“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley
Great stories transport you to a different world. They can take you back in time, through different regions or even to a fictional universe. Especially travel memoirs will introduce you to exotic cultures and customs.
But a good travel memoir doesn’t just bring you on an imaginative trip around the world – it also reflects on how those experiences took the writer on transformative journey inwards. You won’t just get insights about tourist landmarks, foreign traditions and cuisines, but also about who you are and your place in this ever-changing world.
If you loved reading Eat Pray Love or Into The Wild, which other books could offer a mental escape? Take a look at this mix of classic and recent travel memoirs to take you on an armchair journey.
They’re one of most popular ingredients for crushing colds: winter citrus.
And it’s not hard to see why. Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C, which helps keep your immune system strong. What’s more, those juicy oranges, lemons and mandarins contain powerful antioxidants that protect your brain and improve your heart health by lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Of course you can make fresh orange juice of add a slice of lemon to your cup of tea to get these health benefits. But if you don’t want to throw away those treasured fibers or consume too much fructose, it’s best to enjoy winter citrus as a whole fruit. You could star citrus fruits in porridges and sweets, put slices in salads or add a zesty element to your sheet pan dinner.
Before you go all-in on winter citrus, it’s important to know that grapefruit interacts with common medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, pain medication, certain antidepressants and antiviral drugs. So if you’re taking prescribed meds, please check with your doctor or pharmacist if it’s ok for you to consume grapefruit.
With that crucial note in mind, bring a burst of brightness to dark days with these 14 winter citrus recipes!
This article is written by Sarah Peterson from Zuma Nutrition.
Our bodies are made to survive, to regenerate and reheal in order to thrive. Like all animals, we humans are led by instincts that keep us fed, hydrated, rested and energized in order for the body to function perfectly and regenerate from possible injuries. The human body by default does everything to destroy disease-causing organisms, using protective mechanisms to prevent the body from falling ill, but it can also heal itself when the disease is stronger and defeats the guards.
Art is one of the most important fundamental expressions humans are capable of. From the prehistoric cave drawings to the modern-day artworks, we used brushes, instruments, words, and movements to communicate what goes beyond our everyday tasks and basic needs.
Creating and experiencing art lifts spirits, helps make connections, and at times, makes us experience feelings that can be described as “glimpses of eternity”. Knowing this, it comes as no surprise that creative arts have a huge positive impact on human health, improving focus on positive life experiences, reducing stress levels, and alleviating physical pain among others.
When it comes to the effect artistic expression can have on an individual’s mental state, here’s what benefits you can expect if you include creativity into your everyday routine.
It’s that time of year again: the start of cold and flu season.
Fortunately, most minor ailments will heal naturally after a few days, especially with the help of enough rest and fluids. But when you find yourself sniffing, sneezing and coughing all day, DIY home remedies can provide some much-needed relief. Natural ingredients like eucalyptus can help you breathe easier, whereas the scent of lavender is known for its relaxing effects.
What’s more, if you’re living with chronic health problems, you probably search for ways to manage common symptoms, like nagging pain and insomnia. And let’s not forget that tonics with health-boosting foods like ginger, ginseng and elderberry can support your immune system.
Obviously, home remedies are only suitable for minor health problems, preferably with a known or obvious cause like a virus or underlying, stable chronic condition.
And please keep in mind that ‘natural’ does not automatically mean a remedy is healthy and safe. Also, don’t diagnose and treat yourself based on online advice alone. When you’re experiencing health problems and/or your symptoms worsen, please always check with your doctor or other medical professionals what the right course of action is for you.
Having said that; if you’re looking for natural ways to ease a cold, relax your muscles or fall asleep faster, check out these 11 DIY natural remedies from around the web.
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