If you’re walking around groggy eyed and struggling to find the words to order your third coffee, you’ve probably considered taking a daytime nap. Should you take a nap in the middle of the day? Where can you nap at work? Are there real benefits?
Weight loss has changed a lot over the decades. Remember when doctors warned you that you couldn’t lose more than 2 pounds a week; otherwise, you would risk dying? Of course, this wasn’t true… but everyone certainly believed it!
The onset of autumn and cooler weather provides a great opportunity for all of us to indulge our palates in the wide variety of cruciferous vegetables, which aren’t typically cultivated in abundance through the summer. These superfoods deliver a range of healthy nutrients from basic vitamins and minerals to very sophisticated phytonutrients well recognized for their role in cancer prevention. In spite of their pungent odor and bitter taste, their health-promoting potential makes the cruciferous vegetables compelling to consume. Let’s explore these unusual puppies.
In last month’s blog, we learned all about aromatherapy and Ayurvedic massage, two complementary therapies that use healing essential oils for relaxation and rejuvenation. This month, I will de-mystify meditation, another holistic practice that quickly leads to a relaxed body and a calm mind: the two essential ingredients for a restful night’s sleep.
The top layer of the skin, known as the epidermis (from Greek epi, ‘on top’ and derma, ‘skin’), is one tough cookie. Thinner than paper but tougher than a rock, this multilayered, impermeable, and protective sheath protects us 24/7 from the harsh elements and maintains a critical water balance. This is the most important function of our skin, amongst many other vital functions, so don’t be fooled into thinking that everything you put on your skin gets absorbed because it simply doesn’t.
The month of September is marked by our awareness of Ovarian Cancer, followed by Breast Cancer in October. As “Booming Women,” our concern for these two cancers with regard to prevention, supporting treatment, and reducing the possibility of recurrence does not require a calendar celebration but rather an awareness of choices we can make to address these concerns.
In the last decade or so, sleep researchers have identified associations between short sleep duration and both being overweight and weight gain over time.1, 2, 3 Numerous studies from a range of diverse populations have found that individuals who regularly receive sufficient restorative sleep have healthier weights than those who do not sleep enough. What are some of the reasons underlying these associations? In this blog post, I explore a few of the mechanisms through which we achieve these findings.
Insufficient and disordered sleep is very common. In fact, the National Institutes of Health estimates that up to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder with approximately one-third of adults not getting sufficient sleep of 7 hours per night. Some sleep disorders are more common among men (such as sleep apnea), whereas others are more common among women (such as insomnia).
It is those simple pleasures that often result in profound revelations and have a tremendous impact on our overall wellbeing. Standing in the field and inhaling the fresh, earthy scents of a summer rain might trigger a joyful childhood memory. Sitting by the riverside and allowing your feet to be massaged by the flowing waters may result in a calming of the senses, being transported into a state of complete relaxation as the waves ease your worries away. Being utterly spellbound by the wondrous landscapes that decorate the Earth can inspire us to do great things in life. The connection to Mother Nature is a primeval one. We are drawn to Nature and her bounty unconsciously and instinctively. Whatever our background or culture, Nature has a profound effect upon our entire being and remains a continual source of inspiration and awe. Our connection to Nature is so natural, so perfect, and so unpretentious.
By the time you get to your 60th birthday, you may have accumulated multiple injuries in life. A man is likely to have a sports injury, possibly to the knee, and a back injury or a shoulder injury. A woman is likely to have a neck or back injury, bone loss that makes her feel weak or caused a fall, and maybe even car accident injuries that still act up when a storm is coming into town.