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what the heck is cupping?

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Have you heard of this?  My mother recently came to visit me in Phoenix and I noticed a round, purple-ish area on the back of her shoulder and I couldn’t imagine what she had done!  When I asked, she replied, “Cupping!”……..like I was supposed to know what the heck that was!

Turns out, cupping is pretty popular and has been around forever!  It is a practice where a small cup first has a flame that is used to heat the inside of the cup.  Then the cup is placed on the skin (nope, it doesn’t burn you) on your back.  The lack of pressure in the cup creates a vacuum that slightly pulls the skin and muscle tissue into the cup. This suction draws stagnant blood and fluid to the surface where the body can more easily remove it. Instead of compressing, pushing, or stripping the body tissue against bone structure and against itself, like when you get a normal massage, cupping allows the person to pull the body tissue out and away from the body. Cupping is a classic deep tissue massage technique in reverse!

OUCHIE!  DOES IT HURT? (mom says no)

According to Acupuncture Today, “While cupping is considered relatively safe (especially air cupping, which does not include the risk of fire and heat), it can cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.

In addition, there are several instances where cupping should not be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back. If the cups are being moved, they should not cross bony areas, such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades.”

This is the new rage with some celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, to name a few….but if MY MOM says it works…….THEN, PEOPLE….IT WORKS!!

You can check out some videos on YouTube.  It’s pretty creepy, so I didn’t post one.  But hey, even Jackie Chan did it in the Karate Kid remake!  So!  There you go!

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oh those pesky age spots!

age-spots%20(260%20x%20260) Oh those pesky age spots!   Most of them show up on our face, neck and hands but they can appear anywhere on the body as we age.

They are also called liver spots, however they have nothing to do with the liver or liver function….so who named them liver spots?  Silly.

Quite common after the age of 40, age spots are changes in skin color that occur in older skin. The increased color may be due to aging, exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet light.

According to the Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” age spots are the result of a buildup of wastes known as lipofusion accumulation, a byproduct of free radical damage in skin cells.” 

So what does that mean?  Well, exposure to the sun causes the development of free radicals that can damage the skin.  So what’s a girl to do?

Protect your skin from the sun by taking the following precautions:

  • Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants.
  • Use sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Try to avoid sun exposure at midday, when sunlight is most intense.
  • Use high-quality sunscreens, preferably with sun protection factor (SPF) ratings of at least 30. Apply sunscreen at least a half hour before exposure, and reapply often. Use sunscreen in the winter, too.
  • Eat a diet high in vegetable protein and that consists of 50% raw fruits and vegetables, plush fresh grains, seeds and nuts.
  • Omit all animal protein from the diet for one month.
  • Brown or yellow spots can usually be eliminated by freezing them off.  During a painless in office procedure, the doctor brushes liquid nitrogen on the spots with a cotton swab.  In about 2 seconds the cells freeze and within 5 days the cells flake away.

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ring, ring………aloe?

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You’ll want to answer the phone if this little beauty calls!!

Did you know that aloe vera is a real part of weight loss and fitness program?  Well, it is!  When you injest aloe, you can begin your quest to lose weight and to gain muscle massE-How tells you how…here!

Aloe vera is also extremely important for all types of digestive problems and can help you recover from colitis, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and other digestive illnessesHow?  It helps to cut and dissolve mucous in the intestines and it supports the replication of healthy cells that line our digestive tract.

Aloe vera has also shown the ability to inhibit arthritis, edema and inflammation!  What are you waiting for? 

And how about skin irritationsPlease!  Natural News tells you how HERE…

Here are a few ouchies that can be treated with aloe:

  • abrasions
  • acne
  • arthritis
  • athlete’s foot
  • brown spots
  • burns
  • eczema
  • hemorrhoids
  • insect bites/stings
  • poison ivy
  • poison oak
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • scars    and the list goes on and on!!

Just cut a leaf of aloe veraTry this!

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup organic strawberries

1/2 cup goji berries or blueberries

1/2 of aloe leaf (remove the skin, keep the gel)

Blend, baby, blend!  Add water or ice if you want….serve cold……ALOE!!!

