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Why does My Hair Trip Salon in Denver have more 5-star online reviews than any other eco-friendly and/or organic salon in Colorado?

Well the #1 thing making My Hair Trip #1 is the way they treat their guests from the owners to the receptionists. While at My Hair Trip Salon in the Denver Art District guests are always greeted with a smile and offered a beverage, purified water, organic coffees and teas, or a cold beer or glass of wine. Friendly conversation mixes in the air with fresh smells of natural health and beauty products as the salon buzzes with positive energy and activity.

Clients are always commenting on how “good it feels” in the shop and the owners say that has always been one of their main focuses. “We want to have a space where, no matter who you are, what’s your style, your personality, no matter what’s going on in your life, you can come here and feel comfortable and be taken care of.” says Paul Zamora, co-owner of My Hair Trip.

My Hair Trip Salon definitely stands out from the crowd of other salons in Denver and indeed in the industry in general, starting from their strict policies on what products they carry and what services they provide there is a genuine sense of family at the shop that is palpable and is a pleasant change of pace from an industry that is typically highly competitive, self-centric, and at times, toxic. My Hair Trip has found a way to work together as a team for common goals as a unit, and it is noticeable in the mood of the shop.

My Hair Trip also uses a personal touch. Our stylists always handle their clients from start to finish. A lot of other salons will have assistants and apprentices wash and style their clients, not at My Hair Trip, our clients are the most important thing and it will always be that way at this revolutionary organic hair salon.

So bottom line is there is a lot going on at My Hair Trip Salon in Denver, Colorado, that is helping them to climb to the top of their industry and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

You can check them out at 8th and Santa Fe in the Denver Art District.

or at myhairtrip.com

Article written by industry blogger in 2016

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    Phia now available in The Be Good Boutique

    Why do we love Phia? Why do we sell Phia to our clients and customers?

    For the past six years, Phia’s founder has researched the energy of essential oils. Based on this work, it was discovered that this energy is visible, vibrant and long-lasting. In contrast, synthetic ingredients commonly used in commercial products were found to be faint or lifeless. Natural energies impact the way we feel, the way we think and how we live.

    At Phia, they harness energies created by sun, soil and water, found in fields, forests and oceans from the far corners of the world. Products are created with your well-being in mind, deliberately void of synthetic substances that deflate or destroy the vibrant energy of natural essences.

    At Phia, they believe that these vibrant ingredients deserve perfect proportions. In art and science, Phi is the divine proportion. This mysterious form of numeric perfection shapes our world and fulfills our senses. From Egypt’s inspiring pyramids to Da Vinci’s majestic masterpieces to the soothing sound of the violin, Phi empowers creation.

    Phi (Φ), the world’s most perfect number (1.618), is evident in beauty, nature, art, music, architecture, and even the human anatomy. Phia products apply the time tested pattern of Phi to achieve the divine.

    At Phia Lab they want you to be a force. They believe their products can make that happen but they recognize that one force does not fit all. To meet your needs and interests, they developed a proprietary Energy Spectrum to classify essential oils of plants, flowers and herbs according to their energy content.

    Adventure

    Balance

    Confidence

    Grounding

    Focus

    Imagination

    Based on the study of hundreds of oils, the Spectrum contains six energy categories: Adventure, Focus, Balance, Imagination and Confidence. We carefully blend within an energy category using the mathematical formulations of Phi to create unique bouquets with strength and purpose.

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      Proof That Eating Organic Can Reduce Cancer

      Proof That Eating Organic Can Reduce Cancer and how to reduce pesticides in your system by 90% in one week.

      Despite the massive amount of evidence, some people refuse to believe that buying organic is a healthier option. I can’t be the only one whose ever been told that buying organic is a waste of money.

      For some reason, a lot of people have this idea that conventionally grown produce is not only safe but just as good as organic food. I even had one guy tell me that eating organic is a complete scam and means nothing.

      Well, let’s take a look at just a few things pesticides have been linked to:

      CANCER
      From the Department of Cancer Epidemiology at the Karolinska University Hospital,
      In animal studies, many pesticides are carcinogenic, (e.g., organochlorines, creosote, and sulfallate) while others (notably, the organochlorines DDT, chlordane, and lindane) are tumor promoters. Some contaminants in commercial pesticide formulations also may pose a carcinogenic risk. In humans, arsenic compounds and insecticides used occupationally have been classified as carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
      and from the College of Family Physicians of Canada
      There is increasing controversy over the use of pesticides in the community. Studies looking at pesticide use and cancer have shown a positive relationship between exposure to pesticides and the development of some cancers, particularly in children.

