I read recently that 90% of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of daily fruits and vegetables. If that's true....wow. I’m pretty sure I have been one of those people at times in my life, but I've found an easy way to change that and stick to it. Plant based is how I would choose to define my diet now, if anyone were to ask. Plant based is a newer term in the “diet” world, and it seems like different people are using it different ways…including me I guess. I see a lot of folks using it to describe basically a vegan diet, without the label of vegan, but I’m a little more casual about it than that. That’s the whole point of me calling myself plant BASED…it’s based around eating plants, but it’s not exclusive. And honestly, that what has been so damn easy about it.
Coconut water has been the natural beverage king for a long time, but there’s another drink I recently tried that might actually be better for you. I’m new to the party, but I finally tried prickly pear water. I’ve had a few different kinds by the brand Steaz, an organic and fair-trade beverage company with a couple different flavor options (like Prickly Pear Cucumber & Green Tea, others listed below). Also known as cactus water, prickly pear water has a ton of health and hydrating benefits. It’s low in sugar, and it has a clean, refreshing, berry-like taste that isn’t overpowering, especially when compared to the taste of coconut water.
So another fun thing that happened when my hair started thinning from insomnia/stress/medication is that my scalp got pretty flaky. Like, I would stand over the sink and scratch the crap out of my scalp watching the dead skin snowflake all over my sink. It's kind of annoying, but thankfully there are a few ways you can try to take care of those flakes with natural remedies. It's important to note that dry flaky scalp and dandruff are different. so it might help to know which you've got. Dry scalp is what it sounds like - itchy, dry skin. Dandruff is actually from your scalp overproducing oil, and you get waxy, oily flakes.
Sometimes I notice a lot of tension in my body when I'm trying to fall back asleep. I'll realize my neck is twisted weird or my shoulder is uncomfortable, and I'm not sure why I lay in those positions for so long. Since waking up and trying to go back to sleep is pretty much a nightly thing for me, I try to be mindful of how my body feels every time I'm doing the back-to-sleep thing, and try to adjust myself into a more comfortable, relaxed position.
My thoughts on CBD? I'm a believer. If you aren't familiar, CBD is the non-druggy component of marijuana. It doesn't really have any effects you would notice, like feeling high or having any hallucinations. The benefits of CBD are more along the lines of helping you internally without you really realizing it.
There are a ton of known benefits to using CBD for all kinds of medical problems, even for heavy things like calming seizures. CBD can help you sleep better too, and you don't need to smoke anything to get it. You can get it in pills or tinctures that you can take or ingest with food.
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