Wellness Wednesday – 9/25/19
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Healthy Skin Needs Healthy Skin Care
by Massage Envy
Your face is how the world sees you. Make sure it sees you in the best possible light with a customized facial performed by a licensed and certified skin care professional to help you gain and maintain a natural, healthy glow.
What are the Benefits of Routine Facials?
- A MORE RADIANT GLOW
Routine facials by a licensed and certified skin care professional help address prolonged environmental exposure and the signs of aging by utilizing the revitalizing effects of exfoliation for a brighter, more radiant appearance.
- CELLULAR HYDRATION
Cellular hydration helps increase the firmness and the health of your skin. It also helps minimize wrinkles and promotes a more youthful appearance.
- HEALTHIER SKIN
Facials promote healthy circulation beneath the skin and lymphatic drainage. Routine customized facials also help relax facial muscles which can slow the onset of wrinkles, help reduce puffiness, sagging and promote skin cell renewal to show the world a more vibrant, healthier looking you.
- PROFESSIONAL SKIN CARE EVALUATION & TREATMENTS
Your licensed, certified esthetician at Massage Envy is a skin care expert who partners with you to evaluate your skin care needs to create a customized skin care treatment regimen that helps you maintain the benefits of receiving routine customized facials. Massage Envy is America’s number one skin care services provider.
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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
You’re More Likely to Get Sick In The Winter — But Not For The Reasons You Think
For many, the cold weather conjures images of warm drinks, a cozy fire, rain, snow … and the cold and flu. But are you actually more likely to get sick in the cooler months?
Seasonal influenza circulates year-round in the United States, but the flu is most common in fall and winter. Some argue that the name influenza may actually be a reference to the Italian phrase “influenza di freddo,” meaning “influence of the cold.”
Healthline.com notes that colder weather can allow the flu virus to circulate more easily, but other factors are also to blame for the increase of influenza cases in the winter and fall.
During these colder seasons, people tend to spend more time in enclosed spaces, close to each other, and those prolonged periods of face-to-face contact are largely to blame for seasonal illness.
As the cold grows closer, remember to keep close contact with others to a minimum, bundle up, and continue with regular health habits. If you follow these preemptive steps, you can easily bypass this season’s winter flu.
A Surprising New Source Of Omega-3s
There’s no shortage of reasons to get your omega-3s, which are abundant in fish and their oils. But high consumption of fish has created a shortage around the world. In addition, fish can be costly, and there are also concerns about toxins, like mercury, which affect many fatty fish to some degree. Since omega-3 fatty acids play a role in vision, brain health, reproduction, and healthy skin and hair, the hunt is on for other sources.
According to MedicalXpress.com, one source that’s also a boon for vegans is omega-3s made from marine algae, rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, carotenoids, vitamins and essential amino acids. In fact, eating this algae is how fish become so rich in omega-3s.
Harvesting microalgae is not only a more sustainable alternative to fishing, but also algae don’t seem to carry the risk of contamination by pollutants.
Scientists are just beginning to explore the health benefits of microalgae and how best to harvest it. Small studies have already found that algae oil capsules can be as effective as eating salmon or taking traditional fish oil supplements. While microalgae is already available in capsule and drop forms, it’s possible that we’ll see it in food and beverages in the not-too-distant future.
Also, remember that some non-fishy foods deliver omega-3 fatty acids — canola oil, walnuts, ground flaxseed and edamame, to name a few. The trade-off is that they contain ALA, or alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 that is harder for the body to process and use than the EPA, or eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, or docosahexaeonic acid, found in fish. But these are viable alternatives, especially if you don’t eat fish.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
3rd Annual Pitch for Prevention of PTSD and Suicide
Join Hidden Battles for their Cornhole Tournament and Family Day at the Billerica Elks Club. This is a free event with food, games and plenty of fun family activities.
Billerica, Mass. | HiddenBattlesFoundation.org
Hike For Hope
The 20th annual Hike For Hope will be hosted by the Lazarus House on September 29. Join in on this three mile walk to help the fight against poverty.
Andover, Mass. | LazarusHouse.com
Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence
Hear live music, enjoy a scenic 3-mile walk and nosh on refreshments. Proceeds from this important event benefit life changing and saving programs and services to our community such as: 24-hour emergency hotline, family-centered crisis counseling for adults and children, art therapy, court advocacy, on staff legal representation and emergency and transitional housing.