WHY DETOX?

I have never been one to jump on a bandwagon, so when I kept hearing about detox I almost wanted to push it away because it was too popular. Especially when I saw friends or coworkers eager to suck down a ‘detox’ powdered shake in place of real food.

MY ANALYSIS

After doing a little research, I have learned that some detox plans can be too extreme, but that is not true for all of them. At first I did not understand that our bodies held toxins and parasites. I think my exact words were – ‘that’s ridiculous’. And I still resist some of the extreme beliefs about all the sludge that we have sitting in our intestines etc. But thankfully, I do understand now the importance of detox. Especially if we have a diet full of chemical/processed foods and/or are exposed to many toxic environmental cleaners or pollutants. I get that we may need to take extra good care of our body and abstain from certain foods or drinks in order to get your body back to working at an optimum level. That makes sense!

THE HEALTHY DETOX SOLUTION

But what I do not like are companies trying to push a product (such as protein shakes or detox shakes or synthetic vitamins) that are full of more preservatives and ingredients you cannot even pronounce and saying it will help you detox. It also seems backwards to deprive your body of too many nutrients in order to detox. Especially if you are used to years of a certain diet and then depriving your body at all of the foods it is used to consuming. So how do we know what detox will work best? Well these are the important things I have learned from either personally trying it out, friends and family, or from research I have done on the topic:

TAKE IT SLOW

Do not automatically stop eating and only drink juice because extreme diets like this can make our body go into shock. Detox does not have to be extreme. Here’s a great article on taking it slow: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15154/how-to-detox-your-body-no-willpower-or-deprivation-required.html

KNOW YOUR BODY

If you know that your body craves carbs and you are used to a high carb diet try not to cut out all carbs if you are going on a detox. Our bodies need substance. If you want to start cutting out carbs, do it gradually. It may be that you start out with a detox plan that cuts out some carbs at first, with a long term plan of having less carbs to your diet in general. This can also be the same for sugar, dairy or other foods that can be hard on your health.

TRY ONE THING AT A TIME

I find this is especially true with herbs. When I feel like I have had too much junk food, I will drink a cup of dandelion tea and it really helps clear the system and balance things, it is kind of like my mini detox. However, if I combine dandelion tea with any other detox type herb, I end up sending my stomach into turmoil and feel sick all night! So take it slow.

DETOX IS NOT JUST ABOUT FOOD

Stress can cause a lot of problems for the body. Sometimes movement like yoga or even a trip to the lake for peace and quiet can do wonders to help detoxify the body.

SWEAT IT OUT

When we work out, many toxins are released from our bodies. This helps us regain balance and optimize health. Breaking a sweat is particularly important because many of the toxins will come out through perspiration. Saunas are also a great benefit in this way.

BREATHE

Surprisingly breathing releases a lot of toxins in the body. Some people who suffer from anxiety tend to periodically hold their breath during times of stress. This is hard on the body and affects relaxation. So remember to breathe slow and deep whenever you are feeling stressed or anxious.

WHOLESOME, RAW, UNALTERED FOOD IS BEST

If your detox plan includes a shake, skip the powder if possible. I actually absolutely love doing shakes every day. It gives you so many nutrients that you would not normally consume, and in one drink! But, if you can, make a shake with all raw foods as it is more easily absorbed and will only have natural ingredients. If you do require extra protein, try adding in a nut or seed butter or some other ingredient that is more natural such as a pure organic maca powder.

HYDRATE

The first thing you will want to drink when you wake up is a tall glass of water, before coffee or anything else. This helps really hydrate the body. Make sure to drink water frequently throughout the day as well.

GOOD HABITS

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will make occasional detox much easier on the body. There will be less reasons to need to detox by maintaining a healthy body and healthy environment.

TAKE A BATH

Epsom salts or mineral salts sprinkled in the tub can also help detox the body. And who can pass up a relaxing hot bath! I try to multitask and use quiet bath time for meditation and prayer, a nice mental detox as well. So put on the classical music and let the salts work.

GIVE IT A TRY

Dr. Oz had a special on a 48 Hour Detox that I thought was pretty decent. Here is the link to his video if you want to try it out. It might be a good first detox routine – it’s short and is all natural.

Check it out: http://www.doctoroz.com/article/48-hour-weekend-cleanse

There are so many options so if you don’t care for that one, just make sure to follow the above guidelines and start slow.

