Your digestive tract functions best when your nervous system is in parasympathetic mode - otherwise known as “rest and digest” mode.
1. Get Moving!
So many of us are fair-weather exercisers, which is great when the sun is out, but can mean we are really stuck in the wintertime. So, THIS is the season to make more of a point to exercise than ever, knowing that if you don’t make it part of your to-do list on an ongoing basis, it can be easy to adopt the old “it’s too cold/grey/rainy outside to do anything active”.
Sunshine is an essential part of our lives. It nurtures the growth of the plant kingdom at the bottom of our food chains, it warms us and our environment and it provides vitamin D, which is essential to our health and growth. But what we have all seen, and has become more prevalent in our awareness over the last few decades, is that too much of a good thing can be potentially harmful. Unhealthy sun exposure (too much, too intense, too long) can contribute to skin damage (wrinkles, sun spots) and of course skin cancer. So it goes without saying that sunscreen and sun protection products are a good idea – but how do you know that what you are putting on your skin is safe and healthy for you at the same time?
Water is life; it is a part of numerous critical biochemical processes in the body. Water carries regenerative nutrients – such as vitamins and minerals – to every cell in our body. It makes chemical and metabolic reactions happen, is integral in regulating our body temperature, and it keeps our bodies healthy by facilitating detoxification and eliminating waste products.
We’ve all done it – pulled a muscle or sprained a joint from overdoing it. Whether it was at the gym doing the exact same gym routine you’ve been repeating 3 times a week for years, or after picking up a sport you haven’t dabbled in for ages (ouch – should have seen that one coming!) – we all want to recover as fast and as safely as possible. Here are some naturopathic tips for speeding your injury recovery, which will hopefully get you back to doing what you love sooner.
There certainly is no shortage of diet approaches out there, and if you’ve been around the block you may have dabbled in more than a few! Here is a list of strategies sure to boost your efforts no matter what type of diet you choose to follow.
We live in a culture of 9-5, 40 hour plus workweeks, coming home at the end of day exhausted before expiring on the couch (and if we find time in there to workout, eat a healthy meal or two, and tend to our pets/kids then we are ahead of the game). It is no wonder many of us do not get outside enough, and in our work-centered lives, we can often forget to make outdoor time a priority.
Did you know, than some rabbits can become impregnated, carry their babies to term, and give birth to 6 or more babies each month? In a year, this is upwards of 72 offspring. That’s a lot of bunnies, and it almost seems too easy. For humans, reproducing is not so easily done – and in fact, we are one of the least fertile species on the planet! Infertility rates also seem to be on the rise in North America, with likely contributing factors:
Staying hydrated is very important. As the weather begins to warm up, this is a great time to start incorporating more fluids in our daily routines. Water is of course always brilliant, but what about teas (hot and iced)? Most of us are under the general impression that tea as a beverage is “good” for us – but do we know why? Here are a few great reasons to incorporate more of this timeless drink into your daily routine.