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Swear By All Flowers: A Look at Our Toxic Educational System

I grew up in the 80s with Ronald Reagan and the War on Drugs.  My English class was comprised of diagramming sentences taking spelling tests.  In math, I had pages and pages of algebraic equations as homework.  I dissected gerunds and memorized prepositions in alphabetical order:  aboard, about, above, across, after, against, along, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, by. . . This still clutters my brain with its mindless nonsense.

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I doodled on the corners of my notebooks, wrote poetry, hummed the Clementi Sonatina I was learning on the piano while my history teacher droned out a lecture about what he claimed was proven textbook fact.  After all, it was in the textbook, so it HAD to be fact.  I didn’t question anything then.  I chewed my Grape Ape gum quietly since I was breaking the law, kept my head down, turned in my assignments with my name and date written in the top right hand corner.

I took multiple choice tests and yearned to write.  I waited for that moment of opportunity to be creative, outside the box, to actually think beyond the walls of our classroom and make a difference.  But that opportunity in my standardized education never came.  Do your work, make sure your name is on it, be sure to turn it in on time, get the grade, move on.  That’s school.

When I became I teacher, I pushed against the system and sprinkled creativity into my curriculum.  My students wrote poetry in my English class.  We put on a Poetry Slam with their original work and explored edgy young adult fiction that made my students not only think beyond a textbook, but transformed them into lifelong readers.  They were thirsty for more, requesting authors just like that one, bringing books to show me before the morning bell even rang.  My class attendance was high.  Students didn’t miss an opportunity to be in the safe zone, to allow their creative flow to do just that, to be themselves.  Even gum chewing was allowed.

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Our current educational system has no room for teachers like me.  That’s why I left.  My books were raided from my classroom by administration.  My teaching practices were challenged.  I was eventually bullied out of the system and replaced by Common Core–because common is what is accepted in our society.  Common, not Creative, not Individual or Rare.  Common is a good thing in our current educational system.  It maintains order.  It keeps students “high performing” and in their seats.  It’s a measured construct.

I think of e.e. cumming’s poem where he says, “i swear by all flowers. . .”  In Common Core, there would be a multiple choice option of guessing the meaning of that phrase.  In an ideal world, though, our individuality would produce thousands of interpretations of those words.  e. e cummings, I’m certain, would want a thousand interpretations as diverse as the flowers he was swearing.  Can we truly take raw creativity and intelligence and cookie-cutter it into a system that churns out brilliance?  What exactly are we creating within the current constructs of our schools?  How are schools any different than the expectations of our behavior in society?

We are preparing our children to check the box, clock in and out, eat lunch quickly, take orders from others, spit out information, pass tests,  and be common to the core.  Common to the Core.  Think about that.  Common to the Core is easily manipulated, unaware, following the masses, against individuality, identity, mindfulness, and awakening.  Common to the Core is a controlling mechanism as dangerous as fluoride in our water, chemtrails in our skies, pesticides in our food, and chemicals in our healthcare.  It is another type of poisoning many of us haven’t uncovered yet.  It’s the demise of our free will, free thought, and our future.

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Swear by all flowers!  Start tomorrow.  Before you hit those “back to school” sales and plow through those teacher supply lists, think hard about what education truly is.  Shouldn’t it expand the mind?  Shouldn’t it allow for questioning?  Education and creativity MUST go together.  We need to explore our strengths as individuals in order to truly understand our purpose.  Purpose equals bliss.  Purpose is not a skill.  It’s not a mathematical equation and it’s not found at the end of the preposition.  Allow your children the ability to be creative, expressive, to question, to journey in order to find their purpose.  Then, provide them with the freedom to develop it.

And remember this, it’s never too late to swear by all flowers. . .find your purpose at any age.  Don’t just clock in and out of life and believe that this is it.  There’s always an opportunity to awaken and journey on another path.  But if you chew gum, be sure to read the ingredients.

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Big Pharma Can Suck It!

If something requires a billboard, it likely isn’t good for you.  Real medicine doesn’t require heavy advertising, marketing, signs and flashing lights.  It doesn’t come with paragraphs of disclaimers, commercials, slick campaigns and glossy packaging.  Nature is wholesome and simple.  It doesn’t hide a deceitful back story.  Its intent is obvious and straightforward.

