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Why I Use Spa’s to Deal With Parenthood

Spa Treatments

For me, it can be just as exciting reading about spa treatments as actually having one. It is thrilling just reading about seaweed wraps, mud wraps, aromatherapy facials, oxygenating facials, and exfoliating foot scrubs. Hearing the soothing names of the treatments and imagining the smell of the aromatherapy make me want to run to the closest spa and never leave.

Many people think of spa treatments as a luxurious indulgence. They think they shouldn’t waste money on extravagant treatments. Yet, there are many health benefits to be reaped from spa treatments, and although they are by no means cheap (the most reputable spas are not) if you make smart decisions about what type of treatment you desire, you can spend a full day at the spa for a minimum of around $100.

Spa treatments reduce stress. Your stress is literally physically worked out of your body during the course of a massage or other treatment. High stress has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, insomnia, and obesity. Thus, taking a day to relax at the spa is not an unnecessary extravagance but a sound decision to maintain your mental and physical health.

Available Spa Treatments

Depending on which spa you attend, different treatments will be available. Some spas, such the tempe med spa offer the basics like massages, facials, and wraps, but the specific styles and ingredients of the treatments will change. Many high end spas use natural ingredients, such as lavender or tea tree oil, which each reap their own natural benefits. Research the treatments offered at different spas, compare prices, and then choose which spa you think best suits you. Many spas have websites that describe their facilities, treatments, and prices, so the Internet should be your first stop on the road to relaxation.


Fast and Detox Your Body

We vacation to rest and restore ourselves. In a way, vacations cleanse us by providing a break from our regular life. Fasting provides the body a break from food and that allows the body to cleanse itself. Checkout clean forte as a resource.

Consider these benefits to fasting as you make your decision whether or not to try it: The elimination of food from your system will allow the blood and lymph time to detoxify. Toxins are also released from your colon, kidneys, bladder, sinuses and skin; all of which have been effected by a standard diet which includes sugar, gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods and animal protein.  A poor diet of high fat foods, such as fast foods, leaves your body in an even more dire state.

How long should I fast? 48 hours is a standard short term fast. Typically, you do not need to discuss a fast of this duration with your doctor. Do not take medication or exercise during the fasting period. Keep in mind that the technical definition of starvation begins after 48 hours.

Who should avoid a fast? People with life threatening conditions such as cancer, TB and AIDS. Diabetics can fast, however, it is not recommended and will have to be done with a doctor’s supervision, if undertaken.

What are the unpleasant side effects? Depending on the level of body toxicity, people can experience cranky moods, headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, muscle aches and even fever. It is a very individual experience. Many people feel energized during the process. Naturally, these people have lived on a reasonably healthy diet prior to fasting.

So how does it really work? Fasting triggers the body to use all of its energy producing systems, most importantly the energy from fat. Since the body is not expending energy to digestive organs, namely the colon, this allows the cleansing process to begin. Amazingly, all of our organs take the cue from fasting to clean house.

How do I fast? A water fast is for the experienced practitioners. The rest of us can do a juice fast. There are many juice fast programs and products designed for a 48 hour fast. I recommend you research and find one that feels right for you. Please do this for you body!

How can I stay less toxic after I fast?  East lots of raw foods (fruits and vegetables) and grains. Stay away from processed foods and high fat foods. If you can back off on your intake of animal protein and dairy, that will help greatly. Drink 64 ounces of water per day.