According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. Checkout this guide created by Grove Dental addressing the most common connections between oral hygiene and overall health.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases produce oral signs and symptoms. Checkout this guide created by Grove Dental addressing the most common connections between oral hygiene and overall health.
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SAN RAFAEL, July 18, 2017 — Essential Oxygen is elated to announce that they’ve become a certified woman owned business by the NWBOC, the first organization to create a national certification for women owned businesses. The Woman Business Enterprise or WBE official logo means far more than taking advantage of supplier diversity initiatives for Kate Linforth, CEO and Founder of Essential Oxygen.
Linforth envisions this planet and ALL of it’s people beaming with optimal health and equality no matter their race, gender, or beliefs. The importance of continuing to chip away at the glass ceiling and levelling all playing fields lies in the harsh statistics that women owned companies are up against:
Other than equality, why support women owned businesses? Because they’re rocking it! Check out the positive influence that being a woman owned business has:
In addition to being woman owned, Essential Oxygen’s staff is comprised of approximately 80% females and values diversity in both it’s hiring and donation practices.
“Our success can greatly be attributed to the strong female energy and brainpower harnessed by Essential Oxygen. I love working with women because they tend to be excellent communicators who are highly effective multi-taskers and follow through with attention to detail,” states Linforth. “In addition to female power, we optimize the diverse backgrounds of our employees and value all input no matter your title, especially in problem solving.
The company has seen over 166% growth in the last 3 years and is on it’s way to tripling their product line in the next year.
“We’re very fortunate to have not been affected by the various hurdles stacked against women owned businesses and have been able to bootstrap our way to success through hard work and self-determination,” says Linforth, who is constantly finding ways to give back.
Essential Oxygen hopes to shed more light on the inequalities women face in business while empowering female entrepreneurs and supporting all businesses that put human equality & product quality above all.
“Supporting women owned businesses means supporting the future of our planet in more ways than just gender equality,” says Emmi Buck, Essential Oxygen Director of Communications. “Benefit corporations, and companies that follow B Corp policies, like Essential Oxygen’s own triple bottom line approach, are three times more likely to be owned by a woman or minority. This means voting with your dollar to support companies owned by women and minorities is ensuring your money goes towards communities and planet conservation.”
About Essential Oxygen
Essential Oxygen is a woman owned, triple bottom line company that envisions the planet and its people beaming with optimal health. For over a decade they have promoted this vision by creating truly effective and clean natural products. In addition to their #1 selling natural oral rinse, Organic Brushing Rinse and their 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide deemed ‘a cleaner way to clean everything’, in 2017 Essential Oxygen is launching certified Organic Toothpaste and a Tooth Powder for on-demand oral abrasion. Essential Oxygen products can be found in hundreds of online stores including Amazon and essentialoxygen.com as well as thousands of health stores in the U.S, Canada, and Australia.
Emmi Buck, Director of Communications
Guest Post By: Helen Sanders, Chief Editor, HealthAmbition.com
Juicing is the fastest and tastiest way to get all those healthy vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that our modern diets are lacking. If you are looking to lose weight then try our juicing recipes for weight loss.
They are highly nutritious, taste great and will help you shed the pounds in no time at all. In fact, many people have lost as much as 20 pounds in just two weeks of juicing!
One of the main benefits of juicing is that liquid puts very little stress on your digestive system. This means you have more energy, feel great and have a super healthy diet at the same time.
Juicing also allows you to consume much more fruit and vegetables (but be careful of putting too much fruit in your diet) than you would typically do in a regular diet. It also helps to suppress hunger pangs, which mean you can avoid succumbing to unhealthy foods that go straight to your waistline.
In short, yes it can! There are many well documented examples, and even documentary movies, demonstrating the power of juicing to help weight loss.
Even if you are not quite ready to go extreme and commit to a full juice fast, juicing can help you lose weight and vastly improve your diet.
Check here how to increase leptin for successful weight loss!
There are two basic approaches to losing weight by juicing:
This is the most extreme option and does require willpower as you are changing everything your body has previously relied on to fuel it.
It involves restricting your diet entirely to juicing.
Different juicing fasts take different approaches and you should prepare properly before embarking on these.
This approach doesn’t force you to give up on all solid foods and basically allows you to juice whenever you feel like it.
By replacing some of the foods you used to eat with juicing, you can fill your body with lots of essential nutrients. You’ll have much more energy and feel a lot less hungry throughout the day.
So long as you eat a reasonable diet at the same time, you can lose a lot of weight with this method.
Generally speaking, vegetables are much better for you than fruit. Not to say that fruit is bad, but it does contain natural fructose which is a form of sugar (through a million times healthier than the high fructose corn syrup you’ll find in many soda drinks these days).
Nevertheless, fruit heavy juicing should be done in the morning or before exercise. This will help stop your body converting and storing this sugar as fat. Don’t worry if you don’t like the taste of vegetables though, it’s perfectly fine to add an apple or some lemon to into your juicer to completely hide the flavour.
The best types of vegetable to use are cruciferous vegetables. These include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage and kale. Make sure to drink more vegetable juices later in the day. Of course, you are free to add them to any juice. In fact, that is strongly encouraged.
The people who lose the most weight from juicing tend to have about 70-80% of their juicing ingredient be vegetables. These days, with modern juicers, that is easily achievable as some creative fruity ingredients can mask the taste of any vegetable.
There are two types of juicers. The first are centrifugal juices that have an upright design and juice by shredding fruit and veggies into a pulp while they spin rapidly to extract the resulting liquid. These are the most common and good ones like this are relatively inexpensive for all the health benefits they provide.