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I left teaching in 2006 and entered into the world of pharmaceutical sales, became a pharmaceutical sales representative for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations.  The day after I signed my contract (my soul), a new car was delivered to my driveway.  I took my son for a ride in it that day, both of us mesmerized that my new company had given me a car, a gas card, free insurance, the works.

Two days later, my laptop arrived, then a welcome gift from the company–a speaker system for my house.  I was swept away for six weeks of training at high end hotels, sales meetings that included live concerts of famous bands, celebrity guest speakers, more lavish gifts, champagne fountains, and extravagance.

Coming from nearly a decade of teaching, this lifestyle hit me with bling and glam, and I got swept away in it.  I didn’t realize until much later in life–at what cost.

I drank the Kool-Aid.  I thought I held in my hand the life-saving miracles of the world in chemical form.  My drugs could stop heart disease dead in its tracks.  I was a super hero with a grand message for society–I had the tool that doctors needed in order to save their patients from massive heart attacks, strokes, and even death.  I had the power and mission to deliver these chemicals throughout my territory, to poison everyone with their lies and evil.

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Of course, this wasn’t my intent. I truly believed I was saving lives the years I worked for Big Pharma.  It did, however, sit funny with me that during training, two full weeks were given to “handling safety objections” in the field.  The training involved full days of intense studying regarding claims of my drug’s adverse event profile. For each safety issue, Big Pharma had supplied glossy marketing tools with pieces of convoluted data to exemplify the safety of the drug on that body part.

Most of my training, in fact, was around the safety of the drug rather than its benefits.  And still, I saw my company and my role in it as being on the super hero side–chemicals save lives in spite of some serious precautionary risks.

When I lost my job in Big Pharma, they came to take the car away.  I reluctantly handed over my keys and gas card.  They erased me from their slate like I’d never mattered.  I was just a number, as nullified as a patient in the system.

It wasn’t until I was sickened by our system that I could see the big picture, understand the undercurrent of greed over good.  Poisoned by our system, I wandered as a patient for eight years from doctor to doctor–over 20 to be exact–collecting pills that further poisoned me.  I was given no answers.  The most time I received at each doctor visit was 11 minutes. three scripts, and massive medical bills.

Twice I landed in the hospital–tests, IVs, blood work, more pills, more pharmaceuticals, more unanswered questions, more bills, more poison, more sickness—and this was okay with our medical system.  This was the new normal. I was a loyal customer.  A team player. This was treatment.  Take sick people and make them sicker with poisons.  And sadly, this system made sense to everyone. Except me.  That’s the day I walked away from all of it and sought my own answers in “alternative” medicine.  I started seeing my symptoms as sign language my body was trying to communicate to me.  I changed my diet.  I studied natural healing.  And eventually, I uncovered the root cause of my illness and began my journey to true health and wellness.

I’m guilty I worked for this system but blessed that I was able to fully understand its greedy underbelly, to identify its shortcomings, and to now be part of the movement of change in our healthcare system.  The future of healthcare actually relies on us going backwards to a time before we were brainwashed to believe that chemicals heal, that doctors are in charge of our health, and that insurance companies dictate our treatment.  Our new healthcare system won’t be run by corrupt politicians and the deep pockets of Big Pharma.  There will be new initials replacing the FDA, CDC, NIH, and WHO.  These are ME, I, and YOU.  WE have the ability to make changes in our own health and affect change in our community and the world.

Our new healthcare involves drinking clean water that is not poisoned with chemicals and fluoride.  It’s eating real food that has not been genetically modified.  It is using plant-based natural herbs for disease prevention and treatment.  The things that heal us don’t glitter, shine, have commercials, or need a billboard.  They are full of good intention, not just profit.  Our lives matter more than anyone’s bottom line.

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How Full is Your Toxic Bucket?

Imagine your body is an empty bucket.  Now, begin adding to it.  Add toxic ingredients from foods such as synthetic food coloring, glyphosate, preservatives such as MSG.  Add sugars and artificial sugars.  Add air pollution, fluoride from our water, chemicals from cleaning products and makeup that absorb into our skin.  Add pharmaceutical medications and over the counter poisons, birth control pills, plastics, aluminum, mercury, hormones in meat and dairy. . .Keep adding because this is happening right now to your body!  How full is your toxic bucket?

