Here at La vie Spa we try to do everything we can to help you relax and feel rejuvenated and revived. Whether you are in need of a deep tissue massage to ease tired muscles or would like a state-of-the-art Elemis BIOTEC facial to leave your skin feeling younger and smoother – we are here to help.
But what tips can we give to help you live better and feel better? Simply follow these seven top tips to find a healthier and happier you.
Drinking water helps your body to function more efficiently. When you don’t drink sufficient water it can cause your body to become dehydrated. What you might not know is that dehydration can lead to headaches and lack of concentration.
Right now, you may be asking, “But I drink tea, coffee and squash, why do I need to drink water?”
But are you aware that:
- Your body is about 70 percent water
- Your muscles are 75 percent water
- Your brain cells are about 85 percent water
- Your blood is about 82 percent water
- Your bones are about 25 percent water
It is said that water is the single most important nutrient our body needs. As you can see from the points above, water is involved in every function of our bodies.
Therefore, we would encourage everyone to make sure they drink enough water for their health and wellbeing – this is especially important after a spa treatment as it helps to flush out toxins released during the therapeutic process.
2. Sleep and Rest
So why is sleep so important to our well-being? According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep is a vital indicator of our overall health and well-being. The body renews itself while we sleep and sleeping helps heal and repair our heart and blood vessels. Depriving our body of sleep increases our risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke and depression, as well as a host of other complaints.
To ensure you are getting sufficient sleep to allow your body to heal itself, try the following:
- Go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night
- Stick to a regular sleep and wake pattern
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol
- Exercise daily
- Relax before bed with a hot bath
- Read a good book before bed rather than using electronic devices like smart phones, as these can disrupt your sleep.
- Where possible, take short daytime naps regularly.
In addition, having regular spa treatments, which encourage you to rest for at least 30 minutes to an hour after the treatment finishes, can help to improve health and well-being.
3. Living and Raw Foods
Fruits and vegetable are loaded with water and have enzymes in, which are used in the chemical reactions in our bodies. It is said that without these enzymes there can be no cellular division, immune system functioning, energy production or brain activity.
Dr Edward Howell, a pioneering American researcher in food enzymes and human nutrition, states: “Enzymes are substances which make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction that occurs in our body. Without enzymes, no activity at all would take place. Neither vitamins, minerals, or hormones can do any work – without enzymes.” Dr Howell also states that: “Enzymes may be the key factor in preventing chronic disease and extending the human lifespan.”
Our pancreas produces most of the digestive and metabolic enzymes. However, when we eat raw foods our bodies do not have to work hard to produce digestive enzymes.
So why does the body need enzymes?
- To fight infection and heal wounds
- Reduce inflammation
- For the absorption of oxygen
- Transport nutrients to our cells
- Enzymes produce energy
- To break down fats in our blood, regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Slow down the aging process
- Regulate hormones
- Dissolve blood clots
As you can see, enzymes cannot be ignored. We need them for good health and well-being. Foods such as grains, legumes, sprouts and papaya are rich in enzymes.
Exercise plays an important role in our health and well- being. Exercising helps us maintain a healthy weight, decreases our risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, prevents obesity, helps to control and maintain our blood glucose levels and prevent heart disease. Regular exercise also helps to improves muscle strength, enhances your immune system, reduces the effects of aging, reduces stress levels and helps to prevent depression and treats mental illness. Exercise, such as Pilates and yoga, helps to improve our posture, prevents injury, carries energy to our cells and lengthens our muscles.
Detoxification is essential to rid the body of pollutants. Ignoring detoxifying the body is not something that should be taken lightly, doing so strains our body when it is breaking down pollutants, fats and excess sugars. Detoxification removes pollutants and makes it easier for the body to take in foods and drinks which are good for it. These nutrients could then be used to flush out toxins or as building blocks for cell growth.
We can cleanse our colon by eating fibrous fruits and vegetables like the Brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli – all of which help to flush out the system.
You can also have spa treatments to assist this process. These focus on massaging the abdomen to release blockages, which improves bowel movement. Other therapies include colon irrigation, where water is pumped into the colon after which your therapist massages the abdomen to flush out fluids and waste. Eating dark leafy greens will also help to reduce toxins in the blood. Increasing your intake of kale, parsley, seaweed and spinach will also be beneficial. Taking probiotics will help to decrease bad enzymes that cause toxins to take hold in your colon.
Again, water is your number one health-giving friend. Drinking half your body weight in water will help to increase the health of your colon. As a guide to optimal health, convert your body weight to ounces and drink that amount of water each day.
For example, if your weigh 180 pounds, you will need to drink 80 ounces of water a day. Don’t worry! You don’t need to drink it all at once! Pace yourself throughout the day.
6. Nutritional Supplements
Taking supplements will help boost vitality, reduce signs of ageing and can help treat specific ailments such as arthritis. If you are concerned about whether your diet is providing you with enough nutrients it is essential you seek advice from a registered dietitian or talk to your GP, before embarking on taking supplements. Your GP or dietician will be able to provide you with the correct information on the health benefits for your particular circumstances. There are supplements which contains natural herbal extracts such as laminaria, plantain and algae kelp which can help to boost the body’s natural metabolism. Others contains mineral-rich spirulina algae, sarsaparilla root, Siberian ginseng and gotu kola which pack a powerful punch against fatigue and helps to boost the body’s stamina levels.
Stress affects all the major systems of the body, as well as our feelings, behaviour and thoughts and can cause anxiety. Often, we think that the cause of our stress is either our family, partner, job, money worries or health. You may be surprised to know that stress usually stems from within us, rather than being an external factor.
Unconsciously, we bury our hurts deep down, this may be along with negative thoughts or beliefs about ourselves.
In addition, the stress of every-day life can add to this, making us feel anxious, worried and like we can’t cope. Recognising the real nature for our particular situation is the first step to a calmer, healthier and happier future for ourselves.
- Thoughts are powerful, therefore think positive
- If there is something you are doing that is causing your stress – CHANGE IT
- Reject negative affirmations – think to yourself, would I say that to my best friend? If the answer is no, then don’t say it to yourself.
- If your stress comes from a situation in your past, find a quiet place. Go and see your GP or use a self-referral service to find a qualified counsellor. Never be afraid to ask for help – everyone goes through tough times and asking for assistance takes bravery. Be kind to yourself.