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Paleo Living: From The Inside-Out - Get REAL About Detox and Adjustment [Part 2]
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

What is the adjustment period??? 

The adjustment period is more of a physical rendition of how our SKIN reacts to new products. For instance, if you have been using products that contain water or alcohol as the first ingredients listed, and most commercial products contain both, your skin is in a constant state of dehydration and it cannot function properly. It adapts by increasing sebum production. Your skin also reacts to chemicals (preservatives, fragrances, dyes) and auto-regulates itself to protect against these harmful ingredients. These ingredients also cause cellular changes via free


radical production which can lead to premature aging and cellar mutation (possibly cancer). Chemicals also cause cellular dehydration and confusion. During the adjustment period, you may experience the exact same symptoms as detox-  you may develop a rash, or itching or dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or anything unusual!

 

How do you know what it is?  You don’t. If it occurs after eight weeks, you can assume it is related to detox. During the first eight weeks, it could be one or the other- or a combination of both. The important thing to remember is that your skin and body WILL heal, auto regulate and adjust to your new practice. By the way- the same is true if you fall off the wagon and resume a chemical laden diet and skincare- there will be an adjustment to the chemicals again.

 


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Levels of Detox

Detox can occur at numerous levels. When a supply (drug or toxin) is completely discontinued, initial removal is great and then it tapers and the remainder of the drug or toxin is removed over time as the law of re-distribution dictates. If a drug or toxin is only decreased (not completely stopped or discontinued) in strength or amount, detox occurs until a new equilibrium is established- a new level if you will. If a drug or toxin is stopped, then a small amount (or bolus) is introduced periodically, a completely zero level may never be established. The person may live in a constant state of detox, if you will, or an intermittent detox due to fluctuating, intermittent doses.

The take home lesson is this: 

If you remove ALL toxins from your life (food and skincare), you can establish a near complete detox (taking into consideration environmental factors out of our control).

THE BAD NEWS

Yes. The bad news is this: if you do not completely (or nearly completely- no one is perfect) remove toxins from both food and skincare, you will live in a constant state of detox. These fluctuations may result in skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, etc). Liz gives excellent guidance for both diet and skincare in The Skintervention Guide.  Again, miracles do not happen overnight. It took years to absorb all those toxins. Give your body a fighting chance to fully detox by incorporating both dietary and skincare options that will heal your body FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

 

The very good news!

To end on a positive note, there is good news to those that almost fully detox their food and skincare: an occasional ingestion, or application (food or skincare) of a chemical laden, commercial food or product will NOT kill you! Your body is amazing. Given the healing that has occurred, your body will be performing the way it is meant to. Your liver has a function: to remove toxins from the body! It will be able to remove toxins much more effectively when toxic exposure is kept to a minimum. Let your liver, kidneys, pancreas, skin, heart, lungs and gut heal to do the job they were meant to do- effectively and efficiently. 

 

Happy detox and amazing adjustments!!!!

 

 

 
Healthy Living: Caring for Acne Naturally
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   

 

Caring for Acne Naturally

 

Acne can be one of the most dreaded and difficult to treat skin conditions, especially for young adults and women leading up to and during their menstrual cycle.  Countless dollars have been spent over the decades to prevent, treat, and reduce scarring brought on by acne.  Perhaps returning to a natural approach to acne care will provide the results so many are searching for. 

 

Acne is often caused by overactive sweat and oil glands.  The sebacous glands produce sebum (oil), which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturized.  Normally, sebum is excreted through hair follicles along with shedding skin cells.  Problems can arise when hormones cause an increase in sebum production.  Excess sebum can get trapped in hair follicles, plugging them up and leading to what we commonly know as pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.

 

Tips:
1.  Follow a consistent, gentle skin care routine.  Don't be tempted to overclean and scrub excessibley-this can trigger an increase in sebum production as well as result in red, raw skin.
2.  Use gentle, mild cleansers.  Don't use astringents containing alcohol. 
3.  Resist the urge to pick at or pop pimples.  The bacteria on your hands can infect the skin even more.  Picking at pimples may also lead to scarring.
4.  Use a facial steam once a week to unblock pores.
5.  Use a facial mask once a week to deep clan pores and remove excess sebum.  Masks with green clay are particularlygood for oily and acne plagued skin.