      FERTILITY
      Results indicate that semen changes are multifactorial in the workers exposed to pesticides as there are numerous factors affecting sperm quality in occupational exposures. Majority of pesticides including organophosphoruses affect the male reproductive system by mechanisms such as reduction of sperm density and motility, inhibition of spermatogenesis, reduction of testis weights, reduction of sperm counts, motility, viability and density, and inducing sperm DNA damage, and increasing abnormal sperm morphology. Reduced weight of testes, epididymis, seminal vesicle, and ventral prostate, seminiferous tubule degeneration, change in plasma levels of testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), decreased level and activity of the antioxidant enzymes in testes, and inhibited testicular steroidogenesis are other possible mechanisms. Moreover, DDT and its metabolites have estrogenic effects on males.

      PARKINSON’S
      From the Department of Nutrition at Harvard,
      Exposure to pesticides was reported by 7,864 participants (5.7%), including 1,956 farmers, ranchers, or fishermen. Individuals exposed to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of PD than those not exposed (adjusted relative risk, 1.7; 95% confidence interval, 1.2-2.3; p = 0.002).

      CHILDHOOD CANCER
      A growing body of epidemiological evidence demonstrates associations between parental use of pesticides, particularly insecticides, with acute lymphocytic leukemia and brain tumors. Prenatal, household, and occupational exposures (maternal and paternal) appear to be the largest risks. Prospective cohort studies link early-life exposure to organophosphates and organochlorine pesticides (primarily DDT) with adverse effects on neurodevelopment and behavior.
      These are just four instances out of thousands that prove pesticides are harmful. It’s literally impossible to disagree with the research that’s out there. The good news is that you can reduce the pesticides in your system in just one week.

      HOW TO REDUCE THE PESTICIDES IN YOUR SYSTEM IN ONE WEEK
      Eat organic food. Seems too simple, right?

      Wrong.

      Dr. Liza Oates from the School of Health Sciences in Australia performed a study that demonstrated how an organic diet, followed for one week, reduced pesticides by 90%. Here are the highlights of the study:

      Organophosphate pesticide exposure in Australian adults is mainly through the diet.
      One week of eating mostly organic food reduced urine pesticide levels by nearly 90%.
      The clinical relevance of reducing pesticide exposure requires further study.
      Eating organic food is a precautionary approach to reduce pesticide exposure.
      So the next time someone tells you buying organic isn’t worth it, that organic food isn’t any healthier or that conventionally grown food is safe, just shove this article in their face. People love that.
      It’s also important to note that this study was performed in Australia, where they are much stricter about what they will and will not allow in their food supply. America has much looser regulations, and as you likely know refuses to even label GMOs. So depending on your diet, it may take longer to rid your body of pesticides. The important part is that you recognize and make a concerted effort to eat organically, and locally if possible. Supporting organic food means more will be grown, and your money won’t go toward support farms that use pesticides.

      Sources:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9498903

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2231435/#__ffn_sectitle

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24487096

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16802290

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23184105

      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001393511400067X

      article found at http://www.ancestral-nutrition.com/proof-eating-organic-can-reduce-cancer-reduce-pesticides-system-90-one-week/

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        THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: HAIRSTYLING IS ART!

        BEING AN ARTIST IS ABOUT CRAFTING YOUR CREATIVE INSPIRATION INTO MATERIAL, AND THIS IS WHAT A HAIRSTYLIST SHOULD DO
        FRESH FROM WINNING THE PRESTIGIOUS 2015 BEST AVANT GARDE AIPP AWARD FOR HIS FASCINATING CREATIVITY, DAVINES ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ANGELO SEMINARA, TELLS US MORE ABOUT HIS ARTISTIC DEVOTION TO THE HAIRSTYLING PROFESSION.
        Angelo, what does inspire you most?
        “Inspiration can come from so many different places, but the essence of the natural world is surely what inspires me most. Mother Nature surrounds us and permeates every aspect of our life with boundless beauty that will never stop to fill with wonder the eyes of those who want to see it. I am indeed very curious and I think that inspiration is basically all about curiosity and passion for what you do: if you don’t have that hunger for knowledge, then you are just missing so many chances of discovering and inventing something new, both in hairstyling and in life.”
        Think outside the box news 22/3BackNext

