Westin Hotels, home of the Heavenly Beds, offers tips on how to use SuperFoods for a better night’s sleep.
SuperFoods, Serotonin and Superior Sleep
Complex carbohydrates can boost serotonin levels in your brain, which in turn trigger relaxation and induce sleepiness. If you have an evening snack, make it a small one.
Mom was Right About a Cup of Warm Milk Before Bed
Milk and dairy products contain tryptophan, a natural sleep enhancer. Try a cup of warm milk before bedtime.
Eat a Banana Before Bed Time
Bananas are good bed-time snack choice. They are an excellent source of “good” carbs, potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and a little melatonin, which all help promote rest.
With stress, aging or changing time zones, our natural melatonin levels may not be in sync with our needs. Consuming melatonin from foods can help bring our natural sleep signals back to normal.
Stay Away From Simple Carbohydrates at Night
Whereas complex carbs promote sleep, simple carbs have the opposite effect. They can reduce your serotonin levels and keep you from getting a good night’s leep. So avoid cookies, cakes, pastries and even white pasta in the evening.
The Perfect Late Night Snack
And ideal snack to help sleep: A handful of walnuts with a banana and a glass of tart cherry juice.
Savor a Cup of Relaxation
A cup of warm herbal tea before bed can prepare the mind and body for sleep — and if it becomes a regular evening ritual, it may reduce your blood pressure. No wonder tea is one of the world’s most popular SuperFoods!
Whenever I come across a self tanner, I try it. Because I’m very careful about using sunblock all year round, I tend to look pale and washed out without makeup. But a good self-tanner magically gives me a healthy glow. (I’m not saying anything about the bad ones – we’ve all seen our skin turn an unattractive shade of orange from those.)
I used to love the Natura Bisse self tanner, but alas, that product was discontinued some years ago. Since than I’ve been trying one product after another. One drugstore line did a nice job on body, but the product for the face had me breaking out in hives.
Now I have True Natural for the face which tans and hydrates and, at $30 on the company website is considerably cheaper than the Natura Bisse product. It contains organic macadamia nut oil, peony and mistletoe extracts and can be used as a day cream.
Best of all, it really, really works. It goes on smoothly, doesn’t smell bad and gradually creates a soft golden tan. When re-applied (directions recommend twice a week to maintain the tan), the color deepens gradually, but not to an un-natural shade.
I’ll definitely stick with this product – and hope it’s not discontinued any time soon.
Why sit around in crowded airport terminals when you could be enjoying a relaxing spa treatment?
Terminal Getaway Spa is the premier airport relaxation station revolutionizing airport spas and improving the travel experience by offering private treatment rooms, on-trend services, mainstay hospitality and extensively trained licensed technicians – without the price tag of a luxe resort or hotel.
Treatments include the following: a “Last Minute” mani ($25) in 20 minutes flat, or a “Time on Your Hands” deluxe version ($45) for 35 minutes. Guests can also opt for the massage chair for a speedy 10-minute rubdown ($19) or head to a private treatment room for a 90-minute “Bod Voyage” deep tissue massage ($195).
There are currently 5 locations in Chicago O’Hare, Charlotte Douglas and Orlando International Airport .
The rapidly growing airport spa brand is the brainchild of Chicago-based entrepreneur Marko Iglendza, who geared the spas toward travelers in a hurry–or not with treatments ranging from 10 to 90 minutes.
On January 15, 2015, Healing Waters opened their newest location in Columbia, South Carolina. There are now three locations across the country.
, a spa that began from a deep desire to help people, has tripled its’ business since they first opened in 2002. There are currently three locations
: Wichita, Kansas, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and now Columbia, South Carolina. The goal
of Healing Waters was to create a place completely centered on the well-being of guests and patients, with a staff of caring individuals inspired to help others see their self worth and realize their full potential. The mission is to exceed expectations on every level, build lasting relationships and inspire transformational change.
Healing Waters spa has twice been named the Best Medical Spa in the Country, and has also received numerous local awards for Best Spa, Best Massage, and more. The newest Healing Waters location has partnered with Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge
in order to be able to offer complimentary spa services to patients being treated in the facility. By creating this partnership, Healing Waters hopes to expand throughout the country and partner with hospitals nationwide in order to make a difference in the today’s healthcare system.
On February 1, Hilton Head Health unveiled its brand new spa, The Indigo
Indigo symbolizes deep compassion, a state of serenity and inner peace. The meaning behind the name of the new world-class spa is a reflection of Hilton Head Health’s successful weight loss history —assisting guests to reach their healthy weight goals and personal wellness peak for nearly four decades, in part by inviting them to turn inward. The Indigo will allow new, meaningful ways to continue this journey through a wide variety of thoughtfully designed treatments that highlight the mind/body connection.
The treatment rooms inside The Indigo offer quiet respite and relaxation to those who are taking on the physical, mental and emotional challenges of weight loss. The wellness spa will soothe the aching muscles of guests who partake in any of our more-than 130 classes, lectures, and outdoor adventure-based sports per week. The Indigo spa has tailored spa packages to provide a unique spa experience to every guest.
The Indigo is 2,812 square feet and will offer over 50 different services. The spa is a continuation of the transformation at Hilton Head Health which also includes new programs and facilities.
For more information, visit the website.
I’m a big fan of the HEALTHbeat newsletters sent out by the Harvard Medical School. This recent newsletter relates to safe and effective strength training.
Strong muscles are important for healthy bodies. One way to keep muscles in shape is with strength training. But performing muscle-strengthening exercises the wrong way can do more harm than good. Here are some guidelines to help you avoid injury and keep your program on track.
- Always warm up and cool down properly.
- Use proper form to avoid injuries and maximize gains. You can learn good form through a class or one-on-one sessions with a certified exercise professional.
- Breathe out when you are lifting or pushing; breathe in as you slowly release the load or weight. Never hold your breath while straining. This action, called the Valsalva maneuver, can temporarily raise your blood pressure considerably and can be risky for people with cardiovascular disease.
- Don’t lock your joints; always leave a slight bend in your knees and elbows when straightening out your legs and arms.
- Don’t be so eager to see results that you risk hurting yourself by exercising too long or choosing too much weight. And remember that it’s important to rest muscles for at least 48 hours between strength training sessions.
- If you’ve been sick, give yourself one or two days off after recovering. If you were ill for a while, you may need to use lighter weights or less resistance when you first resume exercising.
- Strength training exercises should not cause pain while you are doing them. If an exercise or movement causes significant pain, stop doing it! When performing an exercise, stick with a range of motion that feels comfortable. Over time, try to gradually extend that range.
- Listen to your body and cut back if you aren’t able to finish a series of exercises or an exercise session, can’t talk while exercising, feel faint after a session, feel tired during the day, or suffer joint aches and pains after a session.
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