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Aloe: Benefits, Uses, & more!

Hello all!  Today I want to share with you why aloe is the plant to have and the juice to drink.

Here is a tiny bit of back story about Aloe.  Aloe comes from tropical climates and used for medicinal/agricultural purposes.  Between America, Europe, Asia, and Africa there are 240 varieties of aloe.

I was introduced to the aloe plant at a very young age because my grandfather had a garden and loves his plants and herbs. Anytime you get a cut, burn, or scrape, aloe is your fixer upper.  A couple of weeks ago my nephew broke out in a rash on our way to New York.  I had pieces of the leaf on me and rubbed the gel on every spot, by the time we reached New York his skin was clear!

Over the past few years it seems like this plant that’s been around for many years, is now getting the recognition it deserves. You no longer have to go to plant shops or home improvement stores to purchase them, they now sell huge aloe leafs in grocery stores in some states.

When it comes to using aloe internally like with aloe juice, I would suggest purchasing the ones that are at health food stores or in the pharmacy section of your grocery store.  Dr. Axe of http://www.draxe.com says that in approved commercial products, there is a certification program that validates the quality & quantity of aloe vera.

I started using it all over my skin in 2012.  I have always been into skincare so I would buy the plant from Home Depot, pick the leaf, open it up and put the gel all over then apply lotion.  It was very time consuming so that didn’t last long.  Now I am back doing it again but I only apply to my face and sometimes the back of my hands and cuticles.

On the face it acts as a mask which you can leave on for about 20 minutes and wash off.  I leave it on my face, the gel tightens up and pulls the skin which I feel will help with wrinkles and fine lines.  Once it tightens I then add oil to moisture.

I also drink aloe vera juice…………

I drink about a half a cup, and what it does for you is help alkaline the body and PH levels, it hydrates, and based on the vitamins and minerals aloe contains; A, C, E, calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium, you are sure to get a nutritional boost.

Other benefits:

-can clear up acne & scars from breakouts (gel)

-detox the liver

-great hair and scalp moisturizer

-heals cold sores

-reduces inflammation (drink)

If you have any preconditioned issues like diabetes or crohns disease, consult with your doctor or simply do your research first!

http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/aloe-vera-juice-benefits#3

 

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The most peaceful exercise: WALKING

Good Afternoon!  Today I want to share with you why I enjoy walking.  I am not talking about when I walk to the bus stop, or walk from the car to the house, but really walking.

There are a few workout routines I have designed for myself, but I find the most peace during my walks.  Where I live there is a path to the church, I wanted to see exactly where the church was one day so I walked towards the area and noticed my new meditation space.  It’s filled with trees, which makes it even more of an oasis.

I started out walking around 2x, most recently I added speed walking and running.  I now walk around once, then speed walk, then run twice.  In walking this path, all you hear and feel is nature, it’s a great way to meditate.

The troubles of the world literally seem miles away when this is your scenery.  The deer have come out and peeked a bit, I admit it startled me, I thought the rustling was a squirrel.  You never know what you may witness, but you’ll walk away more open to what nature has to offer!

Source energy of course has to beam it’s magnificence down on you…

So if I don’t feel it in me to do one of the routines I put together for a workout, I just lace up my sneakers, grab my water and go for a walk!

If you have trouble sleeping, go for a walk…feeling stressed, walk it out…need to close out the noise, go for a walk!  Your heart will thank you…your energy level will increase…and so much more!!!

 

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Natural Deodorants

I started using natural deodorants once everything started making sense to me. Literally everything we put in or on our bodies affects our chemical makeup.  You may think you are just rubbing on a product to absorb your sweat or stop you from sweating, but it’s deeper than that.

Just like any other product that isn’t good for, deodorants and antiperspirants contain a list of ingredients you aren’t able to pronounce or contain parabens, aluminum and other toxic ingredients that should not be entering our bodies.

Let’s briefly discuss a few common ingredients:

BHT-Butylated Hydroxytoluene…there is some evidence that this organic compound can irritate the respiratory system, and there have been animal studies showing the formation of tumors & high doses of developmental issues.

Parabens-quoted from http://www.livestrong.com…”parabens can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system”

Aluminum…has been linked to breast cancer, can block your sweat glands and stop you from perspiring, and studies say that once aluminum gets into your pores and combines with your chemical makeup (DNA) it can cause changes in your cells.

