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April 2015

Volume 7 - No.6

HEALTH TALK: BENEFITS OF FASTING

Health in Motion director Natan Gendelman talks about how to maintain a

healthy & balanced lifestyle.

IN THIS ISSUE

Pg. 1

Health Talk: Benefits of

Fasting

Pg. 2

Benefits of Ginger

Pg. 3

Reasons to Drink

Lemon Balm Tea

Energy Boosting

Foods

Pg. 4

Broccoli Apple

Salad

Pg. 5

Life Program

Pg. 6

Our Brand New VitaPlus

Program

Vitaplus Club

Fasting has become very popular in the

health community lately, but it is a practice

that has been around for thousands

of years. It has been introduced into most

religions, and almost always coincides

with the moon calendar and changes of

the season to help the body transition

into a fasting state.

There are a few types of different fasts

(i.e. complete fast, juice fast, etc.), but in

general, all these fasts help to detoxify

the body. Fasting acts as a huge cleanser

because the body does not have to work

hard to digest food, rather it can concentrate

all of its resources on expelling toxins

that are stored in the tissues. This is

why fasting is great for preserving your

health, and can even help speed up the

healing process for many ailments and

conditions. If we look in Mother Nature,

no animal will eat when they are sick,

while humans will force themselves

when they are ill.

However, that being said, you must be

very careful before starting a fasting regimen.

You must know what you are doing

and be aware of what to expect in terms

of symptoms you can have during fasting.

Many people can experience nausea,

vomiting, weakness, and dizziness. Fasting

can be very beneficial to your health,

but if you don’t obey certain rules, it can

do more harm than good. For example, if

you plan to do a prolonged fast, there are

very strict laws that you must adhere to

(i.e. which foods need to be eliminated

gradually before the fast; your regimen

during the fast; which foods to slowly introduce

back into your diet after fasting).

This is why fasting should be done under

the supervision of a health practitioner

that is knowledgeable in this area and

can guide you through the process.

After you have done a few fasts under

their guidance, you should be able to

safely do it on your own!

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BENEFITS OF GINGER

The medicinal uses of ginger have been known for at

least 2,000 years in cultures all around the world. Although

it originated in Asia, ginger is valued in India, the Middle

East, Africa, and the Caribbean, among other regions.

The most commonly used medicinal part of the plant is

the rhizome, the root-like stem that grows underground.

It’s a rich source of antioxidants including gingerols,

shogaols, zingerones, and more. Ginger actually has

broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and

anti-parasitic properties, to name just several of its more

than 40 pharmacological actions.

Today, health care professionals may recommend ginger

to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting from motion

sickness, pregnancy, and cancer chemotherapy. It is

also used to treat mild stomach upset, to reduce pain of

osteoarthritis, and may even be used in heart disease.

Ginger (like many natural plant compounds) is anti-inflammatory,

which makes it a valuable tool for pain relief.

In 2001, research showed that ginger oil helped reduce

knee pain in people with osteoarthritis (http://www.ncbi.

nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11710709). The pain-relieving potential

of ginger appears to be far-reaching. Along with help

for muscle and joint pain, ginger has been found to reduce

the severity of migraine headaches as well as the

migraine medication Sumatriptan – with fewer side effects.

Here are some other health benefits ginger boasts:

• Nausea and motion sickness: Ginger is well

known for its ability to ease nausea, and it’s helpful

for motion and sea sickness. Women suffering from

morning sickness were given beverages with ginger

during the first trimester of pregnancy, and when

compared with women given a placebo, ginger alleviated

the nausea in a large majority of the cases.

• Diabetes complications: Studies show ginger may

reduce urine protein levels, decrease water intake

and urine output, and reverse proteinuria, which is

kidney damage caused by too much protein in the

urine. Ginger may also protect nerves in diabetics

and lower blood fat levels.

• Arthritis: A placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover

study published in the journal Osteoarthritis

Cartilage found patients with painful arthritis in the

knee who were given ginger vs. a placebo experienced

significantly less pain and loss of movement

compared to those taking the placebo.