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According to Environmental Working Group, a non profit organization, a newborn baby today has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood.  Breast milk is now one of the most toxin-riddled food products in the world, because humans have now reached their maximum levels of toxicities.  Need proof?  Well, sick is the new norm, and most illnesses of today, if not all of them, are the result of environmental toxins.  These illnesses, by the way, are not GOING away.  They will only continue being prevalent in our world unless we wake up and change our current system.

When your body is full of toxins, it speaks to you in the form of symptoms.  Chronic toxicity may create fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, sinus infection, headaches, bloating, weight gain, digestive issues, insomnia, brain fog, food intolerances, skin disturbances, endocrine issues, and more.

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These toxins, over time, create chronic systemic inflammation, which leads to the slew of illnesses we are seeing in our society–Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, Autoimmune Diseases, Autism, Mental Illness and more. . .

So, what can you do to reduce your toxic load and inflammation and in turn, lesson some of the toxic overload symptoms you are experiencing?  Here’s a starting point:

  1. Drink Clean Water:  Buy a sophisticated water filtering system and stop drinking out of plastic bottles.  You can buy a glass or metal drinking container for on-the-go sipping.  Stay away from tap water which is fluorinated.  Fluoride causes endocrine and central nervous system dysfunction and is considered a neurotoxin.  Research the Berkey Water Filter.

2.  Take a Probiotic:  Be sure that your digestive system is working properly and ridding your body of toxins effectively.  If you are constipated, this is a sure sign that you are holding toxins!  You can also increase your fiber intake to help your body eliminate toxins more effectively.

3. Exercise:  Moving helps the body eliminate toxins through sweat and the lymphatic system.  Shoot for 4-5 days a week of cardiovascular and strength training.  You can also incorporate the use of saunas to increase detoxification through sweating or helping your lymphatic system to drain by dry brushing.

4.  Read Labels:  Start being more mindful about what goes into your body.  Consider changing your deodorant to one that does not contain aluminum, research the personal care products you are using, try to stay as close to nature and away from chemicals as possible.

5. Eat cilantro and parsley:  Both of these herbs are excellent heavy metal chelators that naturally filter your system and remove toxins.  In fact, increasing all green, leafy vegetables in your diet will help remove toxins.

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WARNING:  Your Western Medicine doctor will not diagnose “toxic overload” as your health issue, but instead, will chase your symptoms with further poisonous and toxic pharmaceuticals that will continue to crowd your body of additional toxins and not allow you to heal.  Environmental toxicity and the pandemic symptoms of illness caused by our inflammatory response to these toxins is not taught in medical school, nor is it considered a disease or an issue.  Your doctor will not prescribe the above as a remedy to reducing systemic toxicity, so it is up to you to make changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to regain your health.

 

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You Are More than YOU–Reincarnation, the spirit, soul, and energy

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Whatever your thoughts might be on reincarnation, past lives, life after death, we can agree on this one scientific fact–energy is not destroyed.  It continues as energy, perhaps in another form, but it is still present.

When you look in the mirror, you are seeing the collection of particles that create your physical being.  It is our human experience.  This is our current form.

But expand your mind for a minute beyond what we know as reality.  Look around and see things differently.  Imagine that we are balls of light inhabiting a space for a bit, taking on a form in order to learn a life lesson from a certain angle.

I look at trees and understand their spirit.  I see their quiet wisdom, follow their tangled roots gripping the earth and entwined with their neighbors, quietly holding hands.  Trees stand alone and communal.  They are learning how to be individuals and integral constituents of a vital community.  They don’t take more than they give. Trees, actually, are intuitive givers. When one tree in a forest is sick, the rest send it healing nutrients through an intricate underground system.  Trees are empaths and healers meditating in the sunlight, creating music from oxygen, shedding what no longer has purpose to make room for what does.  They are ancient accumulations of energy and wisdom.

Maybe trees once had a human experience.  I imagine a wanderlust loner who could never settle down might one day return as a tree to learn the lesson of standing  still, grounded in the earth.

I look at my cat, sometimes, and see beyond his cat exterior, into a deeper place where I believe his true essence lies.  I’ve felt his sense of humor before, his true personality above and beyond anything we might define as catlike.  Many times, he’s tapped my arm with his paw and looked deeply at me in a way beyond feline communication–one soul gazing at another–and he turned me into a believer.  Whether you believe there is a former human in the body of my cat or not is totally up to you!  Maybe think of it this way–it’s not human, it’s not cat, it’s not tree, it’s a spirit that now exists in this physical form for this space in time to learn a lesson about our complicated universe.

