- ¼ cup shea butter…
- ¼ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 10 drops essential oil of your choice, optional. Lavendar, rosemary, basil, etc. all smell wonderful in this.
Adding planks to your daily routine will give you beautiful abs, a tighter core, stronger lower back muscles, works all 4 muscles in your abs to give you lines and definition, increases upper body strength, and leaves you feeling amazing! Start with 3 sets of 30 seconds each, everyday. Then build your way up to 5 minutes and watch your body change and the fat melt off. Try some variations such as doing leg lifts while in plank positions. Plank jacks, side planks, and hip dips will tighten your abs up in no time as well. Start right now!
Our thyroid, aka the butterfly gland, is a very important gland located in our neck that releases hormones to regulate weight, metabolism, energy, hair growth, temperature, and much more. Over 25 million Americans have thyroid problems, and most don’t even know it! It’s super important to keep this gland (and the rest of our bodies) nourished, healthy, and active!
Symptoms of an overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid include weight gain, inability to lose weight, fatigue after a full night of rest, lack of appetite, brain fog, poor concentration and memory, muscle and joint pain, cold hands and feet, mood swings, anxiety, depression, a puffy face, brittle hair that doesn’t grow and/or falls out easily, brittle nails, and tons more! These do not sound fun!!
What causes the thyroid to become unhealthy? Lack of iodine, lack of exercise, poor circulation (couch potatoes – GET UP!), processed foods, hormonal imbalances, some prescriptions, birth control, not enough fruits and veggies, and pretty much consuming anything that isn’t clean and whole.
Here are 5 things that’ll drastically improve your thyroid health, which overall improves your health and yes, you will see and feel a difference!
Even if your thyroid is healthy, you can still do these every day to improve your overall health. Namaste
Baking soda, all hail baking soda! It is such a versatile product with over hundreds of uses. Sodium Bicarbonate is a very active and binding compound that has been used for centuries from cooking, to household cleaners, to beauty regimes, to medicine! Here are 8 uses that will make your life easier….
Toothpaste Baking soda naturally whitens your teeth, binds to bacteria, germs and plaque, gives you fresh breath, and helps prevent infections. Mix 1/2 a cup of baking soda, 1/2 a cup of coconut oil, and a drop or two of mint extract into a jar, mix, and use as a toothpaste. Perks: you save a lot of money and avoid fluoride, sodium laurel sulfate, and other weird chemicals in most store-bought toothpaste.
Deodorant With its awesome binding and odor-neutralizing properties, baking soda mixed with a little bit of coconut oil (again!) will do the trick. BONUS: no daily exposure to aluminum and dozens of other harsh chemicals!
Unclogs drains Clogged up sink, shower, toilet? No prob. Just pour in half a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar and let it sit for ten minutes. Also, you get to watch it bubble like you’re doing a fun science experiment so you know some chemical reactions are happening. Then, pour a pot of boiling water into the clog and it should eat through whatever is stopping it. And voila, you have a nice clear drain
Blemish bomb Lackluster skin and clogged pores getting you down? Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of lemon juice, stir really well and spread over skin. Leave on for 20-30 minutes before you wash it off. Baking soda binds to bacteria, dirt, oil, etc that can clog pores and make your skin look dull. Lemon is awesome for zapping blackheads, oil, etc. These two together form a power combo at clearing your pores!
Rashes and other skin irritations Sprinkle baking soda into your hand and rub on any areas of your skin that are itchy, broken out, has rashes, hives, has insect bites, etc.
Antacid If you have a heartburn or indigestion, step away from those toxic tums and instead, just mix 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda with 8 ounces of water and drink it down. This is works wonders for UTI’s, by the way.
Shampoo This sounds a bit strange but it really does wonders for your hair! Most shampoos, especially if they contain sodium laurel sulfate, strip natural oils from your hair, and your hair will secrete excess oil in response. Baking soda doesn’t strip your natural oils. Instead, it binds to them and helps to neutralize them so the results are less harsh and wont make your hair follicle swell like SLS does. Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda with 2 cups of water and pour into your hair. Massage your scalp and work it through your hair. Leave in for 3 minutes, then wash out. Apple cider vinegar makes an amazing post-rinse and will make your hair stronger, shinier, and voluminous.
Detox Bath Mix a cup of baking soda into your bath for an awesome detox. It binds to heavy metals, so as you bath, baking soda will help to draw out and bind to these toxins. A great relaxing bath detox I love is mixing baking soda, half a cup of epsom salt, 5 drops of rosemary oil, and 10 drops of lavender oil. Light some candles, turn off the lights, and drift off to heaven.
Try any of these easy, creative, and affordable remedies today and watch your life become that much more awesome
What is Leaky Gut? Leaky gut syndrome is a condition we get when we consume unhealthy foods, drinks, etc. that after time, eventually permeate through the cells of our intestines and leaks into our blood stream. The cells in our intestines form very tight junctions with each other, and with time, these junctions can get separated, allowing things to slip through. Your body sees these particles as foreign invaders and begins to attack them, thereby causing food allergies and inflammation. These invaders are free to roam our blood streams and can go to our joints, muscles, bones, and in severe cases can pass our blood-brain barrier. Ahhh!! That is creepy to think about!!! So, after developing leaky gut, when the very foods we consumed that caused this “leakage” are consumed again, we develop an allergy and other unpleasant symptoms towards them.
