When was the last time you made time for yourself? When was the last time that you put your personal needs and wellness before everything and everyone else? For many of us, our families, friends, careers, and household responsibilities tend to take precedence over our own self-care. We give love, compassion, and attention to those who mean the most to us, but often neglect to shower ourselves with that same love, compassion, and attention.
In 2018, a shif occured from self-care being viewed as an indulgence and a luxury to self-care being an essential part of our everyday lives. This is a trend you should absolutely get on board with!
A daily self-care routine is not as time consuming as you might imagine it to be. When we are feeling our best, we are capable of being our best in all other aspects of our lives. Making the time to take care of your mind, body, and soul will not only improve the quality of your life but can also improve your overall health and wellness, as well as your relationships and career.
There are so many ways to give yourself a little extra TLC and how you care for yourself on a daily basis is different for each and every one of us. What’s great about a self-care practice is that you can mix and match your practices and every day can be different. What’s important is that you remember to set aside a little time just for you.
Here are some easy self-care practices to get you started:
Take a bubble bath or long shower
Turn off your devices for two hours (or a set amount of time)
Get a manicure/pedicure
Create a list of what you are grateful for and/or proud of
Read for pleasure
Take a yoga class
Try a guided meditation
Play with your pet
Go for a walk
Practice your passion
Schedule a massage
Get a HydraFacial or other skin treatment
Do an at-home facial mask
Invest in quality self-care products (haircare, body wash, lotions, oils, cosmetics, etc.)
Make a hot tea and listen to music, a podcast, or watch a documentary
Take a nap
Practice the art of doing nothing
Prepare a nourishing and healthy meal
Treat yourself to a homemade dessert
Look in the mirror and say, “I love you,” “I’m proud of you,” “You are beautiful,” and any other positive affirmations that you can come up with
There are endless ways in which you can practice a little self-care on a daily basis. Our advice to you is to do at least one thing just for you every day. Pick one of the above or come up with your own and start the self-care and love today!
You're a happy, vibrant person, but does your smile reflect that? Stained teeth, gaps and enamel defects change your looks and confidence, but take hope! Your cosmetic dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL can rejuvenate your smile with treatments tailor-made for you. Dr. Stephen Parker and Dr. Blake Parker and their dedicated team have the artistic and technical skills and heart to develop your best look.
You and your smile
You and your smile are one, and thankfully, your teeth are healthy. But, you want them to look as young as you feel. Your cosmetic dentist in Hollywood can help with a treatment plan suited your needs and preferences. A cosmetic dentistry consultation at Parker Dentistry is a friendly, frank discussion of what services will lead you down the path to that perfect smile.
How should your smile change? Cosmetic services can fill gaps, repair chips, replace teeth, crown weak tooth structure, brighten stains and straighten crooked teeth. Here are some of the many services the doctors deliver--either singly or together:
- Porcelain veneers, sparkling laminates which cover stained and flawed tooth enamel
- Zoom! Whitening (at-home or in-office teeth whitening) for brighter smiles that last
- CEREC same-day crowns, shoring up damaged tooth structure above the gum line
- Dental implants, replacing missing teeth and improving bone and gum health
- Tooth-colored fillings, a durable and lifelike alternative to amalgam fillings
- Composite resin bonding, a one-visit, additive process which repairs gaps, pitting and other small flaws
Yes, your professional team at Parker Dentistry delivers the latest in facial aesthetic treatments, too--the perfect complements to your renewed smile.
Aesthetic dental services, brighten, whiten, straighten and restore smiles. That's exactly what Parker Dentistry provides, and satisfied, smiling patients testify to it.
Time for a change?
Call us today for an appointment, or arrange your consultation through our website. Parker Dentistry rebuilds smiles. Yours could be one of them. Phone (954) 983-5450.
Inflammation is the root of all bodily evil. Inflammation is linked to nearly every chronic disease and is at the source of physical pain. Chronic inflammation has been connected to cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders, among a long list of other detrimental maladies. The good news though, is that inflammation can be controlled and even eliminated through your diet.
Superfoods are foods that provide greater health benefits than other foods. This is due to their high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Most superfoods are plants. Kale, quinoa, broccoli, blueberries, chia seeds, green tea, and turmeric have long topped the charts of super powerful foods that can reduce inflammation, as well as lower cholesterol, decrease oxidative stress, protect your heart, strengthen your immune system, and even prevent cancer.
But watch out, there’s a new member on the scene and she’s incredibly powerful!
