Conscious and Natural balms, scrubs, and lipsticks to solve dry cracked, and chapped lips

Introduction:

Lips are a key part of anyone’s look, weather they are tying or not.

Most people view their lips as something they only care about when cracked or dry, but this will only product a cycle of band-aiding the problem without finding a permanent solution.

A contributor to the problem most times is that the products they use for moisture, or for makeup, are harming their lip skin tenfold for the amount of perceived ‘good’ they do.

Now this is not new information I know. And I’m sure some people would like to use more natural lip products, but they see it as too much or a hassle and/or a cost.

Long term natural lip care is not a huge ordeal or time consuming task. Like anything else, you just have to come up with a regimen that works for your lifestyle.

With lots of space for personal preference and wiggle room, the perfect regimen consists of three parts.

  1. A Fresh Start

Lip scrubs are important in the health of your lips because they eliminate dead skin, buildup, and bacteria from settling on the lips. By removing these, your lips can be softer, move even, and accept moisture better.

2. Moisturize

Balms keep your lips moisturized and soft throughout the day. These are important because they keep the lip skin from becoming dry and cracked due to environmental conditions and time in general. Because lip skin is so thin and fragile, it looses moisture frequently making this truly the backbone of you lip care regimen.

3. Showing Off

Lipstick for everyday-wear or special occasions is something important to a lot of people, and is always a healthy option to have if you like it.

There is a common misconception that even though the ingredients in most lip products are bad for you, it’s a necessary evil because something naturally made could never look that finished.

This is false.

To combat this, not only will all the DIY products work just as good if not better, the last section of this post will share two lipstick recipes that look will give you a polished matte look like it came from a department store.

The post is broken down into the three parts referenced above, each with recipes to get you started ASAP.

Lets get started! <3

  • A Fresh Start with 10 Lip scrub Recipes:

Application:

When applying Lip Scrubs, spread each combined solution gently over both of the lips in a circular motion over your entire lips pressing only slightly, so as not to scratch your lips. After spreading it evenly, leave on for a minute or two untouched. Following that, get lukewarm water and gently wipe the scrub from your lips. Immediately apply your favorite natural lip balm.

Check out the following recipes that you can make from ingredients you probably already have.

Directions: Just mix the blend together to the consistency you prefer.

For holders for these, I find the best containers are here. They’re cheap and durable.

  1. Orange Sugar Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tsp Coconut Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 4 tbsp Sugar, 6 Drops Orange Essential Oil.

  • Lemon Vanilla Sugar

Ingredients: 5 drops Lemon juice, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tsp Honey

  • Lavender Coconut Sugar

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar, 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or essential oil of your choice), 1 Tsp Coconut Oil

  • Lemon Olive Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 6 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

  • Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Brown Sugar, ¼ tsp Nutmeg, ¼ Cinnamon, 1 tsp Ginger

  • Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 2 Coconut Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 1 ½ Brown Sugar, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice

  • Olive Rainbow Lavender Scrub

Ingredients: 5 tablespoons Sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons Olive Oil, Cotton Candy flavor powder (from your baking aisle or here), pink food coloring (from your baking aisle or here)

  • Shea Lavender Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Shea Butter, 2-3 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 3-5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  • Mint Lip Scrub

Ingredients: ¼ cup Sugar, 2 drops Peppermint Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 1 tsp Olive oil

  • Jojoba Mint Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Jojoba Oil, 1 tbsp Sugar, 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Moisturize with 10 Lip Balm Recipes:

Keep in mind, that for anything with Beeswax in it, you will have to heat up to blend properly. Everything else your can put in a blender if you like, of you can just mix at room temperature.

As for containers, you can use the same containers as used above for the scrub here.

1. Lime Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 2 tsp Cocoa Butter, 2 tsp Almond Oil, 8 drops of Lime Essential Oil (natural food store or here)

2. DIY Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tablespoon Beeswax Pellets (natural food store or here), 1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil, 4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

3. Grapefruit Shea Butter Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Castor Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, ½ tsp Grapefruit Essential Oil (natural food store or here)

4. Lavender Mint Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Beeswax Pellets, 2 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 6 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

5. Maple Shea Butter Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Maple Syrup, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp coconut oil, ½ tsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Lavender Essential Oil

6. Citrus Shea Butter Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp grated Beeswax, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 6-8 drops Lemon or Orange Essential Oil, 2 tsp Shea Butter

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7. Almond Mint Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp grated Beeswax, 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Cocoa Powder, 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

8. Honey Vanilla Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Shea Butter, 7 Drops Vanilla Extract, 1 tbsp Honey, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

9. Raspberry Lip Balm

Ingredients: 4 frozen Raspberries (ground in a coffee grinder), 1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 Tbsp Shea Butter

10. Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

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  • Show off with 2 DIY Lipstick Recipes:

Why? You might be asking this.

That is understandable. If you’re already doing something so good for your lips, some regular lipstick won’t hurt anything.

That’s actually wrong.

Th additives in store-bought lipsticks are constantly working to undermine all the hard work you have done in the first two steps. Plus those chemicals not only hurt your lips, but are also absorbed into your skin and body.

*cue Mutumbo’s “not in my house”*

By making your own lipsticks, you can continue down the same path of healthy soft luscious lips already started, and you can also get far less toxins, such as Lead and Phthalates, absorbed into your skin and mouth.

For application and use, you can get really good lipstick tubes here. It has really good reviews.

  • Recipe 1

½ tsp Jojoba Oil, 1 tsp Candelilla Wax (vegan alternative to beeswax here), 1 ½ tsp Grapeseed Oil, ¼ tsp Mica-Mica (natural food store or here), ½ tsp Rice Flour (local grocery store or here), 5 tsp Shea Butter

  • Recipe 2

Ingredients: Beetroot powder (for color, here), 5-6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 1/8 tsp Mica-Mica Powder, 1/8 tsp Iron Oxide (carrier for the color here), 1tsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Beeswax pellets, 1 tsp Olive Oil

Directions: For both of these recipes, your will need to heat the wax, Beeswax or Candelilla Oil, and butters together on low heat. If you want coloring, add the coloring in last. Following that, for shape your can pour it into a lipstick mold, you can find those here. You can find these on Amazon for cheap for 3 in a pack. Put molds in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and take lipsticks out of mold to deposit them into Lipstick holders. A great one is here.

Conclusion:

By learning to take care of your lips long term, you can have the lips you always dreamed of without sacrificing your overall health and wellbeing.

Try any of these recipes and comment below on how it went. I love to hear from you all, it really brightens my day.

Much love and happiness to you all 😊

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Try 9 ways to release chronic muscle tension and stiffness in lower and upper back

Introduction

So much sitting! Not to mention all of the other issues that cause back problems to plague us so. You constantly find yourself having to twist and crack your back when it feels strange and tight throughout the day. To make it worse, often your back just seizes up into this ball of painful tension. In this post, I have compiled eight remedies you can use consistently use to relieve back tension immediately and over the long term.

  • Yoga

Due to the slowness, steadiness and therapeutic qualities of Yoga, it is great for long term management of back tension and pain. Because of the lengthening and the soothing of muscles that characterize this practice, here muscles have ample chance to relax as well as strengthen over time. Doing Yoga for back pain not only manages painful symptoms immediately, but also helps lessen the intensity and frequency of the tension over time.

Everyday Health teaches the best Yoga poses to soothe back pain here.

Yoga Journal also teaches 16 Poses to Ease Back pain here.

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  • Spices

Yall already know that Turmeric and Garlic are superfoods in mine and everybody’s book. And here they are again, like Tony Stark, to save the day. Turmeric is great for inflammation and tension within the body. The curcumin and other nutrients help relax muscle tension immediately and reduce unnecessary contraction usually for a day or so. Ginger also does this too, but Ginger works further with the hormones in the body that cause you to feel pain; this means it will help take the edge off the tension immediately.

Try out these Turmeric Remedies for back pain here.

Also check out these Ginger remedies for back pain here.

