Fact About Women Drinking Water!

According to The Institute of Medicine

41 %

of Women in the United States 20-50 years old do not drink enough water!

25 Tips To Stop Health and Beauty-Destroying Habits!

Do you engage in habitual behaviors that harm your health? Some may be obvious- such as driving through your local fast food restaurant for lunch every day, and some perhaps not so obvious- such as consuming a bottled energy drink or booster (no, these are not recommended!).

Many habits can be harmful to your overall health and wellbeing, and in fact, some of these health-destroying habits can actually become physical addictions. But the good news it that you are more powerful than you can even imagine, right now as you read this. So while you may have developed some not so great habits, you have the power to create positive changes.

How We Form Habits

According to the National Institutes of Health, most bad habits form in one of two ways: repetition or by triggering the pleasure/reward centers of your brain. When you trigger these centers, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical associated with good feelings. This release of dopamine reinforces the habit, trigger the desire to perform the pleasure inducing behavior again.

How To Stop Bad Habits

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, I recommend seeking professional support. If, however, you suffer as so many of us do from dietary long-term bad habits, then you may benefit from these effective strategies.

  1. Acknowledge the bad habit. This is always the first step, because you can’t fix what you don’t acknowledge. (Example-Buying a bag of chips…and eating the whole bag. Yes, it’s a problem).
  2. Identify the behaviors you need to change in order to break the habit. (Example- Don’t walk by the chip aisle in the supermarket no matter what).
  3. Identify the triggers that lead to those behaviors. By identifying your emotional, physical, and psychological triggers that lead to he behaviors, you can head off a lapse before it occurs. Likewise, if you know your triggers you can avoid them.stop_a_bad_habit
  4. Set goals. Set a long-term goal, as well as a series of short-term goals.
  5. Reward yourself. When you’ve achieved a short-term or long-term goal, give yourself a healthy reward such as a few extra minutes of free time or an indulgent beauty treatment.
  6. Focus on one habit at a time. While you may want to change everything all at once, it’s best to focus your mental and emotional energy on changing just one habit at a time. That way, your focus isn’t diluted. Once you’ve changed one habit, you can move onto the next.
  7. Seek support. When you tell your friends and family you are trying to break bad habits and form new ones, you do two things. First, you build a network of supportive people who can help you through the difficult times. Second, you create a level of accountability for yourself by engaging others in your process.
  8. Create an environment that fosters success. For example, if you’re trying to break a sugar habit, remove refined sugar treats from your house.
  9. Visualize. Visualization is a powerful tool that can help you change your behaviors. Find a quiet place and sit or lie down with your eyes closed. Visualize yourself avoiding your bad habit and replacing it with a healthier one.
  10. Practice. Once you’ve identified situations in which you are most likely to engage in your unhealthy habit, you can mentally practice. For example, if you’re trying to break a caffeine addiction, mentally practice how you will handle the situation if someone offers you a cup of coffee.shutterstock_82024267
  11. Replace negative habits with positive behaviors. If you have an energy drink for a morning pick-me up, try replacing it with some quick, energizing stretches first thing in the morning.
  12. Scale back gradually. In some cases, cold turkey isn’t the way to go. If you’re trying to make a major change such as giving up processed foods, for instance, you may want to break into smaller changes that you incorporate one at a time.
  13. Give yourself a break. Everyone falls off the wagon from time to time. If you slip up and revert to your bad habit, don’t resort to negative self-talk. Instead, acknowledge the slip and vow to get right back to your new, better habits.
  14. Avoid self-justification. The human brain is sneaky! Without realizing we do it, our brains justify thousands of behaviors and choices that adversely affect us. Listen to your self-talk and learn to recognize when you justify behaviors. Thoughts such as “just this once,” or “I deserve this” can lead to a quick return to unhealthy habits.
  15. Keep a journal. If you know you’ll be writing things down at the end of each day, you’ll be more likely to hold yourself accountable for the goals you set for yourself.
  16. Keep changes simple. The more rules you set up for yourself, the more difficult they will be to adhere to. Instead, make the changes you seek simple and easy to follow.
  17. Avoid “should” and “shouldn’t.” These two words are filled with self-judgment and self-justification. Instead, replace should and shouldn’t with will or won’t and do or don’t.
  18. Focus on behaviors you can change. Twelve step programs often involve the serenity prayer, which starts out, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Focusing on things you can’t control makes you feel out of control. By focusing on those things you can change, you’ll feel more empowered.
  19. Make a list of pros and cons. How will your life and health be better if you break this bad habit? How does the habit benefit you now? Make a list of reasons to break the habit and reasons to not break it. When you see how much the benefits of breaking the habit outweigh the risks of maintaining it, the decision becomes clearer and easier.
  20. Get back on track right away. Don’t use slips as a reason to give up. Instead, stay the course.
  21. De-stress. Stressful situations can cause us to return to familiar patterns of behavior. Find a way to manage your stress – with meditation, exercise, yoga, or some other activity that helps calm you.
  22. No excuses. It’s easy to make excuses to return to negative patterns of behavior. Maintain your integrity by keeping the promises you’ve made to yourself and accept no excuses.
  23. Live in the moment. One of the most difficult aspects of breaking a bad habit is by looking to the future and trying to determine how you will hold up over the long-term. Instead, focus on the moment. It’s easy to make decisions in each moment towards your goals.
  24. Practice affirmations. Every day, look at yourself in the mirror and state a positive affirmation about breaking your habit. For example, if you’re trying to stop smoking, you might affirm, “I am smoke free, healthy, and happy.” I truly believe meditation and your form of prayer and spiritual connection are really important.
  25. Do it now. You can’t break a bad habit if you keep putting it off for a better time. The best time to get started is right now. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier you.

