Friday, September 26, 2014

Why Your Body Loves Sleep!

Well hello there, wellness lovers! Happy Friday!

And might I just add... happy fall as well! I am just so excited for the cooler temperatures, everything pumpkin, and bringing out the cute boots + vests + blankets. I know you are too!!

One other aspect of fall that I greatly appreciate... is the fact that nights start getting longer and daylight savings eventually ends.

Why do I look forward to this? It's simple really.

More sleep!

If you're like me... when it's the middle of summer and is light outside well passed 8 pm, you probably tend to get less sleep than you should. Or maybe you're more disciplined than I am. In the fall and winter months, I find myself more able to relax and get to bed by a reasonable hour. Ideally 9 pm. Please don't laugh... my alarm goes off at 5.


I just love this infographic from the Huffington Post! Take a minute to check it out!

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Whenever you find yourself sleep deprived, you know you feel terrible... but this pretty much sums everything up nicely! If you are skimping on sleep... your body is not going through all of the necessary processes to repair itself and fully rest the mind.

According to the Mayo Clinic and WedMD, adults generally require 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Apparently some individuals can get by with 6 (although probably not necessarily ideal), and some people actually need 9 to function throughout their day.

So there you have it! And probably have known for ever. Sleep is important! Have you been taking sleeping seriously enough lately? Please feel free to leave a comment below. (I'll leave a confession myself!)

I hope you have a relaxing and restful weekend! Zzzzzzzz

xoxo,
Ashley



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Joshua Rosenthal Interviews Dr. Mehmet Oz!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

10 Reasons to Enjoy Peaches

Well, hello there wellness lovers!

Are we already near the middle of summer 2014? Well actually, it has seemed like summer for months now here in the high desert...

And for heavens' sake, the craft stores have already moved their summer decor to the clearance sections, and have already started stocking the shelves for fall!

I digress...time just seems to be going by way to fast these days.

Anyways, I am just excited that summer fruits, like peaches, are finally in season!


What are some of the benefits of peaches, you may be wondering...

(I'm pretty sure I'm not the only nutrition geek/nerd/weirdo that Googles benefits of "--------" whenever I am eating something, hahaha.)

Anyways, I've come up with a list of 10 reasons why you may want to enjoy a peach, or many, this summer!

Keep in mind... peaches are on the Environmental Working Group's 'Dirty Dozen Plus' list, so if you are on a grocery budget, maybe at least try to purchase organic peaches. Or even better... plant a peach tree in your backyard! ;)

12 Reasons to Enjoy Peaches

1. They are an excellent source of potassium, which is beneficial to fluid regulation and also cleanses the kidneys.
2. Fiber assists in promoting feelings of satiation, as well as keeps your digestive system regulated.
3. Flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, assist in reducing inflammation and encouraging healthy cell growth.
4. Vitamins A and C make peaches a natural skin moisturizer, as both of these nutrients assist in regenerating the skin.
5. Beta carotene, an antioxidant, is thought to be beneficial to eye health.
6. Selenium, a mineral with antioxidant properties, may protect against cancer by protecting cells from damage.
7. Vitamin K is an essential nutrient that regulates normal blood clotting, assists with the transport of calcium throughout the body, and may be beneficial to bone health.
8. Vitamin E supports a healthy immune system, eyes, and skin.
9. Pectin assists in stabilizing blood sugar and regulating the digestive system, thanks to the fact that it's a form of soluble fiber.
10. Lastly, enjoying peaches are a perfect way to satisfy your cravings for sweets... naturally and healthfully!

Sources:

Eating Well
Dr. Weil.com
WH Foods
Livestrong
Environmental Working Group

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

xoxo,
Ashley