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Having A Himalayan Salt Lamp Improves Your Health

Having A Himalayan Salt Lamp Improves Your Health

Insomnia is a widespread problem with around one in three people experiencing sleep deficiency. Occasional episodes of insomnia may come and go without causing any serious problems, but for some people it can last for months or even years at a time. Enduring insomnia can have a significant impact on your quality of life. It can limit what you’re able to do during the day and affect your mood. Like insomnia, migraines can stop people from living a full life with severe attacks leaving some bedridden and unable to function properly.

There are many medical solutions to aid sleep and headache problems but the long-term effects are not ideal. Many people turn to natural remedies such as acupuncture, acupressure and controlling daily habits to ease chronic symptoms. One natural remedy is the Himalayan Salt Lamp which is used in helping people suffering from long-term insomnia and migraines. But what exactly is Himalayan Salt and how does a Himalayan Salt Lamp work?

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What Is Himalayan Salt?

Himalayan Salt is a natural rose-coloured rock salt from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. It is highly sought after for its nutritional profile as it contains a high number of essential minerals and is regarded as one of the most complete salts in the world. The salt appears in pink due to the presence of ion oxide. Because of its pure form, it is commonly used in cooking as a substitute for regular salt or alternatively as a bath salt.

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    What Exactly Is A Himalayan Salt Lamp?

    In the form of large crystal rocks, Himalayan salt is used to make Salt Lamps which many believe to have a healing ability and is one of today’s most sought after items in the world casting more emphasis on nutrition and holistic health. A bulb or candle is placed in the middle of the salt crystal and can be put anywhere in the home. With the unique amount of essential minerals, the lamp helps eradicate unwanted positive ions from the air and produces negative ions which are almost like a breath of fresh air.

    Positive And Negative Ions

    The atmosphere around us is made up of positive and negative ions. Negative ions occur more often in nature and they are often created by things like lightning storms, sunlight, waterfalls, and ocean waves. Many scientific studies have shown how negative ions increase the flow of oxygen in the brain and other organs, resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy. This is why you feel more renewed after a walk by the sea or go outside after a lightning storm. Incredibly, places like waterfalls and beaches where negative ions are produced can have a negative ion concentration of up to 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre whereas busy areas such as cities can have negative ion levels as low as 100 ions per cubic centimetre. Negative ions also encourage the release of serotonin which is the neurotransmitter that causes us to feel better.

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    Despite what you may assume, positive ions are not so great. They are generally emitted by electronic devices like televisions, computers and microwaves. Because we have so many of these appliances in our homes, we are subjected to a high concentration of positive ions on a daily basis. It’s these positive ions that deplete the much-needed negative ions, resulting in higher chances of bad-quality sleep, headaches and general lower well-being.

    How Does A Himalayan Salt Lamp Help Insomnia and Migraines?

    Negative ions can neutralise positive ions as they bond together and help cleanse the air. When the Salt Lamp is warmed up by the bulb or the flame, it releases negative ions due to the unique combination of the salt and the light source. Salt is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water and the heat source from the lamp and then makes the water evaporate – it’s during this process that the negative ions are released.

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    Placed next to electrical devices, a Salt Lamp can help reduce the amount of positive ions in the air, thereby reducing the negative effects positive ions pose on our bodies. If you suffer from insomnia or migraines, the positive ions may compound the related symptoms. In this case, placing a Salt Lamp next to your bed can somehow remove the trigger of these symptoms. Having a Himalayan Salt Lamp is pretty much like having a softly glowing natural source of fresh, clean air which can help with producing an invigorating yet calming atmosphere.

    Where Can I Buy A Himalayan Salt Lamp?

    There are many man-made products you can buy that reduce the amount of positive ions in your home, however a Himalayan Salt Lamp is a natural, cheaper alternative as well as giving off an ambient glow that creates a beautiful atmosphere. You can purchase a lamp from any good holistic store or from any good online store, however, it is very important to make sure that the lamp is from a pure Himalayan Crystal source and not a cheap imitation made from rock salt.

    Featured photo credit: Fernando Cortes via shutterstock.com

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    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

    One Exercise, multiple benefits

    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

            5. You’ll improve overall balance

              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                  How to hold a plank position

                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                    • Prolapse
                    • After prolapse surgery
                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                    • Previous childbirth
                    • Overweight

                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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