For The Love Of Summer

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Take a look for them + more articles and recipes! x

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The Magic of Magnesium

organic, natural remedies, magnesium, minerals, epsom salts, relaxation, stress relief, stress management, holistic, holistic health, health, wellness, healthy, healthy lifestyle, healthy livingOne of the things I was most looking forward to with finally studying holistic nutrition was delving into the solid facts about the things I have read.

It’s easy to do a quick Google search about a certain vitamin or easily become confused about whether fats or healthy or not with all the information floating around out there but now I’m truly learning what this is all about. The dots are beginning to connect as knowledge flows through my classes into everyday life.

One of the first classes I took was an introductory course into the fundamentals of nutrition. This was a great class led by a great teacher full of outside the box info on holistic health and gave a general overview of the basics of nutrition. Towards the end, we finally covered vitamins and minerals which I think are always a bit confusing as there’s so much out there to know. How many times have you gone to a health food shop only to leave feeling more overwhelmed than before you arrived?

I want to highlight some of these on here and I wanted the first one to be one of my favourite minerals: Magnesium.

There’s good reason as to why I love magnesium so much. It’s definitely worked its magic on my classmates and myself during stress-y periods of constant assignments, tests, and exams. How does magnesium do this exactly?

Magnesium is one in the top three minerals that we tend to be deficient in (alongside iron and zinc). In today’s modern world, it’s hard to get enough of this from our soil alone as it’s very often depleted due to current farming practices. We also become deleted in this mineral by our fast paced lifestyles fuelled by caffeine and excess sugar.

One way to make sure you’re getting what you can from a food source is to ensure you’re purchasing organic. Organic food comes from soil that is treated without the use of chemical fertilizers leaving you with more of the nutrients intact for your body to receive. A few sources to mention include organic brown rice, almonds, spinach, and chard.

Magnesium is a natural relaxant and tranquilizer that helps to alleviate muscle spasms and tension. It’s also helpful in easing muscle cramps, PMS symptoms, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, as a laxative, reducing stress, and as a prevention and treatment for heart attacks and heart disease. Just to name a few.

When looking for a magnesium supplement, you’ll most often come across either:

  • Magnesium Citrate (useful as a laxative)
  • Magnesium Malate (useful for fibromyalgia & muscle aches)
  • Magnesium Oxide (not as readily absorbed as the others)
  • Magnesium Bisglycinate (this is the newest of the bunch with the highest absorption)

It’s best to go for a complex (a blend of them all) this way you ensure you’re getting a well-rounded formula.

My favourite way of getting more magnesium is actually through Epsom salt baths and magnesium spray. This is a really gentle way to ease into the benefits of this wonderful mineral.

I find this is a great way to unwind in the evening: Have a bath filled with Epsom salts (I use minimum 2 cups) then spray the body while skin is still damp with magnesium spray so everything absorbs into your system for a rested and peaceful sleep.

It truly does work wonders and I can say this as anyone who I’ve recommended this to have seen a huge improvement and they notice the difference when they go without.

How do you know if you’re deficient and how much should you supplement? If you’re consuming magnesium tablets, you can start with 200mg increasing until you reach bowel tolerance. You’ll know when this is!

I find it best to take this in the evening prior to sleep to help with the relaxing effect.

Magnesium truly is a magic mineral that I encourage everyone to try out and incorporate into his or her everyday life.

 

 

 

HBCxMeet Toronto

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The Health Bloggers Community is a global network of like-minded individuals whose sole purpose is to connect brands, bloggers, and wellness entrepreneurs across the world. They are based in the UK and have been hosting a variety of health and wellness events, brunches, and workshops since 2014.

They also recently launched their online magazine, which is full of inspiring content from well-known contributors as well as delicious recipes.

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This will be the very first Canadian meet-up, which will be held in Toronto. Rachelle of Chi Junky yoga studio will be the guest speaker alongside an introduction from Raw Juice Guru, who will also be providing attendees with some of their amazing products. It will be a fun morning with the opportunity to connect with some fellow Canadians.

You can find all the details and reserve your space here. Share the event with your friends and family too!

Hope to see you there! x

Yoga Things I Love

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Music

If you’ve seen some of my previous posts, you know I often share my yoga playlists on here. I used to only think that music for yoga meant meditative chants and nature sounds. I remember one of my first teachers incorporating songs that I listened to in my free time and thought that was pretty cool. Why couldn’t you practice to music you already know and love? Now I’m always changing it up, sometimes keeping in a few favourites. And I love finding great songs to zone out to in savasana.

Scent

Specifically Palo Santo. I absolutely love this wood and often burn it upon waking and before I go to sleep in the evening. The name literally means “Holy Wood’ and it’s known for cleansing the negative energies around us and can even be healing for when we feel unwell and to lift our moods. I’ve found it to be very helpful to burn a little just before I meditate as well as before I begin a yoga practice. To me, it has a lovely cedar-y citrus scent.

Before I discovered Palo Santo I was incorporating essential oils and often times still do. Lavender is wonderfully soothing for an evening practice while something such as bergamot is energizing during the daytime.

Mala Beads

It’s only been very recently that I’ve added to my mala bead collection. I originally had a necklace and bracelet that I brought back with me from Bali after I completed my first yoga teacher training. While I originally bought these because I found them pretty (and quite frankly, everyone I saw had some dangling on them!) they came to be much more than that. Having always struggled with just “being” while attempting to meditate I found that having the beads in my hand gave me a focus. They are similar to that of a rosary in Christianity and have all sorts of meanings depending on the beads used to create them.