 

Natural Ingredients May Also Help

 

Vitamin A is often used to treat acne, sometimes in the form of Retin A.  If you want a natural source of Vitamin A, use products that contain carrot oil. Here are some other natural ingredients that may help combat acne:

1.  Vegetable/Fruit/Nut oils
     Don't be scared by the mention of using oil to combat acne, which can go hand in hand with oily skin.  The oils listed here have wonderful properties that soothe acne plagued skin without clogging pores.  Examples of oils that are beneficial in fighting acne include:
 a.  Argan oil
 b.  Coconut oil
 c.  Cranberry seed oil
 d.  Flax seed oil
 e.  Grape seed oil
 f.   Hazelnut oil
 g.  Neem oil
 h.  Peach kernel oil

 

2.   Essential Oils:  these are essences taken from plants, flowers, roots, trees, spices, citrus fruits, ect.  Example of essential oils used in formulas to combat acne include:
 a.  Clary Sage
 b.  Geranium
 c.  Tea Tree
 d.  Juniper
 e.  Lavender
 f.   Patchouli
 g.  Thyme
 h.  Ylang-Ylang
 i.   Peppermint
 j.  Grapefruit

 

3.  Honey
      Honey has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It has been used as a treatment for wounds and other skin conditions for thousands of years.  Australia approved the use of honey for medical use in 1999 and is now sold as honey creams in pharmacies.  It is very important to use honey that is either medical grade or raw, unprocessed, unheated honey with no added ingredients.  Do not use honey that has been treated because the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are destroyed in the processing.  Here is an easy Chamomile honey mask you can make yourself:

 

Chamomile Honey Mask

 1.5 oz of raw honey
 1/2 oz of jojoba oil
 12 drops of chamomile essential oil
 9 drops of lavender essential oil
 6 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

Warm honey until you can stir it.  DO NOT heat in microwave or on the stove because will destroy the healing properties.  Fold in jojoba little by little until incorporated.  Add essential oils and mix well.  Apply to face and leave in place for about 15 minutes and then rinse.

 

It can be frustrating searching for products to control breakouts and it is natural to want immediate relief.  It may be tempting to grab a chemical filled product from a mass retailer.  These products are often harsh and can leave your skin dry and peeling.  Instead, look for items that contain some of the ingredients listed above or learn how to make your own natural facial care prodcts and see if they help cear out blocked pores and leave skin soft, smooth and pimple free.

 

I hope you enjoyed this article.   

 

 

Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC

Clinical Aromatherapist

Make sure to visit Essential Body Pleasures - Skin Care Nature's Way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



 

 

 

 


 


 

 
Whole Living: Sugar and Your Skin - Not So Sweet
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   
You know that sugar adds inches to your waist, exacerbates the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, and causes all sorts of health issues,  but did you know excess sugars in your diet could also be aging your skin prematurely?   Anyone who knows me, or uses my skin care products knows I love honey for skin care and have used it personally for years – but for my diet I steer away from sugars and have for many years now.  I didn't make this change to my diet for my skin but I am certain my skin has benefited. 

 

Healthy, young looking skin depends on healthy cells.  Healthy cells are elastic and retain their vital moisture (water). Things that damage the health of skin cells cause the problems that leads to unhealthy looking, wrinkled, dull skin.  Eating excess sugars causes a spike in blood sugar, more than your body needs for energy at that moment, and all that excess sugar goes looking for a new home.  Besides your waist its finding it’s way to all sorts of organs in your body to wreak havoc.  Your skin is one of those organs it finds its way to.   In your skin this excess sugar in your blood leads to a process called glycation.


Glycation is where that sugar molecule find’s its new home in the collagen and elastin fibers that surround your skin cells.  Young skin is elastic, it renews itself regularly, glycation causes the collagen to become stiff, and the skin’s enzymes to lose access to the vital proteins that allow it to rebuild itself.  Glycation also makes your skin more vulnerable to sun damage!  That’s an interesting thought, particularly as there are studies now suggesting that some sunscreens may actually be more harmful than good for our skin.  So – eat too much sugar and poof, prematurely aging skin!  Yes, we need keep our skin clean and moisturized and give it extra protection from the environment, but before you look for that one magic skin potion to look younger or stay young looking take a look at what you are eating!

 

We eat more added sugar in our food now in the USA than we ever have historically.  While it’s a somewhat challenging statistic to measure estimates are that the average amount of ADDED sugar Americans eat is about 22 teaspoons PER DAY, that’s nearly ½ cup of sugar a day!  Yikes!   This added sugar accounts for as many as 350 to 500 extra empty, health and skin damaging calories every day.  The American Heart Association recommends no more that 9.5 teaspoons per day.  Four grams is equal to a teaspoon of sugar, so your total daily allowance should include 38 or fewer grams of added sugar according to the AHA, not the 88 grams or more that many of us are consuming.

