For wellness to gain a wide influence, its practice should be simple and effective.
Anna Laxamana of Rotary Club Makati asks: “How do I maintain my good appearance if I got only three hours of sleep the night before?”
Oftentimes this is the case with busy people. If you are unable to get six to eight hours of sleep the night before, here are some tips:
Hydrate on the night you will stay up late. Start drinking one full glass of water beginning 6 p.m. until just before you sleep.
Avoid alcohol. This is non-negotiable because after an alcohol-fueled night, your face will look puffy and your eyebags more prominent.
Sleep or catnap as much and as often as you possibly can.
Take a magnesium supplement at dinnertime to relax your muscles and help you fall asleep. Sleeping late before a big event can be stressful.
Himalayan salt or natural sea salt will help you retain water. Sounds contrary, but you need it to keep your complexion and overall skin dewy.
Wash your face with cool, not hot, water upon waking up. Get two ice cubes and wrap them in a handkerchief or small towel. Apply directly to the eye area. Leave on for five seconds. Stop for 15 seconds, then apply again. Do this 10 times.
Make your breakfast healthy! If you need energy, take a power juice.
1/8 cup raw oatmeal
1 green apple (seeded, peeled, juiced)
1 cup goat/soy/almond milk
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon
You can add any vegetable like celery or romaine lettuce if you want more enzymes in your juice.
Visualize how you will look before you go to your appointment. Imagine yourself refreshed and energized.
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Leo Barayang, an IT executive, asks: “What is your best advice for weekend athletes like me who are preparing their body for extreme exercise once a week?”
The ideal exercise program is at least thrice a week. But if you can’t devote one hour a day, three times a week for exercise, I suggest you keep two things within easy reach—a treadmill and a trampoline.
Before breakfast, jump 100 times on the trampoline, then do 20 minutes on the treadmill. This will prepare your body for that heavy workout on the weekend. Or you may run, brisk walk or jog for 20 minutes daily whether indoors or outdoors.
On the day of your exercise, warm up properly with 20 minutes on the treadmill, or spot-jog.
Have a hearty breakfast, then allot a one-hour gap before exercising heavily.
Sustain your energy levels by taking 500 milligrams of vitamin C every mealtime.
Lastly, have a good night’s sleep the night before.
A reader asks: “How do I avoid feeling bloated after my meal?”
Chances are you may have the following:
1) Fungal overgrowth as a result of taking antibiotics. This means you could have too much fungus and not enough good bacteria.
Solution: Take one capsule of good bacteria or acidophilus ev ery day from now on.
2) Your digestive acids could be inadequate, causing indigestion.
Solution: Digestive enzymes can improve digestion and increase nutrient assimilation by the stomach, thus avoiding gas buildup.
3) Gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance is a health issue where the body rejects gluten-based products like bread, cakes, etc., made from wheat flour.
Solution: Have an allergy test. If you are indeed allergic, go gluten-free from now on.
(For gluten-free information and products, tel. 0928-5240303; e-mail [email protected])
Another reader writes: “I am extremely stressed every day. Any destressing regimen you can recommend?”
Everyone is stressed. Nobody can run away from stressful people and situations. The real challenge is how one handles stressors.
Do you give up in frustration, fly into a rage, cry and get depressed? If so, then you are not handling stress in a positive and constructive way. Here are suggestions:
Mind development—Sign up for a mind control and management seminar with Jaime Licauco of Inner Mind Development Institute, tel. 810-7245; e-mail [email protected]
Practice mindful meditation daily, and you will be better equipped to manage any form of stress.