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Healthy Habits for Travel, Office and Home

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Healthy Habits for Travel, Office and Home

Healthy Habits for Travel, Office and Home

In my previous two posts [ post 1 | post 2 ], I wrote about my amazing experience of Beijing. I still think fondly of my 45 degree climb up the Great Wall of China. Reconnecting with family on our walking tours and over meals was wonderful and rejuvenating. Sharing meals with my new friends made the trip even more joyful. And practising simple healthy habits made it possible to enjoy the experience and feel energetic, happy and relaxed. On my previous post, I mentioned regular Network Spinal Care, daily yoga and healthier food choices were 3 ways that I stayed healthy on my trip. With NSA, I arrived in Beijing with a healthy nervous system and a healthy spine. Daily yoga helped me limber up and start my day with more energy. Healthy meals provided clean-burning fuel to sustain my well-being. The key to health was to continue practising my daily healthy habits and modify them to suit my day. Without further ado, the last of my healthy habits during my Beijing trip!   Early to bed Our days usually started with rising early at 6:00am. I typically need 8 hours of sleep nightly to feel refreshed the next day which meant I was in bed by 10:00pm. This was not the easiest goal as we would return to our hotel room as late as 8:30pm. I got to bed quickly by cutting down on the electronics: namely the television and cell phone. This helped me to maximize my time to wind down from the day with a nice slow shower and personal care. Stay hydrated Experts say that we need at least 2-3 litres of water every day to stay properly hydrated. When counting your intake, remember that beverages and foods are both sources of water. Our tour guide and bus driver provided bottled water during our trip which was very considerate in light of Beijing’s questionable drinking water safety (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/722561.shtml). A combination of bottled water and lots of fruits and vegetables – both water-rich foods – made it easy for me to stay hydrated.   Keep moving, especially when seated! Do you know what children do after they sit for more than a brief moment? They get restless and move around! This is a perfect reflection of our body’s intelligence to keep tension under control. Every few minutes on my trip, I would lean from one side to the other. Then I’d slouch forward for a few minutes, and then sit upright. I would twist one way, and then twist the other. And of course, if I could safely stand and move around I would do that too. Moving around is important to manage tension. Whether it be on vacation, at home or at the office, if you sit still for more than a few minutes certain tissues in your body will start to compress, stretch and strain. The only way to counteract the load is to switch positions regularly so that the strained tissues get a break and share the load with other parts of your body.   SRI SRI stands for Somato Respiratory Integration (click to read more) and is an incredibly effective tool for enhancing the breath and releasing built-up tension. It’s so simple and that anyone could learn it in a single session and enjoy right away the benefits of regular practice. I used it to help me to sleep each night as well as whenever I felt tension build up. There are 12 different stages of SRI that can be practised, and the simplest and most frequent stage I practice is stage 1. See below...

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Hydration & Water Bottles the Healthy Way

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Hydration & Water Bottles the Healthy Way

Hydration & Water Bottles the Healthy Way

~ image by bertvthul ~  Years ago, I thought I was onto something. I was getting more active, drinking more water, and making other healthy lifestyle choices. It seemed like a great idea to keep my water in a hard plastic bottle. Shatterproof, lightweight, and big in capacity, it seemed perfect for carrying around for work, exercise, and travel. Soon, the evidence started surfacing that the hard plastics used in bottles (and many other items) could mimic our sex-hormones and ultimately cause problems with our health and wellness. BPA, the main chemical used to manufacture those ever-popular polycarbonate containers, and phthalates, a very common compound used to give vinyl and other plastics flexibility and a soft feel, were found to be the major culprits. I was sad to waste anything but when I saw the news, all I could do was pitch my plastic bottle into the garbage. And to the heavy and fragile mason jars I went! To my surprise, little time had passed before BPA-free bottles started showing up at my local store. Confidence restored, I thought I had found water bottle nirvana once again. Think again. As the saying goes: fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. In March 2011, researchers published a study (download link to study) in Environmental Health Perspectives that showed most hard plastics leach estrogen-mimicking compounds under typical day-to-day conditions. Some plastics labeled BPA-Free (sorry Vitamix) were even more problematic than the BPA plastics they replaced. What’s the bottom line? Enjoy drinking your water. It’s refreshing, a vital nutrient to our health, and tastes great. BONUS: The only thing more enjoyable than drinking fresh clean water is to eat it! It’s naturally sweetened, chock-full of a wide spectrum of nutrients, and filtered at the cellular-level. Yes, it’s fruit. Learn more about the wonders of fruit at my FREE workshop this Tuesday, October 18, 6:30pm (click for event info) Avoid plastic containers. BPA-free doesn’t mean hormone-free. Use glass containers wherever possible. Only glass containers are likely to be hormone-free.  What are people saying about BPA and...

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