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    ShapeReclaimed Diet Review

    SHAPE ReClaimed is a homeopathic diet solution that offers the customer diet drops, and a nutritional program to follow. The company “Nourishing Wellness” was started by founder Linda Howes, and it seems to be a rather small and granola company from the looks of the website and services offered. The company offers in office visits […]

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    My name is Lauren, and I come from a longstanding background of fitness and nutrition. Whether it be hiking, running, camping, or just enjoying cooking in the kitchen I have made health a focal point of my life. I love to incorporate movement, and wellness in everything I do!

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    How to Naturally Get Rid of Moles, Warts, and Skin Tags

    Naturally rid yourself of embarrassing skin tags, moles, and warts!

    Moles, Warts, and Skin tags are common growths on the skin that can result in a number of causes. Moles are defined by WedMD as, “Areas of the skin where cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin.” (WEBmd, n.d.). “The dark coloration you see with moles is a result of having too much melanocytes on the skin. If in case you are not familiar with what melanocytes are, this is in charge of melanin which gives the skin color.” (Hurry, 2015). Skin tags are defined as, “a small flap of tissue that hangs off the skin by a connecting stalk.” Finally the common cause of warts is, “The human papilloma virus that comes in contact with your skin and causes an infection.” While the prevention of moles, warts, and skin tags are largely unavoidable (besides minimizing possible encounters with the HPV virus such as wearing sandals in public showers, etc.), there are many at home remedies to get rid of these pesky growths on your skin.

    While there are a lot of over the counter products you can buy to get rid of warts, moles, and skin tags, sometimes a visit to the doctor is needed as they will freeze, burn, or laser the growths off of the skin. These procedures cause little to no pain, and they are not guaranteed that the growth will go away forever.

    At Home Remedies to Get Rid of Moles:

    • Garlic: Garlic contains natural enzymes that can be in charge of breaking down the pigments that might be causing moles to form. You can use garlic to get rid of your moles by mashing one garlic clove into a paste, and applying it to the area where the mole is. To protect the outer layer of the skin from being burned by the garlic, apply coconut oil to the surrounding area. Cover and leave overnight. Repeat this for about five days until the mole falls off. (Hurry, 2015).
    • Iodine: If you are not fond of the smell of garlic, you can apply iodine directly to the mole with a q-tip. Once the iodine is settled on the surface of the skin let it dry. Repeat this process three times a day for about 5 days. You will notice the mole changing in coloration, and appearance.
    • Pineapple Juice: Pineapple is made out of enzymes that may break down the outer layers of the moles when applied directly. The pineapple juice can be mixed with sea salt in order to double its effect and successfully break down the pigments causing the mole to stick together. (Hurry, 2015.) Just mix a small amount of pineapple juice, and sea salt together and apply to the skin. You can leave it on for hours or cover overnight.

     At Home Remedies to Get Rid of Warts:

    • Duct Tape: Duct tape is said to stimulate the immune system. This treatment is actually backed by science. In one study, 61 patients with common warts received either cryotherapy or duct tape treatment. After two months, 85 percent of those using duct tape were rid of their warts, while only 60 percent who received cryotherapy were wart-free.” (Whitaker, 2014). Apply a small square of duct tape on the wart for six days, and re-apply the tap if needed. After the six days, wash the wart with warm water and file it away with an emery board. Always discard the emery board so you do not spread the virus. Re-apply the tape for another six days and repeat for two months.
    • Apple Cider Vinegar: Because ACV is highly acidic, it is able to attack the flesh that the wart is living on. It will kill the wart itself, and it will cause it to naturally peel from the skins surface. To use ACV to battle warts, simply apply two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar through a cotton ball onto the wart. Once fully covered with a bandage, leave on and re-apply for 1-2 weeks (Everyday Roots, 2013).
    • Banana Mash: Bananas contain proteolytic enzymes that eat away at the wart. When you are finished eating your banana in the morning, simply mush off the inside of the peel, and apply it directly to the wart. Repeat as often as you need to, until results are seen (Everyday Roots, 2013).
    • Vitamin C with Lemon Juice: Because vitamin C can aid the destruction of the actual virus causing the wart, and lemons are acidic this makes a great home remedy. Simply crush up a vitamin C tablet, and add lemon juice to form a paste. Apply the paste to your wart, and cover it with a bandage. Re-apply as often as you need, until the wart is gone. (Everyday Roots, 2013).

