Think Drinks: How To Make Healthy Beverages More Interesting

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Despite what some people might tell you, very few people actually like drinking plain water all the time. While it is good for you, this sort of beverage lacks the fun found with a lot of the alternatives on the market, instead offering a boring take on something which can be interesting. Thankfully, solving this issue without ruining your diet and healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a chore. To help you out, this post will be exploring some of the healthy options you have to replace plain water, giving you the chance to try something new with each drink you brew.

A Dash Of Fruit: There are loads of fruits out there which have their own unique flavor. When you have something like water, capturing this taste isn’t too hard, and you can often achieve this goal by simply cutting up your favorite plants and throwing them into a jug of water overnight. Citrus fruits work best for this, but you can also consider the idea of using strawberries, apples, and other juicy alternatives to liven up the drinks you have at home.

A Touch Of Tea: Likewise, a lot of people ignore tea when they are thinking about ways to make their drinks more interesting. This sort of drink is virtually zero-calorie, though, as long as you serve it without any extras like milk or sugar. Iced tea is the best replacement for water when you’re taking this approach, and it can be made using a similar process to adding fruit to your drinks. There are loads of recipes around the web which can give you a helping hand when it comes to making delicious tea.

A Hint Of Honey: Sugar and fat are essential parts of your diet, and they don’t cause any problems when you have them in moderation. Honey represents the healthier side of this coin, with the sugars inside this delicious treat being much better for you than the refined options you get in a bag. As a great addition to hot drinks, along with making cold ones even more refreshing, it’s worth considering this option when you’re finding it hard to enjoy water at home.

Buy It From The Best: Finally, as the last idea on this list, it’s time to think about putting this work into someone else’s hands. Products like Hint flavored water have been developed with health in mind, providing you with something with the same nutritional value as water, only with a bit of taste to make it all better. There are loads of options like this to be tried. Of course, though, it’s worth doing some research to make sure that the products you choose are actually good for you, as some companies use sneaky marketing to sell bad things.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to break the shackles of boring drinks. While water is bland and tasteless, it’s still very good for you, and it’s worth having at least some of it in your diet. This doesn’t mean that you can’t improve it from time to time, though.

You Need To Walk More Every Day, And Here’s Why

 

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Walking is without a doubt the best and easiest way of improving your health and wellbeing. It’s not difficult to do, it doesn’t take a lot of time, and the benefits are endless. I think everyone should try walking more and driving less. There are plenty of reasons for this, and here are the most significant ones:

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Walking is free

It costs absolutely no money to walk from A to B, fact. If you drive or get an Uber, then it costs money. You have to either pay for someone to drive you, or you pay for your own petrol. Take into account the other costs of owning a car, and you can save a fortune if you just walked more often every day.

Walking is safe

Most auto accidents involve two or more parties that are in vehicles. If you drive your car, you could easily be the victim of someone’s reckless driving, and end up in a severe accident. The same goes if you can’t drive and pay others to drive you around. You can easily get in a car accident with uber or lyft, which poses many legal issues as well as health ones. When you walk, you’re typically very safe as you can stay on the pathways away from cars. There’s no danger of someone running at you at full speed, you can relax and enjoy a safe stroll.

Walking burns calories

From a more health-conscious perspective, walking helps burn plenty of calories. If you walk around 10,000 steps per day, then the average person will burn over 2,000 calories. This makes it easier to lose weight if you keep your diet in check as well.

Walking tones your muscles

In conjunction with this, walking also helps tone your leg muscles – particularly your calves. This means you can have much tighter and more toned looking legs, which helps boost your confidence.

Walking is easy on your joints

Many doctors and health professionals say that walking is far superior to running as it’s easy on your joints. Your knees and ankles take a battering when you run, which leads to health issues like arthritis. But, walking doesn’t do this, yet it does tone you up and burn calories; perfect!

Walking improves your mental health

Perhaps one of the best reasons for walking more is that it helps improve your mental health. Going for a long stroll will make you feel more relaxed and bring some happiness back to your life. You get to breathe in fresh air, which is beneficial for your physical wellbeing, but the joy of being outside and feeling active is so great for your mental wellbeing as well. It’s one of the easiest ways to relax, which is why I recommend it so much.

I bet you didn’t think walking would be so beneficial for your mind and body! It’s such an easy thing to do, and we can do it every day. All I’m asking is that you substitute out a few car journeys with walks instead. It may take a little bit longer, but the benefits will improve your life in many ways.

6 All-Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Headaches And Sleep Better – Guest Post

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A throbbing headache is a real nuisance and can even put you out of action for a few hours. The obvious answer is to take a painkiller, but there are loads of natural remedies you can try instead. They’re cheap, quick, and effective. At least one of them is bound to work for you.

