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To detox or not to detox…

13 Mar

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Do you know your body is exposed to numerous poisonous substances called contaminants, artificial food constituents, and insecticides that harm our body? We are in continuous interaction with damaging viruses and contaminants. They are present in the water we drink, the food we consume, the air we inhale and so on. It is very tough to escape from them. These toxins are actually a source of numerous health problems that have been introduced in our systems over the years. Worry not! It is easy to get rid of these harmful toxins by a process called ‘Detox’.

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What exactly is a detox?

In simple words, detox is a procedure in which an individual incorporates changes in his or her lifestyle to clear the body of contaminants. These routine changes normally involve refraining from certain injurious things and improving body processes. Some modifications are transitory, for example; following a cleansing regimen while others are long-lasting.

Want to get rid of these toxins in an effective way? Here are a few tips:

1. Opt for Organic Foods

The best way to eliminate toxins from your body is to support the body’s natural cleansing process by reducing its burden and lessening the contaminants you put in the body. Opt for organic food products over junk and other treated foodstuffs.

2. Workout and Meditation

Workout and meditation aid in maintaining a fit body. Working out makes you perspire, and perspiration benefits by releasing contaminants through skin. Also, meditation frees your mind and decreases tension that can be as deadly to your well-being as chemicals.

3. Nutrition

Cleansing your body is not just restricted to what you elude, but is also concerned with what you ingest. Hence, it is important to consume a healthy nutrition. There are numerous foods that help in detoxification such as garlic, lemon, broccoli shoots, beans, and raw vegetables.

4. Enema Kits

The idea of using an enema kit may make you wince at first but it is actually an effective way to get rid of body toxins. It is a technique to flush waste products out of your colon. While there are multiple enema kits available in the market, coffee enemas are a popular choice to be used for the therapeutic treatment for multiple illnesses such as constipation, weariness and liver cleansing.

5. Cleanse the Air You Inhale

Another way to naturally detoxify the body is to breathe in clean air. While it is not possible to control the entire atmosphere, apparently you can control the environment in your house and work spaces. The most reliable way is to invest in an air purifier. However, if a good quality air purifier is a bit too heavy on your pocket then it is best to get a few house plants that act as natural air purifiers.

6. Cleanse Your System With Water

Want to know another cheap yet effective way to detox the body? Just watch out what you drink! Water is perhaps the most valued tool for cleansing your system. The body’s most elementary roles need water. Be it to produce saliva, aid with sweating, and eliminate waste. Drink plenty of water. Replace coffee, tea and sports drinks with a glass of clean water. If you find the taste too bland then add in a few drops of lemon juice or slices of cucumber to your water.

Have you performed a detox of any sort?  Share with me your experience!

Organic Food: What’s the hype?

11 Mar

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Every other person I come across who is even a bit concerned about his health strongly advocates the use of organic food. We all know that organic food is healthier in general as it contains smaller amount of chemicals and is a better lifestyle choice. Hence, it is comparatively more expensive than the regular food stuff. But, is it actually worth it? Let’s dig a bit deeper and find out what the hype is all about!

Why go ‘Organic’?

Over the last decade, much consideration has been given to organic foods and how they are redefining the manner agrarian goods are consumed. Numerous studies have been conducted to demonstrate how organic food is a healthier choice for consumers. On the other hand, some principal news reporters and specialists have appealed that introduction of organic food is just a publicity gimmick and it does not signify a better lifestyle choice for consumers. If we probe deeper into organic food and how it contrasts from customary food items, it is evident that there are certain advantages which are absent in normal foods. Recent studies conducted by Stanford concluded that organic food is better for human health since it is not artificially altered and is devoid of chemicals. Deirde Imus reported for Fox News that the Stanford organic food study she researched exposed that organic food items such as fruits and vegetables typically contain 12% more healthier composites than conventionally cultivated crops – composites like secondary metabolites, which are supposed to guard against obesity, tumor and heart ailment.

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Human bodies are still Organic!

There are some chemicals in organic foods that are totally natural, prodigious for our immune system and are just not found in other foods that we consume today. Obviously, the element that organic food is not profoundly altered or meddled by people depicts that there are benefits of natural constituents. Moreover, it is imperative to recall that organic food is the anticipated approach for individuals to eat. Although humans have progressed over the passage of thousands of years, our bodies are still adapted to the consumption of unmodified food. Most of the food that we consume today is either genetically modified or chemically treated in some other way, hence, it is unnatural by default. One obvious drawback of such processed and modified foods is obesity which is gradually increasing among the masses.

Organic food, on the other hand, is free of the inessential pesticides and chemicals that are generally utilized to nurture agrarian products. Otherwise, most of these chemicals used in food are extremely precarious. Another study conducted at Stanford University discovered that such pesticides target the neural system, and have been associated in studies of American kids with lesser birth weight and hyperactivity disorders. When agriculturalists use chemicals to protect their crops from bacteria, they are concurrently infecting them with hazardous chemicals that can cause huge damage to the consumers. Therefore, organic foods are a superior choice as they are devoid of such harmful ingredients. Moreover, organic food serves best in case of diseases that spread because of deadly chemicals in foods. For example, the advent of mad cow disease drew attention to the process with which livestock animals were being raised, physically and chemically, and it was found out that the meat we consume is altered and accumulated at the lowest possible price, thereby, compromising on the quality. Since organic food is prepared without pesticides or other inessential chemicals, it cannot develop inclinations to damage health.

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Still not convinced? Read on….