     At Home Remedies to Get Rid of Skin Tags:

    • Oregano and Coconut Oil: “Oregano essential oil has very strong antibacterial properties due to its phenolic terpenoids components like arvacrol, thymol and p-cymene. These components have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimelanomic, anti-oxidative, antispasmodic, antiseptic properties.” (Rapid Home, 2014). To use simply apply 3-4 drops of Oregano oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil 1-2 drops, and apply to the skin. Apply at least three times a day until you see improvement.
    • Apple Cider Vinegar: As listed above, ACV has a high acidity rate, and will eat away at the skin tag. Use two tablespoons of ACV, and apply to the skin using a cotton ball. Try this three times a day until you start to see improvement in your skin tags.
    • Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree oil has the properties to dry out your skin tags from the inside out. To apply, simply drop 3 drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton ball that was soaked in water and apply. The diluted cotton ball will ease the intensity of tea tree oil on the skin. Do not consume tea tree oil, as it would cause harm. (15 Best Home Remedies, 2014).

    Whether you are battling one or all three of these pesky conditions, these at home remedies have seen success from many individuals. Always check with your doctor to proper diagnose the skin problem. If you have tried the home remedies and not seen success, visit your doctor where they may be able to freeze or burn the moles, warts, and skin tags off. Taking the all-natural approach however is cost effective and convenient when dealing with life’s most stubborn skin issues.

    References:

    Whitaker, D. (2014, June 9). Q&A: Removing Warts Naturally. Retrieved December 7, 2015, from https://www.drwhitaker.com/removing-warts-naturally/

    Moles, Freckles, Skin Tags: Types, Causes, Treatments. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/moles-freckles-skin-tags

    Warts: Causes, Cures, Treatments and Prevention. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/warts-faq-questions-answers.

    Hurry, J. (2015, April 6). 10 Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Moles on Your Face. Retrieved December 7, 2015, from https://naturalremedyideas.com/moles-on-skin/

    10 Common Remedies to Get Rid of Warts | Everyday Roots. (2013, June 17). Retrieved December 7, 2015, from https://everydayroots.com/wart-remedies

    15 Best Home Remedies for Skin Tags. (2014, January 31). Retrieved December 7, 2015, from https://www.rapidhomeremedies.com/remedies-for-skin-tags.html

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    Dr. Eric Wood is a leading licensed North American naturopathic doctor and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care, physical fitness training and weight loss. He was additionally educated at Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and has completed specialty training through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, the Biotoxin Illness Fellowship Training (Dr Shoemaker), and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

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    5 Ways To Get Rid of Unwanted Cellulite

    Learn how to nix unwanted cellulite once and for all!

    The name cellulite makes people cringe at the sound and sight of the undesirable condition. While cellulite sounds like a serious medical condition, it is rather common in the United States affecting over three million people annually, and 90% of women in their lifetimes. Cellulite is simply fat beneath the skin, which appears bumpy because it pushes up against the connective tissue. Cellulite is not harmful, but many people like to get rid of it because of its lumpy appearance.

    “Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots, as well). Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation.” (Health, 2015).

    Having cellulite does not mean you are overweight as many thin people suffer from this condition as well, however it may help in reducing the appearance of cellulite if you lose weight. There are ways to get rid of cellulite that are simple at home remedies, sparing you the time and cost of seeking outside assistance.

    The Three Grades of Cellulite:

    • Grade 1: Where the skin does not appear to be affected, but a microscopic evaluation of the cells reports that there is underlying anatomical changes.
    • Grade 2: Cellulite forces the skin to show pastiness, and the skins elasticity decreases. These symptoms are on top of visible anatomical changes under microscope examination.
    • Grade 3: Where skin can be visibly lumpy in appearance (resembling an orange peel.) On top of the visible appearances, cellulite forces the skin to show pastiness, and the skins elasticity decreases.

    A Few Causes For Cellulite Could Include:

    • Poor diet
    • Fad dieting
    • Hormone changes
    • Dehydration
    • Lack of physical activity
    • Slow metabolism
    • Total body fat percentage being high
    • Thickness and color of your skin
    • Tight clothing in the buttocks area which cuts off blood supply to the legs

    At Home Remedies To Help Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite

    (Please note: None of these remedies have been scientifically proven to take away cellulite.)

