Why do people go on a cleanse or a detox? When is it legit, when is it hype? Do most do it because it sounds sexier, cooler, trendier, and healthier than going on a “diet”? People who follow a program of strict or clean eating, or sometimes non-eating, and eventually return to their normal, unhealthier patterns, make a cleanse look more like a good old fashion weight loss diet.
Your sitting habits affect your posture and spine. They may also cause backache and damage your back muscles. Good posture is important for your health. People who sit for more than 8 hours a day, are negatively impacting their spine, muscles, and energy.
Herbal ice cubes make a cool (pun intended) remedy for hot summer itches and scratches! Bug bites, poison ivy, hives and other allergic skin reactions can keep kids and adults up at night because of the constant discomfort. Kids especially will scratch an itch unconsciously as they are falling asleep, only to wake up the next morning with inflamed skin, not only from the reaction, but from the self inflicted scrapes which can potentially turn into an infection. A great bedtime tip for you to try is to apply herbal ice cubes. (more…)
Do as many of these things as possible, as much as possible, within the 14 day period leading up to your wedding day to set yourself up for looking and feeling your best.
If you don’t put off planning for this, and if you have accomplished everything else on your regular wedding planning check list, you can easily make time for these 10 healthy things.
Here is a hint: anywhere you would use, raisins, cranberries, or currants.
In a salad, ANY kind of salad. Fruit salad, greens salad, chicken salad
On hot or cold cereal
In trail mix
In cookies (replace raisins or chocolate chips)
As a tea, or in addition to another tea, like green tea and goji
In water (Spa Water)
In ice cubes, a decorative and healthy addition
Or keep it simple and just grab a handful out of the bag and enjoy!
Finding good goji berries
When you purchase goji berries, they shouldn’t be hard as a rock. Purchase a high quality brand, and you won’t have that problem. Feel the berries in the packaging before buying and if they are not “soft” like raisins, skip that brand. Of course, there should be no additional ingredients, additives, or preservatives to keep them soft, so make sure to read the label!
Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!
3 Ways to help you to consume more water:
1. Make Spa Water! Throw organic fruit and herbs into a pitcher of water and keep chilled. The pretty colors as well as the fresh flavor of the water makes it a nice change of pace. Organic is really important here since those ingredients you add will be sitting in that water a while and you don’t want to drink a concentration of herbicides, pesticides, waxes, chemicals, colors or preservatives. Melanie has started a Pinterest Board called Spa Water to give you some ideas.
Nicole hopes these tips help you stay healthy this season, or anytime you are feeling a little out of sorts. “I can’t stress enough about listening to your body and then making changes when you first feel something going on!” Check out her top 6.
We always hear about hormones and how they affect teens, but it seems like no matter your age, hormones are a relevant topic. In your 20’s and 30’s everything from birth control to cortisol are relevant, not to mention the prevalent issues with health concerns such as fibroids and endometriosis. In your 40’s and beyond hormones are in charge of pre, peri, and post menopause, and now we also hear a lot about that retched “disease” Low T.
In this age of increasing awareness of health and wellness, not just for getting healthy but also for staying healthy, we are bombarded by the media with information on new fads, diets, lotions and potions. Sometimes the simple answer to a lot of what ails us is that we are thirsty.
I love my morning ritual. I wake up and walk to the kitchen to boil a pot of water. I allow the water come to a nice long boil, remove it from the burner and drop in my tea bag, allowing it to steep for 3-5 minutes. I only drink green or white tea in the morning and it always includes a spoonful of local honey (honey has an added bonus -it has helped my allergies).
It’s that time of year again when commercials for gardening, home improvement, and weed killing are widespread. Currently, a TV commercial is airing that highlights how to deal with those “pesky dandelions”. I beg to differ, and that is what has inspired this post.
When traveling through India & Nepal, one of the things you might notice at mealtimes is the preponderance of warm liquids served with meals, be it tea, coffee, or just plain hot water. No frigid water, iced tea, soda with ice* clinking around; instead, you’ll see ginger & lemon herbal tea, small glasses of chai, or tall refreshing glasses of—yup—freshly boiled water. (*Ice and iced drinks are often available, but not common among local people; also, remember that most times, the ice is made from non-purified water, so beware!)