Sound Therapy

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What do you think of when you read that title? Sitting in a room with specific sounds all around you or actually playing an instrument by yourself or in a setting that’s therapeutic.

This is what I call and use for Sound Therapy. These are my tuning forks – both aluminum and steel forks.

 

 

 

 

I was introduced to Sound Therapy by a British Osteopath at a conference in 2013 and have since incorporated it into my nutrition consultations over the past years. I think I was a bit worried about what my clients would think as it’s quite different to the usual nutrition consultation. Although I can hear when there’s unbalance (call it a trained ear combined with intuition), my clients often can’t. So they put their trust in me to do what I do and wait to see how they feel and what the results are of their session, supplement and remedy testing and now food sensitivity testing.

Sound therapy is based on the belief that we are all made up of different energy frequencies. That’s the feeling or ‘vibe’ that you get from someone. I use my tuning forks to interact with these frequencies, encouraging rebalance the body’s energy wherever it’s needed. So far it has had some pretty incredible results. Most comments from clients after their treatment include feeling more balanced, energetic, mentally clear, calm and grounded or rooted. Pain sometimes goes away, headaches clear, skin calms, and constipation is something that really responds well, especially in babies and children. I don’t always know what’s being balanced or what needs to be balanced, just that the body works in harmony with itself when it is balanced. Healing can take place of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual scars. Some clients can verbalize and others not. It’s a simple, safe and very effective way to treat anything at all.

During a session, I balance any area that’s not, with the set of steel tuning forks (shiny slim ones) and sometimes the set of two small aluminum ones. Once the sound has my client in balance, then I go through test kits of supplements, probiotics, herbal and homeopathic combinations from both Seroyal and Physica Energetics, and anything that’s brought from home. I check, double check and sometimes go through the possible remedies five times until I hear a beautiful clear sound that means that what has tested will keep my client in balance. That’s the purpose of testing the supplements and remedies. To ensure that they don’t take you out of balance. One probiotic might, whereas another won’t.

Sound therapy continues to fascinate me and seeing the positive results with clients, no matter what the age, will keep me going for a while! As I launch some new packages to help support clients over a period of time, sound therapy will be a part of my in-person sessions or carried out remotely.

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Hydration during pregnancy

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I drink water. A lot of water. And not much else (well there’s wine too). Staying well hydrated, especially in the warmer months and during pregnancy is very important. And there’s nothing better to turn to than H2O.

It cleanses, flushes out what we don’t need and keeps the kidneys and other detoxification organs working well.

I was intrigued by a study out of Australia that said, “Humans need to maintain fluid balance and need to drink water when required, but should also consider fluid in unprocessed fruits and vegetables and juices. There is further evidence that water and a well-balanced diet does far more than water alone,”. I totally disagree. Let me explain.

Although there’s the odd food diary that I see (my clients complete one before meeting for a consultation) packed fruits and vegetables that might offer enough water, but it’s the minority. I believe in our current collective general health, especially with diabetes skyrocketing, there isn’t enough fresh foods on the plates of the average North American. The article suggested that a baked potato was 75 per cent water, but that water needs to help the fibre from the potato to move through the digestive system. It’s unlikely to have much leftover once it’s done that job to hydrate other organs. Moreover, I don’t often see a baked potato eaten over french fries.

Processed food has become the norm for most families. Packages fill pantry cupboards and frozen dinners crowd out fresh meat in most freezers. To say that considering fresh fruits and vegetables for water intake would leave most at a hydration disadvantage. Don’t get me started about how much coffee most people drink in a day over a large glass of cool water. Most ride a caffeine high all day long.

Not Drinking Enough?

Symptoms of dehydration include headache, constipation, lethargy, dry skin, dry eyes and mouth, cracked lips, muscle soreness, fluid retention, low blood pressure and fast heart rate. If you suffer with any of these, give the eight glasses a try and see what happens. Once your baby arrives, you’ll need to drink at least a glass of water every time you nurse as breastfeeding does take a lot of water.

When you Need More Water

In addition to drinking water to quench your thirst and fuel your day-to-day, there are a lot of situations when extra water is required.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women; water requirements increase during pregnancy and while breastfeeding as large amounts of fluid are used to produce breast milk.

