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Journal Your Way to Wellness

Posted on: January 30th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

journalHave you ever kept a journal? While the practice may bring to mind your teenage years of keeping a drama-filled diary, it turns out that the practice may offer real health and wellness perks. Read on to learn more about how journal writing can benefit you, and how to get started.                                         Journal Writing Benefits                                                       Elevated mental wellbeing: Research from Advances of Psychiatric Treatment indicates that writing about a stressful or emotional event can improve wellbeing. Experts agree that in conjunction with professional help, journaling may help patients to better cope with anxiety and depression.


Gray Winter Days and Vitamin D

Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

If you’re a 122618b-01skin care fanatic, chances are you avoid the sun. After all, too many rays can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. There are benefits to limited sun exposure, however, and some of these are critical to human health; for example, we humans overwhelmingly rely on sun exposure for our bodies to produce ample Vitamin D. But did you know that according to a study published in Nutrition Research, as many as 41.6% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D?

Here’s why that matters: Vitamin D is used by the body to help absorb essential phosphorous and calcium from the food we eat. These are used constantly to replace bone tissue and repair muscles including the heart. So a lack of Vitamin D can result in weak teeth, bones, and muscles. (more…)

Brrr! Workout Motivation Now

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

We’re in thWorkout Motivatione thick of winter storm season, which can make it all the more challenging to muster up workout motivation. However, in the midst of all that weather lies a season of overindulgence – all the more reason exercise is so important right now. If you’re struggling with staying active, take a look at these top five ideas for making that trek to the gym (or wherever your fitness plans take you) a little bit easier:

Make getting out of bed more pleasant. For morning fitness enthusiasts, program your thermostat to kick on before your normal wake time to make crawling out of your cocoon more tolerable. To further this gentle awakening, (more…)

3 Ways to Squeeze in Holiday Exercise

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

120518 b-01It’s tough enough to hit the gym on an ordinary day – throw in the holidays and making time for fitness can seem impossible. While your athletic club may wonder what’s become of you, there are other ways of keeping a baseline of activity during this busy time of year. Our tip? Get a 2-for-1 punch when you combine exercise with another activity you have (or want) to do anyway. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Spruce Up Your Yard. Company’s coming, and you still haven’t shoveled snow, bagged leaves, orpruned back those sad perennials. Bundle up and get outside to make your home’s façade more presentable –and use new muscles in the process. (more…)

Aromatherapy: Soothing Science

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

041118b-01Aromatherapy has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years, although the modern term didn’t appear until the 1900s. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indians held essential oils in high esteem, and some recent research is showing that they may have been on to something.

First, let’s define aromatherapy – the use of fragrance to enhance health and promote wellbeing. The scent generally comes from essential oils or other concentrated plant extracts. Aromatherapy is a popular practice at spas, anddevotees use it for everything from promoting restful sleep or enhancing focus to improving mood.


The Surprising Benefits of Walking

Posted on: April 4th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

walkingIt’s said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away – and it turns out that walking may have a similar effect. Along with expected benefits like weight loss and improved cardiovascular health, here are just a few reasons why you should be walking more:

Walking boosts immune function. A study of more than 1,000 men and women showed that just a 20-minute walk, five days a week, resulted in 43% fewer sick days compared with those who exercised one or fewer times weekly. Even when walkers did get sick, symptoms were milder and duration was shorter.

It curbs your sweet tooth. Two studies from the University of Exeter showed that a 15-minute walk could tame chocolate cravings. (more…)

5 Things to Know About Acupuncture

Posted on: March 28th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

AcupunctureHave you ever gone under the needle? We don’t mean vaccinations or tattoos – we’re talking about acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medicine tradition that’s been practiced for thousands of years. Today, the practice is still used around the world with an aim to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as improve overall health. Here are 5 things to know about acupuncture:                                                                           One. Very thin needles are carefully inserted into the skin in strategic locations. Most people find the practice to be painless, although mild discomfort is also normal. (more…)

In Season: Citrus 3 Ways

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop


Citrus comes to us at a perfect time of year – just when the winter blahs have you down, there are the bright, zesty flavors of oranges, grapefruit, limes, and more to give you a much-needed boost. There are dozens of varieties to choose from, of course, and all offer health benefits – citrus is loaded with skin-boosting Vitamin C, and is also a good source of flavonoids, fiber and potassium, to name a few.

Citrus is easy to incorporate into your diet as a peel-and-eat snack, but it’s also a delicious way to brighten winter meals. Here are 3 easy ideas to for enjoying the health benefits of citrus at breakfast, lunch, and dinner:


7 Gifts that Promote Health and Wellness

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

gifts for wellnessThis time of year, it can be challenging to stay on a path of wellness, so why not give gifts that encourage friends and loved ones to maintain a healthy spirit? We’re not talking about circa-1980 aerobics videos here – health-promoting gifts come in all kinds of appealing shapes and sizes. Options abound, and we’re sharing just a handful of our favorites here:

Essential Oils and Diffuser: Give the gift of a heavenly-smelling house, with the relaxing benefits of aromatherapy as well. Pair a diffuser with a festively scented oil blend for a gift that will be enjoyed year round.


Deskercise for Your Health

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

102517b-01Humans simply weren’t designed to sit at desks for 8 to 10 hours a day – and yet that’s precisely what 8 out of 10 modern workers do. While you may associate work injuries with heavy-lifting industries, office employees run the risk of health consequences over time. Sitting at a desk for extended periods can lead to long-term problems, including neck, back, and shoulder pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; obesity; stress; and a range of musculoskeletal disorders.

Even if you do have a career that keeps you tethered to a desk for hours every day, there are measures you can take to prevent ill effects. Consider the following precautions: