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5 Tips For Summer Music Festival Season

5 Tips For Summer Music Festival Season

With summer comes swimming, heat, the sunshine, and (my personal favorite) outdoor music festivals. If you’re not going to one of these 20 outdoor music festivals, perhaps you’re preparing to go to one of the other hundreds that happen in the U.S. and Canada every year. If you’re really lucky, maybe you’re even headed to your first one ever.

Whether you’re new, a veteran, or somebody that likes to dabble here and there, here are 5 ways to make sure your outdoor music festival season goes off without a hitch.

1. Set Up A Comfortable Tent and Sleeping Gear

When it comes to festival camping gear, you have different options to choose from. Budget campers like myself might opt for a small tent, but beware: just because it says it will comfortably fit three people doesn’t mean it actually will. Mine claims that a trio could sleep like babies, wrapped up in its innards, but in reality, it might fit one and a half. My significant other and I are cuddlers, so it was no problem. However, if you’re going with your best mate and spooning isn’t on your “guys’ festival-to-do-list”, opt for a larger tent. A good rule of thumb is to divide by two, so if you’ve got two people, shoot for a tent that claims to comfortably fit four.

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    Of course, this doesn’t account for all of the stuff you may be bringing with you. Some people recommend a four-person tent for those who want a lot of space and perhaps the addition of an air mattress. If you don’t go the air mattress route, you’ll want to consider throwing down a foam mattress pad, or at the very least a heap of blankets to soften a night or two of dirt and rocks you’ll be sleeping on.

    Another tip: make sure you know how to set your tent up before you embark!

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      2. Bring an Easy-Up Living Room for Rain or Shine

      Whether or not you’re going with a big group of people, you’ll still want a place to comfortably chill when you’re not in the festival grounds dancing your faces off. Lay down some old rugs for carpets, deploy the easy up canopy, and kick back in a lawn chair or two. Pack a couple of blankets in case you get cold at night, and remember to bring coolers to keep your food and drinks cold during the day.

      Folding tables also help keep things out of the dirt and grime, but they’re not essential. Basically, just bring all the things you’d want with you if you were spending a cozy night in your own backyard, minus the fire pit.

      Professional tip: Remember to clean while you party! Festival camping gets dirty, and trash bags are your best friend. Pack it in, pack it out.

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        Of course, if you have access to a mobile home, that’s also a fantastic commodity to utilize. A house on wheels that has a bathroom will save you from using the port-a-potties every time you have to relieve yourself. Additionally, most people forget that they don’t have easy access to electricity while camping, so a car battery will definitely do the trick if you need juice. Extra points for those who have solar panel roofing on their rig or simply bring their own solar charger.

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          3. Pack the Right Food and Drinks

          Everybody has to eat, right? When it comes to the food you bring, you’ll want to bring solid food that you can easily pack and store in a cooler. Not all festivals are going to have outdoor grilling areas, only some do (for example, What the Festival generally does). Unless you’re bringing your own portable grill, don’t pack anything that you wouldn’t eat if you couldn’t warm it up. My suggestion is to pack some junk food.

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          Remember that you’re going to probably dance all day and all night. Fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, pineapples, and watermelons, all represent great health food packed with energy and water. Fighting dehydration is a major festival concern. Jerky, cheese, and granola bars are also great sources of energy.

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            Water is just as important to remember to pack, as food or at least receptacles/containers for storing it. Hydration packs are great for festivals because they double as a backpack as well as an H2O container. Athletic kinds of people like runners, campers, and bicyclists may already have them.

            When it comes to non-water beverages, remember that alcohol purchased inside festival grounds is going to cost an arm and a leg. First of all, if you plan on drinking, make sure you’re not mixing alcohol and other substances because you’ll have a bad time. Second of all, consider bringing your own bottles and mixers because they’ll be literally three times cheaper. Also, if you plan simply you can still create mixed drinks like margaritas at a much lower cost.

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              4. Festival Attire & Accessories

              I cannot stress enough, when it comes to not only clothing and accessories, but also to your camping gear, check the weather before you embark. If it’s going to be warm, pack accordingly. If it’s going to rain, bring a poncho or a waterproof jacket. Remember, if you’re going to dance hard, you’re probably going to soak your clothes in sweat. Bring at least two pairs of clothes for each day you’re going to be there, not including jackets and extra warming layers. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and it will definitely take up more room, but if you want the safest bet, that’s the way to go.

