Body + Mind

yogamindandbodyThe natural healing arts have been with us for ages, and can often be very powerful - by engaging and supporting our body's Innate Wisdom. We need to pay attention to what helps us maintain balance, especially in these times of high stress living, immune breakdown, and pollution. If your body+mind responds to something you read - then listen! It may be trying to tell you something important!

Here you will find interesting articles to help you in your discovery of true happiness.

Sit-ups are one of the most controversial workouts in the health and fitness world. Some trainers swear that sit-ups are perfectly healthy and effective, and when you're in the middle of doing 10 reps of 20 you would believe that they were to. New research is showing us that sit-ups not only hurt our bodies, they also are not as effective as some of the other fantastic workouts, see link at end of article.
You may have perfect form inside the gym, but it's what you do afterwards that can make or break your workout, say scientists who have studied the impact of exercise on the human body. Given that the break-down of muscle tissue is the body's main response to strenuous physical effort, they warn that those with sloppy post-workout habits will likely suffer fatigue, pain, dehydration, lower immunity and may even risk serious injury.
Honey is one of the most under-appreciated foods on Earth. It has been used as far back as the ancient Egyptians and has even been referred to as life's nectar and for a good reason. Americans consume about 1.5 pounds of honey per person each year and there are more than 300 types of honey in the United States alone. 
Screw vaccinations, work on your immune system and you won't have a problem this flu season. I get so enraged to see that our culture is more about vaccinations and other ridiculous Western healthcare methods because if you revert to Eastern practices it is more simplified. A well balanced diet with nutrient dense foods and an active lifestyle is better than shots and antibiotics that, in the end, destroy our immune system.
During the holidays we often forget about our diets and jump right into the holiday cheer, because we all know that Thanksgiving and Christmas are not complete without eggnog and other fattening goodies. To many this is an atrocity and must be avoided, just take a look at all your favorite magazines. Their pieces are already pumping you up to join the hottest holiday crash diet or teaching you ways to "just say no" to all the festive foods and drink. Well, I think it is all a scam.
Taking a bath can be one of the most inexpensive ways to treat yourself. While it is not very green you can justify it by taking other steps to conserve at home, at least that is how I look at it. We have installed low-flow showerheads and even use the bucket method to refill our toilets. So every now and then I like to fill the tub up, throw some essential oils in, light some candles, and dive in. I have found five ways to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate your worn out muscles and mind!
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