 

 If you are purchasing processed foods read labels carefully, there is a lot of added sugar hiding there under various names.  Sugar, Corn sweetener, Corn syrup, Barley Malt Syrup, Fructose, Dextrin, Dextrose, Glucose, High-fructose corn syrup, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Rice Syrup, Saccharos, Sucrose, Treacle, Xylose, Fruit juice concentrate, etc… it’s all ADDED sugar, and it seems to be in just about every processed food you look at, even supposedly healthy ones!    But before you reach for the sugar substitutes think twice and do your research, they may not be much better – jumping from the frying pan into the fire!   What if I told you it’s possible to cut out all the added sugar and still enjoy life and perhaps even enjoy food more?

 

I cut added sugar out of my diet 15 years ago when I recognized the extremely negative impact it was having on my energy levels and my health.  When I recognized the culprit to my health issues was sugar I became a label detective and I was amazed at how much sugar was in nearly everything on the grocery shelves!  Cutting back on sugar can be done and life can still be sweet – you do need to eat mindfully, but you don’t need to lead a life of deprivation!  Your best bet is to read labels and choose carefully or even better yet eat foods that don’t have labels!   A carrot, an orange, an apple, even an avocado never made anyone fat – or gave them prematurely aged skin! And, yes – they are delicious! 

 

I will very occasionally cheat a tiny bit, mainly for social reasons, but when I do it only strengthens my resolve to continue.  I think that all the added sugars dull our taste because after cutting added sugars out most sweets like cakes, candies and cookies taste overpoweringly sweet to me now, I can also feel my blood sugar spike, my stomach become overly acidic and then my blood sugar to crash leaving me tired.   So, except when it’s rude to refuse a little bite of cake at a party when I want something a little sweet I will reach for an apple, an orange, or a little dark chocolate (a girl’s gotta have chocolate!), these satisfy my desire for sweet and they taste good – unlike that horribly much too sweet cake!


Food for thought – and healthy skin!

 

Here’s To Our Health!

Shirley Makela, AADP INHC

Owner/Artisan

Alki Organix

 

http://alkiorganix.com/

 
Healthy Living: Ayurvedic Interventions for Anxiety and Insomnia
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   

Anxiety and insomnia are common maladies of today’s society. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans experience some type of anxiety disorder.  Of these 40 million people, only one-third receive treatment. As a result many people have symptoms of worry, self-consciousness, feelings of panic and fear; physical symptoms such as feeling sick to your stomach, heart pounding, and muscle tension.  Another common symptom is insomnia (ADAA). Insomnia itself is a chronic diagnosis and up to 35% of adults have had brief symptoms of insomnia (Heffron, 2014).  Symptoms of insomnia include: fatigue, inability to focus, poor memory, mood disturbance, daytime sleepiness, low energy (Heffron, 2014). Many people miss work due to the effects of insomnia. Heffron (2014) reports an estimated $63 billion dollars a year is lost due to poor work performance and missed days due to insomnia.  As stated earlier only one-third of people seek treatment for these disorders.  Many people do not realize they have an illness that has effective treatments.  Others fear their family and friend may criticize them if they seek help(American Psychiatric Society).


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           Due to this fear of being criticized, many people look outside of traditional western medicine for treatment.  According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH) up to 40 percent of Americans have looked to complementary medicine either in combination or in place of allopathic medicine.  One form of complementary medicine is Ayurvedic medicine.

In 2007 the National Health Interview Survey found more than 200,000 American adults had used Ayurveda the previous year (NIHb).

 

            According to Shutes (2014), Ayurveda is defined as “the science of life”.  It is the oldest complete medical system in the world.  Ayurveda looks at the whole person and develops a treatment plan based on wholesome foods, herbs, meditation, Yoga, mantras, aromatherapy, color therapy, music, and a healthy lifestyle.  In Ayurveda there are three states of energy, known as gunas, which determine a person’s constitution.  The gunas are known as:

 

·         Sattwa: This is a state of balance which results in purity, truth, creativity, happiness, and knowledge.  Sattwa people are calm, spiritually minded, intelligent and health conscious.

·         Rajas:  Rajas is kinetic energy that results in activity.  A rajas person is ambitious, driven, egotistical, and perfectionist.

·         Tamas: This is when nothing happens and rest occurs.  Tamasic people are found to lazy, bad humored, and attached to others (Hope-Murray, 2013).

