Posts Tagged ‘cleansing’

Cleanse & Detox Green Smoothie

Arbonne Cleanse & Detox Green Smoothie

2 scoops Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder (20 grams of vegan protein, plus 20 essential vitamins and minerals)

1 Organic Apple, cored (Wash away harmful toxins in the body)

1 Organic Lemon, juiced (This citrus fruit helps boosts the digestive tract)

1 Cup Organic Kale (Chlorophyll kick starts the digestive tract by ridding the body of pesticides and environmental toxins)

1 Stalk Organic Celery (Used as a diuretic for centuries and thought to be an excellent blood cleanser)

1 Teaspoon Flax Seed Oil (Great source of Omega-3’s and ridding the body of harmful toxins)

1 Cup Arbonne Detox Tea, chilled (Boost digestive tract and flush out harmful toxins)


Add all the above ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth then pour over ice.


Do You Know The Benefits Of Dry Skin Brushing?


Dry brushing the skin is beneficial for a number of reasons, and it is one of the best ways to prevent a variety of skin conditions. Dry brushing is nothing new; it has been practiced for hundreds of years throughout the world and became a popular spa treatment in Europe during the past three decades. Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin and improve circulation, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences website reports. The technique for dry skin brushing, as in massage, involves moving toward the heart. Performing dry skin brushing before taking a shower or bath allows you wash away dead skin. Dry skin brushing may benefit people who experience edema, pronounced water retention, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s website. The website suggests brushing the entire body, beginning at the feet, stroking in the direction of the heart.

One of the most beneficial aspects of dry brushing the skin is that the process helps the body slough off dead skin cells, making room for new skin cell growth. Dry brushing the skin also helps create a healthy glow and a smoother skin surface

As the brush strokes the skin to remove dead skin cells, the motion of the brush against the skin massages it and helps increase circulation. Improved circulation also enhances the flow of lymph and hormones through the skin, maintaining a healthy growth and development.

Hormones and oil glands are essential for optimal skin health and growth. Brushing brings fresh supplies of blood-bearing hormones and oils to the surface of the skin where they are needed for that healthy glow.

Dry brushing also helps firm the skin. The increased blood flow reduces the appearance of tired-looking skin, as well as cellulite. Dead skin cells are removed, making way for new, healthy, firm skin cells, offering a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Removing cellulite from the skin can be achieved through dry brushing the skin on a regular basis. By brushing the skin on a daily basis, you help your body slough off not only dead skin cells, but also rid your body of toxins and deposits that lay on the surface of the skin as they are excreted from your body. Along with a diet high in alkaline foods and daily exercise, dry brushing can be one of the best skin care methods to defy the appearance of aging.

Begin your dry skin brushing at your feet and legs, one at a time, from the soles of your feet up the back of your legs and then from the tops of your feet up the fronts of your thighs. Brush your back and buttocks. Stroke the brush up each hand and brush toward your shoulder in small, circular strokes, as though polishing your skin. Brush your shoulders, chest and sides in a circular motion, working toward your heart.

Don’t use a dry brush on your face. Rubbing this skin can increase wrinkles or break capillaries, the small blood vessel in your face.

Do I Need To Detox?

Detoxing doesn’t cure disease, but cleanses the body so it can heal itself.

In Don Colbert, M.D.’s book, Toxic Relief, he says detoxifying our bodies can help with “heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, obesity, fatigue, memory loss, premature aging, skin disorders, arthritis, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and emotional disorders.” He also says “Deep cleansing your body right down to the cellular level will renew your vitality, restore your energy, reclaim your health, shed toxic fat, lengthen your life and give you a healthy glow you haven’t had in years.”

So why wait until you are sick to start thinking about detoxification and living a healthier life?

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Detoxification? Cleansing?

The detoxification process is highly complex but I want to talk briefly in basic terms about how it works to help us fully understand the importance of detoxification and cleansing.

Detoxification is the body’s natural process to filter waste and toxins from our cells, organs and blood.  There are two primary organs responsible for detoxifying the body, and those are the liver and the kidneys.

Cleansing is the process of actually eliminating these toxins from our body.  After the liver and kidneys filter out and breakdown the toxins, the toxins are then sent to two different places, either into the urine or into bile to be removed.

Whether you are dieting or not, we expose ourselves to many different things that can cause toxicity in our bodies.  Arbonne’s Herbal Detox Tea is something you need to incorporate into your diet everyday.  This product is formulated to help rid your body of toxins while preparing your body for your successful weight loss goals and to maintain good health.  This product is an all-natural blend of botanical ingredients that supports the normal functions of the liver, kidneys and blood, while supporting toxin elimination.

Don’t confuse this product with the detox diets, where you do a severe detox diet for three to five days, and you fast, and you gradually incorporate liquids and solids back into your diet. This is a product that is designed to be used everyday; it is mild and contains all natural herbs, without the harshness of some of the trendy diets that are on the market today.

The key thing to remember about Arbonne’s Herbal Detox Tea is the antioxidant protection, the diuretic characteristics, and the fact that we are naturally supporting our detoxifying and cleansing processes, by removing the toxins, and eliminating them from the body.

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Do You Meditate?

