Detox Yoga Flow

March 11, 2019 | Yoga

Join Charlie Dewes for this cleansing yoga practice. The first part of this workshop will include a detox yoga sequence designed to make you sweat as you build strength and twist it out. Massage the internal organs and cleanse the body of toxins with this mindful yoga flow for detoxification and digestion. The second hour includes Charlie’s tips for detox techniques, foods, and more. Charlie Dewes is an RYT 200 HR Certified Instructor with the Yoga Alliance.  Charlie strives to give students a creative practice with emphasis on alignment, body awareness, and self-acceptance.Full Yoga Schedule

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Love Your Liver: 12 Tips for Detoxing

October 26, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

I love the colors of fall, the smells, the excitement as families come together.  As I meditated on the leaves falling from the trees, I thought about how autumn is a season of release.  What do I need to release?  Definitely stress, worry, and over-commitment of my time.  Easier said than done!  There are ways to soften the impact that especially chronic stress and worry have upon the body because sometimes life is hard.  Regular detoxification is important for your physical, mental and emotional health.The primary organ of detoxification is the liver.  The function of the liver is to filter blood.  In fact, 1/4 of total blood volume passes through the liver every minute.  It also stores glucose for energy, breaks down steroid hormones, produces/secretes bile (fat digestion), and plays a major role in Phase I and II detoxification.  Many medical practices around the world also believe that the liver is … Continued

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Detoxing with Yoga

October 24, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

I’m addicted to yoga.  As a naturopathic doctor, business owner, wife, mother, and friend, my life can be very full of both happiness and pain.  When life gets hectic, stress can cause anxiety and weaken the immune system, and if we aren’t careful, toxins from the environment, our food and stress can overwhelm our bodies.  Yoga is a great way for me to reconnect to my body and slow down.  If you are interested in regular detoxing, a consistent yoga practice is a great way to keep up.What is a toxin and how do they affect you? A toxin is any substance or thought that has harmful effects on the body.  Toxins can come from the environment, lifestyle choices, or from emotional baggage such as chronic stress and negative thought patterns.  Overtime, build up can result in:Digestive IssuesElevated CholesterolWeight GainAllergiesSkin DisordersFatigueMuscle, Joint PainAnger, DepressionDark CirclesHormonal ImbalancesPoor Immune SystemInsomniaand Chemical SensitivitiesBreathing is an often … Continued

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Get Back to Great: Beat Inflammation with the Paleo Diet

August 23, 2017 | Paleo Diet

Almost every chronic health issue is due to inflammation.  As a naturopathic doctor, it’s my job to find the root cause of this inflammation. Many people don’t even notice their inflammation responses because they don’t fully know what it feels like to not have inflammation.  I have been recommending the Paleo Diet for years because it removes inflammatory foods and increases the patient’s awareness of the foods that make them feel sluggish or ill. The cause of Inflammation from foods can have many sources. As an example, casein (milk protein) can cause a histamine response. Another example is wheat gluten. Wheat  gluten is hard to digest.  On top of that, wheat now has 40-50% more gluten in it than it did 50 years ago making it more difficult to digest and potentially causing leaky gut. 

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SWEAT SWEAT SWEAT! 6 Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

August 11, 2017 | Infrared Sauna

Sweat.  Not cool. If I could avoid getting sweaty, I totally would.  I’ve never liked steam saunas.  I don’t understand the attraction to actually wanting to sweat.  My personal record was about five minutes, which was a major triumph of the will for me.  The infrared sauna is totally different.  I sweated more in that 30 minute session than I ever have before (including 101 degree temperatures during cross country season), and I found that I was really enjoying it!   Because the infrared sauna uses dry heat, it warms from the inside-out, instead of the other way around.  No suffocating, sticky blanket of sweat like in a steam sauna or when exercising.  Just soothing, dry heat.

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