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Benefits of Epsom Salt!

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Epsom Salt has been around for centuries and has fast gained popularity in home treatments. You probably know that it is great for relieving joint pains, but that Epsom salt is a suitable laxative or an excellent stress reliever as well.

What exactly is Epsom Salt?

It is a naturally occurring mineral, first discovered by Nehemiah Grew in 1695 at a bitter saline spring around Epsom in Surry, England.

Epsom Salt is a pure magnesium sulfate heptahydrate mineral compound. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body; a deficiency of which can cause dietary, nervous, and heart-related anomalies. Using Epsom salt in baths helps in the absorption of magnesium throughout the body.

 

Here are a few health benefits of this miracle alternative compound.

  1. Reducing pain and inflammation

Epsom salt helps in reducing swelling and pain. Magnesium is proven to help people suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia. By applying a solution of Epsom salt directly to the affected areas you can reduce pain and tenderness in maladies such as arthritis. Alternatively, you can even soak yourself in an Epsom salt bath to allow for magnesium to be absorbed directly.

Unfortunately, our body finds it difficult to absorb magnesium when taken as a supplement which makes Epsom salt baths a salient way to ingest magnesium and sulfates in the body.

  1. Improving insulin sensitivity

Magnesium has been known to increase insulin sensitivity. People with diabetes can find it very difficult to regulate their glucose levels, especially after a processed and sugary meal. There are many other modern health problems apart from type 2 diabetes, which are directly linked to insulin resistance, such as metabolic resistance. By taking regular Epsom salt baths, you improve magnesium content in your body, which further helps in controlling blood sugar.

  1. Relieving headaches

Even though the cause of headaches and migraines is not clear, many studies strongly point towards magnesium deficiency. An Epsom salt bath enables your body to regulate magnesium levels in your body better. A stellar hot soak goes a long way in relaxing your muscles and quickly eases your headache if you have one.

  1. Laxative and detoxifier

 The best way to take Epsom salt is orally mixed in water. This is a useful laxative as it replaces magnesium in your body, which is necessary to relieve constipation. Drinking a glassful of Epsom salt water can also aid in detoxifying your body. If you have trouble stomaching the taste, you can even soak in Epsom salt baths to replenish magnesium.

  1. Degrease oily hair

If you suffer from oily hair, then simply add a small handful of Epsom salt to your regular shampoo. Wash your hair normally and you should notice the difference. You can even mix equal parts of Epsom salt to equal parts of your hair conditioner. Your hair should shine after this which will only magnify your appearance.

  1. Face scrub

You can get baby soft skin right at home with Epsom salt scrubs. Simply mix a teaspoon to your favorite cream and apply to your face in a circular motion. This will get rid of all dead skin cells and leave you with soft, supple, smooth, and glowing skin. You can also use an Epsom salt mix with petroleum jelly to de-flake your lips and make them smoother.

  1. Pedicure at home

After a tiring day, an at-home pedicure is just what you need. You can soften calluses and remove dead skin with the help of Epsom salt. All you need to do is mix ½ cup of this salt into a tub filled with warm water and soak for about 15 minutes. Not only will this soak rejuvenate you, it will also soften hard skin and calluses. To completely remove the dead skin, you can take about a handful of Epsom salt in damp hands and scrub your foot. However, do not forget to moisturize afterwards.

  1. Sunburns and bug bites

In case you are left with an angry red splotch on your skin after a day of hustle in the sunshine, Epsom salt is the cure you need. In a sprayer, you can dissolve four teaspoons full of Epsom salt in a cup of water. Mix it well and spray it directly onto sunburn to reduce irritation and redness. Apply the same mixture to get relief from itchy bug bites as well.

  1. Handwash

If you suffer from dry skin after washing your hands with regular soap, you might want to switch to Epsom salts. Mix equal parts of Epsom salt and baby oil and keep in little bottles next to every sink in your house. Your hands will feel smooth and healthy after every wash.

  1. Blackheads

Exfoliate your skin first to remove oil and dirt from your pores. Thereafter, mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt and four drops of iodine solution in a cup of hot water. Once the mixture has cooled to a pleasantly warm temperature, apply it directly to the affected skin (usually on the nose bridge and under the lower lip.) Let it dry completely before you wash with warm water. A continuous use at least once a week will give you fantastic results against blackheads.