        Where does creativity meet hairstyling?
        “I think that creativity is a recipe made of many different ingredients: inspiration sources, individual sensitivity and, last but not least, the love and dedication to your profession, hairstyling in my case.
        One of my objectives in hairstyling is to step outside the box, to create something that seems impossible and unexpected, that pleases my eyes, mind and soul, but nevertheless my philosophy is always to make a woman look beautiful and modern. Originality often means eclecticism, a mix of elements coming from different forms of art, that’s why to work with hair I also search for inspiration from other fields that are not necessarily the hairdressing one, such as fashion industry, photography, architecture, design and contemporary art. I like to collect, combine and experiment, translating all the ideas and re-elaborating all influences in various ways: besides my salon work, my creative collection productions and magazine shooting works, I design hair for art curators for fashion exhibitions.
        I love hairdressing and if you love something in life you automatically become loyal and truthful to it. Hairdressing is my passion, through good and bad times and I always stick with it. Every day I look forward to my job. I definitely believe creative hairdressing is an art form in itself, a vital visual force to complement other arts.”

        If we ask you to tell us the name of a hairstylist who represented a turning point for your career…
        “The first name that comes into my mind is for sure that of Trevor Sorbie, a real hairdressing icon, who has inspired the whole sector at a worldwide level, becoming a mentor for many of today’s top hairdressers, thanks to his ability of always combining perfectly the highest quality standards with the most excellent hairdressing. Working with him for 15 years was a very meaningful and enriching life experience, he became like a father to me and I feel very grateful for what he gave me from both a professional and a human point of view.”

        What is new, in your opinion, in the latest hairstyling trends?
        “While rushing through the professional day by day routine, a hairdresser, like all the other artisans, sometimes runs the risk of forgetting to focus on some basic aspects of his craft, missing some great chances of adding value to his work.
        I think that this is the moment to rediscover the creative potential of blow-drying that, in my opinion, is precious like an accessory to be worn, the final expert touch that enhances the beauty of a style. I’m working with Davines on something new, an homage to this special craft, to give it back its artistic dignity. I perceive the blow-drying as an art, and I want to invite all the hairdressers to realize their own masterpiece with hair. You’ll discover soon what I am talking about, I hope that you’ll enjoy it and that you’ll have fun!”
        Follow us on Davines Official Facebook fan page to discover what’s new… coming soon!

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          15 Easy Ways to Be Healthier

          More and more research is showing that the key to lifelong good health is what experts call “lifestyle medicine” — making simple changes in diet, exercise and stress management. To help you turn that knowledge into results, we’ve put together this manageable list of health and wellness action steps.

          We asked three experts — a naturopathic physician, a nutritionist, and a personal trainer — to tell us the top five simple-but-significant lifestyle-medicine changes they recommend.

          Besides giving you three different takes on how to pick your health battles, this list gives you choices you can make without being whisked off to a reality-show fat farm — or buying a second freezer for those calorie-controlled, pre-portioned frozen meals.

          James Rouse, N.D.
          Naturopathic physician, triathlete, chef, author and host of TV’s “Optimum Wellness,” health-tip segments featured on NBC affiliates in several major cities.

          1. Think positive and focus on gratitude

          Research shows a healthy positive attitude helps build a healthier immune system and boosts overall health. Your body believes what you think, so focus on the positive.

          2. Eat your vegetables

          Shoot for five servings of vegetables a day — raw, steamed, or stir-fried. A diet high in vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of developing cancers of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, esophagus, stomach, bladder, pancreas and ovary. And many of the most powerful phytonutrients are the ones with the boldest colors — such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes and leafy greens.

          3. Set a “5-meal ideal”

          What, when and how much you eat can keep both your metabolism and your energy levels steadily elevated, so you’ll have more all-day energy. A “5 meal ideal” will help you manage your weight, keep your cool, maintain your focus and avoid cravings.

          4. Exercise daily

          Did you know that daily exercise can reduce all of the biomarkers of aging? This includes improving eyesight, normalizing blood pressure, improving lean muscle, lowering cholesterol and improving bone density. If you want to live well and live longer, you must exercise! Studies show that even 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference — so do something! Crank the stereo and dance in your living room. Sign up for swing dancing or ballroom-dancing lessons. Walk to the park with your kids or a neighbor you’d like to catch up with. Jump rope or play hopscotch. Spin a hula hoop. Play water volleyball. Bike to work. Jump on a trampoline. Go for a hike.

          5. Get at good night’s sleep

          If you have trouble sleeping, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga. Or eat a small bedtime snack of foods shown to help shift the body and mind into sleep mode: whole grain cereal with milk, oatmeal, cherries or chamomile tea. Darken your room more and turn your clock away from you. Write down worries or stressful thoughts to get them out of your head and onto the page. This will help you put them into perspective so you can quit worrying about them.