Via Kimberly Snyder

8 Tips for Gorgeous Skin WITHOUT Expensive Products!

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Ah, skin. And the things we do to our skin! Women (especially) are forever in search of the best fix to give them glowing, clear, healthy, wrinkle-free skin. I was inspired to write this topic today because a friend/client came over recently for lunch and she simply has among the most luminescent skin I’ve ever seen- without makeup! But most of us are not so lucky. It got me thinking how most all of us (most definitely including me!) have to put out a real effort to make our skin look good. Still, many of the products and procedures available on today’s market leave me shaking my head – both at the product and the price tag.

Still, I understand the desire to look youthful and beautiful with glowing, clear, firm skin. What woman doesn’t want that? The good news is you don’t have to fork out the cash for expensive products and fillers to look your best. Glowing skin is within your reach, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

1. Detoxify:

Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. It is the body’s largest organ, and it is an elimination organ. Toxins inside your body can make the skin on the outside of your body look less than beautiful. When you eat foods with toxic ingredients, it is naturally reflected in your skin. The Beauty Detox Solution creates health and beauty because it has a strong element of detoxification to it. When you detoxify your body, the results show on your skin. Detoxification is an ongoing process – though periodic cleanses, properly designed and conducted (like my Glow Bio cleanses), can help launch you into a healthier long-term lifestyle. To detoxify:

  • Drink hot water with lemon every morningPhIHgrh_yWC25fbBqRuKzLFo-glnyEeXk3ga3aWkNX8
  • Drink the fiber-rich Glowing Green Smoothie or similar Green Drink
  • Avoid processed and fast foods that contain chemical ingredients
  • Stick to organic whenever possible
  • Exercise (but not to excess)
  • Take magnesium oxygen at bedtime
  • Eat enzyme-rich foods
  • Take probiotics
  • Eat a high plant-based diet (or all, as I do)
  • Drink a lot of water and avoid excessive caffeine

One caveat of which you should be aware: Sometimes the detoxification process can cause temporary skin irritation, breakouts, or other issues. Stick with it, however, and soon your skin will show the results of your efforts.

