One of the top 3 resolutions people make, new year after new year, is living a healthier life. (Along with more money and more love.)
Whether it’s a heart-friendly diet or a weight loss plan or exercising regularly, people believe health goals are completely achievable because the onus is entirely on themselves. There are no bosses to please for the desired promotion or hoping for a perfect life partner to miraculously show up and offer the perfect relationship.
And yet, by February, approximately 80% of people give up on their new year health goals and revert back to their old eating habits and sedentary lifestyles.
Why is that?
Why do health goals fail so frequently, when succeeding at them is entirely a matter of personal choice?
Stop beating up on yourself if you have failed in the past, because it is not your conscious fault.
It isn’t merely a `lack of willpower’ as most people would think. The resistance, in fact, comes from long-terms habits (and beliefs) that have become ingrained in our brains.
The brain is a complex network of `neurological pathways’ that are established by repeated thoughts and behaviors. For example, if you have always eaten a tub of ice-cream to make yourself feel better during times of stress, you have unconsciously built a neurological pathway that accepts ice-cream as a `normal’ solution to stress. Breaking that default pathway and building a new one that involves going for a run instead cannot happen overnight. Just like a stream cannot change its course all of a sudden.
It’s a process that takes time and constant repetition to make a lasting imprint. And all the motivation in the world cannot replace old imprints with new ones unless you understand this basic principle.
But the good news is this: neurological pathways are `elastic’. (Scientists call it brain plasticity.) In other words, they can be manipulated and reformed by exposing your brain to not just what you do and think, but how you feel.
Feelings directly impact the subconscious mind, compelling the brain to rewire old channels, and right there is the secret solution to make your health goals stick.
In this article, we won’t talk about all the usual advice that experts offer on how to change the way you think about health and fitness. (If that really brought about lasting changes, every participant at a Tony Robbins motivational workshop would be leading perfect lives today.)
Instead, we will show you some simple methods that will incrementally change how you feelabout any goal you have set for yourself.
Try them. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? You’ll just end up feeling better?
# 1: Release Self-Judgement From Past Failures
Absolutely the worst thing that keeps us stuck in vicious cycles of failure is self-judgement. Nature taught us fear for survival reasons a long time ago. But society taught us something perhaps even more damaging: guilt and shame.
From childhood, when we were told we were a bad little person if we didn’t do what parents and teachers wanted of us, to adulthood when we’re constantly judged by family, friends and media for not being a certain way or aspiring to a certain lifestyle – there is no escaping the strangling web of guilt and shame that conversely keep us stuck in our old ways.
Because after years of conditioning to fit a certain mold, as dictated by others, we lose our individuality and sense of self-worth. And we subconsciously believe we are not good enough.
This is at the very core of the problem for a vast majority of human beings. We unconsciously scupper our own chances of success because we unconsciously believe we are not worth it.
If you can honestly face and address this belief, you’re basically unstoppable.
But how do you start doing that?
A small but very effective way, as propagated by Rapid Transformational Therapy expert Marisa Peer, is posting signs around your house that simply says: I Am Enough!
Yes, that’s it.
Write “I Am Enough” in bold letters on a piece of chart paper and stick it in your bedroom, where you will see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Post it on your bathroom mirror. Write the message on a sticky note and tack it to the edge of your computer. Make it a wallpaper on your phone.
Constant exposure to this short, self-empowering message will start to seep in after a while, says Marisa, who has successfully worked with celebrities, politicians and regular people like you and me, with incredible success. If you want to know more about this strategy, click HERE to hear Marisa explain it in her own words.
This is just one strategy. There are many more ways you can expose yourself to empowering messaging to change your own judgement of yourself. Do it repeatedly and continuously, and you will soon notice how differently you’re looking not just at yourself but at all aspects of your life where you previously felt short.
# 2: Disempower Your Negative Thoughts
Negative ideations are just that – ideations. They are not real. They’re figments of our imagination and they do not exist!
