How Can Detox Work for You?

Feeling dull and sluggish after this long, cold winter? A weekend detox might be just the thing to get your Spring off to a glowing start. A detox weekend can include healthy eating, special exercises, and lots of hydration. This combination of activities is designed to flush your body of toxins left by unhealthy foods, medicines, stress, and the environment. These toxins are replaced with healthy nutrients.

Why detox? The liver and digestive systems are able to function more efficiently when these built-up toxins are removed. This boosts your metabolism, giving you added energy and helping you lose weight. It’s the perfect time to start a new diet and exercise program, because it’s like starting over with a clean slate. You will feel lighter and it can improve your overall mood, which can be encouraging when starting any new health routine.

Finally, by cutting out foods that can cause irritation in the skin and replacing them with nutrient-rich foods that contribute to a better complexion, you will look better, too! Many non-organic and packaged foods contain ingredients that can contribute to skin problems like acne and the breakdown of collagen. During a detox weekend, these kinds of foods are eliminated. Your circulation will get a boost thanks to improved blood flow from exercise and better eating habits. All of these things will give you a healthy glow.

This month, we offer our very own detox weekend with healthy eating and exercise. Visit us at Your-Movement Wellness to sign up or find out more.

Sources: Prevention, Livestrong, and The Examiner

Relax, you’re on vacation.

Picture this: You’re lying on the beach, toes playing in the sand, cold drink in hand. The waves are rolling in.  Unfortunately, work emails are rolling in even quicker and you can’t seem to disconnect. Who will solve the office crisis if you don’t respond?!

Learning how to relax is not the easiest task. Whether you believe work will not run smoothly without your expertise or you envision a mountain of paperwork on your desk upon your return, it’s important to recognize the value of downtime.

You are not missing as much as you think.

Your co-workers will survive without you and your job will still be intact next week, don’t worry. If you allow your body time to recharge, you will be a more efficient worker when you return.

Here are five tips to get more relaxation out of your vacation:

1. Power Hour 

Take an hour each day and turn off your phone. No calls, texts, emails, social media, etc. Enjoy your surroundings and your companions. Once you have mastered keeping your phone off for an hour, extend the time to two or three hours each day.

2. Email-free zone

Before you leave, determine the places where email– checking and responding– is deemed unacceptable. Some examples would be at dinner, in the bedroom, or at a show. Try to come up with a few email-free zones and stick to them.

3. Leave your itinerary behind 

Allow yourself to be spontaneous. Vacations are not a field trip. It’s okay to have plans to swim with dolphins or hike trails, but there is no need for a rigid itinerary. Try asking a local for their recommendations on food and attractions. Or walk around with your companions until something catches your eye. Your everyday is filled with deadlines and schedules, a vacation should be the one place where none of that matters.

4. Remind yourself: You’ve earned it!

You’ve earned your vacation time, you’ve planned it, and you’ve paid for it. You deserve a break from the constant phone calls and emails. Therefore, if you have to remind yourself each day, that you earned some carefree fun and the office will survive without you, so be it. Look in the mirror and say, “You deserve this!”

5. Ask friends and family to keep you accountable

Ask your travel companions to hold you accountable. Come up with some harmless consequences that will keep you in check. For example, if you check email in an email-free zone, then you have to buy the first round of drinks. The consequences should be light and fun, but just jarring enough to keep you in line.

Enjoy yourself,

Viki

Why oil pulling is good for your oral health!

Oil Pulling is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria. The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil.  Oil pulling involves putting about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swishing it around your teeth for 10-20 minutes. There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not. Certain bacteria can cause harm, gingivitis and cavities. Oil pulling is incredibly simple and effective.

how to do it:

  1. Put about 1-2 tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
  3. Spit out the oil, preferably in a plastic bag as oil can clog your sink.
  4. Rinse well with warm water
  5. Then brush your teeth regularly

If you use coconut oil, you may have to chew on the oil for a few seconds for it to melt, because it is solid at room temperature. It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. I do it every morning soon as I wake up with my morning shower. I put the oil in my mouth, swish it around while in the shower and try to “push” and “pull” the oil between my teeth. There is no need to use a lot of force here, if doing this causes pain in your facial muscles then just relax a bit. Try using less oil next time and don’t swish it around too forcefully.

It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and nasty things.

What to Expect:

You will notice your breath is fresher and your teeth look a lot cleaner… both whiter and shinier. It IS effective at reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth and improving oral and dental health. It can also have benefits for people who have had dental problems in the past.

Keep doing it for two weeks then 2-3 times a week.

I promise, you will be really surprised by how effective this is.

 

Yoga for Runners

As we ease into warmer, mild spring weather, many people will be lacing up and heading for the nearest sidewalk, park, or trail. Running is experiencing another resurgence in popularity. With more people working desk and computer-based jobs, it’s understandable that those looking to get physically fit want to get out to get moving. You don’t need a gym membership or any equipment to start running, other than a quality pair of running shoes. The health benefits are excellent, too. Running burns calories, strengthens the muscles, and provides solid aerobic activity for your heart.

For all of the good that comes with running, there are a few risks, most of which are related to strains, sprains, and other injuries that can come with overuse or even a misstep. Adding Yoga to your regular exercise can help prevent injury and get the most out of running. There are many Yoga poses that help develop strength and flexibility in key muscle groups needed for running. The mental and physical endurance developed with a regular Yoga practice can improve run times. Because Yoga aids in developing the ability to pay attention to the body and what’s happening in movement, it becomes easier to maintain form.

While many kinds of Yoga can benefit runners, a practice tailored to their specific needs can maximize those benefits. It’s valuable for marathoners and fitness runners alike. Visit Your-movement to sign up for Yoga for Runners to put some Spring in your step this season!