Reading before bed can help us fall asleep a bit faster. When we read our levels of stress are decreased, allowing our bodies to start to relax. When our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, are lowered the tension in our muscles eases up. By engaging ourselves in a good book, our minds get a break from stress and worries. I like to read before bed or as way to distract my thoughts when anxious and thinking too much.
Black beans are great to always have on hand. These beans are high in starch and can make some people gassy, but are also full of nutrients. These lovely beans are a superfood.
Scientific name: Phaseolus vulgaris
Black beans have
- Vitamin A
Also called turtle beans and common beans.
Even in the crazy times with the pandemic, smiling is important. Smiling can
- Boost our moods
- Help strengthen immune system
- Lower levels of stress
- Reduced pain
When we smile our production of cortisol is decreased. What is cortisol? Cortisol is the hormone that produces stress and the emotions that accompany it. Though smiling might not always be easy, give it a try and see what happens. I know I feel better when I am smiling.
Did you you know that there are .3 grams of protein in an 8 fl oz cup? There is also 95mg of caffeine in that same cup.
Try turning your phone and devices off and let your eyes, thumbs, and minds rest. Unable to shut your phone off? Try turning your phone or devices blue light filter on. Some phones like my Samsung A21 has a wind down mode that makes everything black and white. This mode also turns do not disturb mode on. Doing things like this allows us to relax easier and fall asleep faster. I find blue light and wind down mode to be very helpful. My eyes are able to relax and I feel better. What will you try?
Dealing with stress and or anxiety? Try this simple belly breathing exercise. I love this one when I am having an anxiety attack as it helps me focus on breathing and calming down.
Keeping your shoulders relaxed, start by inhaling through your nose. Make sure your inhaling as deeply as possible. Relax your jaw and slowly exhale through pursed lips. Repeat 3-10 times or more as needed.
When we practice deep breathing the oxygen supply to our brain is increased, heart rate is lowered and blood pressure is able to regulate. All of this aids in helping us relax and calm down.
Looking for a easy cleanse, immune booster, or a flavor boost for water?
I personally dislike the taste of plain water and find lemon water to be comforting when I’m dehydrated, stressed or looking to detoxify.
Benefits of lemons
- Vitamin C – antioxidant, stress reducer, immune booster
- pH balancing
- Hydration promoter
- High in prebiotic fiber Pectin – helps stimulate the digestive system
Does water temperature matter?
Yes and no. Cold water can shock the digestive system slowing it down. Choose cold for during the day or when working out. Hot and warm water both aid in waking up and stimulating the digestive system. Hot is best for mornings, when feeling a cold coming or as a detox. Cold lemon water will still help detox but not as quick since it shocks the digestive system some. I choose warm when I don’t want hot or cold. Have fun and find the right temperature for your needs.
Lemons can be sliced or squeezed depending upon preference. I like both ways. Simply take slices or juice and add to your water. Lemons are acidic so start with a smaller amount and adjust accordingly. Honey, maple syrup or cayenne powder to add a sweet or spicy kick.