Dherbs - Herbal Supplements, Herbal Remedies, Natural Healing Remedies, Full Body Detox » Articles https://www.dherbs.com Buy herbal supplements, natural remedies, and herbal remedies from Dherbs, the #1 alternative medicine product store. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:30:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Gut-Healing Amino Acid You Need Right Now https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-gut-healing-amino-acid-you-need-right-now/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/the-gut-healing-amino-acid-you-need-right-now/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:30:21 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85298 An unhealthy gut can lead to a variety of health issues. Help to heal your gut by adding this amino acid to your diet right away.

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Repairing the gut has become a popular topic recently, due to the amount of people with gut-related health issues. Whether the problem is leaky gut syndrome, constipation, or poor digestive function, you want your gut to function better and you want it to function better now.

 

How do you remedy a poor functioning gut? While a plant-based diet free of processed foods, refined grains & sugars, dairy products, and meat can benefit the gut, experts are realizing the importance of L-glutamine’s gut-healing abilities. L-glutamine powder was initially used to help build muscle, burn fat, and lose weight quickly. Recent studies have shown that this amino acid is greatly beneficial for people with poor gut health.

 

What Is Glutamine?

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that is abundant in the body. “Conditionally essential” means that the body uses it when faced with disease or after one experiences certain physical traumas. It comprises about 30-35 percent of the amino acid nitrogen in the blood, but the body also uses it in large amounts. The majority of people don’t eat enough L-glutamine in their diet, which is why they often take it in supplement form.

 

As one of the building blocks of protein, L-glutamine supplements are becoming more popular by the day. You don’t have to resort to supplements because there are a lot of foods that contain L-glutamine. Red cabbage, nuts, beans, parsley, dark leafy greens (spinach, collards, kale, lettuce, or turnip greens), cilantro, legumes, and asparagus are all great sources of L-glutamine. Incorporate more of these foods into your diet to experience the benefits of L-glutamine.

 

L-glutamine For IBS & Diarhea:

Working to balance mucus production, L-glutamine helps to establish healthy and regular bowel movements. If you experience symptoms like constant diarrhea or ulcerations, L-glutamine foods need to be regularly incorporated into your diet. People with Hashimoto’s disease or underactive thyroid should also eat L-glutamine foods.

 

L-glutamine For The Immune System:

Glutamine may play a role in creating a stronger immune system. In a recent study in which two mice were given glutamine, results showed increased immune function and reduced reactivation rates of herpes infection.

 

L-glutamine For Gut Health:

If you have digestive issues like IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, leaky gut, or any other gut-related symptoms, L-glutamine is necessary to improve digestive health. This amino acid is nourishes the intestines, helping them to rebuild and repair. Research has shown that L-glutamine also helps to improve gut-related immune response.

 

L-glutamine For Leaky Gut:

Millions of people have leaky gut syndrome, which is a common cause of a lot of autoimmune diseases. Leaky gut has been known to cause things like arthritis, skin disorders like psoriasis, or Hashimoto’s disease. Glutamine fuels the cells in the small intestine, which helps to heal leaky gut, according to clinical studies. One study published in the Lancet medical journal found that L-glutamine helped decrease intestinal permeability.

 

Sources:

https://draxe.com/l-glutamine-benefits-side-effects-dosage/

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/glutamine-rich-foods-you-should-add-to-your-diet/#gref

https://goodbyeleakygut.com/l-glutamine-leaky-gut/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/glutamine-a-complete-guide

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Ditch The Keys For World Car Free Day 2018 https://www.dherbs.com/articles/ditch-the-keys-for-world-car-free-day-2018/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/ditch-the-keys-for-world-car-free-day-2018/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:15:43 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85546 One day a year is dedicated to avoiding the use of cars. Bust out the bicycle or take public transportation for World Car Free Day!

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World Car Free Day has been encouraging motorists to give up their cars on September 22nd since the early 1990s. This is not an unreasonable request, people! With a mission to encourage greener methods of transportation, Car Free Day is about informing people of the many alternative methods of transit. Whether you are biking, walking, taking the train, riding the bus, or carpooling, there are many ways to get around.

