In the West, mindfulness and meditation have - in a very short time - gone from obscure, hippie practices to things likely to be regularly recommended by your physician. There are good reasons for this: the evidence supporting these methods of stress-reduction is already substantial and shows no signs of slowing. But why should mindfulness and meditation be important to YOU?
Periods impact half of the world's population twelve times a year for four decades of their lives - that's approximately 2,400 days of bleeding (and that doesn't count the things we experience during the rest of our cycles) - and yet we can still be reluctant to talk about them. Read on to gain a better understanding of what happens in your body during your cycle, learn about alternatives to pads and tampons (that you may actually want to use), and read and watch some hilarious pieces about the period experience.
The spiral of "no time for self care" winds its way to dark and exhausting places. The irony is that had we taken the time to nourish ourselves from the beginning, we would have more capacity to get through more of our "to-dos." We would be healthier, happier, and more accomplished.
Hydrotherapy is a form of treatment used by naturopathic physicians to treat a wide variety of conditions, both acute and chronic. Best of all, many of these treatments can be done at home for next to nothing in cost or risk.
The best common sense rule of thumb for skin care and beauty routine products is this: if it isn't safe to go IN your body (i.e. you wouldn't eat it) it isn't safe to go ON your body (good taste is optional). That said, please do not taste all of your products to see if they make you sick! Luckily, there are ways to make smart purchasing decisions so your routine is comprised of products you AND your skin love (and the environment, too!).
No one diet is right for everyone. Our bodies, lives, and needs are all incredibly different. As they say, "One man's meat is another man's poison." It can take time to figure out which specific diet is best for you (food journaling, elimination diets, trial-and-error... or you could hire me to help!), but luckily, there are basic principles that work for everyone.