exLate-night sweat sesh
Early birds swear by an AM workout to kick-start their day, but evidence is mounting for those night owls who live by their late-night routines. Granted, it’s harder to build consistency with a nighttime regimen since you have all day to get tired and make excuses, but one study found that time to exhaustion was extended by 20 percent in the evening.
On top of that, post-workout protein shakes are actually better absorbed and digested during sleep, which helps with muscle-building and recovery. And a post-workout shower before bed may help relax you, improve your sleep quality, and save you time in the morning.
Not only can you swap out unproductive TV time before bed, but you may also feel more relaxed after your workout because you’ve been able to let go of any stress you may have experienced during the day. But one thing’s for sure … no more rushing through the morning to squeeze in a workout!
Pop go the water lily seeds!
What’s popping in food these days? Water lily seeds … literally. Not only have they been tagged as a hot food trend, they’re also full of nutrients (and did we mention they’re delicious?).
Also known as Euryale ferox, Mahkana, fox nuts, and gorgon nuts, you may have seen water lily seeds on a shelf near you. They puff up to an extra-large blueberry size when roasted and have a popcorn-like texture that dissolves in your mouth.
Used in Ayurvedic medicine and cooking for centuries, they’re just as good for you as they are yummy, with a high amino acid index and a low glycemic value—making them a smart snack!
Not to be confused with water lotus seeds (which is a common misconception), they taste great with ghee, salt, and spices, and come in a variety of oh-so-tasty flavors.
Expect to see them on more shelves soon. Bonus? You won’t get those pesky popcorn kernels stuck in your teeth!
While acupuncture needles are barely perceptible, the idea of being pricked and prodded still makes some people squeamish (or is that just us?). If you’re looking for an alternative, try acupressure or ear seeding. This technique uses stickers with ripe vaccaria seeds (although ceramic or metal can also be used) that are applied on any of the 93 acupoints present in the ear and massaged periodically to stimulate relief of bodily pain and anxiety.
While further research is required, ear seeding has roots dating back thousands of years. Be sure to try it under the guidance of a professional and remember—it’s best to let your skin rest between treatments so it has a chance to breathe.
Matcha face masks
The use of green tea for skin health is nothing new. Research has shown its catechins, including EGCG, may effectively neutralize free radicals, boost enzymatic detoxification, reduce inflammation, and prevent certain chronic diseases. Not to mention, its potential to repair DNA damage from UV exposure.
It’s no wonder that matcha—green tea’s powdered and much more concentrated form—is gaining attention as a skincare wonder. Rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, matcha might just be your new fave!
In addition, green tea is potentially effective at soothing psoriasis, dermatitis, and rosacea, and its polyphenols can reduce skin irritation, redness, and sunburns. It can also control bacterial growth and reduce sebum secretion—major culprits of acne.
Next time your skin needs a pick-me-up, try throwing on a matcha mask! Because, despite what Kermit the Frog has said, it might be easy being green after all.