Archive | July 2014

“5 Habits That May Be Sabotaging Weight Loss” by Jesica Salyer as featured on HealthAmbition.com

Weight loss is perhaps the biggest topic in the health world. It’s a multifaceted process within your body that, when healthfully done, should mean that your body is detoxifying and decreasing its fat mass.

Knowledge of your own body is key in successfully losing weight. That said, a lack of body awareness, knowledge about food and understanding of how daily habits effect weight loss can ultimately sabotage your big plan to lose weight.

Many of these things you may be doing idadvertently, unaware of the repercussions. Luckily, you can morph these bad habits into healthy eating habits for weight loss. Thus, you will optimize the rate at which you shed pounds the healthy way.

1. Not Getting Enough Sleep

sleepy woman

Sleep is your body’s time to rejuvenate, recuperate, revive and heal itself. You’ve likely heard it a million times: get more sleep. It’s repeated often for a reason. It’s crucial to your health and overall well being–especially for weight loss.

Sleep deprivation is a huge contributor to a slow metabolism. Since metabolism (the sum of all your body’s processes) is responsible for weight loss, this is a big deal. When you aren’t adequately rested, your body goes into “preservation mode”, in which it’s desperate to hang onto all necessary energy needed to function properly throughout the day. When this happens, your body puts weight loss on the backburner, so to speak. When this happens, it’s much harder to lose weight.

To solve this, make sleep a priority. Going to bed an hour earlier every night is an effective, small way to become more rested.

2. Eating All The Time

eating junk food

There is a multitude of conflicting arguments on how often you should eat during the day. What’s certain is that every time you eat, your blood sugar elevates and so do your insulin levels. Doing this too frequently can create imbalance in your body.

Every body is different and may require different approaches to make a weight loss plan successful. Try experimenting with a different number of meals during the day. You may find that keeping it to 3 meals a day will cause your body to rely on fat when it needs energy. Pay attention to how your body feels when you eat 6 small meals a day. Do you feel sluggish? Do you feel revitalized? Gauging how your own body responds to food can help you create the eating approach that works best for you.

If you feel that implementing the 3-meal-a-day approach feels best for you, this will help solve your constant spikes in blood sugar. Weight loss may be a bit easier for you that way.

This approach means that you will only be eating when you’re truly hungry–with minimal snacking. Also, your meals should be big enough that you are satisfied for several hours.

3. Eating Too Much Fruit

fresh fruits

Nature’s sweet treat, fruit, can be all too enticing when you need a quick snack. It’s certainly a viable option when you’re on-the-go. Eating a variety of different fruits will help you take advantage of each unique nutrient profile that each type of fruit offers.

Though fruit can be described as a healthy snack option, it’s helpful to remember that you can overdo anything. Fruit is no exception. Fruit should not become the enemy, rather it should be consumed in moderation. Think balance.

A great way to take advantage of nature’s bounty of nutrients is to give vegetables a turn as well. Swap your banana for a bag of carrots, or your apple for cucumber slices. These simple changes will decrease the amount of sugar you’re consuming, while keeping it robust with nutrients.

4. Eating too much processed dairy and grains

ice cream

So many suffer from food intolerances. These foods, when consumed, often cause digestive issues and inflammation within the body. Processed dairy and grains are two very common food allergens.

Cow’s milks and unmanipulated grains are hearty, nutrient rich foods that (in a perfect world) would be great options. Unfortunately, what most have access to today is milk that has been heated, injected with hormones and combined with synthetics vitamins and minerals.

The vitamins and minerals that are naturally occurring in raw milk are denatured and stripped through pasteurization and processing–then replaced with artificial, cheaper alternatives that reduce the cost of producing and bottling the milk. Commercial grains go through processes as well that make them not as readily digestible to your body.

With that, know that your body likely reacts to commercially pasteurized & processed milk and grains because they are not in their raw and natural state. So, unless you have access to raw milk (it’s not sold in most states), then look to make your own plant-based milk from almonds or coconuts. Store-bought almond or coconut milk works, but note that many of these (even organic) contain preservatives and other agents like carrageenan to increase the shelf life and manipulate its viscosity.

