Yesterday, we visited Lake 22, a wonderland just off the Mountain Loop Highway, only 10 miles north of Granite Falls. The twisty and often rocky trail took us through old growth mountain rainforest, with several gorgeous waterfalls in close proximity to the numerous switchbacks we had to climb up to reach the lake.
Last Sunday we decided to check out Lake Valhalla, located near the Steven's Pass area and along the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). The weather did not look all that promising when we left in the morning. It even sprinkled slightly on the way to Steven's Pass, but instead of being caught in the rain, we were hiking in sunshine a great deal of the time.
Did you know that there is a natural healing modality called earthing, also referred to as grounding? It involves a simple, but mostly ignored practice of walking on the ground barefoot.
Did you know that there is a special kind of bath you can take which effects will last at least 7 days and sometimes up to a month? If not, let me introduce the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku also referred to as forest bathing.
Volumes have been written about the benefits of drinking sufficient amounts of water to prevent dehydration, but did you know that unless your intake of sodium is adjusted to compensate for the increase in water consumption, you might actually be hurting yourself and even end up with hyponatremia - a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in your blood is abnormally low.
I decided to dedicate my very first blog post to SUNSHINE, which I consider the most important preventative measure against disease. We have all heard of the various benefits of Vitamin D, particularly the D3 component, however it might soon become widely accepted that the plain old sunshine 'taken' through the skin is far more beneficial to our overall health than the best D3 out there. Moreover, Vitamin D is a steroid hormone which is meant to be obtained through our skin's direct exposure to the Sun and not via any diet or supplements.