The second are masticating juicers which usually have a horizontal design that crushes and squeezes the juice out of vegetables and fruit. This produces both a higher quality and quantity of juice than most centrifugal juicers. The design is also much more effective when juicing highly nutritious greens like spinach, kale and wheatgrass.
If you take your juicing seriously it’s really worth investing in a powerful masticating juicer. In the long run you’ll get much more out of it and they are also much easier to clean.
Once you’ve got a juicer you’re happy with, check out the top recipes below from our “Juicing recipes for weight loss” book to help you make some fantastically healthy juices to help burn those pounds away.
When to drink: any time in the day
Best situations: As a daily juice
Tastes: Good (apple is dominant)
The Toxin Killer is a juice bursting with antioxidants to combat free radicals and cleanse your system of toxins.
It’s a bit of an unusual green but it still tastes really nice nonetheless and it’s excellent for your body!
This is such a healthy juice that you can drink it daily. If you’ve been having too many late nights or just got back from vacation, make the Toxin Killer part of your daily routine and you’ll be feeling great in no time.
It’s packed full of healthy greens that give your body a nice dose of essential nutrients.
Healthy fact: Did you know that the quercetin in apples has been linked in studies at Cornell University to helping protect your vital brain cells from free radical damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
When to drink: Mornings
Best situations: Before you exercise or are active
Tastes: Strong and sweet
This drink is filled with vitamins and minerals and has a delicious tang to it from the lime and pineapple.
It’s a powerful drink that will give you plenty of energy and nourishment for your morning or afternoon. The strong taste also helps waking up. perfect if you’re trying to stop drinking coffee
This is a great juice for drinking before you exercise as the apple, pineapple and lime really give you energy. The spinach and cucumber are very nutritious and make this a very well balanced juice.
Healthy fact: Did you know that vitamin C rich pineapples can help fight off the viruses that cause coughs and common colds. The bromelain in pineapples can suppress coughs and loosen mucus in your body when you do get sick.
When to drink: Evening
Best situations: To unwind after a long, hard day.
Tastes: Delicious, but not too sweet.
This drink has lots of healthy vegetables, but the sweetness of the orange and carrots means you’ll barely taste them. Excellent for those who are not big veggie fans out there.
Many people prefer to avoid juicing too much fruit in the evenings as it can disturb their sleep or even work, cause them to gain weigh as the body converts the sugar in fruit into fat.
If you have kids that don’t like vegetables, this is a sure fire way to give them the nutrients they need.
Healthy fact: Carrots are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. These can help regulate blood sugar and give improved immune function benefit. Amazingly, they can actually delay the effects of aging.
When to drink: Afternoon
Best situations: When you need a pick-me-up.
Tastes: Strong and sweet.
This is a sweet but very nutritious drink to enjoy and is a great pick me up when you’re low on energy. Sometimes when you’re feeling down the first instinct is to eat comfort food.
After having one of these, your definition of comfort food will forever be changed.
Some people have compared the energy boost of this juice to that of an energy drink, except without the inevitable crash. Plus you get a lot of wholesome natural goodness in a deliciously fruity juice.
Healthy fact: Kiwi fruit has an amazingly low glycemic index, compare to other fruit. Combined with its high fiber content, this means it won’t create a strong insulin rush like other fruit can. Consequently, your body responds by not storing fat.
When to drink: All Day
Best situations: When you’re enjoying some “me” time
Tastes: Very green with a hint of zest
This drink is full of green power from chlorophyll, rich in antioxidants and quite low in calories. It’s much better when made in a masticating juicer like this that can really squeeze the juice out of those greens.
If juices were graded, this one would get an A+ for being one of the healthiest drinks out there. You can’t go wrong with plenty of cruciferous vegetables. The lime juice nicely tops off the flavor to give it a zesty appeal.
Healthy fact: Did you know that per calore, Kale has more calcium than milk. This helps in strengthening bones, contributes towards a health metabolism and helps prevent against osteoporosis. The vitamin C also helps maintain joint flexibility.
The benefits of juicing for weight loss are clear. You’ll feel less hungry, more energized, more alert and better than ever before. Plus, you’ll quickly begin to shed those pounds. What could be better than losing weight while drinking delicious fresh juice.
If you have tried fad diets that didn’t work, then juicing could be for you. Remember though, you are much more likely to succeed in losing weight if you have a proper juicing plan. This means having enough recipes for the week ahead.
This will also allow you to build a big shopping list so you never have the excuse of being out of a certain fruit or vegetable.
Helen Sanders is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.
Brushing your dog’s teeth can be extremely easy and is very beneficial for your pup and yourself!
There are many benefits of brushing your pup’s teeth, but here are the main ones:
1) Health! Just like humans, doggy oral health is directly related to their overall health and by keeping their teeth and mouths clean, you can add years to your dog’s life! Healthy teeth are also important in keeping their chomping skills in tact so they can properly and painlessly chew and digest their food.
2) Breath! Dogs don’t need to be notorious for bad breath, in fact we bet you’ll be begging for kisses from Fido when you start Brushing their teeth (and make sure they’re getting a balanced and healthy diet and have a good chew toy or antler shed to act as daily brushing and flossing).
3) Pretty Smile! We can’t say your dog is as conscious about having pretty pearly whites as humans are, but don’t you want your pup to have a pretty smile to greet you with when you come home?!
1) Spray 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide on a toothbrush you’re going to dedicate to your dog to sterilize then rise with clean water.
2) Make sure both you and your dog are in a comfortable position and lift your pup’s lips until you have a good view of all their teeth on one side.
3) Spray 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide on your dog’s teeth, and brush with cleaned toothbrush. Work on one side at a time or even in smaller sections if needed.
4) Repeat 1 – 2 times per week or as needed. Some vets will recommend daily brushing if a dog has periodontal issues.
