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The Powerful Benefits of Pumpkin
Wellness
Published Thursday Oct 11, 2018 by Devin Dilday

The Powerful Benefits of Pumpkin

Food
Nutrition
Beauty

Pumpkin season is officially here, and have you heard? It’s actually *scary* good for you. Goodies like pumpkin bread, muffins, and cookies are extremely high in fiber and lower in calories than your run-of-the-mill, traditional treats. As if you needed another excuse to fall in love with pumpkin, here are a few more ways this orange veggie can benefit your beauty routine and overall wellness: 

 

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IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR EYES

A cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. They are also high in zinc, which is an essential mineral for keeping your retina healthy. So, next time you’re at the store debating the pumpkin harvest soup, give it a try and you may see a difference in the long run. 

Pro tip: Stick to pumpkin smoothies, soup, and roasted pumpkin to get the full benefits without the high sugar content of other pumpkin snacks. 

 

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IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART 

Don’t just carve the pumpkin... cook it! According to the HeartMD Institute, pumpkin seeds and pulp are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber—nutrients that benefit your heart, blood pressure, vision and more. 

Pro tip: Add some seasoning to your seeds and put them in the oven for a delicious and healthy snack! 

 

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IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

Transitioning from the summer heat to fall weather can take a toll on your skin. Don’t panic: pumpkin is here. Helping to protect from the sun’s wrinkle-causing UV rays, organic pumpkin seed oil can be applied to the face for a clear, smooth tone. 

Pro tip: Make a pumpkin face mask by adding eggs and honey to soak in the full nutrients and benefits! Want to test it out yourself? Try this DIY mask

 

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IT’S A SUPERFOOD 

While pumpkins are spooky and fun to decorate—don’t be fooled. They are *actually* one of the most nutritious superfoods out there. Loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins, they are beneficial in just about every way. #SquashGoals!

Pro tip: Try mixing pumpkin into your daily routine in a smoothie or snack and you’ll notice the difference right away. 

Whether you’re picking out the family Jack-o’-lantern or cruising through the aisles at Trader Joe’s, fall is the season to take full advantage of pumpkin’s amazing benefits! 

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Written by
Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!