How to Buy an Organic Mattress Online

Searching for the most comfortable mattress can be super challenging, whether you’re looking online or in stores or both. Make it an organic mattress search to avoid toxic chemicals like flame retardants and petrochemical foams, and you’ve got a multi-layered puzzle to solve.

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With so many companies advertising “natural” and “organic” mattresses, there’s the added challenge of sifting through false claims. Use the search terms “certified organic mattress” instead of “natural,” “green,” “eco-friendly,” or even “organic mattress.”

Since Lifekind mattresses hold third-party organic certifications – GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) for our natural rubber latex mattresses, and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) for our innerspring mattresses – there’s no way toxic chemicals can be used in the growing or processing of the materials or be added to the finish product. So that makes them a natural choice for those seeking the purest mattresses available.

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Customers call us up and ask, “How can someone pick out a mattress over the phone?” The short answer is, “Have an in-depth consultation.” While there are a number of people who absolutely must try them in stores, most people feel very confident they’ve made the best choice after a 10-20 minute conversation with an organic-mattress product specialist. While we try our best to get it right the first time, we do offer a 90-night comfort exchange policy so you won’t end up stuck with a mattress that doesn’t fit your needs. Three months is a much better trial period than 5 or 10 minutes in a store!

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If you’re ready for a free, personal sleep consultation, or simply have questions, please call our friendly product specialists at 1-800-284-4983.

How to Change Your Brain

Sure, you can change your mind, but can you change your brain? Science says, “Yes!”

According to a great article I read recently, there are a number of things that have been shown — through scientific studies — to make a difference. Read on for a list of seven things that may actually improve your brain:

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1) Exercise
Everyone knows that they should exercise, but most people think of their waistline, not their brain, when they hop onto the treadmill. It turns out that physical activity is a very important factor when it comes to brain health and cognitive function. In fact, exercise is linked to greater brain volume, improved thinking/memory skills, and a decreased risk of dementia! According to a study published in the journal Neurology, older people who engage in vigorous exercise tend to have similar cognitive test scores to people who are 10 years younger!

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2) Foods and Spices
Here is another aspect of our health that tends to be dictated by our waistline: our diet. Eating lots of processed carbohydrates and sugars certainly affects our figure, but it also affects our brain! In a study conducted at UCLA last year, researchers found that feeding fructose water to rats with brain damage actually impeded their recovery…and that even healthy rats experienced cognitive decline when placed on the same diet. On the other hand, omega-3 fatty acids (think fish, eggs, walnuts, etc.) seemed to reverse some of the damage! Another study showed that turmeric — a spice found in curry dishes that is touted for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties — may be linked to a reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

While there is probably not a single food or spice that will turn the tides, a diet that is high in whole foods and low in sugar is probably your best bet at maintaining health. Given the fact that about 1/5 of our energy resources are dedicated to powering the brain, we should give it some consideration when we reach for a snack!

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3) Vitamins and Minerals
Of course, any vitamin or mineral that is good for your body is good for your brain, too! However, there are a few that are more directly related to brain health: vitamins D and B12 and iron. Science may not be able to explain precisely why our brains need vitamin D, but it has shown that a lack of it is linked to cognitive decline. Similarly, vitamin B12 deficiency can have negative effects on the central nervous system and lead to memory loss. Iron plays an important role throughout the body because it carries oxygen to all of our cells! Keep in mind that while supplements may seem easier to take, your body is actually better able to absorb vitamins and minerals that come directly from food. Click here for an a-to-z list of vitamins and minerals and the foods that contain them.

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4) Coffee
Most of us are probably happy to think that our coffee addiction is actually doing something good for our bodies! Beyond simply keeping us alert, coffee consumption can actually reduce the risk of depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. Next time someone tries to hassle you about being a coffee addict, just tell them you are getting your daily dose of antioxidants!

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5) Meditation
There may be thousands of years’ worth of anecdotal evidence to prove the value of meditation, but the experimental evidence to go with it has only arisen in the last decade or so. Studies have shown that meditation may be related to increased brain volume in certain parts of the cerebral cortex. Furthermore, it is associated with decreased activity in the amygdala (the part of the brain responsible for our response to fear or stress) and the default mode network (which is active when our mind is wandering). Those who practice meditation regularly can expect improvements like increased attention and concentration!

