Friday, October 10, 2014

Hair Loss Answers For Women

We all know that some hair loss is normal - the old standard of 100 strands of hair per day (not sure who came up with that number) has been a general rule.


However when it starts happening at a faster rate it's time to start looking at how to stop it and get things back to normal.

My experiences over the years have confirmed the most common cause for hair loss in women.  S-t-r-e-s-s and it's affect on our hormone/glandular system.  What I don't think enough women or doctors take into account are the variety of ways Stress will show up in the body.  Many think that if they aren't in the middle of a larger life event (divorce, job loss etc) that they aren't overly stressed.  However many of us are on emotional roller coasters and have been for a while. We've just been dealing with them longer so they seem, well, normal!  For example: 
  • The job or relationship that drains you
  • The care of an elderly parent or relative
  • You have a job but live paycheck to paycheck
  • Ongoing health issues that you wish you could change
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling you should be doing more with your life
  • Problems with child's behavior at home/school
  • Empty nest
  • Hormone imbalance -thyroid, adrenal or reproductive hormones are most common (You can check with your doctor for guidance if you suspect hormone issues so you can monitor)

This is just a basic list but I'm hoping you get the general idea.  Stress is a fact of life and generally speaking our bodies are set up to deal with it.  The problems begin when the Stress is not addressed or compensated for, and continues without our taking steps to CARE for self.  Our bodies can't always keep up and those safety nets that are normally in place to help us, start to show some wear and tear. 

So what can be done? 

The first thing would be to admit that there IS something going on within your life or lifestyle that is contributing.  There is ALWAYS something you can do to make changes or improvements even when in the past it seemed impossible. If you simply say...'oh there's nothing I can do, or 'nothing can be done' then it's like having the answer knock on your door and you just ignoring the knock. 

Stress also affects the PH in the body which upsets the flora in our digestive system which affects our hormones also - so I am REALLY making a point here lol - Stress affects hair loss! Read below for answers that I have used and/or recommended: 

  1. Start to look at the STRESS that is in your life.  It may not be going away anytime soon, but as I said there is SOMETHING you can DO to start to improve the situation or your daily reaction to it. The key is to DECIDE to start considering you have options!
  2. How is your overall diet?  If your eating is below average (and even average isn't always enough when stressed) then you really need to consider making changes. The ongoing stress you are under is depletes our bodies stored vitamins/minerals.  Our Nervous and Glandular systems THRIVE on proper nutrition.  If you are having hair loss your systems are 'asking' you for more nutrition.  That hair on your bathroom floor is the body doing the 'asking' to get your attention!  Start cutting out the junk and opt for 'cleaner' choices.
  3. Yeast/Candida in the body.(PH being off mentioned above)  Candida issues are so very common with stress...as regular stress contributes to the unwanted flora/bacteria in our digestive/intestinal systems and it multiplies big time.  And this places stress on our glands - especially thyroid and adrenals. Vicious cycle
  4. Supplementation - B vitamins can become your BFF!  ☺  I cannot say enough about a good B vitamin complex or diet with more B enriched foods.  If I could pick one supplement that could or should be in your back pocket, this is the one.  Especially for WOMEN!  If you can only afford what's at the nearest drugstore, start with that.  However quality will be KEY here.  As many 'think' they are getting what they need but if the quality of the supplement falls short...you are being misled and think..'oh these don't work, what's the point?"  My  Earth's Nutrition , or my 'green drink' as I call it, delivers B vitamins like a shot in the arm.  Pure, organic food, in powdered form - absorbs in 15 minutes (also acts like a multi vitamin)  Starts righting some of the wrongs in our hormonal system and has a BIG effect on hair, skin and nail health.  B vitamins also help the body (emotionally/physically) deal with stress and feed our adrenals (energy)  See what I mean?  B Vitamins can be a woman's best friend!  
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar - I only use Braggs Vinegar...and my only reference for results. (can't speak for other brands)  The Vinegar helps restore alkalinity in the body and is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral - thus it helps with Yeast/Candida in the body
    and topically.  Start with a teaspoon orally per day and work up to a couple tablespoons daily if you can.  You can also apply to hair/scalp (dilute with water when first using it) and rinse out - if possible leave on for 10 min or so...but if sensitive by all means rinse sooner! 
Hair loss can be improved over time so hope is not lost! It never is.  I hope you found these suggestions helpful and if you know anyone who may benefit please feel free to share this post! 



