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8 Tips To Help You Spring Into Summer

Spring is here and Summer is right on our doorstep. It’s time to spring clean your body ready for the beach and those summer shorts!

  1. Detox: spring cleaning for your body an internal cleanse will have your looking great and feeling better. A good detox plan involves a good intestinal cleanse, while helping the liver to eliminate toxins from your body. A good detox can be as simple as a weekend on restful, vegetarian food while cutting out the coffee and using some herbal teas to cleanse the liver. Detoxing can help to reduce or even eliminate symptoms such as fatigue, digestive problems, cellulite, bad breath, poor concentration, bloating, skin problems, weight gain, and much more.
  2. Moisterise, Moisturise and Moisturise some more: Keep your skin moist is not just for summer! Often the dryest weather is in fact in winter when the air is full of electricity and your lips chap. Apply moisteriser often, more than once a day if necessary especially if you are working in an airconditioned building. Apply directly after your warm shower to trap the water from your shower, under the skin for best effect. Use an light oil at night for luxuriously velvety skin in the morning.
  3. Drink Water: 8 – 10 glasses (1.5 to 2 litres) per day to keep your skin and body hydrated. many of those headache and fatigue symptoms are your body crying out for water. Our cells are about 72% water, we are virtually made of water and we need to keep replenishing it regularly. By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated! Tea, coffee, soft drink (soda) and cordial are NOT water (in fact they are dehydrating), and for every one of these you have you need to add another glass of water.
  4. Move: this means move your body, walk, go to a gym or fitness centre, dance, run up stairs, walk on the beach, a yoga session – whatever, but move. Work up a sweat, get your heart pumping and stretch that body, it will love you for it and you will not only live longer you might even enjjoy it.
  5. Boost your energy by kickstarting your day with a hot and cold shower. Shower and cleanse under a warm shower and then turn the hot water off for 20 seconds, on for 20 seconds repeat 2 or 3 times ending with cold. Towel briskly to rub the warmth back into your skin, you will notice the zing! Helps remove lactic acid from the muscles, and improves ciruclation.
  6. Change your eating habits: eat more raw food, now that it’s warmer get into salads and fruit, eating fresh, raw, alive food helps you feel fresh and alive.
  7. Defuzz: get rid of that unwanted hair, I get lazy in winter, I hide my legs under jeans and pants, so when it get’s to spring I go get my first summer waxing (I usually shave about 2 weeks before so they don’t think I am a total ape:). It feels so good and I feel like summer is on its way when my skin is smooth for the first time since May.
  8. Exfoliate: give your skin an all over sheen by giving it a good scrub with a facial and then a body exfoliation cream in your shower. Your skin will love you for it and you will feel summer ready with a new spring in your step.

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September 8, 2008 Posted by | Fitness, Wellness | , , , , | 1 Comment

Aqua La Vida: Water of Life

Mwamanongu Village water source, Tanzania. Image via Wikipedia

I was watching the 3rd movie in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy with my son the other day and at the end it shows them all searching for immortality via their very special map and the spot on the map was referenced as: “Aqua la Vida.” Water is indeed the water of life, and the only thing we need to remember about living longer is to drink enough of it. Clean, preferably fltered and kept out of those nasty plastic bottles that are causing our earth to be filled with them at an alarming rate.

Scientifically speaking every cell in our body is around 70% water and so we too are around 70% water, to exist we need to replenish this water. We become dehydrated much more quickly than most people realise:

  • Breathing dries us as water vapour is breathed out with each breath
  • Urination as our kidney use it for filtration
  • Cells use water in almost every chemical interchange it is the universal solvent
  • We sweat it out of our skin as our body balances our core temperature
  • Caffeine, sugar and many other chemicals in our food and drink are dehydrating
  • Water forms the fluid around our joints and our saliva
  • Water helps to relieve any constipation

Drink water,  not tea, coffee, soda’s, cordials or juices none of these are as hydrating as water and most if not all of them actuallyd dehydrate us further. Good clean water, our bodies crave it, did you know:

  • by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated?
  • many headaches are a thirsty bodies cries for water?
  • water can help you lose weight?
  • water clears our skin?

There are many more things I could tell you about water, but this could also end up a really long post and I think by now you get the idea.

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July 9, 2008 Posted by | Health, Wellness | , , | 3 Comments