Wellness Digest #27: Dental Health, How Food Impacts Your Brain Health, and Benefits of Lavender

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Welcome to this week’s digest. I included the above image of the incredible labyrinth at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as a tonic for the times we’re in and an inspiration for the future. Let’s give ourselves time for introspection, but also to take action. Are you ready? Here’s this week’s list:

HEALTH

As we start to slowly get a better idea of Covid-19 transmission, I wanted to share another resource from Medium’s Elemental series that covers surface vs. airborne transmission.

And as if we need another reason to make sure our posture is on point, apparently teeth grinding is a side effect of bad posture. Find out more

FOOD/NUTRITION

Many of you had been on a bread-making path pre-pandemic and most definitely there’s been an uptick in the past six months. I feel like I’ve rediscovered the greatness that is sourdough bread (and it’s health benefits), and found a gluten-free version at Chloe Charlier’s Breadblock bakery in Santa Monica, California. Yes, they ship.

Dr. Uma Naidoo is a board-certified psychiatrist (Harvard Medical School), professional chef (Cambridge School of Culinary Arts), and nutrition specialist (Cornell University). She is currently the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Phew! Her new book. This Is Your Brain On Food delves into the link between food, mood, anxiety, depression and so much more.

SELF-CARE

Known for its incredibly calming and soothing properties, lavender essential oil is a must for stress management. Find out how it can also help with fungal infections, hair loss, and other conditions.

Here’s a short series from Yoga Journal on how to strengthen your immune system with yoga. Enjoy these three videos to help get you started on breathing, meditation, and even a little bit of yin yoga.

JOIE DE VIVRE!

Read: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is a tale of 16-year old twin sisters who take drastically different paths after they run away from home — one passing for white, the other drawn back to her roots.

Podcast: It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders interview with Emmy and Tony-winner Billy Porter star of FX series Pose on NetFlix. He’s such a force on all levels. Serious and hilarious.

Have a laugh: The 2020 mood meme challenge started by Reese Witherspoon is so good. Nine photos illustrating your mood by month as 2020 rolled along. Here’s Oprah’s!

Thanks so much for reading!

xoS