          Christina Reiter, M.S., R.D.
          Resident consulting dietitian at the University of Colorado–Boulder Wardenburg Health Center for Nutrition Education and Therapies and former director of the nutrition program at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

          1. Check your food ’tude

          What we eat and how we feel are linked in very complex ways. A healthy approach to eating is centered on savoring flavor, eating to satisfaction and increasing energy, rather than focusing on weight. Check your balance of low-calorie foods, nutrient-dense foods (providing many nutrients per calorie), and foods that are calorie dense but nutrient poor. Most Americans need to eat more fresh whole foods (in contrast to processed, highly refined foods). Try to add more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes into your meals. Pair these carbohydrate-rich foods with a healthy fat or lean protein to extend satisfaction.

          2. Eat like a kid

          If adding more fruits and vegetables sounds ominous, look to “finger food” versions that preschool kids love — carrot and celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, grapes, berries and dried fruits. All are nutritional powerhouses packed with antioxidants.

          3. Be a picky eater

          Limit saturated fats and trans fats, and aim to eat more foods rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids to cut your risk of cardiovascular disease and maybe even improve depressed moods. The equivalent of just 1 gram of EPA/DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid/docosahexaenoic acid) daily is recommended. Eating cold-water oily fish (wild salmon, herring, sardines, trout) two to three times per week will provide both EPA and DHA. Adding up to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and eating meat, milk and cheese from grass-fed animals will provide you with a healthy dose of omega-3s.

          4. Use foods over supplements

          Supplements are not a substitute for a good diet. Although many health experts recommend taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement that provides 100 to 200 percent of your recommended daily value, each and every supplement should be carefully evaluated for purity and safety. Specific supplements have been associated with toxicity, reactions with medications, competition with other nutrients, and even increased risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

          5. Get satisfaction

          Both eating and physical activity are fun, sensory experiences! In both, aim for pleasure — not pain. Pay attention to the nutritional value of the foods you choose to eat, as well as your sense of satisfaction, relaxation, tension, exhilaration and fatigue when you sit down to eat. Check in with yourself as you eat, rekindling your recognition of hunger, fullness and satisfaction when considering when and how much to eat.

          Rick Olderman, M.S., P.T.
          A physical therapist and owner of Z-Line Training in Denver, Colo., offering rehabilitation, personal training, Pilates instruction, motivational injury-prevention seminars, employee fitness program development and custom foot orthotics casting.

          1. Give yourself a break

          “I spend countless hours doing cardio and never seem to lose that last 10 pounds!” is a common complaint I hear from clients. Give yourself permission to shorten your workout. Believe it or not, overtraining could be the problem. Your body can plateau if not given adequate rest to restore itself, ultimately leading to a decline in performance. Fatigue, moodiness, lack of enthusiasm, depression and increased cortisol (the “stress” hormone) are some hallmarks of overtraining syndrome. Creating a periodization program — breaking up your routine into various training modes — can help prevent overtraining by building rest phases into your regimen. For example, you might weight train on Monday and Wednesday, cycle on Tuesday and Thursday, run on Friday and rest on Saturday and Sunday. You can also help balance your program by simply incorporating more variety.

          2. Think small

          Often the biggest deterrent to improving health is feeling overwhelmed by all the available advice and research. Try to focus first on one small, seemingly inconsequential, unhealthy habit and turn it into a healthy, positive habit. If you’re in the habit of eating as soon as you get home at night, instead keep walking shoes in the garage or entryway and take a quick spin around the block before going inside. If you have a can of soda at lunchtime every day, have a glass of water two days a week instead. Starting with small, painless changes helps establish the mentality that healthy change is not necessarily painful change. It’s easy to build from here by adding more healthy substitutions.

          3. Keep good company

          You can do all the right things — but if you have personal relationships with people who have unhealthy habits, it is often an uphill battle. The healthiest people are those who have relationships with other healthy people. Get your family or friends involved with you when you walk or plan healthier meals. Making healthy changes with a loved one can bring you closer together as well as motivate you.

          4. Make a list … and check it twice

          Take a few minutes and write down all the reasons you can’t begin an exercise program. Then look at the basis of each reason. For instance, if you wrote, “No time” as one of your reasons, then perhaps that’s based on a belief that an exercise program takes a lot of time. Starting with even five minutes a day will have a positive effect because you will have created a healthy habit where one didn’t exist before, and that’s a powerful mental adjustment. A closer look at your list will expose those false beliefs hiding behind each excuse.

          5. Sign up for an event

          Let’s face it, exercising just for the sake of exercising or losing weight can get boring. Spice things up by signing up for an event like a run/walk race or a cycling ride where you can be part of a team. Doing so gives your workouts a new purpose, and it’s fun to be around others who are exercising just like you — not to mention that most events benefit nonprofit organizations, which doubles your feel-good high.

