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Gold Coast Massages

October 29th, 2016 by admin.ripple

There are many different types of massage and day spa treatments on the Gold Coast. Here are some of our favourites!

Top 10 Indulgent Gold Coast Massages

Gold Coast Massages – Where could be a better place to indulge than on the luxurious, carefree Gold Coast? With a divine range of spas and massage services to choose from, the Gold Coast really does have a lot to offer. Before you embark on your quest to lap up the luxurious lifestyle, here is a list of Gold Coast’s top 10 indulgent massages.

  1. Ocean Ritual Massage

    Gold Coast Massages

    Gold Coast Massages

In this beautifully indulgent massage, you will begin with a dry body brush. This is a therapeutic technique used to encourage circulation, remove dry skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite and allow for nourishing ingredients to be absorbed by your skin’s cells.

A fabulous blend of essential oils will then be smoothed over your body for a relaxing and soothing finish.

  1. Paudi Head Masque and Massage

Based on ancient Aboriginal head massage techniques, the Paudi Head Masque is a massage to remember. The warm Quandong masque is made of native peach extracts, which too were used by Indigenous Australians to nourish and condition skin and hair, as well as to treat skin irritations.

The focus of this massage style is on the head, neck and shoulders. These areas of the body will be worked in order to loosen muscles and relax your mind.

  1. Avocado and Shea Nut Butter Wrap

Best suited for the winter months, this massage is the ultimate cure for dry and flaky skin. It begins with an exceptional full body exfoliation performed using sea salts. Following this, the body is covered head to toe in pure organic shea butter and fresh avocado, before you are cocooned in warm towels.

Both the shea butter and avocado are extremely rich in vitamins and natural fats, which during this cocooning stage soak into the skin to restore its suppleness and enhance its overall appearance.

  1. Hanakasumi

    Unique Gold Coast Massages

    Unique Gold Coast Massages

Inspired by ancient Japanese tradition, this massage style focuses on exfoliating the skin. The exfoliant used is a lovely cherry blossom rice powder gommage.

It contains enzymatic complex of papaya and acidic ingredients to remove dead skin cells, as well as soothing antioxidants to condition your skin from traditional Japanese cherry blossom flowers. The massage is performed as a warm, luscious ritual to inspire peacefulness.

  1. Sodashi Massage

The Sodashi massage is designed to be healing and provide a sanctuary for the senses. It is performed using beautiful unique aromatherapy oils to create long, soothing strokes across the body.

This promotes circulation, aiding the removal of lymphatic wastes. It also balances the body’s chakras or energy meridians, bring harmony to body, mind and spirit.

  1. Lemongrass Crème Body Polish

Body polishes are great body treatments that leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. This body polish massage uses an incredible lemongrass crème to provide not only the normal benefits of a relaxation or deep tissue massage, but to incorporate the added benefits of lemongrass itself.

Lemongrass is known as one of the world’s best skin toners, and is also antibacterial and antiseptic. Blended into a luscious crème, the lemongrass in this massage will revitalise you with its sweet citrus scent.

  1. Thermal Massage

A very unique massage style indeed, the Thermal Massage has an array of benefits for your body. In conjunction with deep-tissue handwork, red peppers are used to warm the body in order to relieve sore muscles, chronic pain and release muscle tension.

To balance the heat, essential oils are also used to cool your skin and reduce inflammation. This massage style is great to heal sporting injuries and aid healing of other muscle tissue conditions.

  1. Aroma Hot Stone Massage

    Gold Coast Hot Stone Massages

    Gold Coast Hot Stone Massages

Like the Thermal Massage, this massage style uses heat, but in a very different way. In the Aroma Hot Stone Massage, traditional hot stone techniques are used to warm the body i.e. beautiful stones are heated and placed on the body to relax muscles and soothe the skin.

What makes this style of massage unique is that it also incorporates Aromatherapy techniques to refresh the body and mind.

  1. Body Scrub and Smother Massage

The name doesn’t lie – this lovely massage really does smother you in nourishing ingredients. The massage begins with a deep, exfoliating scrub made of ginger, lime and sugar.

From here, you are treated to a  relaxing, creamy almond milk bath to remove the scrub, before receiving gentle and delicate massage strokes along your body. The massage is performed using organic grape and white tea body butter that is intensely hydrating and ultra replenishing for your skin.

  1. Ripple Honey Massage

If you love honey, you are bound to love this massage style brought to you by Ripple. Not only is honey sweet in your mouth but raw honey has some extra sweet benefits for your skin too.

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it has deeply moisturising properties that ensure moisture is retained in the skin where it is needed for long-lasting hydration.

The enzymes found in honey are also spectacular for clarifying skin and keeping pores clean and clear, not to mention that honey is also full of nutrients, antioxidants and healing compounds to hide scars and fight signs of aging. For this massage, the exquisite raw honey is sourced for the Numimbah Valley, before being heated and paired with deliciously inviting massage oils.

There you have it, an indulgent list of absolutely divine Gold Coast massages. I bet you’re still stuck trying to decide after reading all of those luxurious options! Here’s another idea; why not REALLY indulge and try a few…

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Superfood

October 4th, 2016 by admin.ripple

“Superfood” is the term given to foods densely packed with different types of nutrients.

Superfood

Superfood

Superfoods have multiple benefits, among which include aiding in maintaining healthy skin. You’ve probably heard of the saying, “beauty starts from within”; and in the case of your skin, it’s absolutely true. How many of us spend money on creams, lotions, serums, all promising the perfect youthful complexion?

However, instead of focusing on potions to put onto our skin, there is evidence to suggest that we should instead focus on what we are putting into our bodies. This is where a superfood can have amazing results for healthy skin – what we eat has a direct effect on our skin, and eating a healthy diet full of good fats (yes, fats), antioxidants, vitamin C, collagen and amino acids can mean the difference between fresh, glowing skin, and a tired, wrinkled, puffy complexion. Here are some tasty ways to help you start embracing the notion that beautiful healthy skin starts on your plate.

