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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beat Stress Naturally by Heading Outdoors

Managing stress in a healthy way is the of the key principals to a naturally healthy life. Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, we can't get away from it, however we can implement tools to help us manage it in a healthy way and decrease its impact on our physical, mental and emotional health. One of the most powerful ways to decrease the stress impact on your health is to spend more time outdoors. Researchers are discovering that surrounding yourself with nature can be one of the most powerful stress-relievers out there.



Lowers Stress Hormones


In a recent study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, scientists measured the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 25 healthy adults in Scotland. Those who lived in the areas with the most amount of green space had lower levels of cortisol, and they reported feeling less stress than those who spent more time in urban settings.

When it comes to reducing stress, there's just something about being in our natural element that's hard to beat, says lead study author Catharine Ward Thompson, director of the OPENspace Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Being in wide open spaces mean more opportunities to increase your health and vitality and here's why...

More Exercise 


Being outdoors means more exercise. Exercise is the best natural mood booster. Combine that with fresh air, sunshine and wide open spaces and your mood is boosted exponentially. Exercise is one of the best relievers and being outdoors helps to calm your nervous system, regulate internal body systems and detox, bringing more clarity and vitality. "Take advantage of opportunities to visit a green space as often as possible, even if only for five minutes, to help enhance your wellbeing and reduce your stress levels," says Thompson.

More Sunshine


Sunshine is also a natural mood booster and stress reliever. Many of our internal systems are regulated by your body’s circadian rhythms which aligns your physiology with the external environment. Your internal clock does much more than just help you sleep in the evening. Dr. Mercola says, "Your body actually has many internal clocks - in your brain, lungs, liver, heart and even your skeletal muscles - and they all work to keep your body running smoothly by controlling temperature and the release of hormones, some of which impact your mood. Your circadian rhythm depends on receiving sunlight at the right times (during the day) in order to function properly. If you do not get much sunlight when your body is expecting it - for example because you’re inside working all day or the weather is cold and cloudy - it can easily lead to changes in your brain that will negatively impact your mood."

Research also clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for good health and disease prevention. Vitamin D affects your DNA through vitamin D receptors, which bind to specific locations of the human genome. Scientists have identified nearly 3,000 genes that are influenced by vitamin D levels, and vitamin D receptors have been found throughout the human body.

Less Toxicity


We get rid of 80% of the toxins in our body through out breath, yet most of us breathe too shallow. Meaning most of us are keeping too many of these toxins in our body. Toxins inside the body harm cells and body functions and can cause you to feel more tension, stress and irritation. Being outdoors and engaging in some form of exercise, like walking, stimulates you to breathe more deeply and release more of these toxins. 

Five minutes outside is all it takes get the mood-boosting effect, according to a 2010 study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Researchers found that people experienced the largest boosts to their mood and self-esteem after just spending five minutes outside doing some form of light exercise, like walking.


In the Raw Vitality holistic health program we recommend outdoor walking, deep breathing exercise and consistent balanced movement and exercise each and every day for these very reasons. The Raw Vitality program is designed to teach you all of the tools you need to keep your body naturally balanced and healthy and can also begin to reverse any chronic health symptoms. Join us for our upcoming group cleanse beginning July 14th. Learn more about the group cleanse here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/raw-vitality-cleanse-july-2014-tickets-11087554173




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Monday, June 9, 2014

10 Ways to Care for Yourself When you Are Feeling Burnt Out

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Career, family, friends, taking time for YOU, it is hard not to have some stress in today's busy ways of living. If we cannot get away from stress then we must learn how to manage stress in a way that reduces the negative physical and mental impacts it can have on us. Learning to manage stress in a healthy way is vital to overall long term health and wellbeing. Stress not managed in a healthy way can have a severe impact on your health and body, making you age internally as much as 32 years beyond your calendar age! Remember YOU are important too and taking time to care for yourself is one of the best ways to show self love and care. 

We loved this article posted in the Elephant Journal on 10 tips to care for yourself when you are feeling burnt out. Original article can be found here: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/03/10-ways-to-take-care-of-ourselves-when-were-suffering-from-burn-out/



10 Simple Things To Do When We’re In Over Our Heads.
1. Community. Hanging out with friends helps us feel better. Spending time with actual human beings boosts our mood. It energises us, even if it’s people we don’t really know, at the local cafĂ©. Sharing smiles with people gives us a lasting warm fuzzy.
2. Take breaks. No one can thrive when we’re sitting at the computer for hours on end, all day long. Take a five minute break every hour. Walk to the water cooler and rehydrate, do 10 jumping jacks, do a deep forward bend, walk to the break room and refill your coffee cup, have a quick phone chat with a friend or step outside and take a peek at the sky.
3. Get enough fresh air and sunshine. This is important, especially in the wintertime. Spending time outside breaks up the monotony and reconnects us to nature. An easy way to “cheat” is to walk or bike to work. If we have to bus or car commute, park a few blocks away from the office. If we work at home, a quick walk around the block will suffice. If it’s cold, bundle up. There are really no excuses when it comes to being outside and enjoying the day at least a little bit.
4. Eat food cooked with love. Make sure to eat enough veggies. Eat real food and avoid processed and packaged food. Have a snack— if you’re experiencing mood-faliure, get your blood sugar up.
5. Meditate. Practice sitting meditation every day for at least 10 minutes. If you’re too busy, meditate for one hour. Our minds are made for thinking. Consciously taking a break from our thoughts heals stress on many levels. I meditate every day for 10 minutes, first thing in the morning. It makes me feel like I’m cloaked in a protective blanket all day long.
6. Exercise. Our bodies are made to move. People have a lot of energy and sitting still for too long can drive us stir crazy. Exercise, even a little bit, is important everyday. It releases negativity and makes us feel good. It gets our heart pumping and our lungs breathing. My favorite ways to exercise are walking the dog, biking, hiking, yoga, dancing, skiing, snow shoveling, gardening and sex.
7. House Plants. It’s nice to share space with other living things. House plants are natural air filters. They live on water and sunlight. That’s affordable! They bring relaxing and cheerful energy to a room. They are quiet. If you have to vent, houseplants are good listeners.
8. Stretch. Practicing yoga, even a little bit, breaks up the” fuzz” between our muscles and fascial tissue. A good stretch can give us the “space” we need to buckle down and take care of our responsibilities.
9. Get enough sleep. Our bodies are rejuvenated with a good night’s sleep. Enjoy a relaxing ritual before bed, to ensure a restful night. Have a cup of chamomile tea, meditate, take a hot epsom salt bath, or read for 15 minutes.
10. Laugh. Read something funny. Talk to someone funny. Watch a funny video. Amuse yourself. Laughter really is the best medicine.
In today’s busy world, it’s easy for anyone to feel overwhelmed; using creative solutions to deal with stress can help us prevent burnout.




Raw Vitality provides you with the tools, education, support & motivation you need to get and stay healthy naturally!  We teach and offer everything you need to restore and maintain your health in a natural and balanced way through holistic health programs and cleanses, natural and organic products, education and support to help you heal and reach the highest levels of health and vitality!


Get a free taste of Raw Vitality with 10 Fresh, Fast & Healthy Raw Vitality Recipes at www.rawvitalitytotalhealth.com