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Founder Mark Olson’s goal, since he began MRM nearly 20 years ago, has been creating products to help you live a life filled with good health and vitality. Utilizing both Eastern and Western philosophies, as well as collaborative, science-based thinking, MRM does just that.

Their passion for developing innovative nutritional supplements starts by sourcing the highest quality ingredients for their products. Featuring responsibly sourced, all-natural ingredients, MRM’s Active Lifestyle Collection caters to every athletic need—whether it’s before, during or after your workout. Their therapeutic products are minimally processed to give you the purest form of nutrients to help keep your body functioning optimally day-to-day. MRM also crafts an extensive array of high-quality, animal-free products that are vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified.

The team at MRM loves to live life to the fullest and to use that passion to bring you products that allow you to do the same!


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Keto Diet Food List by Dr. Josh Axe

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Keto Diet Food List
Non-starchy vegetables, like the cruciferous ones shown here, are great additions to the keto diet.

The whole point of the keto diet is to enter and then remain in the metabolic state called ketosis, in which you burn fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates (glucose).

Over the past 100 years, researchers have discovered that ketones have some pretty amazing attributes—such as enhancing fat loss, suppressing our appetites, increasing mental clarity, and decreasing the risk for a number of chronic diseases.

How to Eat Keto

In order to make ketones, you need to eat plenty of keto fats while also drastically reducing the amount of carbs you eat.

How do you go about getting started on the keto diet? Before diving into the best keto diet foods, here’s what you can expect in terms of what you will and won’t be eating:

  • Good-for-you fats will be your primary source of calories on the keto diet, providing roughly 75% or more of your daily calories. Aim to get about 20% of calories from protein, and just 5–10 percent from carbs.
  • On a traditional keto diet, the goal is to keep your daily net carb intake—meaning the total grams of carbs you eat per day minus the grams of fiber—to just 25–30 grams. This amount causes your glycogen stores to be depleted fast, so your body starts making ketones.

What Not to Buy

When grocery shopping, you’ll want to avoid buying the following items which are high in carbs and/or sugar: all fruit, anything made with added sugar (white, brown, cane, raw and confectioner’s sugar, syrups like maple, honey and agave), all drinks high in sugar, all foods made with any grains or grain flour (this includes all whole grains and white/wheat flour), corn and all products containing corn, conventional dairy products such as most yogurts, granola bars and most protein bars or meal replacements, most canned soups, many condiments, and many prepackaged meals.

Your Keto Shopping List

Because the foods below are high in fat, low in carbs, plus they supply protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber, these are the best keto diet foods to focus on:

  • Healthy fats – Olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, ghee, palm oil, avocado oil, avocado, MCT oil, lard, chicken fat or duck fat (can be bought at a butcher) and all types of nuts and seeds. You can also have full-fat dairy products like butter, heavy cream, sour cream, organic cheeses, and in small amounts full-fat/unsweetened yogurt, kefir or milk. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pistachios, chestnuts, pump-kin seeds, nut butters and seed butters, chia seeds and flaxseeds are also good sources of fats (just stick to having about 1/4 cup per day, or 2 tablespoons of nut/seed butter).
  • Quality protein – Grass-fed meat, pasture-raised poultry, cage-free eggs, all types of wild-caught fish and seafood (such as tuna, trout, anchovies, bass, flounder, mackerel, salmon, sardines), organ meats like liver, and turkey, or beef jerky.
  • Non-starchy vegetables – Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous veggies, all types of leafy greens (like spinach, dandelion or beet greens, col-lards, mustard, turnip, arugula, chicory, endive, escarole, fennel, radicchio and kale), asparagus, cucumber, celery, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and carrots (careful to limit veggies that tend to be sweet like potatoes, butternut squash, beets, etc.).
  • Condiments and beverages – Water, water with a slice of lemon or lime, seltzer, herbal tea, black/green tea, coffee, bone broth, unsweetened almond or coconut milk, or freshly made vegetable juice. All types of fresh or dried herbs/spices like cinnamon, basil, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, ginger, cilantro, red pepper, etc., hot sauce, apple cider vinegar and other vinegars, unsweetened mustard, soy sauce, lemon/lime juice, cocoa powder, stevia extract, vanilla extract and sour cream.
Josh Axe

About Josh

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. Author of the books Eat Dirt, Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine and the upcoming Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones and Reserve Disease (February 2019), he also operates the number-one natural health website in the world at DrAxe.com, with over 15 million unique visitors every month. He’s a co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health company where the mission is to restore health, strength and vitality by providing history’s healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.