 

The first car rolled onto the streets in 1886 and the increasing number of motor vehicles has done serious damage to the planet. There are over one billion motor vehicles on the planet today! People have grown to be dependent on cars and fear the idea of finding other means of transportation.

 

Traditionally held in Washington DC, which is a major metropolitan area, Car Free Day can be celebrated wherever you live. Exposing yourself to sustainable ways to get around works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic. People who carpool, vanpool, or use buses, trains, and bikes more frequently can lessen the amount of environmental pollutants that are released into the atmosphere.

 

While we encourage people to care for their bodies, we also need a healthy planet to survive. Care for the planet because it provides us with so much! The more we pollute the environment, the more we increase our risk of developing health issues that stem from airborne toxins. Ditch the keys today and find a method of transportation that best fits your mobility. See if your city is hosting a car-free event and join in the festivities!

 

Sources:

https://carfreemetrodc.org/

https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-car-free-day-2018/

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-car-free-day/

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A Nutritional Comparison Of 6 Leafy Greens https://www.dherbs.com/articles/a-nutritional-comparison-of-6-leafy-greens/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/a-nutritional-comparison-of-6-leafy-greens/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:30:11 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85395 Are all leafy greens created equal? While certain greens receive a lot of hype, other greens are worth including in your diet.

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The health world likes to focus on superfoods that are more nutritionally dense than other foods. This is especially true when it comes to leafy greens. While some may contain more nutrients than others, rotating all of them into your diet is the best way to reap their benefits. Below you will find an overview of the six most common leafy greens.

 

Spinach:

Helping to improve red blood cell function and regulate heart rate, spinach is low in calories and rich in vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K. It contains more calcium, potassium, magnesium, and folate than kale and it has a mild flavor, making it easy to blend into smoothies.

 

Arugula:

This peppery green is commonly used in salads and pestos because of its strong flavor. Even though it only has six calories per cup, arugula is loaded with folate, choline, fiber, and antioxidants, which work to improve immune defenses.

 

Swiss Chard:

The stems of Swiss chard range in color, although they are most commonly a vibrant red. Swiss chard almost mirrors the nutritional benefits of spinach, although it does contain a little more sodium (77mg per cup). Swiss chard can help to maintain connective tissues and the iron content is beneficial for those with anemia.

 

Kale:

Kale tends to steal the show when it comes to leafy greens, but we suggest that you also eat the others on this list for maximum nutrient intake. Loaded with manganese, phosphorus, riboflavin, copper, iron, and vitamin K, kale helps to strengthen bones, promote healthy retinal function, and improve blood clotting.

 

Romaine Lettuce:

Romaine lettuce is a much healthier option than Iceberg lettuce. Remember that! The mild taste and crunch entices a lot of people to use it. While it isn’t the most nutritionally dense leafy green, romaine is rich in vitamin A and folate and can be easily combined with other greens like spinach or red leaf lettuce.

 

Collard Greens:

While they aren’t healthy if they are cooked in bacon grease, collard greens deserve attention because they have twice as much calcium as spinach. They are also high in magnesium and potassium, which helps to lower bad cholesterol. Collards also help to boost the immune system and fight osteoporosis.

 

Sources:

https://chopra.com/articles/7-leafy-greens-a-nutritional-comparison

http://blog.innovationshealthandwellness.com/eat-your-greens#sthash.pLBt7apQ.dpbs

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16871/from-lettuce-to-kale-the-nutritional-benefits-of-different-types-of-greens.html

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Dherbs Teams Up With Pure Green For New 3-Day Juice Cleanse https://www.dherbs.com/articles/wellness-prevention/dherbs-teams-up-with-pure-green-for-new-3-day-juice-cleanse/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/wellness-prevention/dherbs-teams-up-with-pure-green-for-new-3-day-juice-cleanse/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:45:49 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85423 The Dherbs + Puregreen 3-Day Juice Cleanse is a new product that we are so excited about! Sip to your health & help cleanse the body in 3 days.