***If your dog absolutely will NOT let a toothbrush in their mouth, the awesome thing about Essential Oxygen 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide is that the 8 ounce spray bottle makes it easy to spray directly on their teeth, and then the bubbling will get most of the bacteria without the need for the pesky brushing!
By: Emmi Buck
This Father’s Day (Sunday June 18th, 2017) Get dad a gift that won’t break the bank and won’t hurt the environment. We’ve compiled a list of present ideas for your pops that are eco-friendly, trendy, and of course – keeping the planet green while saving you some green!
Dad love his “morning Joe”? Make it greener by getting him compostable, organic coffee pods that work in K-cup style single serve coffee machines. There are so many options, even cocoa or tea loving father’s will find a favorite!
2 ~ Plant a Tree In His Honor ~ $5-$50
There are many parks and programs that offer tree planting services to honor a loved one, and what better way to show dad your love is always growing for him than to plant a tree in his name! This is also a good way to celebrate Father’s Day for those with dad’s who have passed away. Make sure to pick a tree species native to the area your planting it!
3 ~ 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide from Essential Oxygen ~ $6.39-$12.79
This million use product is sure to be put to good use by dads, especially since it is biodegradable so it is perfect for grey water systems, gardening fans, back-country adventure dads, and cleanliness-is-godliness dads. It’s great for getting stains out of clothes + carpets, cleaning the bathroom or kitchen, soaking fruits + veggies, disinfecting toothbrushes / cutting boards / camping gear … anything really!
4 ~ Solar Power Charger Bank by Eddie Bauer ~ $40
This affordable solar power battery pack can keep your electronics charged when you don’t have access to an outlet. This jazzy looking eco-friendly energy gadget comes in 3 colors and has a 2.0A output port for fast charging, splashproof and shockproof housing, and a built-in LED flashlight. It has 6000mAh rechargeable power for portable media and can be charged by USB port, wall charger, or the sun.
For a dad who gets his hands dirty, he will love this deep-down scrub set that combines all natural exfoliants with a neatly crafted beechwood nailbrush. Set includes: a Bambeco All Natural Sea Salt Soap Bar with rich sea salt crystals, fine pumice, and a refreshing blend of organic essential oils and the Beechwood Nailbrush w/ Soap Dish which is traditionally handcrafted from sustainably managed European beech with the middle bristles shorter and firmer for nails, while the outer bristles are softer, for use around the cuticle.
6 ~ Shower Timer ~ $10-$35
Is dad a stickler for conserving water? Good for him! Get him a shower timer gadget to help keep track of water use and limit shower times to keep water bills low. There are plenty of options based on the type of shower head you have, and the feature you want.
7 ~ Bamboo Socks by Carloha ~ $12-$15
Carloha eco-friendly bamboo socks are the perfect combination of style and comfort. They feature naturally odor-resistant, moisture-wicking properties that keep your feet cool and comfortable all day long.
8 ~ Yardwork ~ Free!
Make dad a coupon for an afternoon of helping him with yard work and it will probably be his favorite Father’s Day gift ever. Not only do you get some quality dad time in the fresh air, but you get to get your hands dirty and burn some calories!
Help dad cut out plastic and paper one-time use containers with an EcoVessel water bottle or mug. They have great stainless steel and glass eco-friendly options for affordable prices and they come in rad colors!
10 ~ Monthly Organic/Vegan/GlutenFree Snack Box by Love With Food ~ Starting at $7.99
Dad will think of you every month when his healthy snack box arrives in the mail! The Love With Food box lets you try out eight or more unique organic or all-natural snacks, like sweet chipotle almonds and Snapea Crisps, every month. The best part? Buy a box, and Love with Food will donate a meal to a food bank in the country, most of which benefit children. That’s a deal to feel good about.
11 ~ Make A Donation To An Earth Friendly Cause ~ Starting at $5
If dad loves surfing, make a donation to an ocean clean-up group – or maybe he loves wolves and you can help protect the furry forest friends. Also consider helping villages get clean drinking water, or causes that help reducing pollution.
***Green Gift Tip***
Skip the gift wrap to be extra green.
Old paper bags, newspaper, and any other re-used paper item will do just fine.
By: Karen Reed
Traveling is one of the best things that you can do for your health. It helps your physical and mental health, with many travelers saying that it’s also excellent for the soul.
Sure, there are some stressful and worrying moments. But overall, when you get out on the road and visit new countries you gain in far more ways. This isn’t about just international travel, either. Traveling your own country and being a tourist in your own town can be so beneficially at the same time.
There are no limits when it comes to traveling, except for what you can afford. You can sight-see around some of your most dreamed about countries or choose exotic adventures. Go by rails, car, or even by boat. There are just so many options, and they will all help you in ways that you have never imagined.
It’s time to save up and plan your next vacation. Get out the itinerary and start enjoying your life in ways so many travelers do. Here are eight reasons traveling is so good for the health, both mentally and physically.
The biggest benefit of traveling is the amount of movement that you will do. You will constantly be on the go, even if you are taking a trip on a cruise. There are sights to see and things to do!
You know just how important constant movement is, right? You know that this is the best way to improve your health. Not only will you help yourself lose weight, but you’re creating a healthier heart and healthier lungs. Your whole cardiovascular system will thank you, along with your blood pressure.
The more activity you do, the more you get your heart pumping. Remember that the heart is a muscle, and it needs to be worked at constantly to grow faster. Making it work harder temporarily will build the muscle and keep it working for longer. You’ll also support your arteries, which means you lower the risk of high cholesterol problems and high blood pressure.