What to Expect When Eating Keto by Dr. Josh Axe

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What to expect when eating keto

Believe it or not, studies show that people consuming a typical Western diet, consume well over 1,000 empty calories each day from ultra-processed foods like sugary snacks, sweetened drinks and processed grains! Sugar is currently the most popular ingredient added to foods in the U.S. This means that the high-carb diet many are accustomed to eating stands in stark contrast to the ketogenic diet—a very low-carb, very-high fat diet that’s been shown to have numerous health benefits.

Giving up nearly all carbohydrate foods (grains, fruit, dessert, many drinks) isn’t easy, but the payoffs can be well worth the effort.

What types of benefits can you expect to experience on the keto diet? Dozens of recent studies show that some of the most noteworthy include: help with weight loss (particularly fat loss, even while retaining lean muscle mass), reduced risk for metabolic syndrome, improved glucose tolerance/protection against insulin resistance, better appetite regulation and reduced cravings, and even improved mental/neurological health.

Transition Slowly for Keto Success

If you’re willing to give the keto diet a try, know that in the beginning you’ll need some time to adjust, both mentally and physically. This new way of eating requires some trial and error and a little bit of patience, considering your body will be going through some significant metabolic changes—since the keto diet causes you to burn fat for energy, rather than glucose from carbohydrates.

Initially this can cause some temporary side effects as you essentially experience carb or sugar withdrawal (often called the keto flu). This transition period lasts about one to two weeks on average, and may cause symptoms such as cravings for carbs, fatigue, headaches and constipation. But once you’re in the clear, you can expect to feel more energized, clear-headed and in control of your hunger levels and cravings.

Rather than dropping carbs and sugar cold-turkey, you might choose to slowly start reducing your carb intake over the course of several weeks or so. Begin to experiment with higher-fat meals and carb substitutes, this way your body and mind are less in shock once you fully jump in.

Now that you know what to expect when eating keto, check out these tips for keto diet success by Dr. Axe as well!

 

Josh Axe

About Josh

Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. Author of the books Eat Dirt, Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine and the upcoming Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones and Reserve Disease (February 2019), he also operates the number-one natural health website in the world at DrAxe.com, with over 15 million unique visitors every month. He’s a co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health company where the mission is to restore health, strength and vitality by providing history’s healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.

Keto Coffee Drops

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Wake up and smell the keto and paleo friendly coffee! Grass-fed ghee, coconut oil and MCT oil are combined to create a nutrient dense, delicious morning cup of coffee. Simply blend up a fresh cup of coffee with one drop for a smooth and creamy treat to fuel your day.

Keto coffee drops
Keto coffee drops

 

Keto Coffee Drops

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup MCT Oil
  • 1/2 cup Grass-fed Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground cinnamon, optional
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract, optional
  • 1 pinch Salt, optional

Directions:

  1. To make the drops: Add MCT oil, ghee and coconut oil to a small pot and melt over medium heat. Add ground cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Whisk until well combined. Pour melted mixture into ice cube molds and freeze until solid. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
  2. To make the coffee: Brew a fresh cup of coffee and place in one drop. Blend with an immersion blender until drop has completely melted. If you do not have an immersion blender, pour coffee into a blender, place in one drop and blend until melted.

Top Organic Produce Picks

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When you choose organic produce, you can be assured it was grown without synthetic pesticides or herbicides. Additionally, anything organic is also free of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. If you’re looking to avoid pesticides in your diet, read on!

Every year, the Environmental Working Group tests over 35,000 samples of produce in order to discover how much pesticide residue is present on certain fruits and vegetables. They create a list of the produce that has the most and least pesticide residues on them.

Conventional Produce

When conventionally grown, these fruits and veggies have the least amount of pesticides on them:

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbages
  • Onions
  • Sweet peas
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplants
  • Honeydews
  • Kiwis
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

Organic Produce selection

Organic Produce

Avoiding pesticides? These fruits and veggies are great organic options. Their conventionally grown counterparts had the highest amounts of pesticides on them. Start with these options:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers

Did you know?

We think of the organic food movement as something recent, but really, it began in the 1940s as a response to the introduction of high-yield varieties and the use of pesticides.

What is the Paleo diet?

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What is the Paleo Diet article with featured saladBefore you make any changes to your diet, be sure to consult your physician because every body needs something different!