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6) Education/Mental Activity
This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when people think about “improving” their brains. Things like learning a new language, playing an instrument, or doing a crossword/sudoku puzzle are all helpful (and fun)! Not that any of these things can necessarily prevent disease, but they can reinforce our cognitive reserve — that is, the mind’s resilience or ability to function adequately in spite of damage.

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7) Sleep
We are pretty big fans of sleep here at Lifekind, so this may be my favorite thing on the list! We spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping, so it makes sense that it would have an effect on our health. Lack of sleep has a negative effect on the body and the mind and has been associated with things like poor attention, difficulty learning, and decreased creativity. There is plenty of debate about precisely how much sleep is needed, but seven hours is a pretty good rule of thumb!

With all of the hard work that our brain does around the clock, it certainly deserves a little extra attention. Even though we might not be able to fit in all of the items on this list every day, it is at least nice to know that there is something we can do to improve our most complex (and intriguing) organ!

Not sure exactly how much sleep you really need?

Not sure exactly how much sleep you really need? Feel tired even after “sleeping in”? Think a night of extra sleep cancels out the all-nighter you had last weekend? If you are like most people cheap kids jordans with free shipping
, the answer is yes to all three of these questions.

Watch this video from AsapSCIENCE to get legit answers to these questions and more.

Still having issues after learning what is best for you? Check in here with the always lovely Kris Carr for “10 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep.”

Now, get to bed and don’t forget to sleep organic – sweet dreams!

Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Americans are aware of the benefits of choosing organic when they’re in the grocery store, but so many people I meet haven’t even thought about their bedrooms.

We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so it’s important to make sure your sleep environment is as free from chemicals as possible.

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Lifekind is America’s most trusted name in organic mattresses and bedding. As you flip through the pages of this catalog, you will see that not only do we make the world’s purest mattress (backed by our Purity Promise), but we also offer a full line of organic bedding essentials and personal-care products.

And don’t forget, when you use promo code NEXT14, we’ll take 20% off your next order!

7 Tips to Help You Fall Asleep

If bedtime has become a battle, read on for some helpful tips to help you get to sleep.

1. Take a bath: Few things are more relaxing than getting comfortable in your own skin, and soaking in a tub is a great way to force yourself to slow down. Adding soothing ingredients like lavender and oatmeal literally rinses away the day while releasing muscle tension and softening skin.

2. Follow a soothing routine: Planning ahead can help when developing a routine for better sleep. Try dimming the lights, changing out of your daytime clothes, and slowing things down in general. By creating a consistent routine new balance 996
, your body will become more responsive to the cues that lead up to bedtime and trigger relaxation.

3. Sip some herbal tea: Although “herbal” tea is not a true tea, these caffeine-free concoctions are warming and soothing, and help to calm your nerves before bedtime. Another benefit is that most are safe for children (always read the instructions and refer to a medical professional if you have questions regarding safety for your child). Some of the more popular teas are California poppy, valerian, kava kava, and chamomile; there are also many organic blends available at most grocery stores cheap official jordans
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4. Eat to sleep: Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, or large amounts of protein before bed. Avoid these for at least 4 hours before bedtime to fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night, keeping insomnia at bay. If that’s not enough, try adding extra (healthy) carbs, calcium, magnesium and tryptophan in the evening for natural sedative effects to promote relaxation both mentally and physically. Check this list for healthy sources of these natural sleep boosters.

5. Slip on a sleep mask: An eye mask filled with organic wool, cotton, buckwheat or herbs can help to block disturbing light and relax tense facial muscles after a long day. For sore, red, or burning eyes jordan retro cheap
, most masks can be chilled in the freezer or (my favorite) slightly warmed to relieve sinus congestion or seasonal allergies.

6. L-Theanine: This awesome amino acid appears to elevate alpha-brain wave activity in the brain (say that five times fast), which is a sign of deep relaxation. By easing physical and emotional stress l-theanine helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night, and can also ease anxieties during the day. Since this soothing ingredient, typically found in green tea, is an amino acid, it is considered safe for most people and doesn’t have any significant side effects. It is available in chewable tablets that have a great fruity flavor and work extremely well for children.

7. Slow your mind and body with some relaxing yoga: Think calming with deep breaths – not sweaty, hot, “pretzel” yoga. Yoga increases blood flow to your muscles and brain, and deep breathing sends the “relax” message to your central nervous system retro kicks
. The act of simply being still with eyes closed is often enough to slow your body and mind before bedtime. If you are a beginner or tend to gravitate toward intense yoga, this blog by OMI walks you through basic poses to prep for sleeping safely. Enjoy, and sweet dreams!

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Sleep for Detoxification

Moderation is my default setting. I’m always looking for that comfort zone: Love the heat and sun but must find shade; happy in the winter snow with enough gear to keep me warm; I eat whatever I feel like but not too much (mostly organic of course). This pattern has kept me happy as a clam and moderately healthy for years.

 

Sometimes I wonder if I might need to step it up and, you know, DETOX. It’s spring, no better time, right? I would do it if I had to… eat raw foods only or fresh juice for weeks, but that’s just not my thing. Remember this is me – medium me. If you enjoy a good spring cleanse all the more green power to you!!

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Recently, I was listening to a health issues show on our local non-profit radio and the guest was a naturopathic practitioner who was answering callers’ questions. One question was, “what is a good detox diet?” Imagine my relief when she replied that she doesn’t recommend regular detox programs to people who are otherwise healthy. In fact good sleep was her remedy as our bodies go to work detoxifying at night, naturally. I’m thinking… sleep… I can do that. Not a problem.
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That got me to thinking about my quality of sleep, which is now a priority to address with my newly found resources here at Lifekind. Here’s my realistic, long-term detox plan:

  • Replace chemical bedding (automatically less toxins).
  • Continue to sleep 7-9 full hours each night.
  • Go to bed by 10:00 more often (according to Ayurvedic wisdom, an hour of sleep before midnight is equal to two hours after midnight. Also, the phase intended for detoxification is between 10pm and 2am.)

 

Here’s to your health!

 

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Sleep Tight

I’m sure many of us share treasured childhood memories, and one of mine is when my mother would tuck me in at night and say, “Sleep tight.” I now often hear myself repeating that phrase, which leads me to wonder where “sleep tight” actually originated.

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History shows that the phrase “sleep tight” has always been used in the English-speaking world, and is associated with the rhyme “good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.” The “sleep tight” part may refer back to when mattress foundations were made from ropes, which needed to be pulled tight to provide a well-sprung bed. The ropes were spread across the bed frame in a criss-cross pattern to form a sleeping platform. They would sag with time and weight, and had to be tightened periodically, hence the phrase “sleep tight.” This brings to mind why it’s important to know what type of foundation your mattress is on.

Most of us have had common commercial mattresses at one time or another. We may have told by a salesperson, “This price includes the set,” which we assume means we’re getting a box-spring foundation. I’m here to tell you that that’s not always the case. I speak to customers all day long who assume that the foundation they have now is a box spring, when actually it contains no springs at all – just thin wood. I call this a “faux” or “impostor” box spring.

Innerspring mattresses are designed specifically to be supported by a box-spring foundation. With a “faux” foundation, the innerspring mattress will lack proper support, which in turn will not provide the sleeper with the proper support. It becomes a vicious cycle. Some people try placing plywood between the mattress and the foundation, hoping it will do the trick. When it doesn’t work and the mattress becomes increasingly uncomfortable from lack of support, a chemically-laden memory-foam pillow top may be added. It goes on and on as the mattress dips and sags in an unusually short period of time. It’s only when the entire situation becomes unbearable that we’re forced to pay attention and purchase a new mattress. Sadly, if the underlying problem hasn’t been recognized the first time, the pattern is often repeated.

On a more positive note, we’ve come a long way in terms of technology from using a rope foundation that needs to be tightened to prevent sagging. We now offer platform-slat bed frames, which require no maintenance and allow natural rubber mattresses to have the air circulation they need without using a foundation. Yet when it comes to traditional innerspring, steel-coil mattresses, my biggest concern is that the general mattress buyer is often still unaware of the need such mattresses have for a steel-coil box-spring foundation to support them. Think of the two pieces as a team, working together to provide the perfect, comfortable support.

So when you find it’s time to replace that not-so-old, sagging mattress set, remember to look inside the potentially empty “box spring” that came with your mattress to see what’s inside.

I hope you always will “sleep tight”!