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Holiday Guide to Relaxation

The holiday season is upon us, this means cold weather, twinkle

light nights and STRESS.

Here are some holiday at home remedies to ease the stress.

 

1. Take a magnesium bath.

Epsom salts contain magnesium and are already a usual go to when having a bath. Magnesium helps with a variety of conditions and is something most of us are deficient in.

“Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.”-ancientminerals.com for more information click here 

2. Cup of tea.

Chinese medicine promotes stoking your internal sun/fire. Drinking and eating cold/raw foods drains our internal heat,  tea will help combat this. Here are a list of great DE-stressing teas.

3. SLEEP Zzzz.

With the shorter days, we should be sleeping more, but with screens and busy lives this is not the case, throw on holiday stress and we’re pretty deprived.

Napping can relieve stress and leave you more refreshed and energized.

“A NASA study found that a 40 minute nap increases alertness by 100%. Other studies have found that a 20 minute nap is more effective than either 200 mg of caffeine or a bout of exercise. Yet another study showed that pilots who were allowed to take a 25 minute nap (while the co-pilot manned the controls!) nodded off fives times less than their nap-deprived peers. They also made less errors during take-offs and landings.”-Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sarah C. Mednick, Ph.D

4.Aroma-therapy.

According to WedMD : “Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. ”

Adding a few drops to food, tea, a bath or on tissue a pillow next to you while you sleep can help de-stress you. There are a lot of stand alone oils that can aid but there are great blends as well. Harmony carries 5 different aromatherapy blends, our current favorite is immunity boost great for cold season!

5. Meditation and Yoga.

It is no secret now that this eastern practice has been scientifically proven to aid in overall wellness. There are some great classes and instructors around the city if you are looking start your practice. But here are a few yoga stretches we like that can be easily done at home.

i) cat pose

ii)bharavaja’s twist

iii) child’s pose

Those are our top 3 but here is a great list from Huffinton post.

 

Go CocoNUTS!!!

Cocos nucifera or coconuts are very on trend right now but here are some fascinating things you may have not heard about coconut oil and some use’s in your home and personal care routine.

1. coconut oil can kill harmful bacteria.

-its a great moisturizer, especially for acne prone skin and aging skin.

2. coconut oil can curb your appetite aiding with weight loss.

-its a great alternative for frying, butter and mayonnaise

3. coconut oil pulling is said to help gum health.

4. coconut milk is a great dairy alternative.

5.coconut water is super hydrating and filled with electrolytes.

 

 

 

Inflamation in the Body

Lots of study’s have been released over the last couple years showing the disturbing trend between inflammation in the body and disease and/or chronic illness/conditions.

Here are some anti-inflammatory foods to help keep inflammation down in the body.

Food Group:

Meat, Fish, Poultry:

Anti-inflammatory:

  • chicken, trukey and lamb
  • all legumes, dried peas and lentils.
  • cold water fish: such as salmon, halibut and mackerel

Inflammatory:

  • red meats
  • cold cuts, frank furter, sausage and canned meats
  • eggs

Dairy Products:

Anti-inflammatory:

  • unsweetened, live culture yogurt.
  • milk substitutes such as: rice milks, nut milks and soy beverages

Inflammatory:

  • milk and cheese
  • cream and ice cream
  • non-dairy sweeteners

 

 

Pumpkin Everything

With the chilly weather returning so quickly everyone is gearing up for Fall and with that means its pumpkin everything season again. While it might be annoying to see it plastered in all products until Christmas. Pumpkins surprisingly have a lot of health benefits.

The Seeds

Most people cook these after craving their pumpkins. Have a tasty snack but WEB MD states: Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, the famed ingredient in turkey that many think brings on the need for that post-Thanksgiving feast snooze. While experts agree that it’s likely the overeating rather than the tryptophan lulling you to sleep, the amino acid is important in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to our mood.

Also like most seeds and nuts, pumpkin seeds can help your heart.  They are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

The Pumpkin

Most people only think of it as a desert or an added flavor or scent to our festive traditions, but it can be utilized for so much more.

Most people reach for the Banana after a workout to restore the body’s electrolytes and help with muscle function. Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422.

Pumpkin is also packed with vitamin C and rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional peeper protection.

Pumpkin also has beta-carotene  which may play a role in fighting certain cancers and help smooth wrinkles.

Its also a great source of fiber. Most people associate fiber with bran but not squash, however pumpkin has three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.

Watermelon Salad

Recipe: Watermelon, Arugula, Feta Salad


Original recipe makes 8 cups

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 cups bite sized watermelon chunks

 

  1. Whisk the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and salt together in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine the arugula, spinach, onions, and tomatoes in a large salad bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad mixture; toss to coat. Add the feta cheese and watermelon to serve.