What causes it? Excessive alcohol consumption, sugar, GMO’s, processed foods, Candida Albicans (yeast), stress, medications, not enough physical activity, lack of fiber in diet, and pretty much anything that’s unnatural.
What I find crazy about this is that it is the underlying factor behind so many conditions and so many people have this, but don’t know it and are diagnosed with allergies, weight gain that is VERY hard to lose, chronic fatigue, eczema, indigestion, IBS, headaches, joint pain, etc. So, to find out if you have it, observe your diet and lifestyle and pay close attention to how your body reacts after you consume something. If you instantly feel fatigued, achy, depressed, get rashes, or anything that’s not ideal, you may have leaky gut.
What to do?
With correct diet, we can avoid so many common daily ailments and live better, healthier, happier, and more stress-free lives!!
Probiotics- probiotics are the “good bacteria” that lie in your intestinal tract that build up immunity, fight any pathogens such as yeast and bad bacteria, as well as keeping things moving. The less time your body spends fighting off pathogens, the more time it has to spend on repairing hair, skin, and the rest of our tissues to keep us beautiful and healthy. Also, these are super important if you want to keep that tummy flat. There are many brands, but my personal favorite are the Pearls.
Leafy greens – full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, these aid in detoxing and also help to keep your tummy flat by sweeping toxins out of your body. The nutrients nourish your body and help keep your skin and hair glowing and healthy. There are tons to choose from such as spinach, dandelion greens, kale, Swiss chard, etc. so mix it up and get creative with smoothies, salads and wraps!
Lemon water – lemon squeezed into warm water aids in flushing your kidneys and cleaning your liver. Aka, it helps you drop toxins and water weight which again, can make your stomach shrink while nourishing your body with over 100 enzymes, minerals, and vitamins.
Coconut water – chock full of electrolytes, coconut water is the one thing Jamaicans say goes straight to your heart. Electrolytes are vital for optimal body functions, as well as being super important for post workout sessions. Coconut water is a natural and very potent source of electrolytes, among numerous beautifying vitamins and minerals. Also, coconut water works wonders for hangovers! Talk about a multi-purpose drink!
Cacao – cacao beans grow from a fruit tree and are known to be the most pure, natural form of chocolate. Cacao has been proven to aid in weight loss and control cravings. These can be found in powder and nibs, and are an extremely versatile ingredient in smoothies, desserts, and other healthy snacks. They have over 300 compounds and are LOADED with antioxidants and magnesium which is SUPER important for our cells to carry out optimal function. Fun fact: when you’re having chocolate cravings – your body is really asking you for magnesium. Have a stash of cacao nibs on you if you crave chocolate a lot.
These 5 super foods are a very beautiful investment to your health and beauty. You should see and feel dramatic improvements in yourself when consuming these at least 4x a week.
We all know how hard it is to resist eating that scrumptious looking pasta at the dinner table or those dangerous brownies in the office kitchen. When we digest food, your body has to produce unique enzymes to break down particular substances, i.e. amylase breaks down starches, protease breaks down protein, and lipase breaks down fat.
One of the main reasons people get food babies and feel comatose after consuming too much and/or unhealthy food is because the amount of energy it takes for your body to produce these enzymes to digest these particular food materials. When you eat too much, your body goes into overdrive to produce additional enzymes which can rob you of your natural energy. SO, to optimize digestion without zapping your energy (whether you’re on a diet, cleanse, trying to eat healthier, etc.), there are some vital things I highly recommend you do during times where not-so-healthy food is consumed.
Before your meals, you should…..
After your meals, it is ideal to consume…
The most important thing to keep in mind here is that the healthier your terrain, the easier and faster your metabolism. The less energy spent on digestion, the more energy your body will use to repair your tissues for clearer skin, brighter eyes, stronger hair, improved moods and an overall healthier body!
Whether you’re sitting in an office all day, sitting in class all day, or studying all night, sitting for long periods of time can make one very restless. Sitting for long periods of time can also slow down circulation, zap your energy, reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to your brain, slow metabolism, as well as compressing intestines and your spine. None of these sound very pretty, do they?! It’s very important to stand up every half 30-40 minutes, walk around, and stretch your body to keep it alive! This is where yoga comes to the rescue. Yoga helps release tension and anxiety, keeps energy, blood and oxygen circulating, opens energy channels, balances your body, and calms your nerves. Here are some highly recommended yoga poses that you can do throughout the day that not only help correct some of these issues, but also make you feel brand new.
Perks: strengthens wrist, shoulder, and elbow joints; eases carpel tunnel syndrome, eases tension out of lower back and shoulders, stretches and tones hamstrings; delivers lots of oxygen and blood to your brain.
Perks: strengthens legs and knee joints; alleviates back and neck pain; opens your heart; stretches arms, neck, hips, legs, abdominal region, relieves stress; and speeds up digestion.
Perks: strengthens glutes and quads; releases tension from hips, lower back and legs; stretches abdomen; alleviates sciatic pain; and feel really amazing
Perks: Improves circulation, stretches and strengthens neck and spine; massages and stimulates thyroid and parathyroid; calms brain and nervous system; loosens up toxins that sit on the floor of kidneys, liver, lungs, etc.; wakes you up.
These 4 poses will make you feel amazing, revitalized, and less stressed out. Try them today!
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