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6 Detox Habits For A Healthier and Younger You In 2017!

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In the health and wellness community the term detox has always a hot topic and is often a conversation that can be heard buzzing amongst health enthusiasts – and for good reason!

But this isn’t a topic that only your health guru friends should be chatting about. No, detoxing is a conversation everyone should be having! Why? Because everyone should reap the benefits of detoxing. Who doesn’t want to feel; younger, lighter, hotter and healthier?!

With 2017 well on its way, and the last of the holiday parties long gone, it may be a good time for a detox. Embrace a healthier, younger, refreshed and focused you – perfect to tackle the rest of 2017 as your best self.

Everyone should be including detox practices into their daily routines. Detoxing will revitalize your health, your body and your mind.

But first, what is detoxing?

Detoxing is the act of sustaining from or eliminating the body of unhealthy substances, toxins and free radicals. Detoxing rids you of any impurities that have accumulated in your body.

That brings up the next question…

Why should you detox?

Your body is working 24/7 around the clock to keep you alive and it is constantly being bombarded with things like; bad habits (over-eating junk food, smoking, ect.) pollution, stress, negative people, built up toxins and so much more. It is important to get these things out of your system so your body can functional optimally, oh and of course leave you feeling trimmer, more energetic, younger and overall more attractive.

Your body deserves a helping hand and break – and that’s what detoxing is all about.

What are the Benefits of Detoxing?

  • Boosts your energy
  • Eliminate excess waste being held in your body
  • Improves your skin
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Reverses aging and feeling younger
  • Weight loss and overall feeling lighter
  • General sense of well-being
  • Improves immune system
  • Allows organs to work more efficiently
  • Improved sleep
  • And so much more!

Whether you are a familiar friend with detoxing or a new acquaintance, here are a few detox habits to get you in the right direction of being happy and healthy!

6 detoxing habits that will totally revitalize your life in 2017! Leaving you feeling younger and healthier!

  1. Sleeping with onions at the bottom of your socks

(Now this may sound a bit woo-woo but stick with it for a second.)

Most of us don’t think about the bottoms of our feet too often, if ever really at all (unless it’s to book a pedicure appointment). But, did you know that the bottoms of your feet offer direct access points to all your internal organs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) the bottom of feet are known to have thousands of meridians and nerve endings which each correlate to an organ in your body.

Onions are air purifiers, and when placed topically on skin they are known to kill germs and bacteria. When you sleep with onions on the bottoms of your feet, the phosphoric acid in onions is released and soaked up into your feet. The phosphoric acid (which is highly cleansing) then goes through all the nerve endings and up into your organs helping to purify and detox your blood as well as your organs. Your organs will be sparkling from the inside out!

  1. Intermittent Fasting

The word fasting can really freak some people out, but there are some studies that show it is an excellent form of detox and can offer a much-needed break for your body. (And don’t worry you won’t starve.)

Intermittent fasting is the practice of having longer periods of non-eating than eating. For example, one very popular time frame in the intermittent fasting community is a 16 hour fast and then you eat all your meals during the remaining 8 hours of the day.

Some researchers believe that if we are always eating we never give our body a break from digesting and it never has the chance to properly restore and repair itself because the body’s energy is instead occupied by constantly breaking down food.

Intermittent fasting has been known to provide individuals with:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved energy
  • Improved cell regeneration
  • Lowered insulin levels (aka lets your body start to burn fat!)
  • Improved digestion
  1. Golden milk

You’re probably thinking the last time you checked milk was white –  don’t worry you’re right on that one. Golden milk get’s its name from the all-star ingredient. . .turmeric. Side note: depending on the recipe you use there is no actual milk in it, but rather coconut milk or even coconut oil.

Turmeric is the goddesses of all spices and you should be consuming it daily! It offers a world of health and detox benefits, and is especially known to detox and cleanse the liver (perfect after a night out on the town!).

  1. EFT Tapping

EFT what?! EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT is technique that combines over 5000 years of Eastern medicine practices to help rid your body of negative energies, toxins and more. EFT can be used to help detox your body and mind, by removing barriers that may cause you to be holding onto physical or emotional toxins (i.e. weight, stress, anxiety, poor digestion etc.).

EFT tapping consists of tapping 5-7 times on specific meridian (energy) points on your body to rebalance, cleanse and detoxify your system of any physical or emotional toxins.

Think of EFT tapping as having similar benefits to an acupuncture treatment – only cheaper (love it)!

  1. Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is amazing for helping you feel younger, healthier and more relaxed. An alternative therapy that consists of glass bulbs being placed on your skin creating a tight suction. This suction draws impurities from deep within the skin, allows new fresh blood to circulate and carries away stagnant blood, dead/damaged cells and any other toxins (similar to a deep tissue massage), making it the perfect detox treatment to add to your health regime.

This practice will leave your skin feeling refreshed, tighter and rejuvenated.