          This article and more found at:
          http://life.gaiam.com

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            Six Health Benefits of Gardening

            Growing your own vegetable garden can do more than provide tasty produce—gardening can improve health, save money and even boost mood.

            Community gardens, backyard plots, and even window boxes are gaining in popularity, and tomatoes are among the first seeds new gardeners plant. Whole generations of Americans have never eaten homegrown tomatoes—never experienced the beefy taste, the grassy aroma, the juiciness, and the silken texture of tomatoes right off the vine.

            And the experience of eating your first fresh-picked tomato can be sublime. “I’ve had people tell me it was the best tomato they’ve ever eaten, and they’re probably right,” says Jeff Moyer, farm director of the Rodale Institute. It can even be life changing, sending you hunting for new healthy recipes (though we’ve got six tasty ones right here!) and boosting your veggie intake. These six women are proof that gardening can make you happier and healthier.

            Gardening can save your…waistline

            Michele Owens, 51, Saratoga Springs, NY

            Michele Owens is in good shape chiefly because she gardens. Although she runs for exercise in the winter, she finds the sport to be mind numbing and probably would have given up on it by now if she had to do it year-round. And Owens says she’d never go to the gym to lift weights. “I’m bored to tears at the gym, but I’m never bored gardening, and I’ve been doing it for twenty years,” she says. “It’s a really complete form of exercise attached to a huge sense of accomplishment.” Every April, when Owens trades her running shoes for garden boots and starts mulching and planting, she inevitably drops 5 pounds, and the weight loss lasts all summer long. As her crops ripen, they require less work. But on April and May weekends, she’s in her 1,900-square-foot garden for up to 5 hours a day—hauling more weight and doing more squats than she’d ever do at the gym.

            Gardening can save your health

            Hope Anderson, 35, Grand Island, NE

            Hope Anderson hated tomatoes before she planted some herself. “Now I eat them right off the vine, they’re so sweet,” she says. She started her vegetable garden last summer, in part to make sure that she and her family ate a varied, healthy diet. And it’s working. Anderson has even caught her three kids sneaking tomatoes right out of the garden (just like their mother!). This spring, they begged to pick out their own seeds and eagerly helped Mom plant seedlings. Son Bretton, 11, chose carrots, while his younger brother, Bradley, 10, went for watermelon. Their sister, Mystic-Sage, 6, will be planting her own row of corn. Anderson added kohlrabi, pumpkins, asparagus, strawberries, cucumbers, and lettuces to the mix. And, of course, Roma and cherry tomatoes—lots of them. (Toss ’em all in our spring food recipes.)

            MORE: Easy Tips for Pain-Free Gardening

            Gardening can save your…planet

            Anita Ferry, 50, Los Angeles, CA

            Anita Ferry lives in an LA apartment with her boyfriend of 13 years and her 81-year-old mother. But she makes the most of her limited space—planting containers by her front door, growing mushrooms on the dining room table, sprouting seedlings under a grow lamp on her balcony, and tending boxes on her building’s roof. She also farms a 400-square-foot community garden plot 3 miles from home. “I love knowing exactly where my food comes from—and how it affects the world in return,” she says.

            Ferry finds the community garden’s composting culture very inspiring, and she estimates that at least 30% of her household waste now goes straight to her compost bin. “Composting should be made mandatory for every household, so we can cut down on all the landfills and heal our soil,” she says. “I save all my vegetable trimmings, eggshells, coffee grounds, and tea bags and add them to my compost, which in turn goes back into the soil in my garden to help nourish the delicious food I am growing.”

            Gardening can save your…mental well-being

            Anne Costello, 44, La Grange, IL

            Anne Costello advises attorneys for a busy law firm on the technological aspects of their cases—a hectic, around-the-clock job. She’s also mom to two daughters, ages 7 and 10. When she gets stressed out, Costello retreats to her backyard garden for relief. “I always feel better getting outside and digging in the dirt,” she says. “Plus, gardening is a solitary, meditative experience that I crave. I love that I can share the garden with my family when I want to, but it can also be just for me.” And she relishes seeing things grow. “My work is so abstract and long term, but the garden gives me a definite end result,” she says. Last summer, her family’s house flooded so badly that they were forced to rebuild and have been living in a rental property, without a garden. “It was the most stressful year of my life, and I gained a lot of weight,” she says.

            “I cannot wait to get back to my own home and my garden.”