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Looking for a quick program to start you off on a healthier path? You are in luck because Dherbs recently teamed up with Pure Green to create a safe and effective three-day herbal and juice cleanse. Enjoy the feeling of flushing toxins from your body, while nourishing it with powerful nutrients and encouraging healthy gut flora.

 

The body is constantly exposed to airborne toxins, environmental pollutants, and chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics in our foods and household cleaning products. Doing this three-day juice cleanse is a way to help the body naturally rejuvenate itself. The juices contain powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that aid the cleansing process. In conjunction with the herbal formulas, the juices work to cleanse the organs, support immune function, and maintain healthy complexion.

 

Please Note: The Dherbs + Puregreen 3-Day Juice Cleanse is only available for shipment. You cannot pick it up in our warehouse location. 

 

In addition to the juices that come with the cleanse, you will also get the six tried and true formulas that comprise the 20-day Dherbs Full Body Cleanse. The six formulas collectively work to cleanse the body’s major organs and systems, while helping to naturally eliminate impurities and excess waste. The juices help set you up for a successful cleanse because you don’t have to think about what your meals are going to be.

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Dherbs couldn’t be more excited to have this juice cleanse available to the public. It has been in the works and has finally come to fruition. Allow yourself to hit the reset button with this juice cleanse to experience better energy, increased metabolism, and reduced cravings. You are only three days away from a healthier version of yourself. Start fresh and feel clean with the three-day juice cleanse from Dherbs and Pure Green.

 

Not Ready To Do A Juice Cleanse?

Dherbs understands that everyone isn’t ready or doesn’t want to commit to a cleanse. That’s okay because the juices, which come in the three-day cleanse, are all available to purchase separately on Dherbs.com. These cold-pressed juices offer an array of health benefits, providing the body with nourishment you can feel right after you drink them.

 

Whether you want to take part in the juice cleanse or order them separately, Dherbs and Pure Green are here to help you achieve your health goals. Start your health journey today!

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What Is Your Metabolism & Can You Make It Faster? https://www.dherbs.com/articles/what-is-your-metabolism-can-you-make-it-faster/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/what-is-your-metabolism-can-you-make-it-faster/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:32:32 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85294 Can boosting your metabolism help you lose weight more efficiently? There’s more to it than that, and we have the answer you seek.

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Metabolism is a word that gets thrown around a lot in regards to weight loss. Some people don’t even know what it is, and others think that a thin person most certainly has a “fast metabolism.” A lot of people believe that boosting the metabolism is the answer to losing weight. This theory is mildly correct, but there is a lot more to it than that.

 

The word “metabolism” is used to describe all chemical reactions in the body. Metabolism is not the same as metabolic rate, although the two are often incorrectly interchanged. A person’s metabolic rate is the amount of calories he or she burns. The higher the rate, the more calories one burns, making it a little easier to keep excess weight off. A higher metabolic rate also gives you more energy.

 

What Is Your Metabolism?

The body doesn’t solely burn calories during exercise; rather, the body burns calories every minute of every day to keep you alive. Every chemical reaction and bodily process contributes to your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). It’s also important to note that one’s metabolism is made up of three things: basal metabolic rate (BMR), exercise, and non-exercise adaptive thermogenesis (NEAT).

 

Everybody has a different BMR, which is the number of calories the body burns to keep you alive. From converting food into energy and beyond, the BMR comprises 70% of your metabolism. NEAT makes up 20% of your metabolism, and it accounts for everything that the body does that isn’t exercise (texting, shivering, or fidgeting, for example). Exercise burns additional calories, but only comprises 10% of your metabolism.

 

Can You Boost Your Metabolism?

Boosting the metabolism can be thought of as how to increase the total number of calories burned per day. While exercising more is beneficial for overall health, eating a healthy plant-based diet is one of the best ways to improve your BMR. This supports the theory that losing weight is about 80% diet and 20% exercise. Exercise helps with endorphin production and boosting circulation, but it is isn’t the main aspect of weight loss.

 

When we refer to a well-balanced diet, we mean that it is integral to have adequate protein, healthy fats, carbs, and fiber to keep hormones balanced. A hormonal imbalance can lead to weight gain and other health problems. Protein burns more calories than carbs and fat, and fiber is another nutrient that requires more energy to digest. Maximize your BMR by getting sufficient amounts of fiber and protein in your diet. Remember that you can get a lot of protein from plant-based foods!