 

  • Epsom Salt

This salt is the muscular ELIXER!!! This salt is phenomenal and is recommended by medical practitioners around the world as a remedy for muscle tension, soreness, and tiredness. Likely if you have back tension, you are suffering from all three to some degree. My favorite way to use this salt is to put 1 Cup of Epsom Salt in a warm/hot bath. This way the Epsom Salt can do its own magic, while being enhanced by the warm water, which is already relaxing your muscles. If you don’t have time to take a bath, another way is to get Epsom Salt Pain relief gels. This may seem sketchy but they really work. Trust me.

An article for using Epsom Salt specifically for Back pain is here.

  • Heat Application

Compounding on what was said above, heat greatly relaxes muscle tension. This is so much so that they have heat packs designed for the lower back pain for this very reason. These can used to manage symptoms overtime by being put on every evening to relax muscles at the end of a long grueling day. That is a great solution for some, but it’s not my personal cup of tea. My favorite heat trick is soaking in hot water in a tub, usually for about 25-30 minutes. After doing that, my back and legs feel refreshed and rejuvenated. There is little to no pain/tension for 1-2 days of regular activity.

Learn to use heating pads for back pain management here.

How to take baths for pain management is explained here.

  • Aquatic Exercise

This type of exercise deserves so much more credit. It is great for muscles and joints that are damaged, overstrained, or overworked. Studies have proven that aquatic exercise helps strengthen and develop muscles while they are relaxed, causing very little strain or stress to any part of the body. Simple exercises such as Lunges, Water Kicks, and Sideways Walking are great at getting back muscles used in new ways; this increases their flexibility, durability, and elasticity. Doing these exercises continuously while the muscles are relaxed will make everyday activity easier, giving you significantly less  back tension.

Specific aquatic exercises that may will help your back can be found here.

  • Digestive Health

You wouldn’t think they are connected, but they are. The better your digestive health, the less stress and tension occur in the abdominal area. Because the abdominal muscles extending around your body, not just in the front, indigestion and digestive issues can directly affect the internal muscles in the back. Intestinal health through a healthy diet and lifestyle allows that entire area to stay relaxed and not hold tension that begins from intestinal difficulties and issues. So in short: make sure you eat healthy so digestive issues do not attribute to back muscular tension and/or inflammation.

Simple easy general tips to improve digestion can be found in this article here.

  • Consistent Quality Sleep

A consistent lack of sleep in studies has shown to be a significant contributor to continuous inflammation and pain throughout the body. By getting better sleep, muscles relax and can adequately and properly drain muscle fluid. From this, throughout the day, muscles hold less tension and do not inflame as readily as they would otherwise. Giving the body ample time to rest muscles and release in sleep can help day to day activities tremendously. Also notice the term quality. In this sense quality means: in a relaxed position, without much direct light, and preferably sleeping on the left side of your body.

Tips to improve sleep can be found in this straightforward article here.

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  • Foam Roller

This is a great way to provide immediate relief for pain. For those who need assistance stretching due to mobility issues or other reasons, this is a great method that combines stretching with muscular massaging. This apparatus also really helps you also with nerve issues that often accompany back pain and tension. I firmly believe that if you have the funds, you should invest in one.

Foam Roller exercises to specifically help back pain are found in this article here.

Conclusion

With these 8 activities and remedies you can cheaply and effectively manage and eliminate the annoying back tension and pain. Consistency with any one, or all of the activities above, will bring you results that will blow your mind, just as they did mine. 😊

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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Rid yourself of puffy and tired under-eye circles with 10 super quick cheap DIYs

Introduction

The importance of eyes cannot be understated. Not only are they the windows to the soul, but they are also “the nipples of the face”- as Gypsies would say. They are where people truly communicate and is one of the first things people notice about your face. 

And furthermore, if you have them from working hard, you should not be ashamed of them. Too long have a been on top of you game but still plagued with puffy, tired, gray and purple under eye bags. No more!

This post is a conglomeration of remedies I have discovered and used over the years to help me drop my under-eye bags. None of these remedies require a lot of time or extra prep, and all except one works almost instantaneously.

Following the 10 remedies, I have included three tips for everyday life that will brighten skin, renew cells, and encourage collagen production, elasticity, and moisture retention. As the cherry on top. 🙂 

Remedies:

  • Baking Soda

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Tablespoon of warm water (Optional chamomile tea)
  2. 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

Directions: Mix ingredients together in a bowl, making a paste. Apply this paste directly to the face through spreading underneath the eyes with a spoon. Once spread under both eyes, leave to dry for 10-15 minutes. Wipe off the paste gently with a mildly wet cloth.

  • Coconut Oil Massage

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ palm amount of solid Coconut Oil

Directions: Rub the oil gently into your hands to warm it up and turn it more liquid. Rub the oil under your eyes and along the cheekbones gently. Try to make sure as much of the oil is in that area as possible. Following that, make your hands into fists and take your front knuckles and line them up along the sides of your nose. From there rotate both hands outward and slide them with an average pressure up the cheekbones all the way to the hairline. Repeat 5-6 times.

This technique is a part of facial yoga. This practice not only ensures the coconut oil penetrates skin to improve the elasticity and brightness, but also helps facial drainage and bloating by reducing the probability of continued under eye puffiness.

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  • Cold Spoons

Ingredients:

  1. 2 regular dinner spoons

Directions: Put two metal spoons into the refrigerator until they get very cold, but not so they are ridiculously uncomfortable. When ready, pull out the spoons and put the back of the spoon over both of your eyes gently. Leave the cold spoons on your eyes for 7-10 minutes.

  • Cucumbers

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ – ½ of a cucumber

Directions: This one can be prepared on the spot or in advance, it just depends on weather you put your cucumbers into the refrigerator or not, because I do. Place chilled cucumber slices over the closed eye and leave on for 10 minutes. After that time, wipe under-eye area gently and rinse eyes if necessary.

  • Teabags

Ingredients:

  1. 2 Chamomile Teabags (optional Green Teabags)
  2. Shallow bowl of water

Directions: Soak the Teabags in water for 4-6 minutes; just enough time to activate the herbs within the teabag. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the Teabag and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Milk Pads

Ingredients:

  1. Shallow bowl of ice cold milk
  2. 2 Cotton Balls (optional cotton pads)

Directions: Dip the cotton balls in milk until they are completely soaked. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the pad and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Potato Juice

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ Cold Potato
  2. 1 Handheld Vegetable Grater
  3. Cotton Pads

Directions: Grate 2 Tablespoons worth of cold potatoes. Because the potatoes are cold, they will easily make juice, and that’s what we need. With the grated pieces, smash them a little more to get more juice from them. After that soak the cotton pads with the juice from the grated potatoes. Apply to eyes for 10 minutes. Afterwards gently lift them off and rinse eyes gently.

  • Almond Oil

Ingredients:

  1. Bottle of Almond oil

Directions: Pour from the bottle enough to fill the pad of finger, and rub it gently to your under-eye area. Repeat on both sides; 1 finger-pad per eye. It is best to apply this one at night so that is can fully absorb into skin undisturbed, but you can do it at any time, as long as its on for at least an hour. After time is done, gently rinse off area with cold water.

  • Tomato Lemon Combo

Ingredients:

  1. 1Tablespoon Tomato Juice
  2. ½ teaspoon Lemon Juice
  3. Cotton Pads

Directions: Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl. Dip the cotton pads into the solution to soak, and then apply to eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Rose Water

Ingredients:

  1. Shallow dish of Rose Water
  2. Cotton Pads

Directions: Dip the cotton balls in the bowl of Rose Water until they are completely soaked. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the pad and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

3 Tips on stopping under-eye bags

  • You are not cleaning a floor!

When you are removing your makeup, do not scrub your skin like you are trying to scrub a dish or a floor. Treating your skin that way not only stretches it out, but it also prevents your skin from retaining moisture and buoyancy. Be careful with yourself; remove makeup and dirt gently and with care.

  • Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a powerhouse of skin health. It’s most notable pillars are natural moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, makeup remover, and antibacterial protection. The best way to continually reap the benefits from this oil is to put it onto your skin every morning or every night. Although it is a runny oil of average thickness, it can definitely be used for all skin types. For those who find it a bit uncomfortable, gauge the amount of oil you need so it does not run, make you hot, or otherwise bother you.

  • Lymphatic Face Massage

These provide amazing effects for your both externally and internally. Doing Lymphatic facial massages improves your skin through pressing out toxins out and free radicals, making skin smoother, making skin less prone to wrinkles, and increasing collagen production. Also it inspires skin to rejuvenate itself faster, giving your skin a natural fresh glow immediately after doing it as well as long term.

Conclusion

There is no need to go on a wing and prayer buying expensive eye creams and facial solutions and hoping they work but not put toxic chemicals into your body. With the techniques above, you can rest assured you can brighten and banish you under-eye bags in minutes a day, with natural and cheap products you already have.

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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Solve and manage carpel tunnel, hand tendon, and wrist pain with this easy 3 Tier System

Introduction

Hands are probably the most underappreciated and overused body part in today’s society. We use them 24/7 at this point far more than we use our feet considering more automation, computer jobs, and not to mention our phone use.

More and more people are silently suffering with painful hand tendons, thumb pain, sore wrists, and forearm pain. And all of these problems later develop into full blown carpel tunnel, which sometimes requires surgery to fix.

In this post I have put together 3 tier system that I myself use to manage my hand pain a fatigue from day to day typing, phone use, cooking, etc.

  • Tier 1- Exercise
  • Tier 2- Foods to eat
  • Tier 3- Remedies

3 Exercises

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These exercises should be done at least once a day everyday, but if you would like to do them more, feel free.

  • Rubber band – Remember with this one you just want to GENTLY challenge and warm up your muscles.
    • Bring your fingertips together in front of your hand
    • Place a rubber band or elastic around the tips of your fingers (choose a Rubber band that isn’t too thick, or too hard to stretch. You do not want to continue to strain)
    • Try to open your fingers until the space between them is around a tennis ball size and hold for 6 Seconds.
    •  Bring your fingers back together slowly and rest
    • Repeat this 10 times per hand.
  • Hand/finger glide– With this one, control and mindfulness is the name of the game.
    • Make a fist with your hand
    • Allow the fingers to uncurl and the finger pads be flat against the palm
    • Drag all the fingers mindfully and deliberately along their natural path until they are straight up in a stop sigh format.
    • Gently roll the fingers back down to where the pads are flat along the palm.
    • Release the hand to its natural position for rest and reset
    • Shake it out.
    • Repeat 5- 7 times each hand.

This can be done with both hands at the same, but for mindfulness and deliberateness, I would recommend 1 hand at a time.

  • Wrist Extension– The goal of this is to stretch your forearm, another source for hand and wrist pain.
    • Hold your arm out with the hand bent down and the palm facing towards you on the bottom side.
    • With the opposite hand, gently full back towards you back on the fingers/top of the other hand until you feel a stretch in your forearm muscles.
    • Hold there for 4-6 seconds.
    • Fold the hand at the end of the extended arm upward so your palm is facing out from you.
    • Do the same as earlier. With the opposite hand, gently full back towards you back on the fingers/top of the other hand until you feel a stretch in your forearm muscles.
    • Hold that stretch for 4-5 seconds
    • Do 2-3 Wrist circles with extended arm. Rest and let it fall naturally
    • Repeat with the other arm.

Do this exercise on both arms, whenever you feel your own discretion regarding your forearm tension.

5 Foods

  • Avocado

These are powerhouses of Omega 3 fatty amino acids as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. This means they help reduce muscular swelling at the back top of your hands because of overstrain. The fatty acids aid in keeping joints lubricated and cartilage healthy, therefore reducing pain greatly.

  • Curcumin (Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper, Red Chili Peppers)
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Several studies over the years have shown that Curcumin was a significantly strong pain killer, not just because it reduces inflammation, which it does, but it also helps regulate pain receptors and signals within the body. This is perfect for someone who is doing a lot of typing everyday by helping swelling as well as pain and strain equally.

  • Ginger

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory but in its own unique way; it works intimately with hormones that produce pain. Working within the endocrine system allows it to inhibit the transmission of hormones that create chronic inflammation within the body such as arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase, prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis. These key inflammatory agents are common in arthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions.

  • Cashews
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These Nuts not only have an abundance of Omega 3 acids to help with joint health and mobility, but Cashews have special characteristics that make it stand out amount the competition. Cashews have an extremely high copper and magnesium content, making them great at encouraging the body’s natural rejuvenation of joint cartilage as well as bone density issues.

  • Berries

An often overlooked result of joint pain and strain, especially in hands, is the bone health problem that often results soon after. The abundance of Carotenoids in berries such as Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries, are great for bone health and resilience as well as strengthening bone joints. These two together will make your hands not only stronger, but suffer even less at the hands of overuse.

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3 Remedies

These remedies can be done once a week for mild pain, but for more severe pain I suggest doing at lease one of these remedies twice a week. That way, your muscles will have a chance to reset and relax often, giving less strain and less pain.

  • Epsom Salt Soak

This one is my particular favorite because Epsom Salt is great for reducing inflammation within joints as well as the muscle fibers.

  • 3/4th Epsom Salt
  • Basin with warm/hot water (at your discretion of course)

Directions: Put 3/4th Cup Epsom Salt into a bucket/basin. Run water into the basin and gently stir the water until it gets to the right level.

*This is so that it mixes in and dissolves into the water as fast as possible.*

Right level= height where you can put your hands and wrists into the water without it running over the edges.

  • Coconut Oil Massage

Coconut Oil is backed-up by thousands of massage therapists as being the best oil for massages hands down. It is unmatched in its ability to relax muscles, relieve muscle tension, and long term improve blood circulation within the body. A great after effect of this massage is moisturized and ageless hands perfect for framing your newest manicure.

Directions: Take ½ Teaspoon of solid Coconut Oil and rub it in between palms just to warm it up and begin to melt it.

  1. One hand at a time, massage the back of each hand by rubbing the heel of the palm of one hand on the back of the opposite hand while the massaged hand is stretching its fingers in and out.
  2. Take the thumb of one hand and rub it up and down the muscular line of each finger along the back of the hand. While this is being done, do individual finger bends.
  3. Do finger lifts on a flat surface with one hand while the back of the hand and thumb are being massaged horizontally by the other hand.
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  • Peppermint Massage

Peppermint is a particularly invigorating oil that not only rejuvenates the body, but also the mind through a clearness and refreshing, soothing feeling. The menthol in this oil that gives it is magical powers has made it a reliable and well known treatment for sore muscles and excessive joint pain. You can either make this massage oil for one time use, or you can make a bulk supply and use it needed; just use the same proportions as below if you like the second option.

  1. 4 drops peppermint
  2. 2 drops Marjoram oil or Lavender Oil (optional)
  3. 1Tsp Olive Oil (carrier oil as well as Vitamin E powerhouse)

Conclusion

With this 3 Tier System of exercise, food, and DIY remedies, I hope you will able to manage your hand pain and fatigue. My greatest hope is that someone can save themselves from Carpel Tunnel or any other serious long term issues by doing the simple steps above.

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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Stop dry persistent cough using 9 foods as natural remedies

Introduction

Dry lingering persistent coughs are not only annoying, but dangerous if left unchecked. There are cough syrups that do help in neccesary, but natural home remedies are defiantly the way to go if possible to minimize the amount of dangerous additives you can put into your system unknowingly.

The 9 Foods and Teas on this list are super easy to find and can be ordered in bulk online as well as picked up in small amounts at your local Supermarket.

  • Lemon

Lemon is phenomenal for almost everything, especially upper respiratory infections or disturbances. The first thing lemon does for cough is boost the immune system quickly and naturally, making significant headway in helping your body destroy the nagging bacterium or budding virus irritating your throat/lungs. In addition to that, lemon is also one of the cheapest agents that balances body PH, improves overall health, and helps the body repair itself easier and faster. This will not only banish the cough and tickle in your throat now, but also keep it from happening in the future.

