February is a great time to pamper yourself. One of the most pleasurable and healthy ways to do it is by hitting the sauna, specifically, the infrared sauna – the still slightly under-the-radar mind and body health elixir that we all should be doing this winter and beyond.
Hypertension is a major driver of both stroke and heart attack. But for common cases of borderline high BP, the best medicine is upgrading the way you live: your diet and your exercise habits and the way you deal with stress.
Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? It recharges you for the next day, it gives your enzymes and hormones the green light to repair and restore cells and muscles. And as researchers now tell us, it’s also essential for clearing out the metabolic garbage that builds up in our brain during the course of the day.
Sleep. It’s the essential, health-supportive, feel-good habit that we get to treat our bodies to every night. And while most of us are aware of its importance, not everyone thinks about the health of the space they’re sleeping in -- their bedrooms. Granted, you probably wash the bedding and vacuum on the regular, but your bedroom’s still got a dirty little secret.
For those of us who live in the temperate zone, winter is a real thing. Not only does it have its own characteristic weather profile – gray, chilly, intermittently snowy or slushy or rainy – it’s got its own emotional profile to match. Call it the winter blues or the winter blahs.