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Grounding: How walking barefoot improves your health

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Wild, Barefoot & Free

It’s summertime and there’s nothing like running barefoot through the grass, hopping river rocks or chillin’ on a sandy beach! Have you ever noticed a revitalizing sensation after spending time barefoot?

Walking barefoot on the earth, is actually a thing—it’s called grounding or earthing and it’s a powerful way to improve your health and wellness. Although it may sound woo-woo, you should be sayin’ woo-hoo! because researchers have found evidence that the act of physically connecting our bodies to the Earth has vital benefits! So kick your shoes off and read on…

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Health Tips/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Get dirty, it makes you happy

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The dirtier the ride, the better

I always feel better once my tires hit the gravel and I set off into the woods. The further I go, the dirtier the ride, the happier I am at the end. But is this increasing ease and pleasure we experience in nature simply coming from escaping reality to de-stress?

Nope. Scientists have discovered that bacteria living in mosses on tree branches and in the dirt are floating through the air and interacting with us—in particular, with the bacteria in our gut. And this dirt bacteria has been proven to enhance our well-being and have antidepressant effects. Microbes like bacteria and fungi are often associated with disease, however most microbes are beneficial.  Continue Reading…

Health Tips/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Zesty Multi-tool: Emotional maintenance 101

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Deal with your emotions or they’re bound to bubble up later

Just like your bike, your body needs regular maintenance and a lotta­ love. It’s important to take care of ourselves and not ignore problems—or they’ll get bigger and more expensive.

When life throws us obstacles, it’s helpful to have some tools in our back pocket. Here are a few tips for maintaining your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Continue Reading…

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Double Backflip: Don’t quit, this isn’t the endo

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For my death you shall need popcorn

Feeling sad sucks. As you listen to indulgently sad music and imagine yourself as the protagonist in a dramatic movie. You hold your head in your hands while you’re crying and think “I can’t even believe how sad this whole situation is. I think if I was in a movie I could bring an entire movie theater to tears right now.” Continue Reading…