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How To Stay Young And Natural For A Long Time

Anti-Aging Tips: How To Stay Young And Natural For A Long TimeDay by day, we keep seeing tons of ads for various products, promising to keep us looking as young as possible. Apparently, people are terrified by the idea of getting older and try to hide any signs age puts on their faces. Sure this can be done with make-up, intense training, a healthy lifestyle and, why not, some Botox.

But these do cost. A lot.

What if we told you that there are a few secrets of how can one stay young and have a great health, without using any of the above-mentioned things? Let’s take a few moments, relax, and see what can you do…

Take a break

If you’re reading this while on a comfortable chair, you’re on the right path, as one of the most important things you can do is to give yourself a break from time to time.

According to recent studies, stress causes physical changes in the body, thus accelerating the aging process. These days, there are stress factors all over, so the most effective way to break this destructive chain of events is to meditate. Even if it’s for as little as 10 minutes per day.

Pick a quiet place, close your eyes, fully relax and breathe deeply. Then thank us in a few years.

Be active

Besides helping you lose weight and being excellent for your health, regular exercise is also great for toning muscles, building healthier bones and – very important – boost your mood and help you think clearly.

Actually, there’s a connection between physical exercise and better brain power!

“Walking for just 10 minutes a day lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s by 40 percent,” says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center on Aging. “Physical conditioning reduces stress and anxiety, which wipe out your memory bank.”

A few short workouts per week are a great start. Running, biking, swimming, you name it. If it gets you off the couch, your health can improve and you will stay young!

Drink some wine

Believe it or not, a study showed that mice on a high-fat diet supplemented with a substance found in the skin of grapes had way longer average lifespans than those who weren’t given the substance.

Resveratrol, the substance we’re talking about, reduces the risk of diabetes and liver problem in mice, besides other benefits. So basically, if you’re drinking one glass of wine per day, you’re constantly helping it to maintain its health. Just make sure you keep it within the limits.

Consume more good fat

This can be a pretty surprising piece of advice, but we’re actually talking about fats that are good for your health, like Omega-3 fatty acids, like the ones found in salmon. These play an important role in stabilizing your mood, as well as maintaining bone structure and helping prevent visible signs of aging, something we’re all after.

“Omega-3s also boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to pull fat out of storage — from your hips, say — and use it as energy,” says Nicholas Perricone, MD, a leading anti-aging expert and author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity. “Omega-3s keep you healthy and your skin radiant.”

As mentioned above, the best way to start this journey is to relax from time to time. Meditation can be great, but sometimes, nothing compares to a good massage. And Maria knows exactly how to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health and well-being.

Schedule an appointment today and embark on the road to obtaining a healthier body and mind.

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The 5 Habits That Should Become A Part Of Your Morning Routine

The 5 Habits That Should Become A Part Of Your Morning RoutineLooking forward to having a productive day? Then you should start with a perfect morning! As you’ve probably read, a lot of successful people have their own morning routines, planned to the tiniest detail, but the truth is that there is just one thing that matters when starting the day: convincing yourself that you have the day on lockdown!

On the other side, if you’re a fan of routines, you should know that there are a few habits you can make part of your morning, to have a great start. And they are also excellent for your health! Let’s find out more about them, shall we?

Start with making your bed

Sounds like pretty basic, but actually, this can set you up for success. Organizing and leaving your bedroom in a presentable condition reinforces to your still asleep brain the idea that order and calmness abound. And this equals less stress and a better mood, this leading to more productivity!

Get yourself hydrated

As mentioned above, some morning habits are great for your health, getting hydrated being one of the best examples.

After a few hours in which they have been waterless, your cells are in big need of water – coffee also works – in order to be prepared for efficient work throughout the day. If you manage to sip water throughout the entire morning, it’s easier to achieve your target of consuming two liters per day.

Make a plan for the whole day

We’re not saying to plan in detail every step you’ll take, as a simple to-do list, with a few items, should be enough. Add the time of the day until you want them completed as well!

Basically, by putting these tasks on paper or your phone, you can take away the stress of remembering everything you need to do, not to mention that it severs as a reminder of your goals. Remember, those who fail to plan plan to fail! Prioritize the most important things and the whole day will run smoothly.

Play some of your favorite tunes

A morning soundtrack should be a must, especially if it consists of uplifting, energizing tunes. These will help prepare your mind for positivity all day long, so pick some songs that make you happy and use them to get through everything you need to do before leaving the house.

Move. A lot!

The best way of feeling better through the afternoon is to take a few moments in the morning to get your body in motion. Whether it’s a few moments of stretching or even going for a quick run, this will improve your well-being and maintain your body’s health. Also, you’re prone to making better food choices if you’ve done something for your body early in the morning!

However, if you’re still feeling tired after a full day, even after implementing these habits, you can try getting a massage. Maria can help you relief from tension and stress, but also help dissolve pain and discomfort, so schedule a massage session now!

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Is Coffee Actually Good For Your Health?

Coffee — Good or Bad?There have been numerous debates over the effects of coffee and we can easily say that there are two big sides: those who love it, claiming that it has just positive effects on your health and those who don’t want to hear about it, saying that it’s absolutely bad for you. But still, the question remains valid: is it actually good or not?