 

You May Need To Increase Muscle Mass:

Muscle burns six calories per pound, whereas fat burns two calories per pound. That may not seem like a huge difference, but those four extra calories can have a bigger impact over time. Increasing muscle mass must come with a little restraint, though. As you build muscle and exercise more, you’ll need to eat more. This means that you have to put weight loss goals in place while building muscle mass. It’s also integral to allow the body sufficient recovery time between workouts. Adequate sleep and rest is key to allow hormones to normalize. Remember, the longer you stay awake, the more likely you are to eat late at night, which can disrupt normal digestive function and throw the metabolism out of whack.

 

In conclusion, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer or a quick fix for boosting one’s metabolism. There are small changes you can make: taking part in high-intensity workouts, standing instead of sitting, eating right, and walking more. All of these things help increase the amount of calories you burn each day.

 

Sources:

https://thrivewithjanie.com/how-to-boost-your-metabolism-and-lose-weight/

https://www.vox.com/2016/5/18/11685254/metabolism-definition-booster-weight-loss

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a20052514/boost-your-metabolism-0/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-ways-to-boost-metabolism#section1

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Is Rice Water The Secret To Healthier Hair? https://www.dherbs.com/articles/is-rice-water-the-secret-to-healthier-hair/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/is-rice-water-the-secret-to-healthier-hair/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:30:49 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85289 Women in China and Japan have used this technique for centuries. Could this simple trick make your hair shinier and stronger?

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With so many “miracle serums” and “amazing hair growth products” out there, you may find yourself asking, “Do any of these actually work?” Given that most people want to have silkier, thicker hair, people purchase these products and expose their bodies to a variety of chemicals. It’s time to look past enticing marketing materials and focus your attention to an ingredient in your kitchen.

 

According to historical accounts, women during the Heian period (794-1185 CE) in Japan had hair that went down to the floor. Their secret was that they continuously bathed and combed their hair with rice water. A modern day equivalent would be the Yao women in China, who are famous for their hair that reaches up to six feet in length. They even have rich, black hair well into their 70s!

 

What Is Rice Water?

Rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the hair and skin, rice water is the starchy water that is left over after soaking rice. Rice water contains amino acids, vitamin E, B-vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which help with hair growth. Not only is it beneficial for your hair, but it is also the simplest DIY beauty product you’ll ever make. All you need is rice and filtered water.

 

Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that supports the claim that rice water strengthens hair. Most of the accounts are anecdotal, but current success stories can also be seen online in modern DIY beauty bloggers. People may find success using rice water, but the health of your hair also has to do with diet and the beauty products you use. If you are interested in trying out this technique, follow the instructions below.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 cup filtered water

Instructions:

  • Rinse and strain the rice with tap water to help remove any impurities, which you don’t want on your hair.
  • Mix the strained rice and filtered water in a medium bowl until the water becomes cloudy.
  • Strain the rice, reserving the water in an airtight plastic container. You can cook the rice now!
  • Let the rice water in the container sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours (not more than 24, though) to allow a little fermentation to happen. This is how the vitamins and minerals come out. You can then refrigerate it for up to a week after these initial hours at room temperature.
  • Before refrigerating the rice water, you can transfer it to little jars because pouring the rice water from a bowl onto your head can be tricky.

How To Use:

  • After completing your regular shampoo and conditioner routine, bust out the rice water. When you pour it on your hair, try to focus it on your scalp at first and work your way out.
  • Let it sit in your hair (you can comb it through if you like) for about two or three minutes before rinsing.

 

Rice water is also beneficial for the skin and you can use it as a cleanser. Make rice water as instructed and then dip a cotton ball into the liquid. Gently massage this on your face, or areas with acne, eczema, or irritated skin for a couple minutes. The most important thing when using rice water on your skin is to let it air dry to let your skin absorb the nutrients. Use this every day to help improve skin elasticity and achieve more radiant skin.

