Here’s a little secret about me: I have spent the majority of my life not being a morning person. I used to be the grumpiest girl when I first got out of bed. The people who lived with me knew they shouldn’t talk to me until I had my morning cup of tea; otherwise I might snap or mutter something inaudible under my breath. Now that I’m have been a Nutritional Therapist for a while, things have changed. Believe it or not, I get up around 3:30 in the morning, ready to take on the day! I know it sounds crazy but I am just so energized that the thought of laying around in bed depresses me. If you have ever wanted to become a morning person and are looking for some natural ways to get energized, here are some tips I can share with you.
Start the day with a glass of water: Before I brush my teeth, before I pour my green tea, the first thing I do is drink a lot of water. How much? We’re talking a full-sized mason jar of this beneficial beverage! Hydration is absolutely key to helping us function at full capacity during the day. Sometimes I’ll even squeeze a bit of lemon juice into the water to really get me going, giving my body a nice boost of vitamin C. If you’re truly ambitious, you can add mint and berries to water and infuse it in the refrigerator overnight. Drinking refreshing water is a wonderful way to start the day. Give it a try! You will be amazed at how you feel.
Start sipping a smoothie: Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to the topic of smoothies. It feels so cliché…a nutritionist writing about the benefits of smoothies. Shocking. But seriously, smoothies really rev-me up. I add so much good stuff into my blender and it gives my body the nutrients it needs to stay energized. You guys know that I’m obsessed with Natural Vitality and all the products this great company has to offer. One of my favorite products is the Organic Life Vitamins because it is packed with nutrients to help me thrive. It also tastes amazing and goes nicely with a variety of smoothie ingredients. You can learn more about this fabulous product here and I highly recommend you start adding it to your smoothies for a boost of energizing nutrients.
Get outside: I have three dogs and they all have a lot of energy, so when it comes to getting outside daily, I really don’t have much of a choice! I take them for long walks every single day, even when I am exhausted. I find that when I am finished walking, my body feels revitalized and my brain seems to operate at full capacity. Exercise is a great way to get energized and I am a firm believer that you benefit from it even more when you’re outside. Connecting with nature gives us a sense of being grounded and in touch with the universe. It can also aid in relieving stress, an emotion that is terribly exhausting. Make time to be outside every day! Work in the garden, walk along the lake, just get out there and appreciate all that mother nature has to offer.
Check your digestion: This was a big tip for me because I spent years suffering from digestive issues. I found that all of the symptoms I was experiencing were depleting me of energy. I also found that because I wasn’t absorbing the nutrients I needed to stay energized, I would get sleepy halfway through the day. If you are feeling drained, take a look at your digestive system. Are you experiencing gas, constipation, heartburn, or bloating? Perhaps it’s time to invest in some digestive supplements or a good quality probiotic. You will be amazed at how great you feel once your gut is healthy and happy.
Stay balanced: This is easier said than done and I am not going to lie… I still struggle with this from time to time. When we are super energized, it can be sometimes hard for us to calm down and get away from things like work, family, and other responsibilities. I find that when I schedule time just for myself, I feel rejuvenated the next day. Soaking in a warm bath is my favorite way to chill out. I will light some candles, turn on some music, and just be at peace. Try adding some Natural Vitality Natural Calm Bath to the water for an extra dose of relaxation. I love the lavender scent because it really takes this pampering experience to another level. You can learn more about it here.
It’s February and it is the month of love! What a perfect opportunity to talk about natural ways we can keep our heart healthy. Unfortunately, many of us fall short of the key nutrients needed to keep our ticker-tocking. We either get too busy and fall victim to eating fast food, or we simply don’t know how to incorporate heart-healthy foods into our diet. That’s one of the reasons why I became a Nutritional Therapist. I wanted to show people how fun and easy it is to eat a diet full of nutrient-dense foods, especially when it comes to promoting heart health. Here are five of my favorite tips that you can start implementing right away, helping you get on the path to optimal wellness.
Get your good fats: If you love fish or avocados, you are in luck! Studies have shown that a heart healthy diet should include omega-3 fatty acids, helping to lower your risk of getting heart disease. Healthy fish include salmon, tuna, and mackerel. If you are a vegan, try incorporating flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts into your diet to get this beneficial fat. I personally take two fish oil capsules every morning to keep my heart healthy. I find that when I’m busy, this is the best way for me to get those beneficial fats into my body. I also like to add some flax seeds to my morning smoothie. Super easy and very beneficial!
The magic of magnesium: Now of course it is important to talk to your doctor or local healthcare practitioner before adopting a new supplement routine. If you speak with them about ways that you can promote heart health, chances are they may recommend you taking magnesium, a mineral that has been shown to help lower blood pressure and promote relaxed blood vessels.
B vitamins: Certain types of B vitamins, like folic acid and vitamin B6 and B12 may aid in reducing levels of homocysteine, a substance that has been implicated in the development of heart disease. Natural Vitality makes an awesome product called Organic Life Vitamins that contains the B vitamins needed to stay healthy and happy. It tastes great and it’s so easy to add to any smoothie recipe. Best of all? It features 24 organic super fruits, veggies like goji and pomegranate, giving your body a beneficial boost of nutrients. Learn more about it here.
