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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:00

How To Enjoy a Rainy Day

Written by Emily S.
There is a lot of focus on the importance of enjoying the summer sunshine and getting outside in nature to boost mental health! But we often forget that summer also means a lot of rain, rain and more rain. It can be hard to stay happy and positive on those gloomy, wet days that regularly ruin our outdoor plans. Although fighting the rainy day blues is a challenge, it is not impossible. There are many relaxing and enjoyable ways to get the most from your rainy day. Be mindful: The…
Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Cucumber-horseradish Soup with Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Written by Emily S.
Soup is usually designated for the autumn and winter months, but this chilled cucumber-horseradish soup with heirloom salsa is a perfect way to cool down during those July and August heat waves. The cucumber and yogurt mix is not just refreshing, but is also low in calories and highly nutritious. Cucumbers contain high amounts of B vitamins, as well as 10 percent of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C. The rich amount of water and dietary fiber in cucumbers make them a great digestive aid. Cucumbers are also known to…
Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

5 Reasons We Should Be Riding A Bike

Written by Emily S.
For three weeks in July roughly 200 cyclists will attempt to ride a 3,664-kilometer expedition through four European countries: a journey known as the Tour de France. Bicycling is a popular low-impact exercise, toning your whole body and scorching calories; but did you know bicycling also exercises and strengthens your emotional and mental health? If the idea of riding on two-wheels uphill for over 2,000 miles doesn’t appeal to you, rest assured you don’t have to be part of this elite group to acquire the many benefits a bicycle has…
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00

The Upside of Conflict

Written by Emily S.
Conflict is inevitable. Whether it is at work or with family, we all will experience different opinions and disagreements throughout our life. However, we are trained to believe that conflict is bad and must be avoided at all cost. But not addressing conflict can increase stress and anxiety, and interfere with our mental wellness as it continues to gnaw away until it is resolved. With the right skills, conflict can be an opportunity to strengthen relationships with family, co-workers and your self. Here are eight ways conflict can be beneficial:…
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

5 Reasons to Eat Watermelon This Summer

Written by Charity C.
Soothe Sore Muscles - Watermelon is rich in an amino acid called L-citrulline, which the body converts to L-arginine, an essential amino acid that helps relax blood vessels and improve circulation. A new study in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, revealed that drinking watermelon juice before a hard workout helps reduce athletes' heart rate and next-day muscle soreness—likely due to this L-citrulline. Improve Heart and Bone Health - Watermelon contains a plant pigment called lycopene. Lycopene, along with the above-mentioned citrulline, improves cardiovascular health by causing vasodilatation, relaxing…
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

Nap Your Way To Better Health

Written by Emily S.
As babies and preschoolers, naps are heavily incorporated into our day. In fact, many cultures including Spain and Japan integrate naps as a part of self-care. As more people realize the benefits of short power naps, even more companies are starting to realize the importance of a worker that is not sleep deprived. It is important to keep naps short. Long naps can leave you irritable and possibly interfere with nighttime sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends no longer than 30 minutes. These naps boost mental alertness, enhance memory and…
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

Self-Care Summer Hair Health

Written by Emily S.
Self-care is an important part of wellness. Taking time to relax, de-stress and address your needs helps decrease anxiety, depression and build self-worth. After spending three days in a row soaking up sun on the lake and in a boat, my hair is in need of some rejuvenation. Summer hair damage from chlorine, salt, wind and sun can de-hydrate the hair, making it dry and brittle. Of course prevention is always best, and there are quick and easy ways to prevent sun damage to the scalp and hair. A simple…
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