Some Great Herbs for Stiff Joints

The cold winter months can be hard on stiff and achy joints. This time of year is when relief can come a little harder, which is why I’ll take any help I can find for some at-home natural relief.

Flax is a great source of Omega-3 which is vital for a robust immune system and for fighting inflammation. Try to get 2 tablespoons of the oil or the seeds daily.

Another herb that treats inflammation is turmeric. This is best taken in supplement form to take full advantage.

Another remedy to consider for achy joints is nettles. This herb covers both pain and inflammation which is a win-win for any sore joints! This could help reduce the number of other not so friendly pain relievers needed for relief.

(It is always a good idea to check with a doctor when adding supplements or before ever reducing medication.)

Do You Enjoy Cooking?

Do you enjoy or dread cooking?

Cooking is therapeutic for some people, and a bit of a chore for others. And whether you enjoy it or not, sometimes there’s just seemingly no time to fit in a home-cooked meal into your busy schedule — don’t you agree?

A lot of the stress of cooking is the lack of preparation, which is actually encouraging because that is an easy fix! There are some tricks you can use to become more intentional with your time in the kitchen and even amp up the fun to enjoy it more.

You can use your kitchen time to listen to podcasts, books you’ve been meaning to read or crank up the music. When trying new recipes or having a little more fun kitchen in general, remember, perfection isn’t mandatory. There is a wiggle room with food, but if you take it seriously, it will always be stressful. Don’t expect to breeze through a complicated meal easily after a long workday or workout — keep it simple!

Best Oils To Use in Cooking

There are various oils to choose from to use in the kitchen, and the information floating around can be quite conflicting and confusing.

Olive oil is arguably the most popular option that is great because of the light flavor and the higher monounsaturated fats, which are the good fats linked to a healthy heart. Avocado oil is also another very healthy alternative which is very close to olive oil, but with a high smoking point, so it can be used for hotter cooking, which is a huge benefit.

Some other oil options include sesame oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and flaxseed oil. All come with different flavors, so trying new ones out is a fun way to infuse some interesting flavors into your dishes effortlessly.

What’s your favorite oil to cook with?

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has become more and more popular over the past few years. There are multiple benefits to taking ACV, and it can be ingested in different ways, especially if taking a shot of the sour stuff isn’t your idea of a fun way to start your morning. (You get used to it, I promise!)

As far as benefits are concerned, ACV can be helpful for blood sugar regulation, killing harmful bacteria on your food, and also can help to boost metabolism. It’s known as one of those old, ancient “cure-alls” that seemingly helps just about anything you can think of.

If you can handle taking a tablespoon of ACV a day without mixing it with anything, please remember to rinse with water after. The acid in the vinegar can eat away at your teeth enamel. Drinking quickly through a straw, so it bypasses your teeth is best practice. Start off with 1/2 a tablespoon and work your way up, so your digestion doesn’t get a shock.

So, have you tried ACV? What did you think?

How Do You Start Your Day?

How do you start your day?

Your morning routine is a crucial beginning to your day and can set the pace for the day to unfold. Starting off on a strong foot helps you be more productive and stay on task, reduces mental fatigue and helps you to move through your day feeling refreshed and collected.

Start your days at the same time every morning and set intentions for the day by planning out how your day should look. Then follow it up with something that makes you happy, along with something to clear your mind to prepare for the day ahead. Tweak your routine till you find something that sets you up for success. A morning routine can set your mindset for the rest of the day and can do nothing but improve your day!

How do your mornings look typically?

What’s Your Favorite Tea?

Herbal tea is a popular alternative to coffee and widely enjoyed in an array of different cultures. Aside from being cozy and delicious, herbal tea has a load of health benefits attached to it, as well.

One popular type of tea with numerous benefits is Chai Tea. Chai includes black tea, ginger, cardamom, fennel, clove, and black pepper. This mix helps with digestion, inflammation, the immune system and it contains very beneficial antioxidants.

Another trendy option is chamomile tea, which is well-known for being great to de-stress and help you sleep soundly. Along with helping you catch some z’s it can also have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and liver-protecting effects which makes it one of the healthiest teas around.

Try different varieties of tea to find a great and healthy replacement for sugary juices and soft drinks, you can’t go wrong!

What’s your favorite type of herbal tea?

Clutter and Your Health

Have you ever noticed how heavy your chest feels when your surroundings are cluttered and in disarray?

Having a cluttered home can lead to more stress, anxiety, and lack of mental energy. It’s even arguable that living in chaos puts your mind in a low self-control mindset, causing you to be more likely to overeat and make other sabotaging choices. So fascinating how much our surroundings affect us, isn’t it!?

On top of all of this, a cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind, making it more difficult to think clearly. Basically, you are unable to work through the clutter which makes your brain struggle with processing information. This can make it hard to remember things and problem-solving.

The New Year is the perfect time to begin decluttering your home and starting fresh. What room needs decluttering the most in your home?

Do You Have Brain Fog?

Do you suffer from brain fog?

Does it feel like you’re walking around in a complete fog some days? Maybe you have been feeling sluggish (physically and mentally), forgetful, or just generally scatter-brained. Is this you?

If you’re nodding your head, I hear you. I suffer from this as well, and it can truly affect your days in huge ways. There are lots of things that could be causing brain fog such as stress, poor food choices, dehydration, and not getting enough sleep. Unfortunately, this is the result of us living on the go all the time!

To combat it naturally, it is essential to figure out how to reduce your stress and increase your movement. Going outside for a walk in the sun is a great way to get your blood pumping and release tension. Sleeping is important as well, so try getting to bed earlier to get a better start to your day. Netflix can wait. And finally, eat your fruits and veggies!

Which of these do you need to work on the most?

Have You Tried Coconut Water?

Have you ever tried Coconut Water?

Its popularity has increased in recent years, and for good reason. It’s delicious, incredibly hydrating and a great alternative to regular water, when you just need a little something different. Coconut water is a great drink to take with you to the gym because of its natural electrolyte levels. It can work just as well as your old standard sports drinks when it comes to keeping you hydrated, but with none of that excess sugar, you’ll find in regular sports drinks.

Besides being incredibly hydrating, it also has antioxidants, multiple vitamins, and amino acids. These are all useful in and out of the gym. Potassium, calcium, and magnesium are all in coconut water, and they are essential for keeping you hydrated, maintaining healthy bones and muscles. This is an excellent trade for traditional sports drinks, plus with lots of different flavors to choose from, it tastes great!

Wind-Down This Winter

I want you to try something new this Winter, and I think you’ll love it.

Try implementing a wind-down routine at bedtime that includes a hot beverage.  You could also use this time to read or journal, as either of those are fabulous complements to a warm, cozy drink.

Brew up some sleepytime tea, a fresh homemade turmeric latte, or even a simple hot water with a squeeze of lemon.

Each of these warm beverages packs substantial health benefits, and I know you’ll see a difference in how you feel.  I even bet you’ll sleep better with your new wind-down routine.  Give it a try!