Monthly Archives: November 2014

This Week at Yellow Gazebo- November 25th 2014

This week at Yellow Gazebo has been very interesting; we covered a few interesting topics. Here’s a summary of the great posts we shared this week:

“7 More Trendy Superfoods That Are Anything But” By Sofia Barrett-Ibarria

Some of the hippest health foods make the murkiest claims about their benefits and ethical sourcing. This article takes a closer look at trendy health food products and shows that they are not as close to perfection as their marketing suggests.


“7 more trendy superfoods that are anything but” By Sofia Barrett-Ibarria http://goo.gl/qkoinF

“This Hand Dryer Study Will Have You Saying Ewww” By David Freeman

A new study from England found that while hand dryers were good at drying hands, the use of high velocity air meant that the dispersed water droplets (containing more or less bacteria/viruses) will be fired longer distances and some will remain suspended in the air for many minutes. Definitely an article worth reading.


“This Hand Dryer Study Will Have You Saying ‘Ewww'” By David Freeman http://goo.gl/gnBlG7

“Walk Like a Penguin to Avoid Slipping On Ice” By David Galloway

With winter around the corner here was one life hack we found immensely useful: how to walk on ice without slipping.


“Walk Like a Penguin to Avoid Slipping on Ice” By David Galloway http://goo.gl/K840BI

Product of the week

The Acuball uses 100% natural acupressure, and is the only heat-able self-treatment massage ball to relieve pain. Come in and try one!


Dr. Cohen’s Acuball – www.acuball.com

Recipe of the week

This week’s recipe is a Hot Apple Cider Smoothie, naturally sweetened with apples and spiced with ginger and cinnamon. This smoothie will keep you warm and comfortable and is jam-packed with vitamins and mineral goodness. Try this recipe made by our very own Holistic Nutritionist, Jesse Lane Schelew:

Hot Apple Cider Smoothie by @JesseLWellness

Hot Apple Cider Smoothie Recipe by @JesseLWellness

Remember that we have lots of great natural health care services here at Yellow Gazebo, including acupuncture, massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and naturopathy. And recently we even added aesthetics! Click here to book your next appointment.


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This Week at Yellow Gazebo – November 17th, 2014

This November’s theme is Lung and Immune System Health. The topics so far have been really interesting and we’re excited to be talking about some of the many issues and concerns that fall under this category.

Here’s a summary of the great posts we shared this week:

“At Home ‘Flu Shots'” by The Earthy Mama
With flu season right around the corner we found this article to be really enlightening.  The article featured six  ‘flu shots’ that were made from fresh ingredients that helped to boost the body’s immune system and to naturally ward off colds and flus.


At Home ‘Flu Shots’ by The Earthy Mama http://theearthymama.com/at-home-flu-shots/


“Your Diet is Doing What to Your Lungs” By Stephanie Eckelkamp (Prevention Magazine)

Drop the burger and fries—you might just breathe a little easier. This article discussed a study presented at the 2014 meeting of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand where researchers examined the correlation between diets of people with and without asthma with surprising results.


“Your Diet Is Doing WHAT To Your Lungs?” by Stephanie Eckelkamp http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/weird-link-between-your-diet-and-asthma



Product of the week

ObusForme Back Belts are tailored to best fit the natural contours of the human body. They promote proper posture and support during all activities. Come in and try one on!



Recipe of the week

Nothing is better on a cold day like today than a comforting bowl of homemade soup. Try this recipe by our very own Holistic Nutritionist, Jesse Lane Schelew: http://goo.gl/5lTnQE


Homemade Chicken Broth and Soup Recipe by Jesse Lane Schelew

Remember that we have lots of great natural health care services here at Yellow Gazebo, including acupuncture, massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and naturopathy. And recently we even added aesthetics!  Click here to book your next appointment.


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7 Benefits of Mindful Breathing

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Obviously breathing more deeply relaxes you – most people know that. But by using the deep breathing technique we’re going to give you at the end of the article, and by using it every day, you may see some of these amazing benefits:

1. Better Breathing. Well, duh, but it should still be said that this practice can help those of us suffering from such breathing issues as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Did you know, however, that consistent deep breathing can also help with breathing issues such as those caused by allergies or sinusitis? It’s true!

2. Less Pain. Studies show that deep breathing can release endorphins into your body, which can help to reduce pain anywhere you’re feeling it. This is furthered by the cleansing, detoxifying process of deep breathing which helps rid your body of the nasty oxidizing elements that contribute to pain symptoms. Ahh, that feels better already.

3. More Calm. This also goes without saying, but knowing that deep breaths calm us and actually taking them to calm us, are two different things! And know that making the effort does increase alpha waves in your brain, which are responsible for the wakeful, relaxed state that athletes experience while ‘in the zone’.

4. Better Digestion. Relaxing the muscles you feel is just the start – mindful breathing can also help to relax the smooth muscle tissue that lives inside your gut which, when tense because of stress, can greatly impede your digestive process. Your liver and pancreas will relax as well, enabling them to release the chemicals they produce that help digest your food.

5. Balanced Blood Pressure. Even the researchers at Harvard agree that breathing is essential to good health. In this article they explain the science behind the breathing process, and point out that it can lower or simply balance out blood pressure, meaning that it can help with low blood pressure as well, something not many people have issue with but is still a potential concern for some.

6. You Look Better. Because of the increased oxygen in your blood from deep breathing, more toxins are removed from your body and your skin will look healthier. In fact, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your lungs are directly connected to your skin. So get breathing – it’s like a free facial!

7. Healthier Relationships. Whoever said to ‘take a deep breath’ before saying something you might regret wasn’t joking – it really is the smart thing to do. In fact, regular deep breathing will help you think better, reduce your stress, release endorphins, and it can even help to heighten the level of orgasm you can feel. All good things for healthier relationships.

Here’s how to practice basic deep breathing:

Sit or lay in a comfortable position (sit if you think that laying down will encourage you to sleep). Now close your eyes, and breathe out through your nose, counting to 5 as you do so. Then breathe in through your nose for a count of 5, imagining that the air you’re inhaling is the cleanest, purest air you could ever breathe. Then exhale to a count of 5 again, this time imagining that the air that you’re exhaling is taking with it all the toxins and impurities that have built up inside you. Repeat this process 5 to 10 times. And don’t worry if this feels unnatural to you; after several days of doing this, you’ll notice how good you’re feeling and it will come naturally. You can even do a variation with your eyes open when standing in line for something! This variation may not relax you quite as much, but it will still feel fantastic. So get into mindful breathing and feel great!

By Richard Lobbenberg, R.TCMP

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