4 Great Health Benefits Connected to CBD

CBD or cannabidiol used to have a bad reputation with parents and lawmakers because it comes from cannabis plants, the same plants that produce marijuana. However, since the methods of extracting it have been refined, we now know that CBD can be manufactured without any of the compound called THC, which is what gives you a “high” with conventional marijuana. The laws are changing on CBD and many people are starting to discover its amazing health benefits. Without any of the addictive or mind-altering properties of marijuana, CBD can be used safely to reap these 5 great health benefits. Read on to discover why this once-taboo product now features in health magazines and websites around the world.   1.   Pain Relief Pain relief is the most well-known benefit of taking CBD. Cannabis plants have been known for centuries to have properties that reduce pain, including their ability to relax our bodies and regulate healthy sleep. They decrease inflammation too by blocking some of the neural pathways that cause this pain. Anyone who suffers from chronic pain or an overactive nervous system should consider CBD as a possible pain relief supplement. Arthritis sufferers swear by its unique ability to lower inflammation. Even if you’re just aching in your back from running around all day, CBD could help.   2.   Stress Relief For many, this is the greatest health benefit connected to CBD. Everyone gets a stress headache now and then during the busy week, but it’s not supposed to be permanent. When your busy schedule starts turning into an anxiety disorder, CBD can help. CBD gives you a serotonin boost by binding to your neural pathways and helping them calm down. Not only is the effect similar to the kinds of anti-depressant medications you can get from a doctor, but it’s way safer too. Stress relief with no side effects may sound like a dream come true when you’re juggling kids or pulling a late night at work, but CBD can offer that.   3.   Skincare This is something that surprised me. Since CBD reduces inflammation in your entire body, one of its unexpected benefits is that it stops your skin from producing so much oil, which is what makes you break out. People with acne, psoriasis, and other surface-level (pun intended) skin conditions may benefit from CBD-based creams and topical ointments. The best brands also contain fatty acids like Omega 6 and Omega 3, which we all know are skincare essentials. They help your skin stay hydrated and smooth and can even reduce the visual effects of aging. Always a plus.   4.   Heart Health Here’s another great health benefit connected to CBD that most people don’t know. CBD’s ability to relax your nervous system leads to lower resting blood pressure. This means that it can have an indirect but positive effect on your heart. Stress responses are natural, but our bodies can’t handle being ratcheted up to 11 every single day. Reducing inflammation and [...]

2020-10-03T06:24:52-07:00 By |

12 Ways to Support Your Immune System Naturally

Your immune system is your frontline defense against environmental toxins, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms. Unfortunately, the toxins present in today’s world are weakening the human immune system at an ever-increasing rate and there’s only so much we can do to control what we’re exposed to. On the flip side, certain tools and supplements can help support your immune system. What Is the Immune System and Why Does It Need Support Your immune system is your body’s security system. It’s your natural defense against harmful organisms that cause sickness and contagious outbreaks. You come in contact with these agents every day and most are neutralized by your immune system without you even knowing it. However, if your immune system is weak, it may not win the battle against invading organisms, and that’s when you can get sick. The quality of your immune system relies on you — what you eat, what you’re exposed to, your physical health, and even your mental health. Suffice to say, you can support your immune system with nutrition, you can support it by bolstering your defenses and reducing the invading microorganisms it has to defend against, and you can support it by having good physical and mental health. 12 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally A healthy diet devoid of refined sugar and processed foods is one of the best ways to support your immune system and physical exercise is also important. While these methods are helpful, they aren’t always enough. In a world where toxins run rampant and exposure is difficult to avoid, we really need to take extra precautions. Here are 12 ways to support your immune system naturally. 1. Probiotics The good bacteria in your gut are known as probiotics and are responsible for supporting digestion, combating harmful organisms, and keeping your immune system in check. Considering that 70% majority of your immune system resides in your gut, maintaining a balance of probiotic bacteria is essential for nurturing your immune defenses.[1, 2] Probiotic-rich foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, and kefir, or a high-quality, probiotic supplement can help balance your ratio of good to bad bacteria. A probiotic supplement like Latero-Flora™ is another effective way to encourage good balance. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your gut health, check out LATERO-FLORA at the AlrightStore. 2. Intestinal Cleansing Whether you’re on the road, at your computer, eating, or sleeping on a toxic mattress, it’s a safe bet that you’re exposed to toxins 24 hours a day. Most toxins take up residence in your intestines to wreak havoc on your health by degrading your immune system and weakening your defenses. Regular intestinal cleansing with an oxygen based colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder® can support your immune system by providing a balanced, clean environment for probiotic bacteria to thrive. The positive benefits of intestinal cleansing with Oxy-Powder® are enhanced when it’s paired with a good probiotic supplement. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your intestinal [...]

