Daily Inspiration for the body
Losing sleep can have a haphazard effect on how we process emotional events and how we respond to stressful situations. Harvard Medical School has found a link between sleep deprivation and psychosis, or a loss of contact with reality.
While there are definitely extremes when it comes to the definition of that word, at the core, it indicates that the more sleep deprived we are, the less we are able to trust our perspective, and when faced with something that elicits an emotional response, we are less likely to be able to react rationally to control our reaction, or even to interpret it properly.
While catching a quick nap can be a restful bonus, it can actually make matters worse if you snooze a little too long or too close to bedtime. Unless you're making up a sleep debt, try to keep naps under 30 minutes and closer to lunch than dinner.
If you find yourself having a hard time drifting off, your nap might have been unnecessary, or just too long.
Spirulina is a superfood that contains a large number of nutrients, from a small volume. It is especially famous for providing excellent quality proteins, iron, vitamins and minerals. This is why we call it "The richest food on the planet."
Sleep is critical to the way we learn and maintain information and memories. When it comes to these areas, it can be broken into 3 functions or stages - Acquisition, Consolidation and Recall. When we recieve new knowledge from studying, taking courses, reading, etc. that's called Acquisition. Recall is our ability to access that knowledge after our brains have stored it away.
In between Acquisition and Recalling our knowledge is the stage where our brains turn new information into a stable memory - Consolidation. Researchers at Harvard say that the all important Consolidation process happens when we sleep - which is yet another reason to make sure we're catching enough zzzs!
Did you know that asparagus contains beta-carotene and lutein? These are in the family of carotenoids with antioxidant power.
White asparagus gets its colour because it has not developed its chlorophyll since it has grown out of the light. Choose asparagus with straight and smooth stems, without spots, and tight tip scales. Keep them for a maximum of 48 hours in a damp cloth in the drawer of the refrigerator. If you wish to freeze them, blanch for 3-4 minutes in boiling water, drain, and let cool before freezing.
Daily StretchIT Band Stretch
Type of Pose: Post-Workout
Hold for 1 minute total.
Stretch Benefits: Reduces knee pain, stretches hamstrings, and reduces compression in the lower back. Improves circulation to the brain for healthy brain function and reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol because your heart is above your head.
Begin standing. Cross your right foot over you left foot so your feet line up. Bend forward and relax your neck so you head can hang. Breathe deeply as your torso comes closer to your legs. Hold the position for 30 seconds, then come up to standing again slowly.
Cross your left foot over your right, and again bend forward as far as possible without holding your head up. Breathe deeply here for 30 seconds and slowly come up.
You Are Here: BODY
The Holistic Triangle represents the necessity of maintaining the balance of your Mind, Body, and Soul. Being the most structurally sound shape in the Universe, each arm of the triangle is connected to and supports the others. For the triangle to remain equilateral, the Mind, Body, and Soul all need to be in optimal condition. At Daily Life, we understand the intricacies of this fine balance. We work to provide you with tools, strategies, and resources that you can use to maintain your Mind-Body-Soul balance and achieve your ultimate potential and happiness - daily.
What is Wellness Culture?
At Daily Life, we help shed light on the small choices that become our daily habits. We offer helpful tips about how best to care for your body’s unique needs. Wellness is about having the tools to deal with stress, having wisdom about how your body is affected by your environment and knowing what exercises and foods are going to give you the best energy.
Wellness is not as simple as eating healthy and exercising regularly - it’s much more than that. Wellness means taking control of your health and happiness, and that process will look different for everyone. At Daily Life, we’ll help you discover old and new wellness techniques that will help you prevent illness, keep your energy up, and improve and maintain your overall health long-term. We offer recipes, fitness, exercise, and yoga tips, and resources for fun, simple, and effective ways to stay healthy. Here on Daily Life, you can learn how to take control of your health and energy - for good.
How to Make Fitness & Exercise Part of Your Daily Life
Humans have only been sedentary for a very small part of the history of our species. Our bodies are designed to move. Without movement, most people start to develop health problems, both physical and mental.
Everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s body is different. Things change every single day. At Daily Life, we’re committed to meeting you where you’re at by offering you ways to fit exercise and movement into your unique lifestyle.
How Does the Body Burn Fat?
When we increase activity levels, the brain sends a signal to the body to use the energy stored in our fat cells from the unused calories we have consumed. As we create a habit of exercise, the metabolism, which stimulates the process of burning fat into energy, will start to work at a faster rate. This means that exercising regularly contributes to a higher resting metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more fat throughout the day, even when you aren’t exercising.
The body burns the most fat when we exercise, when we move during daily activities, and when we digest our food. The body also burns more fat if we have more muscle mass, which means building muscles can help you lose weight. Plus, the endorphins released into the body when we exercise make us feel good, lower stress and inflammation, and improve motivation, which helps us to continue exercising. Keep exercise simple and consistent, and watch the transformation of your own emotions and energy.
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What Does the Body Need to Stay Healthy?
The human body needs adequate water, nutrition, movement, rest, sleep, and relationships with others to function its best. If we neglect our physical health, the body begins to deteriorate little by little, and certain systems will malfunction to alert us that we need to pay attention to how we treat ourselves. Neglecting mental health over time can also lead to physical illness. We’ll let you in on a secret: Being physically fit without working to maintain the health of the mind and the soul will never allow you to reach optimal levels of health. At Daily Life, we can help you balance all three so you can achieve your unique picture of optimal health.
How Does Nutrition Impact Your Body?
Nutrition is the fuel that allows your brain to compute and gives our body the green light to perform. Exercise and nutrition are equally important in your daily lifestyle; your body’s systems are constantly interacting with each other, and they all require nutrition and movement to function optimally.
We at Daily Life are here to guide you as you begin to prioritize a healthy diet in your personal development. Along with articles about nutrition, we offer you one new recipe to try out each week in our Feed Your Body Friday series.
Beauty & Wellness in Your Daily Life
When you begin your path of personal discovery, you might find yourself spending time worrying about how you look. We understand! That’s why we’re here to help you understand that wellness is about the energy in your body; the way you feel, not how you look. So many people who appear beautiful struggle with health and wellness. We want to change that.
Taking care of your body boosts your energy and your mood, and yes, it does improve your appearance as well. At Daily Life, we want to help you understand that beauty is only a side-effect of wellness.
How Does the Body Change as We Age?
Aging is an exciting and empowering process - it is nothing to fear or be ashamed of. At Daily Life, we work to dismantle the idea that aging is something to be prevented. Rather, aging is something to celebrate!
The habits we have today and throughout our lives affect the way we age. It’s no secret that nutrition and exercise play major roles in the aging process. When we exercise, we deliver nutrients to our cells that contribute to the skin’s elasticity. As we age, we lose muscle mass at a faster rate, which means that our resting metabolic rate also diminishes. Having a regular, daily exercise regimen such as yoga, which is easy on the joints, means you can enjoy better health and appear more youthful as you get older. Practicing meditation and using powerful mental techniques to keep your minds sharp means you’ll become wiser as you age and continue to improve brain function; research indicates we can get smarter with age with the adoption of healthy habits. At Daily Life, we’ll help you start developing those habits today.