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  • 10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System + Reduce Risk of Infection

    Recently the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic.  And with all the difference information, media, and opinions portrayed on social media by the general public, confusion and misleading information can cause mass panic.

    As someone who is at high risk with asthma and autoimmune disease, I don't take things lightly.  I've heard from many different perspectives including medical professionals.  There's charts floating around comparing the flu with COVID-19.  Pictures of how there's no toilet paper (and other resources) have dominated my Facebook feed.

    No matter how things turn out with a severe flu season, rise of Coronavirus cases, and other illnesses, it is important to boost your immune system and to prevent from getting sick when possible.  The best thing you can do for yourself and your family members is to remain calm and carry out your life normally, to start making healthy lifestyle changes, and to practice good hand hygiene.

    Not sure where to start?  I have written about 10 ways to boost your immune system and to reduce the risk of infection!  All facts, no opinions.  Read this very important information now.

  • Featured Expert - Elderberry Syrup for Spring Wellness

    Spring starts in March, and the transition from winter to spring can be a difficult one if you aren't prepared - especially if you have autoimmune disease and other health concerns.

    Going from cold and flu season to seasonal allergies, you may just not be able to avoid the congestion, runny nose, itchy and irritated eyes.  Spring is beautiful, and we all enjoy Mother Nature and the beautiful flowers and plants around us.  If we can just enjoy this beauty without having to dose up on so much medication...

    Well, may we could!  There are quite a few natural remedies that you can try.  If you didn't know this but our allergy relief balm (soon to be "breathe easy balm") helps open up airways.  Today, I want to talk more about other natural remedies like elderberry syrup.  This interview of Meg Lowery is about elderberry syrup for your overall wellness.  

    Meg is the founder and owner of Honest Elderberry Co., which originated after her daughter's middle name, Honesty.  Her hope and mission is to instill into her daughter that one of the most honorable things is to build a life on integrity and that begins with honesty.  Her company is no different - it is built on that foundation of integrity through ingredients and the entire process.

  • The Armpit Detox! (Yes this is a thing)

    Since it's still February and we're still on the topic of "purification" and detoxing, let's talk about detoxing our pits and skin.  Yes, detoxing pits is absolutely a thing.  Some of you may already have heard about it but have no idea why or where to start.

    You may have attempted to transition from a conventional deodorant to a natural one and did not "successfully" switch over - something about natural deodorant stopped working.  Here's the truth, transition period may be around 4-6 weeks AND it will take a few days up to a week before the aluminum crashes out from your pores, which is around the time when the natural deodorant "stops working."

    "Should I detox my arm pits before switching to a natural deodorant?" 

    This question, or some form of it, is ask at almost every show, market, or pop up event we attend.  And as with many things in life the answer isn't black and white, it usually just depends. 

    But by examining the three scenarios below, hopefully we can shed some light and guidance that might be helpful for you. After that, we'll walk you through our recommended detox method.  

    Plus, I'll give you a little secret to my clear, glowing skin (my face anyway)...

  • 10 Ways to Nourish and Improve Your Skin

    It doesn't matter what type of skin you have - dry, normal, combination, oily, acne-prone, and more - it is so important to nourish your skin on a daily basis.  Even the healthiest people can have some skin concerns, which can impact the way you feel about how you look.

    Consumers are now bombarded by so many skincare options from stores, social media, and marketing - feeling very overwhelmed.  Every body is different, every skin is different.  So how do you even know what works and what doesn't?

    In general, the skin is the outer reflection of your inner health, which means that your diet and what you use to nourish your skin does affect the way it looks.  (Remember that what you put ON your skin does get absorbed!)  Clear, glowing skin is an indication of optimum inner health and a good diet.

    Fortunately, there are so many ways to nourish and improve your skin and to adjust your diet and lifestyle so you can look your best and achieve the look of youthful skin.  Believe it or not, the body is incredibly resilient, and even with some adjustments, you'll be able to see results within weeks or months (well, in some cases even days but it's always best to be patient).

    Here are 10 ways to nourish and improve your skin starting today without feeling overwhelmed or making drastic lifestyle changes.