2020-09-28T17:29:04-07:00 By |

5 All-Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

I know that it seems counter-intuitive to reduce stress during a busy week. We want to reduce stress so we can get more done but doing so usually requires more work! Sometimes, to completely de-stress after work and the kids, the only thing we should be doing is nothing at all. Even that can be difficult when stress is running rampant. Since stress can affect digestion, blood pressure, blood sugar, and mood, it’s tempting to look for an easy way out. Prescription and OTC stress-relievers might help control symptoms, but they won’t solve your problem. These 5 all-natural ways to reduce stress can help you form a habit of daily stress-relief, free of prescriptions and side effects.   1.     Exercise Exercise is a scary term for some of us. It brings to mind lifting weights and subscribing to a gym that we don’t have time to visit during the week. For a lot of us (myself included), exercise can become a promise we make and break too easily. Here’s the good news: exercising for stress relief doesn’t have to be strenuous or time-consuming. You don’t have to use weights or equipment at all, though you could if you wanted to. Exercise relieves stress when it gets your body moving. You could just get up from your desk and walk around a bit. Stretching, light walks, and massages are all examples of “exercise” that help relieve stress by releasing endorphins and getting your blood pumping.   2.     Meditation Meditation has been shown countless times to help control mood by fighting negative thoughts. Deep breathing can calm overactive nervous systems. It can be combined with yoga poses for added benefits. It’s also another thing that not all of us have time for. In the case of meditation, it can’t be done quickly, but this makes it more essential for people with out-of-control stress. Meditation experts have a term called “safe space.” It refers to where we meditate but also to how we’re supposed to feel when we do it. Finding a safe space with no responsibilities, noise, work, or kids for even a few uninterrupted minutes can do wonders for stress.   3.     Aromatherapy Aromatherapy involves using essential oils to induce a physical stress-relieving reaction. The right product can help us calm down during the day or get to sleep at night. Lavender is a popular essential oil used in aromatherapy for its calming effects, including muscle relaxation. It can be bought in liquid form as an oral supplement, inlaid into pillows or hand creams, or used in aromatherapy. Many spas and physical therapy offices use this to calm their patients. Combine your meditation with aromatherapy using essential oils such as lavender, vanilla, or sandalwood to relax during the day or get better sleep at night.   4.     Sauna Using a sauna produces a physical stress-relieving effect in the body, which includes improved circulation, endorphin release, and muscle relaxation. Regular heat bathing in a sauna can reduce [...]

