Posts for tag: 2018
The word detox is thrown around a lot these days in the health and wellness world. Detox diets, detox smoothies, detox cleanses, detox supplements…well, you get the picture. Our physical body is bombarded by free radicals and toxins on a daily basis. The body will naturally detoxify itself but can only do so efficiently when it is supported with proper nutrients, water, and rest.
While physical detoxes have been the rave for decades, spiritual and energy detoxes have been continuing to gain more popularity. Everything is made up of energy. Energy is meant to flow and stay in motion. In the same way that we must take care of our physical health and wellness, it is important that we take care of our metaphysical health and wellness, as well.
Energy and space detoxing is a powerful practice. Sage smudging, burning Palo Santo, healing with crystals, and using essential oils is nothing new. In fact, such rituals have been in place for countless generations across many different cultures. If sage and crystals seem a little too new age for you though, don’t worry, there are dozens of ways to cleanse your energy.
When we feel emotionally, spiritually, and metaphysically cared for and balanced, everything else in our lives will be able to flow more freely the way energy is intended to flow. Picking a cleansing practice is a personal choice. It can be something that you do every morning or evening or something that you do once a month. You can also cleanse your energy and personal space on a need-to basis.
Energy cleansing practice can include but are not limited to…
Taking a bath
Sound healing with drums, gongs, bells, and singing bowls
Playing with your pet
Spending time in nature
We are a complex and very dynamic species. As we have discussed before, our complete wellness is made up of seven dimensions and our spiritual wellness is as equally as important as our physical wellness. The power of smell, sound, nature, the breath, and self-care is truly extraordinary.
Pick an energy cleansing practice that feels comfortable to you. There is no right or wrong, it is really just about taking the time to go inward and rid the body and surrounding space of anything that no longer serves you well.
Postive energy attracts positive energy!
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!
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.
If there is one thing that you are going to make a personal priority from this moment on it should be sleep. Not only is it important to get enough sleep every night, it is equally as important to get quality sleep every night. Sleep science, technology, and aids trended high on the charts in 2018.
This is a trend that is likely to hold its ground as more and more of us are realizing the immense value sufficient sleep has to our health, wellness, and quite honestly, all components of our lives. Are you getting enough sleep?
Regular sleep deprivation has been linked to
Weight gain and obesity
Type 2 diabetes
Lapses in neurological functions, such as concentration and coordination
High blood pressure
Regular sleep sufficiency has been linked to
Sharper mind and memory
More positive mood
Regulated metabolism and appetite
Improved quality of life
Less inflammation in the body
Lower stress levels
Too much sleep can be detrimental to your health, mood, and wellness, as well. The sweet spot is right around eight hour of sleep each and every night. If you are not regularly getting eight hours of sleep or are regularly sleeping significantly more than eight hour a night, it might time to look at your sleep environment and sleep habits.
The most common things that are keeping us up at night are screens and an over-active future-thinking mind. Here are some helpful tips to create the most ideal and dreamy sleep environment and simple ways to improve the quality of your sleep.
Tip 1: Keep screens out of the bedroom. This means when you enter the bedroom, your phone, tablet, or laptop does not. Treat your bedroom as a technology-free sleep sanctuary.
Tip 2: Make a to-do list before you get into bed so that you aren’t making that list in your head while you are in bed.
Tip 3: Invest in the perfect mattress and bed accessories (pillows, sheets, blankets, etc.) We are living in the golden age of choices! Whatever your mattress preference and budget is, that mattress is out there. There are even digital and “smart” beds where you can customize, set, and adjust everything from firmness to temperature.
Investing is a sleep-inspiring bed is one of the best investments that you can make for yourself.
Tip 4: Try aromatherapy. Scents like lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus all help promote rest and relaxation.
Tip 5: Turn on a noise machine. Sometimes a little white noise or subtle sounds of waves or rain can help you drift into dreamland.
Tip 6: Enjoy a cup of caffeine-free tea like chamomile or sleepy time tea.
Tip 7: Instead of watching television before bed, try reading.
Tip 8: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Tip 9: Exercise. Regular exercise helps promote better and deeper sleep.
Tip 10: Practice gentle or restorative yoga in the evening.
If you want to be the best and healthiest you, you must allow your body and mind to rest soundly every night. Supplements like melatonin and CBD have also been proven to help you obtain optimal sleep, if you need a little extra help.
Now, make yourself a cup of tea, grab a good book, and tuck yourself into a comfy bed!
As we’ve just wrapped up a seven-part series on the seven dimensions of wellness (check it out if you haven’t yet on the Parker Dentistry blog), we thought it only made sense to dive a bit deeper and look at some of the top wellness trends of 2018.
As preventative healthcare continues to evolve, and research continues to provide us with more valuable information regarding our health and wellness, we have the unique opportunity to continue to learn and improve our state of wellbeing.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we believe in holistic and preventative healthcare. We know that your oral health affects more than just your mouth, and the same applies to all of the other systems and parts of your body.
Your physical wellness is connected and dependent on your emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, social, and intellectual wellness. A lot of the wellness trends of 2018 reflects this interconnectedness. Many of us are looking for new and better ways to take care of our mind, body, and soul.
Wellness trends seems to be moving in a more eco-conscious, “from the earth,” and mindful direction. Many of us are now more interested in finding natural alternatives and realizing that a lot of our symptoms and ailments come from what we are putting in or on our bodies. Many of us are also more interested in finding the source of the symptoms opposed to solely medicating the symptoms into dominancy. This is a positive shift.
The perfect balance is a combination of preventative and curative healthcare since not everything that happens to us from a health prospective is completely in our control or completely preventable. However, through education, self-inquiry, and guidance from healthcare and wellness professionals, more of us are learning the true power of nutrition, exercise, stress-releasing activities, and adequate sleep.
The things we have control over we need to take control of and this includes our wellness. Come with us on a journey of exploration as we take a look at some of the most impactful and inspiring wellness trends of the year. The more you know the better equipped you will be to make the best possible decisions regarding your health and wellness.
Sneak peak of some of what’s to come…
A more in depth look at:
Environmentally-conscious wellness routines
Intermittent fasting benefits
Collagen is the new superfood
Organic and natural beauty products
Breathwork verses meditation
How technology is the next “Big Tobacco”
And so much more…