Açai Berries

We have to admit – part of the reason we love this little berry so much is because it tastes fantastic in smoothies and breakfast bowls. As a bonus, it is also high in antioxidants which are linked to improved heart health, fighting free radicals and reducing swelling and inflammation in the skin. Add some to a juice, smoothie or breakfast bowl and reap the benefits.

Avocados

Avocados are great to eat, and even greater for skin. High in poly- and monounsaturated fatty acids, they keep skin looking firm, help regenerate damaged skin cells, and reduce redness and irritation. The fatty acids keep your uppermost layer of skin moisturised, which gives you noticeably hydrated and healthy-looking skin. Avocados are also full of antioxidant carotenoids that not only fight free radicals, which are one of the major culprits of damaged skin and aging, but also help your skin maintain water content and elasticity. In addition, this superfood has vitamins E and D, which can help keep inflammatory reactions in sensitive skin to a minimum. Vitamin E is also thought to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. The ideal superfood for healthy skin – good to eat, and so good for the skin.

Blueberries

Superfoods

Superfoods

Antioxidants are one of the most important elements for maintaining healthy skin, and eating blueberries is one of the easiest (and yummiest) ways to get them. Antioxidants help fight and neutralise free radicals – one of skin’s worst enemies – which are known to damage skin cells and collagen, causing wrinkles, dry skin, and a range of other skin-ageing factors.

Blueberries are also full of vitamin A, which helps balance oil levels in your skin, and is very helpful in naturally clearing up acne-prone skin. In addition, blueberries are rich sources of vitamin C, which is crucial for the formation of collagen, thereby giving skin its structure and elasticity. Other superfood berries for healthy skin include raspberries and blackcurrants. Add some to plain yoghurt, with some chopped nuts.

Chia Seeds

Stroll into any health food store or supermarket and you will see seemingly endless variations of chia, from pods to butter, chips to bars. Chia seeds contain oils full of omega-3 fatty acids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect. Try soaking some in coconut milk for a healthy and nutritious snack.

Green Juice

Juices made with lots of fresh green vegetables are concentrated sources of nutrients, including many that can be beneficial to our skin. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and alkaloids help to alkalise the body, offsetting the acidity from consuming high amounts of alcohol or processed foods. Over-acidity may be linked to problems like eczema. If you do not own a juicer, eating vegetables works just as well.

Lemon

Lemon one of our favourite superfoods for healthy skin. Not only is it packed with vitamin C, which helps neutralise nasty free radicals and helps us make collagen and elastin, giving us firm, younger-looking skin; but it’s also one of the most alkalising foods available.

Although lemons taste incredibly acidic, once metabolised, the minerals in them help alkalise the blood and balance our bodies’ pH (which in most of us is too acidic due to over consumption of coffee, alcohol, and processed foods). When our bodies’ pH levels are out of whack, our skin becomes super sensitive, dry and irritation-prone, so maintaining a good balance is crucial. We like squeezing half a lemon into a glass of water every morning to kick start our day.

Oats

Top Superfoods

Top Superfoods

Oats are a particularly rich source of biotin, a vitamin that is well-known for its role in the health of our skin and hair. Oats are also high in gentle fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract and bowel function.

Healthy digestion is vital for our skin for two main reasons – efficient digestion helps all those skin-loving nutrients get into our body; and if our bodies are not eliminating waste properly, excess toxins can circulate in the blood and be excreted through the skin, resulting in rashes and other skin problems. This superfood makes a great ingredient in a breakfast bowl (try adding berries and yoghurt), or in healthy sugar-free banana muffins.

Orange Superfood

Vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes contain particularly high levels of beta carotene, and other carotenoids, which give them their orange colour. Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in our body, which is one of the most important nutrients for keeping skin firm and helping it to heal quickly.

The oil in pumpkin seeds is also high in zinc, which is important in collagen synthesis. These orange vegetables are delicious in stews and soups in the winter, or roasted with other vegetables such as peppers, red onions and beetroot.

Salmon

Oily fish in general, and salmon in particular, is packed full of omega 3’s, a good fat that does wonders for your skin. These polyunsaturated fatty acids protect the skin from sun exposure, help repair already damaged skin, and keep cell membranes healthy and hydrated, keeping toxins out and your skin looking supple and soft. Other fatty fish include sardines, mackerel and trout.

Adding a healthy dose of these delicious ingredients to your diet could mean the difference between average-looking skin and a glowing radiant complexion. We find that these superfoods do wonders for keeping skin healthy – with the bonus of adding variety, colour and deliciousness to our diet.

 

Spring Cleanse

September 22nd, 2016 by admin.ripple

Spring Cleanse – Spring is a time of renewal, recharge and rejuvenation; the season for a full body and soul spring cleanse. This time of year it’s natural to want to

Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse

do a bit of a cleanse to shake off those winter doldrums and clean out our bodies the way we do our closets. Summer is coming, which means bikini weather and the desire to look toned, healthy and glowing. Refresh your body with a spring cleanse and feel lighter and more glowing, inside and out.

There are so many fad cleanses out there that it can be a bit daunting to figure out where to start, and how you can realistically commit to a program and complete it. Here at Ripple we love good food, so a full-on fast seems unlikely; and given our hectic schedules, it can be difficult to find time for long periods of mental and spiritual cleansing. We have found some inexpensive and relatively easy ways for you to reap all the benefits of a spring cleanse without breaking the bank or forcing you to carve out time you don’t have.

