Wellness

Will you go dark for 24 hours?

Almost everythingwill work if youunplug (1)Thinking about my average weekday, my phone is never far from reach. My phone wakes me up in the morning, tells me when my bus will arrive and even pays for my morning coffee. I read the news on my phone on the way to work and I usually use it to check Facebook or Instagram during my lunch break. On the bus ride home, I listen to my NPR app to minimize screen time. I feel overstimulated.

I want to break the cycle. I want to see the ride to work instead of the Instagram feed on my phone. I want to talk to my husband instead of email him. And I want to feel like my experiences are still valid even if I don’t share them on social media.

Do you want these things too? Read on for details on ASDA’s very first Wellness Challenge!

Wellness DIY: Homebrew your own kombucha

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 11.23.54 AMBy the name you might think it’s some sort of exotic fruit or an impossible yoga move. In fact, kombucha not only has a fruity taste, but can also be as beneficial as yoga. This specialty drink found at most health food stores has been said to help digestive health, mental clarity and mood stability. Made from a base of black tea and sugar, this drink can cost you up to $5 a bottle. On a dental student budget, finding alternatives to store-bought kombucha are a must for this latest drink craze.

Luckily, homebrewed kombucha not only saves you a few bucks, but is a fun hobby that combines the creativity of cooking with the upkeep of gardening. A starter kit to brew your homemade kombucha can cost around $30, but can yield up to a gallon of the drink per batch. Adding the the sweet tangy taste of kombucha is your choice of any fruity flavoring you desire. Thai basil and lime or ginger berry are just a few flavors that compliment this fizzy drink. Check out the instructions below to brew your own batch and let us know how it comes out!

5 lessons my running injury taught me

Chicago marathonIn 2010 I ran the Chicago Marathon. It was my second marathon and I shaved nearly 20 minutes off my previous time. I ran for the charity World Vision, which was a blast, and I was on top of the world. About a week after I finished, my runner’s high started to wear off and the hip pain started to settle in. Soon the pain was waking me up in the middle of the night. At the time, I had no idea that this was just the beginning of a very long road. Turns out, I had torn the labrum in my left hip but wouldn’t be properly diagnosed for nearly a year. The injury was devastating and even after several rounds of physical therapy, I find that my left side is weaker than my right. I haven’t run distance since. Here’s what I’ve learned from my injury and the years I spent recovering.

Managing emotional wellness in dental school

wellness_lifehacksAs the fall season kicks off, you may find yourself feeling a variety of emotions. Perhaps you’re a little sad that summer is coming to an end, excited to see classmates who have returned back for school, or confused already about an assignment or subject in a certain class. Feeling any and all of these things is totally normal! In fact, being able to identify and articulate your feelings is just one important aspect of emotional wellness.

It’s important to highlight emotional wellness as its own entity because it deserves as much attention as physical, intellectual or any other aspect of wellness.

Discussing eye health with optometrist Dr. Veth

eye healthI look at people’s eyes every day and no one is exactly the same. Sometimes the issues are subtle and sometimes they can be obvious enough you see them as they are walking to the exam room. The key to heading off serious issues is maintenance and regular eye exams. As future dentists you will tell your patients the same thing about dental visits and oral hygiene. I am going to try and touch on some of the key maintenance topics you can do to keep up your ocular health. I am doing this selfishly as I need my future dentists eyes to be working as optimally as possible.

When life gives you lemons, make lemon water

lemon waterHave you ever thought about a ‘life hack’ for your body to perform at its peak during stressful times? What is your technique for getting the edge? When life gives you lemons, make lemon water! I’ve spoken to entrepreneurs who need to maximize their performance and I was surprised to observe they frequently drink lemon water to boost their mood and feel energized. After a quick Google search, there were several hits commonly under the names of ‘detox’, ‘energized’ and ‘morning rituals.’ I am a big fan of the tangy and sharp taste of lemon, but I have learned in college to think critically and evaluate the research studies myself. So I began to dig a little bit deeper!

The science behind mood-boosting cardio

runningEveryone says that the key to reducing stress is balance and exercise. Well, they’re right. Dental school is one of the most stressful, frustrating, and nerve-wracking times in our lives. Without some sort of stress outlet there’s no way we’d make it. For some people, it’s pumping iron at the gym, power cleaning at Crossfit, or zenning out with some vinyasa. For me, it’s lacing up my trusty Saucony’s and hitting the trails or the pavement. I began my on-again-off-again relationship with running in the 7th grade and feel that I owe many of my accomplishments to it.