Walking around will help you reduce your stress levels, too. You get the release of the happy hormones, which will mean the worries and difficulties of life will go away. You’ll find other ways to deal with the stress, so it doesn’t cause as many health complications in the future. You’re at a lower risk of having a heart attack or a stroke because of your way of life.
Did you know that studies support the idea of traveling regularly? If you think that your once-a-year holiday is perfect for you, think again. Those who take more holidays in the space of a year have a healthier life. They’re less likely to suffer many of the health complications in the future because they are far more active.
It really doesn’t matter where you go for this benefit. You could spend your whole time in one country. What you really want to focus on is getting the steps in each day. If you are going to take a cruise, you’ll get the activity in when you dock and go sightseeing. Of course, you can also add in more exercise by walking around the ship’s deck and other places. Don’t use your vacation as an excuse to sit around and do nothing the whole time!
If you do take medication, you may find that you need less of it on a daily basis. The activity that you get will help you to improve your whole body’s health, as your heart grows stronger. Your normal high blood pressure reduces to the point where you no longer need to take the medication to keep it down. Your doctor will be more than happy to take off a regular prescription from your list for this reason!
There are going to be times that you need to push your activity levels. While you will have days where you tour a city on a cruise, there are other days where you will be stuck on the ship. Most of these cruises will have somewhere to go where you can exercise. There may be swimming pools up on the deck or a fitness suite with state of the art equipment. Make an effort to use them while you’re stuck on the ship for a few days. After all, you’re paying for the luxuries of the fitness equipment, so you may as well get your full money’s worth!
The brain is another muscle that needs strengthening and challenging. While it doesn’t necessarily work in the same way as other muscles in the body, it can be developed and improved over time. Unfortunately, it can also deteriorate quickly. It is one of those parts of the body that researchers don’t quite fully understand. Just look at The Big Bang Theory at how difficult it can be to understand everything about it.
The great news is that travel has been shown to help improve the brain health. There’s the ability to challenge yourself daily, making you think of alternate options and learn new things. You constantly expand your horizons, meaning that your brain is constantly on the go. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, training your brain regularly helps to improve its longevity.
Doctors regularly recommend that people do puzzles daily. They encourage Sudoku and crosswords regularly to make sure your brain constantly has to work. By doing this regularly, you help to support the mental health and reduce the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s in later life.
While traveling isn’t quite the same as crosswords, it does offer many of the same benefits. This is especially the case if you go to new places and visit new places. You take in new cultures and learn all about history and plans for the future. There’s something new to remember, meaning that your brain is getting some sort of workout, even if it’s not exactly what the doctor ordered.
On top of all this, scientists have found that walking or hiking is excellent for physically growing the brain. As we get older, our hippocampus gets smaller. We have two hippocampi on either side of our brain, which are responsible for the retention of information. The smaller they get, the less information they are able to take in. They control the short and long term memory, so you want to keep them as big as possible.
When we get more activity, our hippocampi both grow instead of shrink. It will be much easier to take in all the information that we’re learning throughout our travels. Studies have actually shown that those who walk regularly grow their hippocampi by two percent every single year. Just imagine what it will be like over time!
Wouldn’t you love to prevent memory and cognitive issues in your later years? Your family certainly would!
There is another major benefit of traveling to the brain. Not only do you improve memory and cognitive abilities, but you also boost a number of positive thoughts you will get. Your whole mental health is support through getting out and seeing the sights.
One of the biggest ways you benefit is through the fresh air. You spend more time outside, getting different scents and just benefitting from the extra oxygen in your body. Of course, there’s also the walking that will help you gain some other oxygenated benefits. Your heart pumps more oxygen around the body, especially into the brain.
When you spend all your time at home or at work, you will find the stress hormones release. With the fresh air, your happy hormones are boosted. They keep the stress hormones to a minimum. You feel less tired, and you can find the positives in your life so much easier.
You also get to do something fun. You remove the problems from home, so you can actually do something that you want. By doing something fun, you’re increasing a number of happy hormones that are released into your body further.
More happy hormones mean that you will feel less pain and starve off depression. If you do suffer from depression, you may find that you limit the relapses that you have. There is something new and exciting. The exercise becomes addictive, and you want to see more and do more. You don’t give the negative thoughts a chance to cloud your judgment.
At the same time, your body is able to fight off chronic pain issues. You find it easier every day to walk around and do more. Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons for people to not move around, but this can make it all worse!
The more you get away, the more you move away from the everyday stresses of life. You get to take your mind and body out of work, family life, and other problems.
Of course, this works better if you’re not putting yourself into financial trouble by traveling. If you’re on the road and constantly worrying about money, then you will find it harder. This is one of the reasons some people will work while on the road. They choose to spend some of their time writing about their traveling adventures or cover topics for a blog or make money through internet marketing. They then get to gain the benefits of traveling without having to worry about their finances too much.
Getting away from the stresses of everyday life is important to protect your overall health. Stress is a silent killer. It raises your blood pressure, and your whole mental health will be affected. The stress hormones cloud the judgment and affect the release of happy hormones.
When you travel, you are boosting the release of happy hormones to take over the stress hormones. You take yourself out of the situations that are harder for you to struggle. You also find enjoyment in life that you haven’t had before.
You’re also finding ways to unwind. It’s no secret that we all need a work life balance. We need time away from work to be able to spend time with our family. Travelling offers this chance. This is one of the reasons why scientists have found that those who travel regularly improve their overall health. They’re able to get that work-life balance and ease the everyday stresses.
It’s easier to get out of the drudge of regular routines. You’re not constantly looking at the clock to work out how much time you have until you have to get the kids from school. There’s no need to worry about what you will make for dinner or question if you have all the ingredients in the house. The mad morning rush to get everyone ready for school and work is eliminated.
