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Benefits Of HIIT Yoga Fusion

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                                                      (Photo credit: Health.com) If you know anything about HIIT or high-intensity interval training, you know that you only need to do 20 minutes a day to see results. Unfortunately, most HIIT workouts include sprints or burpees which can be uncomfortably hard and demotivating to want to get started. Typically people who don't do yoga might think it's only restorative and not a form of "real" exercise. However, that simply isn't true. Yoga provides several payoffs including upper and lower body strength, and toning of the butt and thigh muscles.  Physical aspects aside, yoga can also reduce migraine headaches, lower back pain, less sleepless nights, and better sex. HIIT yoga prevents joint damage and pain associated with regular HIIT workouts. Most HIIT yoga fusion workouts implement plyometric exercises such as jump lunges with your sun salutations to blast calories. Be expected to do the work if you want to burn f

5 Best Adaptogenic Herbs And Botanicals

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                                 (Photo credit: Organic India)                          Adaptogenic herbs will likely be the new craze in the health and wellness industry. Adaptogens are found in plants and are said to support the body's ability to handle stress both physical and emotional as well as energy. Adaptogenic herbs have been used in ancient Chinese medicine as a preventative approach to life's stressors.  Where Can I Buy Adaptogenic Herbs? You can purchase adaptogenic herbs online or at many health food or vitamin stores. GNC, Amazon, Thrive Market, and Whole Foods grocery stores are just a few places that sell them. Here is a list of the 5 most popular adaptogenic herbs and what they can do for you. 1. Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is known to provide several medicinal benefits including; increase energy, improve concentration, and reduce stress. This small, yellow plant is native to North Africa and India. Ashwagandha naturally lowers cortisol while promoting calm and re

Best Slow Cooker Lasagna

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                                            (Photo credit: Gimmesomeoven) Even though I'm watching what I eat including my carb intake, Italian food is usually my go-to cheat. Depriving myself of bread and pasta most of the time, makes me crave lasagna and garlic bread. Now because I only eat it occasionally it better be good. This crockpot lasagna is not only to die for, but it's also so convenient especially on busy weekends or weeknights. You have free reign to stuff the lasagna noodles however you like. You can do traditional lasagna with cheese, spinach, Italian sausage, ground meat, or go all-veggie. Choose whatever sauce you enjoy, red or cream.  Ingredients: 1 lb. ground 2 (24oz) jars of Italian pasta sauce 16 oz. uncooked no-boil lasagna noodles 32 oz. part-skim ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh basil How To Make It:  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground Ital

Types Of Laser Facial Treatments

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                                          (Photo credit: Kagan Institute) There are so many invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to treat the signs of skin aging. With facelifts, thread lifts, botox, and microneedling all the rage, laser treatments aren't getting the  acknowledgment they deserve. What Are Laser Facial Treatments? Laser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses a laser beam to ablate or vaporize the skin tissues. It allows the technician to focus on and treat scars, wrinkles, blood vessels, pigmentation, and blemishes. The laser beams remove the surface skin layer by layer. Laser facial treatments can treat: Aging concerns including; fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles. Birthmarks Spider veins Frown lines Uneven skin tone or dark spots Crows feet around the eyes Sagging eyelid skin Scars Skin tightening Vascular lesions Types Of Laser Facial Treatments Ablative Laser Treatments   These treatments improve skin texture and tone and reduces the ap

Being Honest With Your Doctor About Your Alcohol Use

Up until last month, I had never been honest with my doctor about my alcohol use, ever. I would avoid physicals at all costs but eventually would go to get it over with. I would always get asked the question "do you drink?" and I would ALWAYS say "yes, occasionally." Knowing damn well that two bottles of wine 5-6 times a week was not occasionally. My doctor would order labs, give me the sheet to take down there for a blood draw and I would throw it in the trash and never go. I was always too afraid to get the results, it was like I would rather not know.  For a few years, I would notice a dull pain in my upper right abdomen especially after a night of drinking. I chalked it up to inflammation from drinking so hard the night before. I figured it was nothing a ton of water and healthy eating that day couldn't fix. I figured I was right because the pain would go away later that day. This happened off and on until this past November 2020. I woke up one morning (afte

Most Popular Slow Cooker Meals

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Slow cookers or crockpots are the definition of set it and forget it. They're ideal for those working families or anyone who doesn't feel like cooking. I use my slow cooker not only because it's convenient, but I get to smell the aromas of all the ingredients marrying together. Below are the internet's most popular full-proof slow cooker meals you and your family will love! 1. Slow Cooker Pork Chops                                             (Photo credit: TasteofHome ) I personally can only eat pork chops if they're fork-tender.   I grew up in a household that favored well-done meats. I hated pork chop days as a kid because it was too dry and flavorless for me. I didn't start eating them again until later in my adult life. I make this slow cooker pork chop recipe a few times a month and now look forward to pork chop days. Dredging the chops in the seasonings and flour is the key to retaining the juices.  Ingredients:   1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided 1/2 ts

Yoga Practices You May Not Have Heard Of

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                                         (Photo credit: Yogajournal.com) Now that I have been practicing yoga every day and really reaping the benefits of it, I started coming across several types of practices I had never heard of. Currently what is working for me is Hatha yoga and vinyasa. However, I'm open to learning about new types of yoga that can improve my strength and relax my mind. With so many different styles of yoga, it can be overwhelming. With any exercise, you should choose what's right for you and what you enjoy. Below are several types of yoga beyond the mainstream to help you decide if you're in the mood for strength or if you're needing a more restorative type of practice. Yin Yoga Yin yoga has origins in both yoga and martial arts. Its style is slow, with poses held from one minute to five minutes long. The act of holding the poses for long periods of time benefits the mind by staying still.  It's an excellent practice to help increase blood flow