Category Archives: Health & Wellness

Holistic Cures for the Common Cold

 
 
The best thing you can do for the common cold is to prevent from happening in the first place. And, it starts with having a healthy immune system. So, we want to care for ourselves all the time, not just when we’re sick. What are some of the things we can do to take care of ourselves and keep our natural immune defenses prepared?
 
Sleep – Getting enough sleep is important because this when the body does maintenance, repair, and detoxification. Without enough sleep, your body may not be able to function at its best and your immune system may be negatively impacted.
 
Antioxidant Lifestyle – Live an antioxidant lifestyle! Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole food that are filled with antioxidants to boost your immune system. Think of antioxidants as the reinforcement your immune system needs to fight off foreign bodies, viruses, and infections before they really take hold.
 
Herbs – You can also boost your immune system with certain herbs like oregano, basil, and turmeric. You can prepare herbal teas, add them to recipes, or add in the forms of oils or supplements.
 
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is so important for our immune system. It’s one of the reasons why colds are more common in the winter when we’re not getting as much sunlight. While the body can naturally manufacture Vitamin D from sunlight, it may be appropriate for some people to supplement, especially in the winter months.
 
Sugar – It’s time to rethink our sweet tooth. Sugar weakens our immune system. Avoiding sugar, including refined carbohydrates is perhaps the # 1 way to boost your immune system.

“Live an antioxidant lifestyle! Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole food that are filled with antioxidants to boost your immune system.”

So, what should you do if you get a cold despite following all the guidelines to strengthen your immune system? Trust in your body and nourish it with the fuel it needs to get you back to feeling like yourself again. Getting enough sleep, eating whole foods full of antioxidants, and avoiding sugar are all still important; however, once a cold has taken hold, what should you do?
 
These natural remedies might help!
 
Raw Honey – Raw honey is antibacterial and antiviral. It boosts the immune system and is very soothing on your throat.
 
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus oil is great for clearing nasal passages so you can breathe better and get some rest. Put it on a wet warm towel and place it on your chest for a warm aromatic wet compress or do a steam shower with the oil or over breath in the steam from boiling some water with eucalyptus oil.
 
Nettie Pot – Using a nettie pot can also help you clear your nasal passages. A nettie pot is a small vessel used to gently flush water through your nasal passages.
 
Vitamin C – Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants to support your immune system. Consider eating plenty of citrus and taking a supplement when your immune system is in overdrive such as times when you’re down with a cold.
 
Ginger – Ginger also helps support returning to good health from a cold. It helps clear congestion and boosts immunity. Try shredding ginger root and adding it to some hot soup or enjoy some hot ginger tea.
 
Broth – Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system. It contains healing compounds like collagen which heals your gut and reduces inflammation. It could even be considered a superfood! Think about making bone broth ahead of time and freezing it as it takes 24 to 72 hours to make broth from boiling.
 
If you love talking about wellness and natural health and sharing your tips and advice with others, then we invite you to join the conversation. Add your comments below and share this article. If people are already coming to you for advice, maybe it’s time to take the next step and become a Wellness Coach.
 

Love, Health and Success,
 

 

 
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

Wellness Coaches Make a Difference Locally and Around the World

 
 
What kind of a business could you create as a Wellness Coach? What type of work could you do?
 
We’ve seen our graduates do many things, but let’s just say you’re only limited by your own imagination! In this article, we talk about making a difference as a Wellness Coach in your local community as well as making a global impact. You see, as a Wellness Coach, your work is really important. You have a significant message to share; what you do changes lives.
 
At the local level, Wellness Coaches deliver their message to their local community, usually in person. Communication occurs through personal contact face-to-face.
 
A Wellness Coach who has a local focus likes to inspire her own community. She may do this through networking, connecting with people face-to-face, and sharing ideas.
 
She may lead workshops, live events, do personal or small group coaching or even get involved in a school lunch program. She wants to make a difference at the local level.
 
