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5 Benefits of Unplugging

In today’s technology-driven world, it’s easy to feel like we are constantly plugged in. Whether we’re checking our phones, refreshing our emails, or downloading a movie on our laptops, the reality often is that we’re surrounded by screens no matter where we look. But there are scientifically proven benefits of unplugging from technology, too — and sometimes, it’s useful to remind ourselves of exactly what those benefits are. There’s more to life than our smartphones, after all.

The key is finding what boundaries work for you so you can find the balance that works best for your own life. Here’s a good place to start:

1. Your Overall Quality Of Life May Improve

In a study from the University of Maryland, researchers discovered that when students unplugged from technology, they reported an improved quality of life.

2. Unplugging After Work Helps You Recharge

Researchers found that when people “unplugged” from work related tasks, such as checking their work email after hours, they reported feeling fresher and better recharged when beginning work the following day.

3. You Might Sleep Better

Data from a 2013 survey in PEW shows that 44 percent of people sleep with their phones by their sides so they don’t miss a message or notification. But being woken up by funny tweets and random GIFs from your friends is likely doing nothing for your sleep patterns, much less your mood upon waking up in the morning.

4. It Might Make It Easier To Get Over Your Ex

Of course, while pretty much nothing except for time and a few good cries truly heals the wounds of a breakup, constantly seeing reminders of your ex on social media doesn’t make things any easier.

5. Unplugging May Improve Your Interpersonal Communications

A 2013 study suggests that sharing too much on social media may negatively impact your interpersonal relationships. If you’ve ever accidentally “shared” a post that is offensive to a loved one, or vented about a boss and then been held accountable at work the next day, you likely know all too well that sharing online can have consequences.

 

Read the original article from Bustle →

Mineral Water

Our Mineral Water: What it is and What it Does

Our mineral water, pumped from the riverbed of Wind River, warms and detoxifies the body while bringing the blood to the surface of the skin. The mineral water we use offers a variety of health benefits and helps with issues including but not limited to: pain, stress, indigestion, musculoskeletal disorders, and more. Learn what our water is made of and how it benefits your body and soul.

Potassium
1. Release of energy from cells
2. Manufacture of glycogen and protein
3. Regulates fluid balance
4. Transmission of nerve impulses
5. Important in maintaining normal heart beat
6. Muscle contractions

Sodium
1. Maintain normal fluid balance
2. Transmission of nerve impulses
3. Muscle contractions
4. Helps to increase permeability of cell walls

Calcium
1. Development and maintenance of strong bones & teeth
2. Protects against Osteoporosis
3. Ensures proper clotting of the blood
4. Needed for the contraction and relaxation of muscles, especially the heart
5. Needed for proper utilization of iron
6. Assists in the absorption of Vitamin B-12
7. Helps to regulate cell permeability

Magnesium
1. Helps to form strong bones and teeth
2. Helps to regulate muscle relaxation and contraction
3. Maintains proper function of nerves
4. Activates enzymes controlling energy metabolism

Sulfate
1. Maintains healthy hair and nails
2. Needed in eliminating blood diseases
3. Helps to eliminate some skin diseases
4. Stimulates the liver and increases the flow of bile
5. Important in maintaining normal body metabolism
6. Detoxifies some poisons in the body

Phosphate
1. Development of strong bones and teeth
2. A component of the enzyme system in a cell which governs the release of energy
3. Assists with protein production and defines the structure of cell DNA and RNA
4. Helps maintain neutrality of body fluids

bathhouse mineral soaking

Hot Springs and the Art of Mineral Soaking

We have access to such a wealth of resources here in Carson. Not only do we have our own spa, acres of land, and hot springs, but we feed that water right into our bath house. You reap the benefits! So we constantly receive questions about the effects of mineral soaking.

  • “Will this help my pain?”
  • “I’m super stressed. How can this help me?”
  • “Will your bath house help with my husband’s circulation issues?”

While we cannot guarantee anything, there are many possible benefits to spending some time soaking in hot mineral water. Continue reading

Book Club: What to Read Before the End of the Summer

Don’t have the time to get to a regular book-club meeting? We’ve got you covered. We’ll be recommending new reads for every season. This round, we present: five novels to get into before it gets chilly. You need to read these books with a cold one in your other hand — on the beach, at the pool, or in a lawn chair. Continue reading

Wahkeena Falls- waterfalls in the gorge

Planning a Weekend Getaway This September

September is gaining on us. Can you believe it? Some kids will be starting back at school in just a few weeks! Back-to-school season brings stressful, hectic days, even for those not sending a child off to the bus every morning. Everyone deserves a little back-to-school getaway to make that transition smoother. Continue reading

Eating Through the Columbia River Gorge: River Rock

You won’t go hungry when you visit Carson Hot Springs.

Whether you’re taking your coffee up to your room, eating your way through our chef-designed menu at the on-site Elk Ridge Bar & Grill, or enjoying a picnic in the woods — you’ll be comfortable. But maybe you do need a little night out. So we’re featuring more restaurants around the Columbia Gorge. This round? We hit River Rock, located in Stevenson, WA, at 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way. Continue reading