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The Health Up Newsletter
Created Weekly by Teri Yunus 
Health Up With Teri Health & Wellness Coaching

November 3, 2022 | issue 113

What's Inside This Week:
  1. Salt & Float Therapy - Relaxation and So Much More
  2. Dr. Greger's 21 Tweaks for Weight Loss
  3. 7 Signs You Are Eating Too Much Salt
  4. Did You Know?
  5. Recipe of the Week
  6. Book of the Week
  7. Resource Tip of the Week
  8. My Favorite Quotes
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Salt & Float Therapy - Relaxation and So Much More
If you're not familiar with salt (aka halotherapy) and float therapy, you may find this information interesting. I've known about The Salt Room in Saginaw for a few years and I love going there. It's a beautiful spa environment aimed at healing (and I'm all about healing). What I've learned about salt therapy is that is works like an expectorant and accelerates mucus clearance while improving lung function and killing bacteria and soothing the respiratory system. Who doesn't need that! Sessions are typically 45-60 minutes and it's a fabulous place to relax, listen to music or read your favorite escape novel. All this while breathing in microscopic salt particles that may lead to repairing some of the damage our lifestyle and environment have done over the years. Salt therapy also promotes healthy skin. Skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne and skin aging can be improved with regular salt sessions. Sleep is also effected in a positive way…many say their sleep is improved after a salt session. 
Salt therapy is excellent for adults and children. Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects about 300 million people in the world, many of them children. Salt therapy is another option to help widen the airways and humidify the bronchial secretions to reduce bronchospasm and make breathing easier. Salt therapy can also help with seasonal allergies, bronchitis, cold and flu, ear and sinus infections and more. Even people with emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may benefit from regular use. Many, like the Salt Room in Saginaw, have special rooms for kids where they can play in the salt with dump trucks and other toys while in the salt environment. 
Regular sessions in a salt room may also help with stress and anxiety. The time away from social media and the demands of life alone are helpful. Spent in a quiet, relaxing salty environment takes it to the next level. This is especially true for those who leave their cell phones in their locker.  Salt rooms are typically like a salt cave…salt on the floor, walls and ceiling. There are often relaxing anti-gravity chairs to utilize or you can sit or lie in the salt on the floor. Salt is filtered in through a vent and aerosolized for inhalation (without being's not thick in the air). You may notice a salty film on your clothing and skin when you leave but it's recommended not to shower for an hour or two afterwards to get the best effect from the session. A shower cap may be used to cover your hair. 
Float therapy is another salty treatment that many find rejuvenating. At the Salt Room in Saginaw you will be floating in 1,100 pounds of medical grade Epsom salts that will make you feel like you are floating on air. By removing the force of gravity that pulls on the body constantly and removing all distractions, you can effortlessly get relief from pain, PTSD, anxiety/depression and more. 
Float sessions are often 60 minutes though extra time should be planned for showering before and after your session ("primp" rooms are provided). It is recommended that a light snack or meal is eaten about an hour before your float session and that caffeinated beverages are avoided for 3 hours prior. Another important tip is to not shave for at least 24 hours prior to your salt session as this could be pretty uncomfortable.
Float therapy is done in a couple different ways. There are float pods that offer complete darkness and silence and there are float rooms that are more open but a little less dark. Some calming lights are available in both settings. Float therapy has been associated with reduced muscle tension, decreased blood pressure, fewer stress hormones and increased endorphins (feel-good hormones). A 2018 study showed that a single one-hour float session in a sensory deprivation tank was capable of a significant reduction in anxiety and improvement in mood in the 50 participants with stress- and anxiety-related disorders. 
Intrigued? Check out the Salt or Float availability in your area. You may find it useful for respiratory and mental health!
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7 Signs You’re Eating Way Too Much Salt
It’s true that your body needs salt in order to function properly, because salt helps regulate the fluid levels in your body, but too much of it can cause serious health problems. A diet high in sodium can lead to water retention, headaches, high blood pressure and even kidney stones.
No matter if it’s a family meal, or a dinner date, some of us feel the urge to spice up our meals with salt. For those people, it is unthinkable to have our food without it. Well… salt can be very dangerous to your health, so try to avoid it. Let’s see if you’re eating way too much salt!
1. You’re always thirsty