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How To SPICE Up Your Health

LOVING this time of year!!  If you step outside early one morning or  later in the quiet evening air you will see what I mean. I love the Fall and the way the air just smells more 'earthy'.   I find it extremely calming.  And it's no wonder, as our awareness of nature and the earthiness scent I'm talking about help us feel connected to something greater.

And since each season has it's own set of 'scents' I wanted to talk about some of the favorites that you will no doubt find yourself enjoying this time of year.


A few of my favorite spices come up quite a bit this time of year and holiday season.  Clove, Cinnamon and Ginger are used regularly in baking and holiday candies, beverages and goodies.  If I do use any or all of these in my baking, I always bake with healthier ideas in mind.  Less sugar and oils whenever possible.  Yet I will not skimp on taste. I also add to my coffee or different herbal teas for an added kick - and yummy on hot or refrigerated oatmeal.  Besides tasting these goodies in our food, the scents of them also are invigorating and health building.  I love using essential oils or the whole spice itself to simmer and scent the air.  


Ginger - We all know Ginger helps with upset stomach and motion sickness. If you need Ginger Ale for stomach issues...spend a little more and get some Ginger Beer (like Root Beer) in the health food section- Oh my, it's wonderful and you are really getting the good stuff!  Ginger also improves circulation, specifically in the hands and feet.  Ginger will also help with pain and inflammation of arthritis.  Many will enjoy Ginger as a tea.

Cinnamon - Many have heard that Cinnamon helps with blood sugars.  And it's true!  It does have to be taken regularly,  (capsule form is probably easiest), and of course you do have to keep track of your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help with acid reflux and the scent can help with stimulating brain function. 

Cloves - Cloves have long been noted for their remarkable benefit of helping with the pain of toothaches and sore gums.  Apply directly to the area.  Cloves also can be a great bug repellant (essential oil in spray bottle with water)  Cloves are also anti fungal and can help with Yeast/Candida in the body.

Just a short list for each of these wonderful aromatic herbs/spices but since they are used so much this time of year I wanted you to know how much they can do for you.   Stock up or give as gifts - teas, cookies, essential oils or yummy ginger beer!  Many ways to enjoy!

Nature has us covered!

 
 

 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Natural Fix For Anxiety

In this video I'm talking about some safe, natural options for those with Anxiety. 

Yes I dealt with anxiety - for quiet a while.  For me it was a revolving door, as I was also dealing with Bowel issues at the same time.  One played off of the other.  Either way I felt controlled by both situations and it took a lot of experimenting on my part to find what worked.

Please realize that what worked for me may not work for you.  And at the same time I'd also like to say, don't give up looking for options if you have anxiety.  I had the option of medication back then...but I kept looking.  This is not to say there is anything wrong with medications for anxiety.  They can be a life saver, I know.  But I also know they can become a crutch,  and many never look any further, and become dependent on them to function.  I'm all about empowering others on helping themselves.  So take about 10 minutes and watch the video and see if anything sounds do-able for you or someone you know.  

And don't take my word on it - take my ideas and do some research as there's so much information out there. I hope this gives you a place to start. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RAK - Watch Kindness In Action!

It's been a while since I brought up my enjoyment of Random Acts of Kindness.  It's something that has been a part of my life since I was a kid as my parents were and extended family were excellent examples.

Since I've been reminded of it twice this week so far,  I realized I was due for some ways to show some RAK(random acts of kindness) to others, myself.  I have a few ideas brewing in my head and I'm already looking forward to it!   It's always a 'win-win'. 

Now do yourself a feel good favor and click to watch this video and watch a wonderful example of Kindness disguised as 'Appreciation'.   


Feel free to comment if you feel 'inspired!'  ☺

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Natural Deodorant That Passes The Test


Hands down, this natural deodorant is heavy duty in my book, like Bounty is to paper towels! 