 

Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321353.php

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1468-2494.2010.00605_3.x

https://www.healthline.com/health/rice-water#4

https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/04/the-beauty-benefits-of-rice-water.html

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DIY Whitening Toothpaste For Sparkly Teeth https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-whitening-toothpaste-for-sparkly-teeth/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/diy-whitening-toothpaste-for-sparkly-teeth/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:45:51 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85377 Tea, coffee, and other beverages and foods can stain your teeth over time. Keep your teeth white by using this DIY toothpaste.

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Don’t you wish you could use a whitening toothpaste that didn’t harm the body with harsh chemicals? The majority of commercial toothpastes, especially the varieties with whitening agents, are filled with an assortment of harmful ingredients. Xylitol (made from GMO corn), fluoride, glycerin, GMO soy lethicin, and sodium laurel sulfate can collectively have detrimental effects on organs, the brain, the reproductive system, and hormones.

 

One of the things that may leave people skeptical about this DIY toothpaste is the color. How can a black toothpaste help to naturally whiten your teeth? Don’t let the color steer you away because it is filled with some powerful ingredients that are superstars in the DIY health world. Let’s check them out below.

 

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil:

One of primary oral health benefits of coconut oil is that it works to fight the Streptococcus mutans bacterium, which can cause cavities, gingivitis, or other oral health issues.

 

Activated Charcoal:

Activated charcoal helps to promote great oral hygiene by balancing the pH levels in your mouth. It also helps to whiten your teeth, removing coffee, tea, or berry stains.

 

Bentonite Clay:

Bentonite clay is like a sponge, in that it expands and alters its electrical charge to absorb toxins and heavy metals. In oral care products, bentonite clay helps to neutralize bad bacteria and deliver and array of minerals that help remineralize teeth.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted virgin organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ½ teaspoon activated charcoal
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a glass container and mix well with a wooden or rubber spoon.
  • Store this in a cool, dark place.
  • When you are ready to use, place a small amount on your toothbrush and brush your teeth for about two minutes. Rinse and spit out the toothpaste.
  • Don’t use this toothpaste every day because it can be harsh on sensitive gums.

 

Sources:

https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/blog/how-bentonite-clay-benefits-oral-health/

http://areturntosimplicity.com/whitening-toothpaste-recipe/

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These Short H.I.I.T. Workouts Can Improve Endurance https://www.dherbs.com/articles/these-short-h-i-i-t-workouts-can-improve-endurance/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/these-short-h-i-i-t-workouts-can-improve-endurance/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:30:43 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85286 High-intensity workouts can help you improve endurance & burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Try these short workouts and see!

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Some people claim that they don’t have enough time in the day to squeeze in a workout. Those people have obviously never heard of high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) because these short workouts can have you sweating bullets within ten minutes. This type of exercise has science-backed proof and you don’t have to dedicate hours out of your week to experience the benefits.

 

H.I.I.T. 101:

This training alternates between short bursts of strenuous exercise and low-intensity recovery periods. Essentially, you are packing the benefits of a 30-minute jog into a few minutes. H.I.I.T. can save you from spending hours in the gym, which is beneficial for those who don’t have a lot of time. The best part is that H.I.I.T. can be applied to any activity you enjoy, including swimming, running, biking, jumping rope, walking, skipping, or climbing. Be prepared to push you body to the limit, though!

 

Many people turn to H.I.I.T. because they can burn a lot more calories in a shorter amount of time. In fact, studies show that people who did H.I.I.T. burned 25-30% more calories than other forms of exercise. Additionally, your metabolic rate is higher for a longer period of time after you complete the workout. This can shift the body’s attention to using fat for energy, as opposed to carbs and sugar.

 

Obviously, H.I.I.T. isn’t a walk in the park, but it isn’t a go-until-you’re-dead type of exercise, either. Essentially, you shouldn’t be able to be a Chatty Kathy during your high-intensity workout. You are doing it right if you can only utter a few words at a time.

