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Glorious Backyard Gardening

Being stuck inside these past few months has given many people pause to examine ways to re-engage in hobbies as well as be active outdoors while still maintaining social distancing standards.  Gardening is one of those hobbies currently on the rise.

Gardening is more than just digging in the dirt, carrying pots, and planting seeds; it is an art and a science as well. Many people do not recognized the numerous benefits that you can reap in planting these green and colorful patches! For some, gardening is a way for them to relax, restore, and renew their outlook in life while others use this hobby as an additional holistic food source.

Here are the benefits of gardening in the mental and physical aspects of your life.

Exercise for the Win

Just by walking while carrying pots of plants is already a form of cardio exercise and core training for balance. Depending on the weight of the load, pushing a wheelbarrow is a good form of strength training and can also improve your grip and strength in the lower arms.

Pushing, gardening, trimming the hedges, they might sound simple but they can leave you out of breath and 10 minutes of it, at least once a day, can help protect you from high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.

Bye Bye Blues

Let there be light, in your life! Soak up all those Vitamin D but make sure to cover your skin with a reliable sunscreen. Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium and it also boosts our immune system and blocks depressive mood.

Mental Therapy

After a long day or week at work, gardening at last 30 minutes or an hour can diffuse your anxieties and stress. Vitamin D alone can already help improve your mood but more than that, gardening also gives you a sense of purpose and puts your priorities in perspective.

If you have been experiencing a major setback in your life, gardening can spark a sense of hope and optimism within you.

Preserving the Environment

Gardening is also a way for us to give back to Mother Nature and in return, it helps us back. Plants are known to purify carbon emission preventing global warming and they produce oxygen which is very important to humans. The root system of the plants helps prevent erosion by keeping the soil in place. Aside from providing shade and beautifying our surroundings, they also shield our garden from the outside world giving as tranquility and privacy.

One of the best ways you can do in order to enjoy gardening is to invite your friends over and do it together. It is fun, interactive, less expensive, and therapeutic!

Cheers to growing some veggies, herbs or plants this summer!

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Dr Z’s Summer Book Club – July 2019

Welcome back to the summer book club – I was overwhelmed by the response from last months’ book and I am so excited to share the July book in the series!

July Book: Mirror Work by Louise Hay

I hope you enjoyed last month’s fantastic ready by Dawson Church.  This month I have chosen a book that works well with what we just read.  Even though this is not a newly published book, I wanted to include it for July because in the last few weeks, I’ve recommended it to at least 5 different patients, so the information is still vital and needed to help in the healing process for many.

We’re going to kick off our July month with Louise Hay’s book, “Mirror Work.”  We all know that healthy and healing involves factors like nutrition, clean water and exercise, but clearing the issues that many of us have on loving ourselves is sometimes the final step that needs to be achieved in order to truly be complete.

Louise Hay does a fantastic job in helping us discover and cultivate self love over a 21 day journey. This will be a great read if you need the help or even just a reminder and pick me up 🙂

Instead of having an in person book club, we’re going to create a virtual one via my Facebook group – see below for details. This way anyone in the world can join us and you can do it all at your own leisure.

I truly hope you enjoy the book and will dive into the discussion with us to create a community conversation!

Cheers,

Steps to Join the Book Club: (It’s free so why not?)

1) Purchase this months book here
2) Like and Follow my Facebook Group here so you can participate and follow along in the discussion –
3) Read the book.
4) Join the Facebook event here for this month’s discussion.
5) Answer the questions I’ll pose about the book and join in the conversation!

Email us with any questions or issues you may have at support@DrZgraggen.com

Check out the full list of reading here

Brief Summary from the Author:

Since its publication in 1984, Louise Hay’s international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Now, in MIRROR WORK: 21 DAYS TO HEAL YOUR LIFE, the popular teacher and author offers the first book dedicated to her signature practice for personal transformation.

The Mirror Principle, one of Louise’s core teachings, holds that our experience of life mirrors our relationship with ourselves; unless we see ourselves as loveable, the world can be a dark and lonely place. Mirror work—looking at oneself in a mirror and repeating positive affirmations—is Louise’s powerful method for learning to love oneself and experience the world as a safe and loving place.

Like her successful video course, Loving Yourself, MIRROR WORK lays out a 21-day program of teachings and exercises to help readers deepen their relationship with themselves and live a joyous and fulfilling life. “Doing mirror work,” Louise tells readers, “is one of the most loving gifts you can give yourself.” Each of the 21 days is organized around a theme, such as monitoring self-talk, overcoming fear, releasing anger, healing relationships, forgiving self and others, receiving prosperity, and living stress-free.

The daily program involves an exercise in front of the mirror, affirmations, journaling, an inspiring Heart Thought to ponder, and a guided meditation. Packed with practical guidance and support, presented in Louise’s warmly personal words, MIRROR WORK—or Mirror Play, as she likes to call it—is designed to help readers:

• Learn a deeper level of self-care

• Gain confidence in their own inner guidance system

• Develop awareness of their soul gifts

• Overcome resistance to change

• Boost self-esteem

• Cultivate love and compassion in their relationships with self and others

In just three weeks, the reader can firmly establish the practice of Mirror Work as an ongoing vehicle for positive growth and self-care, and a path to a full, rich life.

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A Daily Dose of Sunlight is Good For You!

Sunlight sometimes gets a bad reputation due to the fear of getting skin cancer and premature aging, which can be true. However, with a combination of healthy diet and exercise, a great deal of exposure to sunlight (preferably morning) can be highly beneficial to our body with its fantastic source of Vitamin D. This article will cover the positive effects of sunlight that you may not have heard before!

Mood Enhancer

Sunlight helps produce serotonin which is a chemical in our body that regulates mood and social behavior. In the morning, you can walk along the pathway or have your cup of coffee on your corridor before you get to work. This may come handy to boost your mood throughout the day.

Abundant in Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the most common vitamin ever to be associated with sunlight, and it’s a fact. A regular collection of Vitamin D protects our body from diseases such as breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, seasonal disorders, depression, and inflammation and it also promotes bone grown. Vitamin D is produced when the UV rays from the sunlight enter our skin thus creating a reaction resulting in the production of Vitamin D.

Immunity Booster

Bathing in good sunlight can protect you from a strain of flu and cold by invigorating your immune system’s T cells, and Vitamin D. Solar energy is not just for machines as they can also help combat infections and diseases.

Weight Control

A low serotonin count can affect your mood and most of the time when we feel sad; we tend to channel our emotions through eating. Sunlight helps improve our mood; therefore, the happier you are, the more in control you are with your body!

Author:

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, CNS, CCN is a licensed chiropractor, certified clinical nutritionist, and owner of Lime and Lotus, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina.  She utilizes saliva testing, herbs, and whole food supplements to correct female hormones imbalances in her patients.  Download her free guide: Dr. Stephanie’s Naughty List – The Top Five Foods that Wreck Your Hormone Health here