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Tuesday, 27 April 2021 14:21

Tips for Tackling Those Spring Allergy Symptoms

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After being cooped up all winter long, the warm weather brings us outside to enjoy the sunshine. The warmer weather also brings pollen, which can leave you feeling uncomfortable. If you've tried all of the over-the-counter tricks to no avail, give these natural approaches a chance to fight those allergies for you.  
Here's how to handle those troublesome allergy symptoms and embrace this season's full-bloom.
Practice an ounce of prevention
Did you know wearing sunglasses helps with lessening your exposure to allergens? The sun is finally shining bright, so you're likely already tossing those sunglasses in your bag. Make sure you wear them as often as possible to lower the allergens getting into your eyes. I'm sure you're a hand-washing pro after the year we've had, but continue that on into spring as well. Washing those allergens off of your hands before they have the chance to get into your eyes, nose, or mouth will help to bypass some symptoms before they even start. 
Try bee pollen
The next time you're at Whole Foods, grab a bottle of bee pollen. When you take pollen daily, it can work on desensitizing your immune system. It also gives you amino acids, vitamins, and proteins while helping quell inflammation. You can add this to your morning smoothie, and you'll never notice it's there. 
Spring clean your home
Those allergens could get lodged in the things you use at home every day. From the carpets on your floor to the curtains surrounding the windows, give everything a thorough cleaning to liberate yourself from trapped allergens.
Know the signs of mold
Mold and mildew are prevalent allergens, and they can be hiding in places in your home. Often, it lurks on shower curtains and can be easily removed with a bit of vinegar and baking soda. These usually hide in damp areas -- behind your refrigerator, under your sink, air conditioning vents, etc. 
Splurge on manuka honey or local raw honey
Simply adding this to a cup of tea gives you methylglyoxal or MGL, which effectively fights mucus in the nasal tract. By halting it there, you won't experience the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Plus, manuka honey, like all real honey, is antibacterial though the effects are even more potent. 
Of course, if you have severe seasonal allergies, you should always check with your doctor. These natural tips are meant to help you find natural ways to alleviate the discomfort brought forth by the coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes that allergies can bring. They can be used in conjunction with what your doctor advises for your unique situation. Finding ways to get the relief you deserve is what matters most so you can have a fantastic spring season and beyond. 
Monday, 26 April 2021 20:26

Spring Cleaning Your Life

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Spring cleaning isn't just for the home and physical space we occupy. You can also take that same idea and bring it into your entire life -- your mental space, your energy, your thoughts, and more. Infusing the exciting rebirth of spring into all areas of your life leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated for the new season. Here are a few practical ways you can do this. 
1. Start with the physical realm
To give your mental space a little spring cleaning, you need your surroundings to feel clean and fresh again. Clearing away the clutter surrounding you will give your mind a big sigh of relief. It's incredible how much mental space our surroundings occupy. Remove things you don't like, repair anything broken, and add something fresh like some new houseplants or flowers to refresh your spirit.
2. Enjoy the outdoors
As we've been cooped up inside throughout the colder months, the warmer weather is a welcome change. Take advantage of the sunshine and spend some time outdoors. Go explore a hiking trail in your area, go for a walk by the river, or enjoy an audiobook as you spend some time walking at your favorite local park.  
3. Clear your mind of negative energy
Spring is the perfect time to give your energy a refresh, as well. Evaluate what's been consuming your thoughts, and find any negative recurring thoughts that you can be mindful of working on this season. It can take some time, but actively working to flip negative thoughts into positive ones is time well spent. This isn't to say positivity is the only way -- feelings are valid and shouldn't be suppressed. But we can easily flip many recurring thoughts we have daily to a sunnier perspective.   
4. Make a spring soundtrack
Music is therapeutic. Find a soundtrack for your spring season and enjoy some uplifting tunes. You can find many stations on Spotify or Pandora that will fit the bill. Throw your station on next time you're cleaning the house and notice what a difference it makes.  
5. Clean your airspace 
Even after doing a physical cleaning, cleaning the air inside your home is essential as well. Open the windows and let the breeze flow through your space. Doing this as often as possible is great, but you can also set it on a schedule to make sure it's done regularly. For example, you can plan to open your windows every weekend to air your living space out. Bringing in some air-purifying houseplants will help with cleaning your airspace when your windows aren't open, as well. 
6. Recommit to your healthy routine
Don't let a few slips from the winter hold you back. Recommit to your healthy habits this season by making sure you focus on eating whole foods, moving your body, and getting the sleep you need. Be in tune with your needs by making time for friends and learning new things for your best mental health. 
7. Try something new
Bring in the new by shaking things up and trying something you've always wanted to try. If there are any hobbies you've been interested in, go for it. Any places that have been on your list for years? Take a long drive and finally go visit one. While you're on that long drive, listen to some books you've meant to read. There's so much to explore and experience.
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:58

Waste Less Food With These Simple Tips

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According to the EPA, 38.1 million tons of food waste was created in 2017. it's hard even to imagine how much 1 ton of food is, but 38.1 tons is unfathomable. Food waste is a problem for several reasons, and we can take small steps each day to do our part in lessening that number.