5. Skipping Your Veggies

junk food

With the increasing awareness and buzz about juicing and healthy eating, there’s no excuse to not be eating or drinking your vegetables. Eating a few portions of vegetables every day is one of the best weight loss habits.

Vegetables, especially greens like spinach, kale, chard and spirulina, are amongst the most nutrient dense foods you can possibly get your hands on. Foods like this are a dream for those who want to lose weight.

The list of benefits that these (and most other vegetables) offer is expansive and impressive. All you need to do is get them into your system. These foods will help detoxify your system, ease digestion and make your body more alkaline. Having your body’s internal pH more alkaline than acidic will help ward off disease, as an acidic body is a breeding ground for illness.

Integrating vegetables in your daily diet will help keep you healthy and lose weight more easily. Vegetables help make weight loss more efficient because they insure your body is in good working order and is properly nourished (not in preservation mode).

Be creative with how you prepare them to prevent boredom with your routine. Raw is best, but if you need or want to cook your veggies, that is better than not eating them in the first place.

Being mindful of these 5 things and making these changes will allow you to achieve greater success with your weight loss program. Most importantly, you will get to know your body better and enhance your body’s overall health in the process.

Written by Jesica Salyer

Read the published article here.

Earth Creations Organic Clothing Review

Earth Creations

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About Earth Creations:

earth creations evolved from an ordinary bike ride. One day after a storm, Joy took her mountain bike out for some off-roading and ended up covered with Alabama red dirt. Despite many tumbles through the washing machine, the shirt, socks, and shoes remained stubbornly stained by that mud! When Joy and Martin met years later, Martin was intrigued by the strength of that red clay. Where most people saw ruined clothes, Martin saw potential. Armed with his background in chemistry, concern for the environment, and a natural curiosity, Martin began experimenting with the clay as a dye for T-shirts.

That was almost 17 years ago. Our garments are still colored with natural clay dyes using the process Martin originally developed. From the first “Alabama Dirt Shirt” tinted with that infamous red clay, earth creations has grown into a full line of organic T-shirts dyed in a rainbow of colors for men, women, and children. We also have a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.
Over the years, our mission hasn’t changed. Nature is still our greatest inspiration, and protecting the Earth remains our passion. We strive to create high-quality, eco-friendly clothing in a sustainable manner, and still make it something beautiful that you’ll love to wear day after day. We work to give back to our community in meaningful ways, helping out good causes and supporting environmental efforts.
Our tagline says it all: eco. pure. simple.”

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Play In The Dirt Shirt

About:

“These messy little hands show that someone has been playing in the dirt.

On our soft 100% organic cotton clay-dyed toddler/youth tee that will fit any child like a glove.

Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton.”

Breeze Skirt

About:

“This simple A-line skirt with lycra band is sure to be your summer go to skirt. Pull it on with our slub top and you are ready for any occasion.

Fabric: 100% organic cotton slub with organic cotton / lycra band.”

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My Thoughts:

Clothing seems to be one of the last things people think about when they transition to organic alternatives in their life-and I understand why. That said, I think it’s the next step. Incorporating pieces of organic clothing is something that can serve you and is positive in several ways:

-Organic fabric is gentle and won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin

-Organic fabric dyed with clay is all natural-thus the fabric against your skin contains nothing synthetic. This reduces your exposure to chemicals and toxins. Every little bit counts!

-You are supporting a sustainable company that values doing good things for the environment.

I love the saying on this children’s shirt and the fact that our daughter gets to wear it on her young, sensitive skin. She is apprehensive about getting it dirty (funny enough) and says it is her “very special shirt.”