 

The gunas form the five elements that compose the building blocks of the material world. The five elements are: ether, air, fire, water, and earth.  These elements come together to create three constitutional principles called the ‘doshas’. The doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

 

Vata= Air + Space

 

Pitta= Fire + Water

 

Kapha = Earth+ Water

Each person has varying degrees of each doshas.  This unique dosha balance is referred to as our ‘prakriti’ or constitution. When our dosha is imbalanced is it referred to as ‘vikriti’.  In Ayurveda when the dosha is imbalanced the treatment involves the opposite qualities of the imbalanced dosha (Shutes, 2014).

According to Ninivaggi (2010), a stressful life event may contribute to an imbalanced dosha. The appropriate treatments would be different for each individual based on their prakriti. For the purposes of this paper, the prakriti in reference will be pitta. 

Pitta Imbalances

Pitta arises from the elements fire and water.  The water serves to protect the bodily

tissues from the potentially damaging aspects of fire. Pitta qualities are hot, intense, light, greasy, sharp, expansive, and fluid (Shutes, 2014).  Examples of psychological triggers for a pitta include:  anger, aggression, competition, irritability, dominating behaviors, narcissism, violence, and (Ninivaggi, 2010).   When a pitta is imbalanced the skin can become inflamed, the person may experience hot flashes and excessive sweating.  Physical symptoms would include:  constipation, insomnia, heartburn, bleeding gums, canker sores, and mouth ulcers.  Emotional issues would manifest as anger, irritability, judgment, impatience, jealousy, and rage (Shutes, 2014).  Pitta doshas can fall asleep rapidly but often wake up between 12 and 2 a.m.  They tend to be hot and sweat at night.  Dreams often involve wars and conflict (Hope-Murray, 2013). 

 

Pitta Ayurveda Interventions

 

A pitta should retire between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Herbal treatments would consist of ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg, ½ teaspoon of jiggery, and ghee in a cup of warm milk.  This should be consumed an hour before bed.  Coconut oil massaged into the bottom of the feet is also recommended (Hope-Murray, 2013).  A mantra could be “Be cool and relax”.  As stated previously, the core Ayurvedic qualities of a pitta include: hot, light, and greasy/oily (Shutes, 2014).  To balance the excess pitta, qualities of cool, heavy and dry are needed.  Essential oils that would be appropriate include:  German chamomile, lavender, patchouli, vetiver, rose, sweet orange, mandarin, and sandalwood.  Cooling base oils include: coconut or sunflower oil (Shutes, 2014).  A few drop of the essential could be added to the based oil to be used as massage oil; or an aromatherapy spritzer could be made using distilled water and several drops of the essential oil.  A person may want to diffuse lavender at night to promote sleep. Also of interest in balancing the dosha is the use of gemstones. In Ayurveda, gemstones have great healing qualities and are miracles of nature. According to Murthy (1978), aquamarine can cure fever, vomiting, indigestion and improve the strength of the body.  The use of this gemstone can bring pitta into harmony and homeostasis.  The blue color of the gem is balancing for a pitta.  It cools the mind, decreases anger, and counters inflammation (Halpern, 2011).  Moderate exercise is appropriate and Hot Yoga should be avoided.  Dietary choices should consist of cooling, non-spicy, sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes.  Excess of oil, salt, fried and spicy foods should be avoided (Shutes, 2014).  A pitta should eat three times per day.  Some examples of pitta balancing foods include:  white rice, cottage cheese, soy milk, ghee, apples, lettuce, coconut, chicken, turkey, trout, tofu, and peppermint.  The overall goal of lifestyle choices is to bring in cooling, heavy, and dry qualities (Halpern, 2011). 

 

It is important to understand our own constitution for our happiness and well-being. When we do not understand our constitution we will fall into poor health disease. Ayurveda is a science that contains a well-developed science of individual types.  It helps a person understand individual variations and idiosyncrasies. According to Ayurveda, a person becomes anxious when the essential Self is lost (Douillard).  The body becomes exhausted.  The mind becomes anxious because the body and mind require energy to calm them, stabilize moods and maintain sleep. At our core individuals are healthy, whole, and happy by nature.  When our unique prakriti becomes unbalanced it is important to re-engage in habits and practices that bring balance to the mind, body, and spirit.  This paper discussed a routine that would assist a pitta prakriti when experiencing the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. 

 

 

 

Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC

Clinical Aromatherapist

Make sure to visit Essential Body Pleasures - Skin Care Nature's Way

 

 

 
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