Body Spring Cleanse

  1. Hydration

Start every day with an 8-ounce glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Try adding a dash of cayenne for a guaranteed way to get your blood moving. Staying hydrated stops you from overeating, and it is best to drink lots of water before and after meals. Water also helps the body detoxify, which keeps the digestive system healthy. Sip on teas and water throughout the day. A Ripple favourite is cold mint tea with lemon. The lemon juice helps cleanse the liver and aides its ability to remove toxins and fats from the body.

  1. Simple Meals

Eat a very simple diet for seven days: a high-quality protein from food (not a nutrient supplement shake), good-quality fat, and some lightly steamed or raw veggies at each meal, including breakfast. Do not skip meals. Eating simple whole foods in their whole form is best. Processed foods are depleted of valuable nutrients and packed full of chemicals and sugars. Retrain your taste buds to enjoy a fresh carrot or simple slices of cucumber with lemon juice and sea salt.

Body Spring Cleanse

Body Spring Cleanse

  1. Fibre

Eating high-fibre foods helps the body stay full. Fibre helps the body eliminate toxins and keeps the digestive system healthy so that the nutrients can be properly absorbed into the body. Good examples are lentils, beans, collard greens, grapefruit, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower.

  1. Variety

Try to incorporate a variety of food into your meals (try rotating greens and choosing new fruits). Doing this helps us access an array of nutrients. How we prepare them can also affect this; ideally, eat a mixture of raw and cooked.

  1. Things to Avoid

For a spring cleanse to work most effectively, it is recommended that you avoid certain foods. This is not to say that you should totally cut all of these off your diet – we prefer gently easing into something healthier. Limit the following from your diet and find alternatives where possible:

  • Sugar – the highs and lows from sugar cause the body to hold onto weight. Sugar also depresses the immune system and wreaks havoc on many other internal functions. Instead of soft and energy drinks, and if you don’t enjoy drinking plain water, try switch to something less sugar-loaded – soda water with a splash of lime juice, for example; or a healthy green vegetable juice (cucumber, kale, celery, lemon, ginger).
  • Alcohol – what? No alcohol? We understand that giving up entirely can be difficult, so instead of going cold turkey, how about aiming to cut down to a light beer, or one glass of wine instead of three.
  • Caffeine – caffeine has plenty of benefits, but when doing a spring cleanse, we would recommend giving your liver a break by avoiding caffeine, or limiting yourself to one coffee instead of five. Try herbal teas instead.
  • Dairy and gluten – these are common triggers of inflammation, and when cleansing it is good to take them out of the diet to give your body a chance to reset. If you notice a big difference, continue to leave them out.
  • Processed food – always avoid these, not just during a detox.
  1. Exercise

Exercise, sleep and not stressing are all incredibly important and can help lower levels of cortisol, a hormone responsible for fat formation in the body. Cortisol levels increase when we are stressed or tired. Exercise reduces cortisol levels and is necessary for detoxification and overall health of the cardiovascular system. It also helps facilitate the movement of toxins out of the body. Every day, complete 30 to 45 minutes of exercise, followed by deep breathing and stretching.

  1. Treat Your Body Right

Detoxification can be aided by dry brushing, saunas and steam baths and cold showers. They are an excellent way to help release toxins. They are also all great for increasing the health and appearance of the skin before summer and for encouraging stress reduction.

  1. Massage

And our all-time cleansing tip is to simply get a massage. Massage is a sensational way to clean out the toxins in your body, as it works on your lymphatic system, increases the blood flow around your body, helps with your digestive system and generally pumps your body full of endorphins and other feel good chemicals the healthy way.

Mind Spring Cleanse

Mind Spring Cleanse

Mind Spring Cleanse

Cleansing the mind by shedding negative thoughts and perceptions can take a weight off your whole being. There is a school of psychology today called positive psychology, whose sole focus is to help people do mind cleanses. Positive psychology helps get rid of negative thoughts by helping people get rid of the judgments they form about things that are happening in their lives. Try these techniques, which may help:

  • Three Good Things – try writing down three things that are going well and why. Do this every day for a week.
  • Signature Strengths – try writing down what you believe are your personal strengths (eg. kindness, loyalty), and then use them in a different way daily.
  • Rant Write-down – take several minutes each week and write down every negative thought that comes to mind. Then take that piece of paper and tear it up or bury it. It really helps, give it a try.

Soul Spring Cleanse

A spring cleanse is not complete without a soul cleanse. Soul cleansing lightens the spirit and helps leave you feeling clear, purposeful and content.

  1. Meditation

Try meditating every day, even if it is just a minute or two. All you have to do to meditate is sit quietly for a few moments and let the thoughts come and go and

Soul Spring Cleanse

Soul Spring Cleanse

breathe deeply. Be sure to turn off your phone, computer or whatever distracts you. Just be still with yourself.

  1. Gratitude

Each day upon waking up, try asking yourself what you’re grateful for. Gratitude lifts the spirit and fills the soul with positivity.

  1. Service

Try being of service by giving back to others, no matter in how small a way. Find an organization in your community (or beyond) that speaks to your soul and one that you feel you can really contribute to.

So there you have it – our easy way of cleaning out your body, mind and soul. Try it for a few days, and you will soon find yourself doing it effortlessly.

 

Beauty Tips

September 21st, 2016 by admin.ripple

Here Are Some Of Our Favourite Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

We asked some of our beauty therapists what their favourite hints and tips were, here is what they said …

  1. For soft feet, lather them up with a rich body cream or petroleum jelly just before bed, pop on some cotton socks and go to sleep. By morning your feet will be smoother than baby skin.
  2. Make you nail polish dry faster by dipping your freshly painted nails in iced water for a couple of minutes.
  3. It’s always best to do 2 thin coats of polish, than 1 thick coat. Thick coats of polish are what cause polish to peel off.
  4. The best time to apply body moisturizer is right after the shower while your skin is still slightly damp. Your skin will drink it in.
  5. For volume in your hair, apply your shampoo under your hair at the nape of your neck and work the lather up into the rest of your hair.
  6. Your showers should always be warm (not piping hot) as the heat can dry out your hair and skin causing damage.
  7. Giving your hair a blast of cold water at the end of your shower helps to close up the cuticles which helps promote shine.
  8. The best time to wax or pluck your brows is right after a shower when your pores are still open. This will allow the hair to remove more easily and less
    Beauty Tips From Ripple

    Beauty Tips From Ripple

    painfully.

