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What’s Trending – Smart Watches

We’re loving the growing trend of smart watches (ie: Fit Bits, Apple Watches) in the health and wellness community. Not only do they track workouts, they also keep us accountable and aware. Here are some benefits of owning a Smart Watch🤓⏰

1. They keep track (and motivate you) to reach your daily steps goal
2. They remind you when to get to sleep
3. You can wear it in the shower, so you never really have to take it off
4. Smart watches track your workouts and how many calories you’ve burned
5. They encourage you to take little active breaks throughout the day, which is great for our metabolism (and mental stamina)
6. They can monitor certain health conditions including blood pressure, heart rate, and fall detection
7. You can reply to text messages faster and receive calls instantly
8. A smart watch will also log your social media notifications
9. Most watches provide an emergency SOS feature in case of emergency
10. They also offer a great GPS feature in real-time to track location (some parents utilize this feature on their children’s watches)

The Benefits of Being Outside on Mental Health

A simple walk in the outdoors can do wonders for our mental health; leaving us calmer, more relaxed, and more focused. Time outside has been studied and proven to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Contact with nature has restorative properties, increases energy, and improves feelings of vitality and focus. It has been proven to reduce symptoms of ADHD, improve creativity, and restore capacity for concentration and attention. It can also improve sleep quality and help reset our circadian rhythm (by waking up to natural sunlight vs artificial light.) Nature can also help with the grief process by improving self-awareness and positively affecting our moods. Get outside and reap all of these amazing benefits! ☀️🌱🐻🌷🌊

Arthritis

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis of the knees.

At our clinic, we provide injections that work wonders for patients with osteoarthritis of the knees. Watch our YouTube video to learn more!

Benefits of Nature Walks

A busy life can benefit greatly from the sweet outdoors and spending time in nature. Our nervous systems can easily become over-saturated by the bombardment of sights, sounds, smells, and the speed of modern life (especially a life lived in the city.) Our jobs and lives may have become juggling acts, with demands of our time and having the ability to multitask. The peace and tranquility provided by nature can give us a break from this stress. Below we’ve included our favorite benefits reaped from nature walks!

  1. The chance to go somewhere quiet, like the woods or a walk along the river, provides us the reprieve from the noises that daily tax our sensitive nerves.
  2. When we spend time alone we are rewarded with the peace of only our own thoughts for company. Solitude is not selfish, it’s a basic necessity, as much as food and water. It’s something we can restore our energy levels with, such as going for a stroll along a wooded path or park area.
  3. Natural elements such as plants, trees, water, and sunlight have been said to absorb negative energy. Perhaps we feel calmer around them simply because they are part of the living world, therefore we feel connected to them, and yet they do not make any demands on us except to appreciate them. Take a walk in a quiet forest or on a country path, notice the beauty all around you and feel stress and tension evaporate.
  4. Nature walks can boost your immune system. The cell activity related to the health effects of a forest will help boost your immunity. Research shows that the natural environment benefits the function of a human being’s immune system and thus, healthier, longer lives.
  5. Nature has positive effects on mental health as well, therefore boosting longevity and overall health. The improved air quality, encouragement of physical activity, and recovery from attention, stress, and fatigue all add up to a much better quality of life.
  6. Walking provides a significant benefit because it helps to relieve stress. Brisk walks boost endorphins, the feel-good hormone that improves your mood, and can lower stress along with mild depression. Walking can also give you more energy which will help improve positive feelings.
  7. According to recent studies, walking through nature can put the brain into an actual meditative state, allowing you to pay attention to the world around you, while creating the calmness needed for reflection. It’s within this calm, quiet, reflective state that our creativity flourishes.

Both sensitivity and creativity blossom best when we give ourselves the time to walk around in the natural world, breathe in its refreshing air, and appreciate each moment as it passes by.

 

Sourced by: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sense-and-sensitivity/201404/5-ways-walking-in-nature-benefits-sensitive-people

http://www.whollyhealthyblog.com/fitness/exercises/hiking-health-5-benefits-taking-nature-walk/

Immune Boosting Facts!

Immune Boosting Facts!

1. Each part of the immune system has a unique function.

Dat Tran, MD, an immunologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, shares, “Think of the immune system like the military. There are different branches that each serve unique function in protecting the body.”

2. Every day we encounter billions of germs, but they’re not all bad.

Countless micro bacteria live in and on our bodies, and they play a vital role in maintaining good health. Tran shares, “Good bacteria in our body provides us with the nutrients we need and also provides a defense against bad bacteria, as well as infections.”

3. Positive emotions and a healthy lifestyle can boost your immunity.

Studies show that optimism, positive emotions, and a healthy lifestyle can actually make our immune system work better. Tran explains, “The happier, or more positive you are, the more likely you are to eat right and be less stressed, which will help your immune system.”

4. Sleep deprivation can impact immunity.

Not reaching optimum levels of sleep can really wreak havoc on our bodies and immunity. Research shows that lack of sleep makes it harder to fight off infection, and easier to catch viruses such as the common cold.

5. Stress can affect the way your immune system works.

Increased stress levels are never ideal. This leads to increased cortisol levels in your body, a hormone that is important for overall bodily functions, but too much of it can lead to numerous health problems, including a compromised immune system. “The high level of cortisol can blunt your immune system.”, Tran says.

 

Immune Boosting Facts Courtesy Of: EverydayHealth.com