Posts tagged Susan Joyce Proctor
A Delicious and “Healthy” Chocolate Dessert!

For this HipSilver Wellness Wednesday, what’s on the top of my mind is the upcoming holiday weekend and how much easier it is these days to “eat healthy” while still enjoying special and traditional holiday foods. This weekend, many people will be gathering with family and friends for either Passover seders or Easter dinners, and neither of these has been known historically to be health-oriented events.

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Spring Cleaning

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

We’re almost two weeks into Spring now, and I’m feeling the impulse to do a bit of the cleansing I always recommend at this time of year. But, to be perfectly honest, my life isn’t lending itself to that kind of focus right now. While I love to take a week for extra careful clean eating and special self-care, I’m in too much forward motion to devote that kind of energy at the moment. Maybe you’re having a similar experience?

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Wellness Wednesday: In Honor of International Women’s Day….

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

This week is kind of special because it concludes with International Women’s Day on March 8th, which has been celebrated  for over a hundred years as a global event to celebrate women’s achievements and as a rallying cry for gender equality.

This year’s IWD theme, #BalanceForBetter, is also a delightful reminder about women’s wellness.

As an Ayurvedic Practitioner and the founder of Get Your Juicy Back, I am so aware of the importance of balance for women, especially hormone balance, because hormones are such key factors in our wellbeing.

For women of the Silver Generation, achieving this balance generally involves restoring hormones to healthy postmenopausal levels. Not only does this help with symptoms like hot flashes, dryness, sleep disturbances, memory problems, and premature aging, but it also protects bone and prevents many other health problems.

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Tips for Restful Sleep

Good-quality rest is key to optimal functioning and well-being; it’s hard to feel good when we’re sleep-deprived. Sleep issues are a common symptom of many hormone imbalances and are impacted by cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone.

Ironically, getting enough sleep is important to help balance hormones because sleep reduces cortisol, a main-stress hormone that can throw all the others out of whack. It’s a vicious cycle and important to break, especially since sleep deprivation is a key factor in premature aging and weight gain! Dr. Christiane Northrup, an expert on this subject, recommends at least 8 hours a night for women to avoid these unwanted effects.

Here are suggestions that you can practice yourself as well as modalities that can also help.

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Sun Protection

Sunshine and You: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Remember the days of tanning with baby oil? Hopefully, we all know better now, but the issue of sun exposure is still a bit controversial. On the one hand, we are told to avoid it at all costs because of skin damage and cancer risks. On the other, we hear that we really need it for Vitamin D.

So what’s the truth here, and what are the optimal choices we can make when it comes to the sun? Here is a quick guide to the most important things you need to know about what’s both good and bad about sun exposure, as well as how to avoid its beauty-robbing effects.

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