Summer sun and fun can create a lot of buzz and excitement. But for many, summer can often be a letdown. During the rest of the year, kids are on a structured routine. They have access to a plethora of activities and extra-curriculars. Not to mention they see their peers and friends on almost a daily basis. Once school lets out, that all changes. The days and nights are long. Kids find themselves moving less and eating more (especially more junk food). These changes can have a serious effect on your kids. Summer is a great time to re-establish and create new healthy habits. Which is why today we want to check in on your summer rundown to keep kids healthy.
Back pain can be miserable. Whether it’s that chronic low pain or spasms and aching neck, any kind of back pain can ruin your day, weekend, or an entire week. Unfortunately, back pain has become quite common. So much so that roughly 8 in 10 people deal with some type of back pain during their lives. Low back pain, in particular, is responsible for 2.6 million visits to the emergency room each year and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Today, we want to review holistic back pain treatments you can try before you resort to drastic measures.
It’s probably safe to say that most of us know the statistic that our body is comprised of 60% water. But even with that fact as “common knowledge”, there are a considerable amount of people that don’t meet their hydration intake. Did you know that water is the medium for practically every process in the body? Water helps regulate our temperature, mood, and detoxification. It also transports nutrients, helps us to think cognitively, and even oxygenate the body. And while we may be made up in general of 60% water, our blood is actually 80% water and our brains are 70%! Water is a crucial part of our being. Are you getting enough hydration this hot summer?
Last week, we dove into the concept of “good bacteria” when we discussed the importance of the microbiome. It’s important to understand that these bacteria are actually our ally in most cases. Without beneficial bacteria, we are susceptible to intestinal damage, illness, mental and emotional stress, and so much more. Good news is that the health and wellness community has seemed to jump on the gut health topic. Which is why today we want to add to the gut health conversation by talking about essential oils to promote gut health.
We’re sure you’ve heard of the statistic that humans are comprised of 60% water. But you may not have known that we are also made up of something else – microbes. The average human has 100 trillion microbes, as they outnumber human cells ten to one. They are mainly found in the large intestine. And they include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, etc., that live in and out of the human body. All in all, the microbiome may weigh as much as five pounds. Don’t let the size fool you, the microbiome packs a punch. So, let’s discuss different ways of taking care of it.
The term “toxins” is everywhere in the realm of health and wellness. We are told that eliminating these toxins from our bodies is essential to obtain optimum health. Social media platforms have jumped on this profitable trend through influencer pushed cleanses and detoxes. But we have now learned many of them are just laxative teas – which can be harmful when consumed in large quantities. Resetting our elimination can help reset our normal functioning baseline. Not to mention allow for the rest of our organs to also perform at full capacity.
Organic foods are becoming increasingly popular. Most grocery stores now have separate organic sections. And there are others who only sell organic items. People choose to consume organic food for a number of different reasons. But what truly is the difference between organic and non-organic foods?
A few weeks ago, we began the discussion of “Resetting our Health”. “To put it simply, we have become a culture of pill pushing and band-aid adhering. We take notice of our symptoms, rush to treat them and move onto the next thing without any more thought. We have stopped asking “Why?” and we have stopped looking into the root causes of our illnesses. Instead, we have turned to treat surface symptoms, hoping for the best. Natural, alternative medicines aren’t any better, as there seems to be an herb or supplement for everything these days.” Today, we want to jump into the specifics of what resetting our health actually means under the category of nutrition.
“CSA” stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” and for over 25 years, CSA’s have been connecting consumers to local, seasonal food from farmers in their community. While technically you can support community agriculture through things like farmer’s and local markets, CSA’s of today has become synonymous with a once-a-week or biweekly box full of local, seasonal produce delivered right to your door (or close to it!).
Resetting Our Health. According to research done by Mayo Clinic, it has been found that nearly 70 percent of Americans are at least on one prescription drug. Nearly 50% take two. And close to 25% are on five or more prescription medications. I’ll let you swallow that pill again…close to 25% of Americans are taking five or more prescription medications every single day. We live in a time where health is continually talked about. Celebrities sponsor teas, resistance bands, magic diet pills, and recipe books. YouTube fitness influencers take us through extreme challenges and live workouts. Doctors have their own talk shows, are guests on podcasts, and some even have successful social media accounts in which they share their tips and tricks to getting healthy. In this 21st century so focused on health, I want to raise one question. Why is it that we are the unhealthiest we have ever been? And why is our life expectancy starting to decline (as suggested by The British Medical Journal, ABC News, Reuters Health, and The Washington Post)?