Living in the Midwest, I’m sure you have seen a burr stuck to your pants after walking in the woods. It can be rather annoying to remove these burrs because they were designed to securely attach to whatever they come in contact with. The Velcro like material on a burr is similar to structures in your body called glycans.
Glycans attach to the cell membranes within your body the way a burr sticks to your pants, but glycans have a very important reason to attach in this way.
Literature suggests that glycans support healthy cell-to-cell communication within the human body, helping your body to function the way it was designed to!
What Is Glycosylation?
Glycosylation is a process that helps the 30 trillion cells in our body communicate with each other more effectively. It is one of the eight essentials that we promote, yet many people have never heard of it!
Glycosylation takes place when a glycoprotein hooks into the cell membrane. You see, a glycoprotein is a protein that has a carbohydrate (sugar) attached to it. When the protein attaches to the cell membrane, the carbohydrate extends off of the cell. Together it acts like a little antenna to help with better cell-to-cell communication.
After all of the negative press sugar has been getting lately, it may be surprising to you that anything good can be associated with sugar. It is important to remember that we are talking about a specific type of sugar found in glyconutrients.
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There is a health practice that takes no energy, but quite a bit of self control. It is free, yet the cost of going without is high. Sunshine encourages it, but light hinders it. What is it?
The answer to this riddle may surprise you as it's not often though of as a "health practice". But it is as just as important for our health as exercising, meditating, managing stress, and eating nutritious foods.
What is it? Sleep!
Sleep is essential for all of the body's systems! Without adequate sleep the neurological, endocrine, musculature, digestive, and immune systems are compromised. But our society does not recognize the importance of sleep or value it the way it should.
You may be surprised, but my encouragement for you today is to get some more sleep!
Does Sleep Really Matter?
While adults generally need 7-9 hours of sleep each night, almost a third of adults don’t even get six! Getting less than six hours of sleep a night is associated with chronic inflammation, obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and hypertension. Lack of sleep can also increase the risk of psychiatric disorders such as depression & anxiety.
Melatonin, one of the main hormones that controls your circadian rhythms, actually increases your immune system function. This immune support may help your body fight off infections and protect you from illness.
Sleep is also crucial for...
- Enhancing memory and mental clarity
- Musculoskeletal growth and repair
- Boosting mood and energy
- Increasing stress tolerance
How to Get a Good Night’s Rest
My biggest challenge for you is to simply go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you have been going to bed over the last few weeks. Many of us have had our routines disrupted by the current state of things in the world. This may have impacted when you end up going to bed.
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During this time of sheltering in place it can be a challenge to stay active. The last couple weeks we have teamed with H4 Training and Mindful Movements to provide you with some great workout videos.
Today we want to share a video made right here at DuPage Family Wellness. In it Dr. Jamie leads you through a series of functional movement exercises. These movement sequences are the foundation of natural healthy movement.
What is Functional Movement?
Functional movement is based on the way a baby develops movement - how they move, organize movement patterns, and learn stabilization. This results in a solid foundation for all movement.
Research has found that the way a baby moves is the most efficient way to move. When we deviate from this type of movement we will not function at our best. These exercises allow us to reestablish these movement patterns so that they become natural again.
Functional Progression Exercises (in less than 15 minutes)
Go ahead and check out the Functional Movement Video. Be sure to stay to the end when I add on one more final movement pattern that I almost forgot about!
I would love to hear what you thought of this video! Were any of the exercises challenging for you? Did you think it would be easier than it was?
If you are interested in learning more about Functional Progression or would like to work with me directly to learn these movements give us a call at 630-448-0255.
P.S. More information about Functional Movement can be found in the blog When “Acting Like a Baby” Isn’t a Bad Thing.
Mindful Movements is a premier movement studio specializing in yoga and Pilates. We are pleased to partner with them today to bring you a great virtual workout. You can do this class at your convenience in the privacy of your own home!
This 60 minute Hatha Yoga class is designed to nurture both your body and soul. Gentle poses and breathwork are incorporated in a way that decreases stress while increasing strength and flexibility.
Since exercise has been found to boost your immune system it is especially important to stay active these days. With the gyms closed, now is the perfect time to try something new.
We are grateful to Mindful Movements for sharing this opportunity with us.
*If you enjoyed this session, be sure to sign up for a virtual class with Mindful Movements!
Mindful Movements is a great place for both your physical and mental health. The instructors are very warm and encouraging. Exercises are modified to each client’s abilities, so you get a work out that is right for you.
So, check out their special new client rates for virtual classes now until you have the opportunity to enjoy a class at their Glen Ellyn studio.
Everything we read online about “handling the shelter in place order” encourages us to exercise. We are told that it is good for both our physical and emotional well-being. Research even suggests that moderate exercise can boost your immune system. While this is great advice, all the gyms are closed! How do we get a great workout at home without a lot of equipment?
We are pleased to share with you a video workout led by Coach Hank owner of H4 Training. It was designed to be done at home using a simple band. Modifications are offered for those wanting more of a challenge, as well as those who need a less demanding option, making this a great choice for all levels.
So, go ahead - grab a band and jump on in!
*If you enjoyed this workout, be sure to sign up for a free 30 day trial at H4 Training!
H4 is a great place for both the serious athlete who needs a challenge, and those just wanting to start an exercise routine. They specialize in small group training, with four clients per coach. Exercises are modified to each client’s abilities, so you get a work out that is right for you. It is almost like having a personal trainer, but with the comradery of a small group.
So, check out their online programs now until you can join them for an in person class at their Wheaton or Geneva locations.