OCTOBER HAS BEEN DECLARED MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Unfortunately, 112 Americans die by suicide every day. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of people between 15 to 25 years old. If those numbers aren’t astounding enough, 9.4 million Americans in the United States have had serious thoughts of suicide within the last year. 

Warning signs 

  • Never take the threat of someone killing themselves lightly.
  • Hopelessness, having no reason to live
  • Unbearable pain
  • Talk about feeling trapped
  • Behaving recklessly, anxiously, or agitated / rage or wanting revenge 
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Not sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated 
  • Extreme mood swings

If you or someone you know needs help, make sure you reach out to a professional.

National Suicide Prevention

800-273-8255

PEPPER SNACKS FROM RHYTHM’S FRESH FARM

I smile every time I see Rhythm reach for a pepper. She has learned how to make her own snacks and she often substitutes peppers for bread. As a nutritionist and mom, I couldn’t be happier. 

Some of her favorite snacks are peppers stuffed with tuna salad, egg salad, string cheese or just dipped in ranch.

To keep it kid friendly: keep it colorful, keep it simple and keep it fun.

Peppers are loaded with various vitamins and minerals

Trusted Source

  • Vitamin C. One medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169% of the Reference Daily Intake.
  • Vitamin B6. Pyridoxine is the most common type of vitamin B6, which is a family of nutrients important for the formation of red blood cells.
  • Vitamin K1. A form of vitamin K, also known as phylloquinone, K1 is important for blood clotting and bone health.
  • Potassium. This essential mineral may improve heart health Trusted Source
  • Folate. Also known as vitamin B9, folate has a variety of functions in your body. Adequate folate intake is very important during pregnancy Trusted Source
  • Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, essential for healthy nerves and muscles. The best dietary sources of this fat-soluble vitamin are oils, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
  • Vitamin A. Red bell peppers are high in pro-vitamin A (beta carotene).

“AUTUMN IS COMING”

I have one of those kids who doesn’t like to eat breakfast. So, I have to fool her by making it cute. She’s a lot like her mother and not really a morning person, but I notice when I make her a cute breakfast it lifts her spirits, makes her smile and when the plate is colorful, (I always give her fruit in the morning.) it makes her want to eat! 

“I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again; breakfast is the most important meal of the day”

Did you know people who eat breakfast eat healthier overall?  It’s actually a great way to maintain a healthy weight. Skipping breakfast makes kids feel lethargic in the morning. Their bodies need to be refueled from the 8 to 12 hours they slept during the night. When we sleep, it’s our body’s natural detoxification time.  When you sleep, your body naturally fasts. 

Children who eat breakfast do better overall in school than children who do not. It’s important what they eat for breakfast; it’ll help your child’s attention span, concentration and memory.

Did you know that kids who eat breakfast have a lower blood cholesterol level and fewer absences in school?

I found the cutest waffle iron from Target for just $9.99

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FOODS AND WHAT THEY DO FOR YOUR BODY

Do you know the benefits of the foods you eat?