    • Diet: While this is one of the simplest remedies, a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables often gets overlooked. Daily incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables will detoxify the body and help you to lose weight, which may decrease the amount of cellulite that can appear.
    • Dry Brushing: Dry brushing helps stimulate lymph and blood flow throughout the body. Take a dry brush (preferably one with natural vegetable derived bristles) to dry skin right before showering and make large strokes toward the heart. Avoid scrubbing the skin and brush gently over the skin surface. Start at your feet, and move toward the heart while avoiding back and forth motions with the brush. You will want the skin to be stimulated and invigorated not irritated and red.
    • Take Gelatin: There are many benefits to taking gelatin, as it promotes skin and hair growth. It also is good for your joints and aids in recovery to tighten skin after having a baby for example. Gelatin is largely composed of amino acids, glycine, and proline which aids in proper skin, hair and nail growth.
    • Get a Myofacial Massage: Because cellulite forms in the superficial fascia layer (the thin membrane that shrink wraps to your muscles) it is good to get that fascia layer released from the skin. If the fascia of your muscles do not get released properly, scar tissue can form and cause injury. Having this massage can help in promoting blood flow and healthy movement of the muscles and membrane, and avoiding the build up of cellulite. If you do not have regular access to a weekly massage, using a simple foam roller helps release the bodies natural fascia layer too. To use: simply ask for a myofacial massage in the buttocks, and legs region or use a foam roller over these areas.
    • Coffee Scrub: This remedy is a fun and aroma filled way to kick cellulite to the curb. The massage and exfoliation is a healthy way to promote blood flow and promote healthy lymph node flow. You will need: ¼ cup coffee grounds, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar or regular sugar, 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Simply combine all of the ingredients together and store in a glass jar. You can use this scrub 2-3 times a week.

    There are also a multitude of creams you can use, but none of them have truly been scientifically proven to reduce cellulite. It is always fun to start with fun and healthy at home remedies and work toward more advance help from there. Start by incorporating a healthy diet and exercise routine into your journey to kick cellulite to the curb! Remember: “Weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but some lean people have cellulite, as well. It tends to run in families, so genetics may play the biggest role in whether you develop cellulite. An inactive lifestyle also may increase your chances of having cellulite, as may pregnancy,” (Mayo, 2015).  Knowing the causes of cellulite, and simple home remedies will put your mind at ease when dealing with the pesky and inconvenient backlash that cellulite causes.

    References:

    Cellulite Causes and Treatments. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/beauty/cellulite/cellulite-causes-and-treatments

    Crosta M.A., P. (2015, July 2). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/149465.php

    9 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Cellulite – Wellness Mama. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://wellnessmama.com/8608/natural-cellulite-remedies/

    15 Myths and Facts About Cellulite. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20735356_2,00.html

    Cellulite. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cellulite/basics/risk-factors/con-20029901

     

     

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    Dr. Eric Wood is a leading licensed North American naturopathic doctor and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care, physical fitness training and weight loss. He was additionally educated at Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and has completed specialty training through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, the Biotoxin Illness Fellowship Training (Dr Shoemaker), and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

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    5 Home Remedies To Help Alleviate Discomfort From Nasal Polyps

    Ditch the discomfort, and try out these home remedies..

    Nasal Polyps are noncancerous polyps in the shape of a teardrop that can form along the nasal passage and sinus area. They are known to be the most common form of tumors found in the nasal cavity. Many times, nasal polyps can be associated with sinus and allergy problems and do not give off any symptoms and require little to no treatment. Nasal polyps should not be confused with polyps of the colon or bladder, as these can be very dangerous if not treated long term. You may notice nasal polyps if your sinuses are blocked and will not drain properly. Many times, the nasal polyps will cause an accumulation of thick mucus in the sinuses and become infected.

    “Scientists don't yet fully understand what causes nasal polyps. It's not clear why for some people, ongoing inflammation triggers polyp formation and not in others. The inflammation occurs in the fluid producing lining (mucous membrane) of your nose and sinuses. There's some evidence that people who develop polyps have a different immune system response and different chemical markers in their mucous membranes than do those who don't develop polyps.”

    Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

    • Nasal Obstruction
    • Nasal Congestion
    • Facial Pain
    • Loss of Smell
    • Loss of Taste
    • Chronic Infections
    • Postnasal Drip