The Paleo diet is pretty simple—eat like early humans from the Paleolithic period. Grains are omitted because humans didn’t start cultivating them until about 10,000 years ago, significantly more recent than the Paleolithic era. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, as well as lean meat, poultry, fish and seafood are all a part of the basic Paleo diet.

What Not to Eat on a Paleo Diet

Besides grains, like wheat, barley, oats, etc., what else will you want to avoid while eating Paleo? Beans and potatoes are out for similar reasons to grains. Although, many people include sweet potatoes but not white potatoes in the Paleo diet. Similarly, dairy and processed sugars are not a part of the Paleo diet either. Of course, processed foods aren’t permissible. But don’t worry, this still leaves lots of delicious foods for you to enjoy!

Paleo Diet Benefits

One of the great benefits of the Paleo diet is boosting the amount and variety of your daily fruit and veggie intake which naturally increases the amount of nutrients and anti-oxidants you’re getting. Sugar has been linked to many health issues, eliminating it from your diet is another plus of going Paleo.

Ready to delve deeper?

We have more paleo-related resources on our website!

Written by blogger Cheryl Malik at 40 aprons.com, the article How to Go Paleo touches on topics like creating a Paleo recipe bank, getting support while starting your new routine and stocking your pantry for your new Paleo endeavor. In Stocking a Paleo Pantry, Cheryl hands you your Paleo shopping list for those must-have in Paleo planning. She even wrote about her Top Paleo Products at Sprouts.

In the article What is Paleo? you’ll learn more about the nutritional value of the fruits and veggies, as well as great snacks and a recipe for grilled lamb chops!

Another great resource for planning your Paleo shopping list is Top Five Paleo Substitutions by our blogger friend, Emily Sunwell-Vidarri, at RecipesToNourish.com. She explores substitutions for fats, baking ingredients, non-dairy milks, natural sweeteners and even rice on the Paleo diet plan.

 

Did you know? Despite the fact that the Paleo diet is trending now, it was actually developed by a gastroenterologist named Walter Voegtlin in the 1970s!

What is a keto diet?

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Keto Steak SaladSimply put, the keto diet is a low-carb diet similar to the Atkins diet. Also known as a ketogenic diet, the keto diet works on the concept that your body loses weight more efficiently when it burns fat for fuel instead of carbs or sugar. To better understand the process, we’ll need to explore ketones and ketosis.

What are ketones and ketosis?

Ketones, also called ketone bodies, are chemicals produced in the liver. A product of your body breaking down fat for energy, ketones are produced when there is a limited amount of glucose (used for energy) available for your body to use. Ketosis is a result of the body using ketones in the blood for energy rather than the body using glucose as an energy source—the usual method of fueling your body.

The Keto Diet Plan

The key to the keto diet is jumpstarting ketosis by limiting carbs and eating good-for-you fats to burn instead—putting your body in a state of ketosis. Naturally, burning fat for fuel allows you to lose weight.

Fats

Over the last few years, the taboo on fat has been lifted. The keto diet focuses on healthy fats from oils, nuts and seeds, cooking fats and dairy products. Examples of ketogenic fats and oils include butter or ghee (a clarified butter), sesame oil, olive oil and MCT oil, among others. Nuts and seeds with lower net carb counts include almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas). Macadamia nuts and pecans are the two with the lowest carb counts, making them a great choice for your keto menu.

Dairy

Dairy is another acceptable form of fat allowed on the keto diet. Like the oils, nuts and seeds, you’ll want to keep an eye on the net carbohydrate count of the dairy you choose. Swiss, Brie, goat and cream cheeses are great sources of dairy fat to consider in your keto meal plan, as is sour cream for toppings.

Proteins

Where possible, opt for grass-fed and organic proteins. Grain-fed meats and dairy are higher in nutrients than those that are conventionally farmed. When choosing beef, look for cuts with a higher fat content, like ground beef, steak and roast. Similarly, look for fish with a high healthy-fat content like salmon and mackerel. Proteins to avoid on keto include processed meats like deli meat and hot dogs.

Carbohydrates

You’ll want to limit your carbohydrates while eating keto. Instead of getting carbs from grains, rice and starches like potatoes, you’ll incorporate lower-carb veggies and fruits. Think of leafy greens and those vegetables that grow above ground, like broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus.