FOODBENEFITS
Applesprotect your heart, prevent constipation, block diarrhea, and improve lung capacity, cushion joints
Apricotscombat cancer, control blood pressure, save your eyesight, shield against Alzheimer’s, slow aging process
Artichokeshelp aid digestion, lower cholesterol, protect your heart, stabilize blood sugar, guard against liver disease
Avocadobattles diabetes, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes, control blood pressure, smooths skin
Bananasprotect your heart, quiet a cough, strengthen bones, control blood pressure, block diarrhea
Beansprevent constipation, help hemorrhoids, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, and stabilize blood sugar
Beetscontrol blood pressure, combat cancer, strengthen bones, protect your heart, help weight loss
Blueberriescombat cancer, protect your heart, stabilize blood sugar, boost memory, prevent constipation
Broccolistrengthens bones, saves eyesight, combats cancer, protects your heart, controls blood pressure
Cabbagecombats cancer, prevents constipation, promotes weight loss, protects your heart, and helps hemorrhoids
Cantaloupesaves eyesight, controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, combats cancer, and supports immune system
Carrotssave eyesight, protect your heart, prevent constipation, combat cancer, promote weight loss
Cauliflowerprotects against prostate cancer, combats breast cancer, strengthens bones, banishes bruises, guards against heart disease
Cherriesprotect your heart, combat cancer, end insomnia, slow aging process, shield against Alzheimer’s
Chestnutspromote weight loss, protect your heart, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, control blood pressure
Chili peppershelp with digestion, soothe sore throat, clean sinuses, combat cancer, boost the immune system
Figspromote weight loss, help to stop strokes, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, control blood pressure
Fishprotects your heart, boosts memory, combats cancer, boosts immune system
Flaxhelps digestion, battles diabetes, protects your heart, improves mental health, boosts immune system
Garliclowers cholesterol, controls blood pressure, combats cancer, kills bacteria, fights fungus
Grapefruitprotects against heart attacks, promotes weight loss, helps stop strokes, combats prostate cancer, lowers cholesterol
Grapessave eyesight, conquer kidney stones, combat cancer, enhance blood flow, protect your heart
Green teacombats cancer, protects your heart, helps to stop strokes, promotes weight loss, kills bacteria
Honeyheals wounds, helps digestion, guards against ulcers, increases energy, fights allergies
Lemonscombat cancer, protect your heart, control blood pressure, smooth skin, stops scurvy
LimesSame as lemons
Mangoescombat cancer, boost memory, regulate thyroid, help with digestion, shield against Alzheimer’s
Mushroomscontrol blood pressure, lower cholesterol, kill bacteria, combat cancer, strengthen bones
Oatslower cholesterol, combat cancer, battle diabetes, prevent constipation, smooth skin
Olive oilprotects your heart, promotes weight loss, combats cancer, battles diabetes, smooths skin
Onionreduces risk of heart attack, combats cancer, kills bacteria, lowers cholesterol, fights fungus
Orangessupport immune system, combat cancer, protect your heart, strengthens respiration
Peachesprevent constipation, combat cancer, help to stop strokes, help digestion, help hemorrhoids
Peanutspromote against heart disease, promote weight loss, combat prostate cancer, lower cholesterol
Pineapplestrengthens bones, relieves colds, helps digestion, dissolves warts, blocks diarrhea
Prunesslow aging process, prevent constipation, boost memory, lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease
Riceprotects your heart, battles diabetes, conquers kidney stones, combats cancer, helps to stop strokes
Strawberriescombat cancer, protect your heart, boost memory, calm stress
Sweet potatoessave eyesight, lift mood, combat cancer, strengthen bones
Tomatoesprotect prostate, combat cancer, lower cholesterol, protect your heart
Walnutslower cholesterol, combat cancer, boost memory, lift mood, protect against heart disease
Waterpromotes weight loss, combats cancer, conquers kidney stones, smooths skin
Watermelonprotects prostate, promotes weight loss, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, controls blood pressure
Wheat Germcombats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, improves digestion.
Wheat Brancombats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, improves digestion
Yogurt*guards against ulcers, strengthens bones, lowers cholesterol, supports immune system, improves digestion

*Lemon yogurt is the only one that is a natural antibiotic with no side effects.

Did you learn anything new?  Let me know in the comments!

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WILD CHERRY HAIR SERUM WILL HELP KEEP YOUR SCALP CLEAN…

Whether your hair is natural, or you are wearing a weave, Wild Cherry hair products promote growth and everyday maintenance for your tresses. Depending on how your weave is attached, in lots of cases it can be bothersome to cleanse your scalp effectively, while wearing a full sew in. It might be difficult, but hair grows best on a scalp free of bacteria and dirt, so washing your hair is extremely important to maintain healthy hair while wearing a weave.

Many ladies wear weaves to achieve extra length and thickness, but also with hopes, that by giving their natural hair a break, they will retain more growth. It is true that giving your hair a break from daily manipulation will allow your hair to grow. However, bacteria, fungus and dirt will build up and stop your hair from growing, if you do not keep your scalp clean while wearing a hair weave. Neglecting the scalp while your hair is braided under a weave will create an environment that is not conducive to hair growth. 

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WHY I DRINK ALOE VERA JUICE

I am going to be honest, it’s not the taste! I am one of those people who will try almost anything, if it is good for you and will keep you young. After children, my digestive system was no longer the same. I was unable to poop every day! In fact, if I was going three times a week, I was lucky. We are supposed to go after every time we eat. I hate laxatives and I found this 98% Aloe Vera juice in the laxative aisle at CVS. Since then, it’s become one of my best friends. I drink a glass every day.