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

    5 Home Remedies To Alleviate Symptoms from Nasal Polyps


    1. Homemade Nasal Spray Solution: Making yourself a homemade saline solution is beneficial when you are experiencing nasal polyps. How to: Mix a teaspoon of Epsom Salt in a glass of warm water and wait until the salt has dissolved completely. You can store this solution in an empty nasal spray bottle, and spray the solution into each nostril. Do this several times throughout the day.
    2. Steam Inhalation: Inhaling steam regularly throughout the day can help alleviate sinuses and unblock the passages in your nasal canal. Boil water in a pot, and gently drape your head over the steam with a towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping. This will not only open up your nasal passage, it will also kill any bacteria from spreading.
    3. Incorporate Citrus Fruits and Vitamin C Into Your Diet: Vitamin C has been known to fight sickness and bacteria, which also helps in also fighting off nasal polyps. The vitamin C helps neutralize the free radicals and fight bacteria that can accumulate in the nasal passage. Incorporating simple citrus fruits into your diet can help fight the polyps from forming larger, and blocking your nasal passage.
    4. Garlic and Onions: Before you plug your nose, this remedy may not smell the best but it does wonders for your sinuses. Eating raw garlic and onions may be beneficial for overcoming nasal polyps because of the potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. Once consumed, the smell from the garlic and onions can open up the nasal passages and get the mucus flowing and clearing the passage instantly.
    5. Apply Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil is full of anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can kill off nasal polyps. It helps to fight inflammation, and decongest the mucus built up in the nose. To take, simply take a cotton swab and dip it in tea tree oil. Take the swab and rub it all around in your nose, and inhale two or three times. Repeat this process twice daily until your polyps feel like they are diminishing.

    By incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine, you may feel alleviated from some of the symptoms brought on by nasal polyps. While they are not a serious medical condition, they can be irritating when they clog up your sinuses and nasal passages. If these home remedies do not work for you, you may want to consult your doctor. He or she may prescribe you steroid nose drops to help alleviate the stress on the nasal passage. Nose drops that contain steroids are meant to greatly reduce the inflammation in the nose, causing the polyps to shrink. Always follow a doctor’s direct orders if you are taking steroid drops however as they can come with side effects, especially with improper use.

     

    References:

    Nasal Polyps: Symptoms, Treatment, Surgery, and More. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/nasal-polyps-symptoms-and-treatments

    Nasal polyps. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nasal-polyps/basics/causes/con-20023206

    10 Home Remedies For Nasal Polyps. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.searchhomeremedy.com/home-remedies-for-nasal-polyps/

    5 Natural Cures For Nasal Polyps. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.findhomeremedy.com/natural-cure-for-nasal-polyps/

    Nasal Polyps | Health | Patient. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://patient.info/health/nasal-polyps-leaflet

     

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    Understanding Hemorrhoids and Regaining Comfort Back

    It's time to find your comfort again..

    Hemorrhoids are simply swollen veins in the anal canal, while it can appear serious they are a common irritant for many. “Veins can swell inside the anal canal to form internal hemorrhoids. Or they can swell near the opening of the anus to form external hemorrhoids”(“External and Internal.” n.d.). With a normal bowel movement, the tissue inside of the anus fills with blood. While there are many reasons hemorrhoids are caused one of the main reasons happens when you still on the toilet, and strain those muscles for too long, the increased pressure causes the tissue to stretch and swell which ultimately causes the hemorrhoids. Women who are pregnant can develop hemorrhoids in the last six months of pregnancy due to the pressure put on the pelvic region. Lastly, being overweight can trigger the onset of developing hemorrhoids.

    There are two types of hemorrhoids to be cautious of, internal and external. With internal hemorrhoids, you will notice red streaks of blood on the toilet paper or the tip of your stool. Your bowel movements will be painful, and may the surrounding area may itch. Internal hemorrhoids are small swollen veins on the inside of the anus. External hemorrhoids occur when there is a blood clot under the skin causing a hard painful lump. The symptoms for both internal and external are the same (“External and Internal.” n.d.).

    There are some at home remedies you can take advantage of to help alleviate the pain caused from hemorrhoids.

