10 Signs You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

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Did you know that humans can live 3 minutes without air, though I don’t recommend trying. In a harsh environment — it’s snowing, say — you have 3 hours to survive without shelter. After 3 days, you need water or you’ll perish. You can make it 3 weeks without food, though it won’t be fun.

Because water makes up a total of 60% of our total body weight. That’s a large amount, right? Our brains & heart are actually made up of 75% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin contains 64% water, muscles & kidneys are 79%, & even the bones are watery: 31%, then it’s not hard to see why it’s so important.

Despite this, too many of us don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. By depriving ourselves of the world’s most natural resource, we are continuously damaging our bodies. If you experience any of the following, you can improve your situation by starting with a glass of H2O. I consider myself a very hydrated person, I drink a gallon of water a day (8 bottles). Yet there are some days when I get some symptoms below!

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  1. Dry Mouth: This seems pretty obvious…if your mouth is dry, it definitely means you’re dehydrated. That’s because you’re dehydrated & the process of making saliva slows down significantly while your body diverts that much-needed moisture to other more important places. Drinking water lubricates the mucus membranes in your mouth & throat, which will continue to keep your mouth moist with saliva long after that first sip. That’s why you get a dry mouth when you’re thirsty.Image result for dry skin

  2. Dry Skin: If you want to keep that youthful, glowing look, the secret is to simply drink plenty of water. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so of course it needs to stay hydrated. When we’re dehydrated, our skin can dry out and lose its elasticity. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt & oil accumulated throughout the day. Drink more water & your skin will have a healthy, youthful appearance in no time!Image result for muscle cramps

  3. Muscle Cramps/Charley Horses: Have you ever gone for a jog or walk & cramped up? Do you get frequent Charley Horses? This might be because you’re dehydrated. Make sure you’re drinking enough liquids before your workout or spend time outside & remember to stay hydrated throughout. Remember it’s extra important to replace those fluids you lose through sweat during exercise! Your muscles, also, are comprised mostly of water. Obviously, less water in the body means less muscle mass. Image result for hungry

  4. You’re Hungry: When you’re dehydrated, your body might start to think it needs some food. This happens throughout the day, & overnight when you wake up craving that midnight snack. However, eating food creates more work for your body, whereas drinking water purifies your organs & supplies it with the fuel it needs to go through the other processes in the body. When you have that sudden urge for sweets, try drinking a glass of water instead. It will take the craving for sugary sweets away!Image result for constipated

  5. Constipation: Staying hydrated helps lubricate the digestive system. During the process of dehydration, the colon uses up the water that would have been used by the intestines in the next step of the digestive process. It’s important to your digestive health that your body stays hydrated, so make sure you drink enough water!Image result for headache

  6. Headaches & Migraines: I use to suffer from migraines, every time I went to the hospital they would give me an IV & tell me that dehydration is the main cause of migraines! Go figure. Studies have shown that even being slightly dehydrated could cause headaches. So next time you feel a headache coming on, drink a glass of water!Related image

  7. Dry Eyes/Blurred Vision: When your eyes are unusually dry or your vision seems blurred, you could be dehydrated. Your eyes are another part of your body mostly made up of water, so a lack of hydration can effect them pretty radically without anything happening to the rest of your body.Image result for dark urine

  8. Dark Urine: Normal urine should be clear or a light straw color. Anything darker is usually a sign of dehydration. When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys try to hold on to as much water as they can without neglecting their job: excreting waste products from the body. Drink, drink, drink!Image result for dizzy

  9. Dizziness: If you’re dizzy, irritable, or confused, it could have something to do with your liquid levels: Dehydration could lead to low blood pressure, with less blood, oxygen, &  fuel flowing to the brain. Even our blood is mostly made up of water, at over 95% of its volume. So since there is less water to make up your blood as usual, this can result in low blood pressure & can ultimately alter your mental state.Image result for mood swings

  10. Mood Swings: Water brings oxygen into the body. The more oxygenated your cells, the more alive you will feel. However, if you don’t drink enough water, the body must get oxygen from your blood to compensate, which will suck your body of oxygen. This will make your whole system slow down & make it harder for your body to function properly. This will inevitably make you more tired, moody, and downright lethargic.

Prevent severe dehydration, which can ultimately threaten your life. Stop annoying symptoms in their tracks & look out for these signs of mild dehydration.

The remedy is no farther than your sink, so drink up!

Till next time…

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Feel Sexy Right NOW! The French Way.

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When I was 17, I bought a book called “French Chic”. This book contained all the “secrets” french women used to feel & look sexy.

Over the years, I adapted some of their secrets, & whenever I need a “lift”, I incorporate what these french women shared.

First, what is sexy? Sexy isn’t a look or a style, it’s a state of mind. A vibration you emanate as a result of a “feeling”.  A feeling of self-worth, confidence, happiness, security in who you are. It’s not really about your skin, your clothes, your hair, if your pretty or not, or even your weight. When you are secure in who you REALLY are & embrace that person, you emanate sexiness.

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So what are some of the tips these french women shared? Here are some of my favorite tips…

  1. NEVER go to bed with make up on! Take the proper steps to cleanse, tone & nourish your skin BEFORE you go to bed. They are fully aware that your body repairs itself when we sleep. Going to sleep with makeup on is sabotage to your skin

  2. ALWAYS use moisturizer. Keep your skin hydrated always! Additionally, they spritz water on their face throughout the day.