Generally speaking, it is well known that coffee is rich in antioxidants and was multiple times linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. On the other side, it contains caffeine, known for causing problems in some people and disrupting sleep.

Therefore, today we’re taking a few moments and discuss some of the most important pros and cons of coffee, in order to find, once and for all, an answer to the big question.

It has way more than just antioxidants

Besides the above-mentioned benefit, the world’s favorite morning beverage also features several nutrients, like vitamins B2, B5, B1, B3, as well as folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium, or phosphorus, one cup containing a small part of the daily nutrient intake.

Caffeine is not bad at all!

Probably the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world, caffeine works as a great stimulant. To be more specific, in the brain, it blocks the function of adenosine, an inhibitory brain transmitter. By doing this, it increases the activity in your brain and releases norepinephrine and dopamine, thus reducing tiredness and making you feel more alert.

By the way, how many of you know that it can boost metabolism as well, by up to 11%?

It can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Studies have demonstrated that frequent coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as a 32 to 60% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Basically, the more coffee they drink, the lower the risk. But still, this doesn’t mean that they should exaggerate!

It lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Keeping it short, this type of diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars, as you develop a resistance to the effects of insulin. Well, you should know that coffee drinkers have a 23-67% reduced risk of developing this condition, according to multiple studies.

Ok, so it’s pretty obvious that coffee has some serious benefits, but what about those minuses it’s highly criticized for by some people?

It can lead to anxiety and sleep issues

For us, this is the main minus of drinking coffee, but again, it only happens if you can’t control yourself and drink way too many cups a day.

To be more specific, consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even panic attacks. Some people are reportedly sensitive to caffeine and will become overstimulated by a single cup.

Besides this, sleep disruption is another unwanted effect of too much caffeine. If you find yourself in this situation, try quitting coffee late in the day, like after 2:00 pm. Some people claim that caffeine has diuretic and blood pressure-raising effects, even though these usually dissipate with regular use. A slight increase in blood pressure may persist though.

There were situations in which coffee fans claimed that enjoying this beverage, but we sure do know way better methods of blowing off some steam, like getting a massage.

Maria’s Professional Massage can help to relieve tension and stress, dissolve pain and discomfort, increase blood circulation and, overall, make you feel fully relaxed. A licensed practitioner, Maria uses her cultural heritage as inspiration and guidance, combined with her modern western therapeutic education, delivering high-quality services.

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The Unknown Benefits of Walking Barefoot

Benefits of Walking BarefootYou’ve probably seen a lot of people walking barefoot on the street and wondered what is the actual reason why they’re doing this. Surprisingly or not, they’re part of a bigger community, all of them doing this for its benefits on their health!

Called “earthing” or “grounding”, walking barefoot has numerous benefits, but they are often overlooked by mainstream society, who actually promotes the importance of wearing shoes all the time.

Dr. Mercola claims that walking with nothing on your feet and touching directly the soil allows your body to absorb a number of negative electrons through the Earth. This plays an important role in stabilizing daily cortisol rhythm, but also creates a balanced internal bioelectrical environment.

Barefoot walking fans also say that this is a simple effort, which has way more benefits than one could actually think. Let’s go through a few of the most important and then decide if there’s actually worth it giving up shoes, at least from time to time.

It reduces pain and inflammation

According to a study, in which participants slept on a conductive mattress pad that reproduced the effects of sleeping directly on the ground for eight weeks, walking with no shoes can get you reduce cortisone levels. This automatically means less pain, stress and sleep troubles, as the participants declared.

It helps you sleep better

A different study revealed that earthing can induce relaxation, by influencing physiologic processes. People who tried this…procedure had a better night’s sleep, when compared with those who don’t walk barefoot at all. This happens because it stabilizes circadian rhythms.

It reduces the risk of heart diseases

Probably one of the most important benefits of walking barefoot on your health is the fact that it can increase the surface charge of red blood cells. This results in a reduction of clumping, therefore decreasing blood thickness. High viscosity has been directly linked to heart diseases, as one of the major issues causing them.

It boosts your energy levels

This is by far the most obvious benefit, but it still had to be mentioned here. It is believed that each time you immerse in the natural work, you somehow pick up on the higher frequencies emitted from nature. This allows you to increase your energy levels and forget about the exposure to modern society, which affects your vitality.

It makes menstrual cramps easier to support

One of the most surprising advantages of walking barefoot is its ability to ease menstrual cramps. Basically, all the pain we feel in our body starts in the mind and manifests as stress. This can have a big impact on menstrual cramps. Try going outdoors and let your bare feet touch the ground for a while, then see what this can do.

It helps loosen tense muscles

Yes, another study! It appears that earthing can prevent muscle soreness from occurring, especially after engaging in physical exercises. Obviously, it can be applied in various situations that cause tense muscles, especially very common ones, like working at a desk all day. Besides loosening tense muscles, it can also help you get rid of migraines, caused by exposure to radiation.

Speaking of tense muscles, another great way of getting rid of this problem is getting a massage. Combining the knowledge of professional massage training with the customs and practices of Asian heritage, Maria is always happy to offer a unique massage experience.
Available for clients in Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor Florida and Tampa Bay Area, she is always ready to help you get on the path to obtaining a healthier mind and body.

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