            Gardening can save your…bank account

            Gayle Bowe, 32, New Paltz, NY

            Gayle Bowe and her husband, Justin, are new parents and novice gardeners. Before their baby was born earlier this year, they decided to change their lifestyle—to create a healthier environment and more solid financial footing for their growing family. They turned to their neighbor, Jean, a lifelong vegetable gardener, to help them dig a garden that would feed their family—including ready-to-puree produce for their new baby, Henry, now 5 months old. “Organic baby food is expensive: on average, $1.50 per jar,” Bowe says. She estimates that they’ll save at least $300 this year by preparing their own organic purees. “And as far as Henry goes, I want nothing but pure, untainted goodness,” she says. “Processed baby foods are cooked at high temperatures that destroy some vitamins. Making my own will ensure that he gets all the nutrients he needs, without any extra starchy fillers, sugars, or salt.” (See which fruits and veggies you should always buy organic.)

            Gardening can save your…community

            Asenath Andrews, 60, Detroit, MI

            Twenty-five years ago, when Asenath Andrews founded Catherine Ferguson Academy—a Detroit public school for pregnant teens, as well as teen mothers and their kids—one of the first things she did was plant a garden in the school yard. “If you’re somebody’s mother, you’re supposed to be able to feed your kids,” she says. “The only way to guarantee that is to garden.”

            She’s also helped develop an urban gardening program that teaches at-risk students nutrition, construction, marketing, cooking, and farming skills. The program benefits the greater community, too—students sell fresh, organic produce from their 2-acre garden at the school’s farm stand once a week and at Detroit farmers’ markets on weekends. “Gardening has clearly given these girls skills and values they can carry with them forever,” Andrews says.

            This article and more found at:
            http://www.prevention.com/food/simple-meals-eat-clean

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              Top Ten Foods for Healthy Hair

              The Nutrients Your Hair Needs

              Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician

              Healthy hair relies on certain essential nutrients, including protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, biotin and vitamins A, C, E and D. Eating a healthy balanced diet should provide you with all these nutrients, especially if you include these top ten foods for healthy hair.

              Salmon and tuna are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D, but even though they’re rich in omega-3 fats they’re not high in total fats or calories. Add salmon or tuna to a fresh green salad or enjoy them as sushi. Canned tuna and salmon can be kept on hand and used in a number of recipes. Herring, sardines and trout are also rich in omega-3s.

              Spinach, Swiss chard and kale are excellent sources of vitamin A, iron, calcium and vitamin C. They’re also low in calories so they’ll also help you keep a trim waistline. Use raw green as a base for your salads or sauté them with a little olive oil and garlic and serve as a healthy side.

              Almonds, pecans and walnuts are rich in plant proteins, biotin, minerals and vitamin E. Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eat raw walnuts as a snack or top your salads with toasted pecans. Sprinkle some almonds on green beans or other cooked veggies.

              Sweet potatoes and yams are packed with vitamin A, plus they contain vitamin C, iron and calcium. Serve whipped sweet potatoes as a tasty side dish or bake sweet potatoes and top them with a little molasses, which adds even more calcium.

              Eggs are an excellent source of protein and biotin, and they contain vitamins A and E iron and calcium. Eggs produced by hens fed special diets, called ‘omega eggs’ are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

              Dry beans, lentils and soy are rich in protein, zinc, iron and biotin. Baked beans can be used as a topping for baked white or sweet potatoes. Or serve lentil soup with a fresh green salad.

              Oysters are extremely high in zinc plus they’re a rich source of protein. Enjoy raw oysters on the half shell, prepared as Oysters Rockefeller, or make oyster stew for dinner.

              Dairy products are high in protein, vitamin D and calcium. Go with low or non-fat milk and cheese to cut back on some of the calories. Serve Greek yogurt with honey, berries and nuts for a delicious breakfast or healthy dessert. Alternatively, milk made from almonds, soy or rice is also a good choice.

              Red bell peppers are high in vitamins A and C, plus they’re super low in calories. Top a salad with raw red pepper slices. Roast them with an assortment of veggies or add them to a stir-fry.

              Beef is an excellent source of protein and zinc. It can be high in fats and calories, so choose a leaner cut like a filet mignon. Grass-fed beef has a better fatty acid profile. Add thin slices of steak to a salad or use lean cuts of beef in a stir-fry.

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                7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

                Plants that will make you pretty, inside and out
                by EMILY WOODRUFF

                Breathe Easy With English Ivy
                The one thing DIY blogs and Home Depot enthusiasts gloss over: The nasty smells and chemicals that come with revamping your home. The solution? English Ivy. NASA scientists list the vine as the No. 1 best air-filtering houseplant. It sucks up formaldehyde, a carcinogen produced by household cleaning products, plywood, particle board and other pressed wood, like cabinets and engineered or laminate hardwood floors.

