Natura MediWedge Foundation

Natura MediWedge Foundation

MediWedge is a patented technology designed to improve the sleep experience and address common sleep issues like Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).  Natura World has had exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute MediWedge Foundations in North America since early 2012 when they unveiled the technology at the Canadian Home Furnishings Market in Toronto (January) and the Las Vegas Furniture Market in February.

Natura MediWedge Foundation

Natura MediWedge Foundation

GERD/Acid Reflux:

Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus caused by hydrochloric acid that refluxes (comes up) from the stomach.  Persistent heartburn can be a signal of something more serious such as GERD.  The Esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach; it has a sphincter valve where the esophagus meets the stomach to prevents food and acid from refluxing back up into the esophagus.   If this valve is weak or does not work properly, stomach acid can reflux back in to the esophagus, causing the burning sensation and damaging the esophagus.  Learn more about GERD here.  GERD can result in such serious issues as Cancer of the Larynx and Esophagus and Adult onset Asthma.

If you suffer from Heartburn, Acid Reflux, or GERD then you have a vested interest in anything that can help alleviate or make the symptoms disappear and the MediWedge is one possibility of doing so.

 Natura MediWedge Foundation:

The MediWedge foundation use gravity to diminish the effects of nighttime reflux and naturally open the airway.  The MediWedge features a gentle incline towards the head of the bed.  You just choose your favorite Natura mattress and put it on top of the MediEWedge foundation.

The Natura MediWedge Foundation creates the right incline that won’t shorten the life of your mattress or result in saggy areas.

The Natura MediWedge Foundations come in both Standard and Low profiles with each having an incline increase of 4 inches from foot to head.

Proper Spinal Alignment

Proper Spinal Alignment

Most people just don’t realize how important proper spinal alignment is to their everyday health and well-being.  Poor spinal alignment can negatively impact your bones and joint and be a cause of fatigue, pain, achiness and other health problems.  The spine not only keeps us upright, but it houses and protects your spinal cord, which is the conduit connecting your brain and nervous system.  Most body movements and functions depend on the spinal cord, so a problem with your spine can have a huge impact on your whole body.

Since you spend about a third of your life in bed, it makes sense then that you be comfortable, part of this comfort should include proper spinal alignment.  If your spine is not aligned and supported properly while sleeping, it can have a large and lasting impact on your health.

Side effects of poor spinal alignment include:

  • Poor Posture– when you have proper posture, your spine is aligned, not pinching your spinal cord.  You appear straight, taller, and confident and your back is strong and supports the rest of your body properly.
  • Sore Muscles– If you slouch, your muscles have to work harder to keep your spine stabilized, which can cause tightness and fatigue.  You may develop chronic issues from your neck all the way to your lower back.
  • Spinal Curvature– Your spine has 3 natural curves that make and ‘S’ shape(4 if you include the non moving curve at the base of the spine).  Poor posture can lead to pressure, influencing those curves to change position.  If the natural curve changes, it compromises the spines ability to act as a shock absorber and for you to keep your balance.
  • Subluxations– Subluxations are when a vertebrae becomes misaligned from the rest of the spine, which affects the overall strength of your spinal column.  This can also lead to chronic stress and irritation of the spinal column and surrounding nerves.
  • Blood Vessel Constriction– If your spine begins to suffer from Subluxations and changes to its curvature, your blood vessels can become constricted- diminishing or cutting off blood supply to muscles, which impacts oxygen flow to these muscles and other areas.
  • Nerve Constriction– Bad posture often leads to nerve constriction.  As your spine changes shape, the subluxations put pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves.  Pinched nerves cause not only neck and back pain, but also pain in other seemingly unrelated areas of your body.
proper spinal alignment s curves

Proper spinal alignment gives your spine an 'S' shape

What is good spinal alignment and posture?

A healthy spine with proper alignment curves inward at the neck, slightly outward in the upper back, and then inward at the lower back.  The curves in the spine act like a spring to absorb shock.  These natural curves of the spine can be called it’s ‘neutral alignment’.

