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...

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...

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...