2. Nourish:

We’ve all heard the adage, you are what you eat. While this is true throughout your body, it is especially visible on your skin. Eating toxic, chemical-laden foods can show up on your skin, leaving it dull, dry and flaky. Poor nutrition can also speed up wrinkling and cause breakouts.

Nourishing your skin begins from the inside with the foods you eat. Because the skin is an organ, it requires nutrients to maintain vibrant health.

  • Stick to whole, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds
  • Eat a variety of produce from across the full spectrum of color
  • Eliminate common allergens such as wheat, soy, dairy products, and peanuts
  • Minimize or eliminate animal protein. If you do eat animal protein, choose organic, naturally raised, and pastured meats like free-range organic poultry
  • Eat plant foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as chia seeds, walnuts and green veggies
  • Start each day with a Glowing Green Smoothie
  • Eliminate refined sugars

3. Cleanse:

Keeping your skin clean is also important. Many people use harsh cleansers that can actually strip the skin of important hydration and leave it dull. Use a mild cleanser. Because I have oily skin and used to battle acne, I used to think I needed a stronger cleanser. But now I’ve been using and love the Tamanu Organic Luxury Cleanser by Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  It cleans my face really well, but doesn’t strip it.  It works for all skin types. I don’t recommend using very drying cleansers or regular soaps on your face.

4. Exfoliate:

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the surface of your skin that can cause dullness. You don’t need to buy expensive products or use harsh chemical exfoliators, however. You probably have a natural skin exfoliation agent right now in your kitchen: oatmeal. Oatmeal both soothes and exfoliates. To make an oatmeal exfoliation mask, mix ¾ cups of ground oat groats (grind them in the food processor) or steel cut oatmeal with 1/3 cup of warm water and spread it on your skin. Allow it to dry, and then rinse off with warm water. Another great natural exfoliator for the skin is raw organic apple cider vinegar. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids and can also balance the skin’s pH. To use, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to your skin with a cotton ball. Sit for five minutes before rinsing with warm water.

5. Hydrate:

Hydration is important for glowing, healthy skin. 

  • Drink plenty of pure water throughout the day
  • Drink 16-32+ ounces of Glowing Green Smoothie, which is really hydrating and has a lot of enzymes and nutrients from the fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat a lot of raw foods that contain their own water, like salads containing lots of brightly colored vegetables.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating.
  • Take in extra fluids on hot days, when you are ill or stressed, and when you exercise vigorously.

6. Protect:

Sunlight is important because it supplies valuable vitamin D. To that end, you do need to get about 10 minutes of sunlight each day on unprotected skin in order to allow your body to synthesize vitamin D. Too much sunlight, however, can be harmful, just like anything in excess. Practice healthy sun habits, such as covering up and wearing a hat.

7. Improve circulation:

Keeping your blood flowing and promoting lymph drainage can help keep your skin glowing! Dry brushing is a technique that improves circulation and promotes lymph draining. To practice dry brushing:

  • Use a soft, natural bristled brush.
  • Dry brush before your shower every morning.
  • Use a light pressure as you brush.
  • Starting at your feet, brush in small movements up towards your heart.
  • When you are done, take a shower.

8. Minimize makeup:

One of the benefits of healthy skin is not having to wear a lot of makeup. I don’t wear it all the time, but I do love my favorite products, like the stick Vapour blush in Courtesan. It’s natural and non-toxic, and a little bit in the apple of your cheeks can really brighten your whole face. It’s doesn’t make you break out – I’ve even worn it to sweaty yoga class in the middle of an afternoon and I don’t break out. A lot of makeup brands contain toxins and chemicals that can clog skin, even so-called mineral brands. So choose your products judiciously.

I hope these tips help you! Great skin is on the way. Which ones have you tried and which other tips do you have for great skin to share?

Ways to Get Rid of Acne Through Your Habits!

