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5 Things to Put in Your Body Every Day to Optimize Health, Beauty and Weight Loss

5thingsProbiotics- 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.

Eat What You Love the Healthiest Way Possible

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…..

  • Consume leafy greens before every meal where starch, protein, and fat are involved. Leafy greens are loaded with enzymes that can help break down food, so it is super important to eat these first so that your digestive tract already has these enzymes in it, ready to tackle those hard to break down foods about to enter. Also, leafy greens help keep our body more alkaline which is vital for optimal health. Breads, animal proteins, sugars and fats are very acidic to your body and having the greens in your system first will form an alkaline buffer against the acidic foods and will protect your tissues.The healthier your tissues, the healthier your skin, hair, nails, energy – EVERYTHING!
 
  • Raw, unpasteurized cabbage. Whether fermented or not, cabbage is packed with enzymes that also do wonders for metabolism. When fermented, they produce additional pro-biotics which are AWWESSOMMMEEE for your digestive tract. The key here is to eat it before you eat your meals. Buffet lovers – this one will be your best friend.
  • Ps. If the eating greens and cabbage before your meals isn’t making sense- think of how you’re supposed to eat bread or something filling before a night out of drinking. The same idea of coating your stomach also applies to eating – greens and cabbage must come first!
  • Digestive enzyme supplements. You can find these in health food stores and most regular stores as well. Be sure to get ones that have amylase, protease, and lipase. Take before your meal so you digest better ;)

After your meals, it is ideal to consume…

  • Peppermint tea, ginger, lemon, and/or cayenne pepper. These all to help speed up digestion and relieve food babies and comas. Cayenne pepper especially will help speed up metabolism and give you an energy kick. Even better, mix all 4 into a tea for a powerful metabolism tonic.

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!

3 Natural Remedies for Better Brain Function

Feeling sluggish, tired, blah, brain-dead? The best way to curb these Debbie downer feelings is to flood your brain with some cognitive boosting brain nourishment!! Step away from the coffee and other stimulants, and nourish that brain! Here are some easy and healthy ways to snap out of that funk!
 
WALNUTS  Walnuts are packed with Omega 3’s which are vital for proper cognitive function and also lowers depression. They are full of antioxidants, amino acids, manganese, copper, folic acid, vitamin E, and especially argenine, an amino acid that plays a big role in cell division and protein synthesis. All of these nourish your body and blood that travels to your brain to nourish and energize.  Ever notice how walnuts look like brains? Mother Nature knows best! (there are other foods that look like the parts of the body they’re great for, but that’s for a later post)
 
SPIRULINA is one of the best green Superfoods that you could put in your body. It  is a complete protein, that is it contains all 8 essential amino acids that your body relies on through diet. This superfood is proven to boost brain health, nourishing your cells, facilitates in protein synthesis, and helps bind to and eliminate heavy metals that could be giving your brain fog and low energy. You can find these in tablets, or in powder form to add to smoothies and other recipes.
 
YOGA is AAA-MAZING for stimulating circulation and oxygen to your brain. Especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle, your brain could probably use some additional circulation. My favorite moves for a quick pick-me-up are downward dog, triangle pose, plow pose and bridge pose.

4 Things to Avoid for Clear & Glowing Skin

faceAcne just straight up sucks!! There’s nothing worse than looking like Rudolph before a hot date, or waking up to a pepperoni face! The good news is that it is fixable by eliminating and adding a few things to your diet and your skin. By the way, no amount of face wash or medications will cure the root cause of acne. Nature, on the other hand, can! 4 things that trigger acne include: 

OVER-TAXED LIVER. The condition of your liver is reflected by the condition of your skin. When you have too many toxins in your liver, it wont be able to filter them all out through your colon and will instead kick em out through your bodies largest organ, you skin. Ever notice how people who use too many prescription drugs start to get liver spots on their skin? This explains why. Avoid things like processed foods, prescriptions (unless its life sustaining), alcohol, milk, gluten, and wheat. To help cleanse it for prettier skin, I highly recommend milk thistle, lemon water, parsley and cilantro. 