Proper posture while lying down-

Proper spinal alignment and support is important so that your back muscles can fully relax and rest.  A supportive and comfortable mattress is important for achieving this.   A good mattress will conform to the spines natural curves and keep your spine in proper alignment.

  • A mattress that is too soft allows the lower back to sink too far into the mattress, irritating spinal joints and causing lower back pain.
  • A mattress that is too firm leads to unsupported gaps between your bodies curves and the mattress.  Pressure points develop on those parts of your body in contact with the mattress- leading to poor sleep.

Which type of mattress is best for proper spinal alignment?

There is not a best type of mattress for everyone, we are all different and it will depend on you, your body, and your preferences.  Memory foam mattresses have a different feel than an Innerspring mattress.  You should choose a mattress that feels comfortable, gives you proper spinal alignment, and provides adequate support.  Comfort helps you sleep better and adequate sleep is beneficial for back pain.  Consider the different types of mattresses, the different comfort layers, and the different construction materials and processes available, and try them out in person.

Don’t rush in to your purchase, do your due diligence and buy when you are ready and have found what you are looking for and what feels right.

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A mattress providing proper spinal alignment is important for good health

NaturaWorld Childrens Mattress Line

Natura Childrens Mattress lines

Natura (NaturaWorld) offers a full Childrens mattress and accessorie line that lives up to the organic and green spirit of their full size mattress and sleep accessory counterparts.  The Natura Kidz line stands guard over your childs health and comfort.  Natural and organic ingredients combine for healthy solutions to a deeper and revitalizing rest.

Kids and Teen mattresses offered include:

Moonlight Childrens Mattress (Soy Core):

The Moonlight childrens mattress generates a healthy, supportive sleeping space to lull your child to sleep.  Plush, soy plant-based foam core eases stress and strain to ensure supportive spinal alignment for your child’s developing muscles and bones.  NaturaWool lining regulates temperature by keeping your child dry and secure, while it protects against dust mites and other allergens for an undisturbed and restful sleep.

Natura Moonlight Childrens mattress

The All-Natural Moonlight Childrens Mattress

Moonbeam Childrens Mattress (Soy Core):

The Moonbeam childrens mattress delivers comfort to soothe your child and help him sleep.  A buoyant layer of Talalay latex cushions young bones and joints while ensuring proper spinal alignment.   NaturaWool lining naturally regulates temperature and guards against dust mites and allergens that can hamper getting restful sleep.  The supportive soy-plant-based memory foam core ensures whole body support.

Sunshine Childrens Mattress (Latex Core):

The Sunshine childrens mattress is a healthy, all natural place for your child to rest.  A hypoallergenic Talalay latex core restricts the growth of dust mites and allergens that irritate lungs and disturb sleep.  The buoyant support ensures correct spinal alignment to foster correct growth of muscles and bones with secure comfort.  NaturaWool wicks away moisture to ensure consistent temperature and eliminate humidity.  The Natura Sunshine children’s mattress also comes in a style for bunk beds!

natura sunshine children's mattress

All-Natural Natura Sunshine Childrens Mattress

Organic Starlight Childrens Mattress (Latex Core):

The Organic Starlight childrens mattress features an antibacterial, hypoallergenic latex foam core that provides buoyant cushioning to ensure proper spinal alignment while reducing the growth of allergens.  The 100% certified organic NaturaGrow Wool core wicks away moisture to regulate temperature and keep the bedding fresh and dry.   Your child’s sleep environment remains free of off-gassing chemicals that can harm their young respiratory system.

The Natura childrens mattress lines offer mattress products in twin and full sizes, visit their website for a full list of pricing options.

Additionally, Natura has a complete line of bedding, pillows and other accessories specifically designed for your child, be they newborns, toddlers or teens!

Natura kids organic cloud pillow

The Natura Kids Organic Cloud Pillow