Stop stressing. I know that this is easier said than done but we really need to chill out. Stress takes a massive toll on the body and can leave us feeling mentally and physically drained. That’s why I am so evangelical about soaking in a warm bath EVERYDAY, especially if you are under a lot of stress. It’s a wonderful ritual that aids in relaxing or mind body and spirit. Try using Natural Vitality Natural Calm Bath as it gives you a beneficial opportunity to unwind from the stresses of daily living. I love that Natural Calm Bath has a unique combination of premium Natural Calm® magnesium and pristine Brazilian gourmet sea salt. You can learn more about it here.
Move your booty: The American Heart Association has recommended 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every single day in order to keep our heart healthy. Now, I know that this can be a lot especially if you have a busy schedule. Why not try splitting up that 30 minutes over the course of the day? Get outside and walk around for 10 minutes at a time! If walking isn’t your thing, come home at night and tuning into some workout routine on your TV. I know plenty of programs that are on demand or available on YouTube. Find one that’s right for you that you can look forward to doing every day. The key is to have fun so you stick with your exercise regimen.
It’s that time of year again! Cold and flu season! It seems like every time I go to the store, all I hear is sniffling, sneezing, or coughing. I used to be the girl that would get sick anytime I went out in public. When I was in school, I was constantly having to stay home when the flu hit our classroom. Over time, I’ve learned to listen to my body and understand what it needs to stay well. My wellness really ramped up when I became a nutritional therapist because I started applying my nutrition knowledge to my own body. Here are seven ways I keep myself well when cold and flu season hits.
Drink Water: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, drinking water is one of the easiest things you can do to promote wellness throughout your body. I never used to drink water. Instead, I used to be a big fan of caffeinated soda. When I realized that not only did this cause massive spikes my blood sugar, it also made me feel lousy! I also discovered that I was replacing the amount of water I should be drinking on a daily basis with sugary artificial drinks. How much water do we need? Take your body weight and divide it in half. The amount you get is the number of ounces you need to drink on a daily basis. It may sound like a lot, but if you think about how much water you lose on a daily basis, we really do you deplete our body of this valuable resource. If water is boring for you, I recommend adding some lemon juice to it. Not only does this give it some added flavor it gives it a nice boost of vitamin C.
Ginger, Ginger, and more Ginger: There is one ingredient I cannot live without; ginger. I am never without at least three ginger root bulbs in my kitchen, especially during cold and flu season. That’s because ginger has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. It also aids in reducing inflammation throughout the body. When I feel like I’m getting sick or if people are starting to sniffle around me, I will juice up ginger and add it to hot water. I will also freeze ginger juice in ice cube trays and add it to my daily smoothies. Not only is it delicious, I swear that it helps me stay well. Plop a ginger cube in hot water with honey and a splash of lemon juice and sip pure comfort! Not only are these drinks delicious but they will help you stay well.
Smoothies (or smoothie bowls) every Morning: If you are a follower of my website and Facebook page, you know that I’m a huge fan of making smoothies in the morning. That’s because I’m not really a morning person and I don’t feel like going to the effort of making a full-blown breakfast! Smoothies are my solution to getting the nutrients I need to start my day. I’ll add a bunch of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and supplements to give my body the boost of immunity it needs. One of my favorite go-to ingredients is Organic Life Vitamins from Natural Vitality. Just one tablespoon contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients the body needs to thrive. I love that it is free from gluten, GMO’s, and it is USDA organic. You can check out Organic Life Vitamins from Natural Vitality here.
Wash my Hands: At the risk of sounding like a major Germ-a-phobe, I am pretty serious when it comes to washing my hands. This is especially true when I’m out in public and I’m touching all kind of things like door knobs, railings, and shopping cart handles. You just never know what kind of germs may be working on the service! I don’t use any type of antibacterial soap, just good old fashion bar soap. I just make sure to wash my hands thoroughly each time I am out and about. I also keep my hands off my face as a way to reduce the risk of exposure to some type of illness.
Rest and Relax: One of the best ways to keep well during cold and flu season is to pamper yourself. I believe that when our bodies and our minds are in balance, we will naturally stay happy and healthy. I do this by listening to music, meditating, and taking nightly baths. I recently discovered Natural Calm Bath from Natural Vitality and it is my favorite addition to a hot bath soak. Natural Calm Bath is full of natural calm magnesium and Brazilian gourmet sea salt. It relaxes me and gives me a nice detoxifying spa experience. I love the way it smells, and I love the way it makes my skin feel.
Take time for Nature: This can be a little bit tricky depending on the type of climate you live in. I live in Oregon where we don’t get too harsh of winters so I am able to walk around in nature during the colder season. When I am in nature I find that I naturally relax and connect with Mother Earth. I’m fortunate to live near a forest so I will spend 30 minutes walking around and admiring all of the lush green plants. If you do not live in an area near nature, do your best to find a park, a river, or something that is not necessarily man-made. Spend some time appreciating the sounds and sights that surround you. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it.
Focus on Digestion: I have always believed that digestion is the foundation for our health. If you think about it, it makes sense. If we are digesting our food properly we are getting those valuable nutrients needed to stay well during cold and flu season. That’s why I am very adamant about eating foods that are easy to digest. I also will take digestive supplements full of enzymes to aid in the process. If supplements aren’t your thing, simply focus on chewing your food before swallowing. That simple act can make all the difference with how you feel in your gut because the saliva secretes enzymes that aid in digestion.