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Hit the Beach for Your Health: 5 Benefits

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

071917b-01As early at the 1500s, people visited the seaside in search of better health. Although therapies such as drinking seawater or being repeatedly plunged beneath the ocean’s surface are (Thankfully!) no longer in vogue, modern science tells us that there are benefits to be gleaned from a day at the beach. Consider these five perks:                                                        Vitamin D. While there are food sources of Vitamin D, the most effective source continues to be sunshine. This nutrient is essential to the health of bones, skin, and more. Just 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure is plenty of time to reap the benefits, after which you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. (more…)

Watch Baseball and Get Fit! Here’s How

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

watch baseball and get fit!Play ball! Baseball season started April 2, and nothing says summer like an afternoon at the diamond with hot dogs, nachos, and cool, frothy libations. More often than not, however, we’ll find ourselves enjoying the game in front of the TV at home – and while it’s a great way to bond with family and friends, it also means three-plus hours of being sedentary, coupled with overindulgence in unhealthy snacks and calorie-dense beverages. Unfortunately, as you watch your favorite players running the bases, you’re simultaneously packing on the pounds.

We have a solution – a plan that will allow you to take in America’s Favorite Pastime all season, stay in shape, and have (more…)

4 Easy New Years Resolutions

Posted on: December 28th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

New Years ResolutionsChristmas Day is behind us, but it’s not quite time to ring in 2017 – a time when many of us reflect on resolutions for the upcoming New Year. On an annual basis, we’re faced with keeping stringent promises involving weight loss, our health and fitness, and the like. But what if this year, your resolutions involved letting go of things that just aren’t working for you? Follow the path of least resistance this New Year, and improve your life and health by giving up the following:

Exercise you can’t stand. Do you run because “it’s good for you”, in spite of hating it every step of the way? Or do you go to yoga class with friends, although it’s never really clicked for you? There are nearly endless possibilities when it comes (more…)

Making Time For You: 5 Ways

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Take time for youCarving out a little “me time” can be a challenge no matter the season, and becomes even more difficult with the holidays upon us. Responsibilities and commitments to friends and family may pull us in all directions, but it is possible to take time for you in the midst of this hustle and bustle. While a day at the spa may sound like bliss, you don’t need to clear your schedule for the day if time won’t allow – you can take steps to feel refreshed and reinvigorated in as few as 10 minutes. Here are some of our favorite ways to take “me time” when life gets hectic:

Take the night off. If you tend to fill your weekday evenings with picking up around the house, folding laundry, or catching up on work emails, commit to taking off at least one night each week for yourself. (more…)

Olympic Nutrition For the Rest of Us: 4 Tips

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Olympic NutritionIt’s official – Team Actifirm has Olympic fever! Considering all the gold medal excitement and record-smashing coming out of Rio for Team USA, who doesn’t? While we may never bring home Olympic gold ourselves, it’s inspirational to watch these world-class athletes compete – which got us thinking about how Olympians prepare for the games when it comes to nutrition.

When it comes to performance eating, it turns out that Olympic nutrition isn’t so different from the conventional wisdom we mere mortals already know – although these athletes are much more heavily monitored and highly disciplined than the rest of us. The professional nutrition experts at the U.S. Olympic Committee have put together a series of nutritional guidelines for various training concerns, from which we can all benefit. Here are 4 Olympic nutrition tips we can all benefit from: (more…)

Ice Cream and Your Health: Friend or Foe?

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Ice Cream: Friend or Foe? These long summer days, nothing hits the spot like a cool, creamy scoop of ice cream. July is National Ice Cream Month in the U.S., while Sunday, July 17 marks National Ice Cream Day. While you may love nothing more than to indulge in this nostalgic summertime treat, your healthy conscience may be telling you to abstain.

We’re here to tell you that you can have your cake (or in this case, ice cream) and eat it, too. That’s right! In moderation, a serving of ice cream here and there can be a part of a healthy lifestyle – and it might even give your health a boost. Here’s how:


5 Reasons to Kiss For Your Health

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Kissing is good for you!This week, we celebrate International Kissing Day! While the occasion may have been instituted just for fun, it turns out that smooching can offer some legitimate health benefits. Think of a passionate kiss as a mini-workout – one known to benefit the heart, release hormones, and elevate mood. Consider these facts:

Kissing reduces blood pressure. Locking lips can get your heart pumping in a good way and help lower your blood pressure.

Kissing can help ease aches and pains. Have a headache or menstrual cramps? A good, old-fashioned make out session might be just what the doctor ordered. Kissing offers the power of blood vessel dilation, which can help ease discomfort. (more…)

Gardening For the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Posted on: April 27th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Gardening For HealthYou’re aware of the obvious benefits of gardening – visions of bountiful fresh vegetables to share and flowers that are the envy of the neighborhood come to mind. But did you realize that gardening can positively impact your health on many levels?

Whether you’re an apartment dweller with potted plants, a suburbanite with modest flowerbeds, or a rural type with expansive vegetable plantings, all can benefit. When you get outside to garden this spring, you’ll not only improve the beauty of your surroundings, but also improve your body, mind, and spirit. Here’s how:


5 Reasons to Read Now

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

5 Reasons to ReadToday is Read Across America day, an annual event that occurs near the birthday of the celebrated Dr. Seuss. While elementary school teachers may take this as a time to explore the glory of books and all things Seussical, we thought it might be a good opportunity to reflect on how reading impacts us as adults.

If you think of reading as a means to gaining knowledge, you’re absolutely right. But the benefits don’t end there. It turns out that curling up with a book may offer a boost to both physical and emotional health. Consider the following reasons to immerse yourself in a book today – and make it a habit year-round.


Does Fasting Benefit Skin Health?

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

FastingForSkinFasting has been practiced for thousands of years around the world, both for religious and health purposes. From spiritual growth to sweeping health claims, proponents of the practice claim many benefits to fasting. Here at Actifirm, we want to know: Can fasting offer benefits to skin health? Let’s take a look at the question here.

Whether you realize it or not, most of us fast for a portion of each 24 hour period. When we sleep, we are essentially fasting by default, and many medical experts agree that the sleep cycle is a time of cellular repair and regeneration for the body, including the skin. If this idea is true, then the body is, in essence, already adapted to the practice of regular fasting. (more…)