Aloe Vera is one of my favorite beauty secrets and the best makeup remover I have ever used. It helps remove dead skin. It does wonders for your hair, health and your skin. It’s full of antioxidants, which internally helps boost the immune system, the detoxification process for your body, and your overall digestive health. It helps with constipation and assists in preventing colon cancer.  It’s fully packed with B-12, B, C and E vitamins, and folic acid.

If you are interested in using Aloe Vera to detox and want some guidance, check out TheRealCherie,com

🍉DON’T FORGET TO EAT YOUR WATER🍉

I hear people say all the time they do not like water and just can’t drink it. Well, eat it then… I know it sounds crazy, but watermelon is 92% water! So, there is nothing wrong with eating it, as well as drinking it.

Watermelon has a high water content so it helps keep your skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin leads to a dull appearance. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner and less able to recover from damage. Our body is full of ‘free radicals’ that damage cells over time and can be attributed to the cause of aging skin. Watermelon is full of antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamins C and A, which help reduce these free radicals and can slow down the signs of aging. Watermelon is packed with Vitamin A, which can help reduce skin pore size and the amount of oil that your sebaceous glands secrete. Watermelon is believed to help with acne due to this these properties. Watermelon is a natural toner that can help to refresh the skin.

Watermelon is full of an amino acid called arginine. Arginine is essential in our bodies and helps with blood circulation in the scalp. When your blood is circulating in the scalp, your hair will grow. Watermelon seed oil will help moisturize your hair.

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NONINVASIVE PROCEDURES VS. PLASTIC SURGERY

A non-invasive or minimally invasive procedure can provide results that show improvement yet are subtle enough so that it may not be obvious that you have undergone a cosmetic procedure. With IcoOne, there is no scaring. In fact, it aids to minimize scaring and stretch marks. It breaks down fat pockets targeting localized fat that cannot be eliminated by exercise or diet and reduces cellulite. If you are interested rejuvenating your body back to its youthful state, noninvasive is probably the choice for you.

Let’s talk the pros and the cons. These are facts I found when comparing the two options.

Noninvasive

Con

Some procedures take longer than open surgery.

Pros

Reduced tissue trauma

No blood loss

No pain

Faster recovery and return to normal activities

Outpatient  – you go home with no downtime

NO postoperative pain

Increased patient satisfaction

Less costly

Rebuild collagen in the skin

Normalize cell function

Plastic Surgery

On the other hand, if you are looking for dramatic change, where everyone can tell you had something done, then you might want plastic surgery. Plastic or cosmetic surgery also leaves scars, even when minimal. Most people are satisfied with their postoperative outcomes. Let’s not forget disappointment with the results is a real possibility as well. People who undergo breast surgery may experience contouring or asymmetry problems, while those undergoing facial surgeries could simply not like the result. Once your body is cut into, it is never the same again.

The pros of plastic surgery is it’s instant, whatever you want changed can be totally different in the matter of hours! We live in a time when instant is what everyone desires.

Cons

  • Hematoma
  • Nerve Damage (loss of feeling)
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Organ Damage
  • Anesthesia Complications
  • Seroma
  • Blood Loss

Noninvasive or Invasive is a personal choice, ultimately whichever you chose is something you have to live with at the end of the day.

Having cosmetic surgery can be vital to confidence levels and self-image. If you have a physical feature that you’ve spent years wishing was different or that has an impact on your daily life or health, this is usually an indication that it is something you truly desire to change. Opposed to a sudden dislike for something about yourself that recently became an issue. However, obsession over a specific facial or body feature can indicate mental health issues, and therapy might be a better option than surgery.

Beware cosmetic surgery is still surgery and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The potential for complications exists, just like any other operation. Pain is a significant drawback to plastic surgery, and recovery times can be as long as six months in some cases.

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ENDING AFTER WORKOUT BURN

Did you know that IcoOne can eliminate that after workout burn? Lactic acid is the substance in your muscles that causes them to feel fatigued during exercise and sore following prolonged exertion. Even if you’re not familiar with lactic acid and its function, I’m sure you have heard of alpha hydroxy acid. Lactic acid is classified as an alpha hydroxy. It is made synthetic or naturally. Lactic acid is a pure condensed form of fuel.

Lactic acid production in exercise is a great thing for your overall state of health and fitness. Lactic acid acts to firm up your muscles and increase your aerobic capacity. Your body used extra calories to absorb lactic acid. Your body also gains aerobic capacity, making it both more efficient at burning fat during exercise (Remember, your body needs oxygen to burn fat). Last but not least, the more you “feel the burn” during exercise the more growth hormone substance your body will make. HGH or human growth hormone helps keep our bodies youthful. So, it’s a win-win.

