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How Going Dairy-Free Can Help Your Skin

Choosing to remove dairy from your diet might seem only necessary if you have an allergy or intolerance to it, but there are many other reasons to consider this lifestyle change. Not only can dairy cause bloating and other digestive issues, but it might also be making your skin worse. Here are some ways that following a dairy-free diet can help your skin. Dairy Can Make Skin Conditions Worse Despite its widespread consumption, scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that dairy products in the diet can have adverse effects on skin health and can exacerbate certain conditions. Understanding the ways dairy relates to the complexion and using or avoiding it accordingly can be a powerful tool for achieving healthy skin. Acne Acne is a common skin condition that affects almost 10% of the entire population! (Source) That makes it the eighth most prevalent disease worldwide. One study found a positive association between breakouts and milk consumption in teenagers. (Source) Another meta-analysis of research done on the link between milk consumption and acne found a positive relationship between dairy, total milk, whole milk, low-fat and skim milk consumption and acne occurrence. (Source) While the exact way dairy contributes to acne isn’t clear,

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Emotional Health

Understanding Menopause from a Holistic Perspective

Menopause is an inevitable process that every woman goes through at some point. Since it comes one way or another, it helps to learn as much as you can about what you’ll experience. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to make the transition as smooth as possible!  Let’s learn about what is going on in your body during menopause. What Happens in Your Body During Menopause Menopause is defined as the end of menstruation and fertility. Every female is born with a finite number of eggs, which are stored in the ovaries. Ovaries also make the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which control menstruation and ovulation. Menopause happens when the ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstruation stops. (Source) Menopause normally happens after the age of 40 with the average age being 51, but it can occur earlier as a result of surgery or damage to the ovaries. It consists of 3 stages: Perimenopause: This begins several years before menopause, as menopause is a gradual process. During this stage, the ovaries produce less and less of the female sex hormone estrogen. Menopause: Menopause technically begins once the female has not had a menstrual period for

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Emotional Health

What Lavender Essential Oil Can Do For You

There are many amazing essential oils to choose from, but lavender is definitely the most versatile and most widely used—it has been used for centuries! (Source)  Even though it is most often used for its sedative properties in modern times, it was traditionally used as an antiseptic agent, even as recently as World War 1. (Source 1; Source 2) Not only does lavender have a gentle, pleasant scent, but it is often used for reducing anxiety and improving sleep. And the benefits don’t stop there!  Keep reading if you want to learn more about lavender essential oil and how it can help you. The Many Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil Lavender is one of the more commonly referred to herbs when you hear about essential oils and sleep. In fact, there is a huge misconception that lavender is only good for sleep and calming. The truth is, there are several healing benefits of lavender that most people may not even know about. Here are a few of those healing benefits, what to know about attaining these benefits, and tips that you may need to know. When it comes to essential oils, lavender is one of the most popular and

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Natural Skin and Beauty

Dry Skin Brushing and How it Works

It can be hard to struggle with skin issues, whether it is acne, keratosis pilaris, stretch marks, spider veins, cellulite or something else.  While it is valuable, crucial even, to come to a place of acceptance and contentment with our bodies, that doesn’t mean that we can’t also take strides toward improving our inner and outer health! One natural remedy that might be your new best friend is dry skin brushing. Dry brushing  is the practice of using a dry bristle brush on different areas of your skin, usually on a daily basis. Skin is your largest organ, so it makes sense to take care of it! Why Should You Try it? “Dry brushing has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians. More than 30 years ago, a Finnish doctor by the name of Paavo Airola prescribed this technique for his patients to detoxify, exfoliate and stimulate the skin.” (Source) There are several benefits to dry skin brushing. One of the main benefits is, of course, the removal of dry skin from the body through exfoliation. Some other benefits include the reduction of cellulite by increasing circulation. This helps you to produce new skin cells faster and keeps your

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Chronic Illness

Himalayan salt therapy and what it can do for you

  Salt therapy, or halotherapy, uses the chemical composition of pure pink Himalayan salt to raise negative ions in the air. This kind of feels like a day at the beach! It helps you feel relaxed, reduce stress, improve respiratory function, and more. Not only that, but it is 100% natural, drug-free, safe, noninvasive! We recently installed two salt walls and several salt lamps at Cornerstone Wellness Center, and I can tell a huge difference in how I feel. Origin of Himalayan Salt The only pure source of Himalayan salt is in the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas, where it is hand-mined from rock crystals. (Source) Himalayan salt comes from the primordial seas that dried up millions of years ago. Always do your research on where you obtain your Himalayan salt, ensuring it is from Punjab and is extracted using a gentle method. Some companies use explosives to mine their salt. They do this because they can get this salt much faster and cheaper, but the structure of the salt is compromised in the process. Himalayan salt gets its pink hue from the extra minerals it contains above and beyond normal sea salt. These include