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Acne can be the bane of your existence. It’s just the worst, isn’t it? Even when it’s mild, it can keep you from looking and feeling your best, that’s for sure. I’ve had my own struggles with acne in the past, something I discuss in The Beauty Detox Solution. Improving your diet can definitely help a lot, as your skin is an eliminative organ that helps dispel toxins. Let’s start from the beginning though in our discussion…

What Is Acne?

Acne is a skin inflammation that can manifest as anything from small, red bumps to large, pus filled cysts. This inflammation occurs when the pores become blocked and the body responds with inflammation.

Causes

There are a number of myths about acne. The most common myth is that having dirty skin is the cause. It isn’t. Actually, scrubbing dirt into the skin may exacerbate the condition. Eating chocolate may not necessary directly cause it…but a high fat diet and dairy can definitely contribute to the condition. A number of factors may be at play with creating acne. These include:

  • Hormones: Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menstruation, and others can cause enlargement of the sebaceous glands, which then produce more sebum. The result is clogged pores and acne.
  • Diet: Many dietary factors may contribute to acne. High fat foods, and foods that cause inflammation or result in increases in blood sugar can trigger an eruption.
  • Toxicity: Toxic chemicals in the foods you eat, water you drink, and air you breathe can also cause blocked pores. Likewise, as you begin to cleanse your body of toxic chemicals you may notice a short outbreak of acne as these toxins work their way out of your body via your skin.
  • Stress: Studies show stress increases sebum production, which can result in acne.
  • Medications: Medications can contribute to acne in two ways. First, they increase toxicity in your body. Second, many medications affect the acne-related hormones such as androgens.
  • Poor self confidence. On an energetic, mind-body connection level,poor self esteem, talking down to yourself, or repressed anger can all manifest in the physical form of acne.

 Are Popular Acne Treatments Healthy?

 Conventional acne treatment typically involves one of two chemicals: benzoyl peroxide or Accutane.

Accutane is an oral prescription medication. While it has demonstrated tremendous success at treating a specific type of acne (nodular acne), it also has a number of extremely dangerous side effects that make it NOT worth the cost of clear skin. These super scary side effects include:

  • Birth defects and fetal death
  • Premature births
  • Mental health problems including suicidal ideation, depression, and psychosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Thinning of hair
  • Headaches
  • Brittle nails
  • Muscle pain and fatigue
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Photosensitivity

Benzoyl peroxide is a topical acne fighting ingredient found in both prescription and over-the-counter acne treatments. It produces free radicals in the skin, which can cause premature aging and are linked to a number of diseases including cancer. You don’t want to trade in zits for wrinkles. Benzoyl peroxide also causes extreme drying in the skin, which can lead to flaking, redness, and irritation.

Plus, topical treatments like this don’t get to the root cause of the acne.

Oust the Acne

The best and safest way to eradicate acne is with a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as use of natural skincare products that leave your skin clean without chemicals. This allows you to fight acne naturally, without the use of harsh or dangerous chemicals and medications. Here are my recommendations.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep fights stress and helps your body and hormonal systems function normally. Try for 7 to 8 hours each night.
  2. East mostly organic plants. These foods are anti-inflammatory powerhouses that minimize toxic buildup in your system, fight free radicals, and promote health and well-being. If you do eat animal protein, minimize your intake to once or twice per week of lean organic poultry or eggs (fish is full of mercury, PCBs and other toxins).
  3. Minimize processed foods. These foods contain chemicals and ingredients that contribute to toxicity and inflammation – both culprits in acne breakouts.
  4. Skip the dairy. A paper in Clinics in Dermatology discussed the link between hormones in dairy products and acne in humans.
  5. Eat a low-fat diet. Excessive fat is congestive in any form. Do not overdo so-called “good” fats like olive oil. I barely use any oil myself anymore, and cook with mostly vegetable broth. As I noted in the beginning of this blog, excessive fat in the diet can influence hormones, which can then influence acne.
  6. Cut out the sugar and refined starches. Sugar and starches also change your body’s hormonal balance. As blood sugar rises, so does insulin, which can upset your body’s overall hormonal balance.
  7. Detoxify. While detoxification may initially result in a little increase in acne, in the long-term your skin will be much clearer. Everyone needs to detoxify because our environments are filled with chemicals that gunk up the body.
  8. Drink plenty of pure water. Water helps flush chemicals from the body and cleanses skin from the inside out.
  9. Relieve stress and get some exercise. I’m a big fan of yoga, which accomplishes both of these goals in a single activity.
  10. Dry brush a few times per week to promote detoxification.
  11. Exfoliate. This removes dry skin that can clog pores.
  12. Be nice to yourself. Seriously! If you say negative things to yourself I do believe it can manifest in physical ways…including possibly acne. When you look in the mirror affirm how grateful you are for your healthy, strong body, instead of saying something negative. When you love yourself, everything truly does start to get better, in all areas.

