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The ABC's to Better Your Body

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The “ABC’s” to Better your Body

Avocados...

Avocados are no doubt one of the most beneficial fruits, with their charming good looks and delicious taste, how can anyone resist? The true question is whether you know just how amazing they are. In every bite your body is enriched with potassium, fiber, and tons of vitamins. If that isn’t enough, according to medicalnewstoday.com, avocados also “decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increase energy and overall lower weight.” To seal the deal, these green little angels do all that AND improve your overall mood. Not only pregnant women benefit from Folate! Folate (a type of Vitamin B) is found in avocados. It can prevent depression, stabilizes your mood, and more! All of these benefits in one avocado makes it a clear choice for a happier and healthier life.

Bone Broth...

Bone Broth is the result of boiling bones from an animal, usually chicken, turkey, or beef. This is packed with vitamins, minerals, etc. Besides that, it also helps to strengthen bones, increase your immune system, help with digestion, and reduce joint pain. Yes please!

Here’s the recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/beef-bone-broth-51260700

Charcoal...

Ahhh, charcoal. Such a simple thing that does such amazing things. With avocados and bone broth making your insides feel amazing, doesn’t your outside appearance deserve a little pampering too? Many companies have been jumping at charcoal to use in their skin care products such as charcoal face masks, face washes, etc. Many swear by this ingredient to make their skin look flawless; so why not give it a try? I know I will!

 

These ABC’s will have you at your prime, all bringing their best to the table to make you feel the best you can. Give them a try and you’ll be glowing inside and out in no time!

 

Sources:

"9 Incredible Health Benefits of Folate." Dr. Group's Healthy Living Articles. N.p., 02 Oct. 2015. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

"19 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Avocado (#13 Is WOW)." Well-Being Secrets. N.p., 24 Jan. 2017. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

"12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado." Authority Nutrition. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

Xojane.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

Author: Sydney Alexy

 

Shake It Up

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Many recite and later on believe the famous quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” I on the other hand am a strong believer that nothing tastes as good as confidence feels. Nothing makes me feel more confident then living a healthy and active life. Living a healthy life involves more than going to the gym and exercising. A healthy life entails eating what’s best for their body. When many of us think of eating healthy we think of drab salads and tasteless trail mix. A fun and simple way to shake up your healthy living is shakes. Shakes, other times known as smoothies, are delicious and ultimately painless ways to consume your daily fruits and veggies. Here are some great shake recipes that will leave you confident and your stomach satisfied.


Peach- Mango Shake


2/3 cup frozen sliced peaches

2/3 cup frozen mango pieces

2/3 cup peach nectar

1 tablespoon honey

1 (6-ounce) carton organic peach fat-free yogurt


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Strawberry- Banana Shake

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 milk

2 teaspoons honey

Pinch of cinnamon

1 cup ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Apricot- Almond Shake

1 1/2 cups apricot nectar

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 cup ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Black Raspberry–Vanilla Shake

1 pint blackberries

1/2 cup raspberries

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon honey


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Veggie Shake

1 1/4 cups tomato juice

1/4 cup carrot juice

1/2 peeled cucumber

1/2 celery stalk

1/4 cup parsley

1/4 cup spinach

1/2 cup ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Kale- Banana Shake

1 banana

2 cups chopped kale

1/2 cup light unsweetened soy milk

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon maple syrup


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Cucumber- Honeydew Shake

1 cucumber (peeled, seeded, chopped)

2 cups cubed honeydew melon

2 cups passion fruit juice

8 sprigs fresh mint

2 cups crushed ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.

8 Things That Are Best to Buy Organic

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

With all the information relayed to us through the Internet, social media and television, we all know there’s a benefit to buying our food organic. The hardest part of eating organic is neither the taste nor the nutrition, but the price tag. When buying food for a family of five or six, eating organic might seem out of the picture. Fortunately, there is a happy medium. By only buying the essential foods organic you leave your wallet thicker and a smile on your face. Here are the top eight foods that are best to buy organic.


1. Meat

2. Dairy Products

3. Eggs

4. Coffee

5. Peaches

6. Potatoes

7. Peppers

8. Leafy Greens

What Chemicals Are Hiding In Your Shampoo?

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


(Photo from Huffingtonpost) 


These following ingredients are hidden in many of your shampoos. Some ingredients are in fact harsh chemicals that can irritate skin, damage follicles, trigger asthma, and may even be known carcinogens. You can't help but wonder, "How can that be healthy for you and your families hair?"


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): These closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used in about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. SLS and SLES have been found to cause skin damage, diarrhea, labored breathing, and eye irritation.


Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): This is a particularly scary solvent that is also used in antifreeze. Not only does PEG strip out oils, wax, and silicone, but it has the potential to cause skin irritation and hair follicle damage.


Sodium Chloride: This ingredient is used as a thickener in products containing SLS, but it can cause dry, itchy scalp and encourage hair loss.


Methylisothiazolinone (MIT): MIT commonly used in shampoos to prevent bacterial growth. MIT is a known neurotoxin that has been shown to cause damage to brain cells in animal and in-vitro studies.

