How we move through the day matters!
Here are a few of my favorite finds for health and well-being. These are easy to adopt and offer great returns when added to your routine.
Quite possibly the EASIEST addition I have made to my morning routine, this concentrated mineral (i.e. miracle) solution has made a tremendous difference in my energy and mental clarity. I no longer crave caffeine, and muscle aches are at bay.
A batch of sole lasts for weeks on end, charging your body with ions from the 84 minerals in Himalayan pink salt and enhancing your body’s ability to absorb water, so you feel more hydrated all day.
In addition to boosting energy, sole has a detoxification effect and has been noted to aid in digestion, improve blood sugar / pressure levels, act as an anti-histamine, and improve skin, hair, nails, and bone health.
But don’t just take my word for it. Learn to make sole here!
Collagen and Coconut Oil
Whether I caffeinate or not, adding this dynamic duo to my daily cup o’ joe (or tea) has made all the difference in my productivity. This protein / fat combo eases hunger pangs and sustains me all morning long.
I add a single scoop of hydrolyzed collagen protein (Great Lakes or Vital Proteins dissolve nicely) and a smidge (1/4-1/2 teaspoon) of coconut oil (unrefined if you like the coconut flavor). If like me, you need a creamy factor, add Silk Protein nut milk to taste (it has 10 grams of protein per cup).
For a frothy cappuccino experience, blend the above ingredients and pour with delight into your favorite thermos for your morning commute.
Just be sure to wait 30 minutes after taking sole (above) before consuming, so that sole can have its full beneficial effect!
Driving into Washington, DC a few days a week has provided an optimal opportunity to practice BREATHING, as opposed to hyperventilating, making me quite the zen roadmaster.
You may have heard about the importance of deep breathing for an overall calming effect, but breathing at a rate of 6 breaths per minute (five seconds in, five seconds out) also can lead to greater synchronization among heart rate variability, blood pressure and respiration.
I don’t know about you, but when I am synchronized internally, I am more resilient and productive externally.
Try breathing at this rate any time of day, particularly if you are in the midst of a stressful conversation or meeting, and observe what happens. Did it help you to re-center, recalibrate and respond more effectively to your surroundings?
To learn more, visit the HeartMath Institute.
Trigger Point Therapy
I have learned over the years that pain is simply an indicator that something is off somewhere else in my mind or body. In other words, the location where I feel pain is not necessarily the source of the pain.
Trigger point therapy is a safe, effective way to self-treat certain aches and pains in your body at the source.
When a trigger point forms, it can cause “referred pain.” For example, referred pain in the knee can be linked to a trigger point in the upper thigh (in my case, this is possibly the result of wearing too high heels on New Year’s Eve!).
I have used trigger point therapy to resolve neck, back, shoulder, knee and all sorts of other minor aches and pains. If you are experiencing more serious physical ailments, I highly recommend meeting with a physical therapist specializing in integrated manual therapy. (If you live in the DC area, Liz Bracken, PT, MS, CIMT is the best.)
Check out this wonderful book by Clair Davies, NCTMB to start nipping your pain in the bud!
Body Muscle Relaxation
This is my go-to when I have had a sleepless night. The equivalent of three to four hours of sleep, this body relaxation sequence (also known as yoga nidra) gently leads you through breathing and exercises to tighten and release each major muscle group.
I have breathed myself into a state of relaxation so powerful that my body feels simultaneously like a lead weight and weightless. As the voiceover to my favorite relaxation script says – you could move, but don’t want to.
Benefits (in addition to making up for lost sleep) include improved nervous system (brain, spinal cord) and endocrine system (hormones, metabolism and more) functioning, cell regeneration and repair, decreased anxiety and improved mood.
You know I have more than five faves. Tune in next month for more of my favorite finds for health and well-being. (sneak peek below!)