 

 

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If you Have 10 Minutes…

If you like to run, swim, row, or bike in small doses, then this is the workout for you. You’ll experience a total of one minute of intense exercise over a ten-minute period. A study found that people who did this ten-minute workout three times a week improved endurance by 12%. To do the workout:

  • Warm up for 2 minutes.
  • Pedal, run, or swim all-out for 20 seconds
  • Pedal, run, or swim slowly for 2 minutes
  • Pedal, run, or swim all-out for 20 seconds
  • Pedal, run, or swim slowly for 2 minutes
  • Pedal, run, or swim all-out for 20 seconds
  • Cool down for 3 minutes.
  • Do this three times a week (a total of 30 minutes of exercise)

 

If You Have 7 Minutes…

This workout uses your body weight, a wall, and a chair…that’s it. You’ll be breathless, not winded, after this regimen. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, resting for only 10 seconds between each one. To do the workout:

  • Jumping jacks for 30 seconds
  • Wall sit for 30 seconds
  • Push-ups for 30 seconds
  • Abdominal crunches for 30 seconds
  • Step-ups onto the chair for 30 seconds
  • Squats for 30 seconds
  • Triceps dip on the chair for 30 seconds
  • Plank for 30 seconds
  • High knees for 30 seconds
  • Alternating lunges for 30 seconds
  • Push-ups with rotation for 30 seconds
  • Side plank, each side for 30 seconds

 

Whatever H.I.I.T. workout you decide to do, you’ll always have time to fit it into your busy day. Remember to keep it interesting in order to look forward to your workout. Change up the music, location, and exercises so that you aren’t always doing the same things. The body can become used to complacency, meaning you won’t necessarily experience the same results every time if you do the same workout. Try to do an H.I.I.T. workout three times a week for at least ten minutes each time to get the best results. Have fun!

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-hiit#section4

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/really-really-short-workouts?mc=contentPinDom&ad-keywords=auddevgate&pp=1&dclid=CjkKEQjwlejcBRDr64efna2Y44kBEiQA5qe1wVhyzmYu8Znetqbnm0in8_o8ZVovEy6PtQWGI82mS5Tw_wcB

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Sober September May Lead To A Healthier Fall Season https://www.dherbs.com/articles/sober-september-may-lead-to-a-healthier-fall-season/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/sober-september-may-lead-to-a-healthier-fall-season/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:22:39 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85282 As the counterpart to dry January, Sober September is a chance to get your health back on track to finish the year off right!

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It’s no secret that some people get a little carried away with their alcohol consumption during the summer months. From picnics in the park to barbecues with friends, bad drinking habits can form and derail health goals. This is why lots of people are turning to thirty-day detox periods to help reshape behaviors and achieve goals. There’s no better way to do that than through some alliteration, by which of course we mean Sober September.

 

To give you the short version, Sober September is a chance for people to dry out, so to speak. September marks the beginning of the school year and the beginning of the fall season, in which people gain more weight than they do throughout the rest of the year. Considering that roughly 30% of people over 18 reportedly engage in binge-drinking, taking a month off of alcohol may not be the worst idea.

 

What Can A Month Without Booze Do For You?

Many people find that giving up alcohol can help them be more productive, lose weight, improve their complexion, and save more money. On a more medicinal note, a month without alcohol can decrease fat levels on the liver, lower cholesterol, and can help regulate blood sugar levels.

 

A Sober September may not work out if you don’t have a reason or motivation. Do you want to save money, lose weight, hit the reset button, or cut down on drinking? Remember that it is crucial to think of your reasoning behind Sober September when you want to drink. Use the following tips to help you have a successful Sober September.

 

Invite Your Friends:

Whether you are training for a marathon, giving up sweets, or not drinking for a month, it can be beneficial to do it with a few friends. Accountability partners help to keep you on track! Not only will you all be heading towards the same goal, but you can all find new booze-free activities to do together.

 

Identify What Makes You Want To Drink:

A relationship with alcohol can often be emotional. People commonly turn to alcohol when they are upset, want to “get the party going,” or feeling sad (and alcohol depresses them even more). Identify when you feel like you are missing out or craving a drink. This may happen when you’re stressed, want to relax, or celebrate good news. When you identify the thing that makes you want to drink, swap it for another activity.

