is no ordinary spa. Located in the ever so relaxing town of Carmel, California
, a lovely relaxing getaway option around an hour and a half from San Francisco, it is focused on what they refer to as Thermal Cycle
: a hot and cold water process mixed with relaxation in between. While they do offer massages, don’t expect pedicures, facials or other traditional spa treatments at this fabulous discovery, a must visit for anyone interested in wellness and mindfulness. First of all, it’s a quiet sanctuary, which means no cell phones or talking – YAY! Secondly, it’s co-ed, so you can experience it with your significant other if you wish. While it’s all about relaxation and shutting your mind down for awhile, there are apparently significant health benefits to the process. The Refuge experience helps to eliminate toxins from the body and improve your circulation, something I definitely need. (I’m always cold!).
If you have high blood pressure, a heart condition, are pregnant or are under the care of a physician for any condition, they suggest checking with your physician first before going to Refuge.
All travelers will tell you that constipation is something they’ve suffered sometime along their trails. Truth be told, when your diet changes as it often does when you’re traveling, it’s often tougher to stay regular. Some people face this issue on a regular basis whether or not they’re traveling or not. Whether you suffer from intermittent or chronic constipation, Digestic
is a new digestive formula I tested out, which claims to be natural, non-laxative and detoxifying.
The formula’s goal is to help regulate metabolism, ease digestion and encourage bowel movements, and at least in my experience using it, there wasn’t any gas or bloating like you get with many constipation solutions. They use sustainable ingredients sourced worldwide, many of which are apparently fair trade. For those of you wondering whether it’s a laxative or not, they say not….and they also say that it isn’t habit-forming since the purpose is to try to restore equilibrium to the intestinal eco-system rather than cleaning it out.
The ingredient include a couple of my favorites like Fennel which is high in fiber and helps to break down gastric juices, Aloe which is known for stimulating…
As we age, there are a number of things that break down in our bodies or don’t replenish at the same speed. It’s important to consider both the inside and out when we think of self-care. I was recently introduced to a brand called AGE QUENCHER
from Toronto which has a cream/serum combo, as well as supplements and high protein whey powder to promote skin elasticity as well as strengthen nails.
They have a full system which we found fascinating. They call it the AGE QUENCHER Beauty System
and you can sign up to receive it automatically every month — it’s delivered to your door so you can keep on the beauty and health regime without missing a beat. Each Beauty System includes a one-month supply of AGELESS Beauty Vitamin, HYDRATE Beauty Electrolyte and REJUVENATE Beauty Protein.
The collagen, hyaluronic acid, potent antioxidants, proteins, electrolytes and essential vitamins present in AGE QUENCHER work at a deep cellular level repairing tissue, combating free radicals and regenerating cells to hydrate, nourish and strengthen skin from the inside out.
- AGELESS is a vegetarian capsule that delivers a powerful one-two punch of antioxidants and vitamins to support skin health from the inside.
Healthy choices don’t always go hand in hand with travel. Let’s face it – flights are long, and so many of the better deals leave at ungodly hours in the morning or are redeyes. Airport food for the most part offers more processed fast food options than fresh organic salads although that is changing in more progressive and health-conscious cities around the globe.
Top photo credit of meditation: www.3tags.org.
Recently, I’ve been taking stock of my health and wellness on the road, frankly because getting from A to B is more stressful and trying on the body than it’s ever been (read my article on Cattle In, Cattle Out about where the airline industry has headed).
At home, I live a healthier life than most and am very food-aware. In other words, my carbs are low, I don’t eat processed or fried food and wherever I can, my choices are as close to a local farmer as I can get, whether be what we are cooking in our home kitchen or order at a restaurant.
While the farm-to-table movement is by no means new, it is now spreading to smaller cities and towns, something we…
Let’s be honest, the use of wifi and other technology products are going up every day. Daily, I receive notifications on new connected devices that monitor everything from my sleep to alerting me when my toast is done. Some families have 4-6 mobile phones with wifi signals in one home at any given time and that’s not counting all the emissions coming from their laptops, external wifi devices, wifi-enabled printers, microwaves, Smartphones, iPads, smart meters and more – all this under one roof.
While any one of these devices within a safe range from your body may not be alarming alone, the problem is the compound interest
effect of the volume of devices around us on a regular basis. If you live in an urban area, it’s impossible to ignore them — people are talking on their cell phones in trains and buses, at airports and while you’re waiting in line for a coffee.
Wifi routers are in nearly every building in the modern world and often, there are dozens of them on one floor of a building alone, never mind the fact that the very same building may have a smart meter or several emitting harmful rays into your…
Photo credit: tablehopper
Have you ever been somewhere for the first time, and you got so mad at yourself for not having gone there sooner? Experiencing my first mud bath at ~INDIAN SPRINGS~ in Calistoga California was like that. As soon as I pulled up to the spa—with its charming Mission Revival historic building, palm trees, and punchy orange table umbrellas—I felt like I was visiting a resort in Palm Springs that had been magically dropped down into Calistoga.
Talking to some of my long-term San Francisco friends, they remember when it was Pacheteau Baths, up until 1988, when Pat and John Merchant bought the property and renamed it Indian Springs. But the history of this land stretches back 8,000 years, when the Wapoo Indians settled here, creating sweat lodges and enjoying the mineral waters.
It’s pretty remarkable: the Indian Springs property has four geysers, and all the volcanic ash they use for the mud baths is from the property as well. Back when Sam Brannan owned all of upper Napa Valley, he envisioned the area as a resort. He built the original spa, mud baths, pool, and a racetrack—in 1861! Leland…
I discovered a fabulous initiative while I was in Kentucky
this past September for Idea Festival
called Making Smiles Happen,
which is all about improving health through better oral care.
Photo credit: www.bestevents.us
New in 2015, the Delta Dental of Kentucky
charitable initiative Making Smiles Happen
supports non-profits. They’re providing financial support in the form of a charitable donation to a variety of non-profit partners focused on ensuring children and adults in Kentucky have access to oral care and oral health education. Their goal is to fund programs that can overall help Kentuckians live healthier lives, which I love given the state of our healthcare system.
They also apparently accept applications for organizations that are of great service to the communities in which Delta Dental serves and since its inception, they have already awarded grants to more than 60 organizations statewide. I love this idea — it would be great to see other states step up to the plate and take on similar programs around the country. Bravo!
Photo credit: Delta Dental KY
At this year’s Idea Festival, their team set up a massive larger than life-sized green horse at the Kentucky Center
and asked people to write…
Aurovalley Ashram in north India is a place for seekers to find peace. Aurovalley founder Swami Brahmdev describes the ashram as an experiment in consciousness living. It’s also an experiment in conscious eating and sustainable food production.
Three times every day, several of the women who live and work at Aurovalley Ashram line up behind the counter and ladle mild, vegetarian food, like rice, dal, and sabzi (vegetable) onto the stainless steel thali (plates) each person carries. The basic fare is usually enlivened by the addition of things like fresh salad, fruit, home made curd (yoghurt), hot ginger tea, buttermilk or home made pickles.
Fresh, healthy, vegetarian lunch at Aurovalley Ashram
It’s not food that’s going to win any awards, and it’s not what foodies dream about, but it is simple, healthy, nutritious and vital. At Aurovalley Ashram, food is part of the spiritual life. People are expected to eat in silence, and clean their own plates afterwards.
Aurovalley Ashram founder Swami Brahmdev explains that eating in silence gives ashramites…
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