  1. Gardening

Epsom salt can help your vegetables grow at a faster rate. By sprinkling a tablespoon of this salt around the base of your plant a couple of times in a year will get you a very lush garden. It works especially well with tomatoes and other fruits. However, you need to ensure that your prized treasures are at least 12 inches tall. It is useful for indoor plants as well. Rather than putting it on the soil, mix it with the water you use for watering your plants.

  1. Tile cleaner

Epsom salt works really well in cleaning tiles. You do not have to use harmful and toxic chemicals anymore. Simply mix equal parts of liquid soap to Epsom salt and rub away.

  1. Splinter removal

A 10-minute soak in Epsom salt solution can make the whole process easy and less painful. Epsom salt softens the skin and makes it very easy to remove splinter.

  1. Dishwasher

If you have expensive cookware, then Epsom salt can work wonders for you. Removing stuck food and old cooking stains is very easy to remove with Epsom salt. Sprinkle a handful of these salts on pots and pans and scrub as normal. The abrasive texture of magnesium sulfate will make even the hardest of stains easy to remove.

  1. Clean your washing machine

After a time you would find gunk buildup on the inside surface of your washers. Detergents, cleaners, and other contaminants build up inside the washers and affect the capability of your machines. Cleaning your washing machine is very simple. Just fill it with hot water and pour a cup of Epsom Salt and a quart of clean vinegar. Let it cycle around a bit and then leave for an hour for the solution to soak. Afterwards, remove the water and wipe clean.

 

Epsom salt is natural and free of chemicals. It comes with a variety of benefits and is proven useful in many things. Apart from helping with aches and pains, it helps keep your skin supple and soft. It works well in cleaning your skin as an exfoliation agent and your insides as a laxative. You can add it to your cleaning regimen to avoid keeping toxic chemicals in your household. Epsom salt is indeed your miracle compound.

 

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Smile More this Year!

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Smiling and laughter are beneficial for your mind, body and overall well-being. Smiling has well-documented social benefits. A genuine smile can make you seem more likable, attractive, intelligent and even trustworthy. But did you know that smiling more often—regardless of your mood—can improve your health and help you live longer?

Research has shown that there a number of health benefits contributed to smiling and laughing. In addition to improved health, these simple facial expressions and common human behaviors can have a distinctive positive affect on other factors all areas of your life. When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological changes occur in your body, mostly without you being consciously aware of it happening.

There are a variety of benefits from smiling, including some health benefits too:

Improved Mood- Smiling can boost your mood when you’re feeling blue, and may be beneficial for people struggling with anxiety and depression. Making yourself smile when you’re feeling down helps improve your mood and increases positive thoughts.

Lower Blood Pressure- Smiling and laughing more appear to help lower your blood pressure, which is good news for your heart health. Laughter causes an initial increase in heart rate, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, which helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Stress Relief- As smiling can result in a lower heart rate, so the stress hormone cortisol is reduced. Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious and contributes to the unpleasant feelings. Stress generally causes increases in heart rate and blood pressure. So, maintaining a smile when stressed provides you with both psychological and physical health benefits.

Better Relationships- People who smile are perceived as being more likable than people who don’t smile. Being likable makes it easier to build and maintain better relationships with people, which is important for your overall health and well-being. So, keep a smile on your face to help create stronger, healthier social bonds.

Pain Relief- Smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that lift our moods. Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed. They also act as the body’s natural pain killers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management.

Longevity- The effects of a good smile extend past just the exterior good looks. People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study. It releases stress, helps the heart, and much more to keep you healthy longer.

Contagious- Smiling can be contagious! Around 50% of people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.

Build Attraction- Smiling makes people more attractive. Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you rather than push them away. Smiling makes you appear more approachable.

Earn Success- A smile can appear confident, self-assured, and on top of your work. A happy, positive expression will serve you well in life.This is particularly  true for challenging situations such as job interviews: a smiling, relaxed persona indicates confidence and an ability to cope well in stressful situations.