  9. Don’t rub your hair dry with the towel, but pat it dry. Rubbing can cause breakage and unwanted frizz.
  10. Avoid using too much heat on your hair, such as with styling tools and hair dryers, as this the biggest cause of damage to hair. At the least, let your hair air dry naturally before using styling tools and use on a low heat setting.
  11. Hair masks are a great way of replenishing dry, damaged hair. To reap the full benefits of a hair mask, once on your hair cover with a shower cap to promote steaming.
  12. Take your makeup off every night before bed. Night time is when your skin regenerates and makeup prevents your skin from renewing itself, therefore resulting in dull skin and maybe even breakouts.
  13. Put together a basic skin care routine that you know you can do every morning and night. To keep it simple, all you need is a cleanser, toner and moisturiser.
  14. Educate yourself on what your skin type is. This will help determine the best skin care routine, makeup products and tips and tricks to get the best out of your skin.
  15. If you have a big pimple and no pimple cream, use your toothpaste! Apply to the pimple and leave overnight and by morning it will be dried out.

    Our favourite beauty tips

    Our favourite beauty tips

  16. Apply concealer after your foundation, as most of the time your foundation will cover your spots and this will prevent you from caking up with two layers of cover.
  17. For more bright and awake eyes, use a flesh coloured eyeliner on your lower waterline. This will make the whites of your eyes appear larger.
  18. Primers are your best friend. You can get primers for your face, eyelids, eyelashes and even lips. They work just like they sound; laying down a base on your skin that gives a smooth and even surface and prolongs the wear of your makeup.
  19. Wash your makeup brushes once a week; replace your towel often, as well as your pillow cases. These are key places where bacteria can grow and cause breakouts.
  20. Everyone says it, but drink lots of water!

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Exercise And Health

September 20th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Exercise and health have long been proven to have a close beneficial relationship. However, many people are less active nowadays, partly

Excercise And Health

Excercise And Health

because technology has made our lives easier. We drive cars or take public transport. We entertain ourselves in front of a TV or computer screen.

We move around less and burn off less energy than people used to. Research suggests that many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting down, at work, on transport or in their leisure time. There is increasing evidence that inactivity and lack of exercise has adverse effects on health in the long term. So why is exercise so important, and how can we ensure we do enough of it given our hectic lives? Here we explain the top health benefits of exercise, and explore some of our favourite activities.

Benefits of Exercise and Heath

  1. Health Conditions or Diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good”, cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

  1. Weight Control

    Benefits of Excercise And Health

    Benefits of Excercise And Health

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving where possible, or revving up your household chores.

  1. Improves Mood and Reduces Stress

One of the most common mental benefits of exercise is stress relief. Working up a sweat can help manage physical and mental stress. Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress.  Exercise also releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms among the clinically depressed. So go ahead and get sweaty – working out can reduce stress, boost the body’s ability to deal with mental tension, and instantly boost overall mood.

Types of Excercise And Health

Types of Excercise And Health

  1. Improves Self-Confidence

On a very basic level, physical fitness can boost self-esteem and improve positive self-image. Regardless of weight, size, gender or age, exercise can quickly elevate a person’s perception of his or her attractiveness or self-worth. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

  1. Increases Relaxation and Promotes Better Sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.

  1. Exercise and Healthy Brains

Exercise can prevent cognitive decline, boost brainpower and sharpen memory. As aging and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells, the brain actually shrinks, losing many important brain functions in the process. While exercise and a healthy diet can’t cure Alzheimer’s, they can help shore up the brain against cognitive decline that begins after age 45. Various studies on mice and men have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells and improve overall brain performance. Regular physical activity also boosts memory and the ability to learn new things.

  1. Improves Circulation

Proper blood circulation plays a vital role in general health. The bloodstream continuously transports oxygen and nutrients to the brain, skin, and vital organs in the body. When your circulation is reduced, various diseases such as varicose veins, kidney disease, and even stroke may occur. However, exercise plays a vital role in improving blood circulation. Regardless of your age or physical abilities, regular exercise to promote circulation has beneficial effects. Improving and maintaining blood circulation builds a strong heart muscle and also improves the efficiency of your body, ensuring that both the arms and legs receive oxygen and other vital nutrients.

  1. Exercise and Healthy Skin

Regular exercise is one of the keys to healthy skin. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. By increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system – think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside. Exercise has also been shown to ease stress, and by decreasing stress, some conditions that can be exacerbated by stress can show some improvement, such as acne and eczema.

Our Favourite Exercise And Health Activities

Our Favourite Exercise And Health Activities

Our Favourite Exercise And Health Activities

Exercise and health evidently have a very clear beneficial link. Exercise does not have to involve Olympic-levels of skill, or require you to dedicate hours every day to it. The benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability.

  1. Walking and Cycling

For most of us, the easiest way to get moving is to incorporate physical activity into our everyday lives, such as walking or cycling instead of using the car. Daily activities such as walking or riding a bicycle strengthen and enlarge the heart muscle, improving the pumping efficiency and thereby improving circulation.

  1. Other Cardio Activities

Apart from walking or cycling, if you are looking for activity at a higher intensity so that you can reap greater benefits, try running, swimming, kickboxing, or skipping rope, to name a few.

  1. Yoga and Pilates

Yoga and Pilates might not seem like high intensity workouts, but they bring multiple benefits for circulation, stress-relief, anxiety-alleviation, physical flexibility and mindfulness.