I got to wear this skirt on our recent family vacation to Florida. It’s the perfect summer skirt. It’s long enough to feel covered, but short enough to have it feel fun, flowy and not too warm. The fabric is soft and very comfortable.
Earth Creations makes several other adorable pieces of kids clothing as well as an impressive range of adult apparel. I would love to try out more items from this great brand in the future and I encourage you to as well. They would make great gifts to encourage your friends and family to be more conscious of the materials they’re wearing, as well.

Toosum Bars Review

Toosum Bars

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About Toosum:

The toosum Story

toosum started from the notion that we’re a community of global citizens.

toosum founder, Peter Guyer, spent years opening new world markets in the food industry. Through his work, he realized people the world over want delicious snacks that taste good and are truly healthy. He discovered that every region has its own natural treasures to share – from Asia’s sweet cherries to South America’s uplifting acai berries and chia seeds.

Peter wanted to share the goodness found in these unique ingredients with people everywhere, so he created toosum Healthy Foods.

toosum 100 calorie snack bars have tasty health-promoting ingredients inspired from exotic locations such as the South Pacific islands, the Amazon rainforest, the Greek Mediterranean Sea, and East Asia.

You can travel the world while you enjoy our healthy snack bars. They’re so easy to toss into your purse, briefcase, backpack or pocket for a healthy snack on-the-go!

toosum. GLOBAL GOODNESS.”

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Blueberries and Greek Yogurt

About:

“Functional nod: Digest

This bar contains Probiotics which supports the digestive system and antioxidants to support (or aide) immune health

toosum started from the notion that we’re a community of global citizens. We seek out the best in all-natural ingredients from around the planet and bring them to you. Inspired by the delicious, creamy yogurt of Greece known to aid in digestion. We added crisp, sweet blueberries to create a tasty treat packed with GLOBAL GOODNESS.

Made with gluten-free ingredients! Only 100 calories per bar!

Blueberries and Greek Yogurt Snack Bar Ingredients:

Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Brown Rice Syrup, Whole Short Grain Brown Rice, Plum Paste, Chicory Root Fiber, Evaporated Cane Juice, Cashew Butter (Cashews, Safflower Oil), Dehydrated Greek Yogurt (Cultured Skim Milk), Dried Cultivated Blueberries (Cultivated Blueberries, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Roasted Sunflower Seeds (Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Oil), Almonds, Crisp Rice (Brown Rice Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Molasses, Salt), Blueberry Juice Concentrate, Chia Seed, Lime Juice, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Probiotic (Skim Milk Powder, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086), Vanilla Extract.”

Cranberries and Acai

About:

“Functional nod: Energize

Limited clinical evidence shows that acai berries provide extra energy.

toosum started from the notion that we’re a community of global citizens. We seek out the best in all-natural ingredients from around the planet and bring them to you. Inspired by the acai berry of Brazil known to give an extra boost of energy. We added tart cranberries rich in anti-oxidants and chia seeds from South America to create a tasty treat packed with GLOBAL GOODNESS.

Made with gluten-free ingredients! Only 100 calories per bar!

Cranberries and Acai Snack Bar Ingredients:

Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Brown Rice Syrup, Brown Rice Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Chicory Root Fiber, Cashew Butter (Cashews, Safflower Oil), Plum Paste, Almonds, Dried Sliced Cranberry (Cranberry, Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Roasted Sunflower Seeds (Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Oil), Crisp Rice (Brown Rice Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Molasses, Salt), Strawberry Powder, Chia Seed, Baking Soda, Acai Powder, Sea Salt, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavor.”

Coconut and Chamomile

About:

“Functional nod: Calm

Limited scientific evidence suggests that passion flower and chamomile may aid in relaxation and reduce tension.

toosum started from the notion that we’re a community of global citizens. We seek out the best in all-natural ingredients from around the planet and bring them to you. Inspired by the mellow chamomile and passion flower of the Polynesian islands known to help you relax and reduce tension. We added the sweetness of coconut to create a tasty treat packed with GLOBAL GOODNESS.

Made with gluten-free ingredients! Only 100 calories per bar!

