One of the easiest ways to foster joy and good health: tailoring your clothes to your unique needs. When deciding what to wear, consider the radiant energy of the colors in your closet. Each one has an effect on your body, and color therapy has been used for centuries in the treatment of disease and injury. Anxious? Pick a blue top, which promotes tranquility and calmness. Sad? Add a pop of yellow. The sunny color has been shown to boost cheer. Grieving? Choose pink, which can help heal sadness and loss.
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Take a cue from your cat and wake up with a slow, luxurious stretch. Our muscles are surrounded by a thin sheath of tissue called fascia. When that tissue is tight, we feel sore. To prevent discomfort from head to toe, start by flexing your arms and legs, then gently roll from side to side before sitting up. Finally, flex and bend your feet before standing to release tight fascia in your calves and ankles. If any spot feels sore, press it for 20 seconds until the fascia softens and releases.
Ever wish there were a tasty treat that could actually speed weight loss? There is! Studies suggest that enjoying a handful of macadamia nuts every day (compared to eating no nuts) can reduce weight gain by 77%! Plus, it shrinks fat cells. The reason? Macadamias are a great source of adiponectin, a hormone that helps turn off hunger. And a small amount does the trick: To get the benefits, snack on a dozen nuts each day, or cook with 2 Tbs. of rich-tasting macadamia nut oil, which is great for stir-frying or drizzling over popcorn.
When you’re out and about, try trading your rubber-or plastic- soled shoes for a pair with soft leather soles. Breathable leather allows your body to absorb the earth’s negatively charged ions – enough to slash the body’s production of pain-causing inflammation by a whopping 227%! Plus, these ions help neutralize the free radicals that promote weight gain, cardiovascular disease, and insomnia. Live someplace warm? Get the benefits by walking barefoot on soil, grass, or sand.
Youthful energy and immunity hinge on optimal gut function. But for millions of women, healthy gut bacteria are crowded out by harmful microbes. And taking a probiotic often isn’t enough. What does help? A combination of probiotics and prebiotics (like inulin, which “feeds” probiotics). This has been shown to dramatically improve gut health to boost digestion, energy, immunity and more. I advise adding one scoop of Flora-Key powder, which has both pre – and probiotics, to a smoothie or tea. For 15% off, use code floraww15 at UNIKEYHealth.com.