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Wellness Wednesday: Natural Women’s Health

I have been thinking about writing this post for quite some time as it’s an area I have become increasingly more aware of over the past couple of years. As I age (gracefully I hope) my concern about being skinny or having the perfect perky breasts has fallen to a distant second as the focus on my hormones and reproductive health has taken center stage. I read over and over again that health begins in the gut and yet, you show me a woman that is miserable with pms or her period and I’ll tell you that health, for a female, begins in her lady parts. Now, obviously what you’re eating and putting in your body matters and can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with female issues both leading up to your cycle and during. But, there are a few tweaks that can be made to make your inevitable monthly visitor substantially more pleasant that doesn’t involve food at all. Menstrual Cup The absolute greatest thing I’ve ever done for my period is …

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Superfoods + Pitaya Anti-Aging Smoothie Bowl

Superfoods really are the best foods, which I know sounds a bit silly to say, but anything that can heal me from the inside out, make my skin glow, give me extra energy and improve my overall quality of life I’m into. I’m particularly enamored with the five nutritional powerhouses in this blog post and what better way to showcase their greatness than in the form of a beautiful and delicious recipe. Chia Seeds Who knew those weird little seeds we coated on a terracota animal we’d one day eat? I can still annoyingly hear the jingle in my head as I type this, chi chi chi chia. Funny enough, chia seeds are one of the healthiest seeds on the planet as evidenced by their high fiber, protein, omega 3’s, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous. Plus they’re notably high in zinc, Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and potassium. Just a quick 20 minute soak in water or a nut milk of your choice and voila! you have a dense little food that fills you up and …

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Herbs To Ease Anxiety

I don’t know if it’s Mercury in retrograde, work or just life, but lately my anxiety has been rearing its ugly head in the worst way. And, it got me thinking about what I could do aside from breathe, meditate and exercise that would help soothe and ease my nervous tummy. Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) – A member of the Daisy family, Chamomile is one of the most well known herbs out there primarily because of its use in tea. Often used as a sleep aid and anxiety soother, this little herb can also be used as a topical treatment for skin inflammations. Chamomile has been used since Ancient times to treat a whole bevy of illnesses because of its antipeptic, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-allergenic qualities. Just the smell alone rising from a fresh cup of tea can soothe my anxiety and prime my nerves for rest. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) – While Valerian is used more as a sleeping aid than an anti-anxiety soother I included it here because often anxiety can cause sleeplessness. …

Cold & Flu Season Remedies

It seems like everyone around me these days has the flu. Everywhere I look I see people sanitizing their hands, their kids hands and their shopping carts. Each winter season we are inundated with the flu or horrible colds and if you have children it seems like you’re extra prone to illness. So before we all run off to CVS or Walgreens and stock up on over the counter meds let’s stop for a moment and look at the best natural ways to combat seasonal illness and the dreaded flu. 1. Probiotics – There is no question that your gut and immune system are undeniably linked. In fact, eighty percent of your immune system is located right in your gut. This is why loading up your system with healthy bacteria via probiotics is crucial to staying healthy when your cubicle mate is coughing for hours on end. Often times the first stop for bad bacteria and pathogens is your stomach and intestines hence the need for having an army of good, quality bacteria to man …

Wellness Wednesday – The Benefits of Aloe Vera

If you were anything like me as a child your mother had the ever present Aloe Vera plant on standby in the event of burns, scrapes, rashes or other skin ailments. I distinctly remember having the green goo from this plant slathered on my skin and feeling almost instant relief. It’s been many years since I topically applied Aloe Vera to heal a wound but recently I’ve started ingesting it internally and the results have been surprising to say the least. I had heard of ingesting Aloe about 5 years ago but at the time had wrinkled my nose at the thought, little did I know the future me would be completely changing my diet, skin care routine and shopping habits to accommodate my growing want for wellness. Never knock something until you try it I guess. The History of the Aloe Vera Plant – This green beauty is a succulent that grows on every continent on the planet. Oddly enough it is a member of the Lily Family even though it closely resembles a …

The Thanksgiving Aftermath Detox

So you went big – you had the turkey, the stuffing, the special family dish and you topped it all off with an embarrassing amount of pie – ok so now what? Honestly, I think I’m still full all these days later. It’s inevitable to give consideration to a serious detox post Thanksgiving gorging. So I thought I’d share my to do detox list with you all and we can feel better together. 1. Drink a full glass of water upon waking. Your body has been fasting all night while you sleep so by drinking a glass of water in the morning you’re jump starting the days hydration so your body can optimally function. 2. Take a solid probiotic. I know I’ve spoken several times before about Probiotics+ so there’s no need to go into major detail here. It’s may absolute favorite for so many reasons and I’ve taken a host of different brands. Making sure there’s a healthy balance of friendly flora is crucial to continual detoxification. 3. Lemon, Ginger & Cayenne Pepper Tea …

Superfood: Maca Root

Maca Powder has been a staple of my diet for the past 9 months and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. While I have only ever included it in smoothies my recent research definitely has me brainstorming about what else I can add this beautiful superfood to…hello pancake batter (gluten free of course)…Sunday’s just got a whole lot better. Maca powder smells just like butterscotch and infuses food with a slight nutty and sweet flavor, but that’s not what makes this root so great. Grown in the Peruvian Andes it’s one of the few plants that thrives at such a high-altitude. This adaptogenic plant is said to lower stress, increase energy and support reproductive functionalities within the body. I can vouch for Maca Powder’s ability to increase energy and lower stress as I have seen a major difference within my own body. Adding it to my morning green smoothie helps me start each day properly without the crutch of coffee or caffeinated beverages. As far as reproductive functionality I can’t speak on that but …