Coconut and Chamomile Snack Bar Ingredients:

Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Brown Rice Syrup, Whole Short Grain Brown Rice, Plum Paste, Chicory Root Fiber, Evaporated Cane Juice, Cashew Butter (Cashews, Safflower Oil), Coconut, Almonds, Roasted Sunflower Seeds (Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Oil), Crisp Rice (Brown Rice Flour, Evaporated Cane Juice, Molasses, Salt), Banana Puree, Guava Powder, Chia Seed, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Vanilla Extract, Chamomile, Passionflower, Natural Flavor.”

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My Thoughts:

Though these bars don’t appear to contain any ingredients that are harmful or unrecognizable, I find myself wishing there were non-gmo and organic ingredients. I don’t see anything indicative of that on these bars. Needless to say, my goal in finding nutrition bars is to seek organic ingredients. These bars have non-gmo ingredients, but are not organic.

Taste-wise, these bars were pretty dry tasting and didn’t pack as much flavor as I had expected. The oatmeal is the main flavor that comes through in each of these bars. I would also prefer to have a health bar that is more balanced, nutritionally. In other words, I like to seek significant content of fat, carbohydrates and protein in the bar. These bars are carb heavy without many grams of the other two big macronutrients.

It’s hard for me to leave this type of review for Toosum because their customer service and support of my site have been top notch. I have enjoyed my interactions with the members of their staff and wish I could back these bars. Unfortunately, these ingredient lists would have to be boasting more impressive ingredients for me to be on board and stock up on more of them. If they changed up their flavor profiles and incorporated organic ingredients, I would certainly give them another shot.

Eminence Organic Skin Care Review

Eminence Skin Care

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About Eminence:

Éminence Mission

TO ENHANCE YOUR WELL-BEING NATURALLY

through extraordinary products and extraordinary service.

Éminence Promise

Our promise is to deliver happiness and extraordinary service by providing the healthiest and most effective skin care products. We are committed to protecting the future of our planet through our green practices—for every product sold we will plant a tree.

Free Of

Éminence is picky when it comes to the ingredients we include in our award winning products. We believe that Mother Nature has the best tools for effective skin care so we take great pride in only using her bounty to create all that we offer you. Our products contain organic and Biodynamic®  grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.

It is important to read and understand the labels of the products you use, and with that in mind, there are some ingredients that we avoid. Our products do not contain harmful chemicals like Parabens, Petrolatum, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. They are not tested on animals and are packaged in environmentally friendly packaging.

Certification

Éminence has been providing the beauty industry with organic alternatives to skin care since 1958. With the organic products market growing rapidly due to increasing consumer demand for food, cosmetic and nutraceutical products, it is becoming more important to look for proof of certification to ensure validity of organic claims.

European certification is known to have the strictest guidelines and organic regulations worldwide. Éminence has long been certified organic by Biokontroll, the main certification organization in Hungary where most of our potent and active ingredients are grown.  We are also certified by Demeter International which has been in use in Europe since 1928 and is still regarded as providing the highest standards for organic products in the world. As a non-profit organization, their mission is to “improve the health of the planet and its people by providing certification of products whose ingredients are grown and processed according to the highest agricultural and environmental standards.” From farm to market, only those companies that consistently meet these standards will be certified by Demeter, and Éminence is counted as one of them. Customers can use Éminence products with 100% confidence that they are safe and fully compliant with US and international labeling requirements and regulations as we also hold certifications with both USDA-Oregon Tilth and USDA-ASCO.

Celebrating more than 50 years of organic practices is an achievement of which to be proud but creating products that are kind to the environment is even better. Éminence is committed to being the industry leader in keeping our planet green; since our inception in 1958, we have been using sustainable farming and green practices to create organic products and are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, from the harvest and production of products to how they are packaged and, finally, how they reach spa clients. We even enlist wind and solar power energy in the making of products, use recyclable packaging, vegetable-based inks in printing, FSC certified post-consumer recycled paper and our Beyond Organic line is created with Biodynamic® farming practices. We think Mother Nature would be proud!