                Remember With Rosemary
                Have you ever made your way to your car after shopping to find you, um, can’t remember where you left said vehicle? If you answered, “No, because I can never find my keys to make it to the store,” consider growing rosemary in your home. A recent study found that the carnosic acid in the plant improves circulation to the brain, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

                Keep a small pot of this low-maintenance herb in your home to reap the benefits — studies have shown that just smelling the aroma of rosemary improves memory. To really get your brain blood pumping, steep a sprig in hot water for five minutes to create an anti-amnesia tea.

                Stressed? Take a Whiff of Lavender
                Lavender: Not just for the ol’ underwear drawer. Taken orally in pill form, it’s been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, like insomnia and depression. In one study, just a whiff of the scent reduced the feelings of unease that accompanied a trip to the tooth doctor. While we won’t dub it the new laughing gas just yet, we might plant one outside the dentist’s office.

                To bring a sense of calm into your home, grow this plant in a medium or large bucket in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Once it blooms, snip off individual stems and hang them upside down to dry. Scatter the dried blooms in a bath and settle in for a relaxing, lavender-infused soak.

                Lady Palm for Your Sneezing and Wheezing
                This plant targets airborne ammonia, an enemy of the respiratory system and a major component of both household cleaners and animal waste. So, if you’ve got a pet, you’re inhaling this eye, nose and lung irritant, whether you’re obsessed over cleaning up after it or just pretending the kitty litter is self-cleaning. OCD neat freaks and crazy cat hoarders alike can help counteract the gas with this easy-to-care for indoor plant.

                Shoo Flies With Catnip
                It’s not that we like being covered in bug bites, it’s just that we’re not willing to cover ourselves in chemicals to avoid them. Enter: catnip. Research suggests that it repels mosquitoes 10 times more effectively than the chemical repellant DEET. To create your own natural repellent, simply crush the leaves and rub them on your skin or clothing. Just make sure you’re not in cat country — or worse, cougar country — when you apply it.

                Face-Plant Into Aloe Vera
                It’s known for taking the sting out of sunburns, but the gel that oozes from this plant can also make your acne cream more effective. In a study, those who applied aloe vera after applying a retinoid prescribed for acne experienced a 90 percent reduction in acne, compared to a 65 percent reduction in those who used the retinoid alone. If you’d rather have 10 percent of your acne, compared to 35 percent (this is not a trick question), slap on some aloe vera 10 to 15 minutes after applying your retinoid.

                SEE NEXT PAGE: Chamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing ChampionChamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing Champion
                Chamomile, long celebrated for its ability to aid in digestion, contains alpha-bisabolol, a compound that reportedly slows down the aging process by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One study found that alpha-bisabolol reduces hyperpigmentation more effectively than arbutin, the most common skin lightening ingredient.

                To slow the hands of time, add dried chamomile flowers to distilled water and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to steep for 20 minutes, then store the mixture in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Apply it twice daily in place of a toner, and watch with wonder as that alpha-bisabolol goes to work on your red spots, dark marks and wrinkles.

                Article found at: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/best-indoor-plants-140819/page7

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                  Yoga Poses to Tame Holiday Stress Instantly

                  Take a break from in-laws, company and holiday budgeting with this easy mood-soother

                  by HAYLEY MASON

                  The holidays are a joyous time filled with treats, gifts and togetherness; it’s also filled with company that stays too long, nosy in-laws and some stress on the checkbook. The American Psychological Association reports that, during the holidays, 69 percent of people are stressed from lack of time, 69 percent from lack of money and 51 percent over the pressure to give or receive gifts.

                  Rather than hitting the gym to burn off tension and anxiety (face it, you’re not making it there over the holidays), turn to these stress-relieving yoga poses from Nadia Narain, yoga instructor to stars like Reese Witherspoon and Kate Moss. “I like yoga, because you need to be connected to your breath, and it works on the nervous system as well as the physical body,” says Narain.

                  In her new DVD, “Everyday Yoga for Stress Release,” Narain focuses on three areas of practice — one for burning off tension with strengthening, flowing poses; another for when you’re burnt out and exhausted, in need of lighter activity; and a third to relieve emotional stress (i.e. the sure-to-happen-at-least-once family fight). Here, the yoga poses for relieving all your stressful holiday woes.

                  If a Flight Home Isn’t in the Cards
                  The main cause of emotional stress during the holiday season: loneliness. If you’re stuck in a different city than family or mourning the loss of a loved one, release tension with this upbeat, non-traditional pose.