2020-09-24T18:34:03-07:00 By |

6 Healthy Ways to Keep Your Body Detoxified

Not everyone can cope with the complicated diets we see in health magazines and commercials. Most of us just don’t have the time! Thankfully, there are healthy ways to keep your body detoxified without turning to fad diets, pills, or fasting. What is detoxing? What’s the best way to do it? Read on for some tips that will help you rejuvenate your body without sacrificing your evenings chasing a fad diet.   What is Detoxing? Detoxing removes unwanted waste products from your body. When your body can’t process them effectively, these toxins can cause fatigue and chronic inflammation. Detox diets often prescribe laxatives, vitamins, and other medications to forcibly flush out the gunk. But there’s a healthier way to detox. Detoxification happens naturally in our bodies already – the liver is your body’s natural sponge, absorbing and removing those toxins. Our goal with healthy detox is to reinforce your body’s natural detoxing process by helping your liver do its thing. How do you do that? Here are 5 easy ways.   1.  Get Quality Sleep We all know that sleep is important, but we still don’t always get our quality 7-9 hours. Young kids, early alarms, late work, and a noisy bedmate can make sleep tough, but it’s a must for anyone that wants to detox naturally. When you’re sleeping, your body has time to prioritize detoxification. Waste products get processed and flushed out. Your body reboots. Denying yourself restful sleep allows toxins to accumulate and stress out your body. Inflammation kicks in and blood pressure goes up. In the long run, this can lead to all kinds of issues with your heart and weight. Sleep is your number one defense against toxic buildup and the first step to keeping your body detoxified.   2.  Drink More Water Most people need about 100 ounces of water a day. That’s about 6 bottles, not including the water you lose by running between work, school, the store, and home. Most of us aren’t making it. This water is essential for keeping your body detoxified. Water helps your stomach digest and process nutrients. It flushes out waste products, lowers your temperature, and prevents toxic buildup. Using the bathroom more often may not be amazing, but remember what I said about the liver being a sponge? Well, it’s way easier to clean with water.   3.  Eat Less Sugary and Processed Foods Diets have one thing right: the importance of cutting out refined sugars and processed foods. Digesting junk food creates more toxins than the nutrients you get in return. Food with too much salt robs you of all that water you’ve been drinking. Your organs, energy levels, and anxiety won’t thank you for eating this way. Junk food may be quick and easy to prepare, but the more often you can replace junk with fresh food, the more efficiently your body will detox.   4.  Drink Less Alcohol Everyone loves a glass of wine now and then, but [...]

2020-09-23T18:06:37-07:00 By |

Teas, Please! My Four Go-To Favorite Teas for Health

I confess. I am a tea junkie. Perhaps this “vice” is hardly anything astonishing, but I can say I’m addicted. The good news is that tea drinking is a good thing. I start early and finish late. I love the flavors, the feeling I get as I sit back and sip, and the health benefits to boot. My four favorites by far are green tea, mint tea, eucalyptus tea, and chamomile tea. That said, there are plenty of others I often drink, like chai, English Breakfast, and those freebies that come with my Chinese takeout, but the four aforementioned are always in my pantry. I mentioned the health benefits. While I didn’t start out drinking tea for my health, I came to realize that I looked and felt better once I started drinking these teas. Was it a coincidence? I think not. I learned that tea is good for the body, and the more I drink, the healthier I become. The best part is that I love tea, so this health boost is the cherry on top. The Goodness of Green Tea I love the mild taste of green tea. It goes with anything and is a good one for when I’m not in the mood for anything super flavorful or overly fragrant. As for the health benefits, there are a bunch. The antioxidants in green tea have been shown to boost brain function, aid in fat loss, ward off cancer, and reduce the risk of heart disease. That’s pretty impressive, and when I drink my green tea, I feel blessed that I’m doing something good for my body. “Going green” is my mantra in more ways than one! The Magic of Mint Tea When I’m in the mood for something fresh and energizing, mint tea is where it’s at. The uplifting scent and snappy sensation wake up my taste buds and I’m ready for what’s next. The health benefits of mint tea are amazing, including how it relieves belly bloat and an upset stomach, handles my headaches, clears my clogged sinuses, and freshens my breath. I consider it a cure-all., The Excellence of Eucalyptus I can’t get enough of the earthy, natural flavor of eucalyptus tea. I love it mid-afternoon when I need a break from the day’s endless to-dos and have time to settle down and get ready for sunset. It’s definitely an acquired taste, but I’ve had plenty of practice. When I feel a cold coming on, before I hit the medicine cabinet, I brew some eucalyptus tea. It breaks up the mucus and I can breathe better almost instantly. It’s also remarkably relaxing, so when I’m stressed out, a cup of eucalyptus tea is my at-home “therapist.” I reduce my anxiety as I inhale and ingest. The Calm of Chamomile The floral flavor of chamomile tea is so delicate and delicious. I enjoy chamomile with breakfast as well as an after-dinner beverage with a light dessert. The scent permeates the house, [...]