Travelling allows you to take things at your own pace. Sure, you may be stuck to an itinerary if you book some type of group travel, but you will find that it is still lighter than the routine you have at home. It’s also something different and new and exciting to deal with while you’re away.
When you do return to your everyday life, the stress of your everyday life doesn’t seem as bad. You return to an old routine that is different from the last week or month (depending on how long you’ve been away). You’ll find that the everyday routine is something that you don’t mind as much anymore. That is until you get fed up of it again and are ready to travel again!
Whether you are worried about someone’s health or just have a high-stress job, trying to deal with everything going on in your life isn’t going your health any good. Getting worked up about everything is causing your heart and other organs to fail. You won’t be happy, and you’ll feel exhausted every single day.
You need to step away and start traveling. Getting away from the everyday stresses isn’t just a way to unwind. You’ll find that traveling helps you cope and deal with stress so much better. In fact, you can find that situations that were once a nightmare are those that you breeze through when you return.
Travelling does bring its own stress. You have to make sure you stick to a travel agent itinerary or get through airport chaos. You may have to deal with delays and flight changes. Then there are the stresses of other travelers around you and fitting into a new culture as a tourist. There’s the uncertainty of what you will do the next day or what will happen in your life.
Initially, this can sound like it will make your life worse, but really it will boost your health. You start to realize that there are new ways to deal with a situation. You find that stress is arbitrary and your tolerance for certain situations will grow. The situations that you face on your travels may be worse than those that you face in your everyday life, so you start to deal with those situations in a better way.
You develop new coping strategies when on the road. You want to be able to enjoy your trip and not look back at how much of a nightmare it was. There’s also the adrenaline rush that you gain from getting through the situations. This is especially the case if you tackle an adventure holiday. There’s an adrenaline rush when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Coping with stress is essential. You will find that your overall health benefits because you don’t get the regular release of stress hormones. You’re not always looking out for the downsides in life and will find it easier to find enjoyment in everything that you do.
Research backs this up. When you start to accept deviations and problems, you start to deal with them much better. The deviations you accept can be completely different in everyday life, but your new mental attitude will benefit work, family life, and more.
Did you know that more creative people are healthier? Okay, so this isn’t in every single case, but you will help to improve your life and health by focusing on a more creative approach. The great news is that traveling will help to improve just how creative you are in life.
Let’s look at authors and painters. Before they start on a new project, they will usually travel. This could be to the area that they want to write about or just to an area that somehow links to their ideas. Sometimes they’ll just go somewhere because they want to experience a new culture. They build ideas from the area that they are.
This is especially the case for writers. When they get out of their own location, they witness far more and build ideas from their experiences. They see how people interact, learn new things, and see new sights. They can create a full story idea within a day because of the new sights, sounds, and experiences they gain.
When you travel, you can take advantage of this in life. While traveling, you pull yourself out of your comfort zone. You force yourself into situations that you wouldn’t usually experience; situations that you don’t necessarily have control over.
Remember the deviations and stressful situations that we’ve already mentioned? Well, there are times that you will have to think ahead. You need to focus on how you can get out of the situation that you’re in and that leads to some creative thinking. This type of thinking is then remembered for your everyday in your life, linking into building tolerance over and finding new ways to handle stressful situations.
There’s then the experience of the new cultures. You see how other people handle life and stress. You see what they do to get through their day—and even the types of situations they will find themselves in. There’s the appreciation of a new culture, which gives you a new method of handling your own problems.
It’s not just the traveling aspect that will help to boost creativity. The planning stages can help. While planning, you look for new places that you want to go and things that you want to see. You look at the adventures that you want to take part in and the things on your bucket list that you want to do. This is a chance to dream, and you get to think about what you’d do when you’re in a new country.
There’s the chance to develop a dream board and create stories about what you would do while somewhere. When you’re there, you can follow your dreams, or you can find something else that you want to do. You open yourself up to far more situations that will fuel future desires and dreams.
How does all this help your health? You constantly push your mental state and yourself out of your comfort zone. You create new situations and build new connections, improving your mental health incredibly. You’re at a much lower risk of developing depression, and you can control your anxiety issues immediately.
The new creativeness will also boost your confidence. You know that you can deal with anything that life throws at you, so are willing to take on more risks. This can also help your overall life, rather than just your health.
Isolation is one of the worst things in life. While you think that you may like the quiet, it can be draining on you emotionally. Humans aren’t isolated creatures. We crave the social interaction of others. Maybe not every day, but we do benefit from some social interaction regularly—and definitely not just with kids!
When we don’t get that social interaction, we tend to feel alone in the world. We can have friends everywhere, but they’re no good if they don’t talk to us. Isolation can lead to depression and dark thoughts. We’re more likely to have suicidal thoughts. Those who do already have problems with depression and suicidal thoughts are more likely to give into them. After all, who will really miss you?
Traveling helps to cure this problem. You are forced into situations where you need to talk to others. This is something that happens even if you decide to travel alone and backpack around a country or a continent. You spend time in youth hostels and on cruises, where some of the only entertainment is with the strangers that you meet.
Sure, there is a danger in some of this, so it is important to have your wits about you. Therefore,traveling with someone else is often a better idea.
When you do travel with someone else, you both find yourself having nothing to do but talk to each other. The connection that you have will be deeper, as you find out more about each other and build on the experiences together. You find joint ways to deal with the deviation from various plans and delays that you may have in traveling.
You start to pick each other up when you’re down. You’ll notice the early signs that there is a problem, meaning that you can nip it in the bud quickly.
Connecting to strangers is much easier as you look for guidance in a new area. You want to know the best places to go and need help with various situations. There’s the ability to see how different cultures celebrate holidays and handle various stressful events that occur.