  1. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

If the idea of working out in a gym turns you off, try taking that workout outside. Find an outdoor workout that fits your style, whether it’s rock-climbing, hiking, kayaking, or just taking a jog in the park. Plus, all that Vitamin D acquired from soaking up the sun (while wearing sunscreen, of course) can lessen the likelihood of experiencing depressive symptoms.

The Bottom Line

Exercise and physical activity can be fun. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. At the same time, you can reap the many health benefits that exercise offers. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and start noticing the difference it makes.

 

 

Day Spa Forster

September 16th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Day Spa Forster – Less than 4 hours’ drive north of Sydney, Forster is the jewel of the NSW North Coast and the beating heart of the Great

Day Spa Forster

Day Spa Forster

Lakes region. Arrive in Forster and you will instantly see why people love coming back. The beaches around Forster are all fantastic, with family-friendly spots as well as beaches ideal for surfing and fishing.

With its huge range of accommodation from private ocean view houses to apartments to lakeside camping, award winning restaurants, and the wide variety of experiences and activities available for people of all ages and abilities, it is not difficult to understand why Ripple loves this town so much. Whale-watching, scuba diving and beachcombing aside, there are also fabulous options for those who are looking for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation. Here are our favourite spa and massage treatments in the area.

  1. Seashell massage

With its proximity to the sea and access to wonderful beaches, Forster is the perfect setting to try a seashell massage. Sea shells have an uplifting natural energy. Using a mix of reef shells – including speckled cowries, exquisite ginger scallops, lions paw fans and elegant sun dial shells – this style of massage taps into the energy of the shells whilst giving a deep and calming massage. The shells are used in a mix of ways. Some like the cowries are heated, and aromatherapy oils are poured into the crevasse to warm before being trickled onto the body. The smooth domed surface is also used with hands on massage to release muscles. The shells are used both to de-stress and for deeper tissue work.

Other shells like the lions paw and scarlet coloured scallops are heated and placed on the body to warm the chakras and also the hands during the massage. Smaller more delicate sun dial and cockles are used to release lines in the face, whilst cones and olives unlock tension in the neck and shoulders. Top tip: combine this luscious experience with a full-body exfoliation, hydrating facial, warm foot soak, and stress-releasing foot reflexology massage, for a full-body spa package like no other.

  1. Russian deep tissue massage

    Massages in Forster

    Massages in Forster

After a day of rigorous water-sport, it is only understandable that you should be feeling soreness and aches in muscles you’d forgotten existed. This is when a deep tissue massage by a qualified and experienced deep tissue massage therapist would really do the trick. The focus in deep tissue massage is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints), and is great for releasing chronic muscle tension.

Ripple’s Russian deep tissue massage uses unique methods such as creating friction (where the top half of the fingers is used to massage along the back) and also involves the rocking and movement of the body to release stress. This style of massage is very effective for reducing stress as it encourages surrendering your body to the massage, so that your body learns to relax and unwind. It is a very slow, peaceful style of massage that is perfect for those of you wanting to escape the stresses of modern living. You will find your mood uplifted and your body greatly relaxed after a session of deep tissue massage.

  1. Hot stone massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments, especially during colder seasons. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.

  1. Pedispa

    Pedicure

    Pedicure

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules that we remember that our feet need some love as well.

A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure.

  1. Hydrotherapy

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.

A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.

  1. Kahuna massage

In the Hawaiian tradition, a Kahuna is a healer. This Hawaiian-style massage is a deep and rhythmic massage which consists of long flowing, continuous strokes to energise and harmonise the body mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is a sacred celebration of life that creates harmony on all levels of being and releases energy blockages to restore flow and balance. It is deeply relaxing, reflecting the flow and ebb of the sea.

  1. Babymoon and pregnancy spa packages

Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and the Great Lakes region is the perfect backdrop for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations. Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.

  1. Organic green clay facial

Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and it is often our facial skin that shows the first signs of stress, hormonal imbalances or tiredness. Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration. The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin.

The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.

In a region with so many options for the outdoor-lover and water sport aficionado, there is also just as much to offer to those looking for a bit more relaxation. Come and experience for yourself why Ripple loves this coastal town so much.

 

Spa Retreat

September 8th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Spa Retreat – Most of us nowadays lead hectic and stressful lives, and a spa retreat often seems like an indulgence rather than necessity.

Spa Retreat

Spa Retreat

A spa retreat does not have to mean leaving home and staying in a hotel or resort for days.

For the time-poor or budget-conscious, a spa retreat could simply last a weekend, several hours or even just an hour. The important thing is to turn your mind away from work, chores or the daily grind, and simply being mindful and surrendering yourself to relaxation.

Here are some options that do not require too much time, and in fact do not even require you to leave the home.

  1. Babymoon And Pregnancy Spa Retreat

Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and babymoon is the perfect chance for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations. Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.

  1. Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

It is important to take time to reconnect with your partner every now and then, to spend time together away from the daily routine of work and life. The Ripple Ultimate Couples Spa Retreat is one of our most popular packages simply because it is a wonderful chance for couples to reconnect and recharge at the same time.

For 4 hours, each of you will enjoy, at the same time, exquisite massages from Ripple’s range, a deeply relaxing foot soak and reflexology massage, face masks, body scrubs, a divine traditional Indian head massage, topped off with a beautifully gift wrapped gift box full of Ripple products for you to enjoy after your getaway. The perfect way to spend quality time with your loved one while enjoying some much needed relaxation.