    Tips to Alleviate Hemorrhoid Discomfort

    • Warm Baths: Sitting in a warm bath for 20 minutes may help decrease the inflammation caused from hemorrhoids. Make sure to completely dry off the anal area after each bath to ensure irritation does not occur (Wedro, 2015).
    • Add Fiber: Adding fiber to your diet will help your bowel movements, and decrease the risk of constipation. Constipation puts unwanted pressure on the veins in the anus creating discomfort. (Wedro, 2015).
    • Keep Moving: Individuals who have discomfort from hemorrhoids should not stay sitting for long periods of time. With exercise, your metabolism gets going which causes bowel movements. When the urge to have a bowel movement comes, patients with hemorrhoids are advised to go right away. If the urge passes, constipation can occur, creating more pressure on the affected area (Wedro, 2015).   Also, consider reviewing the benefits of squatting when having a bowel movement to ensure best form to eliminate.  This can make a big difference in minimizing pressure on the surrounding tissues!
    • Ice: Because the veins are swollen, ice is important to keep the swelling at a minimum. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 10 minutes, and repeat several times a day until comfort comes back. (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is one of nature's most soothing remedies. With its anti-inflammatory properties it helps reduce the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids. To use, apply a small amount of aloe vera to the anus and massage it in gently. Aloe Vera can be applied to both internal and external hemorrhoids (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Almond Oil: Almond oil is best known for its absorbent rates into deep tissues. It is a great remedy to tackle the affected area at its core. “Dip a cotton ball in pure almond oil and apply it on the affected area. It moisturizes and eases inflammation, and will relieve the burning and itching sensation in and around the anus” (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Olive Oil: (External Hemorrhoids) Olive oil has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help decrease inflammation of the swollen blood vessels. You can apply olive oil directly to the external hemorrhoid, or you can ingest at least one teaspoon daily (“Home Remedies, 2013).   Be careful of ingesting this however if you have any signs or symptoms of potential gallstones, as such consumption can cause them to move and/or be expelled, which could be very painful.
    • Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel has astringent properties known to help fight inflammation. You can dip a cotton ball in distilled witch hazel and apply to hemorrhoids to alleviate the pain (“Home Remedies, 2013).
    • Rutin: This is a complex sugar found in oranges, lemon, cranberries, and grapefruit. “It strengthens the linings of blood vessels throughout the body, reducing bleeding and preventing collapse.” The Supplement is sold at health food stores and can be taken daily (“Rutin Benefits”,n.d.).
    • Water: The last and most overlooked remedy is to drink plenty of water! It cleanses your internal system, and will naturally help soften stools (Barrett, 2013).

    There are many simple and affordable remedies out there to help battle the pains of having hemorrhoids. Although hemorrhoids are common, if you are experiencing bloody stools, and severe stomach pain it could result in something more serious. Contact your doctor if these home remedies do not alleviate the pain, as they may prescribe you creams, or antibiotics, or suggest further examination to rule out anything more serious like a polyp, ulcerative colitis, IBS, or Crohn’s disease.

    References:

    Hemorrhoids: External and Internal Hemorrhoids Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/hemorrhoids-topic-overview

    Wedro M.D., B. (2015, February 26). Hemorrhoids Causes, Symptoms, Treatment – Hemorrhoid Home Remedies – eMedicineHealth (B. Anand, Ed.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.emedicinehealth.com/hemorrhoids/page6_em.htm#hemorrhoid

    Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids (Piles) | Top 10 Home Remedies. (2013, December 18). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-hemorrhoids-piles.html

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    5 Home Remedies To Alleviate Discomfort From The Eye Floaters

    There is nothing worse than pain in your eyes. Take a look at some at home remedies to ease your pain.

    There is nothing more annoying, and irritating than having discomfort in your eyes. It can stop your entire day, and make simple everyday tasks nearly impossible which leaves you frustrated. Eye floaters are known as specks of debris in your line of vision, usually obstructing and obscuring your ability to see. They may appear to be black or grey specks, string, or cobwebs that float about when your eye moves.

    The millions of fine fibers and collagen cause eye floaters, when they shrink and start to shred and accumulate in the vitreous gel. They are more common in elderly people, as the jelly like substance called “vitreous” in your eye becomes more liquefied as you age. The clear vitreous gel, which completely fills the back of the eye, earlier in life, decreases in size and can no longer fill this space. It pulls away from the retina and it is often in the areas of previous attachment to the retina, which are seen as floaters in the eye (Eye floaters, 2015).

    While they do not last forever, there are certain remedies you can incorporate into your daily routine to help get rid of eye floaters long term. If you notice an increase in eye floaters, you may want to contact your eye specialist immediately, especially if you see flashing lights and are losing your peripheral vision. There are some simple and natural remedies that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort that eye floaters pose, as I will explain below.

    Symptoms Of Eye Floaters

    • Spots in your line of vision that appears black. They also may appear to be floating and transparent.
    • Spots in your eyes that move when your eyes move.
    • Spots that are most noticeable when you look at a plain background, such as a blue sky or a white wall.

