Winter Blues?

 

During the colder months, maintaining your mental health and stability is equally as important as maintaining your physical health. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD also known as seasonal depression) is a real issue. It typically occurs during the colder seasons of the year and ends in the spring.  (So, if you feel like your mood is a unstable, and you feel a little down during the winter, then there is a chance that you may suffer from SAD).

A very effective way to combat the issue is by surrounding yourself with family and friends. Laughing, loving and enjoying the company of others prompt a biochemical reaction, communicating with your brain to release endorphins and dopamine. Both of these chemicals are responsible for all of the good feelings you experience during pleasurable moments, like laughing and falling in love.

This winter, please indulge yourself in great company, and healthy foods (avoid processed foods, and fried foods), participate in indoor fitness activities like going to the gym, taking a yoga, spin, dance or pilates class- and most of all laugh a lot!   (SMILE)

Dry temperature does not have to mean dry skin....

It is fall y’all. The leaves have changed from green to brown, a sign that the humid days of summer are behind. The beautiful colors of fall, come by way of dry temperatures, followed by months of extreme cold.  Unfortunately, both the fall and winter season can wreak havoc on your skin.

Just because the environment is going thru changes, doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. The climate of these seasons can cause your skin to peel, flake, crack, and itching. Caring for your skin is both an inside and outside job, and the formulas used to maintain its health changes from season to season.

To maintain for your skin during the fall/winter season you will:

·      Drink a cup of very warm/hot water daily. This flushes out the toxins that are circulating throughout the body, and enhance blood circulation, and increases your skin elasticity. Lastly, drinking hot water energizes the nerve endings in your hair roots, keeping your hair supple soft and strong.

·      Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, this limits the water loss in your skin. Omega-3 also helps soften the appearance of wrinkles and aids your cells in the regeneration process.  Omega-3 rich foods include tuna, olive oil, anchovies, walnuts, almonds and avocado.

·      Bathe in lukewarm water. Lukewarm water lessens the amount of oil that is stripped from the skin. 

·      Moisturize immediately after your bath or shower. Doing this will seal the water from your shower into your skin.

·      Exfoliate your skin. This keeps dry skin from accumulating and clogging your pores.

 

Check out our future blog posts for more tips on how to maintain your beauty- naturally.

Be sure to feed your alopecia, your hair just might grow back!

If you suffer from alopecia or any other forms of hair loss, don’t fret, with a little education, and discipline, you can encourage your hair to grow back heathily.

Here are a few tips.

To create an internal environment for healthy hair growth, you must feed your body foods that are essential to building  strong hair. Here are a few things to eat to ensure hair regrowth:

  • Protein: Our hair is made up of 90% protein, so it is essential that we incorporate it into our diet. Leafy, green spinach has plenty of plant protein that will also do the trick.
  • Add Iron and Zinc: Iron is responsible for the transmitting oxygen to your hair follicles. It also helps your body use protein to grow and build strong hair. Zinc aids the body in repairing and growing hair. . Natural sources such as peanut butter, pumpkin seeds and chickpeas are great.
  • Eat Foods High in EPA and DHA: Adding healthy fats to your diet is extremely important for hair growth. Fat helps the body assimilate vitamins that are essential for healthy hair. Focus on eating unsaturated fats like Omega 3′s, often found in sea plants; eggs, fish
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is used in the body to build collagen which is essential for producing new hair cells. If you are deficient in vitamin C it can cause the hair to become weak and prone to breakage.
  • Biotin: Scientists aren’t quite sure how it works, but taking certain B vitamin supplements, like biotin, have been shown to increase hair growth.
  • Silica: Silica is one of the most essential nutrients for the hair and skin. Silica helps the hair to retain its elasticity and also repairs damaged hair and follicles.

 

Discolored nails? Well, there is something you can do about it.

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Have you noticed that your nails are slightly unhealthy looking? You know, a little discolored? If this is your issue, then your nail discoloration may the result of one of these 3 things:

  • You have been wearing nail color for prolonged periods of time, and the chemicals have discolored your nails.
  • You have some health issues that need to be addressed.
  • You have  nail fungus.

