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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cuddling

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cuddling

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cuddling

Did you feel like cuddling with your sweetheart after getting red roses, cinnamon hearts and chocolate this past Valentine’s day? Not only does snuggling feel good, it’s good for your health too. Here are nine reasons why you should have a good snuggle every day of the year. 1. Cuddling releases oxytocin. When you are cuddling your brain releases oxytocin, a “feel-good” hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, increasing your overall happiness. 2. Cuddling lowers blood pressure. As oxytocin levels rise the hormones that keep you ready for action are affected, allowing our blood pressure to drop. This means that while you are cuddling, your blood pressure and breathing will slow down, putting less pressure on your heart. 3. Cuddling lowers cortisol levels reducing stress. Although the release of cortisol is useful for helping your body with stress, too much cortisol can negatively influence your mood, weight and your heart. Poor stress management can keep cortisol levels high even when we don’t need it, and cuddling is a great way to keep cortisol levels low, decreasing stress! 4. Cuddling reduces social anxiety. With the release of the feel-good hormone oxytocin, we are more likely to have an optimistic outlook on connecting with others, and an easier time trusting those around us. On top of that, the reassurance of someone else’s touch, even something as simple as a pat on the back, is one of the easiest ways to boost your self-esteem! 5. Cuddling boosts your memory. Did you know your memory does not function well when you are stressed?  By taking the time to cuddle with someone you love you allow your body to de-stress, reducing cortisol levels, making it easier for your brain to take-in new information. 6. Cuddling helps relieve pain and raises your pain threshold. When you stub your toe or jam your finger, what is the first thing you do? You grab your foot or rub your finger with your other hand right? This self-stimulation also triggers a release of oxytocin and helps us deal with the pain. So next time someone hurts themselves, the simple gesture of holding their hand or offering them a hug may do more to reduce their pain than you think! 7. Cuddling protects against inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract their harmful effects. This can lead to many health problems including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, different types of cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as atherosclerosis, heart failure and heart attacks. Cuddling is a great way to maintain a balance between your body’s free radical production and it’s ability to neutralize them using antioxidants. 8. Cuddling boosts your immune system. By stimulating the release of oxytocin, cuddling and touch increase your optimism, boosting your immune system because you feel too good and too healthy to get sick. Looks like the power of positive thinking actually works! 9. Cuddling reduces the risk of heart disease. Because the release of oxytocin reduces blood pressure, cortisol levels, and stress, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, therefore reducing your risk of heart disease. Remember that cuddling doesn’t have to be between you and a romantic partner, or even with another person. Rubbing your own shoulders, giving someone a hug, going for a massage, playing with a pet, or taking a bath are also great ways to feel warm and connected. For more information or to view the sources used in this blog please visit the following articles. 8 Health Benefits of Cuddling 5 Ways...

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11 Tips to Make the Most of Winter

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on 11 Tips to Make the Most of Winter

11 Tips to Make the Most of Winter

The cold weather and holiday season is fast approaching. Picturing yourself in front of the fireplace? Wrapping yourself in warm blankets while holding a mug of hot chocolate? Have you imagined yourself skating at the ice rink or putting on the skis? To make the most of winter, try these 11 tips to stay healthy, energetic and connected. 1. Moisturize – we all know to moisturize our hands and face in the colder drier weather, but did you know to moisturize the inside of your nose? Moisturizing your nose with vaseline or another non-absorbing moisturizer can protect your nasal membranes and keep you from catching a cold virus. 2. Take Vitamin D – Unless you live below the 50th parallel, you don’t get enough sunshine from October to April to keep your Vitamin D in a healthy range. It’s safe to take 2000 IU daily of Vitamin D. It’s an important vitamin that is good for a healthy immune system, healthy bones, energy, and more. Read more about the health benefits here. 3. Take Vitamin C – I’ve caught the cold virus a number of times this year and was able to fight it off with high doses of Vitamin C. I’ve taken as much at 2500mg with each meal, 3 times a day just when I started to notice symptoms and have been able to bounce back overnight. 4. See your chiropractor – As the temperature dips, it’s more likely for our joints and muscles to ache. Chances are your nervous system is under stress too. Regular visits to a Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractor can do wonders to teach your body-mind to release tension and experience greater vitality. 5. Learn something new – Spending time outdoors may be scarce these days, so why not use the extra time to learn a new activity or skill? This is your chance to exercise your mind and body and prepare yourself for the new year. 6. Be with friends and family – Health is more than mind and body. It’s the quality of your friendships and family ties. Spend time celebrating the season with your loved ones and notice how alive you feel when you’re surrounded by those you love and those who love you back. Bonus points for meeting new people, making new friends or starting a new relationship! 7. Practice your faith – Do you believe in something greater? Ever wondered if you had a life purpose? Spending time in meditation, prayer or worship can be rejuvenating and help you with gain focus, direction and certainty in life. 8. Break a sweat – The colder months make it easier to stay inside and away from the gym. This is your chance to practice Tip #5 Learn something new. Make this season your opportunity to have a new winter activity or sport. Maybe it’s living room yoga? Perhaps it’s your existing outdoor activity but with a twist… 9. Bundle up and Layer up – If this is your very first winter of outdoor physical activity, consider an investment in warm clothing. Modern day outdoor active wear has really made it possible to manage heat, cold and moisture while you move around! 10. Breathe – The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Somato Respiratory Integration is an effective way to breathe mindfully and get connected to the peace and strength within. It’s easy to learn and can quickly bring down tension and stress. 11. Enjoy the change – How monotonous would it be if we had no change in seasons? I don’t know about you, but I like bringing out the warmer sweaters,...

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