  1. Blokes Spa Retreat

While massage is of benefit for both men and women, women are often more likely to address their health issues and indulge in massage to treat themselves. A lot of men shy away from massages because they either get embarrassed that they will be seen by their male friends, or they simply are uncomfortable in what is seen as the female environment of the day spa. However, men can definitely benefit from regular massage. Here at Ripple we have created an indulgent day spa experience in the comfort of your home, where our male clientele can enjoy the relaxation of a good massage without any hassles or embarrassment. We even have a wonderful manly scent using sandalwood that leaves you smelling more like a bloke and less like a field of flowers. There are many massage options to choose from, including remedial massage, Russian deep tissue massage, foot reflexology massage, Indian head massage, to name a few.

  1. Hydrotherapy

    Hydrotherapy Spa Retreat

    Hydrotherapy Spa Retreat

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress.

A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.

  1. Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.

  1. Facial Treatment

    Facial Spa

    Facial Spa

Skin is the largest organ on the human body, and it is often our facial skin that shows the first signs of stress, hormonal imbalances or tiredness.

Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration. The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil-rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin.

The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.

  1. Pedispa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules, that we remember that our feet need some love as well. A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it.

  1. Yoga spa retreat

Yoga has a long and rich history, and its health and wellbeing effects have long been known. Yoga spa retreats are designed to help refresh your life and re-energise you. Starting off with a yoga session where the physicality of movement is used to bring flow, release blockages and enhance flexibility, this is followed by a sound bath immersion, where sound vibrations are used to bring balance and generate resonance through your entire being.

Though this is not a massage treatment, we at Ripple cannot help but like the sound of raising vibrations to shift out old energies (no pun intended). You start off with a yoga session where the physicality of movement is used to bring flow, release blockages and enhance flexibility; this can then be followed by a massage to further help you regain awareness of your body, and to consciously allow your tension to slip away.

As you can see, a spa retreat doesn’t need to be an extravagant holiday, as there are many options to suit any budget and any schedule. Whether you’re after a day of bliss, a spa vacation or pampering weekend, it is worth investing time on your health and wellbeing, as the benefits are incredible. It is more than okay to give yourself permission to look after your body and soul.

 

Skin Care

September 6th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Skin Care – Well winter has passed, Spring is here and most of us have probably noticed an increased susceptibility to dry, cracked and

Skin Care Tips

Skin Care Tips

irritated skin over the colder months. But have you ever wondered exactly why this happens?

Our skin is a water-containing barrier that protects us from our environment. The water content of the skin varies depending on gender, age and where on the body we’re looking at.

Because the skin is porous, water vapour is constantly lost through the skin via evaporation. Low humidity and windy environments – which is what we are exposed to in winter – accelerate this non-sweating water loss through the skin. Water loss is further hastened by direct heat that blows on the skin, which is what happens when we turn on heaters in the car and at home.

While dry skin looks and feels less than desirable, it also increases itchiness and flaking, and this can trigger eczema. Itching may also result in secondary infection in the skin. So aside from turning down the heater, what else can you do to avoid dry skin this winter? Here are our top skin care tips for maintaining healthy, hydrated skin.

Skin Care Tip 1 – Internal hydration

Skin Care Hydration

Skin Care Hydration

Dry skin typically experiences a breakdown of the skin barrier functions due to inflammation, as well as a build-up of dead skin cells. The number one solution is to keep skin well hydrated from the inside:

  1. Eat plenty of essential fatty acids (EFAs), particularly omega-3 and omega-6, which keep skin hydrated and clarified. A deficiency in both of these may result in dry, inflamed skin, whiteheads and blackheads. EFAs are important building blocks for the cell walls in our bodies, and assist in keeping skin moisturised, smooth and healthy. They also have anti-inflammatory effects and can relieve eczema symptoms. Good, delicious sources include oily fish, raw seeds, nuts, avocados, as well as supplements like pure fish oil, flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil.
  2. Avoid dehydration by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and minimising your intake of caffeinated drinks and alcohol, which are dehydrating.

Skin Care Tip 2 – Topical relief

  1. Check your skin care regimen. Avoid creams or products that contain highly active ingredients, especially if your skin is
    Skin Care Nourishment

    Skin Care Nourishment

    itchy or flaky. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t strip the skin. Avoid soap and use soap-free wash instead – soap-free washes do the job of removing dirt but leave the body’s natural and much-needed oils behind. Soap-free washes also don’t contain strong alkaline solutions that are harsh on our skin. Swap your daily body lotion for oil, which seems to have better affinity with the skin, and is more effective at keeping skin moisturised.

  2. Moisturise at least once a day. Use a quality moisturiser that will dose the skin with lipids and reinforce its protective barrier. Choose fragrance-free products to avoid potential irritation. Using moisturiser two to three minutes after a shower will give the best results, and creams are more effective at hydration than lotions. If you have a greater tendency to develop dry skin, try applying moisturiser twice a day during winter.
  3. Use lip balm. Lips are also very prone to drying and cracking with winter winds and cold temperatures, and this can get very uncomfortable, and even painful. Instead of licking your lips or pulling off flaking skin, use lip balm as often as you can.
  4. Exfoliate weekly if possible. When skin is cold, it doesn’t function as well, and natural shedding slows down. This means that lotions and products become less effective, as the barrier of dead cells builds up and prevents absorption. Regular exfoliation will counteract the build-up of dead skin cells, and allow the skin to soak up all the wonderful moisture in the oils, lotions or creams that you apply.
  5. Follow exfoliation with a hydrating mask or facial, such as a collagen face mask, which will infuse the skin with moisture and help to sooth any itchiness, stinging or flaking.

Skin Care – Additional tips

  1. If you are prone to eczema, avoid wearing wool directly against your skin as this can irritate your skin, which can trigger eczema.
  2. If the skin on your hands is prone to drying out and cracking due to exposure to winter conditions, protect your hands with gloves. This will prevent the skin from cracking and drying. In addition, moisturise after each time you wash your hands, to replenish the lost moisture.
  3. Use a humidifier to replace the moisture lost from the air. If you’re in a warmer area, try placing a bowl of water in the corner of each room. This will put humidity back into the air, and ensure that your skin doesn’t dry out.

