Holy Yoga

Christian Yoga-Type Exercise!

For a long time, Christians have shied away from yoga because of its connection with Eastern religions.  In our home, however, we do yoga-type exercise as a way to remain fit.  It is EXCELLENT exercise and fun for the whole family.  My husband has significantly decreased his back and joint pain by strengthening his core through yoga-type exercise.  He does a simple routine every morning and every evening.  There are many other Christians like us who have discovered that this kind of exercise is not religion, but a wonderful way to care for our bodies.

My clients who have done yoga-type exercise throughout their pregnancies have been in great shape for delivery and find it very easy to assume whatever labor or delivery position is needed.  They also have a quicker recovery after giving birth.

I am aware of two Christian yoga organizations, “Yahweh Yoga” and “Holy Yoga”, but there may be more.  I recently discovered that “Holy Yoga” has DVDs that are specifically for pregnant women.  This would be a great way to introduce beneficial yoga-type exercise to Christian friends and clients who may have been hesitant to consider it in the past.

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Dental Health & Heart Disease

Something moms of young children may not know is that they can pass along the bacteria that causes gum disease to their children.  To avoid that,  brush two or three times a day, floss every day, and limit the fermentable carbohydrates (bread, sugar, sodas, fruit juice, etc.) in your diet that feed the bacteria that cause gum disease.  Also, avoid germ-sharing habits such as cleaning off a pacifier with your own mouth.  (You know you’ve seen people do that!)  The pacifier won’t be cleaner, it will just be covered with even more germs.   The mouth is not a clean place! 

Why is it so important to avoid sharing those bacteria with your baby or child?  Of course we want our children to enjoy life chewing their food with their own teeth rather than dentures, but it’s about more than just oral health.  It’s about heart health!

Having worked in the dental field a couple decades ago, I am very much aware of the link between gum disease and heart disease.   There is such a strong link that I felt it was worth posting the following article.  Brushing and flossing is so simple and heart disease is so horrible.  Good oral hygiene should be a no-brainer.  Teach your children to brush and floss every day by being a good example yourself! 

Enjoy the following eye-opening article!

New Data on Dental Health & Heart Disease

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Byron Richards, CCN

The clear links between dental health and heart disease just got a lot stronger, which may now be a motivational factor for many people to improve oral hygiene.  People with bleeding gums allow entry of up to 700 different types of bacteria directly into their circulation, increasing the risk for a heart attack.  The new research was presented by several groups at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn meeting being held at Trinity College, Dublin.

Dr Steve Kerrigan from the Royal College of Surgeons explained how this works: “The mouth is probably the dirtiest place in the human body.  If you have an open blood vessel from bleeding gums, bacteria will gain entry to your bloodstream. When bacteria get into the bloodstream they encounter tiny fragments called platelets that clot blood when you get a cut. By sticking to the platelets bacteria cause them to clot inside the blood vessel, partially blocking it. This prevents the blood flow back to the heart and we run the risk of suffering a heart attack….In other words it doesn’t matter how fit, slim or healthy you are, you’re adding to your chances of getting heart disease by having bad teeth.”

Kerrigan’s research team presented new findings showing that once bacteria enter the circulation they actually use platelets to form a protective shield around themselves so as to hide from your immune system or a germ-killing compound.  This causes little “mini clots” to form, which are more likely to stick together in a larger clot and cause a heart attack.

Other research presented at the conference focused on how bacteria lead to plaque formation in the arteries.  Professor Greg Seymour from the University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand looked into a new angle on this issue and discovered that common stress-response proteins produced by both bacteria and inflamed human cells tend to confuse the human immune system.  This leads to immune cells inappropriately targeting the inflamed cells lining the circulatory system, a factor that helps drive the process of artery hardening.  Thus, a confused, overworked, and inefficient immune system response to ongoing low grade infection from poor dental hygiene could be a major risk factor for plaque accumulation in the arteries.

The two studies taken together provide several mechanisms by which poor oral hygiene leads directly to heart disease.  While this concept has been reported for a number of years, these precise mechanisms that explain the process are new and open doors to protecting yourself.

Clearly, brushing your teeth and flossing takes on a new priority.  Clearing out trash and debris in your circulatory system will help your immune system work better and platelets not stick together (using enzymes like bromelain), protecting the lining of your arteries with fat soluble antioxidants (such as tocotrienol E), and using natural germ fighters (like oregano oil) will be the foundation of this approach.  Many other factors could easily interact with these mechanism, including toxins from any source including pollution, too many inflammatory stress chemicals, and your immune system struggling with other infections (especially low grade chronic infections).  This data also means that an acute infection could tax this already strained system and trigger a heart attack.

I’m not trying to scare anybody, but this information is rather sobering.  I’ll be brushing and flossing this evening.

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