Some of these connections that you build will be connections for life. You may find that the people come back into your life in the future, allowing you the chance to build the connections deeper.
There is also the ability to push your beliefs and understandings. What you once thought was dark and twisted may become a new normal. What you once accepted by the people around you are now a view or belief that is frowned upon, and you can see both sides to an argument.
The more connections you make, the more confidence you gain. You start to push yourself more and force yourself to make more connections. When you return home, you are more likely to rebuild connections with people you’ve lost. As you find what you need to improve your mental health, you make sure you get it daily.
You never know what those social connections could lead to. Plenty of people has fallen in love while traveling, which has helped support their love for traveling since they meet like-minded people.
If you’ve ever wanted to lose weight, you want to look at traveling more. Sure, you must eat out more, and you don’t always get to control a number of calories you eat, but you will find it much easier to create a calorie deficit.
Let’s focus on the activity element that was our first main benefit of traveling. When you do more activity, you instantly burn more calories. You make it easier to get rid of the excess calories that you eat on a daily basis. This doesn’t matter if you take a cruise holiday or you backpack around the Amazon! You can take one of the calmest of vacations, and you will still find it easier to lose weight.
There’s no need to do anything majorly special either when it comes to activity. You’ll find that you want to make the most of your time in a new country or around a new culture so you will push yourself more to getting around all the sights. You spend all your day out of the house and get home realizing that you’ve walked 15,000 to 20,000 steps—at least!
This can depend on where you go and what you do. If you’re on a cruise ship, there may be days where you don’t get to dry land. However, these types of ships tend to have swimming pools and fitness suites. Make sure you use them to help boost your weight loss efforts—what else are you going to do?
But yes there is the issue of food. All that walking won’t necessarily work off a number of calories you consume, right? Well, this depends on the type of food that you choose to have. Enjoying that one authentic Belgian waffle or trying out the deep-fried delicacies of The South aren’t going to make you pile on the pounds suddenly. It’s about all the food you eat while away and not just one particular meal.
In fact, trying out the local foods is something that you want to do. This is the way to experience the new cultures and immerse yourself in your travels.
The trick is to follow a healthy and balanced diet still. While you can’t completely control everything you eat, you still have some control. You can choose the better restaurants to get all your food groups and even go out and buy fresh fruit and veggies from local market stalls to make sure you get your five a day. You’ll soon find that you have far more control than you thought you did.
This can also depend on where you go. If you travel around Asia, you’ll find that sticking to a calorie deficit diet is much easier than before. This is especially the case of Japan and parts of China, where there is a major focus on a healthier and more fulfilling diet.
You’ll also find that the more activity you do, the less you want or crave the junk. You can try out local delicacies now and then but will find it easier to opt for the healthier choices on the menus.
And then there’s also the water. This is something you need to work on actively.
We tend to drink less, especially when traveling. We find it harder to stop for a drink and don’t always buy the right options. After all, there are so many new cocktails that you want to try!
It’s important to make sure you carry a bottle of water around with you at all times. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, have that bottle of water. And then keep topping it up! If you are in an area where the tap water isn’t great, make sure you set a budget that allows you to buy bottles of water regularly to keep your water intake up.
When you lose more weight, you instantly boost your health. Your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to do everyday things. Your blood pressure and cholesterol levels will drop. You’ll find that it’s easier to breathe and your chronic pain starts to disappear. Doing more is something that you love the idea of, and you’ll want to get out and travel more.
Of course, weight loss also leads to more confidence. You know that you can do more and you aren’t ashamed of or afraid of what people would think of your weight. This instantly helps to boost your mental health, as you’re less likely to allow the depression or anxiety to seep through.
When you visit new cultures, you get to experience how other people live. This isn’t just about developing new social thoughts or beliefs, but also about witnessing health remedies and different types of lifestyles.
Traveling will let you try out the alternative lives safely and without too much commitment. It’s possible to get away from the touristy areas and focus on how the real people live. This is a chance to experience what it would be like to live there. This is definitely something to do before you take the permanent step of moving somewhere.
One of the benefits of traveling is the freedom. You don’t have to stay where your friends once did. There’s no need to go to the tourist hot-spots that the travel guides say. You can look at doing a month or two in an area where you teach and actually live, especially in Asian communities.
It’s possible to shed the familiarity of people like you and focus on building the right type of social connections. This is the chance to immerse yourself in a new culture.
There’s certainly the benefit of the alternate health remedies. This is the chance to see how herbal remedies really help to cure ailments and soothe problems. You get to try the remedies from the original place they were created, by practitioners who know what they’re doing. You’re not worried about health shops at home adding other chemicals to them or selling them at overrated prices.
If you decide that they do work, you can take some back with you. You also get to find out about the real ingredients so you can make them at home.
This could be your ability to step away from the pharmaceutical medications. There are so many that certain help ailments but can cause other health problems. Just look at the list of side effects that are common in some of the everyday medications. Some of the medications can also affect the balance of your hormones, which is a problem that you will avoid completely when you opt for natural remedies. These remedies have worked for others for centuries, so why not for you right now?
You also help to support your mental health. You know that you have a natural and healthy way to support your body. You feel more in control, especially financially when the pharmaceutical remedies can be so expensive.
Traveling really is one of the best things that you can do for your health. This is something that supports both your physical and mental health. You will get to support your emotional health and life a better and more natural life, even when you’re not traveling.
The eight reasons to travel more above are a snapshot of the way you will benefit. There are just so many more reasons to travel to help protect your health. They all link some way into the reasons above but deepen your benefits considerably.
Just think about the social connections you can make and the way that you will feel. You get to escape the isolation, especially if you currently don’t work or your job involves a work from home element. This is your chance to step out of the rat race and take on cultures that you’ve only ever heard of.