During a IcoOne treatment, the roboderm technology aids lactic acid along with other toxins to be released from your muscles into the surrounding soft tissue. You will feel rejuvenated!

*Drink more water than you usually would to help flush out toxins after your treament.

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EXPEL YOUR CELLULITE IN JUST WEEKS

90% of women are affected by cellulite at some point in their lives. Being slender does not make you exempt. Unfortunately, cellulite can run in the family, it’s one of those genes that can be passed down. It occurs when connective tissue is weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation.  

If you incorporate 5 things into your routine, you will see a vase improvement of your cellulite in just a few weeks.

First

DRINK AT LEAST 3 LITERS OF WATER A DAY! Drinking water first thing in the morning will also reduce your appetite. We suggest you drink this water at least a half-hour before eating, which will provide some time for the water to digest, and won’t dilute the stomach acids too much, which can impact how well enzymes in your stomach digest your food.

This is VERY important! Water flushes your system daily and drink it room temperature or slightly chilled! It will keep you regular and help pass the toxins that will be coming out of your body during this detox.

Proper hydration is absolutely essential to wellness and vitality, as well as proper function of every bodily process. Remember our bodies are made of 70% water. Chronic dehydration, however mild, pushes your internal environment towards one where disease conditions flourish.

If a person doesn’t drink enough water to balance the increased water needs, the kidneys produce more concentrated urine, which increases the risk of forming kidney stones.

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL you are thirsty to drink! Our thirst impulse lags behind the body’s needs, so you should not wait until you are really thirsty to reach for a glass of water because that means your body is already dehydrated.

The International Sports Medicine Institute recommends 1/2 to 2/3 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day, ingested periodically throughout the day.

Second

Dry brushing is a centuries-old health practice that you may want to add to your daily routine. It’s an easy and effective natural beauty routine that as we grow older your body will thank you for! Cellulite is made up of trapped fat cells, by dry brushing you can help to release these trapped toxins and break them down, or at least reduce their appearance.

Third

IcoOne Massage aids the lymphatic system. It is responsible for picking up practically all the body’s wastes as well as foreign objects such as viruses and bacteria, which it transports to the lymph nodes to be broken down by immune cells. The lymphatic system can get overwhelmed and backlogged, due to injury, illness, physical inactivity or tension, which can cause immune problems, brain fog, achiness, or swelling. 

This is where the massage helps decongest the area and get the fluid moving again. The lymphatic system is located directly beneath the skin, so the pumping, circular movements are very light. Too much pressure actually closes the capillaries but it’s very effective at reducing inflammation and edema associated with injuries or surgery, auto-immune disorders, and allergies. IcoOne can helps the body heal from surgery, and aids in the body’s natural waste removal or detoxification. 

Lastly

You will need to start to exercise at least 2 to 3 times a week and possibly lose weight.

No getting around it, you will have to have some cardio in your life. My favorite cardio is walking. It works out every part of your body at the same time. Just a 20-minute brisk walk 5 days a week will do your body justice. If walking isn’t your thing, you can also:

  • Vacuum
  • Dance
  • Swim
  • Cycle
  • Hike
  • Run

Ladies, most of us are hit with cellulite on our backsides and thighs more than anywhere else. These quick exercises below are really thigh changing.

Glute/leg kick-backs

  1. Get on your hands and knees on the floor in an all-fours position.
  2. Kick each leg back behind you, concentrating on using your glutes and upper thighs.
  3. Lower each leg and repeat on the other side.

Side-to-sides

  1. Stand with your feet together.
  2. Lunge to one side at a time, squeezing both your inner- and outer-thigh muscles.
  3. Go back to center and repeat on the other side.

Step-ups

  1. Stand in front of a bench or a sturdy exercise box.
  2. Then step up on it, one foot at a time.
  3. Step back down in the same pattern.
  4. Repeat.

Squats

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and make sure your toes are pointed forward.
  2. Lower your glutes as if you were sitting in a chair, making sure your knees don’t go over your toes.
  3. Squeeze back up to your starting position and then repeat.

Jump Squats

This is a step beyond the regular squat with the added challenge of a jump at the end:

  1. Perform a regular squat.
  2. Instead of squeezing all the way back up to the starting position, make a small jump off your toes.

You don’t have to live with your cellulite another day. No better time to start getting rid of it than now.

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