 

Evaluate Cravings:

Alcohol contains a lot of sugar, which means that quitting alcohol can drastically reduce your sugar intake, depending on how much you drink. If losing weight is part of your Sober September goals, don’t substitute the sugar in alcohol for other sweet treats or foods that contain added sugars.

 

Reward Yourself:

If you go out with friends to a place that serves alcohol and you don’t order a drink, don’t forget to congratulate yourself. Rewards can keep you on track! If you’ve wanted to take dance lessons, treat yourself to them with all that money that you haven’t spent on booze. Don’t forget that one of the biggest rewards is having hangover-free mornings.

 

Try, Try, And Try Again:

If you happen to fall of the wagon during Sober September, don’t beat yourself up about it. Try starting again in October, or any day for that matter. It’s important for your health, and for your self-confidence to complete the full 30 days. If you make it to day 30 and are enjoying how you feel, see if you can make it to day 45. You may learn to live without alcohol the longer you go without it, or you’ll at least learn to limit yourself to sensible amounts.

 

Sources:

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Wellness/sober-september-taking-month-off-drinking-body/story?id=57595077

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-are-health-benefits-of-a-sober-september#6

https://girlandtonic.co.uk/sober-october/

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Simple Steps To Cope With Your Anxiety https://www.dherbs.com/articles/simple-steps-to-cope-with-your-anxiety/ https://www.dherbs.com/articles/simple-steps-to-cope-with-your-anxiety/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 11:30:41 +0000 https://www.dherbs.com/?p=85045 Involving worry, fear, and apprehension, anxiety can be difficult to manage. Follow these steps to manage anxiety when it strikes.

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Spending hours worrying about worst-case scenarios is no way to live a healthy life, yet many people live like this because of their anxiety. People with anxiety often times find it difficult to manage because they physically can’t, or they just don’t know how. Since everyone doesn’t want to get hooked on anxiety medication, it is beneficial to know how to cope with sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, or other anxiety symptoms.

 

While it may seem like anxiety isn’t manageable, it is. It can take time and practice, but learning to be less anxious and braver is possible. If anxiety takes a toll on your life, use the following tips to help manage your anxiety.

 

Break Big Projects Into Small Tasks:

Anxiety tends to find its way into the workplace, and it often displays itself in the form of procrastination because completing the work can feel paralyzing to anxious people. It is best to break down a project into small portions, so that your goals are more easily accomplished. You can also apply this tip outside the workplace. For example, if going to a party and socializing induces anxiety, make it your goal to only greet the host, rather than talking to all the people you don’t know.

 

Establish What Is Bothering You:

The symptoms of anxiety are more noticeable than what is causing them. How do you get to the bottom of your anxiety? It can be beneficial to explore your thoughts and feelings by writing in a journal. Write down everything that is bothering you or discuss your thoughts/feelings with a friend or therapist. Uncovering things is a great way to manage anxiety.

 

Try Valerian Root Tea Or Magnesium Foods:

Provided you aren’t allergic to valerian root, this herb can have a powerful calming effect on the body. Valerian root tea is typically consumed an hour or so before bed to help induce sleep. You can also eat magnesium rich foods to help manage stress levels.

 

Accept Your Anxiety:

The common acceptance for someone with anxiety is that he or she experiences anxiety. This isn’t the same as accepting anxiety. People with anxiety are not alone because anxiety affects about 40 million American adults. Accepting anxiety is like adding additional support to manage the condition.

 

Prove Your Anxiety Wrong:

What we mean by this is that it is beneficial to expose yourself to the thing that triggers your anxiety. A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that exposure to the anxiety trigger can help people cope with it. For example, you may be riding the elevator and your worst fear is getting trapped in there for hours. Face your fear by getting inside the elevator, riding it to the desired floor, getting out, and realize that you made it out without getting stuck. You can apply this to many of your fears to boost self-empowerment.

 

Sources:

https://www.shinesheets.com/how-i-survive-high-anxiety-days/

https://www.verywellmind.com/manage-your-anxiety-2584184

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/7-tips-to-actually-manage-anxiety-on-a-regular-basis_us_5862b420e4b0de3a08f640e8

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