There is a great article on the spa in this months issue of Whole Life Magazine. It lists the Top 5 holistic spas in Los Angeles and we’re very excited to be recognized for the progress we’ve made over the last few months. While we’ve added a number of new treatments, we’re certainly not done yet. Right now we’re developing a seasonal menu that takes into account the natural changes that happen in our environment throughout the year and provides exactly the right treatment your body needs at that time. Very exciting stuff!
In case you didn’t see the magazine, here’s a link to the article:
Today is the summer solstice, marking the middle of another year by celebrating Earth’s fertility. It’s a turning point in our calendars, encouraging a good harvest of what we’ve laid down for ourselves so far this year. What better way to honor this day than with a physical recalibration? Yes, exercise sustains mental and cardiovascular health, but it overshadows another equally important part of our physical fitness: diet. Bear with me, this isn’t just another “fad diet” piece because there is more to a healthy diet than just abstaining from all things delicious. Put aside those draconian rules every fashion magazine suggests and think about your diet holistically. What is in the food you eat? And can your body actually process it?
There is a lot of debate over the integrity of genetically modified organisms, but there are more toxic food products out there such as pesticides, preservatives, colorings and flavorings that comprise most of what we eat. As human beings, it’s our duty to stay educated on what they are and how they affect our health. You would be stunned to know that there are ingredients in our groceries that are banned in other countries because they are deemed unsafe for human consumption. But we still eat them! Food colorings, potassium bromate (found in rolls, wraps, bread crumbs), and diphenylamine (a preservative found in apples and other fruits), are all chemicals that, when broken down, turn into carcinogens in our bodies. And these are just some of many.
It’s almost impossible to avoid every unhealthy chemical in our diet, like it’s impossible to avoid air pollution and traffic, but it’s worth looking into. Think about where your physical and mental energy levels would be if you fed yourself the food your body knows how to break down easily and contains the nutrients it needs to function. Don’t worry too much about fat and carbs, but instead eat with the intention of balance and nourishment. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it. Eat seasonally, so you eat produce that won’t have as heavy doses of preservatives as others.
Throughout history the summer solstice has honored and celebrated Earth’s fruitfulness. Let’s honor our own fertility by staying aware of the kinds of ingredients we consume. Our bodies will thank us.