Gratitude

Gratitude and taking time to be grateful is such an important part of the day. It has been shown in many studies to be positively associated with increased happiness and wellness. With the challenges of the past year and a half and changes to our “normal” it can be hard to find a window in the day to reflect on gratitude. So today we challenge you to take a moment and reflect on something you are grateful for today. Has something made you smile in the last few days? Has a co-worker or friend been there for you?

For example, today I am grateful for nature and my ability to go outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. How about you?

Photo: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! The pandemic over the past year has taken a toll on many of us while also making access to resources for mental health more challenging. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that we stay connected with members of our community and provide and receive support. Every year in America less than half the adults who struggle with mental illness actually receive the adequate care and help that they need. Take a moment today to check in with yourself or a loved one and make sure they have the support and care they need.

Photo: National Alliance on Mental Health

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Relax

Wise words from Dr. Mark Hyman….

“Your thoughts have real and measurable effects on your body and brain. Your immune cells know your deepest feelings. Your stem cells are wired to your brain and help you repair and regenerate. But they only turn on and make new brain cells when you relax. And I don’t mean sipping a glass of Chardonnay while watching TV or practicing retail therapy. ⁣In school, we all learned how to read and write, but we never learned how to use our minds to help us with the most important survival skills of all: staying happy and healthy! Research has shown over and over again that learning to relax is one of the most important keys to long-term health and vitality. ⁣To engage the powerful forces of the mind on the body, you must DO something. Learn how to ACTIVELY relax. Whether you practice deep breathing or take a simple leisurely walk, find an active relaxation that works for you and do it. Here are a few more ideas on how to push your pause button:

⁣1) Make choices that make your life balanced — practice saying “NO” to others and “YES” to yourself.
2) Try yoga or meditation.
3) Get enough sleep.
⁣4) Eat whole foods that decrease the stress response”


Credit: Dr. Mark Hyman

Life is Too Short

“Life is too short for someday.”

The right nutrition plays an important role, not only for our body, but also for the mind. Healthy foods increase the capabilities of our brain. We feel more youthful, fit, quick-witted and can keep up with the pace of everyday life. In short, with Metabolic Balance you bring yourself and your body back into the right balance and you have a lot of fun!

Rather than wait for someday, make the choice to optimize your health today!

Mental Wellness Through Food

A change of diet through Metabolic Balance program can not only help with you physical but also mental well-being. Different chemicals and processes in the brain are responsible for your mood and are impacted by what you eat. For example, serotonin is produced in a healthy intestinal flora when the body has absorbed enough tryptophan through a healthy diet. Omega-3 fatty acids commonly found fish, flax and chia seeds are important for brain metabolism. B vitamins found in many foods including protein sources are also brain boosting vitamins. All of this is to say that, “happiness can be eaten”.

Morning Stretches

With the current pandemic, many of us have been spending more time indoors and most likely experiencing more stress and tension than usual. Starting off your morning with a few easy and simple stretches can be one way to ease into the day, relieve a little bit of that stress, and do something good for your body.

Below are a few great resources that share simple morning stretches that require no equipment. Some can even be done in your bed!

The Benefit of Plants

Today on our site we want to talk about plants. No, not the ones that you eat but rather the ones in your house!

Houseplants and indoor plants do not just look nice but they are also great for your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that indoor plants can boost mood, productivity, and concentration. They also “clean” the air inside by filtering toxins and producing oxygen. Since Americans spend almost 90% of their time indoors, ensuring that the air inside your house is clean is super important. Although scientists are only beginning to understand the physical and mental effects of indoor air quality, so far we have seen that indoor plants can improve air quality, reduce pollution, and improve wellness.

Check out the posts below to learn about indoor plants and a few fun DIY project ideas using house plants.

https://www.thesill.com/blogs/care-miscellaneous/why-you-need-plants-in-your-life?fbclid=IwAR0H1KmIYYbikAv55135C6LoH_OgXRkwCf28Rg1hcphSXld3R-ruKdDv4mw

https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/best-indoor-plant-projects-pictures

Photo: https://www.lynchburgliving.com/succulents/

Succulents

Happy Friday!

As another week comes to a close we want to encourage you take time for yourself. Whether it is a walk in the sunshine, preparing a delicious meal, or reading a book, do whatever you need to care of YOU!

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Fabulous Fennel

Worth Knowing:

Fennel originally comes from the Mediterranean where it is mainly grown as a vegetable, but has also become native to many of our local gardens. If you are walking through a natural meadow you might also find wild fennel. It can be recognized by its finely feathered leaves, its distinct anise like, and dainty yellow flowers. In folk medicine, fennel is described as a true miracle herb. Including fennel and fennel seeds in your diet are great for improving your mood, a healthy complexion, oral health and fresh breath, reducing mucus, detoxing, relieving cramps, supporting digestion and reducing an upset stomach.