General Health

March|April 2017

April is Stress Awareness Month!

De-Stress at Your Desk

We can't control the amount of stress that comes our way, but we can control our reaction to it.  Here are tips to minimize your reaction to keep your body and mind healthy.    

  • Deep Breathing - Consciously slow your breathing.  Focus on slowly taking deep, regular breaths that get progressively longer and fuller.  Visualize each breath filling your body with positive energy.
  • Progressive Relaxation - Tighten, then release each muscle group as you work from your toes to your facial muscles.  Tightening the muscle allows the blood to rush in when the muscle is in its relaxed state.
  • Visualization - Relax and take a mental trip to your happy place.  Get a clear picture in your mind of a place that brings you peace and try to remember the smells, sounds and feelings as you visit.
  • Positive Affirmations - These are statements that reprogram negative thinking patterns.  Repeat a positive statement to counteract a negative thought whenever it occurs.  If you are worried about the amount of work you have to tackle, a positive affirmation is "I can handle anything that comes my way!"

Source: (Federal Occupational Health)


Dr. Nils’ next stop on The 10 Step Journey to Optimal Health will be visiting Cholesterol and Heart Disease.  If you are just joining us, please visit his previous monthly installments starting with his first post “Journey to Optimal Health” (introduction) in Nutrition – Sept|Oct  and continuing with “The Island of Fire” (Inflammation) in Nutrition – Nov|Dec and “The Plant Doctor” in General – Health Jan|Feb.

How I Became Dr. Nils

As a doctor I teach patients how to normalize their blood sugars without medicines. Some are able to reverse their diabetes and chronic diseases. By using a functional medicine approach to addressing the root causes of an illness instead of treating the symptoms, we can get an early start on preventing future problems. But the best news is that we use simple, inexpensive methods that don’t require much more than making a few basic lifestyle changes.

Join me for an incredible journey that will explore the connection between diet and health. Uncover the lost secrets of optimal wellness! Over the next 12 months our ship will make 10 stops, each visiting a different land in our quest for health perfection. At each destination we’ll explore a basic cause of organ damage, how this translates into illness, and how to use medicinal foods and lifestyle changes to heal ourselves.

By the end of the journey you will be stronger and healthier. You will feel better, sleep better, have more energy, enjoy optimal mental functioning and improved digestion!

– by Dr. Nils Hoernle