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The Beauty of Aloe

The best beauty tools often come from nature! Using aloe vera as a skin care treatment has many benefits. It’s long been used to help relieve and heal sunburn by acting as a protective layer and replenishing moisture. Its antioxidant and nutritional properties are excellent for healing purposes. These attributes also make it a great everyday moisturizer, especially for those with oily skin. Men can use aloe vera after shaving to treat small cuts and soothe facial skin. Aloe vera’s ability to reduce inflammation is also useful to treat acne and signs of aging, as well as stretch marks.

Supporting Your Quitter

If your friend or loved one is trying to quit smoking, there are many ways in which you can support them on their journey. Familiarize yourself with the reasons quitting can be so difficult by reading articles, brochures, and other information. Understand your own relationship with smoking and ensure you are celebrating their successes, being supportive, and avoiding being too critical. Be positive when the person you know who is quitting wants to talk about their goals, setbacks, and other aspects of the process. Helping to distract your friend or loved one, or helping them to de-stress, can also be a great way to offer support.

Book Club: Beyond the Label

Beyond the Label offers a unique perspective on mental health: it shares the author’s own recovery from four major mental health conditions: anxiety, depression (attempted suicide), bulimia, and bipolar disorder type 1. The book outlines a detailed, step-by-step plan for how others can achieve optimal mental health. A combination of practical clinical experience and years of lived experience, the book shares insight into how diet, exercise, and sleep can be optimized for improved mental wellbeing, as well as strategies for coping with negative thoughts and emotions, and building self-love and compassion, among other skills.

Words to Live By

“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

Cellular Health from the Inside Out

Our ability to stay healthy and have more energy relies on how well our cells function. And the function of every cell in the body relies on something called redox signaling—cellular messages that help protect, rejuvenate, and restore cells. As environmental toxins weaken our defenses, normal cellular function declines, and with it, the body’s ability to produce and maintain a proper balance of redox signaling molecules. Now there is a technology that can create and stabilize active redox signaling molecules in a consumable form. This proprietary process suspends these life-giving molecules in a pristine solution—a first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge health breakthrough. ShopAsea.com

Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is well known for its healing properties when it comes to sunburns, bug bites and other skin abrasions, but that is only the beginning. Did you know that Aloe Vera is a fantastic skincare ingredient? Aloe Vera is rich in vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. It can moisturize the skin without making it greasy, which makes it great for those with oily skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties also give it the ability to work wonders in reducing acne. Aloe Vera treats the cells on the epithelial level of the skin which is why it’s recommended by dermatologists to treat your problematic skin.

Get Energized!

Boost your pre or post workout by incorporating chlorophyll-rich greens with Coconut MCT into your daily routine. Studies have shown when taken before exercising, Coconut MCT may reduce lactic acid build up and encourage the body to burn more fat instead of carbs for energy. These can be found in a greens powder formula at your health food store and added to smoothies or water. Taking it in the morning can also make you feel more energized throughout the day. Look for a greens product with Coconut MCT and Maca for sustained energy plus shelf-stable probiotics included to lighten your supplement load!

Underarm Harm? Make The Switch!

Are you still using a traditional antiperspirant? Antiperspirants clog up pores and don’t allow the body to properly release the sweat necessary to cool down the body and release toxins (why they’re called anti-perspirants). Not to mention that they’re completely unnecessary for preventing body odor. Sweating is our bodies’ natural way of regulating temperature and releasing toxins, two very crucial jobs. Did you know that sweat isn’t what actually smells? it’s just a mixture of salt and water. What does create that dreaded body odor is when sweat meets the natural bacteria that lives on our skin. Changing this reaction is easily done with natural deodorant.

Solving Reading Difficulties

When a student struggles with reading and learning, it is important to first rule out the possibility of a vision problem. Often, this can be an eye coordination problem, which means that your child will pass most vision screenings in school and even at the pediatrician’s office. Vision screenings typically test for how clearly one can see the letters on the eye chart (“20/20”), which is only 1 of 17 visual skills required for reading and learning. If reading is difficult and homework takes longer than it should, be sure to schedule a developmental vision evaluation for your child.

Sore The Next Day?

Delayed onset muscle soreness, commonly referred to as DOMS, is characterized by the residual soreness felt in the muscles hours after exercise and can even last up to a few days. DOMS is caused by strenuous exercise and performing exercises that the body is not accustomed to yet. Dynamic and static stretching, soft tissue mobilization such as massage and foam rolling, and general warmups before exercise has shown to attenuate the sensation of DOMS and provide a temporary effect of pain relief and tolerance in order to prepare the body for upcoming activities. Ask your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about DOMS!

Benefits of Companionship

Whether it is a close friendship or an intimate relationship, social interaction is needed to prevent health decline in seniors. Loneliness is a risk factor for functional decline in adults over the age of 60. Something as simple as a friendship can enhance aging hearts and strengthen the immune system. Companionship can decrease the physical risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol. The psychological benefits include increased self-esteem, decreased stress, and a sense of belonging. If you are finding yourself lonely, while living on your own, you may want to connect with others by joining senior’s fitness classes, activity groups, or learning a new hobby.