2020-09-18T12:43:35-07:00 By |

6 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff

You'll hardly find a person who can say confidently that he/she has never had to deal with the "dandruff" problem ever in their lives. It is one of the commonest hair and scalp issues, which is not only uncomfortable because of the itching, but also embarrassing because it shows no matter how much we try to cover it up. But, interestingly enough, there are quite a few home remedies that help you go a long way towards eliminating this problem. Let us discuss 6 of the best home remedies that have worked for many.   Lemon juice mixed with coconut oil Why? Probably the simplest of all the anti-dandruff remedies ever is a mixture of lemon juice and coconut oil. Lemon juice is known for its anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is helpful for the dry and itchy scalp. It also promotes hair growth and that is always favourable. How? It is simple. Mix equal parts of lemon juice with coconut oil and apply it on your hair and do massage it well. Leave it on for about half an hour and wash your hair with your favourite shampoo. Do it regularly after 3-4 days until your head is clear.   Apple cider vinegar Why? Apple cider vinegar takes care of the scalp pH and prevents fungal growth and is also a natural hair cleanser. How? Mix a few tablespoons with your shampoo or mix with hair oils and apply on your hair. Repeat until you no longer have dandruff issues.   Tea tree oil Why? Tea tree oil is a new trend in the market. Tea tree oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It is an effective remedy for dandruff and also other conditions like acne. How? Mix a few drops with your favourite shampoo and wash your hair properly. In case you are sensitive to tea tree oil, I would suggest you mix it with another oil, like coconut oil and massage it on your hair followed by a shampoo. Continue as long as is necessary.   Aspirin Why? Yeah, aspirin is not only an analgesic, but has anti-dandruff benefits too. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which controls inflammation and also helps in getting rid of the dandruff flakes from the hairs. How? Powder two aspirin tablets and mix it with your favourite shampoo and you are good to go. Continue for as long as is desired with a 3-4 days gap in between.   Vinegar and olive oil Why? Those of you who prefer a light oil, this is for you. Olive oil conditions your hair and protects it from damage. Vinegar, on the other hand, fights off the fungus and bacteria that build up on your scalp. How? Mix vinegar and olive oil in the ratio of 2:1 and massage it properly onto your hair and scalp. Leave it on for some time and wash it off with your favourite shampoo. Do it at least once a week till [...]

2020-09-21T14:55:17-07:00 By |

Not Just For Weight Loss: 4 Health Reasons Why You Should Consider Intermittent Fasting

A couple of years ago, I noticed that my metabolism was slowing down and those extra pounds that I have always been able to avoid up until now, started accumulating around my stomach and my lower half. Now this isn’t anything new since most people’s metabolism slows down considerably and their hormone levels drop as well as they get older. But I wasn’t just going to accept it from here on out.   I had heard quite a few favorable reviews of intermittent fasting and how it can help with weight loss, so I decided to give it a go. It didn’t take long until I was back at the weight I was happy with.   Intermittent fasting, to explain it simply, is the practice of constantly cycling between patterns of fasting and eating. It is not a diet as it does not detail the foods you should and should not be eating. But rather it will have you eating less as a popular intermittent fasting schedule would be eight hours of being able to eat followed by 16 hours of fasting where only calorie-free beverages are basically allowed.   Fasting is a concept that has been around for centuries as even the Greek physician Hippocrates would recommend it to treat certain illnesses. However, as more and more research is completed nowadays, intermittent fasting is the new rage as it is recognized as being able to offer numerous health benefits to all individuals besides the weight loss objective.   Lower Insulin Levels and Blood Pressure An interesting study from the University of Alabama compared two groups of obese men as they both experimented with five weeks of intermittent fasting. One group would only eat their meals within an eight hour period followed by 16 hours of not eating. The other group would eat their meals during a 12 hour period followed by 12 hours of fasting.   After the five weeks, the group that followed the intermittent fasting program of eight hours on followed by 16 hours of not eating had dramatically lowered their insulin levels and blood pressure. Plus, the group mentioned that they did not feel like they were starving during those 16 hours of fasting every day. Great news if you are battling insulin difficulties and high blood pressure.   Fat Loss It is one thing to lose weight during intermittent fasting as you deprive yourself from food for a good length of time every day, but it is quite another thing to lose fat. After all, fat loss really is the goal as we certainly do not want to lose muscle since it is so hard to come by in the first place.   A 2017 study showed that the individuals lost a good percentage of fat as their body composition changed during their time of intermittent fasting. While the scale may not show weight loss all the time, reducing the number of inches on parts of your body is just [...]