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My cat’s lesson, perhaps, is to take time to rest, learn how to communicate without words, find ways to keep a woman happy, the list goes on. . .He teaches me daily to trust in my instinct of spirits in all things merely existing in physical forms.  These bodies have expiration dates, but the spirit energy is eternal.

So, if we are energy rolling from one existence and form to another, who were we previously?  How many tours on earth have you completed?  I feel new in the human experience with much to learn but I’ve met and loved old souls before and believe now in all entirety that they have nearly mastered the human experience and are headed to something else in their next spirit transition.

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Maybe after the human experience, after we’ve learned all lessons, mastered all levels, we become guides helping others, invisible in space but ever-present to nudge lost souls in certain directions on their journeys.

If energy is neither created nor destroyed then we have never had a beginning or an end.  We have always been here and always will be here, changing like seasons into other forms.  Patterns in nature remind us of this.  Trees shedding their leaves and returning buds in spring; a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, a rock pushed slowly into grains of sand by repetitive waves.  Changes in form are evident in nature.

Our conscious mind has been constructed by society, school, billboards, TV, and our fluorinated water.  It exists behind walls that don’t allow us to think deeply enough to grasp what we don’t know or to chase our questions in our hunt for more meaning.  We are told not to question.  Just believe the construct.  But I believe in more. . .

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Your Gut is Making You Sad

Instead of Harmful Anti-Depressants, Turn to Healing Herbs
to Increase Your Mood and Health!
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I might be speaking to you right now if you’re feeling anxious or depressed.  Maybe you’ve been in a slump for a long while now, dark in loneliness, enveloped in grief, couch-locked into depressive-paralysis or indescribable irritability.  You’re not alone.

In fact, here are some shocking statistics regarding the state of mental health in America:

  1. 1 in 5 American adults have a “mental health condition.”  That’s actually 40 million people.
  2. Our rates of childhood and teen depression are increasing exponentially.
  3. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States.
  4. Women are more likely to be affected than men.
  5. Antidepressants were the second most commonly prescribed medication; 254 million prescriptions, to be exact
  6. Depression continues to be the leading cause of medical disability in the United States and Canada.
  7. In an NIH study, 38% of 700 patients experienced at least one side effect when taking an SSRI antidepressant.  These included sexual dysfunction, sleepiness, weight gain–many of which were noted as being “very bothersome” and “extremely bothersome.”

Gut health and mental health seem to go hand in hand, it turns out!  In fact, right now, the colony of species in your gut has a lot to do with previous trauma, as well as what you’re feeding them! These childhood experiences not only affect our mood as adults but also your overall health and weight.

In a study conducted in the 1990s on obesity and childhood trauma, 64% of participants had at least one childhood trauma; 40% had multiple traumas.  These traumas affected adult mental and physical health, correlating to fibromyalgia, cancer, autoimmune diseases, mental health issues, and addiction.

Studies such as these guide us in understanding that mental health is not just about neurotransmitters.  It is also our microbiome.  Stress and trauma can kill off species in our microbiome in much the same way as processed food, antibiotics, prescriptions, and chemicals do.  The less diversity in your microbiome, the more health issues in adulthood.

Imagine the casualties of microbiome death when repeated traumas coincide with environmental toxins!  Whole species of good bacteria could potentially become extinct, triggering systemic disease manifestations, which can begin with Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Leaky Gut is a name for inflammation in the gut that has caused tiny fissures in the intestinal lining, which allow food particles out of the intestines and into our systems.  Think of your plastic garbage bag suddenly spilling its contents on the floor.  Our bodies try to “pick up” the contents, but our immune system often sees these stray particles as system invaders, which it begins attacking.  And thus begins autoimmune-like triggering. The symptoms?  Joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue, digestive issues, headache, brain fog, anxiety, depression, mood swings, skin rashes and acne, the list goes on. . .

When a client mentions to me that they are depressed, anxious and having trouble sleeping, I automatically think GUT. I don’t think brain/neurotransmitters, pop an SSRI and see me in six weeks when it’s supposed to start working.  This is not healing.  This is not uncovering the root cause of illness.  It’s now a known fact, anyway, that 90% of our serotonin is found in our gut, thanks to our glorious microbiome.  When this is out of balance, our entire body suffers.  Antidepressants frequently cause weight gain.  It is speculated that this change in weight is associated with the depletion of healthy gut flora.  Probiotics just might be more effective at solving the depression/anxiety riddle by replenishing the gut with healthy bacteria rather than depleting it.