  1. Yoga: We all know that yoga is one of the most relaxing activities out there, and it’s a powerful headache cure. The combination of deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and improved circulation is a winning recipe! Research published in the International Journal of Yoga shows that it can even help treat migraines.

Try this: Sit on the floor or in a chair. Straighten your spine and lengthen your neck. Position your right hand on the left side of your head, just behind your ear. Apply gentle pressure and tilt your head to the right. Hold the position for around thirty seconds then repeat on the other side.

  1. Other types of exercise: Almost any type of workout can cure a headache. Even a brisk walk will help. Research shows that when you exercise, your body releases all-natural painkillers called endorphins. Movement also helps stretch the muscles in your neck and back, which eases tension headaches. Add uplifting music for an extra stress-busting effect.
  2. Self-massage: Professional massage, especially if you get it regularly, is a good way to treat and prevent headaches. Unfortunately, not many of us can afford to pay for our own 24/7 masseuse! Luckily, you can learn to ease pain yourself.

Try this: Place your thumbs near your ears, on your cheekbones. Apply pressure to your temples using your fingertips. Apply more pressure – but not to the point of pain – and rub in tiny circles along your hairline. Do this for a few minutes.

You can also try some DIY reflexology. Reflexologists believe that our feet contain a map of our bodies. Stimulating pressure points on the foot can help relieve pain. Rub these three pressure points to relieve headaches:

  • The outer edges of the top of your feet, halfway between your smallest toe and your ankle;
  • The area between your first and second toes;
  • The lower half of your big toe.

Press on each point for approximately 60 seconds.

  1. Water: Do you drink enough water? It sounds silly, but lots of us actually forget to stay hydrated. The bad news is that even mild dehydration can give you a nasty headache. Get at least nine glasses per day and stay away from dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. Don’t forget that food contains water too. Stock up on cucumbers and watermelon!
  2. Magnesium: According to natural health experts, taking 200-600mg magnesium every day can prevent headaches. It lowers levels of chemicals in your brain that transmit pain signals.
  3. Aromatherapy: Essential oils relieve tension, improve blood flow, and reduce pain perception. If you have a headache, simply smelling the right essential oil can help you feel better within minutes. Here are a few of the most popular:
  • Lavender: Scientific research shows that sniffing lavender oil helps 71% of migraine sufferers feel better. Put a few drops on a tissue and inhale for around 15 minutes.
  • Peppermint: You might think peppermint is energizing rather than soothing, but it quickly gets to work on headaches. Dilute it with a carrier oil and rub a few drops on your forehead and temples. (Remember, never apply undiluted oil to your skin.) It will soon stop that uncomfortable throbbing feeling.
  • Rosemary: Rub it onto your skin to melt away muscle tension in your head, neck, and shoulders. Rosemary is also good for promoting healthy sleep, so it’s perfect to apply just before turning in at night.
  • Eucalyptus: This oil is a fantastic decongestant, so it’s perfect for sinus headaches. It quickly opens up nasal passages and encourages detoxification.

With so many natural treatment options around, you don’t have to live with headaches. There’s plenty of scientific evidence that these remedies are safe for most people. However, if your headaches are severe or you notice any other symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor. When it comes to your health, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

 

Author Bio

Clara Masters

 

 

 

 

 

Clara is an entrepreneur and content marketer. In a former life, as a corporate business executive, she relied on yoga, reflexology and other alternative practices to fight stress, anxiety and find balance. At Massageaholic.com she’s on a mission to bring massage therapy closer to those who want to live a balanced, healthy life, connecting body, mind and spirit. You can follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.

How I Stopped Needing the TV On To Fall Asleep

The most popular post on my blog is one with information on how to stop sleeping with the tv on, and I wanted to let you know how I managed to learn how to fall asleep without the television on.

I wonder if the sleep timer function on televisions was the biggest detriment to ideal sleep hygiene until smartphones came along!  That is probably when I started sleeping with the television on, in high school sometime when I had a tv with a sleep timer.  (Yes I’m fairly old so I actually remember when tvs didn’t have sleep timers, or in fact remotes!).  Anyway, I slept with the television on until probably around 5 years ago, and let’s just say that was quite a bit of years of not knowing how to fall asleep unless a tv was on in the room.  Even when my newborns were sleeping in the room I would have the tv on.  My husband pointed out that it probably wasn’t the greatest thing since even with eyes closed you could see the bright lights flickering.