Try these skin care treatments

Skin Care Treatments

Skin Care Treatments

Facials are a fantastic way of rejuvenating and cleansing the skin and restoring hydration:

  1. Organic green clay facial

The Ripple organic green clay and cucumber facial is highly popular as it uses an oil rich clay high in minerals, suitable for even the most sensitive skin, and gently cleanses congested and problematic skin. The mask also nourishes the skin with macadamia oil and shea butter, leaving you feeling utterly rejuvenated. The one hour facial includes an amazingly relaxing head and face massage to relieve any tension or stress, guaranteed to make you feel lighter and very refreshed.

  1. Anti-ageing collagen facial

Experience instant results with this intensive treatment for fine lines and skin damage. The collagen hydrating mask infuses vital moisture and nourishment for full facial rejuvenation.

  1. Walnut, lime and tangerine body scrub

Smooth your skin with our handmade walnut, lime and tangerine exfoliation. Nourishing cream base, walnut shell to remove rough skin and lime and tangerine essential oil to detoxify and cleanse.

Finally, try to get enough sleep, avoid activities that dry out the skin further such as smoking or steaming your skin, and turn down the heater that’s blasting dehydrating air directly onto your skin.

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Day Spa Gosford

August 26th, 2016 by admin.ripple

Day Spa Gosford – Gosford is a town on the New South Wales Central Coast, known for an alluring surround of beaches, parks and natural attractions. Its mild

Day Spa Gosford

Day Spa Gosford

climate, ocean beaches, bushland and proximity to Sydney and Newcastle have made Gosford a popular holiday destination and prosperous business centre.

Whether you prefer bush, beach or cultural and culinary experiences, Gosford has something to offer. Have a lazy lunch in one of the many great restaurants; enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful garden, gallery or museum; swim or surf at one of many pristine beaches; or immerse yourself in the area by exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding national parks.

With a wide range of accommodation and activities to choose from, Ripple loves this laid-back town for so many reasons. Here is a selection of our favourite day spa treatments in this coastal town.

Top Day Spa Gosford Treatments

  1. Manicure/ Handspa

Manicures are one of life’s small pleasures. For some, it’s an essential part of their monthly or even weekly beauty regimen. For others, it’s reserved for special occasions. Changing the colour and even shape of our nails can also change the way we feel about ourselves and our image. In this popular holiday destination, a manicure is a quick way to pamper yourself without having to take too much time away from your busy tourist schedule. Our most popular treatment here is the one-hour handspa – complete hand rejuvenation with a luxurious manicure, aromatherapy exfoliation, steamed hot towels, hand and arm massage.

  1. Hot Stone Massage

    Gosford Hot Stone Massage

    Gosford Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases flexibility, increases circulation and metabolism, and provides relief from pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic conditions. This is one of our most popular, decadent and nurturing treatments. Volcanic stones are used with aromatherapy oils to give you an amazing, pampering and healing massage experience.

  1. Pedispa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives, it is often easy to neglect our feet – we spend all day walking around on them, keep them enclosed in shoes all the time, and promptly forget them when we sit down. It is only when we take time away from our busy schedules, that we remember that our feet need some love as well. A highly popular treatment, the hour-long Ripple pedispa indulgence is a wonderful way to treat your neglected and overworked feet to much-deserved pampering. Deeply nourishing and hydrating, this aromatic foot ritual includes a foot soak, an exfoliating foot scrub, a foot massage and a deluxe pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it.

  1. Microdermabrasion Facial

The natural ageing process, combined with env

Gosford Massage

Gosford Massage

ironmental factors like stress, smoking and sun exposure, all have a dramatic effect on our skin. Many of us wish for the skin of younger years and it is possible to restore it – simply with a complete facial treatment using the microdermabrasion process, to give skin back its healthy natural glow, clarify the skin, and reduce wrinkles.

Using the latest technology, you can now treat yourself to a microdermabrasion treatment that is entirely crystal free, is non-invasive, and which also stimulates circulation and blood flow, thus encouraging collagen and elastin production. The process works by removing dead outer skin layers and unwanted skin cells. This is finished off with a hydrating mask and a relaxing head and neck massage. The result is smooth, fresh and super soft skin, and a wonderfully exfoliating and hydrating experience.

  1. Hydrotherapy Spa Treatment

Whether you’re juggling work and family, recovering from a joint or muscle injury, or simply needing to unwind from the day’s stresses, spa hydrotherapy provides both relaxation, healing effects and nourishing rejuvenation. The heat from  the warm water improves circulation and speeds recovery in damaged tissue; the buoyancy achieved in the spa reduces effects of pressure on joints and spine; while the massage relieves muscle tension and alleviates stress. In this therapeutic total body wellness experience, the very latest in water therapy technology is used in a hydrotherapy spa to deliver total relaxation and rejuvenation.

Allow yourself to drift away as your hydrotherapist soothingly massages your scalp and neck while gentle mist and steam combine with essential oils to cleanse your pores, leaving your entire body feeling refreshed and recharged. A hydrotherapy session can be combined with other spa treatments such as full body exfoliation treatments, facials, or full body massage. Hydrotherapy can relax and ready muscles to receive massage and prepare the skin’s pores to better absorb ingredients that may be used during a facial or body treatment.

  1. Babymoon Packages

Pregnancy and preparations for a new baby can be stressful and exhausting for both parents-to-be, and the Central Coast is the perfect backdrop for a getaway before bub arrives, to take some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy some time out from the preparations. Our Babymoon packages include deluxe pregnancy massages and beauty treatments by our skilled and experienced therapists, and ensure that you are pampered, nurtured and relaxed for a smoother and easier birth.