The cure?  Nature has many.

  1. Bitter Herbs:  Plants heal your gut.  Bitter herbs, for example, increase digestive function, bile flow, and hepatic function.  These herbs include dandelion, burdock, yellow dock, and angelica. Better digestion increases nutrient absorption.  They naturally get the digestive juices flowing. If you have had your gall bladder removed or feel bloated after meals, bitter herbs are especially meaningful to your overall physical and mental health.
  2. Aromatic Herbs:  Herbs that add flavor and smells affect us emotionally due to their terpenes.  These are key to healing from trauma.  Aromatic herbs include mint, rosemary, thyme and basil.  Smelling them automatically has a calming effect.  Their scent induces an electrical and hormonal signaling within our brains.  When we eat these herbs, they aid in digestion, ungluing stuck energy, calming our nervous system, and healing inflammation.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory Herbs:  Some herbs soothe and moisten, such as licorice, slippery elm, marshmallow root, calendula and plantain.  These calm and cool the intestinal lining and help promote a healthy environment for good bacteria survival and nutrient absorption, which will promote improved mood and well-being.
  4. Nutritional Herbs:  Because leaky gut frequently is accompanied by nutritional absorption issues, any supplements you might take to heal your gut or add nutrition to your body in capsule form may not be absorbed.  Food is medicine.  Plants in their natural form heal the best.  Broths and teas present an easily digestible medium for providing nourishment.  Herbs such as moringa, sea weed, nettle and oat straw can replenish lost nutrients and help the body increase a healthy microbiome.
  5. Supporting Herbs:  Leaky gut presents, also, with a congested liver.  A weakened liver results in emotional feelings of anger, resentment, irritability and heat from systemic inflammation.  To support the liver, incorporate dandelion flower or root along with milk thistle (you can drink this as a tea) to naturally help your liver remove toxins.

Anxiety, depression, insomnia and irritability can all be addressed with food.  YOU have the power over your health.  Before filling your prescription, clean your diet of foods that strip the body of healing energy–processed meats, dairy, sugars, and gluten.  Replace them with healing foods such as aromatic herbs, bitters, fermented foods, and organic fruits and vegetables.  Eat raw nuts and seeds.  Chew slowly and purposefully.  Food is energy and good energy heals.  Your forest needs the right soil and nutrients to grow.

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Headache Remedies That Won’t Kill Your Stomach, Liver, Kidneys or YOU

Before you reach for that Advil or Tylenol, reach to nature for some natural ways to relieve pain. It’s all right there, and these natural alternatives work!

1. Take an epsom salt bath: your skin absorbs the magnesium and minerals from the salt. Mineral and magnesium deficiencies can be the root cause of headaches. These baths can ease tension and stress and help the body to relax. Supplementing with magnesium daily might be just what you need if you suffer from chronic migraines.

2. Drink water with a pinch of Himalayan salt: Being dehydrated can lead to headaches. Add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to your filtered water helps your body rehydrate and re-mineralize.

3. Take Feverfew: Get familiar with this herb. You can combine this with mint and make a delicious tea or create a tincture from it. Feverfew is all natural and works just as well at reducing pain as toxic over the counter chemicals with zero side effects. You can combine Feverfew with chamomile, catnip or valerian root for a calming, sedative effect that can also help with insomnia. No more downing a bottle of NyQuil before bed!

4. Forest Bathing or Grounding: Nature heals, and our busy lives led mostly indoors means poor air quality which can lead to malaise, fatigue and poor health. Spending time outdoors breathing clean air and being at one with nature has proven to improve health and reduce pain.

5. Cannabis: CBD oil relieves stress, anxiety and pain and can nix that headache in as little as a few minutes. This is because of our intricate Endocannabinoid System and receptor sites that assist our bodies into realigning toward optimal health. This includes regulating how we perceive pain as well as reducing systemic inflammation. Because cannabinoids bind to these sites and help the body achieve optimal health, cannabis is proving itself to be a healing herb for many chronic illnesses as well as managing pain.

