Monday, 11 January 2010

Natural tips for a happier, healthier you :)

If you were greeted into the new year with a less than refreshing start, here are a few tips to help cleanse your frazzled mind & body!

Inside out!
Over-indulging on comfort foods & drink always has the nasty habit of making an unwelcome appearance on our skin.
Our skin & complexion act as the perfect barometer for our health - so if we are less than healthy inside, this will show up as spots & blemishes, dull complexions & dry, itchy patches.
(I think most people are aware that if you eat a diet of hamburgers & vodka, your body won't shine to its full potential!)

The positive effects of following a good diet & healthier lifestyle will reflect in a glowing complexion, shining eyes & healthy hair!

Top tips:

Drink 1-2 litres of pure water every day!
These words may have been worn to tatters but they are still wise ones ... keeping well hydrated is your number one moisturiser & blemish banisher!

Be kind to your digestion!
Take Organic Aloe Vera Juice & a good pro-biotic if you suffer with frequent digestive upsets. Add some pure lemon juice to warm water first thing in the morning to cleanse your system.

A healthy digestive system is the core of good health!
If you frequently suffer with spot outbreaks on your forehead & near your eyebrows - this may signal a congested colon - so make sure you drink lots of water & include more good fibre in your diet!

Think Raw!
Opt for unprocessed natural wholefoods & try eating as much pure, unprocessed food as possible; raw fruits, vegetables, seeds & nuts are rich in enzymes & full of life force to put the spring back in your step!

Drink nettle tea!
Nettle tea is one of the best herbal teas for skincare as it reduces the bodys release of histamines, so can help with skin inflammation. Drinking 2-3 cups of nettle tea a day will help keep the bowels moving to release trapped waste, which otherwise encourage skin problems & blemishes.

Get your greens!
Make barley grass part of your life this year, fantastic skin food, enzyme-rich - it will help remineralise your body with essential vitamins & enzymes. Buy pure barley grass powder & add to warm water for a health-giving tea!

Eat healthy fats
A low intake of healthy fat leaves skin cells weak & prone to damage & premature ageing. Include as many healthy fats in your diet such as those found in avocado, pumpkin seeds, oily fish, almonds, hemp & flaxseed oils.

Snack on nuts & seeds
Because they are rich in essential fats, including some nuts & seeds in your diet can help you shed excess weight. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E & reputed to trim your waistline!
If you suffer with acne or a chronic skin condition such as eczema - eating foods rich in zinc & selenium will also help your skin repair quicker. Think Pumpkin Seeds & Brazil Nuts!

Exercise! Walk, run, dance, sing ... get yourself moving around!

Indulge in a full body massage!
You will feel great afterwards & massage helps to remove unwanten toxins from your body tissues.

Give up smoking!
... and try to avoid anything that might have a negative effect on your skin & rob your body of vital nutrients, such as excessive alcohol consumption, high-sugar intake & too much fat.

Look for alternatives!
Reduce & replace. Achieving a healthier lifestyle can sometimes be hard work - give yourself goals you know you can stick too. Reduce the strain on your body by swopping your everyday 'naughties' ie) agave nectar instead of refined sugar, raw, sugar free chocolate & organically produced alcohol when possible!

Emotional Detox!
Our emotions & state of mind have a huge impact on our health.
There are lots of things you can do to shift to a happier state of being, something that makes you happy, supporting a cause that you believe in, spending time with friends & family, spending time in nature ... most importantly living with gratitude & focusing attention on the good things we have!
If you feel stuck in a rut, bogged down by emotional toxins - remember that whatever energy we carry with us. attracts that energy. The saying goes "energy flows where attention goes".

You can release your need to carry the pain & guilt others have put on you, you don't need them to live your life - they only act as emotional sludge.
You can also let go of the unkind labels you’ve placed on yourself.

Bad things happen but we can choose how we look at them. We can hold onto them & keep them to 'remind us' how bad our life is OR we can choose to learn, make changes, see the positive things highlighted in our dark times, re-evaluate & grow from our experiences!

Wishing you all a happy & healthy year ahead!

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