  1. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal (no, not the stuff that goes in the barbeque) has a very special power of being highly absorbing. Why does this matter? Well, when activated charcoal capsules are taken orally they do this incredible thing where as they make their way through your body they absorb up any toxins or things that shouldn’t be there along the way!

Activated charcoal is so good at this that doctors have used it on patients who have consumed too much alcohol or drugs to help rid their systems of these toxins.

Glow from the inside out!

Detoxification is a necessary process if you are looking to feel young, vibrant and healthy! Your body does so much for you, by implementing a few detoxing habits into your daily routine you are returning the favor and helping your body out. Detoxing will leave you glowing from the inside out.

Happy detoxing!

How to introduce your child towards physical activities and sports for the first time

How To Introduce Your Child Towards Physical Activities and Sports For The First Time

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When your child is growing up, your role, as a parent, is vital in making him/her excel in different fields such as studies and making friends helping him/her becoming an accomplished human being when he/she grows up. The initiation process begins early in childhood when you start to introduce the child towards new activities. Your child’s success lies in how you make it approach those things at first. This is the make or break point. Any bad move here and the child is going to hold a grudge against that activity forever.

One of the most important activities for children are sports and physical activities as they not only allow the child to keep fit and healthy but teaches them important aspects of the discipline, hard work, motivation and above all, cultivation of skill. Most parents make the mistake of “thrusting” or “forcing” the child into taking up a sport, which makes the child averse towards all kinds of sports. Remember that if a child feels that something is being forced upon him/her, then he/she will come to all facets of that as bad and boring. Every child is unique and has his/her likes, dislikes, and personal inclinations and your job as a parent is to ‘facilitate” that and make your child into a sports loving, physically active and healthy human being. Here is great action plan on how to introduce your child towards sports for the first time and be successful at it:

Take him/her to sports games:

Nothing can beat the atmosphere of a stadium when a much-hyped match is being played. Your child is young and doesn’t know the concept of sports and why people like it and how much excitement goes into seeing and playing it. These are felt and can never be explained by words only so taking your child to a game will be a great idea to let it feel and absorb the energy around it.

Children are always excited to go to new places and love surprises. It would be great if you could take your child to a weekend game for the very first time. The questions will start coming themselves and the interest will be piqued. Be diverse when taking your child to games, make him/her see all kinds of sports and see which one caught his fancy the most.

Your own involvement in sports:

A parent’s behavior towards anything is bound to leave an impact on a child, especially in its early, formation years. No kid will delve into sports if he/she sees a lazy parent who he/she has never seen going off to play or watch a game with enthusiasm. Children love to copy and are great at picking up things that they see in front of them.

Go out and play your favorite sport at least once a week and take your child along with you. If he/she looks interested to call him/her to take a whack at it and don’t forget to appreciate its efforts at all times even when you are correcting or assisting them.

Ask the child what it wants:

Putting your child in a sport just because you like it or his/her friends are at it is not great but it’s counter-productive. If you have given your child enough exposure towards different types of sports then it’s likely that he/she might have developed a liking for a particular sport. Ask him/her on what sport he/she would actually like to get enrolled in or play in a more proper manner and if you get an answer then it’s time to take it further and get it playing that particular sport.

But before you do, make your child understand the value of commitment towards something and that he/she cannot get better in a single day and signing up means he/she is taking a valuable place that could have been used up by another child and he/she has to at least last a season on it before bowing out if there is any disinterest and take up another sport.

The power of motivation:

Excelling in sports is not an easy thing as it requires persistence, hard work and time for development and nurturing of skill but one thing that is a pre-requisite to all of this is motivation. The value and power of motivation is immeasurable towards making your child keep on getting better and better without losing heart and it has to come from you as a parent.

Your job as a parent is to keep motivating your child throughout his journey towards becoming good at it. Make sure that you say good words like “well played” or “that was a great shot” after the game as it helps in boosting the morale for the next day. If your child gets injured while playing sports then your job doesn’t end at only taking it to the nearest urgent care center rather make it a point to help him/her get over it and stay in great spirits. Although, you need to make sure that injury serious and there isn’t any shin splint or an ankle sprain that might become taxing in future. Help in recuperating and getting back to the game. Be good and appreciative and avoid a comparison which is the worst thing you can do to your child.

A parent is the child’s first teacher and the first guide to whom it looks up for advice, motivation, and guidance at all times. Make yourself available and help in making your child get better. Your interest in the child’s early stages will create a lasting impact on the child which he/she will carry well into adulthood and pass on it to his/her children.

How Popular Culture Controls Our Behavior

How Popular Culture Controls Our Behavior

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Pop culture surrounds us, coming from every screen and device we own ‒ from our smartphones to our TVs to the sound systems in our vehicles. Technology enables us to have a near-constant connection to popular movies, shows, blogs, songs, memes etc. How does this connectivity affect our mental health or even our physical health?

In a world where many of us recognize that almost any aspect of popular culture, no matter how seemingly trivial, can enter the national spotlight and spark a conversation, many are wary that almost any media offering can be used as propaganda. To what extent are we influenced by what we read, watch, and listen to?

