10 tips for staying healthy while working from home
Is it just me or are these makeshift-turned-permanent workstations starting to take a toll on our bodies? Maybe your home office matches your aesthetic and you're happy to share your desk with your cat rather than a coworker - I hear you! Me too. But I'm also learning just how uncomfortable my dining room chairs are, how the table height gives me knots in my shoulders, and how much I miss fresh air. There are definitely pros and cons to the "post-covid normal". But with no end in sight, it's time to make our workstations work for us. Here are some tips and tricks to maximize your work area and prioritize your wellbeing for the long run.
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Fasting’s role in your skin’s complexion and clarity
We've all heard the classic "you are what you eat" yadda yadda yadda. Skincare gurus will tell you that their skincare routine doesn't stop or end with topical products, it's ingrained into their diets and morning protein shakes. But what if your skin clarity depended on when you eat just as much as what you eat? Fasting can kick our entire bodies into gear by detoxing and burning through fat, but it can also alter our skin's chemistry and help us to achieve that youthful, clear glow. Whether skin health is your main goal or you simply want to reap the benefits of this happy little side effect of intermittent fasting, here's how it works!
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Get your blood flowin’: The link between muscle fatigue & poor circulation
Typically, when we think of poor circulation, the first thing that comes to mind is pins and needles in our arms after sleeping funny or purple-y skin. The fact of the matter is that your circulation is incredibly important to your overall well being. Having poor circulation is an underlying cause for a number of ailments, and it puts you at higher risk for much more serious diseases as well. You might benefit even more from getting a good rush of blood to your brain and muscles than you would a strong shot of espresso! Even if you are in seemingly perfect health, it doesn't hurt to get up and get your blood flowing to keep your mind and body active and healthy.
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How to retain your energy level while fasting
You know those days when you forget your lunch at home, are too late to make yourself a nice breakfast before running out the door, or are too busy to get up from your desk? I find that I am more irritated (AKA hangry), scatterbrained, and shaky. That's what I always imagined fasting to be like and I couldn't understand why all my coworkers and friends were giving it a go! What I soon found out though is that fasting is not a random blindside to your body. In fact, it's calculated, controlled, and when done correctly, can bypass many of the side effects of skipping a meal, including retaining your energy. If the fear of mid-day slumps is preventing you from hopping on the fasting bandwagon, look no further. This is how to beat it!
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Eating for Heart Health
Our choices in the kitchen reflect many aspects of our health, including cardiovascular health, which gets more concerning with age. A healthy heart is literally what keeps you living. Making wise lifestyle choices, including nutrition that will support it for longevity is crucial. Read more to understand the nutritional science behind heart health and which supplements can help boost its functioning and health. Don't worry, chocolate made the list!
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How to overcome brain fog
Welcome to a day in the life of me: I wake up and do some stretching, make a light breakfast, dig into work, and immediately feel like I'm lost. Where did I end off working yesterday? Where did I leave my coffee? When was that meeting? Sometimes it's evident that my forgetfulness is just a result of not getting enough sleep the night before. For others, this brain fog persists for more than just a day or so and, though brain fog itself is not considered a medical condition, it can be a symptom of a much larger underlying problem. Here we'll go over some of the common causes of brain fog and some tips to overcome it the natural way.
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How yoga supports better gut health
Gut health is much more than just digestion: Our gut affects our mood, emotions, weight, and even heart health. The fact that gut health has such a great impact on our overall well-being has motivated people for hundreds of years to find ways to maintain a balanced microbiome. Yoga is one of the ancient practices that can not only bring us peace of mind but also contributes to a balanced gut. Read more to learn the nutritional science that promotes a healthy gut and what you can add or remove from your diet to optimize the balance.
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How to tend to tennis elbow and bet back to your game
What do tennis players, plumbers, painters, and volleyballers all have in common? Lateral Epicondylitis. What's that you may ask? And how do you pronounce it? It’s the pesky, persistent, and painful condition we all know as tennis elbow. Avid & competitive tennis players can all encounter various forms of tendinitis when they’re at the top of their games, almost entirely due to repetitive motions. When I got tennis elbow, or more accurately volleyball-server elbow, I was told there wasn't much I could do aside from resting, icing, and stretching my elbow before and after practice. Despite this, I wasn't going to let my elbow pain get in the way of my game! That's when I started to explore my options and came across the complete "treatment" package.
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Boswellia vs. Turmeric: Which is better for managing inflammation?
As long as I can remember, my mom has had stomach issues, unexplained weight fluctuations, strange patches of rough skin on her body, and spells of confusion. Lately, her joint pain has gotten worse, her limbs started swelling, brain fog was setting in thicker and thicker, and she would wake up with completely flushed and tingling hands. It wasn't until age fifty that her doctors realized what was going on - she is suffering from autoimmune diseases, namely lupus, and Raynaud's syndrome. While she has always been experiencing side effects from the inflammation of autoimmune diseases, this diagnosis is a new phenomenon in her life. Now that we have something to point to for all her discomforts, we've begun looking at ways she can manage her inflammation without damaging or irritating other parts of her body. Thus began our investigation into holistic remedies where we discovered turmeric and Boswellia Serrata. Both are known as effective inflammation supplements that have been used in Ayurvedic practices for thousands of years. So is one better than the other? Or can they be used together to fight inflammation? Here's what we found out.
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Caffeine & Skincare: The Surprising Benefits
What's your first association with coffee? A moment of peace and quiet? A few minutes of the day you dedicate to yourself? Or, a survival ritual to wake up and survive? Coffee, thanks to its powerful ingredient caffeine, is far more than the favorite beverage of many. It is also a stimulant, an energy booster, and what gets most of us up in the morning. Aside from its energizing effects, caffeine is also a promising ingredient for skincare, which improves many aspects of skin health and contributes to graceful aging. Learn more about how you can include coffee in your daily skincare routine, and how to make your own exfoliating coffee scrub at home!
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Best Stretches and Routines to Overcome Lower Back Pain
The recent winter storm that blew through my region was wonderful for those enjoying a white Christmas, but the ten inches of snow meant nothing but shoveling my driveway. As in every year, my posture was poor, I rushed through the job, and I am left with a very tender and sore lower back. Being too proud and cheap to go to a chiropractor, what can I do to alleviate this pain? One of the biggest reasons for missed workdays, trips to the doctor, and the need for various treatments is the issue of lower back pain. Lower back pain is typically caused by some type of injury to a muscle or ligament. It is commonly called a strain when the muscle in the back area is hurt and a sprain when the ligament is pulled. Some lower back pain can be due to serious health problems such as disc issues or sciatic nerve problems. In those cases, specialists are needed. So, if you are like me and did not get that jacuzzi with the 8 different water pressure settings, let us look at how to help lower back injuries, whether from shoveling snow or sleeping in a bad bed, and how to prevent them.
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Why Can't I Sleep? Insomnia
This article is based on my firsthand account dealing with a bout of insomnia. While I’ve had similar symptoms and issues before I had never thought in-depth on the subject. This is my personal attempt to figure out why I cannot sleep and for such an extended period of time and some of the habits that have helped.
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