LOOK­ING GOOD

Get your Au­tumn glow on

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - SHONAGH WALKER

Like the years be­fore it, 2018 is go­ing by in a blur. Any­one else feel­ing and look­ing fraz­zled and as though they’ve aged 10 years in just four months? Here are some ex­pert tips for look­ing and feel­ing fresh and re­ju­ve­nated.

Put mag­ne­sium on the menu

Mag­ne­sium AKA “The Great Re­laxer” is an es­sen­tial min­eral that nour­ishes and sup­ports the ner­vous sys­tem, im­proves your abil­ity to cope with stress and pro­motes re­lax­ation.

“Many peo­ple are de­fi­cient in mag­ne­sium due to soil de­ple­tion, pro­cessed foods, in­creased re­quire­ments and poor ab­sorp­tion,” says Cabot Health nutritionist Louise Belle.

Add more mag­ne­sium-rich food sources to your diet, in­clud­ing amaranth, pump­kin seeds, leafy greens, dark choco­late, quinoa, brown rice, cashews, al­monds, oats, and legumes.

Em­brace es­sen­tial oils

The heal­ing and re­lax­ing power of pure es­sen­tial oils can’t be over­es­ti­mated, says in­tu­itive reiki prac­ti­tioner and founder of Yoka Heart Balms Karen Grant.

“When you’re feel­ing fa­tigued or over­whelmed, look for calm­ing and ground­ing oils in­clud­ing frank­in­cense, laven­der, gera­nium and wild or­ange.”

Try Yoka Heart Calm Balm, $22, yoka­heart.com.au, which is the per­fect por­ta­ble de-stress­ing tool.

Re­ju­ve­nate with reiki

De­rived from the Ja­panese words rei (mean­ing univer­sal life) and ki (mean­ing en­ergy), reiki chan­nels univer­sal en­ergy in or­der to re­mind the body of its own heal­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“Stud­ies are in­creas­ingly show­ing that reiki can re­duce de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety and im­prove mood and gen­eral well­be­ing,” says Grant. “Dur­ing a treat­ment, the prac­ti­tioner will lightly place their hands on spe­cific points on the body to en­cour­age a free­ing up of any en­er­getic block­ages in the body.”

Hit the snooze but­ton

“Sleep de­pri­va­tion leads to poor food choices, which can im­pact your well­ness, your weight and your gen­eral glow,” says nutritionist Zoe Bin­g­ley-pullen.

Don’t be afraid to eat fats

Our brains and our en­tire body need fats to func­tion op­ti­mally and with­out healthy fats, there’s no way you can have sup­ple, well-hy­drated skin.

“Look for more omega 3 fats,” says nutritionist Ka­rina Fran­cois. “They are found in fatty fish, flaxseed oil, co­conut oil, avo­cado and wal­nuts Omega 3 fats help pro­vide en­ergy, bal­ance blood sug­ars and help burn fat!”

Pet an an­i­mal

“There’s noth­ing quite like the feel­ing of un­con­di­tional love from a furry friend,” com­ments Belle. “Re­search has shown that pet­ting an an­i­mal (even a tur­tle) can re­duce stress lev­els and im­prove qual­ity of life.”

Guard your gut

Have you ever heard of the gut-brain con­nec­tion? It’s very real, says Belle. “The gut con­stantly sends and re­ceives mes­sages to and from the brain and helps to keep the ner­vous sys­tem healthy and op­er­at­ing at its best. Ease it into bal­ance with a good cleanse like Dr Cabot’s 15 Day Cleanse, $99, caboth­ealth.com.au, and mov­ing for­ward, en­sure your diet is filled with fi­brous veg­eta­bles and gut-friendly fer­mented foods.”

Go danc­ing

“Crank the mu­sic, wig­gle your hips, stomp your feet, wave your arms, spin in cir­cles and go wild,” sug­gests Belle.

PHOTO: AAMULYA

Mag­ne­sium, found in foods like leafy greens , legumes and dark choco­late, can help your body re­lax and cope bet­ter with stress.

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