• Cold and flu: Chinese medicine practitioners commonly

prescribe ginger to treat symptoms of colds

and flu. The root acts as an antihistamine and decongestant,

two cold-easing effects that can help with

symptoms.

Ginger is susceptible to heat and oxygen, so handle

carefully when using this herb and store in a cool, dry

place or the crisper bin of the refrigerator for two to three

weeks.

To make a tea, shave the skin from a piece of fresh ginger,

cut off a 2-inch chunk and slice it into 2 cups of water

to simmer covered for 20 minutes. Remove the slices and

pour into a mug and add honey and a squeeze of lemon.

Eat the slices after drinking the tea. Drink up to three cups

of tea per day, before meals.

Ginger capsules or powder are also available. Take at

least 2,000 milligrams three times or more per day with

or without food.

Do not take ginger with blood thinners without first consulting

your health care provider. Ginger may also lower

blood sugar and interact with blood pressure altering

medications, so speak with your physician prior to using

ginger if you take any medications.

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REASONS TO DRINK LEMON BALM TEA

• Cold Sore Relief: Due to its anti-viral properties,

lemon balm may help relieve cold sores caused by

the herpes simplex virus! Researchers found (http://

umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lemon-balm)

that individuals that applied lemon balm topically to

their cold sores and genital sores experienced relief

from their symptoms (i.e. itching, redness, swelling).

The lemon balm also significantly sped up the

healing process of both oral and genital sores!

• Improved Memory: Lemon balm tea is believed

to help improve cognitive functioning and reduce

stress! This makes it the perfect tea to drink during

exam season. Some studies suggest that lemon

balm may even help improve memory and relieve

anxiety in Alzheimer’s patients (http://www.ncbi.

nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17173107).

• Insomnia & Anxiety Relief: Lemon balm is a very

calming herb that helps improve sleep and relieve

stress. When combined with other herbs (i.e. valerian,

hops, & chamomile), it becomes very effective

at treating sleep disorders and reducing anxiety

symptoms.

• Grave’s Disease: This disease is a form of hyperthyroidism,

which is when your thyroid gland produces

an excess amount of thyroid hormone. This causes

your metabolism to speed up, and possible symptoms

include: anxiety; irritability; vision loss; bulging

eyes; irregular heart beats; weight loss; hand tremors;

reddening and thickening of the skin; etc. Lemon

balm may be able to help promote proper thyroid

hormone production and may be a viable treatment

for overactive thyroids. Always check with your physician

before starting any treatment with herbs, especially

if you are on medication.

***Note: Remember to always use loose-leaf tea

instead of tea bags to get the best range of health

benefits!

ENERGY BOOSTING FOODS

Are you trying to cut back on coffee and energy drinks,

but finding it difficult to get through those mid-afternoon

slumps without them? Here are 3 foods that you can eat

instead to give you a natural energy boost to help you be

more alert and get through the day!

• Apples: Apples are a great energy-boosting goto

food when you’re feeling the ‘slump’ at work.

They’re packed with fiber, vitamin C, carbohydrates,

anitoxidants, and natural sugars! Not only are they

healthy for you, but apples will provide a supply of

glucose to your brain and body to help keep you

more alert. Some believe that apples are more effective

than black coffee!

• Green Tea: If you’re finding it especially difficult

to cut your coffee habit, you may find it easier to

switch to herbal teas before trying to go cold turkey

on the caffeine. Green tea in particular is known

for its energy boosting power; however, it still has

a much lower dosage of caffeine than the average

coffee cup. Green tea also contains many nutrients

and antioxidants that help fight against cancer,

protects against diabetes, prevents heart disease,

keeps skin healthy, and even aids in weight loss!

• Hummus + Red Pepper: This combination is great

for an afternoon snack when you’re feeling sluggish.

The high iron content in chickpeas helps boost your

energy and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Red

peppers are rich in vitamin C and help aid in iron

absorption, which makes it the perfect pairing with

hummus.

