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Therapeutic Benefits Of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

Therapeutic Benefits Of Himalayan Salt Stone MassageThe Himalayan salt is typically pink in color and it gets the name because it is sourced from the Himalayas. The Himalayan mountain range stretches across 1500 miles along the borders of India, Pakistan, and Nepal. Himalayan salt has been utilized for improving health and healing for a long time in Eastern traditions. The West has recently embraced the salt due to its health-boosting properties. The benefits of Himalayan salt stone massage are widely recognized these days. The therapeutic Himalayan salt stone massage makes use of warmed Himalayan salt stones for applying pressure by using Swedish massage techniques. Here are some benefits of Himalayan salt stone massage.

1. It counteracts the artificial wavelengths from electronics

The Himalayan salt stone massage is capable of zeroing out the electromagnetic field of your body. The commonly used electronic devices such as mobile phones and pcs may disrupt the natural energies flowing within your body. Continued exposure to electromagnetic radiation is well known to cause stress, fatigue, and it weakens your immune system.

2. Detoxifies your body

The Himalayan salt stones have useful minerals that assist in your body’s detoxification process while you are undertaking the Himalayan salt stone massage. The massage on its own is detoxifying because it can move the blood and lymph around your body that helps circulate the toxins away from the body. These minerals within the Himalayan salt stones are useful for drawing out the toxins from your body and thereby making the detoxification process even more effective.

3. Restores the balance of your body

The Himalayan salt stones can emit negative ions that help in neutralizing the positively charged free ions or radicals that are responsible for causing chronic inflammation within your body. If there are excessive free radicals within your body they may cause damage to your cell membranes and the DNA. It leads to diseases and inflammation. Another method for balancing the ions within the body is by practicing earthing or grounding.

4. Remineralizing your skin

The Himalayan salt contains 84 different helpful minerals that include magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. These minerals can be absorbed through the skin at the time of Himalayan salt stone massage. It will lead to balancing of the skin conditions, other breakouts, and it supports a healthy immune system.

5. Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties

The Himalayan salt is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial and it works for neutralizing bacteria. Due to these properties, the Himalayan salt is ideal for the Himalayan salt stone massage. In addition to this, the salt can also treat the skin and it removes the harmful bacteria that may cause skin breakouts in the future along with infections and rashes.

6. Exfoliates the skin gently

The minerals contained within the Himalayan salt and the texture of the stone give your skin gentle exfoliation thereby making the skin soft and smooth. You can see these results immediately after performing the Himalayan salt stone massage.

Unfortunately, the spas working in different states of the U.S. are likely to be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them will be awaiting the government permissions and the situation to ease out to reopen their facilities. If you live in Clearwater, FL area the go-to place for getting a professional Himalayan salt stone massage is Maria’s Professional Massage. Maria also incorporates the benefits of Himalayan salt in her therapeutic massages. There use only top-quality salt stone products that are 100% pure and are originated from the Himalayan Mountains. These salt stones are mined by using socially and environmentally responsible agencies.

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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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Coffee Does Have Health Benefits

Coffee Does Have Health BenefitsIn a study published June 2017 and published in BMJ Open, the health benefits of coffee are clearly shown and encouraging to those who have to have more than one cup of Joe per day.

The study entitled “Coffee, including caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: a systematic review and does-response meta-analysis” shows that having several cups of coffee whether caffeinated or decaf does lead to significant drops in developing cancer.

The caffeinated coffee had higher results than the decaffeinated, but the bottom line is science has shown the beverage is far more important than previously realized.  For decades the arguments regarding coffee’s benefits for health have been strongly debated.  Study after study conflicted one another but this time, the data is on the table for everyone to take a bite out of.

The objective of the study was to determine: “To examine the association between coffee, including caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, with hepatocellular (HCC) and assess the influence of HCC etiology and preexisting liver disease.”.

With over 1,000 participants in the study, the researchers found that having just two cups of coffee per day brought about on average, a 35% reduction in the risk of HCC.  It didn’t matter if the subjects had minimal or more serious liver disease, nor the amount of alcohol consumption, the decrease in developing cancer was the same.

The strengths of the study shows that not only is this study the first meta-analysis to do the calculations to find the relative risks of hepatocellular carcinoma for those who consumed 1 to 5 cups of coffee daily, but this data should allow for the designing of an intervention strategy that is coffee based in use in a clinical trial.

Furthermore, this study is a first-time meta-analysis to discover the influence of all the main HCC risk factors that are associated with HCC and coffee.  The same is for the decaffeinated coffee consumption.  The study found that there is a heterogeneity between the studies included in the meta-analysis.

The results of the study have startled the public and medical community.  Since liver cancer is the 6th most regularly diagnosed cancer throughout the world, it behooves other researchers as well as the medical industry to follow up on this research and see how it can be applied to the problem of liver cancer.  Whether coffee diminishes the chances of other forms of cancer isn’t listed, but many feel the benefits are the same.

The compounds found in coffee are known to have antioxidants, anti-fibrotic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

What does all this have to do for the average consumer who enjoys coffee but is worried that too much might cause harm?  It’s on a case by case basis as to how much coffee a person can tolerate per day.  The caffeine might be too much for some and they’ll have to switch to decaffeinated or supplement their caffeinated coffee with decaf for later in the afternoon and evening.  In addition, living a healthy lifestyle should boost the success of coffee on the body.

So, enjoy that cup of Joe with full peace of mind that not only are you satisfying your taste buds, but you’re preventing cancer from taking root.

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