So what did it?  How did I stop leaving the tv on?  I actually started doing some meditation, and with meditation you start concentrating on your breathing.  Also my husband started going to sleep earlier than I did and so I didn’t want to come to bed and turn on the tv when he was already asleep!!  So that pushed me into learning how to fall asleep without noise, and that’s when I turned to meditation.  Well really just concentrating on my breathing.  When I had something to focus on, it was easier to fall asleep.  And really that’s what the tv was doing for me.  It was giving me something to focus on when I was trying to fall asleep.  I also now sleep with paper and pen next to my bed so if I do start thinking of something I can write it down.  (Like last night I started thinking about writing this post)  This makes it easier for me to fall asleep too.  And the last thing is we now sleep with white noise on.  Again, the white noise just gives my brain something to focus on while I’m trying to fall asleep.

It’s not always easy and there are times when I think about turning the tv back on.  But then I also know that I will ultimately be up later since it’s probably I’ll find something I actually want to start watching.  Plus now I know that the light from the television can cause my body to stop producing melatonin, a calming hormone that helps us fall asleep.  So I’ll definitely be up later than if I just concentrated on my breathing and worked on falling asleep.

One other thing I do before going to sleep is think of 5 things I am thankful for.  This ends my day on a positive note, and helps me be in a more positive mood to fall asleep.

Do you sleep with the tv on or did you used to?  I’d love to hear what worked for you, or if you are still working on turning it off.

And here are some other links to posts that may interest you:

Review of Marpac Dohm White noise machine – a great way to replace noise from the tv

Sleeping with the tv on – the original post I wrote about this topic

Adult Sleep Tips – Tips to help you sleep

DreamCloud Mattress

I wanted to introduce you to a mattress that I have recently learned about, the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress.  One of the first things that stood out to me is that there is a risk free trial.  Of course who doesn’t love a risk free trial?  You don’t like it, you can return it.  Most risk free trials are maybe a month, or 90 days, but DreamCloud offers a 365 day risk free trial!  So that in itself tells me that this company really believes in it’s product.  Imagine trying something out for a year and being able to return it if it didn’t meet your satisfaction!

One important aspect of sleep that I don’t always talk about is comfort.  If you are not comfortable, you will probably not be sleeping well.  And of course your mattress is a big source of comfort (or discomfort).  So if you are having trouble getting comfortable at night, and are waking up tired or stiff, you may need a new mattress.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, mattresses last around 8 years.  If you’ve had one longer than that, or notice signs of worn or sagging spots in the middle or at the edges, it may be time to look into getting a new mattress.

About the DreamCloud Mattress

DreamCloud is a luxury hybrid mattress combining the best latex, memory foams, tufting and coil technologies throughout 8 hand constructed layers, to provide the best sleep money can buy. DreamCloud uses cutting-edge technology and premium materials to create the best support for your spine.

One of DreamCloud’s secrets is a true double hand-tufted Cashmere Cover, since the combination of tufting and compression creates unparalleled support and uniformity to DreamCloud’s plush comfort and feel. Hand tufted mattresses have much less sagging, wear and tear, and provide longer lasting comfort. Tufted mattresses retain their shape better because the fillings are tightly compressed, which is especially important with a multi-layered hybrid.

If you buy a DreamCloud Mattress, you buy direct from the manufacturer so there is no middleman to raise the price.

What Customers Say

A TRULY RESTFUL EXPERIENCE

“I got the DreamCloud because I was waking up so tired in the morning and I wanted to change that. DreamCloud did exactly that, restoring my faith in mattresses by having a truly restful experience from start to finish. The base is strong and supportive, and the cover on top felt like a soft and snug friend that I never knew I needed. It was such a warm and inviting experience that I couldn’t believe how well made and hearty the DreamCloud was. If you’re looking for a restorative mattress experience that will leave you sighing in relief, this is the one for you. It definitely was the one for me.”

— Kimmie N

PLUSH AND LUXURIOUS

“DreamCloud has actually made me thirsty for sleep. I can’t wait to spend time on it at night. Maybe because it’s so plush and luxurious, but I honestly have never had a better sleep. I can’t believe how lucky I feel over getting one. I have started telling all my friends about it. It’s a cozy experience that you just have to feel for yourself to believe. I was also so psyched about their trial policy, but I have to say that I’m not worried at all. DreamCloud is a beautiful sleeping experience, thanks to the supple support of the cashmere cover. Thank you so much!”

— Cat R.

So check them out and let me know what you think!  Do you already have a DreamCloud Mattress?  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are as well.  And if you want more adult sleep tips, check out Adults Need Sleep Too!

 

 

UPDATE FOR THE SUMMER – Now you can save $200 on any size mattress!!

 

 

 

 

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