If you’ve been keeping track you will notice that Éminence holds certifications for several national and international organic certifying bodies. It is clear that we take our promise to you and the Earth seriously and use organic and natural ingredients in every single one of our amazing skin care products – and we’ve got the stamps to prove it!”

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Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer

About:

“Description: Moisturizing and clarifying

Skin Type: All skin types, especially problem skin

Key Ingredients:

  • Cucumber Juice: revitalizer, toner; tones and shrinks the appearance of skin pores while purifying the skin
  • Willow Bark Extract: astringent
  • Yogurt: exfoliating; contains lactic acid; moisturizing and nourishing
  • Tea Tree Oil: an essential oil
  • Calendula Oil: antioxidant, essential oil
  • Shea Butter: moisturizer high in triglycerides and fatty acids; excellent emollient for skin; replenishes the skin moisture barrier
  • Biocomplex: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to improve the appearance of skin.

Eight Greens Youth Serum

About:

“Description: Energizing serum

Skin Type: Dehydrated, oily, hormonal or dry, devitalized mature skin types

Key Ingredients:

  • Yucca Extract: antioxidant; source of phytoestrogens,
  • Flaxseed/Linseed Extract: Omega 3s, antioxidant
  • Hop Extract: antioxidant
  • Paprika: invigorates and rejuvenates the look of skin
  • Vitex Agnus Castus: source of antioxidant bioflavanoids
  • BiocomplexTM: a booster of antioxidants, vitamins, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin.”

Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher

About:

“Description: Intense microderm skin polisher

Skin Type: All skin types including dry, uneven and congested

Key Ingredients:

  • Pear: bioflavonoids, hydroxycinnamic acids (antioxidant)
  • Green Apple: vitamin C, fruit flavonoids, quercetin
  • Poppy Seed: gentle exfoliation
  • Fine Walnut: vitamin E, gentle exfoliation
  • Green Tea: antioxidant, phenol and vitamin C-rich
  • Apricot Kernel Oil: softening and soothing
  • Alfalfa: vitamin-rich nutrition.”

Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 30

About:

“Product Description: An ultra-light replenishing moisturizer with SPF 30 featuring our exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex; this moisturizer hydrates, invigorates and promotes the look of elasticity. Experience a refreshingly cool sensation from sustained release tea tree oil which helps reduce the signs of breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal to combination skin types
Key Ingredients:
• Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex: protective complex high in antioxidants from red currant, elderflower
and magnolia bark; protects skin against the abuse of elements, hydrates, invigorates and promotes the look of elasticity.
• Red Currant: good source of Vitamin C to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, antioxidant.
• Elderflower:  high in antioxidant capacity.
• Magnolia Bark: soothes and calms skin.
• Microencapsulated Tea Tree Oil: sustained release of tea tree oil to reduce the signs of breakouts.
• Zinc Oxide: provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
• Biocomplex™: a booster of antioxidants, Vitamins A, Ester C, E, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid; to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin.”

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My Thoughts:

Eminence is a big breath of fresh air. It’s actually really enjoyable to read the mission of a brand that clearly values using organic ingredients and what goes into their skin care products. Besides that, these products have been a real joy to use.

I LOVE the pear & poppy seed microderm polisher. It smells divine (I could just sit and smell it like I would a candle) and the consistency of the scrub is perfect. It acts as the perfect clarifier for the post-workout grime that accumulates on my face (I almost always am outside-and this time of year its warm!).

I am a huge fan of incorporating greens into your diet, thus I really enjoyed applying the Eight Greens Youth Serum to my face. It applied a little bit differently than the serums I’m used to. It seems that the content is more watery substances, rather than oily (not a bad thing, just different). It left a replenished and fresh feeling on my face. Sometimes my skin seems to need mainly moisture, but other days it just appears to need a nutrient boost. This serum is great for those lighter days.