Music, Film, and TV

In practically each decade there seems to be something in the media that the society will use to blame for young people’s behavior. Comic books, rap music, video games, and the Internet have all been scrutinized for their alleged ties to unacceptable acts by children and adults alike.

Extensive research has been done on the influence that rap music and video games have on young people’s behavior, but not all studies can find the correlation between abusive behavior and these pop culture phenomena. Similarly, the positive effects of video games on young teens incorporate values such as empathy, cooperation, sharing, and helping. The thing is that parents should read reviews of games before purchasing them and look for games that display positive role models and positive images.

American popular culture is one of the dominant streams of media around the world and it influences the pop culture in other countries. In 2006, seven of the top ten most-watched shows in 20 countries were American shows. With products such as American Idol, individuals are given the “wings” to apply, gain their success overnight and achieve their (overly popularized) American Dream.

The influence of American popular culture is also visible in hair and clothing styles. Musical performers including Madonna and Michael Jackson in the 1980s, the Spice Girls in the 1990s, and more recently Rihanna have inspired fans of their music to copy their hair and clothing styles. Fans of film and TV stars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn or even shows such as Sex and the City and Friends have been inspired to copy the looks of the stars, such as the “Rachel” hair style modeled after Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends.

Some movies have even motivated tourists to travel to certain destination, so has Eat, Pray, Love, which influenced numbers of people to book trips to Bali. As for literature, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has long been attracting visitors to Verona, Italy.

On the other hand, geekiness, nerdiness and just plain intellect have become mainstream partly thanks to TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory and BBC’s Sherlock (the latter of which has also become a part of the contemporary popular culture partly owing to it being set in modern London). As Noem Cohen wrote in a news analysis piece in the New York Times in 2014, “Never before has the boundary between geek culture and mainstream culture been so porous.”

How Popular Culture Controls Our Behavior

Social Media

Social networks have replaced magazines and now young people look for their idols online. Some have a positive influence and send the message that success comes with a lot of hard work and passion whereas others, although undeniably successful, don’t offer anything constructive or educational to their audience and only post lifestyle images you are supposed to feel envy for.

Much of social media relies on the power of images – marketers see the importance of Instagram and target their youngest customers through that channel, having influencers or, simply, well-dressed young people pose for Instagram with a strategically-placed Starbucks coffee, Prada bags, or RayBan sunglasses. According to a study, 47% of Millennials says their shopping decisions are influenced by social media, compared to 19% across all age groups.

Instashots of young urban women posing in cool outfits with their messy buns and thigh gaps are what girls are heavily influenced by in terms of their consumer behavior (clothes, makeup, accessories, food etc.) as well as their personal body image. Young people share Instagram photos of themselves in order to feel like a part of the urban or geeky Instagram scene, whichever they prefer.

So, they pose on the floor surrounded with books, iPhones and iPads or they take a bird-eye shot of their comfy linens as a backdrop for their long, skinny bare legs wearing the fuzziest sock while a plate of #foodporn or Starbucks coffee and candles is neatly set before them (the latter of which is responsible for thousands of household fires every year; however, Instagram is not about showing the danger, but more and more about well thought-out advertising)

Instagram’s popularity is often also used for tourism marketing purposes, as people are more likely to visit a destination if their Instagram influencers have been there and shared it. The small town of Wanaka, New Zealand, has seen a 14% increase in tourism since it hired influencers to post pictures of their adventures to social media. Due to the power of images, people engage with Instagram posts ten times more often than they do with posts on Facebook.

How Popular Culture Controls Our Behavior

Health

Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Michael Jordan all had massive careers and fans all over the world, making their sports (boxing, baseball, and basketball respectively) some of the most popular and significant parts of the American culture, speaking of which ‒ tennis player, Serena Williams, even co-starred in popstar Beyonce’s “Sorry” music video, thus actively merging the world of sports and pop music.

Today health, wellness, sports, and fitness are a part of the pop culture. Apps tracking steps and diet have become a big trend, celebrities publish their cookbooks, and TV shows like Master Chef and The Biggest Loser attract thousands of viewers.

Consequently, there has been much discussion on stress and relaxation, which has increased the popularity of wellness centers and spas and placed an emphasis on exercising and meditating.

Although pop culture can affect health in positive ways, it can also have a negative effect on body image. Every ad seen on TV has been previously staged, professionally lit, cropped, retouched, and filtered. Young people base their self-worth on comparing their own developing bodies to the photoshopped images of models whose own real bodies don’t even resemble the photos.

Final Words

The influence of popular culture is growing as more of the world connects through social media and mobile Internet. So, the first step to becoming a savvier consumer of pop culture is awareness: awareness of who created the content and what their purpose was. Brands, marketers, influencers, individuals, and social groups may have agendas hidden in their media. Sometimes, though, a snap of a cigar is just a snap of a cigar.