    5 Simple Home Remedies


    1. Relaxation: After extended periods of strain on your eyes, take a break and relax them. Close your eyes, and completely relax the muscles to prevent eye floaters from spreading. You can incorporate a simple massage near your temples, and eyes to help relax the region if you are experiencing discomfort. Before you start the massage, apply a warm washcloth over your eyes for a few moments and start rubbing your temples in a circular motion. Do this as many times as you need to gain comfort and relaxation.
    2. Eye Exercises and Focusing: When you think of exercising you do not normally think about your eyes. There are a few exercises you can do to keep your eye strength up, which can prevent eye floaters. To do: Simply rotate your eyes in a circle 10 times clockwise, and then 10 times again counter clockwise. Repeat this several times a day until you feel the eye floaters dissipating.
    3. Drink Water: Again, a very simple yet overlooked habit that can prevent eye floaters from happening in the first place. Because floaters can accumulate because of unwanted toxins in the body, drinking water to flush these toxins out may result in the decrease of new eye floaters appearing. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water or herbal teas daily to stay optimally hydrated.
    4. Always Use Sunglasses: Harmful rays can be hurtful to your eyes long-term, and they can provoke the onset of eye floaters. Simply wear sunglasses when going outside, even if it is a little bit cloudy outside will do your eyes a favor.
    5. Eat Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods: By consuming anti-oxidant rich foods you will not only do your eyes a favor, but you will do the rest of your body a favor as well. Eating leafy greens, kiwis, oranges, and strawberries are some foods that will help your body fight off those unwanted toxins that cause eye floaters. Consume these foods daily, and incorporate the remedies above for optimal relief from the pesky eye floaters.

     A large majority of the time, you will not need to seek medical help for eye floaters. Many people learn to live with them until they go away, or they consult medical help if the symptoms progress to other health conditions. Eye floaters may or may not affect your vision, as everyone’s diagnoses and symptoms can be different. On the more serious side of things, eye floaters can lead to more severe eye conditions. If you are experiencing flashes of light and vision loss so it is important that you consult your doctor right away if these symptoms come up. With these simple at home remedies, you may find relief from eye floaters without having to bat an eye!

     References

    Eye floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-floaters/basics/definition/con-20033061

    10 Natural Cure For Eye Floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.findhomeremedy.com/natural-cure-for-eye-floaters/

    15 Effective Home Remedies For Eye Floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-home-remedies-for-eye-floaters/

    Eye floaters. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eye-floaters/basics/symptoms/con-20033061

    Eye Floaters: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/benign-eye-floaters

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    Dr. Eric Wood is a leading licensed North American naturopathic doctor and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care, physical fitness training and weight loss. He was additionally educated at Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and has completed specialty training through the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, the Biotoxin Illness Fellowship Training (Dr Shoemaker), and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

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    Strobing: A Trending Technique Used For Both Make-up and Hair

    In the midst of focusing on bettering your insides and getting healthier from the inside out, do not forget to keep up with your natural beauty routine as well..

    In the midst of focusing on bettering your insides and getting healthier from the inside out, do not forget to keep up with your natural beauty routine as well. Some of us like to throw on our moisturizer and call it a day, where some of us find joy in putting on make-up and throwing a few curls in our hair. Every lady is different, but for those of you that like primping a little more, we have some insight on the latest trend to have you feeling fresh and beautiful as you leave the house.

    Make-Up

    I am sure you have all heard of contouring, as it has gained a lot of popularity over the past couple of years. This shading with bronzers allows us to accent certain areas and create a chiseled look with shadows using darker pigmented powders. The new trend is just the opposite of that: strobing. Strobing is a lovely new term that we use to describe the dewy look you can achieve with highlighting. Harper’s BAZAAR refers to strobing as the “yin to the yang of contouring.” Contouring is more of a sculpting technique whereas strobing provides a glamorous dewy look. Ultimately, it comes down to preference, but strobing is all of the buzz when it comes to runway and magazine spreads. Although Kim Kardashian swears by contouring as evident in her photos, many celebrities such as Gigi Hadid go for the highlighted look. Strobing uses light tones and shimmer to draw attention to cheekbones leaving you with a radiant glowing look. Many beauty consultants tend to side with strobing as its light reflective elements are fantastic for any age and skin tone.

    Taking the trendy art of strobing one step-further, it can be applied to your hair as well. You may not be able to inform your hair stylist that you want to contour your hair color for a more flattering look, but you most definitely can “strobe” it.

     Hair

    You may be confused because many of us could just say we want highlights in our hair. The difference is that strobing actually tailors your color to your personal head shape. The idea of strobing, is to add more highlights and shimmer to the areas where the sun hits to radiate a beautiful color and look. Strobing is not a term as simply applied as balayage or ombre for that matter. By strobing your hair color, you are putting lighter tones and darker tones in places where it will create a hair color unique to you.

    Whether you have a trip to the nearest Sephora or an upcoming appointment with your hair stylist in store, consider this trend for the near future and you may be surprised at how you feel. We all get tired of the usual looks because they start to feel mundane, yet the transition to a new look can be frightening as well. Let the spring season and new healthy lifestyles you are undergoing take you one step further into creating your most beautiful and happy self!

