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Moisturize Your Feet, It Helps With Sleep

These days, getting a good night of sleep is a privilege to most of us. We take work home. We have little kiddos to care for and school projects to help with. We have exams and pull all-nighters. We have our favorite shows to catch up on. We have to train for this, or prepare for that. Eight hours of sleep every night just isn’t on our priority list. But, I’m not here to talk to you about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, I’m here to help you make the most of the sleep you do get. Below are my top 10 favorite ways to ensure you get a good night’s rest.

1. Eat light at night
Night is time to let your organs have a rest, you will sleep better by allowing this to happen.

2. Use herbal tonics
For so many of us, sleep is an issue of stress, so adaptogenic herbs, such as Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Reishi Mushroom, or Eleuthero are awesome tonifiers for our exhausted adrenals. 

3. Make your bedroom smell really good
Kind of a no brainer! An aromatherapy candle, some lavender oil nearby, no kitty litter box in the bedroom. 

4. Have a bedtime ritual
Having a bedtime routine helps send a message to your nervous system that it is wind down time. Light a candle, turn off the lights, moisturize your feet, read an inspiring passage from a favorite book, do a couple of stretches, you get the picture. 

5. Moisturize your feet
I think I heard this from Ayurveda, and it’s a personal favorite cause it really makes a difference for me.

6. Keep your bedroom dark
The darkest you can get it! Light gets through the eyelids and keeps your brain alert. Use black out curtains, or a fantastic eye cover from our store made by Mindfold.

7. Don’t use Melatonin regularly
It’s a hormone, not a supplement, and only for occasional use, will hurt your sleep if used regularly.

8. Practice meditation, biofeedback, neurofeedback, prayer, or mantra
Train your mind to be quieter, you will sleep much better. 

9. Get regular face massages
Relax the tension in your face, sleep better, and age more beautifully.

10. Turn off the TV 2 hours before bed
We’ve all heard this, it’s true!

 

If better sleep is what you need, join our FREE Sleep Well Class Wednesday Nov. 16th from 6pm to 7:30pm. 

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A Spoonful of Mushrooms Makes The Cold Go Down

Winter is near and it’s the perfect time to begin your immune system tonification. A little cold or flue is normal, but you don’t want to catch every bug that comes your way.

There are a lot of immune-boosting remedies and tips out there and sometimes it’s hard to navigate the cold-cure clutter. I like to keep it simple – let food be your medicine. Start eating warmer, longer cooked, more grounding foods. Mushrooms, in particular, are the best herbal and food strategy in my opinion. 

Reishi mushrooms, also known as Ganoderma lucidum, are a beautiful mushroom variety. It has been long revered in the east and has been used for more than two millennia to treat and prevent a wide variety of illnesses. Most importantly, it’s known to keep us healthy in a safe and holistic way. 

Many other medicinal mushrooms are useful pre cold, flue and allergy season as well. One, Cordyceps, has lung protective qualities. Shitake, has been shown to have a wide range of immunoprotective qualities and also protects the liver. 

Let food be your medicine. shitaki’s, maitake and lions mane, are delicious additions to your winter soups and stews. Stay warm. Stay healthy.

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Don’t make your detox, detoxic

When I was in my 20’s I did a lot of crazy fasting, the kind I would never recommend now, for example just water for days, I remember one water fast that included liver powder, yuck! I did learn how much fasting re-adjusts your perspective to food, how often we eat without thinking, or even noticing, and also how lovely cookbooks and the food channel become when you aren’t eating.

These days when people ask about cleansing my answer is simple, eat vegetables, only vegetables, and lot’s of them. Greens in the blender for breakfast, a big salad, vegetable soup, or steamed vegetables for lunch and dinner. Vegetable broth, herb tea, or vegetable juices for snacks. No white potatoes, to help with blood sugar balance. Use a squeeze of lemon in water first thing in the AM, or in other foods. When we starve ourselves, as in a water fast, or the master cleanse, our systems shut down, we may end up circulating a lot of toxins, but they don’t leave the body, and toxins hanging around only become more toxic, like the garbage when the garbage man doesn’t come.

Be sure to drink sufficient water or herbal tea, increase sweating, use a body brush to help the skin release toxins, and take some baths. You can do this cleanse in many different ways, one day a week, a long weekend a few times a year, or for up to a couple of weeks. If this sounds like too much restriction, add in some lean protein, and high quality fats like olive oil and coconut oil, or low sugar fruits, like berries and apples. But no sweets, grains, caffeine, alcohol, dairy or bad fats.

You can greatly increase the cleansing, and healing process by adding some herbal products to your cleanse, some of our favorites are the Flor-Essence 7 day Purification Program, Raw Cleanse by Garden of Life, and 7 Day Total Nutritional Cleanse by Natural Factors. LiverCare by Himalaya is one of the best liver support products in the world, being sold in 75 countries.  

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