Get your Autumn glow on
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.”
“Crank the music, wiggle your hips, stomp your feet, wave your arms, spin in circles and go wild,” suggests Belle.
Magnesium, found in foods like leafy greens , legumes and dark chocolate, can help your body relax and cope better with stress.