But worst-case scenarios are the thoughts we are most comfortable with. We may aspire to think best-case ones, but they vanish after a few seconds because our subconscious minds do not believe they are actually possible.
Thanks to well-established neurological pathways in our brains, we consistently default to negative thinking, which in turn, leaves us feeling angry, hurt, disappointed and discouraged.
Notice the pattern here?
Our habitual thinking keeps up caught up in the same cycle and all we do is just feed and repeat.
The only way to break out of this is to train ourselves to notice when negative thoughts are creeping in. And actively recognize that these are just thoughts. No more real than the script of our favorite Netflix show.
It needs practice, sure. But once you start policing your thoughts, you will quickly learn to recognize the self-defeating fiction for what they are. And once you recognize and release them, they can no longer hold you in their power.
Meditation is one of the best ways to teach yourself this practice. Journaling is another. Or lighting a candle in a quiet moment and keeping your attention on only the flame without the babble of thoughts crowding your mind.
# 3: Get Back On The Horse
Don’t lose faith and give it all up the minute you fail. Because fail you probably will. (Remember brain plasticity?)
There’s no shame in failing. But there is enormous power in being able to get back on the horse and keep riding in the direction you want. You may not reach in the 2 weeks or 2 months as you anticipated. But every time you re-embrace the reason you started on this journey with fresh enthusiasm, the distance still waiting to be traveled with get shorter and shorter.
The most practical way is of course to break up your end result into small, actionable ones. Celebrate each small milestone, however small they may be, because they’re all victories in their own right.
# 4: Enjoy Your Fantasies
What are fantasies? Nothing except believing fiction for real. This runs contrary to point # 2, but in exceptionally good ways. Power your positive feelings instead of encouraging the negative ones.
Vision boards work very well for this.
If your health goal is to lose weight, create a vision board with cut-outs of pictures that visually represent what you want. Like celebs who look the way you aspire. People who represent your idea of style. Favorite fashions you will be able to wear once you reach your goals. Stick them in a collage on a board and keep this board in your bedroom.
Allow yourself the luxury of feeling and imagining, even if it is for just a few minutes a day, as you look at this board. The best times are of course first thing in the morning, when your mind is as empty as it will be in the next 12 hours, and last thing at night, when you’re most susceptible to imprinting as you’re relaxing into a state of sleep.
# 5: Stop The Social Media Chatter
When will the world realize that social media is nothing more than a make-believe rat race?
We’re not saying social platforms are not entertaining – and sometimes even useful. But do take off the rose-tinted glasses and realize that your friends and family are not living the glorious lives, as captured in their images and videos, because they’re as human as you are. It takes a couple of seconds to click a `happy’ picture. A whole lifetime of struggle against challenges to achieve it.
Enjoy social media by all means but take all you see with a pinch of salt. And use the time you’d spend scrolling the life of others to build and improve your own.
What Does All This Have To Do With Achieving Your Goals?
Because we’re trying to steer you in a direction where transformation comes from within. We’re not offering band-aid solutions because they’re by definition, temporary. By clearing out old baggage of self-defeating ideas and beliefs that weighed you down in the past, we’re encouraging you to step into your own spotlight as the most glorious version of you.
Not as others expect you to be but in full and complete confidence of who you are.
Air travel isn’t glamorous for everybody.
While some people can sit back, relax, and actually enjoy a flight, others step out of the aircraft with a groggy head, jetlagged eyes, runny nose and shoes in their hand because their feet swelled up from water retention while they were stuck 35,000 feet in the air.
If you’re one of those unfortunate few who don’t do well on airplanes, and need several days to recover from the disruptions that traveling causes to your health and well-being, you probably need to boost your immune and digestive system before, during and after the flight.
Here are 5 ways to do it:
# 1: HYDRATE IN ADVANCE
Increase your water intake at least 24 hours before a flight. Prepare your body with all the fluids it needs because once you’re seated in the aircraft, you have no control over environmental conditions. Humidity drops from 30-40% to about 10% in the cabin, and you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you’re ready to counteract that by being well-hydrated beforehand.
