November is here, which means the end of fall foliage season and the beginning of holiday festivities, and lots of great food and drink. While these welcome indulgences are around the corner, it’s good to think of ways to keep a healthy balance in your life through regular exercise. And, if you’re feeling too sluggish to get on the treadmill, there’s tool you can add into your arsenal that is an all-around aid in your workout routine: green tea. What’s so great about this ancient brew? This wonderful plant is full of healthy nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids to help you pre- and post-workout.
We’ve all experienced occasions when we’d like to focus on some sort of task but can’t seem to get “in the zone.” Luckily, there are simple ways to achieve focus that are effective. Below, we list five easy steps that will help you to get centered quickly. Each “step” will take you down a new sensory pathway that has an impact on our mood and our ability to concentrate.
In our last blog post, we made a general introduction to the concept of circadian rhythm (CR) and its importance in maintaining balance in our daily routines and sleep. In this blogpost, we’re going to take a little closer look at one particular aspect of the impact of CR: supporting the maintenance of healthier food intake and more efficient weight control.
Many of the cycles in nature – like bears hibernating or deciduous trees losing their leaves – are often calibrated by the light of the sun. Its daily appearance and disappearance over weeks and months is like a slow-rocking cradle for our systems, balancing between periods of activity and rest. Sleep is a crucial part of maintaining this balance for humans.
Yoga’s wisdom goes back 5,000 years when it began in India. The gradual movements of yoga combine challenging exercise with deep empathy – the understanding that people of all athletic abilities should be able to benefit from the mindfulness and stretching that form the core of the practice. Because it is so adaptable to individual needs, yoga supports the perfect union of mind and body in adults as well as in children. Adults who have grown their inner and outer strength through yoga are often eager to share this practice with their kids.
As we enter cold and flu season, it’s time to strengthen our immune systems to face the onslaught of sniffles, coughs and sneezes. Research shows that tea possesses compounds which can enhance the immune system and offer added defense against illnesses that tend to occur more often this time of year. These compounds include catechins (a chemical found in plants, especially green tea), amino acids (important in building proteins that help the immune system) and polyphenols (an antioxidant).
Everyday life can be hectic, and it is easy to forget to take time out for ourselves. More and more of us are suffering from headaches due to stress and related lifestyle factors. With the holidays fast upon us, instead of letting headaches taking over our time meant to be spent with family and friends, we’d like to introduce you to some revitalizing smells and tastes around us that can help alleviate this common nuisance.