A partial list of toxins that may be found in common personal care products:
- Aluminum: found in antiperspirants and deodorants
- Fragrance: found in almost anything that has a scent
- Oxybenzone: found in sunscreen
- Parabens: found in shower products, lotion, deodorant, and more
- Petroleon (Mineral Oil): found in lotion, cream, lip balm, and skin care products.
- Phthalates: found in fragrant products such as soap.
- Propylene Glycol: found in shampoo, toothpaste, shaving foam, body washes and facial cleansers.
- Retinyl palmitate or retinol: commonly found in lotion, moisturizer, chapstick, sunscreen, and lip balm
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: commonly found in most skincare products.
- Talc: commonly found in baby powder and deodorant.
- Triclosan: found in liquid soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc.
Your emotions play an important role in your health and well-being. It’s typical to think only of your physical body when it comes to health but balancing your emotions is crucial to overall wellness.
Did you know that your mood and emotions are affected by diet and exercise? Well they are!
Research shows that consuming 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day will put you in a better mood. And, when you’re in a good mood you are more likely to eat a healthier diet.Read more...
Just recently I heard someone say that the word wellness is overused and doesn’t really mean anything to anyone anymore. At first the idea came as a shock and then as I mulled it over I kind of agreed to a point. That’s not to say wellness has been banished from my vocabulary.
The concept of wellness is too important to dismiss!
I believe you want to feel good, be able to participate in any activities you choose, live happily, and enjoy your life, whatever that means for you personally. There are actions you can take to make it a reality.
The reason wellness is important and shouldn’t be overlooked is because of the concept behind it. Wellness is defined as the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as a result of deliberate effort. It emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life. This means you are an active participant!
Wellness is a multifaceted approach to health and encompasses a variety of areas including, but not limited to, eating healthy, nutritious foods, engaging in physical activity, managing your emotions, and creating a safe home environment.
Being aware that you have the ability to choose to be well is powerful! It puts you in charge of your destiny. That notion was foreign to me until after my breast cancer journey when I started reading books and taking courses. A whole new world opened up. I feel empowered and you should too!
Did I say it was easy? No. In fact it can be quite difficult at times. But when you have the knowledge and awareness you will recognize when you aren’t making choices that serve your best interests. That in itself is HUGE!
You CAN live a healthy, vibrant life if you choose to! It’s totally up to you.
If you’re a reader and would like to dive in a little deeper, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite wellness books. To check it out click here.
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“Enjoy life, choose happiness, and be your best every day.”
Chakras are the centers in your body through which energy flows. There are seven energy centers, chakras, in your body, starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the top of the head. Each one is associated with specific organs and glands, physical functions, and emotional, mental and spiritual issues.
When energy in the chakras is blocked it can often lead to illness.
1. Root — Its role is to connect all of your energy with the Earth, referred to as grounding.
- Located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area.
- Color: Red
- Essential oil: Vetiver
2. Sacral — Is about your identity as a human and what you do with it.
- Located in the lower abdomen.
- Color: Orange
- Essential oil: Ylang ylang
3. Solar Plexus — The ability to be confident and in control of your life.
- Located in the upper abdomen, stomach area.
- Color: Yellow
- Essential oil: Lemon
4. Heart — The ability to love, including love for others and for self. Also associated with health and healing.
- Located at the center of chest just above the heart.
- Color: Green
- Essential oil: Lavender
5. Throat — The ability to communicate. It gives a voice to your personal truths.
- Located in the throat.
- Color: Blue
- Essential oil: Frankincense
6. Third Eye — The ability to focus on and see the big picture.
- Located on the forehead between the eyes.
- Color: Indigo
- Essential oil: Sandalwood
7. Crown — Represents your ability to be fully connected spiritually.
- Located at the very top of the head.
- Color: Violet or White
- Essential oil: Peppermint
Essential oils are an effective way to bring balance to the chakras. When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, molecules that are absorbed start to work on your emotional and physical health.
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Let’s think about the healthcare system here in the US for a minute. Currently it is designed to treat disease with medicine. It does not look for the underlying cause of health issues. It merely addresses the symptoms.
A different way to look at health is holistically. Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. It integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease and to promote optimal health.
Holistic medicine encompasses all safe and appropriate modalities of diagnosis and treatment. It includes analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual, and lifestyle elements. Holistic medicine focuses on patient education and participation in the healing process.
Another more comprehensive approach is Functional medicine. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties.
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.
Practitioners spend time with patients, track their histories, and look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
So remember, your body is the sum of its parts. It is a highly complicated unit, with all parts working together and supporting one another to ensure optimal health.
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