Wellness Wednesdays – 12/13/17

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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

Make a Small Change to Your Morning Routine & a Big Change to Your Wellness

by Gail Lachs of Windsoul Studio

Most of us greet the day with a hot cup of coffee or tea, but according to Ayurvedic medicine, our bodies are much better served by making a small change to our morning routine. The practice of Ayurveda, which has its origins over 5,000 years ago in the Vedic culture of India, tell us that our daily rituals and choices have a dramatic effect on our overall health and immunity. Ayurveda places great focus on the importance of the body-mind-spirit connection for wellness and encourages daily and seasonal self-care rituals to align the energies of the body and mind.

One of these morning rituals begins with drinking warm lemon water. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning serves to hydrate the body and stimulate the digestive tract. The vitamins and minerals found in lemons also provide a perfect boost to the immune system, aiding in the removal of toxins from the body and encouraging good digestion.

It is said that self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly. Making small healthy changes to your daily routine can begin to create a balance in the body that will allow you to begin each day feeling refreshed and empowered.

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HEALTH IN THE VALLEY

Anna Jaques Hospital Debuts Haverhill Medical Offices

by Nicole Blackwood

New Medical Building Poised to Make Quality Health Care More Accessible (sponsored)

If you look at a map of Haverhill, you’ll note a curved line dividing the city into asymmetrical parts.

The line is Interstate 495. While it serves as a central conduit for commuters, the highway poses surprising challenges for health care service providers. (read more)

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

Ex-Facebook Executive Becomes Second to Blast Company for Manipulating Users

In a Wellness Wednesdays post from Nov. 29, we ended our Wellness Tip of the Week with a quote from Darius Foroux, who warns about the dangers of smartphones and other such technologies in his book “Think Straight”: “People who make phones and apps are smarter than us,” he says. “Their only goal is to get you hooked. I think it’s good to realize that.” And under the category of “apps,” one can definitely consider Facebook an application designed to get its users hooked… just take it from some of the people who worked at the company!

First, in November, the site’s ex-president Sean Parker condemned the site for its “social-validation feedback loop” which he says “[exploits] a vulnerability in human psychology.” Now, just a month later, the company’s former vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya is offering similar criticisms: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created [including the hearts, likes, and thumbs up of various social media channels] are destroying how society works,” he says. “[There’s] no civil discourse, no cooperation; [only] misinformation, mistruth.”

Ever catch yourself randomly doing the “endless scroll”? In a dreamlike state, perhaps you typed in the “f” in your browser window, letting “facebook.com” autofill, then hit Enter to begin finding something to look at when you should have been doing something productive. Or perhaps you picked up your phone and hit that little blue “f” icon, only to find yourself shaking it off minutes later, not having known what you really spent the last few seconds doing. It’s this sort of subconscious use of social media that is becoming alarming, and it’s one compelling reason to try to be much more mindful of one’s usage, if not to try stopping it altogether.

Or if not you, then perhaps your kids. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” Parker said.

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LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS

December 16

Join Giving Tree Yoga and Wellness for a special winter pop up in honor of Winter Solstice and the holiday season. Enjoy some warm ginger tea and treats, specials and holiday gifts, or participate in one of their healers’ special sessions! Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com

December 28

Each guest at Windsoul Studio‘s special Glow-Yoga Class will receive glow bracelets, necklaces and light-up rings to wear and take home. Parents are welcome to join their “Young Yogi” for this fun event, or drop kids aged 7 and older off with our team for a fun independent experience. Tyngsborough, Mass. | WindsoulStudio.com

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