The Scent Of Success

The Power of Natural Aromas to Excel in Fitness
 

Smell is the most influential sense you have. "Unlike sight, hearing, taste, or touch, your sense of smell has a direct effect on your brain and the programming of your emotions, memory, energy level, and even endurance."  Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Wheeling University who has studied scent extensively. 

The biggest surprise, as scientists are now discovering, is that smell doesn’t involve just your nose.  In fact, more than half of your olfactory receptors are distributed throughout the body, including in the skin, muscles, gut, and lungs.  These receptors are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning.  This is why something we smell often triggers a memory of a special moment in our life or reminds us of a distant place or a familiar person.  There is no denying the diverse powers of scent.  The right aromas can help make you stronger, healthier, happier and more energized.  iLOLA's fitness guide will assist you in leveraging the power of scent to enhance your workout routine. 

Improve Performance 

A recent study shows that athletes who use Peppermint Oil did better at circuit workout moves like jumping, and strength training, than people who worked out without it.  This blend is known to regulate alertness and focus your attention, while distracting you from any discomfort, so you’re able to exercise longer.   Apply the Energy iLOLA Essence, which encompasses Peppermint, before your work out to improve your routine.

Faster Recovery

After working out, inhale the restorative scent of Eucalyptus.  The aroma quiets the body’s RAS to help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, both of which become elevated when you exercise.  I recommend keeping a bottle of the Immunity iLOLA Essence in your gym bag, to apply after your fitness regime.  This will enhance your recovery and continue building healthy immunity. 

"The reticular activating system (RAS) is a network of neurons located in the brain stem that project anteriorly to the hypothalamus to mediate behavior, regulating wakefulness, or even learn a new word."

Restore and Repair 

When people think about fitness and getting in shape, the most common focuses are usually exercise and diet.  We know that burning calories and eating right contribute to a better body, but what about rest?  The National Sleep Foundation suggests the ideal amount of sleep is seven to nine hours for adults, and eight to ten hours for teenagers.

Rest is critical to our recovery process because while you’re resting, your body is building muscle.  This happens most efficiently during sleep, and without enough quality sleep, your body cannot recover from exercise.  Enter the Serenity iLOLA Essence.  With a calming blend of Lavender, Sandalwood and Chamomile, this blend aids you in getting your best night’s rest. 

Regulate Digestion 

Olfactory receptors in your gut cells respond to certain scents by dramatically increasing the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate digestion.  According to a UBC Neuroscience study, our enteric nervous system has earned the nickname “second brain” because the network of nerve cells lining the digestive tract is extensive, comprised of 100 million neurons. 

The study outlines that, “beyond the sheer volume of neurons, our second brain bears even more resemblance to the brain in our heads.”  The mass of neural tissue in our gut produces over 30 different neurotransmitters, which are signalling molecules typically associated with the brain.  “This includes a staggering 95% of the production and storage of serotonin, the neurotransmitter famously known as the “happy chemical” due to its role in regulating mood and wellbeing.”

Inhale and apply the Renew iLOLA Essence to regulate your digestion. For added benefit, inhale and ingest the Renew Tea by iLOLA. 

"The human nose has roughly 400 types of olfactory receptors (also known as the smell receptor) that detect at least 1 trillion different odours."

 

Don’t Quit

Remember when you committed to that new workout plan and your enthusiasm was through the roof?  "Sunday meal prep.  DIY cauliflower rice.  5 a.m. workout.  I got this!"  Then several weeks or months in, you start to notice more takeout orders tallying up.  You are not alone.  The lack of motivation to work out can be a struggle, especially as the winter season approaches.  To spark workout inspiration, apply the Euphoria iLOLA Essence.  Reorganize thoughts, enhance cognitive awareness and get the spark of joy you need to rekindle your excitement to pursue your fitness goals.  Perhaps the most diverse of the iLOLA Essence, this aroma is a feel-good scent for any time of day, and it gives you the strength to power through those moments where your workout feels uphill. 

Whatever the challenge you face today, know that you have the tools available to succeed today and tomorrow.  That old adage of "you can smell success" is sometimes literally in your hands.  This year will be amazing and so will you.