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In our world of shower & go we almost never take a bath. It used to be what everyone did. Today we’re in a hurry we have to go to work, go out to dinner, etc. Well, not only are baths good for you, you can take it up a notch and add in some Epsom Salts. Especially if you workout often and get sore. Great for your muscles and help with recovery and a whole lot more! Plus, you only need about 20 minutes.

Here are the major benefits:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Improved oxygen use.
  • Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
  • Boosts Magnesium Levels. Appropriate levels of magnesium are absolutely key to good health, and it is very common to have a magnesium deficiency. …
  • Reduces Stress. …
  • Eliminates Toxins. …
  • Relieves Constipation. …
  • Reduces Pain & Inflammation. …
  • Improves Blood Sugar Levels. …
  • Volumizes Hair.

So, shut off that cell phone, light a candle or 2, and have an Epsom Salt Bath!  (Recommended 2 times per week)

 

Ok, this may cause a bit of controversy but I’m basing this on facts. Juicing or buying juice can definitely be very tasty and simple to do.

However, juice spikes your insulin levels, the fiber is missing, other nutrients are depleted, and most store bought juice is highly processed. (Juicing at home is better but I still don’t recommend it)

5 Reasons that eating Whole Fruits is better than Juicing

1) Juicing removes the fiber you need for healthy digestion.
2) Juicing can also be problematic for blood sugar.
3) Removing the fiber, which helps you feel full, can lead to increased appetite (a poor diet choice).
4) Cheating your body of the chance to digest the whole fruit robs you of a calorie-burning opportunity.
5) Eating the fruit or vegetable whole gives you the advantage of higher nutrient density.
 
So, when you eat fruit you’re getting ……all of it! Plus, it is a whole food with everything intact the way nature intended it.

 

Exception to the rule:  I’m okay with blending also know as a smoothie.

Hot Tip: if you blend, add some flax seed and/or chia seed as this will add more fiber.

 

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 13, 2017

In today’s society we are flooded (literally) with so many beverages! Rock Star, Gatorade, Monster Energy, Powerade, Red Bull, Flavored Waters, Juices, Soda, coffee, tea, Diet Soft drinks, coconut milk, almond milk, milk, milk products,  soy milk, beer, wine, booze, and alcohol of all kinds flavors, etc. etc.!!!

Now, some of the above are ok and certainly some are subject to debate like dairy. Plus, alcohol in moderation has shown some benefits. Nevertheless, water is # 1, not flavored or infused water….just plain water.

Now, of course, good clean pure water is best especially if you can get spring water that is untouched by any tainting such as pollution, etc.

So, always, always make Water # 1 on the list every day, all day. You’ve heard it before and it’s true…your body is comprised of mostly water and needs a continual supply to help it function properly, efficiently, and Keep it Healthy!!

Here’s the short list of the Benefits of Water:

  1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
  2. Promotes Weight Loss
  3. Flushes Out Toxins
  4. Improves Skin Complexion
  5. Maintains Regularity
  6. Boosts Immune System
  7. Natural Headache Remedy
  8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains
  9. Puts You In A Good Mood
  10. Save Money!

Water, water, water…..Any Questions?

One of the best and most efficient ways to get in shape is resistance training. It builds muscle, strength, and bone density (and many more benefits). Now, you don’t have to be a power lifter or grunt & groan with massive amounts of weight but you do need to challenge your body.

Think about it, before the modernization of our society people had to perform lots of manual labor. Most of that is gone today. However, by lifting weights 3 times a week you can achieve a healthy, strong body.

The best place to start is with a personal trainer. They can assess your current strength levels and then design a balanced program to help you get stronger over a period of time by incrementally increase the load, utilizing various techniques, and adding in lots of variety.

Plus, they can teach you how to warm up, lift with proper technique, and they can also track your progress and demonstrate how much stronger you become.

So, don’t be afraid to lift some weight! 

Ok, maybe you’ve about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or you’re not quite sure what it is. Basically, it’s doing some type of cardio for a shorter period of time, with shorter rest periods or slower active recovery then bursts of high speed or intensity!

There are many variations of this that can be utilized. For example, if you go to a field  and do sprints. Maybe you sprint for 40 yards then job back and do it again  for 8 times. Sprint, jog back, repeat.

Another example would be on an elliptical machine. You could go for 1 min on a resistance of 6, then crank up the resistance to 12 for 30 seconds and repeat that for 15 min.

So, you could take just about any cardio, exercise, etc. and use the above formula. As you become more fit, you can increase distance, duration, speed, resistance, etc.

Why do HIIT? HIIT is very effective in many ways. It’s takes less time (my favorite), really challenges you, burns a lot of calories, revs up your metabolism,  increase your VO2 Max (oxygen intake/cardiovascular system) and gets you in great shape!

Start off slow and gradually increase your variables while tracking your results. And do different things! Variety is the spice of Fitness!

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