Wellness Wednesdays – 11/15/17
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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
The Benefits of Essential Oils
by Gail Lachs of Windsoul Studio
If you want to introduce more natural solutions to some everyday wellness problems in your life, consider making essential oils part of your routine. Admittedly, the moniker is a bit of a misnomer — essential oils aren’t really oils due to their lack of fatty acids, but are actually highly-concentrated plant compounds. Still, many people swear by the benefits, saying their use of essential oils helps them relax, sleep better and even aid in their digestion. Common oils include those from lavender, peppermint, oregano and even lemon.
Curious about all the different kinds of oils and how they might be able to help you? Our very own Chuck Raffoni at Windsoul Studio will be giving a 2-hour informative workshop on Essential Oils on Nov. 29. Register here if you’re interested in learning how these substances can provide natural solutions for health, wellness and green living.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Can we talk about feet? Just for a moment?
by Ryan Owen
( Sponsored ) Spring’s coming. And with spring comes a need to escape the confines of home. After a long New England winter, there’s nothing like stretching your legs and going for a walk or a run.
One day, you buy a new pair of sneakers and go for that walk. You pass the greening lawns of your neighbors, the occasional burst of brilliant yellow blasting forth from the forsythia at the end of your road. You find your neighbors outside, too, and catch up on the latest neighborhood news.
You return home, and relish in the joy that comes with fulfilling a new year’s resolution.
But then you wake up the next morning, you swing your legs over the side of your bed, gleefully anticipating the start of your second day of exercise, and you stand.
And that’s when it comes. (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Joe Rogan Experience Brings on “Fun Guy” Paul Stamets for 2-Hour Show
Bioremediation and medicinal fungi advocate Paul Stamets, complete with a mushroom hat, spent a whopping two hours and 13 minutes on the Joe Rogan Experience this past week. Among other things, he chatted about the many benefits of mushrooms, mycophobia (the fear of mushrooms) and a whole lot more. Interested in mushrooms? Check out our Sept/Oct 2016 issue, where mvm Managing Editor Doug Sparks wrote an article on Mushroom Hunting in the Merrimack Valley.
Feeling Old? Snack On Some ‘Shrooms, Say Penn State Researchers
For Newsweek, Kastalia Medrano reports that Pennsylvania State University researchers have declared mushrooms “the highest known single source of the antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione.” That’s all well and good, of course, but it’s even more exciting once you know those two long-winded chemical names are associated with compounds that have anti-aging properties. “It’s preliminary,” Robert Beelman, professor emeritus of food science and director of the Penn State Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for Health, said in a news release about the study, “but you can see that countries that have more ergothioneine in their diets, countries like France and Italy, also have lower incidences of neurodegenerative diseases, while people in countries like the United States, which has low amounts of ergothioneine in the diet, have a higher probability of diseases like Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.” We’ll be right back — we’re just making a quick run to the produce aisle for a healthy helping of fungi.
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
Before visiting family and celebrating with food, football or whatever your Thanksgiving has in store, consider joining the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Day Practice at The Yoga Tree. All profits will be donated to be donated to Somebody Cares New England. Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
Bikram Yoga in Manchester, N.H. will hold their Annual Open House, complete with free yoga sessions, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring someone along and you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. Manchester, N.H. | Facebook.com
Neurosurgeon Robert A. Miller will talk about lumbar stenosis and back pain during December Senior Supper at Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen campus from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. To register, please call Karen Kennedy at 978-687-0151, ext. 2007 or email email@example.com. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamily-Hospital.org