If your nail discoloration is due to a medical issue, then please work with your physician to determine how to remedy your problem. However, if your issue is due to ‘to many mani/pedi(s)’, or a nail fungus, then what I share below may work to help you regain your natural nail color.

Lemon Juice

Take a lemon, cut it and apply it on your nails. You can use cotton to apply lemon juice on the nails, or simply rub lemon on the nails.

Vinegar

Pour some clear vinegar in a bowl and soak your nails in it.  (Apply vinegar to a ball of cotton and rub it across your toes.

Baking soda and Lemon Juice

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and the juice of 2 lemons, and scrub your nails with the mixture. Then wash and moisturize your hands.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix about three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Apply the paste on to your nails. Wash after about 10 minutes and moisturize.

Lemon Essential Oil

Pour lemon essential oil in a bowl and soak your nails in it. Keep them soaked for up to 10 minutes, and then massage the remaining oil into your cuticles.

Tea Tree Oil

Massage your fingernails with 2 drops of tea tree oil twice a day for about 30 days.  You may begin to notice a difference within 30 days.

Honey

Honey will prevent any fungal growth, which may also affect your nail’s color, thus preventing nail discoloration.

I hope these tips help  

 

    Juicing is beautiful....

    I have been juicing for the past 15 years,  before it became ‘the thing to do’. I must admit that I have been aware of the benefit s of juicing for a very long time, and I find great pleasure in knowing that there are many who now see the benefits of this healthy habit.

    If you have joined the juicing bandwagon, then I am certain that you have noticed some pretty amazing benefits, including gorgeous and glowing skin, along with healthy hair and nails, (some of these benefits are determined by ‘what ‘ you are juicing, more than juicing itself. Ex. juicing beets, kale, cucumber and celery may have expose benefits in keeping with those aforementioned, than juicing strawberries and bananas every day will).

    If you are a ‘juicer’ (someone who juices at least once a day),  and you would like to ensure that you are incorporating the right ingredients to  acquire healthy hair, skin and nails- then do a little research on the vegetables that you juice. Make sure that you add items that are high in calcium, anti-oxidants, lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin E.  You can find a some of these things in beets, watermelon, green leafy veggies, tomatoes, avocados and nuts to name a few.

    One of my favorite juices to make is, kale, spinach, ginger, beet, blueberries, chia seed, and watermelon. So good for your, and super refreshing!

    Thank you for allowing me to share!

     Mimi

    Psoriasis? It doesn’t have to hurt…

    I have a client who suffers from severe psoriasis, and this winter has proven brutal on his skin. The inflammation, flare ups and extremely cold temperatures, have made this and for an extremely uncomfortable winter. The lack of humidity in the air, and the dry heat that are used to create comfortable conditions indoors really make it difficult for your skin to get the moisture that it needs.

    So, when he came to me, I was able to give him some easy, effective recommendations to offer some relief. These were a few of my suggestions to him:

    1. Place a humidifier in your living and work spaces.
      • The extremely low humidity robs your skin of the moisture it needs
    2. Avoid wool sweaters and scarfs.
      • The itchiness of the fabric will make your skin feel worst
      • Wear layers of cotton clothing instead
    3. Cleanse your skin with oil.
      • In an earlier post, I referred to the ‘oil cleansing method’ (November 2013) . This is one of the best cleansing methods for ALL skin types, but most beneficial are psoriasis and eczema sufferers. To learn more about this method, please click here  .
    4. When bathing, avoid hot water, use luke warm water instead.
      • Hot water can irritate the skin
    5. Gently pat your skin dry after a bath.
      • If soaking in a bath, add organic oils to the water (jojoba, olive, aloe, etc).
    6. Use heavy ‘organic’ oils to moisturize your skin.
      • My recommendations are:
        • Olive
        • Jojoba
        • Aloe Vera
        • Vitamin E
        • Shea Butter
        • Almond Oil
        • Sapote Oil
    7. Limit alcohol consumption to 2 glasses of wine per wee
    8. Eat a diet rich in yams, sweet potatoes, carrots and squash, as well as leafy greens and tomatoes
    9. RELAX - Do not stress about ANYTHING

    'Beautiful