Happy light for seasonal issues

posted Dec 5, 2017, 7:53 AM by Ann Lee

Just saw in the Bed, Bath & Beyond flyer: the Verilux Happy Light for SAD (seasonal affective disorder), especially fatigue and loss of concentration, for a reasonable price at $39.99 (usually light therapies average around $100).  Something simple to add to your routine if you notice every year how much you miss the sunlight during this time of year.

Ideas for improving the winter blues

posted Nov 19, 2017, 6:28 PM by Ann Lee

Socializing is a great way to boost your mood, as humans weren't meant to hide away in our dens all winter.  Set aside some time each week for a buddy moment, whether it is grabbing a quick lunch, or meeting friends for an exercise class.  Take the time to schedule something once a week, otherwise it may never happen.  And don't hesitate to take the initiative versus waiting to get invited to things.

Appreciate winter's pleasures.  "When you enjoy rather than dread what's around you, your optimistic thoughts will start trumping your negative ones," says Lyubomirsky.

Schedule a trip to a warm area.  Planning a trip, or even just thinking about one in the future, can make you happier, according to a study in the Journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.  It also gives you an opportunity to replenish vitamin D levels from less sunlight.


Steps to making a habit

posted Oct 14, 2017, 8:42 PM by Ann Lee

1. Make sure it is a new habit that you feel good about versus feeling like it is a chore.
2. It is ok to take time to prepare versus starting right away.  Figure out all the little things that need to be put into place, and add each step to your calendar to get it done.  For example, this weekend order gym clothes, next weekend visit different gyms to find your perfect one.  Even if it takes a month to get ready, set yourself up for success versus finding excuses to never start.
3. Take baby steps.  If your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes, start with 5 minutes, and each week increase by 5 minutes.  That way it feels like it is doable and fits into your lifestyle gradually.  It helps to make your habit sustainable versus easy to fall off the horse.
4. Time your new habit with an old habit.  Do your habit along with something you already do regularly, such as brushing your teeth, getting the mail, taking a walk, etc.  That way it starts to become automatic versus a chore.
5. Find a reliable person to hold you accountable or partner to start the new habit together.

Don't get discouraged if you fall off the horse, just get back on!

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Body mechanics

posted Sep 23, 2017, 5:19 PM by Ann Lee

Many of us deal with back pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, after years of poor body mechanics.  I have been working on retraining my body to do daily activities without overly straining the back.  Some tips include using the legs versus the back to bend- basically squatting all day long when doing activities, and following your belly button versus twisting the body to reach or bend over.

Affording alternative medicine

posted Aug 19, 2017, 4:13 PM by Ann Lee

Just because a treatment is not covered by your insurance policy does not necessarily mean it is off the table.  Document your alternative care and file a claim for reimbursement with your insurance provider.  This article includes information to send to your insurance provider.  Thorough documentation can help make the case for reimbursement.  It also contains more info on the pros and cons of health care savings accounts and health care financing:

Ibuprofen affecting kidney function in endurance runners

posted Jul 30, 2017, 4:07 PM by Ann Lee

A recent study conducted through Stanford University School of Medicine on 89 endurance runners, showed kidney function was affected 18% higher in the group taking 400mg of ibuprofen during a 50-mile section of 1-4 different 7-day ultra-marathons.  The study recommends these athletes to avoid using ibuprofen for pain management.  Ibuprofen decreases blood flow to the kidneys, which can be aggravated in ultra-endurance athletes who are pushing their renal system beyond normal.  Acetaminophen may be a safer option for endurance runners.

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Tattoo awareness

posted Jul 22, 2017, 4:40 PM by Ann Lee

Exposure to metals (lead, mercury) and toxins (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in tattoos can place an extra burden on the liver and other detox organs.  Work with a holistic practitioner to help you safely detox from any exposure from past tattoos.  Speak to your tattoo artist about the safest, nontoxic products available for future tattoos.  Some color inks use vegetable-based pigment from spices like turmeric instead of a high dose of heavy metal.  Your artist may have to special-order them, but it may be worth it for your health.

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Food to pack when you travel

posted Jul 8, 2017, 5:22 PM by Ann Lee

Some ideas of prepping before you travel from Dr. Will Cole:
- Carrots
- Celery
- Radishes
- Apples
- Bananas
- Nuts
- Nori wraps filled with any vegetables or fruit
- Homemade granola
- Tea bags

Other ideas to stay healthy when you travel

Support naturopathic care

posted Jun 17, 2017, 8:23 PM by Ann Lee

Daily Stress Relief

posted May 29, 2017, 7:18 PM by Ann Lee

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