While you're throwing away your hard-earned money on food you didn't eat, you're also contributing to the methane emissions and adding to your carbon footprint. Food waste will inevitably happen, but there are several helpful tips to keep it at a minimum. Try these handy tips on how to waste less food and be better for the environment in the process.
- Plan your meals
This might be obvious, but the key factor so many of us forget when planning our weekly shopping list is how many times we'll use the ingredients called for in a recipe. Putting quantities on your list helps you avoid buying too much. It also will save you extra trips to the store when you realize you didn't buy enough.

Monday, 03 February 2020 21:21

How to Bounce Back When You’ve Gone Off Track

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 You may have started the year off with lofty goals and dreams for the new year ahead. No matter how enthusiastic we are on January 1st, things often don't work out quite as planned when it comes to Resolutions. That's to be expected and totally okay! I want to share with you some ways to help you bounce back, instead of ditching your plan altogether.

Friday, 10 January 2020 16:06

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies Every Day  

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Yes, it seems everywhere you turn health and wellness experts are telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables.
You totally get it.

Thursday, 07 November 2019 17:16

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

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Vitamin D is an essential fat-soluble vitamin. It’s sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because our skin makes it when exposed to the sun. 
 
It’s also the most common nutrient deficiency! Like most vitamins, vitamin D has many functions in the body. It’s mostly known for its ability to help build strong bones. But, vitamin D is also important for a healthy immune system, digestive system, heart and mental health, blood sugar regulation, fertility, and resistance to cancer.
 
FUN FACT: Vitamin D is the vitamin with more scientific articles published since 2000 than any other vitamin.
Let’s talk about the many roles vitamin D has in promoting good health. We’ll also go over the different forms of vitamin D and what exactly is a deficiency. Finally, I’ll give you three sources of this critical nutrient and how much we should get.
 
Make sure you’re getting enough!
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 19:21

Inflammation and excess body fat

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Diabetes and heart disease are on the rise worldwide. They’re serious chronic (long-term) conditions. They have a few other things in common as well. 
For one thing, they’re both considered “lifestyle” diseases. This means that they tend to occur in people with certain lifestyles (i.e. not-so-awesome nutrition and exercise habits, etc.).
They’re also both linked with excess body fat, as well as inflammation.
While there are several links and risk factors, today we’re going to talk specifically about inflammation. Then I’ll give you some tips how to improve your nutrition and lifestyle.
There may not be an obvious link between sleep deprivation and your weight, but more and more research is showing just how important sleep is for your mood, mental performance, overall health and wellness, and especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.
 
Many studies show that people who have a short sleep duration simply weigh more. And, in fact, as the levels of chronic (long-term) sleep deprivation have increased over the past 50 years, so have the growing epidemics of being overweight or obese.
Monday, 04 March 2019 13:36

Can Probiotics Affect our Mood and Stress? Yes!

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What do you do when your mood is off or you’re stressed to the max?

  Eat ice cream?  Binge watch Netflix?  Call your bestie?

  After reading this article, you may consider yogurt, a handful of walnuts, or maybe even some dark chocolate as your go-to mood-boosters and stress-busters.

  Today, we’ll unpack some of the exciting (and preliminary) new research about the link between your gut health and moods/stress. 
 
We’ll talk about your friendly resident gut microbes (mostly bacteria), probiotic foods and supplements, as well as foods to feed those gut microbes and probiotics (aka “prebiotics”). 

WHAT THE HECK ARE “GUT MICROBES?  ”

Oh, our friendly “gut microbes.” 

 They are the trillions of microbes that happily live in our gut. They help us by digesting foods, making vitamins, and even protecting us from the not-so-friendly microbes that may get in there.

  Believe it or not, these friendly microbes have mood-boosting and stress-busting functions too!


Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:08

CAFFEINE AND SPORTS TRAINING

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Caffeine is sometimes called “the world’s most popular drug”.
 
It’s a very common naturally-occurring stimulant found in coffee and other foods/drinks. 
 
Its main effect is on the brain, helping to increase alertness and reducing fatigue. It’s also used for fat loss and in sports training.
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