If your mouth feels dry and you crave for water all the time, you probably consume too much salt. Salt contains 40% sodium and 60% chloride and sodium in large amounts takes water from your cells. So, the more salt you eat, the more fluid your body needs to help clear out your system.
2. You eat a lot of processed foods
If you have a regular consumer of processed foods, there is a reasonable chance your sodium intake limit is well above the recommended levels. You eat processed foods because the more salt you eat, the more you will crave.
3. You have high blood pressure
Excessive consumption of salt in your daily diet can increase your blood pressure and which will make your heart to pump harder. This happens because too much salt can cause water retention, raising your blood pressure levels.
4. Your feet or legs are swollen
When you’re eating way too much salt, your body will start holding water to balance out the sodium levels. So, you need to know that water retention due to the salt can cause you swelling in your ankles, feet, arms, hands, and under your eyes.
5. You have frequent headaches
Eating a sodium-heavy diet may lead to more headaches. Slash the sodium in your diet to minimize your headaches. Any kind of sodium reduction you make can help cut headache risk. But if you experience persistent or severe headaches, be sure to visit your doctor.
6. You have kidney stones
A high-sodium diet triggers kidney stones because it increases the amount of calcium in your urine. So, a low-sodium diet is recommended for the stone prone. Try to reduce your daily sodium intake to 1,500 mg (or less!). This will also be good for your blood pressure and heart.
7. You can’t concentrate
If your high blood pressure is caused by a high sodium intake, this can cause damage to the arteries that lead to your brain. In other words, this damage can make it harder for you to focus and over time this can lead to a blood clot or dementia.
So look at what you are eating. If you rely on a lot of processed foods or fast foods, you are likely eating too much salt. Look for ways that you may cut back on the salt you cook with. Omit cooking with salt and if necessary, add a small amount to the food to give you the taste without the big dose you may be getting when it is cooked into the food. Reach out to me if I can help you with more tips on how to reduce the salt in your diet. 
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In some parts of the world (one being Malaysia), parents protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer 
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Recipe of the Week
Best Vegan Tomato Bisque
This amazing vegan tomato bisque has that signature tangy bite from the tomatoes and the creaminess and slight sweetness to balance out the tangy flavor with a touch of maple syrup and cashew butter. This bisque is dreamy, creamy and oh-so good! It comes together in less than 1 hour. 
Yield: 4 servings                Calories per serving: 204
1 cup packed, finely chopped yellow onion
3 long carrots (peeled and thinly sliced in rounds - about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3-4 cloves)
3 cups salt-free or low sodium tomato puree/sauce
½ tablespoon Italian herb seasoning
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon fine sea salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon maple syrup
¼ cup RAW cashew butter with no added oil or use a scant ½ cup of raw cashews
1. Add all ingredients, except the cashew butter to a pot. If using whole cashews, add them to the pot as well, as they will soften as the soup cooks. Stir well and turn to high heat. 
2. Bring the soup to a boil and once it starts boiling, stir once more and then cover with a lid and turn the heat down to medium-low. Cook covered on medium-low for 20-25 minutes or until the carrots are very soft. Cooking this long really creates depth of flavor, as well. Stir a couple of times during and to check on the carrots. 
3. Once the carrots are tender, turn the heat off. Very carefully pour the soup into a blender, it's HOT! (using a Vitamix works well) and add the cashew butter (if using instead of the whole cashews). Blend on high until completely smooth and creamy. Taste and add more salt or herb seasoning if desired. You likely will not need additional salt, especially if your tomato puree has some in it. 
4. Pour into bowls. Serve with toasted bread or grilled cheese (see her recipe at 
Recipe adapted slightly from
Book of the Week
How Not To Die
This amazing book by Dr. Michael Greger, founder of, reveals the groundbreaking evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.
Listen to my Health Tip Tuesday video on Facebook on Tuesdays around 10:30am to hear my book review!
Brandi, creator
The majority of recipes on this blog are vegan, oil-free, dairy-free, tofu-free, no added gums, almost all are gluten-free and 8 ingredients or less (not counting salt/pepper/water). 
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“Plant-based diets are the nutritional equivalent of quitting smoking.”
--Dr. Neal Barnard, Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine

Important Disclaimer
The content in this newsletter is intended for educational/informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care professional. 
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Have a fabulous weekend!