Now while I like to think I don't 'stink' if I don't use something under my arms, I may still have an odor at the end of a long, stressful day.  If being honest you probably would too.  At the very least if it's hot out or you're working hard or doing some heavy work - it stands to reason you may work up a sweat. And for most of the population this is where the use of deodorant or antiperspirant comes in.  (For the record for this post, I'm focusing on deodorant)



Sitting nonchalantly in the produce section, minding their own business, these colorful drink adornments can deal with the most ripe of body odors.  Yep the tart lemon and lime.  The powerful citrus juice lowers you skin's ph which helps to eliminate bacteria and thus 'odor'.  



I put it to the test for 2 weeks including one or 2 really hot, humid days, outside and inside.  The boyfriend did it too.  We both were more than impressed.  Watch my 3 minute Natural Fix video for simple instruction as to how you can try nature's cost effective alternative to deodorant!   You now have a natural option to the store bought version, no chemicals!!

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Let me know if you try it out!!  Come on, aren't you curious? ☺

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

One Mineral Can Improve Your Life

One mineral really can make difference!

We are bombarded with commercials, articles, products and reasons why we NEED Calcium.  And I agree.  We do!   Calcium is important in many ways - however Magnesium in my opinion is almost more important after you educate yourself on the role it plays in our body - physically and mentally!  


A few ways that Magnesium works behind the scenes to help our bodies:
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • Relaxes our blood vessels (blood pressure)
  • Helps with bowel activity
  • Helps the Heart muscle do it's job (prevention of stroke, heart attacks, helps with abnormal heart rhythms)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Helps with ADHD
  • Sleep
  • Bone and teeth formation
  • Muscle cramps
  • Natural blood thinner
Of course using food as a tool to get more magnesium into your body is the safest way to supplement so do some homework as to what foods/herbs are higher in Magnesium.   

A Few Basics:
 

Pumpkin Seeds
Dark Chocolate
Avacados
Dark leafy greens
Almonds/Almond Butter, Cashews, Pine Nuts (make your own trail mix!)


Epsom Salt (Natural source of Magnesium) 

You can also take a bath using once or twice a week in Epsom Salts( 1 cup to bath water) to soothe aches and encourage relaxation while your skin absorbs magnesium or a soothing footsoak (1/2 cup Epsom Salts) in cool or warm water depending on the weather outside!   Also helps with foot odor.

Supplementing is fine too, but stick to the basics with dosages.  For Females over age 14 about 300mg per day  and Men about 400mg per day.  If you have any Kidney problems or health issues you really need to check with your doctor before taking on any added Magnesium.  Too much is not a good thing either!

I still prefer food or natural sources for my Magnesium so not to have to worry about getting too much..however a blood test is great to know where you stand.  Some people are dangerously low and this is one sure way to find out!  My doctor will even give Magnesium in an IV if really low...so if you have symtoms of possible deficiency, get a simple blood test to be sure..

Even Dr Oz has made mention of how important Magnesium is in our bodies!  
Why You Need Magnesium

Another great source of information in this Article also.  

Needless to say I don't want you to take my word for it!  As always I encourage you to educate yourself on your options and what your body may benefit from.  This is one of many informative books out there, but a great place to start for anyone interested. 



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Monday, June 23, 2014

Natural Fix for Acne

We had an absolutely gorgeous weekend of summer weather - almost made Monday not feel so bad knowing it was a work day! ha!  Well, it helps.

I hope you have had the chance to check out my new YouTube Channel, I'm not sure if I will be posting all my videos to my site but for now I am.  By all means subscribe to my channel or at the very least subscribe to my site with your email (top right of this page) so you get regular updates.

Now all that out of the way, my video concentrates on 3-4 'natural' ways to help deal with and get rid of Acne.  No fun at any age and yes, some have worse cases then others.  Sometimes it's just a matter of finding what works for you and being open to a bit of experimentation. Diet actually does come into play mainly for how it affects your hormones and the bacteria build up in your body.  So while food isn't the totally to blame, watching what causes breakouts is your body telling you you could stand to upgrade your diet and drink more water.

Please realize that not everything works for everyone, but these have worked for many, so hopefully you or someone you know will find relief!

Thanks for watching!