These are just a few reasons why I stick to more natural products, and the two I have been using within the past 3 months are…

The most recent…

I love both of them, the latter I wanted to try because it was a spray on deodorant and I wanted to see how effective it was and I must say I works just as well as the other types.  This deodorant soothes your skin as it combats odor, allows your skin to breathe, and 99.9% of the ingredients I can pronounce and understand what they are. Products like this I am happy to put on my skin!

 

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I survived LENT!

Have you ever contemplated giving something up?  Smoking, Drinking, Sex, certain foods…well I believe a great way to start is participating in Lent.  That is exactly what I did, but first let me explain what Lent is.

Lent is a self discipline practice mostly observed by Catholics and Protestants.  It is 40 days of fasting, counting Monday to Saturday.  So for 6 weeks you say no to whatever you may be weak for.  Culturally it can differ time frame wise, it begins Ash Wednesday and ends either Easter Sunday, the Saturday before Easter, or like this year it ended the Friday before.  I do suggest you read http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/history-of-lent.html for more detailed information as to why it’s 40 days, etc.

I participated and I am glad I did.  I have always, well most of the time, found comfort in eating cake…muffins…doughnuts…chocolate…and chips like Doritos, now it’s usually during PMS but sometimes not.  At the time I decided to give all of those things up for Lent, I felt like I was going overboard with it.  I am used to giving stuff up cold turkey, I did that for smoking and drinking but I just knew I’d have moments of weakness but I didn’t.  During those 40 days I did not once crave any of it and felt very proud to say no to it if it was offered or if that voice in my head told me to give in.  The experience leads me to believe that it’s all mental, the cravings…you just have to retrain your brain.

The week leading up to the last day was exciting for me because I was starting to feel like I wanted chocolate.  When Lent was over, the first thing I did was get a chunky chocolate chip muffin from Starbucks, yes it tasted the same but I felt bad eating it.  So, I think a change has occurred and I will no longer be weak to those things.

Do you participate in Lent?  What did you give up?

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I’ll Drink To That!

There are many routines that I have with the lifestyle that I live and am continuously creating for myself.  This healthy lifestyle journey is one that I am truly passionate about so I am very mindful of the things that my body consumes, I am by no means a saint, I do have my moments but the good outweighs the bad with me.

There are 3 things I drink almost every single day and I will be sharing them with you today and why.

Lemon Water

I will not tell you that I drink this first thing in the morning when I awake, but it is the first thing I drink in my day.

As most of you know I am a big Fiji water drinker, but I found that I do not enjoy the taste of it with lemon, so I use purified water in this instance.  Any brand of purified water will do, just make sure you add lemon.  Drinking lemon water in the morning, at least 30 minutes before eating, helps to aide with digestion.  There is vitamin C in lemons and as we all know vitamin c is needed for a healthy immune system.  Lemon water helps to flush out your system, and you will notice a boost in energy when lemon water is consumed.

http://www.wellnessmama.com

Peppermint Tea & Ginger

First let me share that that the cup you see in this photo is the ONLY cup I drink my tea out of.  It was my grandmothers coffee cup, she drank out of it every morning.  When she passed I keep many things of hers and this was one of them, it’s like I have her with me constantly.

Peppermint tea has similar benefits as lemon water, as in, aiding in digestion…weight loss…and boosts the immune system.  There are many other benefits such as peppermint being a stimulant for relaxation.  Have a fever? Try peppermint tea, the mentol can cause external sweating while cooling the body inside at the same time.  Nausea, bad breath, stress reducer, all the things peppermint tea can help you with.

I add ginger to my tea, and it tastes absolutely amazing.  Ginger is a medicinal root and has anti inflammatory properties.  There have been studies in many areas, with that, ginger may lower cholesterol levels and could possibly improve the function of the brain.  There is an active ingredient in ginger that can assist in helping to fight infections, so if you’re sick then peppermint tea and ginger are the way to go.

http://www.authoritynutrition.com 

Fiji

I call this water “life in a bottle”, I love it!

Fiji is an alkaline water, with a PH of 7.7, when looking for an alkaline water you it should have a PH of 7 or higher.  Fiji water just touches the surface of alkalinity, but taste so amazing.  I drink this water all day long, and spend about $15 a week on this water, can we say loyal?

