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Massage & Wellness

Have you ever considered massage therapy as part of your wellness routine?  What if I told you massage therapy could provide the following:  pain relief; reduction in stress; better sleep; and, lower blood pressure.  Just to name a few benefits.

Here are some findings:
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Specific to osteoarthritis in the knee, a research study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) found that a 60-minute “dose” of Swedish massage therapy performed once a week for pain was both optimal and practical.5
Two recent clinical studies report that patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy in their feet can significantly benefit from foot massage. Each study relied on a different massage technique, although both shared similarly positive conclusions.
Though limited, there have been a few studies that point to a positive connection between massage and migraine relief.

Note: Before your insurance will pay for the massage, you must provide proof from your primary health care physician that it is a medically necessary procedure. Continue reading Massage & Wellness

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Meditation Anyone?

Thinking you are unable to meditate is a little like thinking you are unable to breathe, or to concentrate or relax.’ Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are

This is the continuation of last month’s post about ‘Mindfulness’ and whether there is a difference compared to mediation.  I searched the www  for help in clarifying if they are the same thing.  Below is one explanation, which I hope helps 🙂

Meditation is when you intentionally set aside time to do something that’s good for you, and there are all kinds of meditations. Mindfulness is both a general awareness of the world and a formal meditation practice. It’s two things, not one. Meditation and mindfulness overlap in mindfulness meditation, which is one of the most popular types of meditation. Source: What’s Actually the Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation?

If you are still not convinced that you should explore mindfulness/meditation,  here are some of the benefits I found:  alleviates chronic pain; reduces stress; an, regulates emotions in the brain.  In addition, scientists and psychologists are also on board with the idea that these results can be gained by meditating.  Source: http://www.awaken.com/2017/01/benefits-of-meditation-2/
Continue reading Meditation Anyone?

Mindfulness Satisfaction

HairBlues talks about all sorts of issues dealing with health and well-being.  Lately, it seems thatMindfulness’  is all the rage. That’s fine, but, what is it?

One source for the answer to my question stated:

 Mindfulness cannot be cultivated by struggle. It grows by realizing, by letting go, by just settling down in the moment and letting yourself get comfortable with whatever you are experiencing. Source: Mindfulness Versus Concentration Continue reading Mindfulness Satisfaction

Activity Trackers, Diet & Weight

running-573762_1280An activity tracker is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep. The term is now primarily used for dedicated electronic monitoring devices that are synced, in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking, an example of wearable technology. There are also independent smartphone apps and Facebook apps. Source: Activity tracker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi

Some of the recently popular activity trackers are: Fitbit, AppleWatch, Garmin just to name a few. Are you relying on your activity tracker to also help you lose weight? Continue reading Activity Trackers, Diet & Weight

Healthwise Cosmetics

cosmetics-packaging-353541_1920I must admit when I go into ANY store with cosmetics counters, all those pretty jars, lipsticks, smells and mostly promises, I just can’t help myself with ‘trusting’ what the Brand says it can do. How about you? Are you certain that the cosmetics you’re using on that delicate, beautiful skin of yours is safe?  Do you know where you can find out?  Well, as usual there is an APP for that :). Take a moment to read the post below then use the links to get yourself one of these APPs: Apple users   ****  Android users.  FYI – when I used the APP I found it easier to click the Browse button, browse_ewgwhich  gave a listing of EWG verified products, for example: Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  Sally B’s sells non toxic, organic and cruelty free beauty products.

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If you assume that any moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo or makeup product you buy at the drugstore or supermarket is safe to use, you’re assuming too much.   According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it’s the “responsibility of the manufacturer” to test the safety of its products. Additionally, cosmetic products and their ingredients don’t need to be approved before they hit the market. Source: 6 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid! | LIVESTRONG.COM

Diffuser Blends on a Budget — AromaTools™ Blog

 

I am delighted to share this post with you!  ‘Can’t wait to try out my doTERRA stash!

We know essential oils are often expensive, and diffusing them may use up more oil than you would like. So we have come up with a list of diffuser blends using 5 of the least expensive essential oils, as well as 4 of the most common essential oils that most people have on hand and that are […]

via Diffuser Blends on a Budget — AromaTools™ Blog

2016 Resolutions

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Happy New Year!  It’s that time again.  Yes, the time when we vow to lose weight, eat healthfully, and generally put ourselves ‘on the spot’ to clean up our eating and exercise habits.  Well, don’t despair on how you will get that done.  Give yourself a little help and get ‘Fooducated’ by visiting the Fooducate.com website.

Here’s a little preview on how they encourage us:

Don’t give up. There is a way to tame the beast, just read on. In order to succeed, your weight loss resolution has to be quantifiable, feasible, and piecemeal.