In general, organic food is a better choice for the whole atmosphere since all of the chemicals used in the production of regular food crops are not incorporated into the soil, water and air. According to the Organic Trade Association, an international investigation of groundwater contamination concluded that a poisonous infusion of pesticides, nitrogen fertilizers, industrial chemicals, and heavy metals is polluting groundwater universally. Due to this, approximately 40 percent of the world’s agrarian land is extremely ruined, destabilizing both current and forthcoming production ability. Additionally, production and consumption of organic foods also yields favourable result in terms of air quality since the current practice of food production releases carbon dioxide into the air which is not beneficial for human health. Fortunately, organic practices can eliminate about 7,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air annually. Likewise, organic food production is beneficial for the soil as well. Soil sprayed with pesticides and other intrusive chemicals experiences reduced fertility and poor quality. Whereas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, soil that is used to cultivate organic food only tends to be richer, improved and more probable to last longer. Hence, organic foods have numerous benefits to human health as well as our environment.

The ‘myths’ about Organic Foods

Despite the substantiation provided, some studies and research initiatives indicate that there are no advantages to organic food which is totally misleading. There could be some political or economic agenda behind such a claim or most probably the findings are misinterpreted. Deirde Imus states that the allegory that organic foods are not better than their regular equivalents is beyond scandalous: it is solely incorrect. We have already seen that there are logical and dietetic grounds for the benefits of organic foods over conventional ones. Just by looking back at history we can also judge that people in the past were generally free from obesity and other negative health trends which are quite common today. The fundamental difference is that the nutrition has now become much more administered in terms of how chemicals are being utilized. Organic foods being devoid of toxic chemicals offer stronger health benefits and a stronger environment and are much healthier for you on the whole.

Now that you know what treasures the organic food holds, it’s time to ditch the processed food and go ORGANIC!

Common Adult Skincare Issues & Remedies

3 Nov

Hey gorgeous! If you’ve been following my blog then you’d know how strongly I believe in setting up a proper skincare routine. No matter how expensive makeup you use, if the canvas is untidy, you can never paint a beautiful picture. Our skin is like a canvas so take care of it. Below are 5 common adult skincare issues that we all can relate to in one way or another. Have a look at it and also take note of the suggested remedies.

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I hope this post will be of great help. Take care of your skin and overall health. Love yourself. Eat right. Sleep well and exercise. I’ll see you soon with another cool post. Stay tuned!

XOXO

Magic Oil a.k.a Almond Oil

25 Oct

Hello lovelies! First of all, sorry for not being regular at blogging although I’ve been updating my Facebook page and Instagram religiously. I have a lot to share and review and will soon get back to proper writing. Today, I’ll be talking about an extremely important and beneficial change that I recently made to my daily skin care routine. I replaced my expensive, elaborate list of moisturizers/lotions with just one, easily affordable and 100% safe miraculous product. Well, the title says it all. It’s a pure Bitter Almond Oil. Before I divulge into my verdict, let me just give you a brief introduction of this little bottle of goodness.

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We all know that almonds are naturally high in vitamin E and are ideal as hair care and skin care products. Their oil is smooth, non-greasy and has a pleasant fragrance. You can use it as an affordable massage oil, a natural moisturizer, or to keep your scalp and hair healthy and strong.

Almond oil has two variants: Sweet and Bitter. Sweet almond oil is not only used for skin care but also plays a significant culinary role in preparing goodies such as marzipan, cookies, cakes, and other treats. Despite its name, it is also a primary ingredient in condiments such as mayonnaise and a variety of sauces and dressings. It is basically a base oil.

Bitter almond oil, on the other hand, is an essential oil. It has a variety of benefits as well. It is a potent facial cleanser and is also great for hair and nails, if massaged regularly. However, due to the high amount of cyanide in bitter almonds, one must be careful when using this oil. It is never a good idea to apply or ingest too much.

Now comes the main part, i.e. my opinion. Ever since I have started using pure bitter almond oil, I am amazed at how smooth, trouble-free and supple my skin has become. Earlier I used to suffer from dry patches and uneven facial skin tone but this essential oil has totally eradicated all my skin problems. I use it as a moisturizer at night and also to hydrate my lips. I even use it as a hair oil that works well for brows and lashes as well. Additionally, I use it as a makeup remover too. So, you see how this little bottle of magic has replaced most of my pots of chemicals 🙂

I’d strongly recommend you all to give it a try. Don’t forget to share your results with me. Good luck!

XOXO

DIY soaks for Strong Nails

1 Jul

Hey dolls! How are y’all doing? Today I’ll be talking all about nails. I have already discussed some great tips for nail care in a previous post (can be seen here). Through this post I am sharing with you all some easy DIY soaks for healthy, strong nails. These, together with a balanced diet, will do wonders to your nails. Do give them a try and let me know which one works best for you.

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Milk & Honey

2 egg yolks, beaten
¼ cup milk
1 tbsp honey

Directions: 
Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Soak nails for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well. Apply cuticle oil. Protein from the eggs and calcium from the milk will make those nails hard as rocks.

Fruit Soak

1 packet of gelatin
1 tsp of warm fruit juice (any citrus)

Directions: 
Mix the packet of gelatin, with the warm fruit juice. Soak 10-15 minutes, once a month. Super strengthening formula!

Egg Soak

2 Egg yolks
1 tbsp Olive Oil

Directions: 
Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Soak nails for 10 minutes. Rinse well. Use twice a week for strong nails.

Milk Soak

1/2 cup Milk

Directions: 
Soak nails for 10 minutes. Rinse well. Use this nail recipe 2 times a week for strong nails.

Vinegar Soak

1/2 cup Apple Cider vinegar 
4 tbsp Vegetable oil 

Directions: Keep hands in the mixture for 10-15 minutes. Do it 1-2 times a week. 

XOXO