Wellness Coaches may also work at a global level. Their focus is on a wider audience through the use of technology. Communication occurs virtually, for example, by phone calls, Skype, teleseminars or webinars.
 
A Wellness Coach who wants to make an impact on a specific population or problem will likely be more of a global leader. She will take advantage of technology such as the internet, Skype, and the phone to bring people together from across the globe. She may make an impact by creating online programs, leading wellness retreats, or designing a group training program.
 

“We’ve seen our graduates do many things, but let’s just say you’re only limited by your own imagination.”

 
Neither the local or global track is any better than the other. You will likely be drawn to one track over another based on your personal goals and personality. Keep in mind that your focus as a Wellness Coach may change over time. You may gravitate toward working in your local community or making an impact through global initiatives, but neither is set in stone.
 
In addition, you may choose to blend tracks over time, offering some of your work in your local community while simultaneously building an online presence.
 
For example, you might work with face-to-face clients and also with clients located in other places via phone or Skype. Or, you might give a workshop in your local community and also teach a webinar online.
 
Whether you want to help people locally or globally, you can do it as an IAWP Wellness Coach. We teach our students how to build a Wellness Coaching career that they love to wake up to everyday. Through our comprehensive training and lifetime support, we support you every step of the way.
 
Ready to follow your passion and inspire others to be healthy? Click here to learn more about becoming a Wellness Coach.

 

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.

10 Healthy Habits For a Healthy Heart

 

Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors. It’s one reason the heart is the most intriguing organ. It’s our life line, pumping blood throughout our body, yet we experience emotions that are somehow related to our heart.
 


 

 

 
“Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors, including physical, emotional and spiritual factors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While science is still exploring the many facets of the heart, taking a holistic approach to healing the heart can be beneficial. Whether you have a serious heart health concern or less life-threatening yet emotional concerns, the heart is central to our overall well-being. That being said, we offer the following healthy habits for heart health:
 
1. Add Vitamin J – Vitamin J = Vitamin Joy with a dose of laughter and pleasure! Add joy, laughter and pleasure to your life. A study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine recommends 15 minutes of daily laughter for optimum heart health.
 
2. Incorporate Physical Activity – Start with simple activities that you enjoy, like walking, yoga or dancing – start with 10 minutes a day and increase. Exercise is essential.
 
3. Eliminate Trans Fats – An FDA advisory panel found that trans fats are even more harmful to health than saturated fats. The Institute of Medicine went a step further, concluding that the safest amount of trans fat is zero.
 
4. Try An Omega-3 Supplement – Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in keeping the heart beating steadily and not lapsing into dangerous, sometimes fatal erratic rhythms. As many fish contain high levels of mercury and PCBs, use supplements such as fish oil, cod liver oil if you need extra vitamin D, or krill oil.
 
5. Reduce or Eliminate Refined Sugar – Avoid sugar and chemicalized, artificial sweeteners in foods and beverages. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, raw honey, brown rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia. Also, eat sweet vegetables such as yams, carrots, and beets.
 
6. Eat More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, and WholeGrains – Vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Choose whole foods you enjoy and have them several times daily.
 
7. Get More Sleep – Women who sleep less than 5 hours each night, have a 30 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who get 8 hours. Too little sleep may play havoc with your hormones, blood sugar and blood pressure.
 
8. Avoid Tobacco – Exposure to tobacco, even secondhand smoke, can cause heart disease to worsen.
 
9. Evaluate Your Salt Intake – As sodium intake increase, so can blood pressure. Moderating your intake can help prevent and control hypertension. When using salt, choose high-quality sea salt which has important minerals that the body needs.
 
10. Breathe Deeper – Meditation and relaxation techniques can help teach our bodies to tone down our physical response to stress.
 

 

Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP has given away over $100,000 in scholarships to support people who are passionate about health and wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Wellness Coach, you can chat with an Admissions Advisor by scheduling your appointment here.