Remember to buy water after you pass through security check, because the drinks trolley will not come out until the plane has stabilized and you won’t be able to leave your seat to grab some from the service station at the back.
Avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Carry some coconut powder with you instead and mix it in your water for an instant electrolyte boost.
Keep a travel-sized moisturizer handy to keep your skin from drying out.
# 2: USE A MOUTHWASH BEFORE BOARDING
Nasal and throat passages dry out at high altitude. The mucous linings lose moisture and have a weakened ability to trap pathogens and prevent illness. Brushing your teeth and using a mouthwash right before your flight will help you fight this germy onslaught.
# 3: RUB ON SOME ESSENTIAL OILS
When travelling in close proximity with others, you’re more susceptible to picking up pathogens circulating in the air. To purify your sinuses and help reduce inflammation, place a few drops of essential oils onto your chest or sinuses and breathe deeply. Peppermint and eucalyptus are highly effective in keeping sinuses clean and eliminating infections. (Take a small vial of essential oil of your choice, to stay compliant with TSA carry-on regulations.)
# 4: TAKE HOT WATER INFUSIONS AFTER THE FLIGHT
Soothing hot water infusions can correct water retention and discomfort that results from travelling. Below we have outlined hot water remedies that are particularly effective in restoring regularity after a long flight.
Detoxifying: A combination of Manuka honey, lemon and hot water will flush out toxins, heal inflammation and reduce bloating.
Anti-Nausea: Calming blends like ginger, licorice and peppermint will help alleviate feelings of sickness.
Restorative: Natural herbal blends that contain sweet aniseed will restore gut regularity post-flight.
# 5: ENJOY A HYDRALIVE THERAPY
Revive and rejuvenate your compromised immune system with an IV therapy session at Hydralive Therapy® .
An IV therapy will safely rehydrate your body in a soothing, spa-like environment. Doctors have long touted the benefits of IV infusion therapy to dehydrated patients and it’s one of the most effective ways to recover quickly from a long flight and hit the ground running. The menu of services is excitingly full of rejuvenation possibilities, and whatever problems you may particularly face after a long-haul flight, Hydralive will have a quick and affordable therapy to counteract it.
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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month?  It’s an observance used across the country to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging healthy life choices in boys, men and their families. This month we’ve made it our mission to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and to encourage a healthy lifestyle among men and boys.
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a general term used to describe various conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including heart disease.  Heart disease affects the cardiovascular system which inhibits the heart’s ability to function. According to the American Heart Association, one in three men in the US suffer from one or more of these conditions and the disease is fatal for many of them. 
How to Stay Happy and Healthy
Vitamins are essential to your overall health. They perform many critical roles in your body, from producing energy to ensuring proper function of bodily systems. On average, less than 20% of the best multi-vitamins and supplements are absorbed into your body when taken orally and not getting enough of certain nutrients can negatively impact your health.  IV Vitamin Therapy works by administration of vitamins and nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system for 99.9% absorption.  Getting regular IV Therapy treatments can help maintain good health and prevent dehydration and vitamin-deficiency, decreasing the risk for CVD.
Did you know dehydration causes a strain on your heart?  The amount of blood circulating through your body decreases when you’re dehydrated. To compensate, your heart beats faster, increasing your heart rate and causing you to feel palpitations. Hydration is critical to your heart’s health. In fact, a hydrated heart is able to pump blood more easily, allowing the muscles in your body to work better. IV Therapy fights dehydration keeping your heart happy, healthy and hydrated.
Did you know that nearly 50 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis?  The pain associated with arthritis is chronic and, in some cases, only gets worse. We hear about the benefits of cryotherapy for athletes but you may not know the benefits for arthritis sufferers.  May is National Arthritis Awareness Month so we’re highlighting the benefits of cryotherapy for chronic arthritis. 