Wearing an SPF moisturizer is not something I’m accustomed to doing, mainly because many of them contain chemical sunscreens. I like that this one uses a physical sunscreen, zinc oxide-which is not readily absorbed by your skin. It sits atop skin and forms a barrier against the sun. I’ve applied it before going off to run in the sun and had no red, sun kissed cheeks. I’d say it worked well.

I know that probiotics are good for my stomach, so I love the idea of putting a probiotic moisturizer on my face. This one is a light moisturizer, is cooling on my skin and I found it perfect as a day cream.

Overall, this is a great selection of products, stellar ingredients and I can’t wait to try more of their unique skin care items!

Balanced Guru Organic Scalp Detox Review

Balanced Guru

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About Balanced Guru:

“At Balanced Guru, we are a group of individuals who are both passionate and devoted to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness and how it translates to all aspects of beauty in the world.

Often, this beauty is reflected in how balanced our bodies and our minds are. In an effort to produce a thoroughly researched and effective product, our hope is to facilitate a balance between your inner and outer beauty. Thus, we have created a product line where you will be able to balance your mind, body, and spirit. At Balanced Guru, we strongly believe that we are all gurus and we are all students searching for balance and peace. It is our belief that this notion of achieving physical, emotional, and spiritual balance is at the core of our wellbeing. With that in mind, the ingredients we use are 100% congruent with the things we value most. At Balanced Guru our promise to you is to offer the finest certified organic choices that have been carefully formulated based on ancient eastern wisdom and modern scientific research. With every step of the process we operate from our strong belief of an ethical, environmental, and social responsibility.

We have made a conscious and passionate decision to promote wellbeing for ourselves, to others, and to our planet, by weighing the impact of the ingredients, packaging materials, and processes we choose to use and the ways in which we give back to our communities. Although we feel everyone possesses a unique inner and outer beauty, we hope you find a way to maintain and nourish your beauty inside and outside through the wide variety of products we offer.”

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Balanced Scalp Detox

About:

“Even your scalp needs a break from time to time. Give your tired roots the rest they need with this detoxifying scalp treatment. Our astringent blend of Oregano, Tea Tree Oil and Rosemary essential oils will help begin the detox process, while Algae, sea Kelp and Brahmi help to rejuvenate tired roots. For best results, give your hair a break from styling products as well.

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Alcohol Denat*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Aqua (Water), Cymbopogan Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil*, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Kelp) Extract*, Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil*, Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi) Powder*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil*, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Oil*.

* Certified Organic Ingredients.”

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My Thoughts:

My first thought before trying this detoxifying scalp concoction was: I could make this myself, but it would be expensive. I usually begin to make things myself when I believe the ingredients are subpar. In this case, the ingredients are sublime!

Besides the fact that I am completely in love with the Balanced Guru’s mission and mindset; this is a fantastic, high-quality & organic product. I couldn’t ask for anything better in regards to the ingredient list.

The scent of this blend is very herbaceous and multi-faceted. I’ve been applying it to my scalp about 30 minutes before showering. I use a very clarifying, organic shampoo (which I would recommend in this case) to wash my hair and it rinses out this oil beautifully. I would imagine it’s easy to rinse out since the base of this treatment is aloe vera and the other ingredients are essential oils (which are not fatty oils-what are more like water in regards to consistency).

I don’t have issues with a lack of hair growth nor flaky skin on my scalp, but I’d recommend this to someone that does. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to help stimulate hair growth, this product is a good choice. It’s also perfect for a girl like me who exercises frequently, gets sweaty and needs a healthy hair boost from time to time. For me, once a week has been sufficient. I’d imagine you could use this treatment more often if your hair is extremely dull and lacks liveliness.

Besides leaving the roots of your hair lifted and revitalized, it helps detoxify the skin on your scalp-and who doesn’t want that? Healthier skin on your head means healthier hair.

This is an excellent, unique product and I highly recommend it to those looking to achieve their healthiest hair and scalp.

