DIY Juice Cleanse Frequently Asked Questions

DIY Juice Cleanse Frequently Asked Questions

Pro­gress Update: The juice cleanse is going well, albeit mak­ing a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions (see below). Back­ground: My body has nev­er han­dled sug­ar or a big influx of carbs very well. Ever since I was a kid, I would get sick with­in min­utes of eat­ing a donut and usu­al­ly vom­it it all up. Too bad. I real­ly do love donuts. They just don’t love me back. Mod­i­fi­ca­tion: Since I usu­al­ly con­sume about 50g crabs per day, drink­ing 40-60g in one go was mak­ing me feel out of my head. So instead of wak­ing up and hav­ing a green juice first thing, I had what I was crav­ing – my nut milk. I am used to start­ing my day off with a hunk of pro­tein and fat, so the switch-up worked beau­ti­ful­ly. No feel­ing light­head­ed, no sug­ar high, no crap­py nau­sea. (After all, con­trary to pop­u­lar cleans­ing dog­ma, those are not “detox” symp­toms – that’s a blood sug­ar issue.) Plus, the nut milk stim­u­lat­ed – shall we say – a super awe­some emp­ty­ing of the intesti­nes. Weeee! The milk kept me full for about 4 hours, where­upon I went for my green juice. I had a red juice 2 hours after that, skipped the lemon­ade, and wasn’t hun­gry at all the rest of the evening. I felt ener­gized and great and woke up on my own at 6 this morn­ing. That. Nev­er. Hap­pens. The green juice has been deli­cious and sat­is­fy­ing. For the first time in months, I have not craved choco­late or sug­ar. Con­sid­er how much more amaz­ing that is when I tell you I am about to have Aunt Flo over....

How to Beat Eczema & Dry Skin — Plus, GIVEAWAY!

Hey every­one! As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Ayurvedic med­i­cine (and Ayurvedic prod­ucts like Skin Apotheke) as a tool for skin care, and it’s an excel­lent com­pli­ment to anyone’s skin care knowl­edge. Today I have a great guest post by Kris­ten Ma, author of Beau­ty Pure & Sim­ple: The Ayurvedic Approach to Beau­ti­ful Skin. Her book is an awe­some resource for Ayu­verdic tech­niques for skin care and beau­ty. Keep read­ing and don’t miss the bot­tom of the arti­cle, where I announce an awe­some give­away for 3 lucky win­ners. .…… The Three Faces of Eczema: Beauty Through Ayurveda (How to Beat Eczema & Dry Skin This Winter) by Kristen Ma www.tibetconnection.org/administrator/sys/ With the win­ter weath­er approach­ing, our skin will get bat­tered and beat­en by the ele­ments. This makes our com­plex­ions vul­ner­a­ble to dehy­dra­tion, irri­ta­tion, and a vari­ety of skin ail­ments. One of the most com­mon win­ter-trig­gered beau­ty con­di­tions is eczema. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it is one of the most mis­di­ag­nosed skin prob­lems due to the fact that it is also very mis­un­der­stood. From a der­ma­to­log­i­cal per­spec­tive, we don’t real­ly know what eczema is and have come to no con­clu­sions about its real cause. Usu­al­ly, a derm will send you home with a pre­scrip­tion for cor­ti­sone – which is a steroid that sup­press­es your immune respon­se and thins your skin over time. While this will calm the con­di­tion down tem­porar­i­ly, it does not take a long-term approach, leav­ing the root cause of your eczema untreat­ed. It is also a con­fus­ing con­di­tion because it is expressed in so many dif­fer­ent ways. Some of us are red, some itchy, some flaky, and...

6 Spices & Herbs that Help Fight Acne and Eczema

Hey every­one! I hope you are all gear­ing up to have an amaz­ing week­end. I have been doing a lot more cook­ing late­ly and research­ing into the most ben­e­fi­cial spices and herbs for our health (which then trans­lates into clear, healthy skin). Below are 6 top “clear skin” spices that you can start incor­po­rat­ing into your dai­ly life to help you fight acne: {LICORICE} Ben­e­fit: Anti-inflam­ma­to­ry. Has the abil­i­ty to increase the nat­u­ral steroid out­put by the adren­al glands, which is great for peo­ple with adren­al fatigue and inflam­ma­tion (i.e. eczema, pso­ri­a­sis, acne). How to Use: Try 1–2 cups of licorice tea per day or a pre­pared tinc­ture (Cedar Bear Nat­u­rales makes great tinc­tures). As a safe­ty pre­cau­tion, do not take licorice for more than 7 days at a time – give it a rest in cycles (7 days on, 7 days off) and try to avoid long-term usage unless you are super­vised by a natur­opath, inte­gra­tive doc­tor, or oth­er physi­cian. {TURMERIC} Ben­e­fit: Antiox­i­dant and anti-inflam­ma­to­ry. Turmer­ic is 5–8 times stronger than antiox­i­dant vit­a­mins C and E. Turmer­ic is also able to neu­tral­ize the hydrox­yl rad­i­cal, which is con­sid­ered one of the most (if not the most) destruc­tive and reac­tive of all oxi­dants. Cur­cum­in is respon­si­ble for turmeric’s anti-inflam­ma­to­ry prop­er­ties and it inhibits the activ­i­ty of enzymes that are respon­si­ble for inflam­ma­tion. How to Use: Make turmer­ic tea, make a chick­en or seafood cur­ry with an Indi­an cur­ry spice mix (which con­tains turmer­ic), or take turmer­ic cap­sules (I take 2 Par­adise Herbs turmer­ic cap­sules per day). {BLACK PEPPER} Ben­e­fit: Increas­es the bioavail­abil­i­ty of just about all oth­er foods and com­pounds, par­tic­u­lar­ly cur­cum­in...

Prevent Dry Skin & Breakouts This Winter

As we’re approach­ing win­ter, I thought it would be a good idea to post some advice on pre­vent­ing dry skin in the upcom­ing cold­er months. It’s not the cold itself that makes our skin dry — it’s that funky dry air the heaters pump out 24/7. This dry air tends to make nor­mal skin dry, and already-dry skin tends to get tight, sca­ly and flaky. Here are some tips to keep this from hap­pen­ing. 1. Avoid the­se ingre­di­ents in all your skin care, make­up, and hair care prod­ucts: Sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fate (SLS) Sodi­um lau­reth sul­fate (SLS) Parabens (methyl­paraben, propy­l­paraben, etc.) BHT Min­er­al oil Petro­la­tum Propy­lene gly­col The­se ingre­di­ents con­tribute to skin prob­lems, specif­i­cal­ly dry­ing it out and/or not let­ting your skin breathe and caus­ing blocked pores and break­outs. Avoid them and seek out nat­u­ral prod­ucts (I men­tion a bunch of brands through­out the blog and in my book, too). 2. Hydrate from the inside. Your best friend this win­ter is going to be green juices. Or green smooth­ies. Or both. The­se are my secret weapon! Green juices and green smooth­ies are the orig­i­nal vit­a­m­in water — they car­ry skin-lov­ing nutri­ents into your body much bet­ter than plain water (though plain fil­tered water is still amaz­ing for you). For exam­ple, a green smooth­ie made with a cucum­ber, apple, 2 cups of fil­tered water, and a hand­ful or two of spinach is going to flood your body with sil­i­ca, vit­a­mins, min­er­als, and fiber that will make your skin absolute­ly glow and pre­vent break­outs. If you want hydrat­ed, glowy skin, stop drink­ing soda and cof­fee, and cut down on alco­hol. The­se three things dry...