I understand the desire for clear, acne-free skin. Believe me, I know how much it can affect your life when annoying zits come up. But I urge you to get the root cause and follow the recommendations I list above about changing your lifestyle, and especially foods to definitely avoid.

Don’t go for Accutane and other scary popular acne treatments. Your health matters and these treatments can do serious damage for the long run. What good is clear skin if you are sick or internally imbalanced? That’s why I recommend natural acne-reduction methods that are far safer and much more effective than commercial acne products – without the scary side effects.

 

Via Kimberly Synder

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Drinking Water!

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Yes, we all know drinking water is good for us. Drinking water seems simple enough, but with all of the different choices, it seems to be actually complex these days. Here, I’ll answer some frequent questions I get about water!

Can I drink bottled water?

bottled waterThere are all kinds of problems with bottled water – both from a health and an environmental standpoint. Here are a few of the problems.

  • Quality: It’s difficult to know what you’re getting with bottled water. Some comes from municipal water sources – in other words, it’s tap water. Other brands may contain fluoride, which some believe to be toxic to the body. Bottom line – you just don’t know what you’re getting with bottled water.
  • Packaging: While most plastic water bottles are recyclable, many people don’t bother to recycle them. One look at information on the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and you’ll see why plastics are an environmental problem. Producing them is also an issue, since they are petrochemical products that pollute the environment during production.
  • Toxins: PET plastic water bottles may harbor toxins that are hormone disrupters. These toxins can leach into the water. Hard plastic bottles contain bisphenol-a, which is highly toxic, as well.

Instead: Consider a stainless steel water bottle, filled with water from a home filter for your best source of hydration.

What temperature should the water be when I drink it?

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I get this question a lot. Here’s the info:

  • For pure hydration, there’s nothing better than room temperature water, which is more hydrating than cold water. Why? Because your body has to spend energy to bring cold water to an absorbable temperature, which results in water loss.
  • Cold water may cause the blood vessels around your stomach to shrink, slowing hydration.
  • When you drink cold beverages, they tend to solidify the fats from the foods we eat as they pass through our systems. This makes those fats much more difficult to digest, and it makes it difficult to remove unwanted fats from the body. Room temperature water and warm herbal teas, on the other hand, keep the fats as liquids, easing digestion and helping move them through our bodies. This not only helps digestion, but can also reduce the risk of clogged arteries.

Can I drink carbonated water?

carbonated waterYes, but in moderation. Better, not at all, but if you need those bubbles to kick a soda habit, then I’m all for it. Here’s the skinny on carbonated water.

  • Carbonated water contains high levels of carbon dioxide and carbonic acid. Because of this, it is more acidifying than pure water and may contribute to certain health problems.
  • Carbonated water may cause pressure in the kidneys, leading to more frequent urination. This can cause a diuretic effect that leads to dehydration.
  • Some evidence suggests carbonated water promotes the growth of kidney stones. If you suffer from this condition, you need to stay away from it altogether.
  • As with other acidic foods, carbonated water changes the body’s pH. In return, your body works to neutralize its pH to a less acidic level, often leaching calcium and other minerals from the bones to do so. This can lead to lowered bone density and osteoporosis.
  • Your kidneys are designed to digest pure water, not carbonated water. Drinking carbonated water makes your kidneys have to work harder.