“5 Simple Ways How to Stop Cravings Naturally” by Jesica Salyer as featured on HealthAmbition.com

Cravings often have a bad reputation for causing us to over-indulge, or reach for unhealthy food. The reality is that cravings are often a signal indicative of your body lacking something. It may be certain vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, water or sleep. Eating a diverse diet that is rich with fruit, vegetables, lean protein and good fats will help eliminate or curb most of the nutritional related cravings you experience.

Finding an effective way to stop sugar cravings is perhaps the most prevalent concern in regards to cravings. The key is finding balance in your diet. Restricting or depriving yourself completely of sugar is likely to make cravings worse. Let yourself consume it occasionally in small amounts.

In addition, you may experience cravings as your body’s way of coping with anxiety, stress, depression or lack of sleep. This could also be reffered to as emotional eating. Taking note of when you experience these cravings can help you determine what is causing them. Then, you can take measures to solve those issues. Some examples of this include implementing meditation to reduce stress & anxiety, or schedule more sleep into your day to insure adequate rest.

Luckily, there are several natural ways to stop the majority of cravings from happening on a regular basis. Integrating this plan of attack will leave you feeling more able to control your cravings when you do have them, as well as improve your overall state of health and balance.

1. The oh-so-redundant phrase, “drink plenty of water”

water

You’ve heard it many times, but are you doing this every day? Your body is comprised of mostly water. Thus, we need to take in plenty of it throughout the day to feel lively and replenished. It makes sense that your body craves something when your water intake is low. Your body is not recieving the hydration it needs, so it feels that you’re lacking. Thus, it searches for satiability.

Water deficiency is often the one big thing to keep in mind when addressing how to stop cravings. Drinking more water is a simple change that will improve every facet of your health as well as combat cravings.

2. Load up on nutrient-dense foods

Doing this will target nutritional cravings at your core. With an adequate amount of nutrients, your brain won’t need to send your body signals that you’re missing vital vitamins and minerals.

Shop for whole, real foods like fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, beans, wild-caught fish, cage-free eggs and free-range beef. Frequently try new foods and mix it up to insure that your diet will provide you with all of the nutrients your body requires to function optimally.

Stay away from processed foods that contain preservatives, added sugar and artificial flavors. Seek organic, non-gmo options when possible.

3. Drink Kombucha

cup of tea

This sweet, healthy, digestive booster helps curb cravings because its effervescent nature gives your stomach the illusion that you’re full. Created using the fermented product of cane sugar, black tea and fruit juice, kombucha tea is an excellent replacement for those mid-day soda cravings.

The reason that soda only temporarily satisfies your cravings is because it only gives your body a jolt of sugar–no nutrients. Soda is an empty-calorie drink, meaning it provides sugar but has no positive nutritional value. On the other hand, Kombucha provides you with nutrients from raw fruit and probiotics from the symbiotic culture of bacteria & yeast that kombucha contains. That might sound like a scary combination. But, think of this way: your stomach needs good bacteria in order to properly digest and absorb food. Thus, the culture in kombucha is help keeping the good bacteria level in your stomach maintained. By choosing a natural drink to help curb cravings, you’re truly addressing the craving and not just satisfying your desire for sugar.

Starting a habit of of regularly consuming a kombucha a day will help you effectively stop sugar cravings and improve digestion in the process.

4. Don’t skip meals

When you take on a healthier approach to eating, don’t develop a fear of food. Getting into a routine where you eat very little is ultimately not an effective way to improve your health. In fact, your body needs a sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat to keep the metabolism up–which is responsible for energy levels, weight management & elimination.

If you are skipping meals, be it a time constriction, busy schedule or a purposeful attempt to cut back on calories, stop doing it. That is one of the quickest routes to develop frequent cravings. When you skip meals, your metabolism slows and often so does your energy. Being in a state in which you lack energy is the prime time for cravings to hit you. Eating several healthy meals (3-5) throughout the day will revitalize you, replenish your energy, and reduce the prevalence of cravings.

