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Pitaya: the most beautiful fruit

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Want to have the prettiest smoothie on the planet? Try a little PITAYA – or Dragon Fruit. This superfood from Central America has been cherished for centuries. Although this fruit is also found in Asia, the pitaya from Central America has more fruit inside and is much more pink in color.

The Pitaya fruit sprouts from a big beautiful white flower that only opens its petals under the night sky. The strong sun rises in the morning, and burns off the flowers petals. You are left with a small bud ready to grow into a delicious Pitaya fruit.

Dragon fruit is low in sugar and high in lots of good stuff: fiber, omegas, antioxidants, magnesium and love enzymes…to name a few! All of these are powerhouse nutrients that feed and nourish the skin, helping it glow! This company is now selling individual smoothie packs of flash frozen dragon fruit, making it the perfect and easiest base for smoothies or smoothie bowls. Step aside acai – ha ha! I kid…but seriously – watch the acai…companies are starting to add sugar to those smoothie packs and bowls. Plus, acai is kind of the less pretty step sister to this magnificent magenta fruit.

Has anyone used this in smoothies before? Do you love it? Im going to pick some up right now!

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The Skin – Gut Connection

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I talk / rant about this all the time with my clients, friends and family. If you want to heal your skin issues, you need to heal your gut. You simply cannot have healthy skin if your digestive system is inhibited or inflamed. Not possible. Taking daily probiotics is a great first step in improving gut health – but the buck does NOT stop there. Most of the time, healing the gut involves doing away with overindulging in sugar, refined foods, etc. Many times, it is necessary to remove these things altogether (at least, at first.) This allows the gut to heal and beneficial flora to build back up. If you suffer from premature aging, pigmentation, acne, rosacea or eczema…you are a candidate for some good ol’ gut healing! Start by reading this article here

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My Favorite Honey Masks

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These are my very favorite honey masks. They are so easy, require minimal ingredients and pack a punch for your skin. I recommend honey masking 1-2 times per week, in between professional facial treatments. My clients already know this, but I’m not a huge fan of home exfoliation. I’d much rather my clients use a daily serum and moisture treatment, keep their skin fairly clean and honey mask weekly…saving the big jobs for their facials (which I recommend every 4-6 weeks.) Raw honey is easy to find, inexpensive and has no shelf life – what better mask ingredient could there be? Here are the recipes:

For Uneven Skin Tone
1 tsp raw honey
1.2 tsp fresh lemon juice OR 2 drops lemon essential oil*

For Sensitive Skin
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp pure aloe vera
1 drop lavender essential oil*

For Oily Skin
1 tsp raw organic honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or nutmeg
2 drops purification essential oil blend*

For Dry or Mature Skin
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp raw organic coconut oil
1 drop frankincense essential oil*

**All of the essential oils I use at bien-etre spa and in my own home are from Young Living. I believe that they are of the highest quality. I’ve used them for more than 10 years, and over the past year more actively. I have been blown away by how many benefits they provide in addition to my healthy diet and skin regimen. If you’d like more information on these amazing oils, please contact me anytime!

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New Favorite Fall Drink

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It’s officially Octiber, which makes it officially Pumpkin Spice latte season. For many, this sweet beverage is one of the very best things about fall. Since I just came off a two month no-sugar regime…this drink is a form of sugar-based torture. Soooooo sweet!! I was interested in the ingredients and did some research. (For those of who who wish to continue enjoying this drink – please overt your eyes)

The ingredients posted for the pumpkin sauce / syrup alone are:

Anyway…since I will not be enjoying any of these this season…I wanted to find a great alternative. Enter Numi organic teas. I LOVE this tea company! Organic, healthy and great tasting! Their chai rooibos is amazing – especially when I did this to it:

Pumpkin Chai Latte
numi chai rooibos tea, (one bag steeped in purified water)
almond / hazelnut milk*, steamed
cinnamon and nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Now, that’s better isnt it? Guilt free fall in a cup! *Recipe for almond / hazelnut milk coming soon!!

sources: http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/25/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte/ , http://store.starbucks.com/fontana-pumpkin-sauce/011008514,default,pd.html

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A Great Reason to Drink More Water

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This woman drank 3 liters of water daily for an entire month and her results are astounding. If you only knew how terribly thirsty your body is, you’d be chugging water right now. There are so many things that dehydrate us on a regular basis and so many ways our bodies use water and need water to function! If we arent replenishing our supply, our bodies make do by recirculating less than clean water within our system and prioritizing needs. If your skin is even slightly dry – you’ve been dehydrated for a while already! Try this out: drink 2-3 liters of water daily and be amazed by the improvements in your skin , digestion, mood, energy levels and more!!

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