These are the things I make sure to drink every single day to help to have a healthier me.  What are some things you drink every day and why?  Leave me comments and thanks so much for reading 💋.

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Facial Wipes…Yes or No?

There are a few different ways to remove your makeup at night, you can simply wash your face with a cleansing bar which probably won’t leave your face as clean as you’d like…there will be makeup left deep down in your pores and if you aren’t scrubbing/exfoliating, or masking once a week, you are doing your skin a huge disservice.

Many have taken the route of facial wipes, makeup remover wipes, even baby wipes.

Wipes have made removing makeup a breeze, too tired to wash your face? Just grab a wipe a voila, makeup gone.  There are so many options out now, seems like every makeup brand has wipes or makeup removers.  Are these products beneficial or are they doing more damage?

My experience with facial wipes/makeup remover wipes has been a frustrating one because I was looking for an easy route to remove product from my face.  I’ve tried them all it seems,  and every single brand I’ve tried has done the same, make it burn around my eye area.  Have you had that feeling before?  If so, did you ever try to figure out why?  Well I did and that’s why I am here.

I figured it had to be the citric acid, a very common factor in all wipes and the word acid just doesn’t sound good.  Let’s discuss citric acid in makeup wipes…in food is a totally different story!

Citric acid in wipes…they pretty much somehow pull all types of salt from the organic acid and it goes into the wipes for several reasons, mainly to adjust the acid/base balance.  For specific purposes of the salts, check out http://www.cosmeticinfo.org/ingredient/citric-acid

Mostly the stuff you are unable to pronounce are salts from citric acid, then some wipes will have alcohol in them which combined with those salts seems very dehydrating for the face.

It is known that the first 5 ingredients listed are the ingredients said product contains the most.  If you read some labels, alcohol will be within the first 5 ingredients.  Even the soothing wipes that have aloe, cucumbers, green tea…all of them irritate my skin.

There are other great options to removing makeup such as steam, milk, actual cucumbers and of course coconut oil.  I am sure there has to be a wipe brand out there that doesn’t contain citric acid, if you know of any let me know in the comments.  Try another safer, healthier method of removing makeup and don’t forget to wash with a cleanser after!

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Caffeine and Anxiety 😖

There was a point in time where I lived off of coffee.  I would drink coffee morning, noon, and night, not realizing the effects it had on my body.  The same goes for chocolate, who doesn’t love chocolate?!  Who knew that the two things I enjoyed the most maybe the cause of defect within my nervous system…..ANXIETY!

I am not saying that I know for a fact that they caused the anxiety but, I do know that one main ingredient can be the cause…..CAFFEINE!

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Caffeine is “a stimulant of the central nervous system”.  The nervous system controls taste, smell, hearing, sight, and feeling.  Our ability to think and rationalize is all because of our central nervous system.  According to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov “caffeine increases energy metabolism throughout the brain but decreases at the same time cerebral blood flow, inducing a relative brain hypoperfusion” “caffeine exerts obvious effects on anxiety and sleep which vary according to individual sensitivity to methylxanthine”.

Methylxanthine:

xanthine is a purine base found in most human body tissues (wikipedia.org)

-methyl is pretty much a drug, a stimulant 

I used to get really bad migraines and it was suggested to me to drink coffee, the caffeine will help the migraine go away.  As for the anxiety, I stopped drinking coffee in 2014 and switched to having green tea every morning.  I would still experience moments of anxiousness, only to realize green tea naturally has a small dosage of caffeine in it.

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I was still eating chocolate not knowing caffeine is in cocoa…mind you, environmental situations can trigger the anxiousness as well, so at some point you have to start weeding things out and that’s what I did.

Present day, my moments of anxiousness have decreased significantly, though PMS brings on chocolate gravings, and as far as green tea goes I have been drinking herbal peppermint tea with ginger every morning for almost 2 years.  I have given up chocolate and other things for lent & have been doing really well.  I have never had to take the medication prescribed to me, if I have moments I just breathe and change my thought pattern.

If you are a coffee drinker, lover of chocolate, or both and find yourself having moments of anxiousness, you now know why.  Lastly, be mindful of your surroundings; family…friends…leisure, all of it affects you and your well being!

 

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