Welp, this is not my second but third time to get sick this winter and when we feel sick there is nothing we want more than to feel better. So, I figured, what better time than now to share some all-natural remedies that I have been using to fight the cold and flu? It’s been almost two years since I stopped taking medications including DayQuil, Tylenol, etc. that are known for being harmful to your liver. Although it may be timelier than just popping a pill, I truly believe in the power of plants and using holistic practices as a way heal your body.
Tis’ the season! I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe the holidays are already here! Where did 2018 go? For some of us this past year has been a journey full of laughter, success, tears, exhaustion, failure, and celebration of all life’s ups and downs. Which means we could all use a little self-care this holiday season (or a lot 😉). Whether you are shopping for the fitness fanatic, zen yogi, eco-conscious badass, clean beauty queen, or those just diving into the realms of the wellness world, this wellness holiday gift guide has everyone on your list covered.
It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner! For some of us this means traveling to be with family in friends and for others it means hunkering down at home to celebrate, but wherever you are on the map it’s important to stay mindful and healthy during the holidays. That’s why I am here to share a few tips for staying healthy during the holidays that I’ve found helpful in hopes that they serve you too.
We have all been victims to insomnia a time or two and I am going to say it is probably safe to assume you’re here reading this post because you’re included in the 50-70 million American adults that suffer from sleep issues. That’s about 1/3 of the American population that is struggling with sleep issues meaning you’re not alone! There are several reasons we could be losing sleep, but one of the biggest causes of insomnia is stress. I’ll be the first to admit that when I find myself tossing and turning all night its usually because I have something that is causing me anxiety.
Let’s talk about one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor’s office: lower back pain. Did you know that about 80% of adults have struggled with lower back pain at some point in their life whether it be from an injury or just simply sitting too long? Crazy, I know. A few months ago, while I was taking a yoga class, I received a hands-on assist from another teacher that did not settle well with my body. I knew immediately that something went wrong as pain radiated in my low back. Eventually the pain began to spread into my hips and let me tell ya Shakira wasn’t kidding when she said, “HIPS DON’T LIE!”
“Is cupping therapy actually effective or is it just another one of those “woo woo” wellness trends?” This is a question that I get asked quite often so I figured I would take this opportunity to share my experience with cupping and everything you need to know about cupping therapy before you go to your first session! Like many others, the first time I heard about cupping was when Michael Phelps exposed those crazy, perfectly circular, dark marks on his back during the 2016 Olympics. My initial thought was, “WTF, why would someone put themselves through something that appears to be brutally painful?!”
For me, inflammation is the root of all evil causing tensions headaches and my shoulders to scrunch up by my ears. Inflammation occurs in the body as a defense mechanism that recognizes damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens and acts to try and heal the problematic areas. Unfortunately, the inflammation I experience is chronic and caused by severe cervical disc herniations and injuries. There are many factors that cause my body to have major inflammation flare ups including physical activity, lack of sleep, stress, and so forth.
Most of us depend on our deodorant like it’s water, especially those in the fitness industry, but do you ever stop and think about what is actually in that little stick that you swipe on your armpits everyday? If this hasn’t crossed your mind I’ll save you the time and go ahead and suggest that if you're not already using an all-natural deodorant that you toss the little stick in the trash.
We all have that favorite meal we look forward to everyday and mine just so happens to be breakfast. So I wake up in the morning everyday and look forward to this meal and filling my body with yumminess. I love nothing more than a big ole' plate (or bowl in this instance) with a variety of my favorite breakfast foods including eggs, some greens, fruit, and all that good stuff!