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                Of course, as we’ll see in the next section, you’re going to want to bust out your flair and get weird. Gaudy jewelry, face paint, masks, and footie pajamas tend to work for most people. A word on footie pajamas (or the “onesie” as it’s lovingly referred to as): I used to think wearing it was just a stupid fashion statement by the EDM crowd, but it turns out that onesies are actually nice and toasty when it’s cold out.

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                  Another important item that too many people forget is the all-important totem. Now, not everybody is going to need one, but if you’re going in a group, at least one person in your crew is going to need a proper totem. These are generally just really tall poles with signs on them, and while they’re usually entertaining, they also serve a more important purpose. When you’re in a crowd of 5,000 plus people, finding your friends is hard unless they’re flying a 15-foot totem that lets you know where they are at all times. Don’t forget a totem, unless you’re okay with getting lost and separated from your friends for a whole night.

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                    5. Have a Good Attitude and Prepare to Get Weird

                    The last but most important thing you’ll want to remember to bring to a festival is a good attitude. Things aren’t always going to go as planned, sometimes it will be too cold, and other times it will dump rain on you for 12 hours straight (What the Festival 2016). Remember, the only person able to make you have a bad time is yourself. With the right attitude, you can overcome any obstacle and remain happy about anything.

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                      Another thing to remember is that people at these festivals run around naked, and do all kinds of weird things. A friend, I like to go with to the music festivals has a tradition of brushing his teeth with whiskey and swallowing the mouth-goop mixture instead of spitting it out (don’t want to waste whiskey now!). The point is that if you’re going to go to one of these festivals, be prepared to get weird.

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                      I’m not saying you have to run around naked while doing weird things and brushing your teeth with whiskey to fit in with the crowd. I’m just saying that if you’re not prepared for weird behavior around you, you might be a tad bit uncomfortable. My advice? Be weird yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone a little bit. Shed the assumptions that you’ve been unknowingly burdened with by society and go a little crazy. You might be surprised at how liberated you feel.

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                        Bonus Tip: It’s Okay to be Frugal!

                        Festival tickets tend to cost a lot of money. For example, attendees of the pricey EDC Las Vegas spent anywhere between $900 and $1200 for their trips and tickets (not including camping costs). I’ll probably be going to five festivals altogether this year, which may cost a little more than that (I have my ways, though).

                        The point is, when you’re camping, you have the ability to be more frugal, spending less on hotel rooms, fancy drinks, $15 packs of cigarettes, and more on your own gear. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with spending money on festivals. Research has shown that many people don’t regret spending money on good experiences. So, if you can’t do it on the cheap, don’t fret; you’ll probably still have a good time anyway.

                        Conclusion

                        Above all, remember to be safe this festival season. Take the same precautions as if you were going to summer camp — bites, rashes, dehydration and heat exhaustion can all be major concerns. EDC 2016 had a zero death count, the lowest for the first time in three years. Here’s to hoping that the trend carries over to other festivals.

                        Peace, love, respect, and enjoy your festival season!

                        Featured photo credit: Wiki Commons via commons.wikimedia.org

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                        Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                        Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                        Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                        Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                        If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                        When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                        In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                        1. Salmon

                        Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                        It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                        Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                        Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                        Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                        Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                        2. Blueberries

                        Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                        Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                        Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                        Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                        Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                        3. Turmeric

                        Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                        Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                        Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                        Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                        Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                        • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                        • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                        • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                        • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                        4. Coffee

                        Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                        Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                        Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                        Coffee can also:

                        • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                        • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                        • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                        • Improve your memory.
                        • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                        5. Broccoli

                        What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                        Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                        Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                        Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                        Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                        6. Bone broth

                        Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                        Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                        Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                        Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                        Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                        With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                        Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                        7. Walnuts

                        Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                        Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                        Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                        Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                        8. Eggs

                        For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                        Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                        Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                        9. Dark chocolate

                        You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                        Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                        Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                        Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                        Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                        Conclusion

                        Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                        In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                        If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                        Reference

                        [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                        [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                        [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                        [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                        [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                        [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                        [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                        [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                        [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                        [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                        [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                        [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                        [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                        [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                        [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                        [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                        [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                        [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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