Relaxing Detox Bath 0

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The weekend is almost here and what better way to unwind and relax than with a detox bath? Taking just twenty minutes a day to unplug, quiet your mind, and truly relax can do wonders for your overall health and well being. Furthermore, epsom salt soaks can ease stress and relax the body, relieve body aches and muscle cramps, help muscles and nerves function properly, help prevent hardening of the arteries and blood clots, make insulin more effective, relieve constipation, and eliminate toxins from the body. Take some “me” time this weekend and enjoy our recipe for a relaxing detox bath.

Top 8 Skin Nourishing Foods 0

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Let’s talk skin. While it’s important to practice good hygiene, use products appropriate for your skin type, and protect it from the elements… don’t forget to nourish your skin from the inside-out! Here are our top 8 foods to feed your skin.

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+ Avocado – packed with biotin to battle dry skin and brittle hair and nails

+ Pomegranate – this antioxidant-rich food helps builds collagen and speed healing

+ Walnuts – the omega-3 fatty acids make skin smoother and hair healthier

+ Green Tea – the polyphenols in green tea provide photoprotection, aka a natural barrier against the sun’s harmful rays

+ Beans – the amino acids in beans help to repair and regenerate collagen

+ Tomatoes – high in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps slow down cellular damage and fights free radicals

+ Salmon – contains astaxanthin which improves skin elasticity and battles fine lines

+ Eggs – the protein in eggs helps repair cells that have suffered from free radical damage

What are your favorite skin beautifying foods?

The Sugar Addiction Epidemic 0

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There is a major addiction problem occurring throughout the world, and specifically our country. It isn’t drugs, though it can be equally addictive. It isn’t alcohol, though it can be equally as dangerous. This addiction often goes unspoken… but deserves quite a bit of attention. We are talking about sugar addiction!

Americans consume 130 lbs of sugar each and every year… no, not as a whole, but on an individual basis. This is comparable to 17 cans of soda every 5 days, or 15 gallons of soda each year. That is enough sugar to fill an entire dumpster per person, per year.

In the average American’s diet, sugar comprises 500 calories each day. The scariest part is that these numbers are rising each year. Sugar consumption has been linked to obesity, hypertension, depression, fatigue, diabetes, headaches, acne, and anxiety.

Why is sugar such an issue? Consuming sugar sends “feel good” hormones to the brain, much like many drugs, making this a very addictive substance. Unlike many drugs, it can be difficult to go “cold turkey”. Though sugar is not something we have to consume on a daily basis, it can be hard to avoid. It’s not only found in soda, candy, and sweets, but can be hiding in a variety of foods in a variety of forms.

Many people reach for sugar when they are in a slump, either an energy slump or an emotional slump. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate, meaning it gives you an almost immediate “rush” which is shortly followed by a crash. This often leads to a sugar binge to sustain the wanted energy. So what’s a better option? Opt for complex carbs, they are more slowly digested by the body leading to a more even and long lasting effect.

You do not need to completely cut sugar from your diet, though some studies show that a sugar detox can be extremely helpful to retrain your brain, and your taste buds to not crave sugar. If you are craving something sweet, reach for sugar in it’s natural form… such as fruit. We should be consuming no more than 9.5 teaspoons per day. Though it is not necessary to drive yourself crazy counting calories and sugar grams, you will more than likely find it beneficial to cut back. Your body (and your skin) will thank you!