There are some steps that you’ll need to take to look after your health. One thing that you don’t want to do is give up your current medications for the herbal remedies. You need to make sure they work and improve your health for the better. It’s also important to watch out for bacteria in the water or any problems with cooking certain types of foods to keep your overall health safe.
When you do decide to travel, make sure you’re getting plenty of activity. While cruises give you the chance to sit back and relax, you want to take advantage of the swimming pools and fitness suites onboard. There are going to be days where you don’t see dry land, but you still want to walk around and do some sort of exercise.
But then the relaxation is also important. You want to unwind from the everyday stresses of your life. You need to spend time seeing how others deal with stress and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Build a tolerance and find a new way of handling stress every day.
Traveling really is one of the best things that you can do. All you need to decide now is where you will go first.
By: Jasmine Asadi
Picture this: over 3,000 companies in the natural product industry all coming together under one roof (well, 3 roofs right next to each other), debuting their new and best products and giving away fun samples. Welcome to Expo West, the largest event in this industry that comes around every March in Anaheim, California. To give you an idea of how amazing it is, I’ll just call it my own little healthy version of Disneyland! From different food companies to beauty, to cleaning, health, everyone in this industry made sure to be there.
Here’s the top 10 favorite product finds from Expo West:
1. Yes Cacao, Botanical Chocolate
Yes Cacao has crafted flavorful blends of chocolate and botanical ingredients like Tulsi (a stress adaptogen), Reishi (a medicinal mushroom that strengthens the immune system), Maca (a superfood root that balances hormones and sustains energy), and Turmeric (a spice that lowers inflammation). I can never get enough of chocolate, so the fact that they’ve added in these ingredients that are great for my body is a double win in my book! Check them out online or in your local health store.
2. Jasmine’s Organics, SuperNatural Deodorant Creme
From Emmi Buck, Essential Oxygen Director of Communications: “My top find at Expo West 2017 was an amazing new organic deodorant called SuperNatural Deodorant Creme by Jasmine Organics. It contains no toxic ingredients like standard deodorants do, and it’s crazy effective! The coconut smell brings a smile to my face, it’s super creamy and easy to apply, and a little goes a long way. Did I mention how well it works?”
3. Bonafide Provisions, Drinkable Veggies
With one of the best tasting organic bone broths, Bonafide Provisions debuted their newest product, Drinkable Veggies. Not only that, they also won an award for the “Best New Drink” overall at the expo. All of their products hold the awesome benefits of bone broth, including collagen protein, gut health support and amino acids. Their Drinkable Veggies are a great on-the-go snack to get in 11 grams of protein and a good amount of veggies of course!
4. Essential Oxygen, Organic Toothpaste + Tooth Polish
Expo West was the perfect opportunity for Essential Oxygen to debut the new products they have up their sleeves. Their certified organic Toothpaste and Tooth Polish was finally revealed and I can’t get enough of it! The toothpaste utilizes natural ingredients to gently clean the teeth while the tooth polish gets them to their pearly whitest. Stay tuned for the big release soon!
*From Essential Oxygen: Our Tooth Powder will be available in May 2017, and Organic Toothpaste is coming July 2017!
5. Vital Proteins, Collagen Beauty Water
Speaking of collagen, welcome this new, popular company to the party! Vital Proteins produces grass-fed, pasture-raised collagen. Collagen is the building block of our hair, skin, nails, bones, and tendons. It’s a great supplement to any diet, whether it be for the health benefits or injury prevention for athletes. Vital Proteins introduced their new line of Beauty Waters, which combines their Marine Collagen Peptides with hyaluronic acid and 2 billion CFU probiotics. This nourishing combination makes great for glowing skin and beauty, both inside and out.
6. Oregon Wild Harvest, CountToZen Biodynamic Herbal Tonic
Expo’s winner for Best Herbal Supplement, Oregon Wild Harvest makes some of the best herbal tonics for a multitude of needs. They also offer herbal capsules, extracts, and tonics for kids too! My favorite was their CountToZen biodynamic herbal tonic, hosting herbs like Ashwagandha, Astragalus and Holy Basil. This particular elixir aids in finding adrenal balance by helping the body adapt to stress and supplying adrenal support.
7. Lesser Evil, Oh Em Ghee Organic Popcorn
In addition to the amount of fun, healthy snacks they already have, Lesser Evil shared their newest product with the crowds: Oh Em Ghee Organic Popcorn. Ghee is the newest trend to hit the natural food industry because of it’s health benefits and dark buttery taste not to mention its nickname, “liquid gold”. This popcorn is perfect for any movie night!
8. Kite Hill, Ricotta Cheese
Kite Hill boasts a wide variety of almond milk based cheeses to satisfy any ex-dairy lover’s taste buds. My favorites from them are their yogurts, cream cheese, Expo West’s award winning ricotta cheese and their ravioli. Kite Hill has saved anyone looking to adopt more of a plant-based diet with their artisanal products. Tip: try using their ricotta cheese for a dairy-free lasagna and prepare to be amazed!
9. Curoxen, First Aid Ointment
Brand new to the market, Curoxen brings their organic, all-natural first aid ointment with clinical evidence to back up their effectiveness. I love finding new health-related alternatives that haven’t been introduced yet so I was ecstatic when I heard about Curoxen! It’s comprised of organic oxygenated olive oil, calendula, and lavender essential oil. These ingredients all promote healing and have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. They tested it among the biggest drug store competitors and won!