2020-10-05T12:47:16-07:00 By |

6 Ways to Sleep Better for a Healthy Immune System

Have you ever noticed the effects your body takes when you don’t get enough sleep at night? Some signs you know right off the back are dark puffy eyes, weight gain, and acne. Did it ever cross your mind how lack of sleep can affect your immune system? Leading you to wonder….   “Why is Sleep Important For a Healthy Immune System?” As you sleep your immune system goes through major events. Your stress hormones drop, allowing your melatonin levels to raise. During this time, your melatonin hormones begin a search to repair any damaging cells. In return, this gives your immune system a chance to attack viruses and bacteria. When you do not get enough sleep at night, you’re not allowing your body to do its job. Sleep is important if you want to have a healthy immune system. Lack of sleep leads to your body becoming accessible to catching the slightest cold.   How Much Sleep Do You Need According to the National Sleep Foundation (NFT), adults between the ages 26-64 need at least 7-9 hours a night for a healthy immune system. Many adults in America get half this amount of sleep every night. A recent study shows adults who receive 6 hours and less a night are more likely to get sick than adults who sleep more. To tie this all in….. Sleep and the immune system go hand in hand. They’re best friends…. To gain a healthy immune system, you need proper sleep at night. This post will show you how to achieve better sleep to boost your immune system.   How to get Better Sleep Better to Boost your Immune System   1 . Create a Nighttime Routine A nighttime routine is a system you do each day to help organize yourself and ease stress. Remember, stress keeps you from sleeping at night in return, harms your immune system. Before bed, do what you need to do to set yourself up for a simple morning. Once you’re done organizing your morning, you can do something relaxing to help you get ready for bed.   2 . Eat Foods That’ll Help You Sleep You know you need to eat healthy to get good sleep and to boost your immune system. But did you know you can eat certain foods to help release melatonin before bed? Yes, there are certain foods that release mealtime into your body. Helping you sleep better at night and get the right amount of rest. These foods will help you sleep better at night: Kiwi Almonds Fatty Fish Tart Cherries Chamomile and Passionflower tea Note: Chamomile tea also boosts your immune system!   3 . Use Supplements and Herbal Teas for Sleep Speaking of tea…. I must admit to how much I love it! Switching your addiction from coffee to tea can give you a boost of health. Drinking herbal tea helps boost your immune system, and certain ones can help with your sleep. I already [...]

2020-10-14T17:32:32-07:00 By |

10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric You Didn’t Know

Native to Southeast Asia, turmeric powder comes from the curcuma longa plant and has long been associated with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is one of the well-studied spices today, and has a host of benefits that improve one’s physical and mental health. The spice turmeric has long been used to flavor dishes and to take for medicinal reasons. Most supplements today contain a mixture of curcumin and black pepper which helps aid absorption of the powder.   Here’s the 10 scientifically proven health benefits of this incredible spice. 1. Benefits brain and mental health. Turmeric is a mood enhancer and research indicates that the spice can stabilize moods. Additionally, evidence indicates that it may help individuals with depression and/or bipolar disorders. Further studies need to be undertaken, but it may even help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.   2. Anti-aging properties. Turmeric helps protect cells from free radicals and as such, it’s a powerful anti-aging agent. For best results, use turmeric directly on your skin. It targets sun damage, wrinkles, and age associated pigmentation. By reducing inflammation, turmeric can improve eczema, chronic acne, and psoriasis.   3. Helps control blood sugar. Adding turmeric or curcumin to dishes can help control blood sugar because it stimulates the enzyme AMPK. The enzyme AMPK helps stabilize blood sugar levels and improves insulin stability. By monitoring blood sugar levels, you can help reduce your risk of heart disease and work on controlling your cholesterol.   4. Strengthens your immune system. Curcumin and turmeric helps keep chronic infections away, especially in those with compromised immune systems. The spice improves white blood cell counts, which boosts the immune system. This is one of the biggest positives to taking turmeric or curcumin. A healthy immune system works to resist many of the chronic health conditions today.   5. Helps improve heart and blood health. Supplementing with curcumin lowers your risk of blood clots, which in turn can defend your body against pulmonary embolisms, hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, and hypertension. In some instances, turmeric or curcumin can be just as helpful as drugs.   6. Helps relieve some aches and pains. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and can be beneficial in fighting aches and pains. It especially aids those who suffer from arthritis, as it works to protect bone materials, minimizes inflammation, and improves antioxidant activity. As the spice reduces oxidative stress, it can help reduce low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Turmeric is commonly prescribed for arthritis and other similar diseases.   7. Improves gut health. Because turmeric and curcumin both work in the digestive tract to minimize pathogenic bacteria, they can radically improve gut health and digestion. Minimizing such bacteria helps reduce bloating, gas, and irregular bowel movements among others. The anti-inflammatory benefits can also benefit those who suffer from ulcers and inflammatory bowel diseases.   8. Antioxidant health benefits. Turmeric and curcumin together stimulate the lymphatic system, which in turn can help remove toxic waste from the body. Another aspect of the [...]