  1. Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

    Couples Spa Retreat

Picture yourself on a well-deserved weekend getaway with your beloved. You’ve had a full and busy day, beginning with an early morning hot air balloon ride, followed by a scrumptious breakfast of local produce, and an afternoon spent wandering through the local national park. Neither of you feel like venturing out again after such a wonderful day outdoors, and that’s just as well because you’re both soon relaxing under the expert hands of two massage therapists in the comfort of your hotel room.

With Gosford being such a relaxing getaway, the Ripple Ultimate Couples Spa Retreat is one of our top treatments here. For 4 hours, each of you will enjoy, at the same time, exquisite massages from Ripple’s range, a deeply relaxing foot soak and reflexology massage, face masks, body scrubs, a divine traditional Indian head massage, topped off with a beautifully gift wrapped gift box full of Ripple products for you to enjoy after your getaway. The perfect way to spend quality time with your loved one while enjoying some much needed relaxation.

  1. Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage, or Champissage (champi is the Hindi word for head massage), is a massage therapy that is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. Indian head massage focuses on treating the patient using massage techniques on the face, head, neck, upper arms and shoulders. It uses gentle massage strokes on these areas to stimulate the nerves, loosen up tight muscles, and relax superficial tissues. There are multiple benefits to receiving regular head massages, including: relieving muscle tension; improving circulation; relieving insomnia; promoting healthy hair growth; improving mental performance; stimulating the lymphatic system and alleviating stress and anxiety; and promoting a deep and lasting sense of peace and tranquility. Lie back for a healing rest as your back, shoulders, arms and head are taken on a journey to wellbeing.

In this laid-back town, you will find the ideal atmosphere to recharge and rejuvenate. Breathe in the sea air; wander through the bushland; and feel your body respond and relax to the serenity around you.

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Vitamin D Benefits

August 22nd, 2016 by admin.ripple

Vitamin D Benefits – Many of us lead sedentary, indoor-bound lives; and when we do venture outside, we are reminded by the media and health experts to slap

Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D Benefits

on the sunscreen. Picture yourself taking a break; turning away from the computer, putting away those books you were reading, or perhaps turning off your mobile device.

Now walk outside, into the sunshine (leave that sunscreen for now); find a nice patch of grass, and perhaps lie down on it. Feel the warmth of the sun on your upturned face, your bare arms… Doesn’t that make you feel better already? You may not think about it very much, but when you’re soaking up the sun’s rays, you’re also soaking up vitamin D.

It’s sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, but because of the growing fears of harmful UV rays, it is estimated that about half the global population is vitamin D deficient. So why is it so good, and why should we give ourselves sensible sun exposure on a regular basis?

Vitamin D Benefits For Health

Vitamin D Health Benefits

Vitamin D Health Benefits

  1. Building strong bones and teeth

Perhaps the most vital benefit of Vitamin D is regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).

  1. Immune support

Vitamin D supports the “killer cells” of the immune system.  These are important for seeking out and destroying pathogens. These “Killer cells” lie dormant around the body until they’re needed to fend off an invader.  They rely on signals from the body to be activated.  Vitamin D is one of the most important ingredients for these signals.  Vitamin D plays a role in the cell’s ability to go into alert mode, and tells the cell to calm down when the job is done.  If the “Killer cell” continues to rampage through the body, it can cause collateral damage and may contribute to autoimmune disorders.

  1. Fighting disease

    Fighting Disease

    Fighting Disease

In addition to its primary benefits, research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in: reducing your risk of multiple sclerosis; decreasing your chance of developing heart disease; regulating insulin levels and aiding diabetes management; supporting lung function and cardiovascular health; and even helping to reduce your likelihood of developing the flu.

  1. Fighting depression

Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms. In another study of people with fibromyalgia, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was more common in those who were also experiencing anxiety and depression.

  1. Helping with weight loss

Consider adding vitamin D supplements to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or prevent heart disease. In one study, people who took a daily vitamin D supplement did not lose a significant amount of weight, but were able to improve their heart disease risk markers. People taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement have also been shown to be able to lose more weight than subjects taking a placebo supplement. Extra calcium and vitamin D likely have an appetite-suppressing effect.

  1. Influencing genes involved in cancer development

    Vitamin D Deficiency

    Vitamin D Deficiency

Activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth, and can influence the expression of genes involved in cancer development. For example, seventy percent of women with breast cancer are vitamin D deficient.  Vitamin D has been shown to prevent breast cancer cell growth and decrease the expression of cancer causing genes.

How do you know you are Vitamin D-ficient?

Many lifestyle and environmental factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D through the sun alone. These factors include: pollution; use of sunscreen; spending more time indoors; living in big cities where buildings block sunlight; having darker skin.

These factors contribute to vitamin D deficiency in an increasing number of people. The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency in adults include: general tiredness, aches and pains; severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs; stress fractures, especially in the legs, pelvis, and hips.

Where to get Vitamin D

Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to sunlight. This doesn’t mean you need to get out there and expose your bare skin all day, everyday. A little can go a long way. All you need is about 10 minutes a day of midday, pre-sunscreen sun exposure. If natural sun exposure is difficult where you live or based on your lifestyle, you can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood. Foods that contain vitamin D include: oily fish like salmon and sardines; egg yolk; and fortified foods such as milk, cereal, yogurt and orange juice.

The bottom line

With such a wide range of health benefits, and considering how easy it is to ensure we have a steady supply, it is rather surprising that so many of us are actually vitamin D deficient. Yes, we need to be careful about the sun’s harmful rays; at the same time, however, we need to remember that sunshine can boost our immune systems, help us build strong bones, avoid major diseases, and simply feel better about life. So the next sunny day when you have a few moments to spare, before picking up your phone, turning on the TV, or doing those chores that you’ve been meaning to do – open the door, head outside, soak in some of those glorious rays, and let your body produce the vitamin D that you need.

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