We’ll explain:

1. Quantifiable. Don’t generalize about weight loss, define a specific goal – “I want to lose 25 pounds” or “I’ll weight 155 by July 4th”. Being specific forces you to be more accountable to yourself.

2. Feasible. Let’s face it, not all of us have the body type of a Victoria’s Secret model or a Quarterback. Set a goal that is achievable for you. Err to the easier side. You can always add another goal if your first one was easily achieved.

3. Piecemeal. Losing 25 pounds is quite a hefty goal. It will take a long time to get there. During that time, there will be moments of doubt, days where the scale moves in the wrong direction, and other unpleasant surprises.

Breaking down your goal into 5 pound increments can be extremely motivating. Instead of waiting 6 months for success, within a matter of weeks you can attain your first milestone. Each small victory will act as a huge motivator for you to keep pushing.

How will you succeed in 2016?

Source: Lose weight & improve your health with a real food diet | Fooducate

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There is every reason to read on a regular basis the information from the Fooducate APP.  The report listed below was found on their site. http://www.fooducate.com/.  Join in and learn about the  nutrition details of the groceries you buy regularly.  In the meanwhile, here is the latest information on processed meat that hit the news headlines recently.

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You may have already heard the news. The World Health Organization (WHO), published the findings of a massive meta-study, correlating the consumption of processed meats with colorectal cancer.

Over 800 studies from the last decades were reviewed by a team 22 of scientists working for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a WHO subsidiary.

The findings:

* Each 1.5 ounce portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

* People who consumed the most processed meats – bacon, ham, hot dogs, and sausages – had a 17% higher risk of colorectal cancer compared to people who consumed the least.

* The absolute risk can be explained as follows: in the UK, 61 out of 1000 people will contract colorectal cancer in their lifetime. 66 out of 1000 habitual processed meat eaters will get ill vs. just 56 of the light eaters.

* Inconclusive evidence has tied consumption of processed meat with stomach cancer.

* Limited evidence found that increased consumption of red meat – beef, lamb, pork –  probably causes cancer.

* The preparation technique of the meat was not found to be a major factor in determining the risk level.  However, preparing meat at high temperatures or in direct contact with a flame or a hot surface, does produce more carcinogenic chemicals than other methods of cooking.

What does all this mean for the average American? It’s simple – if you are a meat eater, try to limit your consumption of red meats and processed meats. You don’t necessarily need to abstain. However, you should eat more vegetables and fruits. Same advice as always.

— Source: Boulevard et al, on behalf of IARC – Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat – The Lancet Oncology, Oct 2014

4 Reasons Why You Should Use Lemon Essential Oil

cold_picI’m wondering if the allergy season is coming later this year. Usually I suffer sneezing, itchy throat, and coughing during the month of September. However, the past two days I am surprised to find these symptoms of allergies are in full force. I reached for my newly purchased The Essential Life book to find a remedy right away. The remedy: Take 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops lemon, 2 drops peppermint one of three ways. You can learn more about essential oil reference materials, history, and research on the upper right corner links of this blog. Mobile devices can click Menu to find information about Essential Oils.

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In the meanwhile, here are some great tips of the best uses of lemon essential oil. We can always use information on how to be healthwise.

I hope this is helpful 🙂

The Person Next to You

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(1) Detox – Putting a couple drops of lemon essential oil in your water helps to keep the bile in your liver flowing, thus self-cleansing of this most important organ.  Warm lemon water also promotes peristalsis (contraction and movement) in your bowels, so you feel less backed up.

(2) RelieveUpset Stomach – When you have an upset stomach, sip warm water with a couple drops of lemon oil.  Lemon alkalizes the body, and changes “sour stomach” back to normal.

(3) Mood Enhancer – Many of us have a slump in the afternoon, where we have had lunch and just want to take a power nap.  When I feel like that, I put a few drops of lemon essential oil in my diffuser and enjoy the mood lifting feeling.

(4) Cleanser –  Lemon oil is antibacterial, and is commonly used in household cleaners.  I made my own* and keep a bottle in the kitchen. …

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Back to School – Diet and Health Tips

back to school - foodThe beginning of a new school year makes me feel that it’s an opportunity to start fresh with family health priorities.  Students need good health and the energy that comes with it to sustain the rigorous schedules and brain power involved to get their work done.  So, with that in mind I searched the www for tips about what parents can do to help their families reach their goals.

  ♦ Here are some tips for parents, students and families. These tips  were  collected from the Fooducate community.

  ♦ Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love by Registered Dietitian and mom Katie Sullivan Morford – can save your sanity. The book is chock full of ideas and great recipes. The food photography is mouthwatering. Flipping through the recipes makes you wish you could go back to grade school. However, the ultimate test is whether your kids will eat the lunch or not, so here are two sample recipes for you to try. via Stumped for Lunchbox Ideas? Try These Two Yummy Recipes | Fooducate. Continue reading Back to School – Diet and Health Tips