amino acid. This is not an HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet.

ChiroThin is designed to teach you how to eat healthy. We do not have shakes or pre-packaged foods. No surgery or drugs. This is a safe and effective program to lose weight and keep it off. We are teaching people how to eat correctly, how to cook, and how to manage portion control.

Maintenance is one of the most important steps after you lose weight. This program is designed for you to maintain your weight loss every six weeks, for approximately three weeks. This is when our knowledge, experience, and emotional support are valuable.

This is one of the most affordable and effective programs around. Weekly one-on-one visits are required to check your progress. Personalized recommendations and a great support system foster improved compliance for better results more safely. Check out our website at appelchiropractic.com for more information.

Here is a testimonial of the program from Kelly in our office who tested the program before we brought it to the public:

“This is a very personal journey for me. I have battled being heavier my entire life. I have been on every diet you can imagine. I lose the weight to gain it back and never learn how to maintain it. I did not want to be that example for my children and continue this same lifestyle. Shakes and meal replacement plans are not the diet plan for me as they do not teach me how to live the rest of my life and keep the weight off. I want to be able to cook for my family and teach my children the correct ways to eat. In five months I have lost seventy pounds and fifty plus inches, I have dropped five pants sizes. I have completed over two months of maintenance without a weight gain. I have learned more in this program than I have ever learned on any other diet. I am eating healthy foods from the grocery store, cooking them correctly, and losing weight. I have never felt better about my weight loss, and I am very close to my goal, which I have never accomplished before”.

Dr. James Appel has been practicing chiropractic since 1980. A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. His strongest attribute is his understanding of neck and back problems and how to quickly and successfully resolve these problems.