2020-09-21T14:39:30-07:00 By |

4 Benefits of Coconut Oil and How to Include It in Everyday Life

The internet became obsessed with coconut oil. People started to believe that it falls under the category of superfoods. Numerous studies have praised it and confirmed its benefits. Still, there are many questions and concerns around it as to how beneficial it actually is. While some are convinced that coconut oil has multiple health benefits, others claim that it does more harm than good. When it comes to nutritional facts, coconut oil has 862 calories per 100 grams and is 99% fat, with 90% saturated, 9% unsaturated fats, and 1% plant sterols and other fat-dissolving chemicals. Saturated fats are chemically prone to change when heated, but compared to polyunsaturated fatty acids, they create less harmful compounds (aldehydes). Once ingested, they are metabolized quickly, but they might build up in the body and lead to high levels of bad cholesterol. The only controversy surrounding coconut oil is that its fats are a bit less harmful than those found in butter or beef. Nevertheless, people globally seem to love its aroma and notice more benefits than adverse effects.   Coconut Oil for Healthier Teeth and Gums Coconut oil has antimicrobial components, such as lauric acid. Lauric acid is proved to be the most effective when it comes to fighting harmful bacteria in the mouth. It’s especially useful in killing streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus bacteria that cause tooth decay. Coconut oil also reduces plaque and fights gingivitis. Oil pulling with coconut oil for only seven days results in a significant decrease in plaque.   Coconut Oil Helps Treat Itchy Scalp and Moisturizes Dry Skin Coconut oil helps maintain moisture in the hair. It’s great for itchy scalp, against dandruff, hair loss, and frizz. Since it’s rich in fatty acids and antioxidants and has antifungal properties, coconut oil is beneficial for the skin too. It can fight skin allergies, rashes, yeast infections, and dermatitis. Its hydrating effects are perfect for dry skin. It can also be used for oily skin as a face mask. Rubbing coconut oil on cuticles and brittle nails helps to keep them healthy and strong. It also serves as excellent makeup removal.   Antimicrobial and Antifungal Properties of Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil  We’ve already mentioned the lauric acid and the antimicrobial and antifungal properties of coconut oil, but there’s more. Aside from lauric, coconut oil contains capric, myristic, palmitic, and other acids. Some are used in beauty products since they benefit the skin. The way these acids work is by disrupting the bacterial, fungal, and viral cell membranes, leading to cell death. While the research proves that lauric acid doesn’t have the same potential as antibiotics, it can still be used in the treatment of moderate skin infections due to the low risk of side effects.   Coconut Oil Boosts Metabolism Medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil can help boost metabolism and increase energy levels. Four studies have confirmed the correlation between decreased weight and fat reduction and coconut oil consumption. Even though some [...]

