Living in wellness is a moving target, a state of mind-body-spirit that is not exactly the same as staying healthy or out of sickness. For each of us, living in wellness can and should mean something very different. Our individual living in wellness is an individual process of discovering our personal expression in life.

How do we engage?

We believe the process of engagement is the goal and including bodywork, exercise and nutrition, provides a framework for long-term exploration and successfully living in wellness. The following are a series of segments on the topics of wellness and improving health:

Laural Sulfate

When buying shampoos and conditioners look at the ingredient list and to be sure that laural sulfate is not one of the first three ingredients. Almost everyone is allergic to Laural Sulfate (a detangling agent) to one degree or another. Mild cases show up as dry skin and severe cases as scaly skin like exema. This simple step can help you better care for yourself and family.

Digestive Tract pH

Ugne recently explained to me the very simple biology of digestive system’s pH. If our environment is more alkaline then it can carry more oxygen. Then we get more strength from aerobic respiration on a cellular level. More Alkaline = More Oxygen = More Strength.

A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit helps put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans.
— According to a recent newsletter from John Hopkins

Fresh raw foods are an important part of a healthy diet, “Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try to drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).”

The Vita-Mix

This powerful blend makes eating healthy simple! My morning smoothies happen in a flash, giving me a powerful start to my day. The same goes for salad dressings and Almond milk- easy and quick to make in bulk for a few weeks. The cleaning is simple- just blend a few cups of water with a dash of soap for ten seconds and rinse.

I never knew I could enjoy a blender so much. The Vita-Mix is the most powerful blender I have come across. We burned through one blender in two months this summer, that won’t happen again. The Vita-mix 5200 is the latest and greatest, also a refurbished one is half the price with the same warranty. Check out Vitamix.com for more info.

Water Filters

We said goodbye to buying bottled water and installed a Reverse Osmosis system under our sink. The APEC RO-45 system was easy to install and the filters last for a year. Don’t just buy bottled water because it has a pretty label (it’s not wine). Drinking filtered water will reduce the amount of chemicals and toxins that your liver has to filter on a regular basis.

Water filter for the shower

When we moved into our new apartment we were surprised by how harsh the city water was compared to the well-water on Nantucket. A shower reduces the amount of chlorine and other chemicals that are absorbed by our skin and hair every morning. These chemicals all have to pass through the liver and with more or less ease.

I highly recommend checking out the award-winning documentary “Flow” to learn about water on an individual and global level. “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over” and the struggle is only growing faster.