The bottom line: Pure water is better at beautifying and better for your health. It cleanses your system, digests easily, and supports detoxification.

Why do I need to avoid drinking water with meals?

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I recommend that you drink water 30 minutes before a meal or 60 minutes after, but not during a meal (other than a few sips as needed.) This is because water dilutes your digestive juices, rendering the process less efficient. If you must drink a little while eating (or ate something super spicy!) sip no more than 1 cup of water during meals.

Do I really need to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of pure water each day?

You don’t necessarily need to drink a set number of glasses of water each day. If you are eating an excellent diet, the foods you eat contain plenty of water, particularly if you have a Green Drink each day or you eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. By then, you are already pretty dehydrated. Hydrate well between meals. Customize the levels of water you need based on your climate, activity levels and overall diet.

Via Kimberly Synder

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the big changes to your skin!

Are you constantly on the phone just like me?

How often do you change your sheets, pillow case, towels, wash cloth?

Do you wash your hands after you eat?

Do you sleep with your hair up or down?

Do you sleep on your side?

Do you wash your eyeglasses at least every day?

Do you use a humidifier in the dry winter months?

So many questions! What do they all have in common?  The answer?  They can all affect the skin.

In this day and age we are constantly on the phone. We have the phone up to our faces, touch our phones all the time with hands that might not be the cleanest, and even take them to less than sanitary places like the bathroom to text. Now think about all the places and times you have used your phone and not cleaned it. Yet you are putting the phone against your face. Yuck!  Cleaning your phone with wipes can help your skin by cleaning off germs, bacteria, oil, and grime.

It is important to change your sheets, pillowcases, towels, and wash clothes once to twice a week; more frequently if you have oily skin or acne. You are transferring oil, sweat, grime, et cetera, to your linens. You need to wash your linens so that you aren’t laying your face in the oil, sweat and grime and causing yourself to break out.  Not only should you frequently wash your wash cloth, you should also make sure that it is wrung out thoroughly and laid to dry out overnight.  Wash cloths are a breeding ground for bacteria.  Leaving them moist accelerates the bacterial growth.

Do you wash you hands after eating?  We touch our faces an average of 16 times an hour. I know you think, “Okay, I really need to wash my hands after eating fried chicken.”  Look at the labels of your food.   Would you want any of that residue on your face?

Do you wear your hair up in a loose ponytail or a soft headband away from your face when you sleep? Do you wear it down loose?  Do you wear products in your hair? Is your hair oily? Your hair is always touching your face unless it is extremely short.  If you have long hair, try wearing it back with a scrunchy or headband at night. Check the labels of your styling products.  All these things can affect your skin.

Do you sleep on your side? Try sleeping on your back so that your face isn’t pressed up against the pillowcase.  Sleeping on your side or stomach can cause you to prematurely wrinkle by causing sleep lines on your cheeks, chin, and forehead.

Make sure to clean your nose pads on your glasses.  Your nose can be a very oily place.

All skin types can benefit from a humidifier in the winter months when the humidity is low.  32-35% humidity is ideal, although as long as you stay in the 27-45% humidity range it is fine. Any lower or higher can cause skin problems in the long term.  Low humidity causes dry, tight, and itchy skin. While high humidity causes sweating and your skin to swell.  Make sure you clean your humidifier once a week with a water/vinegar solution.  However if you live in a very humid environment you may wish to purchase a dehumidifier to lower the humidity.

Yes. Troubled skin can be caused by many things.  Some are obvious.  Some less so.  Sometimes we need to look at our habits to help our skin along.

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New Years Resolutions – Good Habits for 2013!

 

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The Coming New Year is a great time to put new good habits into practice!