  3. DRINK plenty of water! We all know the importance of drinking enough water everyday. Water is treated as a luxury in France. Sexy French women drink a lot of water because they know it improves their skin. They use micellar water as part of their cleansing routine.

  4. PAMPER your skin, all of it! When you’re in the shower or taking a bath, exfoliate your skin with a natural scrub. They understand that our body is capable of repair itself & with proper care, you can have the best skin imaginable. They embrace the aging process, they don’t fight to look 20 forever! (This is a state of mind also). Taking care of their skin is something french women do to pamper themselves & they thoroughly enjoy it!

  5. EXFOLIATE at least once a week. French women treat their face to a mask & exfoliation at least once a week.

  6. ROUTINE skincare. While routines vary, they look something like this: cleanser, serummoisturizer, eye cream & products for specific issues such as unevenness or dullness. 

  7. LOVE your body. Take notice of how your body feels when you nurture it with lotions & creams, keeping it hydrated & soft. Show gratitude what your body has done for you over the past years. Appreciate yourself! Good skincare will always reveal better skin & French women realize this.

  8. PREVENTION. They practice prevention from their youth so they have to do less treatment later. They start on eye creams & serums in their teens or early twenties. This approach means their skin looks better longer. My aunt who lived in Paris for many years, taught me this when I was 10! She helped me come up with a skincare routine back then. Skincare routine years BEFORE makeup!

  9. WEAR Lingerie under your clothes just for you! Just doing this automatically makes you FEEL sexy! French women don’t need a special occasion for nice underwear. I discovered that underwear isn’t just underwear, it’s “lingerie” & it reflects an art of living — a philosophy dedicated to an enhanced well-being.

  10. NO FUSS Hair. They’re not fussy about hair. Have you ever noticed a french woman’s hair? They have a style, while chic, that is very much carefree. Always think “natural” & “low maintenance.” Think “sex” hair.

  11. EMBRACE your age. Rather than try to hide the fact that you’re aging, embrace it! That’s the French philosophy They do their best to protect their skin from aging but when it occurs, they don’t fight it.

  12. MASSAGE. French women painstakingly cake on product after product to keep their skin looking young & fabulous! As Americans, we tend to stop at the neck or even worse the chin. French women go beyond these two points by working the chest into their routine. By keeping your neck & chest supple you’ll increase your facial skins appearance as well.

  13. ATTITUDE towards life. French women enjoy EVERYTHING they do! It could be something as simple as walking to the Metro, buying food in a store, eating a piece of pastry, or the way she wears her clothes. It’s all about attitude. French women radiate confidence & a sexy allure, no matter what they do. She could be having the worst day possible, but no one would know it. Feel gorgeous, act gorgeous & you’ll be gorgeous.

  14. Lipstick is a french women’s girl’s best friend. They might not be into tons of makeup, but, they will ALWAYS wear lipstick!

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French women are known for having beautiful skin so their secrets are important! They believe in being the best they can at any age & that’s certainly a lesson we can all learn. Rather than stressing over what we don’t like about ourselves, let’s focus on the things we LOVE about ourselves, doing the best we can & be content in that!

What are your favorite secrets?

Till next time…

 

Stress Less…Sniff Your Way To A Happier Week

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Essential oils has been used for centuries in assisting with healing the mind & body. These amazing oils offer a variety of healthy benefits. They’ve been shown to support gut health & immunity, aid in the detoxification of organs, & balance hormones—naturally! Essential oils have amazing effects on our mental state as well, and they’ve been shown to naturally elevate people’s moods.

You can use oils to stimulate the brain when you need to boost your mood or to relax & de-stress your mind. Their positive benefits on our emotions really are endless.

Try using these different oils each day to help elevate your mood & well being. Here are some of my favorite essential oils to help support an awesome mood. Diffuse 3 to 6 drops of them in your home or office using a diffuser, in a pot of steaming water, or, Pour ¼ cup of hot tap water into an attractive jar or container. Add ¼ cup alcohol (I used rubbing alcohol but apparently vodka works, too) and 20-25 drops of whatever essential oil you want to use. Swirl to mix. inhale a couple of drops from the bottle, or place a few drops in an Epsom salt bath for the ultimate at-home spa treatment.

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Monday

We all need a “pick me up” after the weekend. This is the beginning of our week, try using one or a combination of:

  • Peppermint is a popular oil that is said to stimulate the mind to help support memory, focus, concentration, and mental performance.
  • Lemon is very uplifting to the mind & body. Lemon, when used aromatically, promotes physical energy & purification. Its invigorating fragrance is warming, & there are many clinical studies supporting the use of lemon essential oil for reducing stress & boosting mood. A MUST have for Monday!
  • Frankincense is an amazing oil that has been used to support healthy cellular function for thousands of years. During biblical times, Frankincense was said to be even valued more than gold. Used aromatically, frankincense offers wonderful mood support & can help improve focus, minimize distractions & improve concentration. It also reduces hyperactivity, impatience, irritability & restlessness.

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Tuesday

Research has shown that stress levels seem to peak on Tuesday.

  • Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils…for good reason. It smells great & is an effective stress-relieving oil. In addition to stress-relieving properties, Lavender is a healing aid against colds, flu & migraines.
  • Vetiver is a really nice, thicker oil that carries an earthy fragrance. It has powerful calming & grounding effects on emotions. It can be used to relieve stress, promote restful sleep & aid in recovery from emotional trauma & shock.
  • Bergamot is one of my favorite citrus oils. This wonderful oil assists in reducing anxiety & depression, calming the mind & reducing worries.

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Wednesday

Falling into the hump-day slump? Can’t wait for Friday? Time for inspiration!

  • Eucalyptus offers many topical and aromatic benefits, this essential oil has a soothing, cooling vapor. Use Eucalyptus oil to invigorate, soothe & uplift. Try making your shower experience even more relaxing… Place a couple drops of Eucalyptus oil directly onto the shower floor while you are showering. The steam from the water will create a natural diffuser for the Eucalyptus oil, leaving you with a clear, invigorated feeling! You can also try putting a couple of drops in your shampoo for an invigorating treatment for your scalp.
  • Jasmine has an exquisitely floral aroma that is uniquely its own. A tiny bit goes a very long way! This wonderful oil is called the oil of optimism & confidence. I diffuse Jasmine in my office when I know I’ve got a tough job ahead. If I really need a boost, I will enhance this oil’s amazing effects by sipping some hot jasmine tea.
  • Clary Sage I call the oil of clarity & vision. This lovely oil can help change our perceptions, dispelling our limiting beliefs about our work & open our hearts & minds to new possibilities. It can inspire us to rely more on our intuition & expand our horizons. Clary Sage is one of the most relaxing, soothing & balancing essential oils, creating a restful environment while reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

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Thursday

Almost to Friday! Hang in there, start getting into the weekend mood!

  • Ylang Ylang (pronounced as Eee-lang Eee-lang), was one of the first essential oils that I ever purchased & worked with. I couldn’t resist its intoxicating aroma. I love making an oil with Ylang Ylang & Clary Sage. This is known as the MOST powerful aphrodisiac combinations. 😉 Emotionally, this oil is known for being helpful with stress & anxiety. It’s also used in cases of depression or when trying to cope with anger. I use Ylang Ylang Oil in blends intended to focus upon happiness, gratitude & celebrating blessings. Ylang Ylang alone is also considered an aphrodisiac. 😉
  • Geranium is a strong smelling oil with a floral aroma & a hint of mint. This fresh essential oil has a firm place in aromatherapy, as it helps to balance the mind & emotions, while stimulating the adrenal cortex, balancing the hormonal system &  stimulating the lymphatic system.
  • Orange has a wonderfully uplifting aroma, this is one of the most popular of essential oils within aromatherapy. The aroma of Orange Oil is cheerful and helps to improve the aroma of a stale-smelling room. The very smell of orange essential oil reminds you of happy moments & brings pleasant thoughts to mind. That is why this oil is so frequently used in aromatherapy.

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Friday

Scent the mood for a hot night or a much needed girls night out!

  • Sandalwood sedates inflammation, anxiety, fear, stress, & restlessness. Furthermore, it induces relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, & positive thoughts. Sandalwood is particularly useful for enhancing mood & providing grounding & uplifting feelings during meditation. Mix Sandalwood with Ylang Ylang or Jasmine for a “hot night in”!
  • Oregano has been found to boost dopamine, & then it goes on to boost noradrenaline & serotonin, other functions oregano oil reduces the inflammation of the brain, which can resolve depression and boosts the mood.
  • Patchouli provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions. I’m not alone in my fondness for Patchouli Essential Oil…Patchouli is regularly used in the perfume industry & its aroma is suitable for unisex & men’s blends. It can act as an aphrodisiac as well.

What are your favorite oils to use? Are you willing to try the essential oils listed above? Let me know what you think.

Till next time….

Five Amazing Beauty Tips From The Greek Goddesses

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There is something about the ancient beauty secrets that is so appealing to our modern world. It is essentially appealing to me because they used natural ways to enhance their beauty. There was no such thing as toxic chemicals back then!

Well it’s been a crazy two weeks! I live in SE Florida, so from preparing for Hurricane Irma, to riding out Irma, to cleaning up AFTER Irma, Irma has left me wiped. Not sleeping good for the past two weeks, not eating right before Irma then during Irma (all junk!), not taking care of myself the way I normally do, has left me looking & feeling, well like a hurricane wreck!

I have always used homeopathic remedies for my skin & body. From making my own scrubs to facials to detoxing baths. So this week I took the time to re-integrate what I love most…my Goddess Beauty Secrets.

The women of Greece, for example, were all about enhancing their features, long hair & a fair complexion. Some of their styles were intriguing. They had different styles to represent their status. For example, married women would mostly wear their hair tied up in a bun accessorized with flowers & jewels. Whereas young women would curl their hair & let them flow freely to attract attention from men.

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There is a reason why an exceptionally beautiful woman is called a “Greek Goddess“. So let’s find out their secrets…

  1. An herbal infused bath was like a spa treatment. The Greeks collected various leaves of plants & dried them. They infused these dried leaves in a thermal bath along with some minerals like sea salt. These baths nourish & loosen up the joints & muscles. Cleopatra used milk, adding powdered milk to your bath leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. The fat and protein in the milk provides immediate benefit in your bathwater. The milk also helps exfoliate the skin for additional softness. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin.
  2. Seaweed was widely used as a facial mask back then. They would ground it up with water to make a paste & applied it on their skin for a radiant glow. The iodine in the seaweed normalizes the production of subcutaneous fat, makes skin smooth & silky, drying out acne rashes & pimples. Vitamin C contained in seaweed in huge quantities is known for its rejuvenating properties. … Niacin helps to ensure that the skin complexion is radiant & healthy.
  3. The Greek women preferred to have pale skin & rosy cheeks.They discovered the bleaching & anti-bacterial properties of honey. So they mixed honey with olive oil and applied this on their skin. They used this mixture as a body wash & facial mask/cleanser.This made their complexion fairer & kept their skin acne-free & smooth. Olive oil is made up of monounsaturated fatty acids with strong antioxidants, & vitamins A & E, which help moisturize & repair skin & hair. Honey is a naturally sweet food that also provides benefits for our health. Its high sugar content makes it a great source of healthy energy. It also has antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
  4. Greeks considered roses as the “queen of flowers“. They used its oil and water to soothe &  nourish dry skin. Add this to your favorite moisturizer!
  5. Ancient Greeks loved the exfoliating properties of sea salt & the way it leaves their rough, sun exposed skin soft & glowing. This is a natural exfoliating method Greeks used. I LOVE mixing it with olive or avocado oil to get a moisturizing natural peel or use alone to remove dirt, dead cells & blackheads following up with some of the wonderfully nurturing treatments described above.
So these were some of their secrets. Would you use any of their beauty tips in your daily life? Let me know if you have tried them.
Till next time………

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With today’s environment, hair loss is an outcome of various factors such as stress, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, hormonal imbalances, use of wrong hair care products, heredity and poor hair care. Nevertheless, these problems can be dealt, all you have to do is choose a correct remedy to grow long thick hair.

A healthy diet makes your hair grow faster! To enhance your hair growth eat healthy food. A healthy diet consists of vegetables, fresh fruits and cereals which nourish your body and hair as well.

So eat lots of fruits and vegetables especially protein and omega-3 fatty acids rich foods like walnuts, salmon, herring and green leafy vegetable which are high in iron and vitamin A and C.

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Vitamin E: 6mg
Zinc Gluconate: 40 mg
Calcium; 3600 μg
Biotin: 25μg
Citric Acid: 50mg

So I compiled a small list of Healthy Foods to Eat & Foods to Avoid!

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Say Yes To:

Tangerines

These affect your hair in two big ways:

1.) Its vitamin C content makes it easier for your body to absorb iron, such as from spinach

2.) The vitamin B12 in tangerines promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss & slows down the graying process!! YAY!

Spinach

This is only one of the superfoods you should eat every day! I like adding Spinach in an omelet. (Just an idea) Spinach is iron rich and it contains sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner for hair. The leafy green also provides omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium & iron. All help keep hair lustrous, shiny & most importantly, out of the drain. This is a good thing!

Cinnamon

It smells like the holiday season & improves circulation, which brings oxygen & nutrients to your hair follicles. Sprinkle this evocative spice on your toast, in your coffee, or sprinkle it on top of your cereal or oatmeal.

Eggs

Eggs are packed with a B vitamin called biotin, which helps hair grow & strengthens brittle fingernails. Not having enough of this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Other good sources of biotin: almonds, avocados & salmon.

Nuts & Seeds

Pistachios have been linked to helping with male pattern baldness, cashews have biotin, & walnuts contain oils that add to the amount of elastin in your hair. Elastin keeps hair supple & stops it from breaking.

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Now for…THE WORST FOR HAIR!!

Swordfish

I’m not a big fan of these types of fish. They contain high levels of mercury & this can lead to hair loss. There”s a rule (but there are exceptions) that the bigger the fish is in nature, the higher levels of mercury it has in it. Steer clear of fish like swordfish, mackeral, & even some tuna.

Diet Soda or anything with Artificial Sweetener

Yet another reason that diet isn’t any better than regular: The artificial sweeteners—specifically, aspartame—has been linked to hair loss.

Sugar

It’s officially the year of “stop the sugar!” and your wannabe-luscious locks are yet another reason why sugar hurts your health. It’s really pretty basic: Protein is super important for your hair & sugar hinders the absorption of it. Steer clear of added sugar & surprising foods that have sugar. Sorry guys!

White Starch

This one goes hand in hand with sugar, since white bread, cakes, pastries, white pasta, & other refined, over-processed starches are converted into sugar, which causes your hair to thin. So step away from the croissant & stick with whole wheat whenever possible. EWWW I know this one hurts!

Alcohol

Alcohol slows the levels of zinc in your body, which is a necessary mineral for healthy hair & growth. It also dehydrates your hair, making it more brittle and likely to break. Alcohol does a number on your skin, too. So lay off the wine & margaritas!

Fast Food

Greasy food translates to greasy skin, including on your scalp. As your noggin’s pores wind up clogged, hair loss can occur. Gross, right?

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Boost Your Brain Power!

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The right foods will help you use your brain to the max, and the more you use it, the more you’ll challenge your brain to grow new cells, create new connections, and improve your problem-solving and memory functions.

Pick foods your great, great grandparents would have eaten, and stay away from so-called modern, highly processed foods that are filled with nasty chemicals. Many foods today are genetically modified. So, they are not as nutritious as organic, natural foods. And even worse, they can be dangerous to your health!

Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Berries are rich in antioxidants which protect your brain cells from oxidation and free radical damage. Antioxidants may slow down brain aging and prevent disease, while promoting the growth of healthy brain cells. Berries are also some of the most colorful foods you can eat!

The Healthiest Berries

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cranberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Mulberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Acai Berries

Vitamins & Herbs that Boost Your Brain Power

These vitamins and minerals help your memory and reasoning powers while slowing down the signs of aging.

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • B Vitamins
  • Magnesium

Vegetables and fruits also contain natural sugars that keep you alert. Your brain needs natural sugars to function at its best. Avocados are rich in good fat and vitamin E, while whole and sprouted grains are rich in fiber. Both are good for your circulatory system. And what’s good for your blood flow, is great for your brain.

Foods High in Beta-Carotene & Vitamin C:

  • Mangos
  • Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Rainbow chard
  • Green, Red & Yellow Peppers

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Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids are also necessary for maximum brain power, as well as promoting normal brain growth and development. Studies show that eating foods that are high in Omega Fatty Acids can reduce the risk of some disease, too. These fatty acids also help boost memory and your ability to learn new things!

All nuts, particularly walnuts, “feed your brain” because they keep your arteries clear and boost serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that controls sleep, depression, memory, and other neurological processes.  Raw unprocessed organic olive oil, coconut oil, and hemp seed oil also contain brain healthy fats, fibers, and proteins.

Foods High in Folic Acid

  • Okra
  • Spinach
  • Lentils
  • Collards
  • Asparagus
  • Black Beans
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Sunflower Seeds

download.pngDid you know that flaxseed and real chocolate are brain food, too! They’re filled with vitamin E which keeps your brain healthy later in life. Real chocolate also releases dopamine, to enhance cognition and mood!! I knew I LOVE chocolate for a reason!  Be sure to eat chocolate that is minimally processed and retains the purest cacao – as close to the bean as possible. That means either 100% organic cocoa powder or a dark chocolate bar with at least 75% cacao content. You’ll need to be careful of the chocolate you buy because some chocolate manufacturers use unhealthy and unethical practices!!!

Vitamins & Herbs that Boost Your Brain Power

These vitamins and minerals help your memory and reasoning powers while slowing down the signs of aging. 🙂

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • B Vitamins
  • Magnesium

 

download Did you know? Detoxing can help boost your brain power, too. By eliminating the toxic chemicals and heavy metals that build up in your body from your environment and diet, you can rid your brain of dangerous free radicals that may contribute to disease and poor health.

Eating the proper foods enhances your brain functions. Using your brain for reading and learning new skills, such as a musical instrument, a new language, or computer skills even conquering crossword puzzles regularly will keep your brain quick and nimble!

Each morning I mix a powdered Super Foods & Powdered Collagen into my oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. In the afternoon, I do a shot of Acti-Labs Follicle Food for an afternoon pick me up & added vitamins for my hair, skin & nails!

I’m happy to report that my hair & nails grow SO much faster & stronger than it has EVER grown in my life! For a 48 year old, that is AWESOME!!!

My hair is growing faster & healthier since I stared doing my daily routine, my nails are also growing faster & stronger. My overall hair, skin & nails are HEALTHIER than ever before! So I HIGHLY recommend finding your OWN routine.

In a hurry? Try our Follicle Food Shots! 

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Daily shot is formulated to deliver highly concentrated, easily absorbed nutrients for maximum effect.

Brewer’s Yeast: Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iodide, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B8, Vitamin B9, Amino Acid Complex: Arginine, Cystine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Valine, Wheat Protein Hydrolysate (Gluten), Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Pidolate, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6. Equisetum, Arvense, Urtica, Ginko Biloba, Terminalia Chebula Fruit, Bambusoideae, Alfalfa Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Biotin, Citric Acid.

Brewer’s Yeast : 600 Mg
Wheat Protein Hydrolysate : 200 Mg Magnesium Pidolate: 50mg
Zinc Gluconate: 40mg
Vitamin B5: 4.7mg
Vitamin B6: 1.4mg
Vitamin E: 6mg
Zinc Gluconate: 40 mg
Calcium; 3600 μg
Biotin: 25μg
Citric Acid: 50mg

Instructions For Use:

Take 1 per day with a glass of water.

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Till next time……………………

Top 4 Secrets To Taming Frizz Control (Especially Curly Hair)!

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So if you’re like me &  have curly hair, maybe you like it, or at least you don’t mind it or maybe you don’t. Undoubtedly you get compliments on it often.

Whether you have curly hair or wavy hair you might encounter the same biggest issue…FRIZZ! Every curly-haired human being has experienced a problem with controlling frizzy hair. Chances are more likely that you have styled your hair in the morning, only to have it expand and fuzz up with the afternoon humidity. Living in South Florida I get PLENTY of humidity! Well, not to worry. Here are some top secrets for you on frizz control. Read them. Absorb them. Practice them. You’ll thank me later.  😉

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So let’s start from the top. What is frizz, anyway? (Besides annoying.) Frizz can be both a noun and a verb. As a noun, frizz is the messy tangle of hair that sits upon your head from time to time. As a verb, “to frizz” means to form your hair into knots, tight curls, or some other snag. I have no idea why someone would *want* to frizz her hair (some straighties still tease their hair!). Still, it’s the result of a mess of hair atop your head. In order to know how to control frizzy hair, first we must talk a bit about what causes it in the first place. When your hair looks “frizzy,” what’s really happening is that it’s trying to curl. “Well, it’s already curly,” you say. Yeah, but it wants to curl more, and you can help it curl more and frizz less when you understand what’s going on up there!! 

The outer layer of each hair strand, called the cuticle, is like shingles on a roof. The ideal placement for them is to lie flat. When your hair is exposed to water, the cuticle opens up a bit, trying to absorb that water as much as possible. Curls crave moisture, and moisture comes from water; so what’s happening is that the hair is wanting a drink! So, in order to prevent this from happening, your best bet is to give your curls a drink beforehand. In fact, regular watering is best, just like with a plant. If you start out with enough moisture in your hair your hair won’t try to absorb the water from the air as much. Maintaining moisture levels is key in order to avoid frizzy hair.

Did you know that there are different types of frizz?

  • SURFACE FRIZZ is frizz you get only on the outside of your hair (not underneath).

  • HALO FRIZZ is only on the crown of your head but doesn’t appear elsewhere.

  • IN-THE-CURL FRIZZ kills the look of smooth curls as it frizzes its way through them.

OK so now we know what the 411 is on FRIZZ, so how do we fix this?

First, deep conditioning once a week is key! Maintain the moisture in your hair.

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  1. ALWAYS apply ANY styling products to WET HAIR ONLY!

Forget about those instructions on the product bottle that say “towel-dry hair and apply a small amount from roots to ends.” For curly & wavy frizzy hair, the best and only way to style hair is the exact opposite of that. (Curly hair is the opposite of most, so it makes sense, right?) So take your products into the shower with you, after rinsing your conditioner, (I never rinse out all the conditioner, I leave some in) and rinse with the coldest water you can stand to close the cuticle and seal it in. Immediately apply your styling product while hair is still soaking wet, this locks in moisture and frizz out! Apply from top to mid-shaft to ends first to evenly coat, then apply more to unruly areas, and very little at the root and around the hairline then scrunch from ends upward. Leave your hair alone to dry (DON’T touch!)

2. Don’t Shampoo Every Day

Curly, kinky and wavy hair needs the natural oils from your scalp to reduce frizz. No more than four washes every week is good. For your off days, go do the rinse and conditioner route.

3. NEVER EVER BRUSH!

If there’s one tip repeated by just about every expert, it’s this: avoid brushing hair after it dries. Brushing not only disrupts your hair’s cuticle, it can also stretch hair, leading to breakage. Instead ONLY comb, or finger-comb it when wet, apply Anti-Frizz product & other styling products… Then…don’t touch. If you like the way they look at that point, you will still like the way they look when they dry!

4. Let Hair Dry & Scrunch Curls Out

Don’t panic if your hair seems a bit crunchy. This is what you want; this is a BIG key to avoiding frizzy hair! Styling this way makes it easy to get rid of the crunch, and here’s how. As much as you can, let your hair dry 100%. If you get to work and it’s still slightly damp, it’s not the end of the world. Just be extra gentle with it. But hypothetically, let’s say you have time to let your hair dry all the way; flip your head over and scrunch (ends to roots, you know the drill) until your curls feel soft! It’s that simple. And the drier your hair is, the more you can fluff it and not have to worry about frizz. (Trust me, I’ve tested it!) What you have left is soft, bouncy, frizz-free and crunch-free curls.

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Try Acti-Labs’ new Frizz Police!  

Smooth, styling cream enriched with minerals to control your style and boost hair health. This melting texture spreads easily through the hair without build up to control Frizz.

So there you have it. Now you know my secrets to frizz control for curly or wavy hair. Don’t just take my word for it; try them out for yourself! The next time you get caught in an unexpected rainstorm, you might just run inside, look in the mirror, and smile!

Till next time……….

Nurture Yourself By Adding Dry Brushing To Your Daily Ritual!

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What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.  In dry brushing, the skin is brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet & brushing toward the chest.

Why dry brush? What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to dry brushing. Take a look what dry brushing can do for you:

  • Re-energizes the skin by exfoliating
  • Stimulates blood flow & natural healing
  • Facilitates detoxification
  • Increases circulation & promotes blood flow
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Improves immune health
  • Reduces inflammatory
  • Improves muscle tone as a result of increased blood flow
  • Stimulates lymphatic system
  • Increases cell renewal
  • Aids in digestion
  • Improves kidney function
  • Tightens skin
  • Increases energy
  • Makes you feel great!

Yes a simple process of dry brushing your skin will provide these benefits! I just started adding dry brushing to my body wraps…Can’t wait to see how this maximizes my results. I DO see a difference already!

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How to Dry Brush the Skin:

  1. Starting at the feet, brush the bottoms of the feet and up the legs in long, smooth strokes. I typically brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains. As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.
  2. Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, brush each section of skin 10 times.
  3. On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
  4. Repeat the process on the abdomen and back. On the face use a more delicate brush (there are facial brushes, the are smaller & softer).

Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. Your skin will be slightly pink after brushing, this is from the increased blood flow, but it should never be red or sting. If it hurts at all, use less pressure! Too much is NOT better!!

Brush before showering and moisturize after showering. I love our New Collagen Body Lotion.

I recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.

Let me know if you use dry brushing in your regimen & what benefits you’ve noticed.

Till next time………….

 

 

 

 

How Soluble Fiber Aids In Weight Loss

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We all know that eating fiber is important to ensure our digestive system is working properly. But did you know that there are two categories of fiber? Did you know that both categories of fiber can be found in the same food source? Soluble and Insoluble….okay, but what is the difference? More important, how can this help with weight loss?

 

Insoluble fiber does not absorb or dissolve in water.

It passes through our digestive system in close to its original form.  Insoluble fiber offers many benefits to intestinal health, including a reduction in the risk and occurrence of hemorrhoids and constipation.  The scientific names for insoluble fibers include cellulose, lignins, and also some other hemicelluloses.  Most of insoluble fibers come from the bran layers of cereal grains.

Soluble fiber is “soluble” in water.

When mixed with water it forms a gel-like substance and swells.  Soluble fiber has many benefits, including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol.  The scientific names for soluble fibers include pectins, gums, mucilages, and some hemicelluloses.  Good sources of soluble fiber include oats and oatmeal, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), barley, fruits and vegetables (especially oranges, apples and carrots).

Soluble fiber is known to help regulate blood sugar levels, and protect against heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol. Soluble fiber also boosts good bacteria in the gut and that is linked to improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and even enhances your mood. There is another benefit of soluble fiber and that is it has has “middle-whittling” benefits. This means you feel full for longer and that helps with weight management. Studies have shown that for each additional 10 grams of daily soluble fiber eaten, participants had a 4% decrease in belly fat over a five-year period.

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You do need both types of fiber so a lot of research focuses on total fiber intake. The Archives of Internal Medicine found that over a nine year period people who consumed more dietary fiber have a lowered risk of death from any cause. Individuals that eat the most fiber (about 25 grams a day for women and 30 grams for men) are 22% less likely to die compared to those who consumed the least fiber (10 grams per day for women and 13 grams for men). The effect was even stronger when researchers looked at deaths from heart disease, infectious diseases, and respiratory diseases; people with high-fiber diets had as much as a 50% or greater reduction in risk.

Skinny Juice contains vegetable extracts and Glucomannan, a soluble natural fibre which, when mixed with water, becomes gel-like in the stomach, which could contribute to the feeling of fullness. Feeling full can be helpful for dieters to manage meal portion size & avoid temptation or habitual snacking.
Contains Extracts of: Spirulina, Wheatgrass, Kelp, Chlorella, Guarana, Orange Oil, Pea, Carrot, Spinach, Tomato, Asparagus, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Leek.

A 12 gram packet of Skinny juice contains 4.1 grams of carbohydrates and .3 grams of that is sugar…this means we are getting 3.8 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber. Keep in mind that the primary source of that fiber is flaxseed powder, wheatgrass powder, and glucomannan.

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What is glucomannan?

Glucomannan is a sugar made from the root of the konjac plant that has been used for centuries in traditional Japanese cooking as a thickener or gelling agent. It’s so renowned in Japan that it even has its own nickname—”the broom of the intestines”—which gives you a pretty good idea of how it works. For just a few calories, glucomannan creates a sense of fullness by absorbing water and expanding to form a bulky fiber in your stomach.  When consumed, glucomannan “sponges” up water in the digestive tract, reducing the absorption of carbs and cholesterol and thus supporting weight loss. This supplement also makes you feel full without leaving you gassy or bloated.

Do you….

  • Struggle with snacking
  • Often feel hungry
  • Aren’t keen on greens and vegetables
  • Want to lose weight

Skinny juice can help to stop you snacking as the natural fiber expands in your tummy making you feel full and less likely to eat those naughty foods between meals.

Why not give it a try? You get a 14 day supply – one sachet per day

 

 

Create An At Home Spa…Your Soul Needs It

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If you can name your emotions, you can tame them…we aren’t superhuman and we all need a breather sometimes, but between work and life commitments, it can be difficult to find the time for yourself & never mind a day at the spa! However, it’s important to take time for yourself in order to live a healthy, balanced life. You soul needs to reconnect to Source in order to keep some balance, so relax. You don’t need to give up an entire day or rack up that credit card bill to pamper yourself. Creating your own spa experience can be easy using things you may already have on hand at home. Try these ideas to relax more and stress less.

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Seek Comfort in Candles

Scented wellness candles are used in spas during massages and other body treatments to help relax the mind and body. The good news is that even if you’re in a rush simply lining your vanity with some scented candles will help quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Look for candles that contain essential oils, these are my top 10 essential oils.

  1. Bergamot is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, anorexia, and a number of infections including skin infections like psoriasis and eczema.
  2. Patchouli serves as a powerful skin care agent; it even promotes skin cell growth when applied directly to the skin. Patchouli helps to relieve anxiety, depression, fatigue, curb addiction, reduce cellulite and bloating.
  3. Eucalyptus is a powerful treatment against respiratory issues. In addition it is used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, fight migraines &fevers, decongestant, diuretic and stimulant & helps with muscle aches and pains.
  4. , Lavender is known for its stress reliever benefits it also has the following therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and sedative.
  5. Lemon oil is a multifaceted essential oil. It helps with everything from skin irritation to digestion to circulation problems. It is a natural immunity booster and can even help reduce cellulite! Lemon oil helps to alleviate headaches and fever, and is a quick mood enhancer.
  6. Tea Tree’s healing properties are abundant. Not only is it a natural immune booster, but it also fights all three kinds of infection. It works to heal skin conditions, burns and cuts, and also works as an insecticide. In addition, it helps to soothe and treat cold sores, respiratory conditions, muscle aches, the flu, Athlete’s foot and dandruff. Its uses are vast and its healing power is quick.
  7. Peppermint oil has a number of therapeutic properties. It is a cooling agent that enhances mood, sharpens focus, combats irritation and redness, alleviates symptoms of congestion, and aids in digestion.
  8. Rose oil is an ideal essential oil to have on hand. It helps with a number of illnesses and conditions, such as depression, anxiety and digestion issues. It is also helps with circulation, heart problems and respiratory conditions like asthma. It is a protector of the heart and is also good for your skin.
  9. Ylang-Ylang oil is also used to soothe headaches, nausea, skin conditions, stimulate hair growth, reduce high blood pressure and fight intestinal problems.
  10. Sandalwood oil can help mucous membranes of the urinary tract and chest wall. It helps to alleviate chest pain. It is also used as a relaxing agent for tension relief. It is a hydration aid for the skin, as well as an anti-inflammatory.

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Relax with Music

When you walk into a spa, you typically hear soft, tranquil music playing faintly in the background, and there’s good reason for that! Music is known for its ability to slow down the mind and relax the body, decreasing your heart rate as you listen. Relaxing sounds also help increase serotonin production, which helps to reduce blood pressure, increases happy thoughts and can even treat anxiety symptoms. I love listening to Enigma or any type of New Age music.  Let your mind go, don’t focus on any thoughts just be aware of any messages you may receive.

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Escape with Essential Oils

Essential oils can be found in practically any spa and are used in everything from relaxing massage oils, to body scrubs and moisturizers. There are many varieties of oils that offer amazing benefits to your skin and body, such as restoring skin vitality and generating new, healthy cells. Whatever oils you choose, try to invest in natural essential oils and not the synthetic varieties, which usually don’t have the same effects as their natural counterparts. To get the benefits of essential oils at home, you can use them in your bath or fill a bowl with warm water, add a few drops of your favorite oil, then soak a washcloth in the water. Use the washcloth as a compress on your face and neck for just five minutes. Repeat as necessary, then use a towel to dry your skin. You’ll be absolutely glowing after just one application. Never apply essential oils directly to your skin. Less is best, especially if your skin is sensitive.

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Ease Stress with a Massage

We all know that weekly trips to a massage therapist would be great to release unwanted tension and stress from our achy, tired muscles–but we don’t all have the time or money for that. Thankfully you can get similar relaxation benefits at home with a quick and simple scalp massage or a massage pillow. Just one scalp massage can provide deep relaxation, relieve pain in your head and neck and help ease eye strain from all that computer screen-staring. When done on an ongoing basis, scalp massages can even relieve you from chronic headaches and migraines. Don’t have a friend or spouse available to give you a scalp massage? No worries. You can find do-it-yourself scalp massagers at your favorite online retailer or health and wellness store. I love my shiatsu massager, I use it every day!

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Scrub Away Unhealthy Skin

Many spas offer invigorating sugar and salt scrubs for healthy skin exfoliation purposes. And because skin is the body’s largest organ, taking care of it is very important. Our skin absorbs unhealthy toxins every day in all environments, and takes a beating when it comes to too much sun exposure. Plus, clogged pores from sweating during daily workouts can hold unwanted toxins which result in unsightly blemishes. So, the next time you’re in the shower, reach for a salt or sugar scrub, add a small amount to your sponge or washcloth and gently slough away old, dead skin cells to reveal soft, glowing, healthy skin.

 

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Steam It Up

Steaming isn’t just a healthy way to cook your favorite veggies, is great for achieving healthy skin too! Steaming helps retain nutrients in your skin much like it does in your food. So, the next time you look in the mirror and see clogged pores or a dull complexion, steam things up to reveal brighter, healthier skin. Simply soak two small towels in hot water, drape each on either side of your face and hold for just five minutes. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and then proceed with your regular skin cleansing regimen.  I love putting a pot of water on the stove & adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil, after it boils I turn off burner & place my face over the steam…NOT too close you don’t wanna burn yourself! You’ll see results after just one steam.

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Soak Away Stress

One of the most relaxing things we can do for our bodies is to take some time to soak away the stress and tension in our tired muscles–and all you need is a regular, old bathtub for that! So, the next time you have a little bit of extra time to pamper yourself, light some candles, turn on your favorite tunes, run a hot bath, put a few drops of your favorite oils, flower petals, bath salts or bubbles & lay back, shut your eyes and soak your cares, aches and pains away.  Your mind and body will be much more relaxed when you step out of the bath as opposed to your usual shower.

You know that saying….

Sing Like No One Can Hear, Dance Like No One Is Watching & Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt Before!

Take time to love yourself each day & your days will be filled with love & happiness!

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Want to feel like you’ve had a LUXURIOUS spa treatment at home??

It’s as easy as one,two,three…

Step One: Use our Back-to-Basics body scrub to re-surface and rejuvenate your entire body.

 

 

Till next time……….