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Tips on how to care for your skin

This is something I received in a newsletter. If I knew who the original author was I’d surely give them credit.

Our skin plays an important role in our health; it’s actually our body’s largest organ. Skin helps keep body temperature even, protects our organs and provides a pretty package for our body parts. Unfortunately much of the time we don’t take care of our skin the way we should, especially during the winter months, when skin can become dried out, itchy and uncomfortable. Here are some tips on keeping your skin healthy, feeling and looking great.

Exfoliating1. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week

Before stepping into the shower, brush your dry skin with your loofah, body brush or exfoliating gloves to help remove the loose skin and prepare your skin for the exfoliating process. Begin with the soles of your feet. working your way up your body. While in the shower, scrub your body in a circular motion with a natural exfoliate made from sea salt or sugar. You can purchase this, or make it yourself. When you reach the bikini area, don’t scrub too hard because the skin is very sensitive in this area. You can use a body brush to exfoliate your back and other hard-to-reach places. Be gentle on your face, particularly around your eyes and mouth, use an exfoliating product especially formulated for the face. Don’t forget about your hands and feet, you want them to look and feel soft and smooth too! Rinse your body with lukewarm water; follow by the coldest water you can stand.

Facial Hydrating2. Moisturize every day

After stepping out of the shower, apply a moisturizing body lotion all over. Make sure that its free of chemicals and dyes and if its scented make sure its from a natural source. Better yet, buy unscented and put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in it to personalize your scent. Keep the lotion out on your counter to encourage use whenever you feel you need it. If you’re worried about aesthetics, find a pretty decanter to keep it in.

Facial Cleansing3. Wash your face at night

All day long our face is exposed to dirt, toxins, and oils from the air, telephones, fingers, etc. Even if you don’t wear makeup, be kind to your face and wash it before bed. As we sleep our skin repairs itself, washing and moisturizing provides a perfect pallet for renewal. You will notice a difference in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines just by making sure your face is clean at night.

drinking-water4. Drink plenty of water

Water is an essential part of eliminating toxins from your body, without enough of it toxins can build up in our skin causing breakouts and other skin problems.

5. Eat a healthy dietEating_Healthy

The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition, but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the good nutrition.

6. Exercise regularly

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells in the skin.

Spring is an eExercisingxcellent time of year to take a walk or a hike, smell the fresh air and take in all the colors as they bloom. Exercise will help to relax you and the fresh air will give you energy. Also, the rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decrease anxiety and improves sleep.

aroma therapy body scrub


  • 2 C sea salt or granulated sugar DIY-brown-sugar-body-scrub
  • 1 C sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, or olive oil
  • 8 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil


Add salts or sugar to a bowl and slowly begin stirring in the oil until mixture is smooth, but not goopy. (You may not need the full cup of oil.) Add essential oil and any other fun additions. Mix well, Spoon into a decorative container or jar with a tight fitting lid.

Alkaline Diet and Greens Drink

I’ve been reading up on the Alkaline Diet after learning that cancer live in an alkaline body. I’m posting this article because of all the benefits one can get with the power of juicing greens daily. This is mostly for my own benefit since I know this is something I’ve got to start doing on a regular basis.


This article is by Ross Bridgeford ~


About Ross Bridgeford

Ross is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert…especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 600 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life. Ross loves life in Brisbane, Australia (although is a proud Englishman) and is healthily-obsessed with nutrition, fitness and Tottenham Hotspur F.C

Spinach – One Serve

Alkaline Rich Food 1: Spinach

Alkaline Green Drink Foods Measured

Alkaline Green Drink Foods

Above are photos of the ingredients I’d use in a basic green drink:

1. Spinach (not above, but right up above at the top)
2. Cucumber
3. Celery
4. Lettuce
5. Broccoli, including stalk
6. Carrot
7. Bell Pepper

I cut and sliced the amounts I’d use on a normal day and then measured to see how it rates on the 5-A-Day Scale.