The term “arthritis” spans more than 100 joint inflammation diseases and conditions. For example, rheumatoid arthritis can cause debilitating pain and typically causes stiffness, swelling or aching. The cause of this disease ranges from genes to injury and the symptoms can build up over time or occur suddenly.
Cryotherapy is an effective means of pain and inflammation management, especially in the case of arthritis symptoms.  As a matter of fact, whole body cryotherapy was first used to treat rheumatoid arthritis discomfort and pain.  Doctors discovered that cryotherapy could release endorphins and minimize overall sensitivity to pain.
Arthritis pain is chronic and with one out of every five US adults affected by arthritis, it’s the most common disability in the country. Though there’s no cure, cryotherapy has proven to be an effective way to manage the disease. Want to find out more about how cryotherapy can benefit you? Learn more.
Classes, homework, and finals – you thought it would never arrive but Spring Break is finally here! As spring break approaches, follow these three tips on how to prep (and recover).
Before, during, after. Water is your friend. Forgetting that will lead to crippling headaches, shaky hands and the party ending early. But healthy hydration is about more than eight glasses of water a day. IV Therapy is the fastest way to deliver fluids, electrolytes, and vitamins to the body, to restore optimum hydration and support the immune system.
Get a Healthy Glow
No time to tan? We’ve got you covered! Replace that tan with a healthy go with the Fountain of Youth cocktail. Create a new, fresh look and “glow” with our exclusive formula that utilizes specific vitamins and minerals to saturate the skin cells.
After the party is always the inevitable dehydration. Get your vitamin and nutrient levels back to where they need to be with our Carlos IV Therapy Cocktail. Get a high dose of fluids and vitamins that re-hydrate and detoxify cells, plus anti-nausea and acid reflux meds that alleviate headaches and distress.
Cooler fall and winter weather is just around the corner. Adults and kids will soon be partaking in their favorite winter sports, but in addition to remembering to bundle up for the cold weather, hydration is another important consideration in winter.
We don’t often associate cold-weather exercise with dehydration. The body doesn’t get as hot, and sweat evaporates more rapidly in the cold air. Thus, we’re tricked into thinking we aren’t losing fluids as rapidly.
Dehydration is still a risk when playing in the snow, albeit, for different reasons than summer exercise.
What Causes Dehydration During Winter Months?
In cold weather, the body’s thirst response is diminished (by up to 40 percent even when dehydrated). This happens because our blood vessels constrict when we’re cold to prevent blood from flowing freely to the extremities. (If you’ve ever had cold hands in winter, you know the feeling.) This enables the body to conserve heat by drawing more blood to its core.
But because of this, the body is fooled into thinking it’s properly hydrated, e.g. you don’t feel as thirsty and your body doesn’t conserve water. Thus, in cold weather, athletes are less likely to drink water voluntarily, and additionally, their kidneys aren’t signaled by hormones to conserve water and urine production increases, a condition call cold-induced urine diuresis.
So diminished thirst response and increased urine production are two contributing factors. Yet, there are several others that can lead to winter dehydration, including:
- Wearing extra clothing. Heavy jackets, long underwear and other pieces of warm clothing help your body conserve heat. But the added weight is one factor that makes the body work between 10 and 40 percent harder.[ii] By working harder, the body produces more sweat, contributing to fluid loss.
- Increased respiratory fluid loss. In cold weather, we lose more fluids through respiratory water loss. For example, when you can see your own breath, that’s actually water vapor that your body is losing. The colder the temperature and the more intense the exercise, the more vapor you lose when you breathe.
- Sweat evaporates more quickly in cold air. We often think we aren’t sweating in cold, dry weather, because it tends to evaporate so quickly. This is another factor that can contribute to a diminished thirst response.
So the answer is a clear “Yes.” The dehydration risk remains in cold weather. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or spending an afternoon cross-country skiing – don’t forget to hydrate!