DAIRY. Dairy is loaded with hormones, anti-biotics, pesticides, GMO’s, and pus. All of these will wreak havoc on your skin!! There are hundreds of studies proving direct correlations between acne and dairy consumption. Try replacing dairy with almond milk or coconut milk. Even better, make your own almond milk! Here’s a simple recipe here. http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-almond-milk.html

SOY. Soy is an estrogen mimicker and can lead to hormonal imbalances in your body. Too much estrogen is linked to acne. Steer clear of soy!!!

TOO MUCH WASHING YOUR SKIN/AND OR USE OF CREEPY FACIAL PRODUCTS. The more you wash your face, the more you dry it out causing your skin to produce extra oil to keep your skin hydrated. If your pores are clogged, the oil coming out will get backed up causing pimples and blemishes. With face wash in the mix, this can further dry out your skin. Nix them! Most are LOADED with weird and hard to pronounce chemicals. I highly recommend using sea salt for an exfoliant, and bentonite clay masks to clear your pores. Top it off with some Coconut Oil and your skin will look amazing! Most people get scared of putting coconut oil on their face but if your skin already has oil on it, it wont have to produce additional oil which will decrease your chances of clogged pores and a pepperoni face. 

For a cleaner liver, clearer pores and radiant skin, I highly recommend juicing as often as possible and sweating everyday to allow toxins to leave your body. All of these, especially when done together should give you beautiful, clear skin. :)

PAPAYA FACE MASKS

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Papaya is amazing for your skin. It helps combat aging, buffs out wrinkles, reduces acne and blackheads, evens skin tone, brightens up lackluster skin, rehydrates skin, and much more. Here are 2 different ways to use it that will make you glow!

Mix: mashed up papaya and sugar, and apply to skin using a circular motion as you lather it on. Continue rubbing in clockwise/counter-clockwise motion for 2 minutes, then wash off. This will help slough off dead skin cells and make our skin soft and glowing!

Mix: mashed papaya, a tablespoon of oatmeal, a teaspoon of honey, and a dash of cinnamon and apply to skin. Leave on for ten minutes, wash off and say hello to polished, hydrated, glowing skin!

Health and Beauty Secrets from My Travels: Part 1

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While in Southeast Asia this summer, I was exposed to some out-of-this-world delicious food. Not only was it delicious, it was also mostly healthy, colorful (i.e. lots of veggies and fruit!!!), had no preservatives, and was so fresh and freshly made to order. The asian culture all have very beautiful hair, lean bodies, clear skin, youthful appearances, and lower rates of cancer. We pay big bucks over here to achieve these things, so I of course had to observe their daily practices and consumption to get their secrets and I would love to share some things that I picked up while there.

Reasonable portion sizes. All of the meals were served in perfect portion sizes and always leave you satisfied, but never full. In other words, no digestive burden or overload. They probably have no clue what a food baby feels like! And remember, the less time our body spends on digestion, the more time it has to repair our skin, hair, nails, adhesions, ailments, etc. which makes us healthier, more alert, and glowing. 

They like to spice it up! So so much spicy food, my taste buds were doing gymnastics. Most of the soups had a dash of spicy, while the other meals had slices of Thai Peppers on the side for you to add to your liking. Thai peppers are really small, but boy are they HOT! Spicy food revs up metabolism BIG TIME, kills parasites, increases circulation and alkalizes your body so pathogens have a hard time living – a MUST for traveling to foreign countries!

Green papaya salad. A very common Thai dish, green papaya is a fruit that grows in Thailand and is served usually in strips that resembles pasta and has the consistency of a cucumber but much crunchier. It pretty much tastes like heaven and is amazing for you. It is loaded with enzymes that help aid in digestion, is good for colon health, combats parasites and bacteria, is excellent for heart health and dissolves plaque from arteries, and is an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, as well as Vitamins A, C, E, and B. Its a miracle. Unfortunately its hard to find in the states, but you can buy Green Papaya Powder online. :)  

Papaya on your face. This time Im talking about the orange papaya. Mash some up and use a face mask. Also a great excuse for a food fight. It has loads of vitamin A and is great for preventing aging and promoting collagen production, evens skin tone, prevents pimples and blackheads, and can erase age spots and stubborn blemishes. Its also very healing and can be applied to cuts, sores, dry skin, cracked heels, calluses, etc. 

I hope you like these tips, I will share more later! And remember, natures way is the way to go!

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