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if you missed beauty school, here’s a make-up session…

Don’t you just love beauty secrets?  I can’t hear you, but I’m just sure you nodded.

Let’s just get right to them.  Some may be new and some you may already know….but please, ladies….SHARE these with a friend or enemy.  It’s time to brighten up this planet and I’m ready to do it, one girl at a time…..

Let’s start in the kitchen: (don’t forget to test these concoctions on the inside of your arm or better yet, on a friend first,  to test for a reaction)

  • AVOCADOS…mash a ripe avocado and gently dab on undereye puffiness and dark circles.  Place a cold damp washcloth over eyes for about 15 minutes.  Rinse off.  You are moisturizing and de-puffing at the same time.
  • CHERRIES…mix a couple of tablespoons of cherry juice with one tablespoon of sea salt.  Massage over dame skin and then rinse.  This is your glowing treatment!
  • EGGS… add an egg to your shampoo to produce volume and add shine! (no, don’t add to the bottle…place in your hand)
  • MILK…add dry milk powder to water to make a paste.  Massage gently onto face and then rinse.  This will make the skin silky smooth, as the milk’s lactic acid takes away dirt and debris.
  • YOGURT…mix one teaspoon of yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of dry oatmeal.  Massage into lips, rinse and then apply a little olive oil.

NEED A SKIN SOFTENER?  Brew about 10 ginseng tea bags in a large teapot.  Pour into bath.  Ginseng helps soften, tone and refine skin.

GOT A TUBE OF BROKEN LIPSTICK?  Heat it with a hair dryer, then reattach the broken piece and place it overnight in the refrigerator.

NEED A BELT?  No problemo, just use a scarf in contrasting or matching colors.

WRONG COLOR LIPSTICK?  Just mix your own colors by dipping a lip brush into your lipstick tubes.  Mix the colors on wax paper until you get the color you want.

WANT A GREAT FACIAL CLEANSER?  Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste.  Smooth over damp skin and rinse with warm water.

GOT REDNESS?  Milk and yogurt applied to the skin will help to reduce the redness.

Some of the cheapest cures and treatments can be the quickest and most effective!  Remember to exercise (without makeup, please!) Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep, so your skin can repair itself and drink plenty of water.  It’s also a good idea to place a humidifier in your bedroom to keep your skin hydrated while you sleep.  And finally, when it comes to grocery shopping, read your labels!!!  Shop the perimeter of the store (where the fresh food hangs out) and smile, smile, SMILE!!

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Here’s the skinny on….skin

What is detoxification?

Detoxification  is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymph and skin.  Our bodies do it everyday, naturally!

There are different types of cleanses and they each come in all shapes and sizes to be tailored to your individual needs.

Today I thought we would talk about a skin cleanse.  Everything that is going on inside you shows up on your skin.  It’s our largest organ of elimination and detoxification.  Think about it….when your colon becomes overloaded or your liver can’t efficiently filter the toxins coming from the digestive tract, your skin will begin to sweat them out, through rashes or boils.

Eeew.

Our skin mirrors our emotions and our hormone balance, also.  Most of us are toxic to some degree.  Dr. Colbert says in his book, The Seven Pillars of Health, “It’s similiar to forgetting to take the trash cans to the curb on trash day, and the garbage piles up in your garage.  Your cans eventually overflow, and the stench worsens.  You feel sick just walking near them.  After a few weeks the smell of the garbage is so bad that you can even smell it inside the house.”

 Got Stress?  It’s going to show up on our bodies through our skin texture, spots and blemishes.  You will lack energy, start experiencing environmental and food allergies and develop excessive mucus production.  And don’t even get me started on how it can throw a woman’s hormone balance off!