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BROCCOLI APPLE SALAD

Trying to get your kids to eat more broccoli at meal times? Mix it up with some fruits and a sweet

dressing using this recipe! It’s the perfect blend of sweet, tart, and crunchy, and it’s healthy to boot.

Ingredients:

Salad:

• 4 cups broccoli (cut off stems; chop heads into bite

sized pieces)

• 1 celery stalk (diced)

• ½ cup dried cranberries

• ½ raisins

• ¼ walnuts (chopped)

• ½ apple (chopped)

Dressing:

• ¾ raw mayo (find recipe below)

• ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar

Raw Mayo:

• ¾ cup water

• 1½ macadamia nuts

• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

• 1 teaspoon fresh herbs (basil, oregano, or anything

else you have on hand)

• ½ teaspoon sea salt

• A pinch of cayenne pepper

• Add all raw mayo ingredients to your blender and

blend until mixture reaches a smooth consistency.

• ¼ cup unpasteurized honey (add more to taste)

Instructions:

1. Combine the broccoli, celery, cranberries, raisins, walnuts, and apple in a bowl.

2. Stir raw mayo, honey, and apple cider vinegar in a separate bowl until fully combined to make the dressing.

3. Pour the dressing on the salad, mix until evenly coated, and it’s ready to serve! ( Check out the original recipe

at http://littlefamilyadventure.com/broccoli-cran-apple-salad/ )

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LIFE PROGRAM

Mini Program

For: kids 0-12 & 12-16 with CP, ABI or stroke Frequency: 2

times a week, 2 hours/day Duration: Ongoing as needed

Maxi Program

For: kids 0-12 & 12-16 with CP, ABI or stroke Frequency: 5

times a week, 4.5 hours/day Duration: 4 weeks

Contact us if you are interested in booking for 2015.

For more information, visit our website:

www.healthinmotionrehab.com.

Our daughter, Maggie, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

when she was 17 months old, though we expected this diagnosis

much sooner. In the four weeks that we’ve been here, Maggie

and we have learned so much and she has accomplished

amazing things. She can roll, sit and crawl – all the things that

she tried her best to do before but not properly. She can now

transition from the floor to sitting, to being on her knees, to

stand and she is even taking steps with very little support both

with and without a walker. We were told to get a wheelchair

before we came! Overall, we can’t say enough about Natan

and the staff here at Health in Motion. From functional rehabilitation,

to massages, communication and diet advice, they have

it all covered. We’re so grateful God led us here to support our

little Maggie. Thank you so much!

Have something you’d like to share?

E-mail us! We’d love to hear from you. Send your stuff to:

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Daniel + Amanda, Nashville, TN, U.S.A.

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WHAT IS VITAPLUS PROGRAM?

VitaPlus therapy is an all-natural treatment for people suffering from chronic illnesses, which activates the body’s innate ability to

regenerate healing through a completely organic and vegetarian diet, juicing, natural supplements and vitamins, detoxification

and cleansing. Based on osteopathy manual practitioner Natan Gendelman’s extensive experience of successfully treating various

conditions, such as cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn disease and so on, the VitaPlus

methodology and program is based on a whole body approach which reactivates the immune system and develops an environment

in which diseases cannot survive.

It Consists Of:

• Entirely organic and vegetarian diet plan, including juices,

meals and snacks

• Up to 5 litres of fresh pressed juice daily

• Biologically-natural nutritional supplements and vitamins

• Detoxification and cleansing

• Massage therapy

• Health coaching

VitaPlus Approach

We see the body as a single unit of function, which encompasses

the mechanisms and ability to heal itself. Our treatment

reactivates and boosts the immune system, which

fights and kills diseases.

How Do We Do This

VitaPlus treatment is a full intensive detoxification and cleansing

regimen focused on restoring and reactivating the body’s

ability to heal itself.


VITAPLUS CLUB

Sign-up for our new Vitaplus Club which begins this June!

Membership will include ‘Body & Soul’ exercise classes + ‘Healthy Living’ educational workshops!

For more information about future scheduling & pricing, please call our office at:

416-250-1904

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