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General

All About Making a Healthy Acai Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls have been popular for several years, and the trend all started with the acai (ah-sigh-EE) bowl. Acai berries are small, dark purple, blueberry-like fruit grown on palm trees in South and Central America. Although they look like berries (and we will call them such) they are technically drupes like apricots or plums since they contain a pit. Acai’s use in smoothie bowls originated in Brazil, and since they are usually only found fresh in these areas, you typically find them in the form of frozen acai puree in the U.S. Benefits of Acai Acai berries are high in antioxidants, rich in fatty acids, and are majorly anti-inflammatory. This is due to the nutrients they contain like protocatechuic acid, procyanidins, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and epicatechin. Specifically, the antioxidant anthocyanin is a powerhouse. (Source) It may lower oxidative stress and inflammation, promoting brain health. Regular consumption of anthocyanins can reduce the risk of heart attack by 32 percent in young and middle-aged women. It also engagees in anticarcinogenic activities. The many nutrients in acai have been shown to: Improve cognitive function Alleviate Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases Improve heart health Contain anti-cancerous properties According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),

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Emotional Health

Benefits of Using Guided Meditation

Meditation provides amazing benefits for your mental, emotional, and physical health. And with a study from 2015 showing that 16.1 million Americans reporting experiencing major depression during the previous year, we clearly are in great need for alternative and supplemental methods for treating depression. Studies have shown the efficacy of meditation for helping alleviate many conditions, most strongly those including depression, chronic pain, anxiety and high blood pressure. One neuroscientist showed how the changes in brain activity experienced by those who have learned to meditate remain steady even when they aren’t meditating! (Source, Source) If you think about the number of diseases, especially autoimmune, that are worsened by stress, it makes sense that a stress-relieving activity like meditation could be hugely beneficial. Not only can meditation help alleviate medical conditions, but it can also increase the brain’s ability to process information and may slow, stall, or even reverse changes in the brain due to aging. (Source) Even with all these benefits, meditation can seem intimidating if you’ve never tried it! If you have been wanting to test out meditation, but don’t know where to begin, you might want to start with guided meditation. I don’t want fear to keep anyone

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General

Anti-Inflammation and Micronutrients for Anti-Aging

If you have been looking into anti-aging remedies, you have probably come across a lot of topical products—some expensive, and some you can make at home. There are a lot of things you can try to slow the aging process, but if you are only looking skin deep, topical creams won’t help much. We’ve talked about inflammation as a root cause for disease, what if I told you inflammation also causes your skin to age more quickly? Understanding How We Age While there is no one factor or study that totally explains aging, there are generally two ways skin ages: intrinsic and extrinsic. (Source) Intrinsic aging is an inevitable physiological process that we all experience as we get older. Extrinsic aging is caused by external environment factors such as physical and psychological stress, alcohol intake, poor nutrition, overeating, environmental pollution, and exposure to UV radiation. Studies have shown that exposure to these factors induce the generation of free radicals as well as reactive oxygen species (ROS) of our own metabolism. Whoa. Lots of terms there. Let’s define a couple so we’re on the same page. Reactive oxygen species (ROS): A type of unstable molecule that contains oxygen and that easily

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General

Natural Ways to Treat a Sunburn

Sunburns may be a common occurrence for you, but they shouldn’t be! They’re a painful sign that you didn’t protect your skin and perhaps spent too long in the sun. Everyone needs to protect their skin, regardless of whether you get tan or not. Even people with darker skin can get burns, which comes with many risks to your health. (If you need some natural sunscreen options, check out my blog article on the topic here.) However I do encourage some sun exposure in moderation as it is wonderful for you physically and mentally. And since none of us are perfect, even the best laid plans fall short sometimes. When that happens and you start seeing that pinkish hue appear, it’s best to act quickly. After all, it can take up to 24 hours for the full effects to appear! (Source) Symptoms of Sunburn: Red, tender skin that is warm to the touch Blisters that develop hours to days later Severe reactions (sometimes called sun poisoning), including fever, chills, nausea, or rash Skin peeling on sunburned areas several days after the sunburn As soon as you see the signs, get yourself to the shade and treat it with some natural

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