  • Drink more water
  • Wear sunblock
  • Wear a hat
  • Exfoliate once to twice a week
  • Exercise, take a walk
  • Mediate
  • Yoga – get limber
  • Treat yourself to a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure (look good feel good!)
  • Start packing your own lunch
  • Sleep more, get better quality sleep
  • Drink less Alcohol!
  • Get more sleep
  • Quit Smoking!
  • Eat more fruits, veggies, and fiber
  • Try going organic

Have fun with it make a list of good habits you would like to start to do and make it happen!

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National Relaxation Day!

 

Ways to Relax, Unwind and Loosen Up

 

Drink some green tea
Take a nap
Go outside
Stretch
Get sunlight (vitamin D please)

 

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Meditate
Take some controlled deep breaths
Listen to classical music
Go to the gym
Eat more fruit
Eat more veggies
Get more fiber
Go for a walk
Talk to a friend on the phone, no texting, even better Skype or Facetime
Get up from your desk
Look at inspiring photos
Read your favorite blogs
Read national geographic or magazines about far away places
Go somewhere high with a vast view
Reduce the amount of caffeine you drink
Drink more water
Eat some healthy comfort food
Go for a swim
Go to a spa
Get a massage
Call some old friends and meet for lunch
Listen to relaxation music
Clean
Open up windows and let fresh air in
Make a list of all the things you need to do today
Write a letter
Take a day off from work
Visit an awe-inspiring monastery, church, temple or piece of architecture
Head down to the beach and walk in the shallow water
Go to a lake and skim rocks on the surface
Read a book you enjoyed as a child
Cook a lavish and complicated dinner
Go to your local botanic gardens where there are lots of colorful flowers
Tense all your muscles for ten seconds and then suddenly let go
Get a stress ball or hand grippers
Go to the zoo
Go to a museum
Get off the computer and relax your eyes
Go and see a comedy show
Go to bed early
Sleep in
Take some allotted time to do nothing at all

 

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Plant something and nurture it
Watch some comedy movies and relax on the couch with a blanket
Join a yoga class
Go to the library
Turn off the television/computer and do something low tech
Have a picnic
Take up painting or drawing and appreciate what ever you create
Throw a party or BBQ
Go out to a favorite restaurant for dinner
Study a topic you have a deep interest in but which doesn’t relate to work
Ride a bike
Use some bath salts and take a long bath in a candle lit bathroom
Talk about your problems with someone
Cut out the sugar in your diet (it causes stress)
Spend some more time with your pet (they’ll love you for it), adopt an animal if you don’t already have one
Throw out stuff around your house your really don’t need or use
Turn on some music and dance around your house
Have a warm glass of milk
Pick up a hobby you have neglected

 

 

 

Eat for Beauty and Health from the Inside out!

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Skin Condition? How to determine what is causing it?

Skin Conditions

Also known as:  Cutaneous or Dermatologic disorders
Please see a medical professional!

A cutaneous condition is any medical condition that affects the integumentary system — comprised of the entire surface of the body and including skin, hair, nails, and related muscle and glands. The major function of this system is as a barrier against the external environment.   Conditions that irritate, clog or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause skin conditions.

A skin condition is caused by the following influences Internal, External, or a combination of both.

 

Here is a sample of questions to ask yourself:

Questions Internal External
Eaten anything new? X
New Medication? Vitamin or herbal supplement? X
Been ill?  X  X
Have I been drinking enough water? X
How much alcohol or caffeine do you drink? X
Any change in my hormones?(Puberty, Menopause, Pregnancy, or Menstruating) X
What is the weather like?  X
Have I been sweating?  X
Bitten by an insect? Or exposed to an irritant?  X
Do you wear make up? X
What kinds of skin care products do you use? X
How often do you cleanse your skin?Have I had any skin treatments, waxing, or dermatological procedures done recently? X
How often are you outside? X
Has a family member had the same problem?What do you have in common? X X

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