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  • Honey

Honey, as we all know, is great for protecting the throat, remedying a popular cause of cough. In addition to protection, it soothes the throat, and all raw irritated tissues it comes in contact with, making its reach far and wide. Also honey is antibacterial, meaning that, like lemon, is great at destroying nagging bacteria within the upper respiratory system. Finally honey is also a sedative, so it is naturally relaxing to the body, lessening inflammation within the respiratory system, and easing coughing.

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  • Pineapples

Not only is it happy-making because it is delicious, but also because it helps respiratory health immediately and long term. Bromelain, a highly concentrated nutrient in the fruit, is a unique enzyme that loosens mucus within the throat and upper lungs as well as reduces inflammation in tissues within the lungs. But, because it is acidic, make sure you do not drink Pineapple, or other citrus, juice in extreme excess so as not to dry out your throat.

  • Spinach

The large amount of Vitamin B within this food is the top reason of many that it is on this list. It has several varieties of this Vitamin, heightening the respiratory system along with several other systems such as the circulatory system. Within this food there is also a high amount of magnesium, a necessary and plentiful nutrient important to the entire breathing mechanism. Also the antioxidants, especially CoQ10, in high levels in this food help reduce inflammation throughout the body, making the upper lungs less mucus ridden and/or inflamed from continuous coughing.

  • Garlic

A powerhouse of phenomenal cosmic power! With just as much antibacterial and antifungal power as Ginger, Garlic can be used in a chopped clove form for best results. Within the spice, special combinations of chemicals and compounds show to improve the immune system, reduce inflammation, and reduce excessive mucus production. Also like Ginger, it works SUPER fast and can be a remedy for immediate coughing and phlegm symptoms.

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  • Carrots

Carrots are great at clearing the airways within the lungs. Reducing these obstructions greatly  reduces the frequency of coughing. Also, these vegetables are GREAT at prompting the body to detox itself; in this case the lungs and kidneys especially. Regular detoxing of the lungs creates much less probability and frequency of coughing fits and respiratory infections. Fun fact! Carrots are great at reducing snoring at night by reducing mucus and making your membranes less reactive to triggers. Cooked and raw carrots are both good for you, but raw carrots do have a slight advantage over the former version.

  • Marshmallow

This herb has proven time and time again that it with regular use it provides relief for dry cough through soothing and coating the throat and upper lungs with a unique natural nutrient called “mucilage.” Because of that compound, it is also good at remedying sore throats, which is sometimes an annoying result and/or cause of continuous coughing.

  • Ginger

The power STRIKES AGAIN!!! Ginger is really good at loosing mucus throughout the body and the lungs are no exception. Unlike anything else mentioned in the list so far, Ginger is very good at breaking up large phlegm pieces not just in the upper respiratory tracts, but also throughout the lungs. With regular usage it has been noted to clear lungs completely from inflammatory infected mucus. Chinese medicine also has this spice listed as a good remedy for elimination of ‘non-productive’ coughs, coughs with no mucus.

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  • Peppermint

This herb is great for ingestion, as well as aromatherapy. A main thing component attesting for its power, is the menthol in the plant that acts as a decongestant as well as a soother of inflammation through tea and vapors. Other than drinking the tea, you can put peppermint oil on your wrists as well as neck to help reduce inflammation and lower stress levels through inhalation of the vapors throughout the day. This will soothe the throat and lungs, reducing coughing as well as any other accompanying symptoms of a respiratory disturbance.

Conclusion

The foods mentioned above will give your body the kick-buttowski *yes I just said that* power it needs to make your random nagging cough go away. For using all the foods above, there are a plethora of delicious recipes online that will be sure to make your getting better as pleasurable as possible.

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9 Conventional simple foods as remedy for swollen, stiff, and painful joints

Introduction

Joint pain is something that can make everyday life nearly unbearable. We all know people who are constantly suffering from joint discomfort, some young, some old. Horrible conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout exist and many more have persistent nagging joint pains that attack them even in their youth with no seemingly direct cause. To combat joint issues and deterioration from plaguing you, or even for those with chronic joint conditions, adjusting your diet can give your body the tools to heal itself and lessen the frequency of discomforting symptoms. In this post, you will learn 9 simple tasty foods you can add to any diet or lifestyle that can increase your joint health and prevent the advancing of joint deterioration.

1. Cherries

The vibrant identifying color of this fruit is the secret to its PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER! *yes DisneyPlus is my best friend, don’t judge* These are called ‘anthocyanins’ and they are great at reducing inflammation within the body quickly, making it perfect for those with long term joint issues to use everyday to manage ongoing symptoms. The high levels of antioxidants in this also helps joints reduce free radical concentration in the body throughout the day, reducing opportunities for swelling and discomfort in joints. These can be eaten as great ingredients to breakfast porridge, lunch and dinner sauces and glazes, and also dessert toppings and pies. In addition to that, because of their special power, there are pill forms and extracts of this fruit for special circumstances.

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2. Turmeric

Famous for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is good not only for long term joint health, but also for relief from immediate discomfort and pain. The nutrient responsible for this is curcumin, which has been shown to be remedy general inflammation, as well as internal attacks on joints that happen in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Not only can you gobble this up guilt free in an Indian dish or Thai curry, you can also drink Turmeric teas that can be found in any grocery store or hundreds of online platforms.

3. Walnuts

Being that these nuts have the highest amount of Omega 3s, walnuts are great for cartilage health and elasticity. In addition to that, these nuts are great at the reduction of inflammation as well as helping cardiovascular and lymphatic health. Although this might seem like it is unrelated, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems help joints in their supply of nutrients as well as their drainage and lubricant supply. By improving the health of these systems, joints have more nutrition to grow stronger as well as proper drainage and passage of synovial fluid and similar lubricants. These can be great dry snacks, added into Asian stir fries, or add a great protein kick to vegan sauces or salads.

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4. Olive Oil

Taking the cake for ultimate versatility- drumroll- IT’S EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil!!!! For your joints, this oil offers a specific protein that encourages the production of synovial fluid within the joints, the body’s natural joint lubrication. Also the abundance of Omega 3s is great for the health of cartilage throughout the body giving joints the bounce back power for joints when responding to everyday pressures and stresses. This can be put in almost ANY dish from Italian Spaghetti to a dressing ingredient for a summer Spring Mix salad. The possibilities are endless.

5. Chia Seeds

This superfood grain, some refer to it as a nut, is one of the richest source of Omega 3 fatty acids on the planet. I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!! For joint pain specifically, they are great at reducing inflammation as well as helping joint cartilage, strength, and lubrication with Omega 3s. Unique to this food, it greatly reduces blood pressure, which has been shown to rise conjunctively with high amounts of joint pain. Reduced blood pressure reduces swelling and discomfort, and allows the body to more easily flow nutrients in and drain waste out; something of high important large joints like in the knees and back. This food has no taste and therefore can be put in ANYTHING!!!!! It can even be a vegan egg replacement, when added with water, for baking dishes such as breads and muffins; two things I can never get enough of!

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6. Pineapple

These fruits are just EVERYTHING!!!!! The high amount of Vitamin C within this fruit is a key part of the production of collagen within the body, an integral part of the resilience in joint cartilage. An anti-inflammatory enzyme in pineapple not found in many fruits is Bromelain. This enzyme helps stop the body from attacking joints as well as promotes proper joint drainage in the body. This enzyme has been shown in many studies that is works especially well for knee pain. This fruit is so indulgent just diced up raw, but also it is a great ingredient to stir fry recipes, smoothies, sauces, and sweet citrus desserts.

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7. Sweet Potatoes

The high amount of Beta-carotene within this food helps, like the cherries, to significantly reduce the amount of free radical concentrations within the body. Also like the cherries, the color holds the key to its power! Unique to this strong anti-inflammatory and Beta-carotene mix, it prevents the frequency of flare ups and symptoms of joint fatigue, so much so that it contributes to its brilliant orange color.