As you can see (just about) from the pictures above, the total weight in grams of this green drink (which serves 2) is a total of 1,162g of vegetables.

This equates to 14.552 serves of fresh vegetables!

And looked like this:

Alkaline Foods Made Into Green Drink

As this juice would serve 2, this is 7.25 serves of fresh vegetables.


“Most people are overfed, and they’re undernourished…Freshly extracted juice is the 15 minute nutrient express to health” Jason Vale.

I hope you’ve loved this blog post as much as my 7 Most Alkaline Foods article! I loved making it – and it’s invigorated, motivated and inspired me too! Getting alkaline, staying alkaline and enjoying the process has never been easier!


You will only regret the workouts you don’t do.

Here is a list of some of the best work outs to help you feel your best (believe me, I need it too)…


Diet Health:

Worlds Fastest Workout Video

Britney Spears Abs

Kim Kardashian Butt

Victoria’s Secret

Erin’s Workout

Selita’s Workout P1 & P2


Cardio Exercise

Get Hot Cardio

Kiss My Tight Booty

Feel The Burn

Tight, Toned, Trim


Fit Test

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Cardio Power & Resistance

Cardio Recovery

Pure Cardio

Cardio Abs

Core Cardio & Balance

Max Interval Circuit

Max Interval Plyo

Max Cardio Conditioning

Max Recovery

Insane Abs

Max Interval Sports Training

Upper Body Weight Training

Jillian Michaels
30 Day Shred:

Level 1
Level 2

Level 3

Ripped in 30:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

6 Week 6 Pack:

Level 1

Level 2

Banish Fat Boost Metabolism

No More Trouble Zones

Yoga Meltdown

Carmen Electra:

Aerobic Striptease

Fit to Strip

In the Bedroom

The Biggest Loser:

Biggest Loser 30 Day Jump Start Workout

Biggest Loser Cardio Max Workout

Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga

Biggest Loser Boot Camp Workout

Turbo Jam:

T3 – Totally Tubular Turbo

Cardio Party Mix 1

Cardio Party Mix 2

Cardio Party Mix 3

Fat Blaster


Chest and Back/Ab Ripper X


Legs and Back

Yoga X

Cardio X

Kenpo X

Shoulders and Arms

Core Synergetics

Stretch X

Chest, Shoulder, and Triceps

Back and Biceps

Tone It Up:

Bikini Abs & Thighs

Sandcastle Workout

Bikini Blast Circuit Workout

Bikini Beach Bum Workout

POP Pilates:

Intense Ab Workout

Saddlebag Shaver

Tricep Toner

Butt Blaster

New Body Make Over

Back Attack

Inner Thighs and Calves

Inner Thigh Insanity

Stretching for Flexibility

Summer Slim Down pt 1

Summer Slim Down pt 2

Arm Attack

Lower Belly Pooch Attack

Thighs, Core, and Shoulders

Legs and Thighs

Beginners Total Body

Crazy Core Workout

Serious Standing for Legs, Butt, Obliques

Love Handles Exterminator

Obliques Ultimate

You’ve Got Abs Challenge!

Flat Abs Challenge

3 Minute Ab Challenge

Slimming Inner Thighs & Calves

Standing Pilates for Legs, Butt & Obliques

Super Butt Workout


Dashama Sun Salutations video

Dashama Sun Salutations 2 video

Dashama Hip Stretches

Tara Stiles Bend It Like Tara video

sadienardini 40 minute yoga weight loss videos  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Yoga Fitness Plus 45 minute video Beginner Yoga 20 minute video Yoga Sculpt 30 minute video Yoga Fitness Fusion 45 minute video

Yogis Anonymous Hurts So Good Power Yoga 95 minute video

Yogis Anonymous Blissed Flow Yoga 90 minute

Post Running Stretch video from FlexibleWarriorYoga

No Equipment Home Workout

Couch to 5K

Signs of a Stroke

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters….. S. T. R..


During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a  bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S  *
Ask the individual to SMILE.
T  *
Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
  *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE:  Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

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