I love this Module! What is better than pleasure? This is the week we get to incorporate feeling good and pampering ourselves.

 

Many of us don't take the time to set aside moments to just relax. This could be 5 minute hug session with your fur babies, a hot relaxing bath each evening to wind down, or a casual walk around the block or on your favorite trail. 

GOAL THIS WEEK;

  • DO 3 things this week to relax and de-stress

Getting Good Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself!

SLEEP

Have you ever felt like eating everything in sight after a night of bad sleep? Well, there’s a reason for that, at least according to a study done at the University of California, Berkeley.

In this study, 23 participants were recruited for a sleep study. The first night, they all had a normal night of sleep at the research center, with normal being about 8 hours. The next morning, researchers performed functional MRIs on the brains of the participants as they viewed approximately 80 pictures of food, ranging from low to high calorie options.

In particular, researchers focused on regions of the brain that have to do with appetite, motivation to eat, and how much a particular food appeals to an individual. Participants were then asked to rank how much they wanted each food at that moment, on a scale of 1 to 4.

A week later, the participants did another sleep study, but instead of getting 8 hours of sleep, they were deprived of sleep. When the same brain scans were done the next morning, the researchers found that losing sleep caused the higher calorie foods to stand out more. Apparently, not getting enough sleep causes you to make poor food choices.

And while the cure for this may be easier for some than others, there are some things you can do to help you get the most sleep possible:

·      Avoid caffeine for at least 6 hours before you turn in for the night.

·      Turn off the computer and smartphones at night. The blue light that emanates from their screens can interfere with melatonin production.

·      Make the bedroom just for sleep and relaxation. That means no TV or work!

·      Try meditation to clear your head before going to sleep if you’re one to let the day’s worries keep you awake at night.

·      Drink chamomile tea to help you relax before bedtime.


RELAXATION

One WORD, MAGNESIUM, and most of us are lacking this little SPARK OF LIFE and the Relaxation Mineral.

"Magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport (ATP, the body’s fundamental energy currency), and the creation of proteins—the nucleic acid chemistry of life—RNA and DNA, in all known living organisms."-WestonPrice.com

 Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

A really great way to get some Magnesium is with Epson Salt baths. it is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

THE BENEFITS ARE AMAZING

  • Eases stress and relaxes the body-Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.
  • Relieves pain and muscle cramps-An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches.
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly-can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.
  • Makes insulin more effective-Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes and obesity.

  • Eliminates toxins from the body- Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.

 For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly (I take one nightly-AMAZING!) add one cup of Epsom Salt, and a touch of Lavender Essential Oil  to the water in a bathtub and soak for 10-20 minutes.