By now you’ve probably heard that the Thai soccer team trapped in the cave for almost 10 days without food or clean water was rescued, but what you may not have heard is how they got through it. The soccer coach happened to have prior training as a Buddhist monk and led the boys in meditations until their rescue, helping them stave off anxiety and conserve energy in the cave.
In other news, Starbucks is eliminating all plastic straws by 2020. Hurrah!
What the stars have in store: Get social!
With the sun in sentimental Cancer, this is a great week to enjoy summer, from date nights to bonfires on the beach. Surround yourself with your favorite people, make memories and soak up all the love. Make sure to leave some time for yourself so you can give others the best version of yourself.
The quarter moon will be in harmonious Libra Thursday, so if you have an idea or a project you’d like to start, now is a good time to get everyone else on board with it. A little schmoozing and small talk will go a long way.
I think I’ll go for a walk outside now
Walking barefoot in the grass for a few minutes each day, or grounding, could improve sleep quality, lower anxiety and reduce inflammation in the body. How does it work? Proponents of grounding believe that skin-to-Earth contact reestablishes the body’s connection with Earth’s electric charge, a connection that has been lost in modern times due to barriers like shoes, buildings, and pavement.
Forest Bathing, or mindfully walking in nature while taking in the sights, sounds and smells, is another healing trend.
Ever wonder what people ate 5,300 years ago?
Me neither, but now we know. Analysis of a Copper Age mummy’s stomach contents found a high-fat meal of wild goat, red deer, and leaves. Turns out high fat diets are (really) old news.
What’s the opposite of light liquids?
Heavy metals. And you’ve likely heard that some (like mercury, arsenic and lead) are polluting our oceans and environment and making people sick. From chronic fatigue and depression to digestive problems, autoimmune diseases and Alzheimer’s (to name a few), there are preventative measures that can be taken with a simple change in diet and consciously removing exposure within the home.
Support the body’s natural detoxification system by eating cruciferous vegetables and vegetable juices (celery, cilantro, parsley, and ginger), onions, garlic, green or detox teas and cilantro. Eat organic when you can. Increase your fiber intake and consume only high-quality, organic proteins, and stick with small, wild fish. A good rule of thumb: If the fish fits in your pan, it’s okay.
Try to avoid plastic water bottles and use natural cleaning products.
What?! Not all stress is bad. While negative stress can take a toll on our health, the positive stress of complexity, like learning something new, working through challenges and having a purpose behind set goals are all necessary for people to prosper.
Remember leaky gut?
The issue about 80% of our population has without even realizing it? Cardiovascular exercise could be a key preventative measure against it. Get those gams goin’, and if you’ve found yourself in a workout slump, check out these tips from a fitness coach on how to get back in the gym.
A healthy horizontal life
Mattress companies aren’t required to disclose all of the chemicals used in production, so many of them contain harmful toxins that cause hormone, brain and reproductive damage. Coil spring mattresses are high in electromagnetic frequencies, which essentially envelope the body in electromagnetic radiation. Some are making the case that this is what’s causing breast cancer and melanoma.
Look for organic, non-toxic mattresses that have been tested and approved by a third-party like GOTS, GOLS or Greenguard, and make sure there are no undisclosed added flame retardants.
Brain vs Cancer
Some mice have taken tiny steps in the fight against cancer, proving that activating the reward circuit of the brain has a positive impact on the immune system. What does this mean for us? A person’s psychological state could help stall cancer progression, and someday, cancer patients might be able to supplement lesser amounts of harsh treatments like chemo and radiation with brain stimulation.
There’s that mind, body, spirit link again...
Can you please pass the bread?
If you can’t resist this crumbly carb, opt for sprouted bread since it’s made with whole grains and no sugar or hydrogenated oils. Keep an eye on the sodium level (it should be under 200 milligrams), and avoid any soy ingredients.
So hot right now
Celery juice. Everyone’s raving about it for its detoxing abilities. Too bad juicers are so hard to clean.
Non-monogamy. For real. People in open relationships report more trust and less jealousy and tend to be happier and healthier than their monogamous counterparts. We’ll take their word for it.
“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events,
and small minds discuss people.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt