August 2022

Happy August and welcome back to Optimal Wellness’s monthly email blast. We are very excited to officially announce a Wellness Retreat held in Costa Rica in June 2023! Costa Rica is an ideal place to discover yourself, disconnect, heal, learn, and explore how to live in “optimal wellness” for 100+ years. Please click here to apply and learn more!! We have also decided to postpone our Women’s Wellness Retreat to October 7-9. My co-host, Paisley, and I will be at Elevate Akron on September 8 to answer any questions you have about this opportunity. We look forward to seeing/meeting you there! Please click here to learn more and sign-up!

This Month’s Resources

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

You will never breathe the same again. Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head.

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Award-winning science journalist, James Nestor, travels the world to find out what went wrong in our evolution of breathing — and how to fix it. If you suffer from snoring, sleep apnea, allergies, stuffy noses, or simply just want to learn more about breathing, human mouths, and more… this book is for you! If you like to listen instead of read, check out this episode of The Joe Rogan Podcast with the author of Breath, James Nestor.


Earthing, also referred to as grounding, is an age-old practice that involves connecting your body, mind and spirit to the planet. You can practice earthing by standing barefoot or laying in the grass—anything that allows your body to connect directly with the ground.

Human lifestyle has disconnected us and makes us vulnerable to inflammation, pain, stress, poor sleep, and sickness. Earthing, is the discovery that reconnecting to the Earth restores a timeless link to Nature that revitalizes the body, reduces pain and stress, and improves health, sleep, mood, and appearance.

Benefits of Grounding

  1. Reduces inflammation
  2. Decreases pain
  3. Decreases stress response
  4. Increases heart rate variability
  5. Improves sleep
  6. Improves cortisol rhythm
  7. Improves wound healing
  8. Reduces blood viscosity
  9. Reduces stress and fatigue
  10. Speeds healing
Avocado Oil Dressing

It takes 5 minutes to make, it is gluten free, vegan, and made with simple wholesome ingredients. Oh, and it does not have seed oils or inflammatory additives. This dressing was delicious and we will definitely be making more of it!