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Lifestyle Tips for Better Sleep

Originally published on http://www.sarahgolstein.ca Just like diet and exercise, sleep plays a huge role in our health and it should never be overlooked. The health benefits of sleep are many; enhanced cognitive performance, improved energy, lower stress levels, rejuvenated skin, better immune functioning and balanced hormones. When the body is not getting enough rest, less melatonin is being produced. Melatonin is produced at night, and is a crucial hormone for our overall health. A decrease in melatonin leads to a spike in cortisol ( a stress hormone). We do not want our cortisol spiking at night, as this leads to a less restful sleep. Elevated cortisol overtime leads to an increase in blood sugar levels, which then demands more insulin, creating a vicious cycle often leading to carbohydrate and sugar cravings during the day. Elevated cortisol levels over time also means feeling more stressed, higher rate of inflammation in the body and can contribute to lower cognitive function and performance. Poor sleep also activates ghrelin production, a hormone that sends a signal to your brain …

Healthy on a Budget

Moving away from home can make it difficult to stay on track if you’re out of routine, or on a budget. Here are some very budget friendly foods to store in your kitchen at all times so that you can still assure you’re getting in a healthy dose of nutrients. Hemp hearts are a great add on to increase the nutrient profile of your meals. Hemp hearts are high in protein, essential fatty acids, fibre and so much more. Sprinkle these on your meals or in your smoothies, and you’ll soon become obsessed. I’ve gotten so used to putting these little guys on my plate, that my meals feel naked without them. Store them in the fridge or freezer so that they don’t go rancid. Manitoba Harvest is a great Canadian brand. Apple cider vinegar is a great all-in-one kind of drink. Its amazing benefits consist of: Metabolic boosting, clearer skin, better digestion, more alkaline body, stronger immune system, etc. Start your mornings with a shot of apple cider vinegar, or mixed into warm water …

How To Get Back Into It

Whether you’re looking to get back into the routine, been in a slump, want to lose some weight, increase muscle mass, or become a healthier you, here are some tips that might work for you: Drink a lot of water. Try to aim for about 3 liters a day to help flush and detox your system, keep your body hydrated, reduce water weight and increase energy. When it comes to losing weight, drinking water is one of the most effective and simplest steps. Adding lemon in to your water is also a great idea as it helps to cleanse the colon, promote regular bowel movements, detox the liver, clear skin, reduce bloating and gas, and remove toxins from the body. Doing a shot or making a tea out of apple cider vinegar is a great way to get your body ready for detoxification. When taken on an empty stomach, apple cider vinegar aids in speeding up the metabolism, detoxifying the body, increasing digestion, reducing bloating and gas, and promotes fat loss. This can be done …

DIY Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are one of the most toxic substances found in the average household today. Have you ever noticed the headache or itchy skin you get after a few minutes of cleaning? This is a clear indication that the chemicals in the product are reacting with your body. Most cleaners use the phrase: “Kills 99.9% of germs”, but since when were all germs bad? Since when did germs try to kill us? Its toxins like these that are killing us. Febreze Air Effects has been reported to contain 89 airborne contaminants, most of which are cancer causing. Febreze masks the smells that you are trying to rid the room with, which creates an even more toxic environment as the chemicals do not disappear. Simply using baking soda or opening a window is all you need to remove stink naturally. Also, more than half of the ingredients in these products aren’t regulated or tested for their safety, so that itself is an extreme risk. The chemicals found in these products affect the endocrine system, the hormones, …