     

    Resources

    “The Strobing Trend Has Now Jumped from Makeup to Hair.” InStyle.com. Web.

    “Strobing vs. Contouring.” Harper's BAZAAR. 2015. Web.

    “Strobing Is the New Contouring. Here's How to Do It Without Looking Like a Hot Mess.” Cosmopolitan. 2015. Web.

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    Written by Kylie Daniels

    Kylie Daniels

    My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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    Conquering Running in Cold Weather

    It’s that time of year again, when the gloomy skies and unfriendly cold air make your workouts a freezing nightmare. If you are anything like me, you do not like paying for expensive gym membership fees when you can utilize so many different outlets of fitness that Mother Nature has to offer. I am a former professional tennis player by trade, but developed a love for running marathons a few years ago. I am currently training for the 2016 Boston Marathon, and because of the duration of my runs I wouldn’t dare go inside on a treadmill, no matter the elements.

    1. Prepare With Your Footwear

    If you are reading this, chances are you know a thing or two about running shoes. To break it down for those of you who don’t, invest in a good pair of running shoes early on and your whole body will thank you! When thinking about running in sub freezing temperatures, it is always a smart idea to get crampons. These nifty devices clamp onto the bottom of your shoes to create traction for running on ice and snow. There is nothing worse than taking a tumble on the ice, injuring yourself and cutting your run short.

    1. Know Your Running Style

    Runners can be weird about who they run with, and for how long. Determine right away if you are a social runner, or if you like to endure the elements alone. If you enjoy company, the toughest conditions are the perfect times to grab a partner. They keep you accountable, and they can be your voice of reason for making the decision to get out there when no one else wants to. If you enjoy battling the elements alone like I do, make no excuses when the weather is bad. I like to take my dog, and my music to keep my motivation going in the worst of circumstances. The truth is, the hardest part of your run will be getting yourself out the door.

    1. Start Slow

    A good long warm up is essential to prevent injuries in the stiff conditions you are about to face. Start off at a pace 30 seconds slower than you would normally run for about 5 minutes. Getting your knees, ankles, calves, quads, and hamstrings firing correctly will do your body a favor. Chances are, there are not many people out in the conditions you are so don’t worry about “looking too slow.”

    1. Dress For Success

    The worst situation for a runner is getting into a pair of tights that chafe your skin, or an insulated long sleeve that doesn’t keep you warm. In the minds of the dedicated, there is no such thing as bad weather but there is such a thing as bad gear choices. This is vital for overcoming the weather, and feeling as comfortable as possible. For sub zero temperatures it is important to invest in an insulated fleece jacket, long sleeve shirt, neck warmer, face cover, gloves, fleece-lined leggings, wool socks, and a winter hat of some sort. Stay away from cotton, because when wet it becomes heavy and impossible to dry again. You will want to seek out thin, wicking layers for your clothing if possible

    1. Hydrate

    When it is pouring rain outside or snowing so hard you can’t see in front of your face, the last thing you want to do is drink water. This is important for cold weather runners, because they are burning a higher amount of calories running and trying to stay warm. With the fluids that are being lost as a result of running in the cold weather, nutrients are being lost. Cramping, and dehydration are possible scenarios that could happen if you find yourself out on a long run with no hydrating options. Do yourself a favor, and bring a small amount of water with electrolytes in it next time you run.

    1. Go Bright

    Sadly, winter running means potentially having to run in the dark, due to the days being shorter. Even if you are not running in the dark, the days just seem darker in general. Grab a colorful jacket, reflective gear, or a headlamp that is bright and stands out to protect yourself from any accidents. Being safe is always your first priority when battling the elements, as avoiding to do so can result in potentially life threatening scenarios.

     

    Whether you are living in a place with bad weather all winter, or going on vacation to an area colder than what you are used to, these tips will help you confidently get your workout in no matter what the weather is doing!

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    Lauren Jones

    My name is Lauren, and I come from a longstanding background of fitness and nutrition. Whether it be hiking, running, camping, or just enjoying cooking in the kitchen I have made health a focal point of my life. I love to incorporate movement, and wellness in everything I do!

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    Spice It Up!

    Many may hear spicy and automatically rule it out, but truth is you are missing out on some great health benefits when you take this approach (or lack of, for that matter).

    The beauty to spicy foods is that you can alter the intensity to whatever works best for you! Many may hear spicy and automatically rule it out, but truth is you are missing out on some great health benefits when you take this approach (or lack of, for that matter).

