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Proper Posture and Digestion

by Makiko Oka-Castro

In my grandmother’s time, the Japanese still measured the value of people by one’s posture more than money or looks. My grandmother used to tell me that “Well, he is a rich man, but he has a humpback, so you may not be able to trust him all the time.”

Posture imbalance is a key root cause of health issues such as backache, headache, insomnia, ear-ringing, mood swing, anger and anxiety. Many people focus on only one aspect —either body or mind or soul. The idea of separation limits the capacity to heal. The Posture Balance Method rebalances and regains one’s sense of the whole being which should be “body=mind=soul”.

Bad posture reflects a dysfunctional digestive system where excessive intake of sugar, flour and dairy as well as long-term use of medications, are common factors, typically allowing the abdomen to expand and swell to the point of discomfort. Without proper abdominal muscle function, posture worsens.  As a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS diet) practitioner, nutrition is a key component of my Posture Balance Method.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D. developed the GAPS diet to successfully heal her son’s autism. Basically, the approach enhances the regeneration of body functions. It is a combination of proper food and supplements to heal our gut dysbiosis and relieve neurological and psychological conditions including autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive/compulsive disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia and others.

Without properly balanced nutrients in our body, we cannot function properly. Therefore, “body = mind = soul” may be difficult to achieve, but worth the time and effort to attain a well-balanced posture.

Makiko Oka-Castro is the founder of Natural Healing Artists, Inc., located at 32 Union Square E., Ste. 912, in New York City. For more information. email [email protected] or visit and their online supplement store at GutForLife.US.


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