Studies have shown that regular meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, improve the body’s response to stress, and even improve sleep patterns. Yet misinformation and misconceptions abound preventing many people from pursuing the practice in earnest.
To “clear things up” – both intellectually and spiritually, here are 5 myths of meditation, along with practical tips and advice for getting into a regular meditation habit.


Myth #1: The lotus position is the only way to go.
While sitting cross-legged on the floor works for some, it is neither comfortable nor practical for many of us, including myself. I sit in a straight-backed chair, feet flat on the floor, my open hands resting on my thighs, palms up in a gesture of “receiving.” There is also standing, walking, and lying-down meditation.

Myth #2: If I don’t clear my mind of all thoughts, I’m not meditating.
The goal of meditation is not to have a blank mind but rather to focus your mind and slow down the multiple random thoughts that cause stress, confusion and overload. There are different practices you can try to keep your mind focused on the present moment as opposed to thinking ahead or reliving the past. Examples include counting while you inhale and exhale or using a mantra – a repetitive sound, word or phrase.

Myth #3: I don’t have time to meditate.
We always find the time for things that are important in our lives. We already have daily rituals and routines that we follow such as brushing our teeth, walking the dog, reading the newspaper, or going online. Meditation can become part of your daily ritual – morning, evening or anytime. Start with 5-10 minutes and work your way up to 15-20 minutes a day minimum.

Myth #4: Meditation is just another word for relaxation.
While relaxation and stress relief can be a byproduct, meditation itself is something different. It is a focused awareness of the body, of inner silence, of your existence in this moment. It creates a heightened consciousness which can help you to have more clear and deliberate thoughts and actions, and be more “present” in daily life.

Myth #5: Meditation is boring
If your mind is usually racing with all the things you need to do and if you’re used to constant motion, noise and stimulation in your environment, meditation can, on the outside, seem like unproductive time. But when you learn to transition your awareness from the external to the internal, you can experience a state of well being, calm and clarity that is tough to pull yourself away from. For those of us who meditate regularly, we feel something missing in our day when we don’t get to it.

All that being said, many people still find it difficult to get started and to maintain a regular meditation practice. To find some help, do an Internet search for meditation classes and groups in your community. Look for a meditation coach or consider attending a meditation retreat. Use meditation CDs and read instructional books.

Give it a try. Study the practice, find some support, and make a commitment to living a healthier life.

Do You Detox?

We get toxins frombody-cleanse
– breathing polluted air,
– drinking water that includes harmful chemicals and bacteria,
– going barefoot or wearing sandals – we pick up fertilizer and pesticides walking through treated grass,
– processed foods with saturated fats and refined sugars,
– if we are eating non-organic fruits and vegetables, we get toxins. Produce is coated with pesticides to keep bugs from destroying it during growth and transport, they’re coated with preservatives so they can last in stores longer, and bananas are picked green and sprayed with a ripening agent once they get to their destination. So, if you don’t currently wash your produce before you eat it, please do that much for yourself and your family. But, be careful what you wash it with.
– Skin care and personal care products:
In the US our products frequently contain Propylene Glycol, DEA and SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. According to Kevin Trudeau’s book, More Natural Cures Revealed, Propylene Glycol causes cancer, dermatitis, kidney damage, liver abnormalities, skin rashes, dry skin, skin damage, nausea, headaches, vomiting, depression, gastrointestinal disturbances and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate causes cancer, changes the genetic structure of cells, irritates skin cells, impairs the ability for hair to grow, adverse affects on the heart, liver, lungs, brain, eyes, immune system, and causes inflammation of the skin. He also says that these products do not naturally leave your body. They’re found in antifreeze, brake fluid, soaps, shampoos, deodorant, toothpaste, lotions and recently propylene glycol has been added to processed food as a preservative.

What ARE toxic ingredients in skin care products?
· Mineral oil and other petroleum and SD40 alcohols
· Collagen, elastin, lanolin (animal by-products from the rendering industry)
· Propylene Glycol, DEA (diethanolamine) and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)

A 1994 study by the USDA revealed that ”Deaths related to our toxic diet and lifestyle account for most deaths in America. Heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases cause more than 85% of all deaths” in America.

Changing your diet and lifestyle isn’t enough. If our arteries, intestines, and colon are coated with toxins and fats, the healthy, nutritious foods we eat can’t break through effectively. The colon weighs about 7 pounds, the average autopsied colon in Fairfield County weighs about 40 pounds and John Waynes’ colon weighed 80 pounds when he died. That’s because our colon and veins get clogged with toxins like a pipe gets clogged with gunk. We need to clean it out so the good nutrients can flow through and get absorbed easily.

In Don Colbert, M.D.’s book, Toxic Relief, he says detoxifying our bodies can help with “heart disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, obesity, fatigue, memory loss, premature aging, skin disorders, arthritis, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and emotional disorders.” He also says “Deep cleansing your body right down to the cellular level will renew your vitality, restore your energy, reclaim your health, shed toxic fat, lengthen your life and give you a healthy glow you haven’t had in years.”

That’s exactly what I did. In my search for safe health and beauty products for me and my family, I discovered Arbonne. Arbonne has a line of detox products – I have tried them and they work! Some Arbonne Detox products I use are 7-Day Body Cleanse, Purifying Sea Soak, Detoxifying Rescue Wash and a Daily Detox Tea.

Detoxing doesn’t cure the disease, but cleanses the body so it can heal itself.

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