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8. Ginger

This is a an extreme anti-inflammatory spice key in Ayurvedic medicine just like the above mentioned Turmeric. Unlike turmeric, this spice works more with hormone production in the body in addition to inflammatory fighting properties. Because of this, it promotes the body’s better direction to joints, making them function better and lubricate easier; reducing everyday inflammation and pain consistently. This can be consumed in a tea, found in thousands of platforms online and in brick and mortar stores, or it can be put in delicious stir fry recipes and noodle dishes.

9. Papaya

Papain is the main anti-inflammatory ingredient within this fruit that makes it a remedy for those suffering from chronic and ongoing arthritis and gout. This anti-inflammatory nutrient is unique amoung its colleagues because it specifically helps the body breakdown fibrin, a contributing cause of arthritis and gout inflammation flares. This fruit can be eaten as part of phenomenal breakfast combo, or even great flavor to make custards with at dessert time. In addition to that, because of their special power, there are pill forms and extracts of this fruit.

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Conclusion

Use food to pleasure your way to joint health with the 9 foods mentioned above. Now you have simple delicious ingredients that are versatile enough to add to almost any pallet to mitigate joint pain, increase your joint health, and protect your bones for years in the future.

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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9 foods as remedies to get glossy, silky, and sleek healthy scalp and hair

Introduction

Beautiful hair is part of the foundation to any flawless look or fashion sense. No matter what texture it is, the more healthy, luminous, and bright it looks, the better we all feel about the way we present ourselves to the world.

Let it be known now that the only way to continuously get shiny, silky, and sleek hair is from the inside out.

A product may give you that illusion for a minute, but if you don’t include what you put in your body, you’re fighting a loosing battle and a viscous cycle. In addition to shiny hair, you will also get a healthy scalp and higher probability of hair growth and thickening.

For your confident pleasure, I have compiled a list of easy to find foods that are specialized in their makeup to provide hair with all that it needs to look just-from-the-salon every day.

1. Walnuts

These nuts are full of Vitamin B, making them targeted straight to hair health. Vitamin B over many years has shown to enhance hair growth, thicken hair, and strengthen roots. Also these nuts are full of protein giving your hair a jump start on developing keratin, something essential to hair strength and elasticity. With an abundant source of keratin your hair will develop an indispensable ability to bounce back like a trampoline.

2. Lentils

These phenomenal beans are filled with with folic acid, better known as Iron, which helps the body’s circulation system health, and in this case helps with scalp circulation specifically. Providing better circulation to the scalp will strengthen hair from the roots and encourage the nutrients to span throughout the entire length of hair. Also Biotin is abundant in this food, making hair smoother and luminous through encouraging cell renewal and hair growth.

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3. Pumpkins

Pumpkins pack a punch, and are magically delicious not just at Thanksgiving but year-round also. Filled with Vitamins, they improve overall health with essential nutrients such as Zinc and Iron in high quantities. Another amazing benefit of pumpkins is that they are natural conditioners that will help hair stay moisturized and smooth through everyday styling stress. Pumpkins can be eaten by the seeds or by the mature vegetable. It can be applied to hair directly in Pumpkin Seed Oil or Pumpkin flesh; or it can be ingested as Pumpkin seeds or flesh.

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4. Seaweed

This versatile yet exotic food is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a crucial element to thickening as well as growing hair. Also these acids help increase circulation to the scalp which increases hair elasticity and nutrient abundance. This yields luxurious glowing beautiful locks with minimal effort. The special balance of Vitamin A and C in this plant increases production of a natural oil in the scalp that is essential to hair growth: sebum. Natural sebum production helps your hair feel more conditioned and smooth with little to no product intervention.

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5. Avocados

This food is famous for encouraging hair growth specifically. Also the Vitamin E present in this food helps the skin and scalp to repair itself easier through frequent cell renewal and moisture retention. Another effect of Vitamin E is giving hair better root health and nutrient transport, therefore significantly improving hair health at whatever length. Avocados, like with skin, are also great to provide hair with the tools to easily bounces back from UV Sun damage.

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6. Carrots

Filled with Vitamins A and E, this food is great at promoting scalp health, hair moisture, and hair elasticity. In addition to that, carrots have been shown in several studies to decrease hair loss and thinning. This makes this food an indispensable resource for everyone as time goes marching on. This newfound strength to prevent hair fall, moisture retention, and elasticity will also contribute to a less probability of premature hair graying.

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7. Banana

This fruit is great at moisturizing the scalp and helping it to stay healthy long term. Like none of the other foods, this fruit is great at reducing the probability of hair frizz action in less than perfect conditions.  Like Lentils, this food has a lot folic acid, making it a soldier for UV protection and bouce-back-from-styling power. Bananas, like our dear friends the Pumpkins above, can be applied to hair topically, or they can be ingested for the same great effects. Of course one will be a little faster than the other though.

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8. Spinach

The Vitamin A and the folic acid present in this food are great at helping hair strengthen itself through encouraging the body’s natural production of oils. The presence of natural oils within the hair makes it look more vibrant, lively, and glowing. This food also helps reduce hair fall because of the high amount of magnesium present and increasing scalp and skin health and circulation. What’s special about this food is that it is one of the few plants with a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, making hair more elastic, strong, and resistant to all types of environmental damage.

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9. Chia Seeds

A go-to source of Omega-3s is one of the many reasons Chia Seeds are great for keeping hair silk, shiny, and moisturized in texture. Also other powerful nutrients in this superfood are phosphorous and calcium. These make hair revitalize itself not only to become longer and grow, but also to repair environmental and UV damage present in stands from everyday life. The Amino acid chains present in this food are great at promoting general hair, skin, and nail revitalization, strength, and immunity to everyday toxins.

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Conclusion

As we all know, what we put on the inside, has a direct effect on what we see on the outside. With this post I hope I can convince you that instead of spending unnecessary money on a conditioner to give you “perfect hair”, you can eat foods that are great for your body as well as your hair health.

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7 vegetable, spices, and fruits for DIY home remedies for glowing healthy showstopping skin

Introduction:

Looking “bright-eyed and bushy tailed” every day is something a lot of people struggle with. You spend an excessive amount of money on makeup to not enhance your features, as its purpose is, but try to cover up blemishes.

Contrary to popular belief, a lot of skin issues and problems are associated from nutrient deficiencies that start internally, but eventually move to external. By using natural foods internally and externally, you can the luminous, dewy, acne-free, glowing angelic skin you’ve always dreamed. But the best part is that is will be with little to no extra effort.

This list is a compilation of foods to eat and to include in your DIY external recipes to get the show-stopping, luminous skin that has always been your end goal.

1. Turmeric

Tea and DIY Masks

Turmeric is phenomenal for skin specifically for several reasons. The first thing is that it is anti-inflammatory, for skin meaning that it discourages skin from swelling, puffing, or becoming easily inflamed by outside or inside conditions. Also this spice is antifungal, meaning that any bacteria within your body is more likely to be flushed out of your system fast than remain unnoticed and travel to skin to cause acne and breakouts. An undeniable fact about this spice is its miraculous anti aging properties that will make you look like Mother Gothel in ‘Tangled’ at any age. *just kidding* This spice encourages the expulsion of dead skin cells, helping brighten skin, helping skin elasticity, and reduce pores and dark spots.

DIY Mask

2 Tbsp Turmeric, 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)

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2. Beet Root

Food

These nutritionally pack a punch greater than even the Hulk. *not kidding this time* This food has been used since prehistoric times as a herbal remedy topical or ingested for a variety of ailments. Skin is no exception. This root helps skin to maintain its moisture and readily cycle out damaged cells for better newer ones, giving your skin a fresher luminous glow. Also the high antioxidant properties will allow less bacterium to be stored within the skin, making breakouts slow and eventually come to a screeching halt. Also its Vitamin C helps even out skin tone, giving you a break on having to use so much makeup, and giving you more confidence in your natural beauty.