Exercise that makes you sweat; hot yoga, brisk walking or running and  cycling all increase the need to replenish water.

Climate; hot or humid weather, indoor heating that can dry skin out, and high altitudes.

Heath; fever, diarrhea and vomiting can all result in fluid loss and dehydration, especially dangerous for the young, pregnant and elderly.

With most people finding it hard to cram in the recommended 5 – 10 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day, the situations above would require at least double that to maintain hydration. It’s unlikely to happen. So it’s why I still turn to my glass of fresh, cool water to keep my body well hydrated, my skin looking great and me feeling my best. Keep water handy in a glass bottle or glass, and flavour it with mint, citrus or berries whenever you want a little extra zing.

And make sure to replenish well in the hotter months. You just aren’t likely getting enough from your diet alone.

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Jerry Agar Show Q&A from March 24th Show

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Each week, I get questions from The Jerry Agar Show on NewsTalk1010. As we endeavour to get them all answered on the show, we often run out of time!

I’ll answer them here for everyone to benefit from the answers.

Question: If you are at a business function and you want to order an alcoholic drink, to not be rude, what can you order?

Answer: Stick to clear spirits like vodka are low carb. Mix vodka with soda or order a martini, with or without the vermouth. Red wine is another option – 5oz wine and 1.5oz pure spirit like vodka, gin, whisky and scotch are all about 100 cal.

Question: I love gravy but realize it’s not good for you. Is there anyway to have a healthy version? 

Answer: Have just a little and make sure it’s homemade.

Question: Hey Jerry, ask Lianne about this recipe. 4 small sweet potatoes, 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup, half a cup of cocoa powder and one cup of nut butter (peanut butter or almond or cashew). These are THE best brownies I’ve tried. No sugar and no flour… no gluten!

Answer: Sounds like a keeper!

Question: Does coffee with milk add weight? How many Coffees in a day is too much?

Answer: Coffee has minimal calories. My concern with coffee is that it gives you a high then you crash. The crash can lead to grabbing unhealthy snacks and foods that give you a fast energy boost.

Some drawbacks to coffee and caffeine:

Caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy.

The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut flora).

While your morning latte gives you warm and fuzzy feelings it’s giving you a boost that food could be and with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and more. 

Caffeine can disrupt sleep and promote anxiety and depression.

It’s been shown that there’s elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have been noted in coffee drinkers.

So there’s a lot more going on than calories in your coffee cup!

Question: I’m 41 female. Eating 1200 calories and exercising 4 to five times a week. It’s been almost 60 days and I have only lost 6 pounds! What am I doing wrong?

Answer: You’re not eating enough. I think that your body has gone into starvation mode and it’s holding onto fat stores for dear life. That amount of calories seems extremely low and in my opinion, won’t help you lose or keep off the weight. Go up by at least 400 calories a day (from fruits, vegetables and protein is best) and see how that goes.

Question: Oh man… Are you saying that basmati rice will increase the sugar level???

Any white rice will has a high glycemic index or fast carbohydrate release. White basmati rice is slower than Uncle Bens, for example and any brown rice is slower still.

Question: I love/prefer eating unhealthy food, but also feel guilty after. Anyway to get rid of the guilt?

Answer: Change your mindset. What is it that this sugary food is giving you? Are you looking for comfort, for it to lift you. You know it’s not good, so make a better choice. Empower yourself to eat something that will nourish your body, not your emotions. It all comes down to choice. Say to yourself as you go for the apple instead  of the brownie, I’m choosing to eat this apple – I choose to nourish myself with healthy food.

Food Pouches: Is it the best way to feed your baby?

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When I first started focusing on nutrition from tummy to toddler, there weren’t many options for packaged food to feed your baby. For as long as I can remember there have been jarred baby food lining the aisle along with Farley’s rusks and Arrowroot.

Fast forward to the past 10 years, there has been frozen food available in cubes and containers, jars are still going strong and now the food pouches. I remember seeing them in England when my kids were babies, so they have been available on the market, just not in North America.

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