How Lymphatic Massage Helps Your Body Detoxify

Lymphatic massage can help our bodies detox. It can be a great option for anyone looking to lovingly assist the body in its own natural detox and immune function. If you have had any prolonged exposure to chemicals at work or in daily life, if you suffer from a range of ailments from lymphedema and swelling to bloating, lymphatic massage can help reduce swelling and when paired with the infrared sauna, can release toxins from the body that could have harmful effects on your health. Because lymphatic massage is different from more-familiar muscle massages, it’s important to understand what it …

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10 Ways to Leverage Light and Darkness for a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep deprivation is a problem. More than one out of every three adults in the United States aren’t getting enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control; and just as many struggle with daytime sleepiness and falling asleep each night. Sleep deprivation is at an all-time high, and worldwide Google searches for “sleep hygiene” have been increasing since 2008. In 2020, these searches reached their highest yearly peak ever. In other words, people want to know how to sleep better, and they’re prepared to make changes to do so. Nevertheless, sleep medicine is still a comparatively young field in academia, …

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Back to the Basics: Why We Should Eat Like Our Ancestors

About 2.5 million years ago, humans were evolving anatomically and physiologically, adapting to climate change, learning to use stone tools, and cooking meat using fire. Our ancestors literally ate to live—they didn’t live to eat. Their diets consisted of fundamental foods they could find nearby—vegetables, fruits, meat (wild game), seafood, and water. For centuries, humans thrived on this type of diet, hunting and gathering the plants, fruits, and small game available. But with the advent of the industrial revolution, diets began to morph into something unrecognizable to our Paleolithic ancestors. We started to eat ultra-processed, low-cost, readily available foods—think cakes, …

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The Real Story About “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol

I’ve lost 50 pounds on the Virgin Diet! My cholesterol is looking much better, but my LDL is still higher than normal. What should I do? A podcast listener recently asked me that question, and it’s a perfect illustration of how the cholesterol conversation has changed. A generation ago, patients only heard whether their cholesterol was high or low. Now, most people understand there’s actually “good” and “bad” cholesterol, and your annual physical measures both HDL and LDL. But what exactly do those tests mean? Living in the Wild West Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in little packages called “lipoproteins.” …

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Five Health & Wellness Trends In 2021

Hi friends! Did 2020 do a number on you? Can we do a quick reframe? Perhaps the past year’s trials and tribulations could serve as forced implementation of mindfulness practices, coupled with a newfound appreciation of holistic stress-relieving techniques. (I’m looking at you red light therapy, blue-light blocking glasses, and Wim Hof breathing!) With all we’ve learned from these challenging months – coupled with the promise of a new day – here are five health and wellness trends we can look for in the many horizons of 2021. Vitamin D We’ve known for a while that Vitamin D – which …

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How Infrared Therapy May Reduce Holiday Stress and Depression

Holidays May be Difficult for Some in 2020 If your family is one that typically gathers for the holidays, traveling to celebrate with generations by sharing favorite recipes and meals, opening gifts, and spending time with one another, this year may look different. Even favorite outdoor winter activities you might have enjoyed as a group, like skiing or ice skating, may not be possible either due to closures or capacity limitations. In fact, because of widespread COVID-19, public health experts are recommending we all rethink the many holiday traditions that usually provide comfort and companionship at this time of year. …

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Rachel Varga’s Winter Skin Tips

Tip 1: Keep Your Skin Hydrated On-the-Go If you’ve been following the skin and rejuvenation tips I share, you already know the importance of a solid medical-grade skin-care routine covering the essentials like cleansing, moisturizing, sun protection and exfoliation. However, during the drier winter months and even drier indoor electric heating, it’s not a bad idea to bump up your hydration levels on-the-go with a mist hydration spray. Who wants to reapply their moisturizer and SPF on top of their already applied make up? A spray hydration product like the Copper Firming Mist is my go-to spray at the moment. …

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Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy Spotlight

The self-care trend isn’t going anywhere, in fact, it’s only growing. More and more people are taking ownership of their health in more natural ways with wellness centers like Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy. One of the growing trends is natural pain management and recovery. Services such as cryotherapy (cold therapy) and infrared sauna therapy are popping up more and more throughout the country, and for good reason. Cryotherapy is used for achy muscles and inflammation, as well as speeding up recovery time, reducing pain, and recovering from surgery. Cryotherapy exposes the body to freezing temperatures that range from anywhere …

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5 Ways to Supplement Sunlight Exposure

Sunlight Benefits for Body and Mind Scientific research is shedding new light on the many benefits we derive from being exposed to the sun’s rays; something our primitive ancestors naturally took advantage of. But as the human race has evolved, many of us have gotten further and further away from the sun, quite literally. We live and work inside climate-controlled environments and wear clothing and sunscreen that covers or protects most of the body from the sun’s harshest rays. While that protection is important, so is sun exposure and the many positive benefits it confers on the body and the …

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How to Reduce Health Risks from Smoke Exposure

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the 2020 fire season is one of the most devastating to date. By the end of the first week of September, California had recorded more than 7,600 fires and roughly 2.3 million acres had burned. Wildfires in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington are also causing record damage to communities across these states, destroying thousands of homes and property in their paths. While burned-out homes, vehicles, and forests are the obvious signs of the wildfires’ destruction, it’s the secondary impact of the flames, namely smoke, that’s causing concern not just in the …

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