What Not to Eat on a Keto Diet

There are some things you’ll need to avoid eating, in order to keep your body in ketosis. Processed carbs, sugars and fried food are good to avoid in any healthy diet. For keto, you’ll also omit grains, sugar, legumes (like beans and lentils), starchy vegetables and certain high-carb fruits.

Before you make any changes to your diet, be sure to consult your physician because every body needs something different!

 

Did you know? Popular in the 1920s and ‘30s, the ketogenic diet was originally developed to help treat epilepsy.

What is a low-FODMAP diet?

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What is a low-FODMAP diet? Veggies in basket
Broccoli, artichokes and asparagus contain the short-chain carbohydrate oligosaccharide—a potential cause of digestive disorders for some people.

What does FODMAP mean?

It’s okay if FODMAP sounds like an unusual made-up word to you—it is. An acronym, FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. What do all those fermentable substances have in common? They’re all short-chain carbohydrates.

Found in many common foods, FODMAPS can be a problem for some people because they are not well-absorbed by their small intestine. When a person, who has this intolerance, eats a food high in FODMAPs, the food that was poorly absorbed in the small intestine travels into the large intestine where it becomes an extra food source for the gut bacteria there. For some people, these short-chain FODMAP carbs can cause digestive disorders.

A Low-FODMAP Diet

A low-FODMAP diet is often recommended by a health professional who recognizes their patient may be experiencing symptoms caused by eating these FODMAPs. On a low-FODMAP diet, you avoid those foods that contain the fermentable carbohydrates. To make it easy, we’ll break it down by letters!

The O in FODMAP refers to oligosaccharides which can be found in high amounts in the following foods:

Artichokes
Asparagus
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Dried fruit
Garlic
Onion
Inulin
Lentils
Beans
Soy beans
Split peas
Cashews
Pistachios
Barley
Rye
Wheat

The D in FODMAP refers to disaccharides, or lactose, which can be found in high amounts in the following foods:

Milk (cow, goat and sheep)
Buttermilk
Custard
Ice cream
Yogurt
Evaporated milk
Milk powder

The M in FODMAP refers to monosaccharides which can be found in high amounts in the following foods:

Apples
Figs
Peaches
Pears
Watermelon

The P in FODMAP refers to polyols which can be found in in high amounts in the following foods:

Apples
Apricots
Cherries
Nectarines
Pears
Peaches
Prunes
Watermelon
Avocado
Cauliflower
Mushrooms
Snow peas
Sorbitol
Mannitol
Xylitol
Isomalt
High-fructose corn syrup

Low-FODMAP vs. Gluten-Free

At first glance, it may seem like a low-FODMAP diet is similar to a gluten-free diet because they both avoid wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is the protein present in those three grains which is why they’re avoided on a gluten-free diet. Wheat, barley and rye also contain fructans, a source of the oligosaccharides carbs that are to be avoided in a low-FODMAP diet.

DIY Holiday Gift Guides

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Need a thoughtful and creative holiday gift? Look no further than these DIY gift baskets that your friends and family will love!

It can be hard to pick out the perfect gift during the holiday rush. A gift basket made by you is a thoughtful, practical and personalized gift that any friend or family member will cherish. Follow this gift guide for easy, DIY bundle ideas created by our friends at A Baker’s House, Fit Foodie Le, Jason Sani, One Lovely Life, and Zen & Spice!

Cozy Winter Cocoa Bundle by A Baker’s House

Give the gift of chocolate! They’ll spend cold winter nights sipping on sweet hot cocoa and enjoying their favorite chocolate treats.

Supplies:

  • Sprouts Dark Chocolate Marshmallows
  • Sprouts Rich Chocolate Truffles
  • Sprouts Candy Cane Marshmallows
  • Sprouts Organic Hazelnut Spread
  • Sprouts Chocolate Wafers
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Sprouts Soy Holiday Candle (in-store only)
  • Dandee Mini Marshmallows
  • Sprouts Iced Gingerbread Cookies
  • Sprouts Chocolate Wafers
  • Sprouts Classic Holiday Sugar Cookies
  • Sprouts Organic Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate covered pretzels from the Bulk Department
  • Chocolate maltballs from the Bulk Department
  • Plaid blanket wrap
  • Mugs
  • Basket

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Fitness Fanatic Bundle by Fit Foodie Le

Keep your fitness-loving friends on track with a bundle full of wholesome snacks and healthy treats.