6. Turmeric, Ginger, Black Pepper: Cook with this trio to reduce pain and inflammation. You can also grind these herbs into a fine powder and fill them into capsules for a DIY Tylenol substitute. This all natural remedy also fights cancer, systemic inflammation, joint pain, parasites, gut issues, the list goes on…

7. Lemon and Baking Soda: A half teaspoon to teaspoon full of baking soda in filtered water with a squeeze of lemon might eliminate your headache! This is because of its alkalinizing properties. It’s worth a try!

8. Peppermint Essential Oil: A dab at the temples is enough for this essential oil to do its magic. Aromatherapy is a powerful and natural method for reducing pain. You can also create a salt inhaler to carry with you when a headache hits you. Simply put a salt such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt into a small glass bottle, add a carrier oil and several drops of peppermint. Simply smelling this can reduce headaches, provide you with a burst of energy and uplift your mood.

🌿🌸Got natural remedies for headaches? Help readers out! Drop them in the comments below…

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Your Liver Might Be Aging You!

I used to be the first in line for Botox injections around my eyes, on my forehead and between my brow. I got fillers in the folds around my mouth and to plump up my lips. I looked young and healthy, but it was a facade. At the time, I was a heavy consumerist in anything that I perceived to enhance my appearance—breast implants, hair extensions, chemical dyes, perfumes, acrylic nails, and glittery makeup. I was, on the surface, the epitome of health and youth…but underneath the toxicity, my just-turned-forty body was feeling closer to seventy. All of those toxic chemicals had crowded my gut and liver, congesting it to the point that it blocked my detox pathways. My body had hit toxic overload which resulted in multiple symptoms, one being rapid aging.

We are surrounded and immersed in our world to toxins, some of which we can personally control. I woke up after many years of sickness and shed my superficial quest for LOOKING healthy and began following the journey of BEING healthy. The results surprised me. Many of my wrinkles disappeared when I purged the superficiality and nourished my body instead. Here’s a short list of some things you can do to open detox pathways and look younger and healthier:

1. Clean up your personal care products: switch to natural small molecule oils for nourishing your skin. Think almond oil or avocado oil instead of buying expensive chemical-laden lotions. You can add essential oils to these carrier oils and create wonderful healing synergy. Nourish your skin instead of injecting it or slathering it with chemicals. Use a non toxic deodorant free of aluminum and chemicals. Go deeper by replacing your toothpaste, hair products, perfumes for natural, non toxic options. Why? Your skin and mucous membranes absorb the chemicals in the ingredients. They are slowly poisoning and aging you!

2. Limit meat and dairy: Hormones and antibiotics in meat wreak havoc on our bodies and alter our delicate endocrine system. Both are difficult to digest. Meat can sit in your intestines for too long and causes bacterial overgrowth. Instead, eat more of a plant-based diet which makes for better digestion; the phytonutrients provide us with health and anti-aging properties. Raw Nuts and seeds are fully of healthy oils that nourish the body. (While you’re at it, remove sugar, fried foods, vegetable oils and processed foods from your diet as well! Your food is your fuel. Give it the good stuff!)

3. Support Your Liver: If your liver isn’t functioning properly, this can age you tremendously. Toxins need to find a way out of your body. The liver is also responsible for helping the endocrine system with hormone balancing. The liver removes bad estrogens from the system and helps with the conversion of thyroid hormone t4 into free t3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone needed for a healthy metabolism and tons of other bodily functions.

Drink Dandelion tea made from flowers or root (root is more efficacious), take milk thistle capsules, or cook with burdock root. These are all simple ways to help clean the body and support the liver.

4. Drink Water: But stop with the plastic bottles, which leach chemicals in your body that are both carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Filter water and add cilantro and lemon or lime to it! Cilantro helps remove heavy metals from your system and lemon alkalinizes.

5. Exercise: Movement helps with digestion and elimination as well as regulating hormones such as cortisol, which rises when we are stressed. Exercise helps improve blood circulation which helps in making you look and feel younger. It also moves the lymphatic system to eliminate bloating, cellulite and toxins. Sweating will make you look younger in the long run! Exercise also induces better sleep, which, in turn, is a remedy for looking and feeling crotchety, old and tired.

What we put into our bodies and on our bodies matters. Before you start considering that Botox injection or commercial beauty product full of promises and toxic chemicals, consider the long term effects to your health and appearance. Research their claims and ingredients and know that nature truly does know best!