The Latest: Healthy Obsessions

If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.
— Thomas Jefferson

In my quest to live a healthier, more peaceful life, I’m constantly experimenting with new ways of caring for myself.  I’m forever sharing with my family and friends my findings from things I’ve read or seen and it gave me the idea to add a monthly post called “The Latest” in which I share with you what’s  inspired me to connect via mind, body and soul.  I also love hearing the latest with you so I figured we could share our thoughts in the comments section below and find new obsessions together. Yeah!

This edition is focused on connecting with your body.

Here are my latest obsessions:    

  1. Love Beets – Ever since Alex read an article about beets helping to lower your blood pressure (he’s pre-hypertension), this vegetable has become a staple in our home. We discovered Love Beets in Whole Foods and use them in our smoothies every morning. 

    I have to admit, beets tend to have an earthy taste but once you blend it with other fruits and veggies, you can hardly taste it.  Love Beets come in a pack of four and they even offer beets infused with flavors such as honey & ginger.

    Additional health benefits
    : helps lower cholesterol, supports healthy liver function and stabilizes blood sugar.

  2. Dry brushing- I read an article about detoxing your body and dry brushing was at the top of the list. Our skin is our largest organ responsible for absorption and elimination. Dry brushing aids in removing dead skin cells and cleansing the lymphatic system. 

    To dry brush, you’ll need a soft bristle brush with a long handle.  Before you shower, start dry brushing from your toes moving in an upward direction.  After you’re done, take a shower alternating between hot/cold water to further stimulate circulation.

    They recommend you do it every day, but I usually do it on average 2-3 times a week. It’s not so much how you feel while your dry brushing (it’s a little rough), it’s how you feel afterwards. My skin is smooth/silky and once I slather on some coconut oil, I feel like I’ve been treated to a day at the spa.  No lies.  Here’s an article on dry brushing techniques.

    Additional health benefits
    : Strengthens immune system, eliminates cellulite and increases skin functions.

  3. Hemp Protein Powder- As with the beets, Hemp powder has become one of our favorite smoothie ingredients. Being vegetarians, we look for creative protein sources and hemp is one of them. Hemp is considered a complete protein because it contains all eight essential amino acids. There’s really no taste to it so you can mix it in with your smoothies or maybe sprinkle on top of your oatmeal. 

    Additional health benefits
    : Low in saturated fats and easy to digest.

  4. Wellness Fizz- As soon as I feel an itch in my throat or I get a little cough, I pop a Wellness Fizz into a cup of hot water.  This stuff is really good. It’s loaded with a powerful combination of herbs, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It has helped me ward off a few colds this summer.

    A little tip, make sure to use a large cup and leave some room for the fizz to grow.  It works similar to Alka Seltzer.

    Additional health benefits
    :  All natural immune defense.  

  5. Tongue scraper- Speaking of brushing, I’ve recommitted to scraping my tongue each day.  My gag reflex is strong so this is my least favorite thing to do but I practice my breathing, relax my jaw and go for it.

    If you don’t scrape, pull out a mirror or go to the bathroom and stick out your tongue.  That layer of stuff is loaded with germs and bacteria which could lead to a host of health problems. Do yourself a favor and go to CVS or Walgreens, buy a tongue scraper and make a promise to yourself that you will scrape every day.  Need more convincing: read this.

    Additional health benefit
    s: Better breath, the ability to taste flavors better, and helps with gum problems and tooth decay. 

So what’s the latest with you? Do you already use some of these products and/or techniques? 

OM the moment for your body and try out a few things on this list. If you have any questions or want to add some healthy obsessions of your own, keep the conversation going in the comments section below. Share this blog with your friends and family.

Disclaimer:  I am not getting paid by any of these companies to endorse these products.  I’m simply giving them love because I use (and buy) them every week.

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