 

 



DIY Cleaning Products

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Telegraph reported that women spend approximately 18 hours a week on housecleaning. That equals out to a whopping 2.6 hours a day (Whelan, 1). According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure. Americans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually (Vail, 22). You can’t help but wonder, “When you clean are you hurting or helping your family?”

A simple fix in order to assure the use of safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) cleaning products. These five basic multitasking ingredients below work miracles when it comes to DIY products.


1) White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold.


2) Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water.


3) Hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative.


4) Lemon juice cuts through grease and removes mold as well as bacteria.


5) Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.


Three Top Home Formulas-


1) Wood polish: Mix a quarter- cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil.


2) Carpet cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda at night and vacuum in the morning. For a deeper clean, combine one cup of vinegar and two- and- a half gallons of water in a steam cleaner.


3) All- purpose cleaner: Combine one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors.


(“Homemade Eco- Cleaners”, 22 & 23)

Bye Bye, Split Ends!

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Split ends is an ongoing battle, here are some simple tips:


- Maintaining hydration will prevent split ends. 

- Wash and rinse hair in warm or cold water only, never hot.

- Cut down on heat producing processes. This is possible by reducing blow drying , curling and straigthening; resulting in less stress on your hair.

- Keep your hair mosturized with a gentle shampoo and a hydrating conditioner during the summer heat.

- An occasional trim will strengthen your hair and act as a preventive measure against split ends. 

- Beware of hard plastic bristles; they tug, rip and yank. This is an incredibly easy way to damage hair! 

- Rather then scrubbing and rubbing a towel every which way in order to dry your hair, wrap a towel around your hear and simply squeeze. 



What's coming in contact with your skin?

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A conversation with a client about her recent vacation gave me insight to another way to talk about the risks from the toxins in typical hair color products and why I’m committed to the Organic Color System line of products.

 

After recounting her wonderful vacation the client shared the pet care problem she had to handle before heading off for two weeks. Her 18 year old cat needs to get a medication. The client knew the cat wouldn’t allow the house/cat sitter to open the cat’s mouth, tilt back her head and pop a pill down her throat – twice a day. And, mixing a crushed pill into food doesn’t work because there are 2 others cats in the house and they all share.

 

The client’s veterinarian recommended using the medication in a cream form. And this is what got my attention. The cat sitter would stroke the cream on the inside of the cat’s ear and it would be absorbed into her body. Contact with the skin delivers the medication. Contact with the skin . . .

 

Bells went off in my head. If something good for your body can enter through the skin, the same is true of something harmful. Your skin doesn’t know whether what it comes in contact with is for your benefit or harm. Your skin is permeable. It lets it all in. So, you need to take care and eliminate all the toxins you can – including hair color toxins – from entering your body.

 

I’m so happy to have another way to talk about the risks from typical hair color products and how to avoid it with the Organic Color System products.

 

Tips For A Better Life

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Take a 10- 30 minute walk everyday. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.


2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day. Buy a lock if you have to. 


3. Take 10 deep breaths each day.


4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.


5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli and almonds.


6. Try to make at least 3 people smile a day.


7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past and negative thoughts. 


8. Invest your energy in the positive present moment.


9. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out credit card.


10. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.


11. You do not have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


12. Make peace with your past, so it doesn't spoil your present.


13. GOD heals everything. 

" . . . on Mary's Mind"

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The beauty services and therapeutic treatment staff members of Jade Organic Salon will be blogging here along with me.  Today we're featuring Mary Gorka, RN, and Healing Touch practitioner.  Mary is giving monthly presentations on health and wellness topics under the brand of White Feather Workshops.  Her " . . . on Mary's Mind" programs focus on Health Assurance - the things we can all do to support our own health and wellness.  

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Last month, at our first " . . . on Mary's Mind" talk, a number of issues was discussed, including the range of choices for a healthy life.  One suggestion was that eliminating sugar could be one of the most important choices we can make.  it is an addicting substance, may have over 250 different names and combinations, and can be found in so many foods it is almost impossible to avoid.  Damaging to health, it is still quite delicious.

And, it plays an important role in the upcoming talk at Jade Organic Salon (JOS) on Pain, Its Causes and Treatments.  At the May 19th session, starting at 7 PM, a list of the main names for sugar will be available and also more data on the JOS staff who can help with pain relief.

So, hold the sugar (if you can find it), discover how it can make pain worse, and come to the next informative talk, " . . . on Mary's Mind", at Jade Organic Salon, 365 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA

Hope to see you there, 

Mary


Top 10 Fun Facts About Hair

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

10. All the hair follicles you'll ever have are formed when you're a fetus (5 months).

9. 13 days is the time it takes for any white or grey hairs to show from stress, shock or aging. 

8. On average you can loose 50-150 strands a day (unless you're bald, duh).

7. Each strand of hair contains up to 14 elements, including gold.

6. Each hair strand has it's own nerve muscle and blood supply.

5. The anticipation of sex makes hair grow faster.

4. 2% of the world population has blonde hair and the rarest hair color is red making up only 1%.

3. The human hair is used by eco-friendly groups to clean up oil spills as a natural sponge.

2. Hair cross- sections under a microscope can be used to tell what race or ethnic origin you are.

1. Gender is one thing that can not be identified by a hair strand. 


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