Moringa is a tree that is grown in tropical and sub-tropical parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. While this tree and its leaves, pods, flowers, seeds, fruit, and bark have been used in herbal medicine for centuries in the countries where it naturally flourishes, it is only recently become more widely known and used in North America.
This year, moringa really took the center stage. It is most commonly found in powder form, which is simply made from grounding up its leaves. Moringa is a popular add in to smoothies, acai bowls, juices, salads, and beverages like kombucha. The powder has a mild nutty and grassy taste, similar to an earthy tea.
Moringa has 3.5 times more calcium than cow’s milk, 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, and 25 times the iron of spinach.
Moringa is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatories. It is even stronger than turmeric! This vibrant green superfood has 15 anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving nutrients.
One of the easiest ways to take control of our health and wellness is by taking control of what we are putting in our bodies. Adding superfoods like moringa, chai seeds, hemp seeds, cacao, and flax seeds to your smoothies, pressed juices, fruit and yogurt bowls, acai bowls, or salads is the easiest way to load up on these nutrient-dense foods.
The results can be truly life changing and life extending!
For over 3,000 years meditation has been used to help us connect to our sweet divine inner selves. Meditation helps calm and clear the mind, relax the body, and promote self-awareness and mindfulness, among many other benefits. While many of us are beginning to learn and incorporate the ancient practice of meditation into our daily or weekly routines, for a lot of us it is still a challenge to make the time and create the habit.
The trend of 2018 has shifted from long meditation to shorter breathwork series. Meditation is a very useful practice and one that we should all learn how to do. However, in moments of anxiety and stress, many of us are seeking a quicker and more accessible means of alleviating such uncomfortable and oftentimes debilitating responses.
There are hundreds of different breathing techniques. But learning how to breathe as a holistic approach to alleviating psychological and neurological ailments isn’t difficult by any means. When we aren’t intentionally focusing on our breath, most of us are naturally shallow and short breathers. Learning how to control, deepen, and elongate the breath is a simple practice that can have immense and immediate benefits.
What makes breathwork more accessible than a full meditation practice is that you can do it anytime and anywhere. It is a practice that can quickly quell stress and anxiety as well as other maladies such as headaches, insomnia, and depression. Coherent breathing also promotes an overall sense of wellbeing and can help lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
While there are classes and professional energy healers you can seek out to learn various breathing techniques, you can learn and practice simple breathing techniques easily on your own. One of the most basic breathing exercises is to breathe in through your nose for four counts and then breathe out through your nose for four counts. There are all different inhale, hold, and exhale configurations though.
The breath is one of the most powerful energies we possess. Breathwork goes hand and hand with meditation and yoga, but it can be used in shorter sequences when you find yourself in a situation or moment where you feel anxious, flustered, stressed, overwhelmed, or fatigued. It is also a discreet practice that can practiced literally anywhere!
Here are two videos links to get you started and a very useful link to six basic breathing exercises.
All you have to do is breathe in and breathe out.
The ketogenic diet, good fats, and mitochondrial health are ranking high right now on the trending scale of 2018. The word mitochondria probably induces a flashback to when you were a kid in science class learning about the parts of cells. Just to remind you in case that particular lesson in science class didn’t stick with you, the mitochondria is the power plant in the cell that turns food and oxygen into energy.
So, how are these three buzzing words interconnected? Well, in order to obtain optimal mitochondrial health, you need to fuel this very important part of your cells with good fats. The ketogenic diet is a diet that focuses on eating a lot of good fats. While we don’t promote any one way of dieting or eating, we do believe it is important to eat enough good fats in order to fuel your power plant and other systems and functions in your body.
The most common and noticeable symptom of cells' mitochondrias performing at a sub-par level is the feeling that you can’t pinpoint something being wrong but you just kind of feel like crap. It is probably safe to say that every one of us has felt this way at least once before. Your body and brain are heavily dependent on good fats being a steady part of your diet.
The trend of 2018 is pro-fat! We all know that not all fats are good fats though. Even when eating good fats, you still need to consider their caloric value in order to stay within your normal daily caloric intake. Two of the most popular good fat foods are avocado and coconut oil. Other good fats come from dark chocolate, cheese, eggs, fatty fish (salmon, sardines, herring, and trout), nuts, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, and full fat yogurt.
The benefits of a diet rich in monounsaturated fats (good fats) can also include a reduction in the risk of heart disease, cancer, and inflammation. Many of the animal and plant-based foods that are high in monounsaturated fat also have a long list of other benefits, vitamins, and minerals. When you fuel your body with the right types of foods, the result will not only be noticeable but long lasting.
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.