Aim to eat a lot of nutrient dense, organic foods. This will help your body to feel full and complete with the foods it needs to function its best. When your body is satisfied in this way, your cravings will diminish.

5. Make sleep a priority

sleeping girl

Some lean on food when tired or fatigued. This is mainly because your body is looking for a quick fix of energy. Refined sugar will do the trick and that’s perhaps why you look to it.

Take inventory of your sleeping habits and determine if that could be a contributor. Pay notice to your sleep patterns and see if you can improve upon them. Go to bed an hour earlier or take a nap during the day (if possible) to get an extra bit of sleep every day.

Know that sleep can also impact your stress levels and mental state. Getting enough rest will help alleviate stress and emotional eating. Eating when you’re overwhelmed, sad, emotionally taxed or stressed can happen more frequently if you allow yourself to be sleep deprived. Collectively, those struggles can activate your cravings and steer you down a unhealthy path of impulsive eating. That’s not to say that the occasional splurge is unhealthy. Rather, the goal is to be eating for health and balance, not to mask a lack of sleep or a stressed mindframe.

It’s also important to realize that lacking motivation, being depressed, or enduring a recent trauma or stressful event could perhaps be the cause of your emotional eating. These cravings are your brain and body’s way of leaning on something reliabale and satisfying to cope with this mental strife. Thus, tackling these types of cravings might mean you need to address the deeper physchological issues beneath them.

Getting enough sleep every night will decrease the chances that your eating is due to energy deprivation. Combined with drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods, incorporating kombucha, and eating meals every few hours, you will be equipped with how to stop cravings the natural way.

Written by Jesica Salyer

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Moksa Organics Summer Picks

Moksa Organics Summer Picks

Moksa Organics is one of my top skin care and body lines-and they even make candles!

You can read a few of my prior Moksa posts here:

For Pre and Post Run

Moksa Review

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Summer Picks

With summer in mind, Moksa makes the perfect skin and air refreshers to lighten up your world. If you haven’t tried Moksa yet, now is a fantastic time to dive into this world of amazing, organic aromas and soothing concoctions.

Athlete’s Secret Muscle Rub

-Though this rub is not new for me to try, I especially love applying this to my legs before summer runs. When my body heat and the outdoor heat combine on my skin, this concoction stays aromatic and intoxicating for hours after application. This powerful concoction “wakes up” my legs before I run. The minty aroma will have you hooked!

Iceland Mint Soap

-If I had to pick ONE, I’d declare peppermint to be my favorite skin care, ingredient. It’s so refreshing and it ignites your showering experience. This Iceland Mint Soap (peppermint & rosemary) is the perfect awakening duo. Rosemary and peppermint and two soothing plants that also can stimulate hair growth.

Besides the obvious usage of soap to wash you body, I like to use bar soap occasionally as my shampoo to give my scalp a jolt of growing power. Using this bar soap as a shampoo bar is especially perfect for when I have a sweaty scalp from running outside. It provides ample clarification without completely stripping my hair.

Forage Farm Soap

-This one is reminiscent of key lime pie. The zip from the lime and the herbaceous scent of the basil are the perfect pairing of fresh and summery aromas. It’s a pleasant change of pace from the minty soap. As with all Moksa soaps, this one cleans just the right amount-is thorough but does not strip skin. Both of these soaps are also gentle and pure enough to use on your face, which rocks! You can essentially use these bars on your body, head to toe. They are way more than just a bar of soap. They are multipurpose: face cleanser, shampoo & body wash.

Citrus Patchouli Soy Candle

-My first thought upon receiving this soap was: my husband loves patchouli and he loves orange juice. I figured this candle would be perfect for the common areas of our house. This pairing of earthy patchouli and zesty citrus is hippified awesomeness🙂 It’s such a unique scent and I’ve loved lighting it. The best part, perhaps, about Moksa candles is that the ingredients are phenomenal. You’ll be breathing in organic goodness when you light these candles, not synthetic junk.