Lifestyle
Jan 29, 2021

January Wellness: A Roundup

January is the start of a new year, often ushering a plethora of promises for us all. This year we took a look at January wellness with a more serious eye.

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With many of us taking care and being safe at home, we thought there would be no better time to check in with you all and share our finds for better physical and mental health.

The truth is, you can do all the sit-ups you want, but if you’re not fueling your body with the right things you won’t feel the results of your hard workouts. So, if you’ve crawled off the couch like we have we suggest making sure youre having nutrients to go with your busy at home lifestyle.

Check out benefits of Wild Tonic’s organic kombucha line. We love it. This is why: kombucha, is a fermented drink made by adding bacteria and yeast to a mixture of black or green tea and sugar. What does that mean for your body? Well, the ingredients used to make kombucha may sound sketchy, but this drink has become increasingly popular as a potential source of probiotics for a reason. Drinking kombucha allows you to replenish your gut with good bacteria and restore your digestive health.

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What about CBD? Is it just hype or the real deal? We tried out AltWell’s gummies this month and loved the night time CBD gummy dose they offer. There is a lot of ongoing research at the moment about CBD, and how CBD gummies can affect the human body. As of now, holistic believers rave that CBD gummies claim CBD is effective at relieving anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, and improving sleep. We can say that every time we took one of AltWell’s nighttime gummies we were out like a light within twenty minutes, and no it wasn’t placebo. We discovered that on nights we passed on it, it took us on average 40-50 minutes to fall deeply asleep, meanwhile on gummy nights we saw a faster turn down in our body’s response to sleeping. Might be something to give a go if you have been seriously having issues falling asleep. The gummies are easy to take, and the citrus yuzu flavor is delicious.

Speaking of sleep, one of the best lessons we learned this month came from Master Class. Matthew Walker teaches the science of sleep and how it affects everything from our longevity to our learning capabilities. This is one Master Class we can’t recommend enough. Right now Master Class is running a buy one get one year long membership special!

Take time out for your body. Spa’s have been closed for over a year now, but if you have a bathtub at home you should be utilizing it to optimize your health. Here are some facts about a bath routine that might just make you a believer. Taking a warm bath will make your blood flow easier, it also makes it more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower, particularly when taking in steam. Taking a hot bath or spa can kill bacteria and improve immunity. It can also relieve the symptoms of cold and flu. Obviously slipping into a warm/hot bath feels good but it is also linked to elevating your mood and decreasing feelings of depression. Bathing induces feelings of comfort and easiness, and that kind of security allows your mind, and subsequently your body, to relax. Bathing right before bed is also linked to better sleep, which also ties into mood. a warm bath—in combination with certain essential oils can better hydrate and heal dry or irritated skin. Plus, aromatherapy is great for regulating your mood or reducing stress. Some of our favorite go to bath goodies can be found at Lush.

When you step out of the bath we recommend giving BE Everything Body butters and essential oils a try. The ingredients in BE Butters have been carefully selected from all natural ingredients to optimize the effectiveness of the product.  The result is skin care products that will protect, heal, and provide overall day to day skin maintenance. This self-care routine is simple but has lasting effects. Our favorite is the soothing lavender butter but it also comes in eucalyptus, rose, and unscented options.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Because of their antidepressant, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral, and calming properties they are recently gaining popularity as a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy. Pick your favorite essential oil and use a diffuser during bath time, before bed, or while working to help relax your body and reduce stress. We recommend the trio bundle for newbies which comes with Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree.

While spending so much time at home has been tough on everyone, we know it’s been an extra dance for those working parents attempting to work, parent, and find balance. Earth Baby has you covered with their line of cleansing products, lotions, and hand sanitizers that are 100 percent safe for a baby and child’s tender skin and hair. The science behind Earth Baby is an exclusive patented formula called Oleosphere® Technology created to have time releasing ingredients. That means your little one receives the maximum amount of moisture in their skin throughout the day. All packaging is recyclable and kit bags are made from organic cotton. They have a baby hand sanitizer gel, germ busting face mist, moisturizing lotion, shampoo + body wash, and a conditioner + detangler. Our favorite product right now it the bubble bath. It’s an easy way to spend time with your kids while making it fun during these days indoors!

Finally, we want to introduce you to Leefy Organics, they are most known for the powerful elixir PRANA. This oil is redefining the market for the bright orange ancient root widely popular in health and wellness routines. Leefy’s Prana oil has a slew of benefits for your body, include and not limited to improving brain function, decreasing imflammation, improving your joints and has benefits for heart health. Being more sedentary per stay at home and social distance rules has its set backs, and you may notice that your feel like your body has been dealing with more imflammation. Well, this is why Leefy’s oil can be incredibly beneficial to your body. One of the effects of curcumin (the primary compound in turmeric) is an improvement in heart health. Since inflammation is the primary reason for heart disease, anyone who is trying to have a heart-healthy diet should incorporate this Southeast Asian spice into their diet. The turmeric in Leefy also has high levels of antioxidants which are responsible for helping the body prevent or repair the damage that free radicals cause to the inside of arteries. Additionally, antioxidants help prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries (which is especially important for heart health). Another way that antioxidants help maintain a healthy heart is by preventing the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL).