You Should Be Taking Tumeric

Turmeric is such a wonderful ingredient with anti-microbal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Taken internally with a bit of coconut milk, honey or black pepper, turmeric can boost vitality and decrease inflammation internally. It will also help support liver health! I also really like using it in my facial masks with a bit of yogurt, lemon and honey. Turmeric will aid in softening and brightening the skin, and reducing any redness or inflammation topically!

 

Here is a great summary of the basic benefits found in turmeric powder and recipes to incorporate it into your diet:

http://herbalacademyofne.com/2013/12/turmeric-the-golden-goddess/

 

 

The Vitamin Deficiency Causing Your Wrinkles

wrinkleshttp://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-vitamin-deficiency-that-is-written-all-over-your-face/

Hmmm, very interesting! I know that vitamin deficiency is a hige problem for our modern diet and lifestyle. Most of us are not drinking homemade broths, eating organ meats, or getting enough greens and fermented foods. Even our soil is depleted heavily, which means that the healthiest foods can still fall short! Vit K: think healthy fats, grasses, legumes, greens and bone broth…is now considered a MAJOR player in keeping our skin youthful. In addition, Vit K is helpful for preventing inflammation and chronic illnesses. I’d put it right up there with Vit D. Unless you are eating bone broth and tons of greens daily – you may want to consider the possibility of a Vit K deficiency.

I love this resource for suggesting the food sources of impt vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/the-vitamin-deficiency-that-is-written-all-over-your-face/

So, go eat a salad, your skin will thank you!

How Diet & Hormones Affect Your Acne

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It’s no secret that I love Nadine Artemis of Living Libations. Nadine is an aromacologist and an all around expert in all things natural and gentle for the skin. Her explanation of how diet and hormone balance can affect acne and other issues is so simply stated that I had to post about it. You ARE what you eat and what you absorb! If you have been told by your dermatologist or esthetician that your diet plays no role in your skin issues, it’s time to find a new practitioner!

There are many things I can do topically as an esthetician to help strengthen, cleanse, soften and nourish my clients’ skin. However, without a nourishing diet, these benefits will be short lived and not fully realized. That is precisely why I am working hard to earn my Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition. I plan on combining nutritional counseling, aromatherapy and skincare in a complete holistic wellness program for the skin. As a bonus, when you upgrade and clean up your diet while taking care of your skin – you will see not only prettier skin, but enjoy many health benefits as well!

 

Half way through my cleanse: what I’ve noticed

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So here I am, just past the mid point in my 90-day Cleanse. I wanted to post a bit about what I’ve noticed so far in terms of my health.

At first, less energy, then more energy: Let me explain. When I first started this cleanse, I was excited to start feeling the positive effects. This did not happen right away, and I actually felt worse in the very beginning. I craved sugar and starches. I felt drained and even had some minor breakouts and headaches. BUT, I kept going, knowing that these were all signs of detox that would pass. and…I was right! At about two weeks into the cleanse, I started to feel pretty amazing. The only way I can explain it is I felt a surge of energy and almost giddiness without any kind of crash mid day!

Heightened senses: As my sugar cravings subsided, I found that I could taste the sweetness of food more. Fresh, ripe strawberries now taste like the sweetest dessert! Sugar and salt both dull the taste buds, and when you limit or eliminate the added junk, you taste the REAL stuff more – and that’s so much better. I can eat food that I really truly enjoy and feel really really good about myself, knowing Im nourishing my body at the same time!

Weight loss and flatter stomach: This actually happened within the first three weeks of my cleanse. It was that fast! All together Ive lost about 13 pounds. That’s not exactly 13 pounds of fat though! Bloating and imbalanced digestion slows metabolism which keeps weight on. Drinking a TON of water daily and strengthening digestion allows the body to work properly and that creates a flatter mid section and healthier weight.

No more stomachaches, bloating, headaches, dizziness: I have always been relatively healthy. But before starting this cleanse, I just didnt feel as healthy as I’d like to . I wanted to glow! Midway in the cleanse I find myself feeling less of the symptoms of imbalance I felt prior, and that’s been so wonderful!

Brighter, clearer skin and eyes: Starting in the second month of my cleanse, I noticed a clearer, brighter me! I also started receiving compliments like “You’re glowing, are you pregnant?” Ha, seriously, though, I do feel more glowy (that’s a word now.)

Healthier cycle: It took my husband and I a while to become pregnant with our daughter. That actually led me to holistic nutrition in the first place. After visiting an acupuncturist and intuitive doctor, I made some changes to my diet and cleaned up my act. And guess what, I got pregnant! Now that Im finally doing this cleanse, and cleaning up my act even more, Im noticing improvements in my cycle and Im really excited! I understand that this may be TMI, so I won’t go into any details here, but if you want to know – call me and ask!

 

Live Simply: Whole Foods Inspiration!

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photo credit: Live Simply blog

I’m slightly obsessed with this food blog because it has such wonderfully helpful information for a real food diet. Now, while eating “real food” seems like a ridiculously simple concept, many of us are not doing it.Consuming a nutrient dense, whole foods diet rich in plants is the single best thing you can do for your health and the health of your skin. If you are feeding your body what it needs to be at optimal status, your skin will need much less intervention and special attention!

The Live Simply blog encourages this kind of diet with posts on stocking your kitchen, making your own food staples and deliciously simple recipes! If you are thinking about cleansing, removing refined foods, or simply eating better…you need this blog:

Stocking Your Fridge

Stocking Your Pantry

Stocking Your Freezer

Easy to Make Staple Foods

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