Lifting Up A Friend

It is so hard to get exercising. Why not try it with a friend? When you are starting to change any behavior it is always best to have someone reliable to encourage you. Whether this is a partner or a friend, someone who can send you reminders or even go for walks with you can…

Daiya Review

I don’t normally write product reviews but I thought it was time that I do so. I am always on the hunt for new gluten free products and when I stumbled across this new product from Daiya I was ecstatic! Daiya, for those of you who do not know, is a dairy free brand. While…

Stretching Out The Kinks

When most people think about exercise they do not think of stretching first. Exercise consists of three different activities-cardio (running), strengthening (think weight lifting or push-ups), and stretching. Stretching is super simple and is the easiest of these but is so often passed over because the benefits are not always quickly apparent. I think of…

Bitters

By Betsy Miller Many health practitioners believe that the secret to optimal health is through the gut; one of the primary ways that herbalists improve digestive health is through the use of bitter herbs to stimulate digestive secretions, enhance nutrient absorption, improve liver function and increase elimination of wastes.  Digestive bitters are various herbs and/or…

Walking Down the Stairs

This time of year it is rough to try to get outside for exercise, especially after that snow storm we just had on the East Coast. One alternative option you have to walking longer distances is to practice walking up and down stairs. I live in an apartment building, on the fourth floor. When I…

Anxiolytic Herbs

Anxiolytic herbs are those that help reduce anxiety. These are very commonly compared to nervines, herbs that calm the nervous system. Anxiety for most individuals is a reaction to a stressful situation that encompasses the desire to avoid the situation in one way or another. Relaxing the nervous system is one way to relieve anxiety….

Walking out the Door

Here in Maryland it is still a little chilly but not too cold that going for a walk outside cant be done. Last spring I tried to start walking regularly. You may remember this as part of my Wellness Restart. It was going great and I absolutely love getting to meet people I saw daily…

Astringent Herbs

Astringent herbs are not uncommon at all and they have a very simple action in the body. Most astringent actions are attributed to a class of molecules called tannins. These molecules ‘tan’ the tissues they come in contact with, such as the digestive system if you drink an herbal tea containing tannins. The tanning action…

Getting off the Couch

Yep, I struggle with this. I am even a personal trainer and I struggle with this. Working all day, being tired, and just wanting to take a break, sitting on the couch in the evening is so nice and relaxing. There are a few things you may not have thought of to help get a…