Why Have an Evening Practice

The way you end your day is just as important as the way you start your day because it is how you prepare you body to rest and restore while sleeping. In fact, the activities you perform up to two hours before bedtime have a huge effect on your sleep quality. So what are effective ways to help the body relax for bedtime? Turn of electronics (cellphone, tablet, TV) at least an hour before going to bed as blue light has been proven to have an effect on brain activity and interferes with the circadian rhythm. By disconnecting, this allows your brain to focus more on relaxation rather than the events going on around you. Incorporate a few minutes of quiet time (mindfulness/meditation) and simply

Four Natural Must Haves for Looking Young and Beautiful

As we age, our body demands more nurturing and care. Diet, activity level, stress, and sleep habits significantly affect our body's response to aging. Therefore, it is important that we not only adapt good habits, but that we make sure that our body is receiving the necessary nutrients through food, avoiding chemicals for pain relief, and appropriately managing stress. Want to continue to look young and beautiful? Make sure to add these to your regimen. Collagen: Collagen is one of the most important proteins in the body because it is essential for bone, joint, hair, skin, and nail health. By the age of 40, collagen in our bodies has reduced by about 25 percent. There are many supplements ou

8 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

When you think of apple cider vinegar, you probably think of an ingredient commonly used in recipes. And although it can enhance flavor in many of your favorite dishes, apple cider vinegar can also be used in various ways. Here are eight great ways to use apple cider vinegar: Relieving bug bites-To help with the itchiness, soak affected area in a tub of water with 2 cups of ACV. Cuticle infections-Per dermatologist recommendation, soak cuticle/s in ¼ cup of ACV to ¾ cup of water. Removing soap scum from tub or shower walls-use full strength ACV in place of harsh chemicals. To fight dandruff-ACV is known as an antifungal. Dandruff, typically caused by excess yeast, can be used in place of sha

7 Must Have Essential Oils for Every Mood

Essential oils have become a popular and effective way to improve mental health. Here are some of the top essential oils to improve your mood. -Bergamont for nervousness: uplifting and cheerful; good to use when stressed and need extra confidence. -Eucalyptus for focus: increases alertness and helps open sinuses. -Mandarin for anger: stress and tension reliever; great for promoting sleep. -Spearmint for depression: stimulant; great for use before bedtime. -Chamomile for stress: helps relax and heal the body. -Peppermint for fatigue: increases alertness and can remove a negative mood. -Rose for sadness: mood booster and promotes creativity. Safety: always dilute when applying to skin with a

Top 6 Remedies for Joint Pain

NSAIDs are not the only option when it comes to joint pain. Looking for alternatives with less side effects? Here are the top six remedies: Aloe vera-can be taken orally for osteoarthritis. Aloe vera is a great anti-inflammatory that not only helps relieve joint pain, but also soothes an irritated stomach. Boswellia-effective in treating inflammation and pain from osteoarthritis and can also help with rheumatoid arthritis. Does not irritate the stomach like NSAIDs. Capsaicin-found in chili peppers, can be applied topically. Capsaicin interferes with pain signals and helps relieve pain if used regularly. Flaxseed-a great lubricant for joints and helps decrease joint pain and stiffness due to

Help Prevent Brain Degeneration Through Mindfulness and Meditation

What are the benefits of meditation? Meditation: -Reduces stress -Promotes a clearer thought process -Lowers blood pressure -Decreases tension pain (tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems) -Boosts serotonin levels therefore helping improve mood and behavior -Improves immune system -Helps increase energy level Many people think that meditation requires an hour of sitting still and having a clear mind. Not at all! It is simply a matter of finding those 10-15 minutes to just sit and be in the moment. Whether it is through guided meditation or mindfulness, you can certainly benefit from whichever method you use. The point is to get out of the daily fast-paced routine and

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