Supplies:

  • Sprouts Himalayan Sea Salt Popcorn
  • Seven Sundays Gluten-free Muesli
  • Protein Shaker Bottle (in-store only)
  • Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Hearts
  • Quest Nutrition Protein Chips
  • Country Life Vegan D3 Spray
  • Country Life B-Complex Powder
  • Sprouts Bath Bombs
  • Sprouts Coconut Water
  • Variety of apples
  • Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
  • Super Antioxidant Trail Mix, from the Bulk Department, stored in a resealable jar
  • Sprouts Fizzy Vitamin C Drink Mix
  • Veggie Go’s Sweet Potato Apple Fruit Strips
  • Variety of Larabars
  • Basket

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Handsome Holiday Bundle by Jason Sani

Sometimes, it’s hard to shop for that special man in your life. This present falls just under $100 and is filled with necessities he’ll be using all year.

Ingredients:

  • Kal Stevia
  • Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener
  • EO Deodorant Spray
  • Nutrasumma Growth Hormone Balance
  • Emerald Men’s Multivitamin
  • Gaiam Strength and Flexibility Bands (in-store only)
  • Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee
  • Four Sigmatic Reishi Mushroom Elixir
  • RX Bars
  • Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bars
  • No Cow Chunky Peanut Butter bar
  • Sprouts Vegan Protein Powder
  • Candle of your choice (in-store only)
  • Basket

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Holiday Host Bundle by One Lovely Life

What do you give someone who always seems to give you their all? Emily from One Lovely Life makes sure she gifts something that makes holiday hosting and entertaining even easier!

Supplies:

  • Assortment of chocolate bars
  • Assortment of holiday teas
  • Vineyard Naturals Wassail Candle (in-store only)
  • Sillycow Farms Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Pistachios, from the Bulk Department, place in a bag
  • Ribbon, to tie around bags and bottles
  • Basket

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New Mom Pampering Kit by Root + Revel

From balm for baby to bubble bath for both, this gift has everything a new mom will need to care for her new bundle of joy—and herself!

Supplies:

  • Traditional Medicinals Pre & Post Natal herbal products
  • Mineral Fusion make-up
  • Boiron Camilia
  • Boiron Cocyntal
  • Thayers Witch Hazel Toner
  • Alba Bonatinca Hawaiian Detox Wipes
  • Sprouts Epsom Salts
  • Variety of bath bombs
  • Everyone Bubble Bath
  • Candles (in-store only)
  • Variety of face masks
  • Variety of essential oils
  • Wire basket

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Pet Lover Bundle by Zen & Spice

Fido deserves some holiday cheer too! Gift pups treats they’ll be begging for.

Supplies:

  • Sprouts Jerky Sticks
  • Sprouts Grain-Free Fries
  • Sprouts Grain-Free Mini Bites
  • Doggy Delirious Natural Dog Treats
  • I and Love and You Raw Dog Food
  • I and Love and You Bully Stix
  • Variety of dog bones and sticks
  • Basket
  • Stocking

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The Importance of Sleep

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Alarm clock on a bed standLike eating, drinking and breathing, sleeping is a basic human need. When put in those terms, the importance of sleep takes on new meaning, becoming part of the foundation of good health. After all, most of us assume missing some shut eye is no big deal. From time to time, that may true, but ongoing poor sleep can take its toll on your health.

Good vs. Bad: How Sleep Affects Health

Sleeping provides your body an opportunity to restore balance to many of its systems. For example, your body works to repair your heart and blood vessels while you sleep. That’s why chronic sleep deficiency can be linked to stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Sleep also helps to maintain balance of the hormone insulin and the hormones that regulate appetite. Missing out on dreamtime can affect your body’s ability to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which is why it’s linked to an increased risk for diabetes. Likewise, those not getting enough sleep may struggle with their appetite and put on weight.

Good sleep also helps to maximize problem-solving skills and enhance memory. That’s because while you sleep, your brain is forming new neural pathways to help you learn and remember information. The opposite is true if you’re not getting enough quality sleep. You may have trouble remembering things, problem solving or controlling your emotions.

Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Avoid caffeine late in the day
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Create a daily exercise regime
  • Start winding down an hour before bed
  • Strive for an ideal sleep environment: dark (try a blackout shade) and cool (ideal is 65°—though your ideal may differ)
  • Routine! Try a hot shower or bath before bed (discover the reason this works in our article The Science of Serenity)

Sometimes, even with good sleep habits, you might need help getting better sleep. Check out our article Getting a Good Night’s Sleep where you’ll learn about valerian root, essential oils and other supplements to help you sleep.