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3. Avocado

Food and Mask

The superpower of this food are absolutely endless, like Doctor Strange. *my fav marvel superhero* The Vitamin E in this food is great for antioxidant properties, and helping skin retain its natural moisturizing agents and oils. Due to the healthy fats, this food helps premature wrinkling, skin dullness, collagen production, and can significantly guard against sun damage. Another power is its ability to inspire quicker growth of new skin cells and skin renewal, this makes it perfect for application or ingestion to treat contact dermatitis and small nicks and cuts on skin.

DIY Mask

½ Cup Avocado, ½ Cup Oatmeal

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4. Leafy Greens, i.e. Spinach, Kale

Food

Leafy Greens are full of antioxidants that are like the photon blasters in ‘Captain Marvel’- they are unmatched in comparison to their diabolical foes. *cue Samuel L Jackson one-liner* Also, the Vitamins in them have specific benefits directly correlated to skin such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C which together prevent dry skin and loss of collagen and elasticity respectively. Beta-carotene, a prominent nutrient in all of these, provides nutrients to skin that prevent it from deteriorating quickly from sun radiation. The same carotenoid also helps the body to smooth skin through encouraging cell production, turnover, and moisture retention in the skin.

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5. Lemon

Drink and Mask

Lemons, like a lot of Citrus fruits, are great at providing the body with Vitamin C which is a key contributor in skin firmness and collagen production. Not only when consumed, but when used on skin – WITH CAUTION- the acids in lemon can lighten age spots and help removed caked layers of dead skin gathered at the surface. In addition to that lemons, unlike a most store bought cleansers, does not strip skin of its nutrients. This means that pores can be open, breathe, and be free of dirt and residual bacteria without making your face feel like baking paper. *I wish I was exaggerating*

DIY Mask

2 tsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. honey

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6. Almonds

Food

A popular cause of acne is a deficiency of the nutrients zinc and selenium. Almonds, as are a number of whole grains, rich in these two minerals, making it a super destroyer of acne. *light saber and all* Also, being a low glycemic food, they reduce sugar spikes and aid in keeping insulin steady which can decrease the appearance of zits and blackheads. The free radicals present in this food also assist in the strengthening of the entire immune system. Over time this helps to decrease toxin concentrations body systems, thus decreasing spontaneous acne breakouts throughout the body. *get those dark chocolate almonds girl*

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7. Dark Chocolate

Food and DIY

Other than being amazingly delicious, dark chocolate is great for skin renewal and illumination. This chocolate helps skin stay moisturized, by having nutrients that revitalize the dermis, outer layer, or skin and allow it to remain that way longer. As everything else on this list, the high antioxidants help the body to flush toxins and prevent them from gathering on the skin. But like none of the other foods, it greatly helps with circulation and nerve development within the body, making skin wrinkles a much less likely occurrence.

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DIY Mask

2 bars dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), ⅔ cup milk, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 3 tablespoons brown sugar

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7 tricks and remedies to beat the hard stomach bloating and digestive gas

Introduction:

We all try our best to avoid bloating but with regular diet or stress, it always seems to creep up on us. Not only do we feel uncomfortable internally, but it makes us self conscious of the way others see us. 

Honestly, it’s completely out of control. The constant hard and bloated stomach and the discomfort of bubbling digestive gases is so annoying and inconvenient. And it is completely fixable with food. With your diet you can tell your body to detoxify itself and release the inflammatory agents that are causing not only belly bloat, but overall water retention as well.

Instead of letting it ruin your fun, here is a list of 7 tricks that can debloat in a flash and restore your peace and confidence.

  • Ginger Tea

Ginger is almost a ‘cure-all’ spice and here is no exception. Ginger has been hailed for thousands of years as a great aid to the health of the entire digestive system. It possesses nutrients that help the intestines to absorb more from food, and most importantly reduce waste in the body. Ginger is also fantastic for, inflammation, something that can occurs in the intestines when unhealthy foods are put into the body regularly. By aiding in the intestines efficiency in extracting nutrients and eliminating waste, the body can debloat and shed extra baggage easily.

Bloating is no exception to the power of giner in releaving digestive woes.
  • DIY Detox Waters

This is a great get-two-birds-with-one-stone type of deal. Not only do you hydrate with water, but you get to infuse some of the nutrients from fruit or veggies in it also. Some people argue about the taste bring strange, but there are some good recipes out there!

DIY Detox Waters are a great way eliminate occasional uncomfortable bloat to to have fun great tastes.

You can find three of them here.

Grapefruit Cucumber Cucumber Strawberry Citrus Aloe
Grapefruit Cucumber Ginger Mint Honey Cucumber Strawberries Apple Raspberries Mint Oranges Lemon Juice Aloe Vera Juice/Gel Mint Leaves

The best thing about these is you can have them in a pitcher in your fridge for only at home, or you can take them to work in portable bottles. Also, it’s a little more fun for some people instead of always drinking water.

  • Hydrate constantly

Water will hydrate the body and help send the body a message that it can let go of some of the bloating from water weight. Hydrating with WATER specifically is probably the most important portion of this because carbonated drinks especially are known to mess with the intestines and interfere with good natural digestion bacteria. Also water consistently counteracts bloating from high amounts of salt from foods, and very high carb intake.

Hydrating is an essential key to reducing stomach bloat and reducing inflamation throughout the body.
  • Regulate the Fiber

Fiber is the lifeblood of the digestive system! Figuratively of course. It is powerful, but it should be understood and used comprehensively. Sometimes when you crash-course fiber when starting a new rigorous diet or lifestyle change, it can accidently bloat its user unsuspectedly. Fibrous foods are great for you, but sometimes in overly high, very high, concentrations they can in fact lead to a little bloating if ambushed all at once. Over time this dissipates however so don’t lower your fiber intake forever, just take it nice and slow. *cue R&B music*

Fiber is phenomenal at helping reduce bloat becuase it litterally forces extra waste contents from the intestines.
  • Swig some Apply Cider Vinegar

Another one of the many benefits of this phenomenal household staple. Apply Cider Vinegar is great for digestive health by balancing healthy bacteria in the intestines; this promotes better absorption of nutrients as well as less inflammatory toxins. Also it helps stimulate the intestines to readily eliminate waste that might be built up of from toxins, indigestion, or general unhealthy foods. A popular recipe for this is 1 Tablespoon ACV(Apple Cider Vinegar), 1 Teaspoon cinnamon, and a drop of stevia, or honey. That recipe is a good quick go-to during the morning, night, or afternoon, for any lifestyle.

Apple Cider Vinegar is great for reducing bloat immediately, but also good for preventing future episodes of extreme bloating.
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  • Take a bath with Epsom Salt

This is great for reducing inflammation within the body and relaxing the muscles; those in the intestines are no exception. By relaxing these muscles, it helps them better do their job by encouraging them to contract better and move waste out of the digestive system. Also it can debloat you through pulling excess water out of your body everywhere, not just your stomach. This makes it perfect for bikini beach dates, or sleek slink evening wear. *cue wink*. When doing this, a great cherry on top is dropping essential oils in the water; the aromatherapy will also work you relax the body throughout, enhancing the effectiveness of the entire process.

  • Dandelion Tea

This herbal medicinal tea is great for the purpose of reducing bloating as well as irregularity. This tea encourages the body to clean the digestive tract of old residual waste through it’s natural mild laxative properties. Also it is really good at alleviating constipation, which is another main cause of excessive bloating.

Dandelion tea is phenomenal for digestive health in general and it is great for bloating becuase it inspires waste removal as well as nutrient absorbtion.
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Conclusion:

There are in fact concise, natural, and affordable solutions that can decrease bloating long term, and have immediate relief of symptoms as well. Finding them means a world of difference in giving confidence and self assurance when stepping into a public setting or interaction.

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7 Respiratory tips to increase lung function, capacity, and overall health

Introduction 

Breathing is one of the most important body functions.

The oxygen and gases from the air gives some of the fuel to the body needed for all inner-workings to run all other functions. 

To not pay attention to their wellbeing is to allow respiratory infections, bronchitis, lung disease, and even types of lung cancer to slip by unnoticed.