Stronger Immune Function- Smiling appears to help boost your body’s immune system. Laughter and positive thoughts release signaling molecules in your brain that fight stress and illnesses, while negative thoughts decrease your body’s immunity. Even if you’re feeling blue, crack a smile and reap the numerous health benefits of smiling.

Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better.

So, maybe laughter really is the best medicine!

Science of Happiness!

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Happiness seems simple. We all experience it at some point or another. But when you think about it, happiness can be quite complicated. Emotions are a different experience for everyone, and each individual’s baseline- is determined by genes and personality traits. Circumstances and daily activities make up the rest of the puzzle.

The World Happiness Report is a survey and ranking of 155 countries by their level of happiness, taking into account six key indicators: Generosity, Freedom, Health, Trustworthy governance, Income and Social support.

The Happiest Places on Earth.

According to World Happiness Report, the happiest countries of 2017 are:

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

America isn’t i the top 10. US ranks No. 14 on the list. Perhaps we can take some pointers from those happy Scandinavians!

Looking for ways to be happier?

Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it seems to affect positive change in your mood. Other few things are: To stream music, read inspiring articles, meditate, enjoy a nature walk, travel, spend quality time with your pet and reflect on something you’re grateful for at the end of every day.  🙂

7 Essentials to Health & Well-Being!

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These 7 essentials to improve self-health. To make positive changes in the seven key areas that influence health and wellness.

  1. Structure= Body and musculoskeletal health (massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractor)
  2. Diet & Nutrition= what you eat and drink (eat whole food not processed food. Drink water instead of Sodas)
  3. Digestion= having enzymes to digest food well and eliminating the waste products.
  4. Hormones= Balanced endocrine system. Especially for women health (PMS, menopause)
  5. Exercise= Activity is important
  6. Stress= manage emotional, physical and nutritional stress (from intake of artificial food)
  7. Thoughts= What you think about affects your health. You can’t have positive life with negative attitude.

Boost Mood & Calm Nerves!

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8 Foods to boost your Mood and calm Nerves

  1. Dark green leafy vegetables

Spinach, kale and other dark greens are high in folate. Folate helps us to make serotonin and dopamine. Both of these are neurotransmitters that fight depression and stress.

  1. Turkey

Turkey is one of those foods that is linked to happy memories and that is good for us too! It is high in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that shifts to serotonin in our bodies. When we eat foods high in tryptophan we are less likely to argue. Other foods high in tryptophan include cage-free eggs and pumpkin seeds.

  1. Foods that are fermented

We know you are thinking of wine and beer here, but let’s look elsewhere! When a food is fermented it contains good bacteria that can help boost your mood.Good choices include yogurt and kombucha tea.

  1. Wild caught salmon

Wild salmon is good for us for so many reasons, and it is a mood booster too. Salmon contains omega-3 fats that studies show helps cut anxiety by 20%.

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries and blackberries both contain anthocyanins. These are what gives them their deep color. They also help the brain make dopamine, a good mood chemical. Blueberries also help us build more of the white blood cells that boost the immune system.

  1. Pistachios

Did you know that these delicious nuts help to dilate your arteries? This means that you have less vascular constriction, and that means less stress on your heart.

  1. Dark chocolate

Chocolate makes us feel better for lots of reasons. In addition to its delicious taste, it also contains anandamide. This is a neurotransmitter that blocks pain and depression. One study showed that eating just 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day makes us feel calmer.

  1. Avocado

The delicious green fruit gives us loads of minerals and vitamins and healthy fat. It also keeps our moods steady by helping us to feel full and controlling our blood sugars.

4 Stages of Healing

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4 Stages of Healing

1. Acute inflammation Stage: (48- 72 hours)  May have minute muscle tears which has inflammation response and lactic acid in body. Acute injury, weight lifting, bootcamp workouts, etc.

2. Reparative Stage: (48 hours – 6 weeks). This has both inflammation and healing stage of body.

3. Rehab, Remodeling or Toughing: (3 weeks- 12 months). Take longer for body to heal and repair the tissue damage.

4. Restorative Stage: (Chronic- Over 12 months +). Severe tissue damage or severe injuries.

Therapeutic oils:

White Flower oil- for acute injury/ inflammation. (Cooling oil)

Red flower oil- for chronic conditions. (Heat oil- After 6- 8 weeks)