    There are a multitude of options when it comes to spices and spicy foods. As you get a little more cultured with your food and move away from the typical Tabasco, and Mexican Cholula, you will discover the Asian foods have many delicious spicy options as well. Although we are most familiar with condiments like Sriracha (as it started being incorporated into most dishes in recent years), sambals are gaining popularity as well. Sambal is a term used to describe a hot sauce derived of chili peppers and other flavors. Whereas Sriracha is of Thai descent, sambals are mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia. Sambals are mainly made of muddled chili peppers. Let’s take a look as to why these condiments and sauces are so beneficial to our health:

    Weight Loss

    We all love how exciting it is to lose weight with no effort. Even better, losing weight while adding flavor to our favorite dishes at the same time. When you consume chili peppers, the spiciness releases adrenalin into the bloodstream causing the breakdown of fat. When you see people sweating or your body temperature heating up, it takes the breakdown of calories to produce that energy, in turn burning calories.

    Other Benefits Include

    • Clear Congestion
    • Cardiovascular Benefits
    • Boost Immunity
    • Natural Pain Relief
    • Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    • Help Stop the Spread of Prostate Cancer
    • Fight Inflammation
    • Prevent Stomach Cancer

    *Keep in mind that many sambal recipes include sugar so check out this recipe for a healthy sambal recipe to add to your shrimp or chicken and spice it up!

    Paleo Sambal Recipe

    Yields: ½ Cup

    Ingredients

    • 4-5 Dried Red Chiles
    • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Aminos
    • ¼ Cup Lime Juice
    • ½ Teaspoon Salt

    Directions

    Begin by removing the stems from the red chilies, and chop them up very finely. Then heat up the lime juice and vinegar and mix well. Place the chopped chilies into the heated limejuice and vinegar and let them steep until the juices start mixing and combine in color. Lastly, add in the coconut aminos, salt, and added cayenne pepper is always an option. Enjoy!

     

     

    Resources:

    “Chili Pepper, Dried.” The World's Healthiest Foods. The George Mateljan Foundation. Web.

    “Chili Sauces Explained: Sriracha, Sambal Oelek, and Chili Garlic Sauce.” Eat It Atlanta Atlanta Restaurant Cooking Food Blog RSS. 2008. Web.

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    Kylie Daniels

    My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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    We Can’t All Be “The Rock”

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an icon in not only the Hollywood world, but in fitness and exercise as well..

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an icon in not only the Hollywood world, but in fitness and exercise as well. His figure is very recognizable and may be an idol to many of you men out there looking for fitspiration. “The Rock” has been working on his figure day in and day out for years and years. At the age of 43 today, he is still in killer shape partly due to the routine he acquired in his part-time professional wrestling career, his roles in movies, and his reputation of course.

    Why are we honing in on someone so extreme as ‘The Rock’?

    Recently in the media, a man by the username nycballer was featured in a story covered by E! News. He is a man in his late 30’s that felt like he needed a change in his life, just as many of us have recently decided. It is tempting to just go cold turkey into a new workout and eating plan. Dive right in and leave your old habits behind. As great and doable as that may sound with enough inspiration, it is just not reasonable.

    Here is a little comedic relief to have you know that you are not alone when you put all your eggs in one basket, and think that your lifestyle will be able to change overnight. This man took it upon himself to follow the in-depth routine (including food prep and workouts) that “The Rock” had detailed in articles such as one featured on BodyBuilding.com. Including everything from the grind in the workouts that begin with a 30 to 50 minute run at 4 a.m., interrupted by breakfast, then continued with steel. This breakfast is not your typical breakfast; it requires steak, two cups of oatmeal, eggs, etc. Once he eats breakfast, he hits the weight room for training. As a general description of the workout, he lifts ”heavy, hard, and often.”

    This nycballer, made it halfway through his 30-day challenge before he realized it really was just unattainable. I am certain that with gradual effort and continuous hard work he may reach these goals, and somewhere down the line a similar physique, but that is just not reality in a month or two or even three for that matter. “The Rock” replied to this man’s efforts with a tweet saying:

    “Uh oh. This kind of only works if you train 2 times a day, work 14hrs on set and are half Samoan/Half Black. And cuss. ”

    He said it himself. For all of you that have been following your favorite Instagram models, exercise bloggers, and incredibly fit celebrities let them be an inspiration and motivation. Do not get yourself thinking you can become them overnight! Now go out and start tweaking your daily routine, to one day get to where you want to be!

     

    References:

    • “Train Like Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson!” Bodybuilding.com. 2015. Web.
    • “The Rock Playfully Tweets About Man Copying His Diet and Fitness Plan.” E! Online. Web.

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