I found it! The product that changed everything!

I’m in no way being compensated to post the this as I put this product on it’s rightful pedestal. Let’s get down to the point of this post and finally toss out that aluminum packed deodorant AND that ineffective granola brand that doesn’t do jack when it comes to protecting our pits.

Without further ado, I give you THE HEALTHY DEODORANT. No really, that’s the name of Lavanila’s amazing healthy deodorant, making it easy to ask for the next time you’re perusing your local Sephora or shopping from the comfort of your couch. (Are people ordering deodorant online?!)

Why I love this product: simple – it works! If you’re anything like me, you’ve given other “all-natural” deodorants a try and without any luck and end up going back to the toxic stuff out of necessity of living sparing the your S.O. and office mates. The Healthy Deodorant retails for $14-$16 and is worth every stinkin’ penny. 🙂

If you’re looking for a solution to stop sweating, it’s important to note that it’s 100% not natural or healthy to stop sweating as your body needs to sweat (especially your pits; one of the main points of exit) to release those toxins and keep you healthy and regulated. You will still sweat with The Healthy Deodorant, but without the toxic aluminum there’s no more stained shirts, and with Lavanila’s solution you will smell fresh all day due to the natural essential oils and blend of ingredients. (T.M.I. – The first hard sweat I had after making the switch I still wasn’t sure about it, but 2 weeks in my body adapted and now I can officially feel confident using it for everyday use.) I recommend testing it out in environments when you aren’t sprinting marathons or trying to impress on a job interview so you can adapt too.

I hope to help you find clean healthy products to trust so there are fewer health issues for each of us. If you want to learn more about the brand and why they believe in natural products, check them out here. Pretty cool read.

So, go throw out that toxic b.s. (that’s somehow still legal in this country) and go get yourself a product that is going to keep you chemical free and smelling fresh!

 

 

Brush Up on What’s Good for You!

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Life Hack: Get Glowing Skin while Detoxing, in 2 minutes!

“How”, you ask?  Dry Skin Brushing!

It’s instant gratification, super easy and it’s the cheapest way to see and feel major benefits to your skin right away!

Benefits to Dry Skin Brushing, besides your new improved, softer skin…

We are detoxing your body by eliminating toxins, removing dead skin (which is why you’re going to experience softer glowing skin), activating red blood cells to stimulate healing, getting your lymph nodes moving, oh and smoothing and fighting cellulite! Do you need any other reasons?!

The best part… it takes less than 2 minutes to dry brush your entire body! (That’s less time than I wait to make a left-hand turn into my office parking lot.)

It’s completely idiot-proof, too! Just brush in long upward strokes always toward your heart, starting from your feet and working all the way up to your neck. While brushing over your stomach, be sure to move in counterclockwise movements to get that digestive system moving correctly.

Expect your skin to become slightly pink – as your blood cells are being stimulated and you’re literally  brushing your skin. (Yes, that’s the only time you’ll see literally used correctly today, I’m sure of it.)

You may be asking, “When do I do this weird new ritual?” Anytime will be beneficial for you, but before your shower in the morning is the most ideal to maximize the benefits all day long!

If you’re still stumped on how to get started, below is an easy to follow guide to show you how to successfully dry brush in the right direction.

And, when you have time to kill – I highly recommend Googling, “How to Dry Skin Brush” for some of the most awkward videos ever made!

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How To Dry Skin Brush

If you aren’t a frequent browser in the bath and cosmetic section at Whole Foods, you may be asking, “Where do I buy said brush?” There are many reputable places to pick up this handy new tool, but please don’t spend more than $14! You can find awesome brushes at your local grocery store for about $7 or so. Just be sure to find one with a long handle so you aren’t awkwardly straining to reach your back.

Best of luck, and happy brushing!

The “Glow” Juice

Kreation Kafe is a “go-to” because it’s incredibly fresh, carpeted in bright green AstroTurf and cute puppies, while reclaimed wood and succulents hug all of the big open windows looking out on Abbot Kinney for perfect people watching (my kind of place)!

One thing they’ve mastered: simple clean juices that make you feel like you’re upgrading your entire life’s existence with just 16 oz. of juice, for the “bargain price” of $8-$12 a bottle.

Hey, glowing skin doesn’t come cheap, or does it?

[Queue the angels singing and harps playing]…. I give you “The Glow Juice” recipe.

Now, we can all make these awesome bougie juices (but far less diluted, and much fresher) for under $5, and triple the ounces of glow all week!

Ready, set, juice!!

1 green pepper, 1 orange, 1 large cucumber, 1 1/2 green apples, and a few inches of peeled aloe. You can add 3-4 cups of water to stretch the juice longer, and make it more of an actual juice, less of a thick smoothie. 

So, what makes these 5 very simple ingredients so worthy of your blender’s blades? 

Green Peppers: Silicon-rich pepper, supports complexion doing as much for your skin as a moisturizer. Also a great source for potassium, which balances fluids and minerals in your body to regulate blood pressure.

Aloe Vera: Cellular regeneration, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and detoxification all contribute to the stabilization aided by consumption of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is also known to improve the immune system and promote fast recovery from illness.

Cucumber: high in water, flush toxins that impede normal GI and urinary function. Also, equally hydrating as water, but more nutritious than water.

Apple: Antioxidant-rich apple purifies the blood while satisfying hunger to combat cravings and promote weight-loss. Soluble fiber in apples lowers cholesterol and increases heart health.

Orange: With over 60 flavonoids and 170 phytonutrients, oranges have a ton of health benefits from regulating blood pressure to relieving constipation. The beta-carotene also protects skin cells from damage.

Enjoy, and happy glowing!

Becoming a Health Guru

I too have a curiosity or what some call an undying passion for “wellness”, “clean living”, and a harmonious life. I’ve studied to be a certified detox specialist, I’ve taken any and every nutrition class available, made my own lotions, potions (a.k.a. cleaning supplies, home-made laundry detergents), read listless books on the topic of wellness, I’ve swung from the ceiling upside down in antigravity yoga to learn about rejuvenating cells (and eliminating grey hair naturally),  all in the name of living the longest healthiest life possible.

This space exists to share what works and test what others claim. We will discover together what actually makes you feel better, live longer and detox your life. No biased opinions or products here. This is purely based on research and real results.

Join me as I do all the heavy lifting, so you can make easy changes today to live your best life.