  • Featured Expert - Multi-faceted Unicorn and Coach on Self-Love

    It's almost Valentine's Day❣  Whether you have a bae/hunny or not in your life, every single woman deserves self-love and self-care.

    Love doesn't always have to come from other people.  In fact, it is so important to love yourself.  As women, we wear so many hats in this modern day, and sometimes we forget about our own needs because we are so busy taking care of other people - at work, at home, anywhere really.

    This interview of Chrystal Rose is about self-love that impacts the mind, body, and spirit.  I'm going to be completely honest - this is something that I am 100% still struggling with.  I've been bullied and shamed all of my life, a lot of times by the people whom I thought loved me and was closest to me, so this topic is absolutely important to me.  Sometimes people don't realize that words really hurt, and they truly don't realize how those words can impact others' self-esteem, self-worth, and self-love.

    Chrystal owns Rebellia, the Rebel Babe Cave podcast, and Mental Message.  She is also a nutritional coach and is currently working on obtaining a certification in life coaching that focuses on body image and disordered eating from a holistic approach.  Chrystal is extremely passionate at what she does and wants to make an impact on women's lives - centering around changing the mindset, achieving sustainability (instead of trying yo-yo diets), and working towards balance.

  • Featured Expert - Functional Nutritionist on Gut Microbiome

    We may know February as the month of love.  On Valentine's Day - February 14 each year - lovers spoil each other and express just how much they love and appreciate their better half.

    But did you know this?  From the Latin word Februarius, meaning “to purify“, February was known as the “Month of Purification” during ancient Roman times. It is a transitional time, finding itself just after a month of reflection and new year's resolutions.

    Because of this, I wanted to interview one of the experts in functional nutrition here in Charlotte - Rhya Pachin - about gut microbiome and the importance of using food and nutrition to heal the body.  As someone with autoimmune caused thyroid issues, I can testify to the power of nutrition (and the times when I slip up and have gluten or any foods I currently have sensitivities to like sunflower seed oil, most nuts, chocolate, and much much more, I get super sick).

    Rhya is licensed dietitian nutritionist with an integrative or functional approach, trained to design and supervise customized plans and elimination diets.  She helps so many people, including those with gastrointestinal conditions like IBS/IBD and those with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthiritis (RA) and Hashimoto's.

  • #GOALS

    Is it really January 8, 2020?  Wow, 2020.

    I know it's going to be a good year for all of us just from the way it looks on paper and sounds.  I'm super excited to hear from many of you that self care and health are high on the priority list this year!

    So, it seems like I have broken at least one New Year's resolution - too soon yet?  I'm a little sad that this is the very first blog post in 2020; I thought as a 2020 #goal I would post at least once a week on our blog and definitely the first few days of the year since we're just coming out of the holidays and I wouldn't have much going on after New Years.

    Okay, I was totally wrong.  Here's the reality of life as an entrepreneur.  On January 1st, it was my very first day as a student this semester.  Even though I'm a business owner, I'm a big believer in furthering my education and learning constantly.  While I got started on school work, I also had to respond to Tim and Matt from Charlotte is Creative (you may also know them from The Biscuit and Creating Mornings), who informed us that we were one of the 3 recipients of the HUG Micro-Grant!

  • Dirty Secrets: "Natural"

    Happy Friday everyone!! Woohoo, weekend time is almost upon us which means my Honey Do List is a mile long, but that's alright.  Today we wanted to...
  • Essential Oil Roll-On Improvements!

    Hello Everyone, Cory here with a brief update on our essential oil roll-ons.  Over the last couple weeks we have received some feedback on our esse...
  • Face Serum - actually magical for oily and acne-prone skin

    Hey there! Many of you have been super pumped about the Face Serum but are really concerned about using this product for certain types of skin, esp...
  • Deodorant Spray are Here!!!

    Happy Thursday, Everyone! A new product launch is always an exciting post right, so why not save it for an exciting day like Friday.   We have rece...
  • Natural Allergy Relief

    Hello Everyone, So Jenny and I went all natural as possible this Spring for allergy relief.  On a normal year, we're pretty zealous about taking o...