However there IS good newsOur diet is the quickest way to change our looks! Remember living foods? Our food is a gift, a blessing from God!  He wants us to enjoy our food and gave us many choices!  The term, ‘vegetable’ refers to foods we obtain from the leaves, stems, flower clusters, roots, tubers, seeds or fruits of plants.  They are loades with complex carbohydrates,  amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Here is what Dr. Rex Russell says in his book, What the Bible says about Healthy Living:

Three Principles God wants us to use for healthier lives

  1. Eat only substances God created for food.  Avoid what is not designed for food.
  2. As much as possible, eat foods as they were created – before they are changed or converted into something humans think might be better.
  3. Avoid food addictions.  Don’t let any food or drink become your god.

It is also essential to begin healing the skin from within, starting with the least expensive treat:  WATER!  Be sure to drink plenty of this gift!  Water is the single most important nutrient four our bodies and is considered a ‘miracle cure’ for many health conditions.

Here is a great detox water refresher!

3 quarts of pure water

2 lemons, sliced

1/2 cucumber, sliced

10-12 mint leaves

Add ingredients to water and let infuse overnight.

So, we’re eating clean, living foods and drinking sufficient amounts of water…..what else?  Stick around…….tomorrow we are going to take a bath…….together.

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get your glow on…

Glowing, healthy skin doesn’t just happen, but is the result of a healthy, balanced life and diet choices. You have also heard, ‘You are what you eat’,  which means that I have been a fat-laden, salt craving, sugar addictive gal over the years.  In fact, I believe that most of my health problems and complaints have been made by poor food choices that I made.  It’s taken quite a while, but I’ve finally realized that my relationship between food and health is very significant.  My diet has played a major role with migraines.  Eating “trigger” foods has sent me to the hospital on one or more occasions because of a full blown migraine from eating nuts or chocolate.

My point is this:  Our body we have now is the only one we’ve got and we need to learn to take care of it in a healthy way, through diet, exercise and removing common chemicals that are being used every single day.

Let’s start here…

1.  Drink plenty of clean filtered water, at least 6-8 glasses a day, though you might need more during hot weather and on days that you exercise.

2.  Include lots of fiber in your diet.  This will keep your intestinal tract regular and eliminate the waste products from your body.  Eeew.

3.  Make sure your diet contains plenty of antioxidants to slow down your aging.  Think fresh fruits and vegetables.

4.  Food combine!  Eat protein and carbohydrates at seperate meals and you might prevent unnecessary fermentation in the color, and increase nutrient absorption into the blood.

5.  Eat essential fatty acids (good fats) such as whole grains, seeds, nuts, soybeans, dark leafy green vegetables, cold pressed oils, and wild salmon.

6.  When you wake in the morning, start out with a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon.  I struggle with this one, but MAKE myself do it.

7.  Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol, which drain moisture from your body.

8.  Cut down on table salt.  Too much sodium leads to skin puffiness, and sweeling.  Try a salt-free substitute or fresh herbs.

9.  Reduce your intake of red meat, dairy, refined foods, fried foods and all products that contain hydrogenated oils or fats.

10.  Apply honey three times a week to your face and leave on for 30 minutes.  Rinse off with warm water and you will be amazed by how your skin is softer, younger and nourished!

For the new year, try to eat more “living foods” and less “dead foods“.  And yes, I know that the chicken is dead…. but I’m talking about foods that have been altered in every imaginable way to make them last as long as possible and be as addictive as possible.  Think….cakes and cookies and God forbid, the Twinkie!  There we have a considerable amount of sugar and man- made fats that involve taking various oils and heating them to dangerously high temperatures.  There are chemicals, preservatives, food additives and bleaching agents that place a HUGE strain on our liver, eventually being stored as fat.

Living foods, on the other hand, are fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, all existing in a raw or close to raw state.  Living foods look robust and alive.  They are what can be plucked, harvested and squeezed and they are the ones that will help your body arm itself against cancer, heart disease, degenerative diseases and obesity.

In the Old Testament, God gave the Israelites a choice.  In Deuteronomy 30:19, He said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”  There it is!  A choice!  Living foods or dead foods?  I think I know which one I should do and am fully commited to making 2012 a year of better choices.

DEAD?

   OR ALIVE???    Make the healthy choice!

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