BodyWise: Discovering Your Body's Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing

BodyWise: Discovering Your Body's Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing

by Rachel Carlton Abrams M.D.


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Are you tired? Do you suffer from chronic pain—headaches, backaches, or other persistent discomfort? Do you experience depression or feel anxious? Do you have allergies or autoimmune issues? Have you lost your sex drive somewhere along the way? If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may be suffering from what Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, calls Chronic Body Depletion—a condition that can be related to weight gain, high blood pressure, exhaustion, and many other symptoms that leave the body drained.

In BodyWise, Dr. Abrams helps us to understand that these symptoms, uncomfortable as they may be, are actually a sign of our body’s intelligence. Our bodies are trying to communicate—sometimes screaming at us to pay attention—and only when we learn to listen are we able to treat what ails us to achieve optimum healing and lifelong health.

Dr. Rachel shares her customizable 28-day program, used with thousands of patients in her clinic, for healing the body both physically and emotionally. Through quizzes and detailed self-assessments, she explains how you can evaluate your own body wisdom for different areas in your life—including stress, sleep, libido, pain, anxiety, depression, allergies, and autoimmune issues.

Guiding you through thoughtful diet, routine, and lifestyle changes, BodyWise will help you discover your own unique needs and offer you the principles and practices to create the vibrant, balanced, healthy life you have always deserved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623367220
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

RACHEL ABRAMS, M.D., graduated from Stanford University, received her Medical Degree from UC San Francisco and a Masters Degree in Holistic Health and Medical Sciences from UC Berkeley. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and she has been a board member of the American Holistic Medical Association since 2013. She currently chairs committees for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Abrams lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her family.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Key to Your Health and Well-Being Lies Inside of You xi

Part 1 How Do You Become BodyWise?

Chapter 1 How Do You Measure and Improve Your BQ? 3

Exercise 1 Tuning In to Your "Yes" and "No" 9

Chapter 2 How Do You Build Your Body Intelligence? 17

Exercise 2 Belly Breathing 21

Exercise 3 Body Awareness 30

Exercise 4 Quality of Sensation 32

Exercise 5 Body Feelings 34

Exercise 6 BodyWise Movement 42

Part 2 Overcoming Chronic Body Depletion

Chapter 3 Where's the Snooze Button? Ending Fatigue 47

Chapter 4 When It Doesn't Hurt So Good: Ending Chronic Pain 70

Exercise 7 Shifting Pain 84

Chapter 5 Oh Where, Oh Where Has Your Libido Gone? 85

Chapter 6 Wired and Tired: Relieving Depression and Anxiety 97

Chapter 7 Are You Attacking You? Healing Allergies and Autoimmune Conditions 119

Part 3 Using Your Body Wisdom to Heal Your Life

Chapter 8 Eat: Weight Gain, Weight Loss, and Nourishing Your Body 137

Chapter 9 Sleep: Rest and Repletion for Your Body and Mind 153

Chapter 10 Move: Fitness, Flexibility, and Strengthening Your Body 167

Chapter 11 Love: Friendship, Passion, and Nourishing Your Heart 178

Chapter 12 Purpose: Finding Meaning and Making a Living 191

Our BodyWise World 200

BodyWise 28-Day Plan 204

Acknowledgments 234

Appendix A Helpful Information 236

Appendix B Professional Resources 247

Endnotes 252

Index 259

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