When we change our diets or adopt an exercise practice in an effort to feel better, we're generally hoping to do two things: (1) Reduce the amount of chronic stress in our lives and (2) Help the body function more optimally. So, we're trying to reduce the stress in our lives while increasing the amount of time we spend taking care of our bodies. Even more, we want that time taking care of ourselves to help counteract the effects of any previous stress.
(This is because stress has been linked to many chronic symptoms and immune conditions. Plus, "counteracting" previous stress on the body has been shown helpful as treatment in stress-related disease.)
Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of the book Mind Over Medicine, explains this in another way. She says, “The body has natural self-repair mechanisms that fight disease, kill bacteria, get rid of toxins and foreign bodies, repair broken proteins, slow aging, and generally keep the body healthy. But…. those natural self-repair mechanisms don’t function when the nervous system is in the midst of a ‘fight-or-flight’ stress response. Only when the nervous system is in a counterbalancing relaxed state – in what Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard named ‘the relaxation response’ – can the body effectively heal itself.”
In very generalized terms, this idea that we need to spend time out of a chronic stress state and time in a relaxed state is what natural treatment and self care aims to address. It's why we might be recommended to make dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, practice regular Yoga, create a daily meditation routine, etc. These are all just tools for moving the body from a stressed state to a relaxed state in an effort to feel better.
What I love most about this concept is that it levels the playing field when it comes to which healing tool is "best". It reminds us that the reason we're recommended to change our diet is, at the very core, the same reason we're recommended to take up meditation. It's the same reason we're recommended to find an exercise practice that feels good or why we're recommended to reduce the toxins in our home or get more sleep at night.
Sure, certain tools may be more effective than others for different individuals, but the goal is still ultimately the same. Food changes, lifestyle medications, meditation... we simply want to get the body out of chronic stress by reducing the amount of stressors -- or triggers or toxins or irritants -- coming in.
Here are 28 gift ideas for the wellness fans in your life!
Whether your mom wants to trade in a few of her home products for cleaner alternatives... or your best friend deserves a moment or two to indulge... this wellness-focused gift guide is for all of the amazing people in your life (including yourself). Use this gift guide to shop for your loved ones or even as something to pass along when loved ones want to shop for you!
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why i bought DAily harvest smoothies
Daily Harvest has been a secret dream come true for me. I say secret because it took me a long time to admit I'm not good at (a) smoothie recipes, both creating or following; (b) going to the grocery store and buying all the ingredients I actually need for a great smoothie recipe; or (c) using all those ingredients before they go bad.
Once I finally admitted that cooking wasn't a great strength of mine, nor was meal-prepping, I started dreaming about what it could look like to have smoothies ready-to-go every day. And because of where I live on the Eastern Shore, our options for on-the-go smoothies are limited. There isn't a juice bar to stop through on the way to the gym. (There isn't a juice bar, period.) So, I started to search online.
At first, I was looking for juice deliveries. I'm not sure if I thought this was the "healthiest" alternative -- or just the more likely option to find for delivery -- but I never even considered smoothies at first. I looked at Project Juice, RAW Generation, Pressed Juicery, and RASA Juice Shop. Some didn't deliver, some included a few too many ingredients I just wouldn't eat, and none of the options I found fit everything I was looking for.
Enter: Daily Harvest.