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All About SUPPLEMENTS: Which To Use and Where To Get Them

I get tons of emails about supplements every week. Which do I recommend? Are they organic? Are they food based? Which do I take everyday? Most people just want to know where to find good, healthy supplements from a company they can trust. So I decided to write all about supplements, which to use and where to get them. Let me introduce you to my secret health weapon: Perfect Supplements. From August 3rd until August 6th – you can get 40% off Perfect Supplements brand products and 10% off all other brands they sell by using code ANCESTRAL10. That’s an INSANE sale. I’m stockin’ up. They didn’t pay me to write this post. It is not sponsored, although I am one of their affiliates. This company is the BEST in terms of supplements. It’s not an MLM, I’m not trying to sign you up, my goal is not to have…

Five Things I Do Daily To Keep My Skin Clear, Hydrated and Healthy

Lemon water with coconut oil when I wake up. After I brush my teeth and tongue scrape (an ancient Ayurvedic way to detox) I drink a full glass of lemon water and take a tablespoon of coconut oil. Starting your morning out this way will improve your overall health, but your skin specifically. Here’s why. First, after eight hours of sleep (hopefully you got eight hours, that’s another thing I do every single night to keep my skin healthy), the body is dehydrated. Drinking a glass of lemon water jumpstarts digestion. But adding the lemon also detoxes the liver – one of our main eliminatory and detoxification organs. This is because lemon encourages the liver to produce more enzymes, thereby more effectively removing toxins, waste, chemicals, unfriendly bacteria, etc. from the body. In turn, this not only improves digestion and detoxifies, but reduces inflammation as well. Guess what is at…

The Oil Cleansing Method For Clear, Beautiful Skin

When I first read about oil cleansing years ago, I thought one thing: Ya’ll are insane. How could adding oil to my seriously oily skin be a good idea? How would using oil to wash my face not cause me to break out even worse than I already was? How could oil clean my face at all?! So I didn’t give it a try for another year or so. Until I had to see for myself what all the hype was about. Then my tune was more like: Holy sh*t. This actually works really well.  While oil cleansing might seem counterintuitive, it actually makes a lot of sense. Especially if you have oily or acne prone skin. Let me explain. WHAT IS OIL CLEANSING EXACTLY? Simply put, oil cleansing is washing your face with oil. You can use a variety of oils, but one of those oils has to be…

The Tea I’ve Been Drinking to Help Me Fall Asleep + Stay Asleep

I go in and out of having trouble sleeping. Sometimes I’ll sleep great for a few months, other times I’ll toss and turn for an hour, then regularly wake up throughout the night. When it’s really bad, I won’t be able to sleep at all for the entire night (thankfully that’s a rarity). I think this happens to a lot of people. I mean, who has great sleep all the time? Because of this and a few other factors in my life I want to improve, I started working with an amazing herbalist, Carol Little. I’m prone to stress and anxiety, which definitely impacts how well I’m sleeping. I’m also deeply interested in herbs, herbal medicine and overall, the profound medicinal properties of herbs. My anxiety isn’t all consuming (although it was a few months ago) but I am on a quest to always improve. That’s where Carol comes in. She’s…

The Healthiest Protein Powders

Because I’ve done several reviews of protein powders, meal replacement shakes and otherwise cheap, unhealthy and overly processed quick fixes, I’m often asked about which protein powders I recommend. Here are my reviews and the products I do not endorse: Isagenix Herbalife Plexus Shakeology BeachBody Arbonne Advocare It Works Usana Juice Plus To be clear, I do not recommend meal replacement shakes. Protein shakes are not meals, they are essentially just a supplement to your diet. They’re mainly a good option for post workout. They are not a good option in lieu of an actual meal. I’d also like to point out that my preference is real food post workout. I personally do not consume protein shakes daily and do not recommend them for everyone. However, I acknowledge that they can be helpful for those who are regularly performing strenuous workouts, trying to gain muscle or who just have trouble…

My Nightly Skincare Routine (for clear, healthy skin)

It’s no secret that I have problem skin. I talk about it often on this blog, on social media and in real life. Having problem skin sucks! You can read more about my skin woes here, but basically I developed severe acne in the fourth grade that took me well over ten years to clear. I did clear it via diet, but was left with a lot of scarring and uneven skin – which I am now working to clear and have improved greatly. I’m very strict about my skincare routine. I never go to bed with my makeup on. I always cleanse, tone and moisturize. I never skip a step. My point is, with problem skin, you have to be pretty regimented in your routine to see results. They don’t happen overnight, but with repeatedly daily use over time, the results are amazing. So far, I’ve managed to greatly…

DIY Hydrating Hair Mask

This mask is one of the reasons I still have hair. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But it IS one of the reasons I still have long, healthy hair. No matter whether I use heat tools or not, my hair, especially my ends, tends to get really dry. I once went four months without using heat tools, it didn’t make a difference. Now I use them once or twice a week and my hair is still doing really well. In fact, it’s been growing really quickly. The trick to using this hair mask.  To maintain healthy hair, I only wash twice a week. If you wash more, that’s fine. Here’s the trick to using this diy hydrating hair mask – the night before you’re going to wash your hair, use this hair mask. Every. Single. Time. Why wouldn’t you? It’s deeply conditioning, it’s easy to throw together and keep…

The Best Natural Remedies For The Stomach Flu

A few days ago I woke up bright and early to wish my husband a happy birthday, only to find out that he was running a fever of 101 and seemingly had the stomach flu. You know – chills, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, the works. The poor guy. We had plans go out to his favorite restaurant, but he could barely get out of bed. Depsite being called the stomach flu (or stomach bug), it’s not actually the flu. The flu is influenza, a virus that mainly affects the respiratory system. The stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, is actually an infection of the stomach and intestines that can be caused either by bacteria or a virus. Unfortunately, most medical recommendations for gastroenteritis include letting it run its course, hydrating and getting rest. Instead of taking a watch and wait approach, letting the bacteria or virus work its way out of his…

Brush This Way For the Healthiest, Softest, Shiniest Hair

Listen, I know it seems weird. Who actually needs a tutorial on how to brush their hair? Chances are, you do. It’s okay. I did too. I had no idea how I was brushing was actually contributing to the seemingly endless amount of breakage I was experiencing as well as the dryness of my ends. If you’re anything like me, you constantly struggle with dry ends and maintaining a healthy, shiny head of hair. I have long hair and want to grow it out – this brush is not only keeping my hair healthy, it’s boosting growth. I stimulate my scalp every time I brush. I also basically deep condition my hair every time I brush, using the natural oils my scalp produces – aka the best conditioner on earth. Watch below for the tips and a demonstration, or just read below for my tips. https://www.youtube.com/embed/f8m0ZRqcsvA Tip #1 Use the…

Top Five Tips For Anxiety

I’ve had anxiety for as far back as I can remember. Which is about 4-5 years-old. It worsened when I graduated high school, and feelings of terror would overcome me for seemingly no specific reason. Then it got even worse when I was around 21. This was when my anxiety wasn’t just a feeling of sheer terror, it was also a deep seated feeling of absolute dread and hopelessness. When I felt a panic attack coming on, which about 10-20 times a day, it was like falling down a dark, terrifying, desolate black hole. And I’d live there for a bit, until I could pull myself out. And then the process would repeat. I thought I was losing my mind. When I was in the midst of dealing with severe anxiety and I saw articles like this floating around the internet – they almost never actually helped me. This was…