The world of detox is so broad so make sure to do a plan that is right for you personally! I do plan to continue looking into detox options and solutions and will share when I have gathered more information.

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Get the PERFECT SHAVE with these simple tips

Simple Shaving Tips ~ For Men

There are many ways to get a closer shave and avoid irritation and bumps. A man’s facial hair is especially coarse and can be more sensitive than expected. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of discussion about shaving a man’s facial hair. Bumps and irritation can be common but not necessary. Here are a few helpful tips:

1. Blades

Use a high quality razor with a sharp blade – preferably one with multiple blades.

2. Warm Skin Is Better

Shower before you shave so your skin is warm and pores are open. Or apply very warm wet towel to the skin for several minutes before a shave.

3. Try A Shaving Brush

Try a shaving brush made of badger hair as it retains the most water and gives best lather.

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4. The Type Of Shaving Gel Can Make A Difference

Use a shave gel that acts more like a gel and is less like a cream. Shaving gels allow the razor to glide over the skin, causing less irritation.

5.  Direction

Go with the grain of the hair in short strokes. One inch at a time.

6.  Gentle Is Better

Don’t press too hard on the skin. If you can feel the blade on your skin, chances are it is causing irritation.

7.  Blade Care

Dry your blade after you shave and store in dry place – this will keep the blade sharp and also help the blade last longer.

Higher quality brushes and razors are helpful. Try these suggestions for smoother, healthier skin!


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10 BEST Ingredients for DIY Facial Masks – BONUS 2 DIY FACIAL MASK RECIPES

 

If you follow my blog, you can probably see that I LOVE making DIY facial masks. They are so easy to make AND effective. Here are a few of my FAVORITE ingredients (MY TOP 10) as well as a few DIY recipes you may want to try!

1. PUMPKIN – Anti-aging & Antioxidant. Packed with Vitamins A & C. Use the ‘meat’ of the pumpkin. Also hydrates and softens skin.

2. CLAY – Great for oily and acne prone skin, draws out impurities and softens skin.

EASY DIY CLAY MASK RECIPE:

Use a 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite (Green) Clay (you can get at a local health store or online). With this type of clay you can use the following recipe:

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Mix equal parts clay and raw apple cider vinegar for the proper consistency. It should be a thick mud consistency.

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Apply about a 1/8 – 1/4 inch layer all over face, avoiding eyes. Do NOT allow the mask to completely harden. Wait until it has started to dry but is still sticky. This means it has began to pull impurities out of the skin. If you let it get too dry you risk dehydrating the skin, which can cause an imbalance. Rinse with warm water and apply your usual facial moisturizer. Slight redness may temporarily occur.

3. HONEY – Firms the skin and helps relieve dry skin. Also helps with breakouts and balances skin.

4. YOGURT – Contains lactic acid which helps even out skin tone and sloughs off dead skin cells helping with skin turnover.

5. SUGAR – White and Brown – Both help exfoliate the skin, smooths and softens giving your face a nice glow.

6. AVOCADO – Great moisturizer, high in Vitamin B and potassium. Nourishing for the skin and gives your face a glow.

7. POMEGRANATE – High in antioxidants, Vitamin C and has anti-aging properties.

8. BANANAS – Skin softening and nourishing.

EASY DIY MOISTURIZING BANANA FACIAL MASK:

Mash a very ripe banana and add about a tablespoon of honey to make a paste. Apply directly to skin. Let it sit a few minutes and rinse off. Works well if you are about to take a shower. Allow it to sit on the skin for about five minutes while in the shower, allowing the steam to help open the pores. Less messy this way as well!

9. OATS/OATMEAL – Anti-inflammatory, calming and helps with hydration. Great for sensitive skin and moisturizing.

10. PINEAPPLE – High in Vitamin C and bromelain. Bomelain is an enzyme that can soften skin and can also help with inflammation.

Have fun making your own skin care masks. You can mix different ones together and come up with your own concoction. Many can be mixed with honey to make a paste and applied to skin. Depending on what your skin needs, try a few of these out and see how amazing your skin feels!

You can also add a few drops of essential oils – Lavender, is wonderful of course as it promotes healing and Frankincense has amazing anti-aging properties.

Just a side note – avoid using mango when making your own skin care masks. They are in the poison ivy family and are not the best choice for DIY masks😊 Have fun making your own masks!

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