10. Four Sigmatic, Mushroom Elixer Mixes
Another trend to hit this year has been the all of the medicinal mushrooms, the “world’s most scientifically studied superfood”. Four Sigmatic has innovated these powerful, unusual superfoods in an eye-catching and helpful way. They perhaps are one of the key companies to bring awareness to these ingredients in a manner that helps educate us on the phenomenal properties of these mushrooms. Check out their website for a brief e-course on the health benefits of these products!
By: Emmi Buck
Go green and save your green! Use your holiday spending to support small, local, and green-minded businesses. We’ve compiled a list of some eco- and budget-friendly gift options for anyone on your list.
Solar powered, versatile and rechargeable headlamps, flashlights and more are perfect for camping, hiking, biking or just tinkering in the garage.
Safe for soil, this #1 selling natural toothpaste + mouthwash is perfect for adventurers of all types. Bonus: it doubles as a way to clean your gear or remove stains!
Biodegradable, never tested on animals, sustainably sourced, super-shimmery, glitter!
Durable, comfy, sustainable, breathable, and antibacterial; perfect for on and off the playa.
For Chefs / Foodies
Upcycled wood with really cool custom engraving make Bungalow Boo’s etsy shop the perfect place to find a cutting board or other wood item for anyone!
Organic, non-GMO ingredients and recipes delivered to your door weekly. Ingredients are responsibly and sustainably sourced, and you can even see what farms/fisherman they came from!
You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this beautiful pottery. From mugs and tea cups to serving plates, these handcrafted in Tahoe, CA one-of-a-kind pieces are “made with love”.
Using upcycled shirts, rags, etc. you can make Fido a fun gift that re-uses your worn-out socks! Start by gathering a few fabric items (ideally cotton; make sure the fabrics are pet-safe) and shredding them to 1-inch strips of fabric. You can tie the strips together and braid them, knotting at the ends.
These durable hemp based collars come in fun color options, and last through 2 years of muddy hikes, snow romps, and salty-beach rolls. They are machine washable and a portion of all proceeds go to animal wellness foundations.
Whether it’s a natural soap by Meow Meow Tweet or Moontree, or homeopathic healing salve for animal wound care – Awarehouse has some great pet (and human!) gift options for the green-minded.
Whether you need to remove dirt stains from clothes, clean your garden veggies before cooking them, preventing mold on pots, or accelerating germination; biodegradable 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide is the perfect product for gardeners.
There are a lot of great options for gifting seeds or starters to the “green thumb” in your life. The “Click and Grow” Smart Herb Kit looks really hip and futuristic, and makes fresh kitchen-counter herbs an easy reality. Bambeco offers a lot of great options for various plants and herbs, we’re salivating over their Thai Basil and Organic Spice Microgreen Mix. Oprah recently named her favorite herb starter jars by Modsprout; they’re cute colors, self-watering, and organic.
From bug books to dinosaur stickers, the Real Goods Solar Living Center has a great selection of children’s books to inspire creativity and learning.
Teach children about the awesome power of the sun. This science kit uses the power of the sun to purify water or cook an egg in a miniature solar oven (egg not included!)
For On-The-Go Folks
No time to scour the aisles for natural, cruelty-free and organic beauty, lifestyle, nutrition and healthy home products? Kloverbox sends monthly deliveries, making it an easy way to try affordable eco-friendly products, handpicked by health conscious curators.
These affordable and fashionable San Francisco based sunglasses are focused on doing good. They’re proud members of 1% of the Planet, and work everyday towards building a thriving small business that’s always oriented towards the great outdoors.
“It takes only seven seconds for us to judge another person when we first meet them.” – Linda Blair, clinical psychologist
1. Something Nice To Wear – It’s crucial to make a good impression on your first date because that will dictate your chances of getting a second. of course, appearance isn’t everything, however, it is an important determinant of how someone will view you. Your personal brand is the first thing someone notices about you so make sure you portray yourself in a positive light through appropriate grooming, attire, and posture. This will not make you more or less compatible with your date, however, it will send a signal that you value their time by valuing your appearance.
2. Good Breath – Oral hygiene is a necessity in everyday life and for dating, it’s no exception. Take care of your smile so that when the date ends you feel confident in leaning in close for a kiss. Essential Oxygen Organic Brushing Rinse is the perfect wingman. Keep a travel sized 3 oz bottle in your car so that you will always be prepared. The Brushing Rinse will provide a deep clean and leave your mouth feeling fresh so nothing will hinder your smile from flourishing.
3. Creativity – Do something exciting, different, and fun for your first date. This will show your date that you’re truly interested in them and that you’re not just some stick in the mud. Pardon my exaggeration, but everyone and their mothers have been on a “dinner and movie” date. It’s played out and unoriginal. This doesn’t mean you have to go sky diving or deep sea fishing, but try and be a little creative. Do something that shows your date that this was pre-meditated; but make sure to keep it true to yourself.
4. Variety of Conversation – A first date is no place for a singular conversation. In fact, for the date to be successful, it’s important to touch on a variety of different subjects. You want to show your date that you are intellectual, passionate, and emotionally intelligent among other personality characteristics. The only way this can be achieved is with a variety of conversational topics. Awkward silence is absolutely OK, in fact it’s normal. You can’t expect the two of you to talk the whole time you’re together, however – don’t flirt on the edge of uncomfortable awkward silence.
5. Etiquette – Mind your P’s and Q’s! Etiquette doesn’t mean scramble awkwardly so that you can open every door in the path of your date. Etiquette, in this instance means to be polite. Be appreciative of the effort your date made, say thank you if your date paid for something or drove you somewhere. Show them that you value what they’re doing for you because a little etiquette goes a long way.
Essential Oxygen is a woman-owned, triple bottom line company that sees this planet and its people beaming with optimal health and promotes this vision by creating truly effective and clean natural products.