2020-09-21T14:47:44-07:00 By |

My 3 Secrets to Becoming a Morning Person

“Rise and shine” doesn’t come easily for everyone. The whole “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” thing isn’t universal, and those who slap their snooze button at least five times per morning know this all too well. Morning people - those who pop out of bed before the sun rises and have all sorts of to-dos on their plate as millions are still snoring, are a relatively rare breed. Sure, lots of us have needed to wake up at a decent hour to get the kids off to school and make it to work on time. But this doesn’t make us morning people, at least not willingly. Sleeping in would be a dream (quite literally), but our responsibilities require us to get up, get dressed, and get going. I wanted to become an actual morning person, not just one by default. How could I become the early bird who was authentically eager to catch the proverbial worm? I’m not a big fan of the “fake it ‘till you make it” mentality, so I had to figure out how to change my perspective and learn to look forward to rising with the roosters. I developed some practices to help me lose my night owl status and transform into the morning person I wanted to embody. I figured I’d get more done with my day and be in a better mood. From what I had observed, the self-proclaimed morning people I knew were always smiling and never sweated the small stuff. The “lazybones” types always seemed to have a chip on their shoulders and relied on caffeine to focus and function. I was ready for a change, and wanted to be the “up-and-at-‘em” woman who would take the world by storm…all before breakfast. Here’s what I did to become the morning person I knew I had in me. It’s not particularly scientific or anything astounding, but it helped me get over the hump, and now mornings are my favorite time of day.   1. First-Thing Fitness Before you say, “Wait a minute. Not only do you want me to get up early, but you want me to exercise?!,” understand that getting your blood pumping will set you off on the right foot for a fruitful day. Not only does it get your mood elevated, but when you’ve finished the workout in the morning, you won’t have to worry about fitting it in later, or missing it altogether. Even when I’m not in the mood to exercise, I do it. Once I get started, I realize the initial dread soon dissipates. Whether I get on the treadmill, take a brisk walk outside, go to the gym, or use an at-home workout video for inspiration, the exercise gets me energized and excited for what’s next. I’m high off the endorphins, and as I head into my day, I feel healthy and happy.   2. Pucker Up I’m not a coffee drinker in the morning.  Instead,  I reach for a glass of lemon [...]

2020-10-02T17:49:42-07:00 By |

My 4 Favorite Essential Oils and Why You Need Them in Your Life

Taking a deep breath is simple, but sometimes it’s just too hectic to stop and smell the roses…both figuratively and literally. That said, when you’re calm and collected, which I strive to be as much as possible, finding time for the essentials is easy. In this case, essential oils are my essentials. Not only do they smell like heaven, but the effects are everything from relaxing to exhilarating. There are countless varieties of essential oils available, with scents ranging from mild to almost overwhelming. Choosing which to use can be a task, so I’ve done the research, and I’ve reaped the rewards. My picks? Lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and tea tree oil. Each of these essential oils has its unique qualities, fabulous aroma, and lingering effects. I don’t play favorites; it all depends on my mood and what’s on my mind. As you may have guessed, essential oils are plant-based, derived from plant extracts, so the all-natural element suits my lifestyle, as I try to be as chemical-free as possible in terms of my health and beauty routine. Who needs stuff you can’t pronounce when there’s so much goodness in nature? Here’s why I love these four essential oils above all others, making them my ultimate go-tos.   1. Lavender Essential Oil When I’m in the mood to chill and decompress, I’m all about the light and lovely scent of lavender. It’s floral and fresh, making me feel like I’m alone with my thoughts on a grassy hill as the sun starts to set on a cool summer evening. A dab or two on my pulse points and I’m ready to relax. I often choose lavender in the evening when I can settle into the sofa after putting the kids to bed. A glass of red wine along with my lavender luxury is the cherry on top. Ahhh… What’s more? Lavender has a bounty of health benefits, including improved blood circulation, better breathing, skin healing, and pain relief. You gotta love lavender!   2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil A Monday morning pick-me-up often comes by way of (lots of) coffee, but when I want to start my day with a beneficial body boost, I go for energizing eucalyptus. It’s minty cool and stimulates all my senses. I love how it clears my sinuses and invigorates me. A little goes a long way, so only use a drop or two, otherwise it can be a bit bothersome to those around you, since the scent is strong. When I’m feeling sluggish or I’m in a rut, my eucalyptus gives me the edge and enthusiasm to shake it off and succeed. Eucalyptus is also an all-natural anti-bacterial, and is used for oral care. These days, anything that has any sanitary properties is a plus.   3. Rosemary Foodies, rejoice! Not only can you get your fix of rosemary come dinnertime, but you can incorporate the one-of-a-kind scent into your essential oil routine. It’s somewhat woodsy in aroma, and I love [...]

2020-10-02T17:53:05-07:00 By |