Crystals

Okay, I know it sounds hippie-dippie when you probably think of crystals and I was pretty skeptical about them in the beginning but now I love them. Much like my mala beads, I have found the crystals I have to be super helpful when meditating. Personally, I find having a focus even if that is a physical one, really helps me to relay that into a mental focus. The feeling of a crystal in my hand, the shape, the colour, the properties of each one really evoke a certain mood. My amethyst feels very calming and relaxing, the rose quartz very warming, and my favourite blue kyanite has allowed me to establish a more settled meditation practice.

Angel Cards

If you thought the crystals were going a little deep, you probably think even more so with the mention of angel cards but hear me out!

Despite their name, they do not hold a religious sentiment rather, they hold a spiritual element in however way you see fit.

For someone like myself who never quite grasped the whole “setting an intention for your practice” deal, angel cards have been really handy for that. They’ve also been very insightful in dealing with everyday things.

Sometimes we have bad days or even bad weeks, or we lose focus of things that are important or where we feel we should be going in our lives. Angel cards can be very beneficial in dealing with these situations. Some days I’ll simply use them before I begin my yoga practice while others, I’ll use them in the evening after a long day. Often times, I’ll pull them out when I’m feeling unsettled or anxious and find that whatever comes up is often exactly what I need. There is no right or wrong way to use them.


The above may seem like a lot of items and even indulgent in the practice of meditation and yoga. They are definitely not items you need in order to be able to practice. Some days we have an hour set aside for a session without distraction and other days we have five minutes before we go to sleep to stop and focus on the breath. These are ideas of things you can add to create a more nurtured practice no matter what time you have.

Honey & Cinnamon Face Mask

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If you’re new to trying out natural skincare and don’t know where to start, this is a great place! This is a really easy, simple, natural remedy to try that’s inexpensive and great for your skin.

When I first ventured out into trying some more natural and holistic things in the beauty department, I came across many books and articles all about using honey. Honey is incredibly beneficial to consume but it’s also fantastic for so many other things! You can use honey to wash your face, heal a burn, to reduce spots, fight colds, and as a face mask in this case.

All you need for it are two ingredients: honey and cinnamon. Cinnamon is equally beneficial for you. Consuming it can help to control sugar cravings and helps with your circulation which is why it’s so great in this mask. The honey and cinnamon combined created a slight tingling across your face bringing warmth as your blood gets flowing! When you wash this mask off, your skin might be slightly red but that goes away after a few minutes. It’s just a sign that your skin has been warmed up by the spice.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to hold off on the cinnamon, but you can still use the honey as it can be very helpful and soothing to irritated skin.

For the mask:

1-2 teaspoons raw honey (local and organic is best- try and avoid those squeezy bottles from the grocery stores, they tend to be heavily processed)

Pinch of cinnamon

Directions: 

Mix the honey and cinnamon together in a small dish. Apply to your face with your fingers avoiding your eyes. Allow to sit for a minimum of 10 minutes before gently exfoliating the skin in circles and rinsing off with water. Pat dry and use your favourite oil or moisturizer.

Remember to start slowly with adding the cinnamon, you can always add more the next time and you’ll still get the benefits from this mask. When I first started using this, I only used a pinch of cinnamon because that was plenty for me! Now I use about ¼ teaspoon each time.

I love to make this mask a couple times a week and then just let it sit on my face while I take a warm bath. You can just relax and let it do its thing. Added bonus: it smells amazing!

Jet Lag Remedies

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If you’ve ever travelled on a plane, to another country, or another time zone, you’ve likely experienced jet lag!

I’ve just been for a visit back home to Canada and got back to the UK this past week. When I head there, I can usually ease myself into adjusting much quicker. However coming back I always feel lethargic and constantly fighting sleep! I have a few things I like to do that make the transition a bit easier:

  1. I always stick to whatever time zone I’m currently in. If it’s daytime when I arrive, I stay up until nighttime and go to bed as I usually would. I never take any naps as I find this disrupts my sleeping and overall how I feel even more. Of course, trying to then get a good night’s sleep is always helpful as well!
  2. I don’t usually feel that hungry when I arrive somewhere so I try to stay hydrated with water and herbal tea and wait until breakfast the next day. Then I make sure to have a proper meal including something like a green smoothie with lots of veggies and nutrients and/or some eggs with avocado on the side.
  3. Instead of having a quick shower, I like to try and take a warm bath with Epsom salts and essential oils. The Epsom salts contain magnesium, which is great for your muscles (when you have been sitting in the same place for a long time) and helps you to sleep better. I choose an essential oil such as lavender, which is calming and relaxing for body and mind.
  4. Finally I like to do some yoga. Nothing too strenuous on the day of arriving, I keep it simple. A Sun Salutation or two, taking my time in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) stretching out my calves and legs. Viparita Karani (Legs Up Wall) is great for lightly stretching out hamstrings and for any lower back pain. Balasana (Childs Pose) is very grounding and relaxing before bed. I also personally like to add Pigeon Pose to relieve tension in the hips and thighs.

These are the main things I try to incorporate when travelling to avoid the symptoms that tend to arise from jet lag. They help to make the whole transition a bit smoother when settling into your destination!

eat beach sleep repeat

 

And do yoga. If only this was everyday life! Maybe one day…

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