                  The Pose:
                  Bouncing Release

                  Start in a standing position. Stretch your arms up and over your head, and begin shaking out your wrists, relieving tension from the body. Start loosening your fingers, hands and arms as you shake. “Releasing stress, tension, unwinding, undoing,” describes Narain.

                  Start to bounce through the knees, beginning to jump. Move your hips side-to-side and keep jumping for 30 seconds.

                  Slow down to a standing position, but keep shaking out the arms and wrists. Keep breathing, softening the shoulders, then reaching your arms up and stretching to the sky, inhaling as you do so. Next, exhale, releasing the arms down.

                  Narain instructs to breathe in and out as you feel the energy running through you, stretching your arms and neck if you’d like.

                  After the bounce and release pose, step to the front of your mat and bring your hands into prayer position. Inhale, reaching your arms up, then exhale, bending forward and bringing your hands to your shins.

                  As you inhale, straighten your arms and lift your chest, bringing your head up slightly. Then as you exhale, bring your hands back behind your legs and your head down. Inhale, stretching all the way up and bringing hands to the sky. Then exhale, dropping back to your shins. Repeat the sequence one to two more times.

                  Why It Soothes:
                  “I created this sequence with a few different elements that are not strictly yoga poses,” says Narain. “Just allow a bit more freestyle, rather than being strict with instructions and alignment.” You can also add cobbler’s pose to the end of the sequence to release tension further.

                  When Your In-Laws Are Driving You Crazy
                  If you find yourself grinding your jaw or taking to the eggnog a little too heavily, you’re probably feeling some pent-up tension and stress. To burn it off, add more movement into your yoga routine.

                  The Pose:
                  Strengthening, Flowing Sequences

                  Start at the front of your mat with your hands in prayer position. Inhale, reaching arms up to the sky. Exhale, folding down at the waist and bringing your fingertips to your toes. (Narain advises to bend slightly at the knees if you feel too much pull.) Inhale, lifting the chest and stepping your right foot back into a lunge. As you exhale, move into downward facing dog. Inhale, going into a straight-armed plank pose. Then as you exhale, press back into downward facing dog again.

                  Next, inhale, lifting your arms above your head and bringing yourself into crescent pose (a high lunge with arms stretched over your head). Hold this pose for a breath or two, sinking slightly deeper into the pose if you can.

                  Bring both your hands to the ground and step your feet together at the front of your mat. Inhale, reaching arms up and above your head, then bring them back into prayer position. Repeat the sequence on the opposite side.

                  Why It Soothes:
                  Narain created the tension-burning segment of her DVD to have more flow to invigorate your body. “Both a slow practice and a little more fluid practice are beneficial, depending on how we feel. Sometimes we need to conserve energy, but other times we need to build the fire a bit more.”

                  Photos: Republished with permission from “Everyday Yoga for Stress Release with Nadia Narain.” To see Narain’s full sequences, you can purchase the DVD on Amazon now.

                  Article found at: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/relaxation-techniques-yoga-141215/page4

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                    HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES

                    Here is a simple way to clean your make-up brushes with only one ingredient!

                    My friend recently shared with me a very simple and cost effective way to clean make-up brushes and I just couldn’t wait to share about it! I’m not sure about you, but cleaning my make-up brushes didn’t sit very high on the list of important things to clean. I guess I never really had thought about it before!

                    Truth is though, after using your makeup brushes even just a few times, your face’s natural oils, the makeup, and any other dust or dirt can begin to build up on to the bristles. Pretty gross to think about right? Spending a few moments cleaning your brushes every once in a while can help keep those germs from getting transferred to your face. Not to mention it can help keep your brush’s bristles soft and most effective!

                    SO… now that I’ve got you thoroughly worried about the condition of your brushes, want to know my little secret for keeping them clean?

                    Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.. That’s it! This soap smells delicious, cleans great and is all natural and organic. I mean, can we get any better?

                    What you’ll need:

                    Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – Peppermint (I picked mine up at Target for less than $10)
                    Small bowl
                    Water to rinse
                    Towel to dry

                    What you’ll do:

                    Pour a small amount of the Castile Soap into a bowl (A little goes a long way here!)
                    Rub your brush into the soap and create a lather in the bowl
                    Gently massage the bristles of your brush to loosen the make-up and the dirt
                    Rinse your brush under water until all the soap is completely out and the water runs clear
                    Use a clean towel and pat the bristles to remove excess water
                    Fluff the bristles to help them regain their original shape
                    That’s it!

                    We found this great article at:
                    http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/diy/clean-make-brushes/

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