Within this post we will explore four categories and ways to improve lung health that don’t involve and entire lifestyle changes, but give small things you can add to your life that can improve lung health fast. 

1. Posture

Slouching in chairs and when standing can greatly diminish lung capacity as well as lessens the power of the diaphragm. By contracting the diaphragm and lungs, your body will be forces to take shallower breaths, giving less oxygen to the brain and body, increasing anxiety and inflammation through less expulsion of CO2. Constantly be on top of your posture, and also get up and stretch throughout the day to keep the body from habitual muscle stiffness.  

2. Pranayama (Deep Breathing)

There is a specific practice in yoga called Pranayama is formal name for the Yogic art of deep breathing. This not only greatly rejuvenates the lungs, it also helps the deep breathing to become more habitual and trains the body to do it unconsciously. Also over time with consistency, it has been shown repeatedly to increase lung capacity. A simple way to practice this is to slowly inhale, consciously expand your belly below the diaphragm, expand your lower ribs, and allow the upper chest to expand and lift. After this, exhale by letting the chest fall, contract the ribs and contract the abdominal muscles tor release all the air. 

3. Ginger Tea 

The anti-inflammatory properties of this root helps lungs function better in way, and helps the lungs by giving them several nutrients and compounds to boost their function. In addition to the Ginger is an antibacterial, meaning that it boosts lunch immunity specifically to kill most of the bacteria and viruses that enter the lungs. Also this root improves circulation, meaning that it can help give the lungs more opportunities to share it’s oxygen from the air with the rest of the body easily. 

4. Turmeric Tea 

Very similar to the power of Ginger, Turmeric is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory, meaning that it can help alleviate small bouts of asthma symptoms such as excess music production and inflammation. In addition to that, it is also antibacterial and has shown significant success in preventing infections similar the nature of pneumonia; this makes it extremely unique and valuable. The high antioxidant content also provides the lungs with nutrition compounds it needs to efficiently function such as iron, potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6. 

5. Citrus Fruits

Grapefruit specifically is great for alleviating symptoms of lung diseases such as COPD, and is also great for those who are just trying to cleanse their lungs. Citrus fruits also have high antioxidants, reducing inflammation and also reducing cancerous cells within the lungs. Also it encourages blood vessels within the lungs to operate more efficiently, therefore allowing the eater to breath clearer with proper oxygen flow and less mucus buildup. 

6. Cruciferous Vegetables 

These vegetables not only are nutritionally wealthy for general health, but they also are exceptionally great for lowering the risk of lung cancer by at least 50% each time they are eaten. The chlorophyll in these plants is a wonderful detox to the body and to the lungs. In addition to that Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, etc. are easy to get in high amounts for affordable prices. This means one can use them in a high amounts consistently to help lungs be less toxic steadily and for the long term. 

7. Hydration

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how much most people underestimate the importance of water in lung health. By having a consistent intake of water, the lungs’ mucus linings throughout stay moist, meaning it is better able to absorb nutrients and absorb oxygen to transport to other places within the body. In addition to that, water detoxes and promotes flushing toxins in the body naturally, so that harmful bacteria and irritants that do come in the lungs are immediately set to be expelled out of the body. 

Conclusion

With this post I hope you learned 7 ways to improve lung health long term immediately and with minimal effort on your part.

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7 Step diet for heartburn, gerd, and acid reflux symptom relief and treatment

Introduction 

Acid reflux, known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to medical professionals, is a disease that plagues thousands of Americans as well as people around the world.

Sufferers of this condition can have episodes occur randomly as well as a result of typical everyday living such as eating food, taking medication, genetic predispositions, and lifestyle choices.

The key to mitigating this condition is to implement a diet that does not cause stomach acid to rise or unnecessary irritation of stomach lining. This post is a compilation of foods for use as heartburn and GERD remedies to mitigate, or over time suppress, chronic episodes of Acid Reflux.  

Routine Application  

  1. Fibrous foods 

Oatmeal is a particularly fibrous and nutritious food that can do wonders for acid reflux and digestive efficiency. In addition to those benefits, fiber can help you feel fuller longer and faster, making you less prone to overeat and trigger acid reflux symptoms such as heartburn. The compounds Thiamine, niacin and Vitamin B6 in oatmeal also stops a overproduction of stomach acid, greatly helping the frequency and severity of reflux episodes. 

Other great whole grain foods very high in fiber are whole grain rice and breads. Whole grains as a family greatly neutralize stomach acid and absorb digestive acids and enzymes easily so there is no painful overflow. 

Please make a personal note not to every load your fiber down with refined sugars to make it “taste better”, the refined sugars are only going to contribute to heartburn down the line. 

  1. Alkaline Fruit 

Apples are a phenomenal soldier to combat acid reflux due to abundant amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, ingredients all present in Acid Reflux medications. These nutrients have been shown in studies to mitigate symptoms over time, and occasionally can provide faster relief from discomforting symptoms.  

Papayas are another phenomenal fruit to combat acid reflux because of the compound papain. Papain is a powerful digestive enzyme seen in a great amount of digestive dietary supplements as well as meat tenderizers; it helps a variety of digestive issues from indigestion and chronic diarrhea. This enzyme can greatly aid in not only acid reflux, but all around better digestive health. 

A specific fruit in particular, bananas, are very high in fiber and help ward off indigestion and promote intestinal health, decreasing the severity and frequency of episodes.  Bananas especially help ease discomfort caused by this condition by coating the esophageal lining and combatting throat soreness and the bitter acidic taste. 

Melons, such as cantaloupe and honeydew, contain a lot of magnesium same as most acid reflux medications do, making them a natural avenue of similar effect. Also they are a very mildly acidic fruit, lessening its agitation when combines with stomach acid. 

Pineapples, although they are citrus, make up for it with vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, magnesium, dietary fiber and bromelain. Bromelain specifically is a protein digesting enzyme that aids digestion and also reduce inflammation and swelling, something that can immediately help discomforting symptoms of this condition. 

  1. Green Vegetables 

Spinach in addition to being alkaline, as other items on this list, they are loaded with antioxidants which help the body to make proper enzymes for digestion. 

Kale is not only alkaline also, and it is also a adequate source of plant protein that can help replace animal proteins in your diet, which can help lower acid reflux symptoms and episodes also. 

Broccoli in addition to its alkaline properties, its low fat and high fiber content can help minimize insulin in blood, which is great for your digestive system in general. 

  1. Healthy Fats  

There are also a plethora of foods with healthy fats such as avocados, walnuts, and flaxseed that can mitigate symptoms and over time maybe remove them completely with regular consumption. 

There is also an abundance of healthy unsaturated fats in oils that you can put in food for flavor, as well as use them in cooking such as olive oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil. 

A fun sweet way to consume these fats is also with nut butters such as peanut butter and almond butter. They can be added to everything! 

  1. Watery Foods 

     

Cucumber and Lettuce are alkaline foods that are lower in PH, making them perfect for sufferers of acid reflux through not triggering symptoms. 

  1. Ginger 

Ginger has a long history in Chinese medicine, very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It is great at eliminating intestinal gas and soothing the intestinal tract aiding in elimination or waste from the body. It helps with not only indigestion, but also soothing sore throats and bitter mouth tastes, other systems associated with acid reflux episodes. 

  1. Alkaline Grains 

Nuts are great for unsaturated and easily digestible fats and power packed with a plethora of nutrients that help greatly with overall body and digestive health. Weather they are added on top of a salad, or eaten as a midday snack, they are sure to make you feel full and eat less, and also help your intestines to better absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.  

Final Thoughts 

In conclusion, acid reflux is a condition that can run you life but with the proper tools and preparation with your diet, it can be controlled or eliminated. Remember these abbreviated tips below when you go shopping for your food: 

1. Fibrous foods directly help acid reflux through mitigating stomach enzymes and acids as well as preventing indigestion and encouraging intestinal absorption and health preventing the overabundance of stomach acids and enzymes. 

2. Alkaline fruits such as apples, bananas, and papayas are not only low acidity and help digestive health, but also possess enzymes that can aid in the breakdown of food also, preventing symptoms on another front. 

3. Green vegetables also help through not only their alkaline properties but also their nutrients that help the body better absorb nutrients, thus preventing the episodes of acid reflux. 

4. Heathy Fats are great for overall health as well as prepping the digestive tracts to absorb nutrients, contract, and eliminate waste; this reduces indigestion as well as overproduction of stomach acids. 

5.  Watery fruits and vegetables are good to provide immediate relief by diluting stomach acids, but also help reduce the intensity of stomach acid overproduction over time. 

6. Ginger is  known all over the world as well to medical practitioners and holistic healers as a great weapon to fight not only acid reflux, but also any type of stomach or intestinal discomfort. It provides immediate relief as well as long term mitigation of symptoms. 

7.  Alkaline Grains are great fixes for not only immediate snacking, but can be added into any diet style as something to nourish the body, add fiber, and also encourages the breakdown of foods entering the body. 

I hope this gave you some direction on how to manage, and hopefully eliminate annoying Acid reflux through eating healing and healthy whole foods.

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Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Tea and fruits good for digestion and constipation

Introduction

Digestion is at the core of body performance. Enhancing its efficiency will not only improve your health immediately, but also improve the way your body works long term. Tea is a relaxing and nutritional tool that invigorates the body with nutrients that encourage the body to balance digestive hormones and fat metabolizing in the body. Fruits do the same thing, and are phenomenally tasty. These two things are the great balance bridge because they are extremely mobile, light, and low maintenance. They don’t require a lot of time or prep and can be customized to personal preference easily.

Adding the foods and teas below to your diet will manage constipation, indigestion, bloating, and other digestive issues that cause issues such as weight gain and intestinal diseases. In this post, you will learn tasty, easy-to-find fruits and teas to embellish your daily routine to encourage digestive and metabolic performance within the body.

Routine Application

Morning- Rejuvenated Prep

  • Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is a known worldwide for it's digestive medicinal qualities.  www.fixfitlove.com

Ginger is great for a host of digestive problems and issues. Its great for nausea and stomach bloating that could be associated with digestive discomfort and indigestion. Also ginger helps greatly for stomach cramping and heartburn associated with digestion issues that regularly plague so many. Also Ginger tea helps with constipation, and encourages full digestive efficiency that allows the body to effectively get the most nutrients out of its food. The two compounds of gingerols and shogaols, present in Ginger, support healthy stomach contractions and intestinal contractions for healthy elimination of waste.

  • Bananas

The high fiber content in Bananas is great for aiding in digestion first thing in the morning.  www.fixfitlove.com

High fiber content in bananas encourages regularity in bowel movements meaning it helps intestinal health. Also it helps protect the stomach lining, preventing ulcers and also increasing the general health of stomach lining. Potassium levels that are present in this fruit also help aid in intestinal function and colonic health through helping muscles to contract smoothly, something essential to digestive system elimination. Less ripe bananas are a good source of resistant starches that can be beneficial to bacteria living within the large intestinal tract. Finally, their consumption is shown to prevent colon cancer because of the large antioxidant count.

  • Grapefruit

Grapefruti is phenonmental not only for it's enzymes that promote enhance digestion, but throughout the day it also helps prevent insulin spikes in the body.  www.fixfitlove.com

The first thing grapefruit helps is over time helping metabolism speed, therefore helping greatly in weight loss digestive health. Improved insulin in the blood is another benefit that happens from grapefruit by the fruit blocking over overabsorption of carbohydrates by the body, preventing insulin spikes. Preventing insulin spikes helps the body’s metabolic and digestive system be more efficient. In addition to that, there is a high soluble and insoluble fiber content, encouraging regularity, lowering cholesterol and blood sugars, and overall improving nutrient absorption by the body. The high Vitamin C content in Grapefruit is also good for helping the brain regulate digestive enzymes, helping appropriate digestion hormone production in the brain.

Day- Work Grind

  • Dandelion Tea

The extract of this plant has been shown to stimulate the digestive system contraction and promote flow of food from the stomach and into the intestines. Also this tea prevents inflammation and decrease of stomach acid, both of which work to decrease heartburn as well as stomach ulcers. This tea prevents starch absorption, which over time improves efficient intestinal absorption of minerals and nutrients. In holistic health and ayurvedic medicine practices, dandelion tea is used to over time eliminate constipation and promote bowel regularity fast. Finally, it also helps with bloating and can reduce water weight throughout the entire the body.

  • Apple

Apples have a high amount of insoluble fiber and pectin to help not only long term, but also for immediate relief from digestive issue symptoms. www.fixfitlove.com

The high amount of soluble fiber within this fruit is shown to help one feel fuller longer and eat less. In addition to that, the high insoluble fiber content relieves constipation and stimulates elimination of waste within the body. The high antioxidant content within the fruit helps overall health and especially eliminating inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract, allowing better nutrient absorption and digestive contraction. The chemical Pectin in apples works as a natural laxative and diuretic immediately works to relieve constipation and eliminating large amounts of water weight in the body.

  • Green Tea

Green Tea has been used for thousands of years to regulate digestion and also help destroy harmful intestinal bacteria.  www.fixfitlove.com

The caffeine present in this tea is not only good for mental alertness, but is also good for maintaining regularity and elimination of waste within the body. The catechins in Green Tea help regulate the efficiency of digestive enzymes, and their discretion and efficiency of absorbing the calories taken into the body. Green Tea has also been shown to ease symptoms of intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory bowel syndrome in several medical studies. Polyphenols in green tea have the ability to attack malicious foreign bacteria and viruses that might appear within the intestinal tract.

Night- Scaled down Reflection

  • Peppermint Tea

This type of tea is great for reducing digestive gas and also for immediate treatment for stomach aches. Also this tea can aid in providing relief from diarrhea and abdominal pain and cramping. Study trials have also proven that this tea helps with the inflammation, bloating, and gas associated with irritable bowel syndrome. In addition to that, this tea can help immunity by encouraging the digestive system to be able to determine and destroy malicious bacteria and leave healthy digestive bacteria. Also this tea is high in fiber, which as referenced several times in this post, is well correlated with bowel regularity and elimination of waste.

  • Mangos

Mangoes have an abundance of enzymes specifically targeted to help the intestines digest more nutrients from food and dispose of waste efficiently.  www.fixfitlove.com

The enzymes present within this fruit are phenomenal in aiding the body in the digestion of proteins and fibers taken within the body. In addition the enzymes, the fiber present within the mangos is great for intestinal health through maintaining healthy bacteria and therefore better nutrient absorption. Also, the fiber type in this is soluble fiber, promoting bowel regularity. This fruit also cuts down on water weight, decreases inflammation, and increasing immunity to toxins ingested into the body. The potassium and magnesium in this fruit is also great for helping muscular health, something of the upmost importance to the digestive system.

  • Apricots

Apricots are known for promoting intestinal immunity and help intestines remain healthy, clean, and help process out harmful bacterium from food.

This fruit can be eaten fresh, or dried as a remedy to digestive and immune system issues. The high antioxidant content of these fruits is great for helping overall body health and intestinal immunity to ingested toxins or harmful bacteria. The Vitamin C content of this fruit also helps for better nutrient absorption as well as by helping the body produce collagen essential to maintaining health of the tissues of the digestive tract.

Final Thoughts

Fruit and teas can be easily can be added to any diet, and pay for themselves in dividends through improved health and wellness, both mental and physical.

Skim the bullet points below to bring it on home:

  • In the morning: Ginger Tea, Bananas and Grapefruit are all things that can be easily added to your morning routine that will invigorate your digestive system throughout the day to not only start off well, but be efficient throughout the day.
  • During the work day: Dandelion tea, Green Tea, and Apples are great as steady energy boosters for mid day fatigue that also double as digestive metabolic boots also.
  • During relaxation evening: Peppermint Tea and servings of apricots and mangoes are great to unwind and reinvigorate digestive processes from the previous day and prepare for the next.

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