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An Accidental Hippie

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The secret for looking youthful has been a constant question since the beginning of time it seems. In fact, many researchers have done some experiments to find ways to slow down the aging process.



There are some techniques that have been implemented, but the most important things for us to do are being consistent in implementing a healthy lifestyle and eating habits.



We can’t stop the natural change, but we can still look younger if we want to work hard to slow down the aging process.



Therefore, I’m going to help you with 10 easy steps to make you look younger:




Detox: It’s important to start detoxification, getting rid of toxins from our bodies. Our body’s metabolism has done that process, but in everyday life, we are exposed to so many chemical hazards from air, food, and environment. Fasting or just consuming fruits and vegetables are ways to detoxify our bodies.




Sleep: Having enough sleep, at least 6-8 hours a day, will make our skin healthier. Having a good sleep is also important because the growth hormone is working during that time. It "renews the old cell of our body, including the skin cell. Our skin will look fresh and young if we have enough sleep.

To ensure a good night’s sleep I’ve started adding sleep drops, full of relaxing ingredients, to my bedtime routine. I cannot even begin to tell you how well I sleep now! I will not go a night without these drops! I sleep like a peaceful baby now!

Check out all the incredible, relax inducing, ingredients in these Sleep Drops.



Chamomile Extract

This herb contains various compounds known as terpenoids and flavonoids, and is commonly used for its relaxing and calming properties.*

L-Theanine

This amino acid commonly found in tea leaves is known to promote calming effects without drowsiness.*


Melatonin

Is a key component in regulating sleep patterns within the body to provide sleep support. *


Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

A naturally occurring amino acid that functions as a chemical messenger in the central nervous system.


5 hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

5-HTP is a compound produced from the amino acid tryptophan.

Sour Cherry Extract

Known as an antioxidant and vitamin source.


Magnesium

Known as an essential mineral important for many



Food: Eating healthy and safe food every day will make our body fit, slim, and also look younger. Try to eat more fish instead of red meat. Fiber foods, vegetables, fruits, and supplements are important food to consume. Drink less coffee and other caffeine beverages.




Exercise: Through routine exercise, we will feel happier, energetic, and confident. It also increases our bone density and muscle which can make our body look 15-20 years younger..




Relax: By trying to be relaxed, our face will look younger. Stress and worries appear on our face. If we can manage our stress and feel at peace, our face will look younger and attractive.




Be Positive: A positive mind and affirmations can lead to a healthier life. Negative thoughts tend to bring failure and make us look older. Meditation can lead to a positive mindset. If you never read the book, The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale than I highly suggest you get it! It will change your perspective on life!




Medical Check-up: Just like a car, our body also needs attention and care so it can work well every day. Having routine medical checkups during our is important to recognize diseases as soon as possible.




Active Life: Always try to be active during your life. Activities can increase health; and if you are in your elder age, your memory will increase too.






Social Life: Happy social life can increase our spirit, bring a peaceful mind, and make us feel and look younger. Communication with our friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and others can bring happiness to us.




Performance: Start to look at our performance. Is our body weight ideal for us? If not, try to fix that to the best ideal weight. Also look at the skin, hair, nail, and teeth. Those are important as they will show our age. Looking good and feeling good will increase our performance.







When you’re stressed out, the foods that you’re turning to are most likely going to be traditional ‘comfort’ foods – think big meals, take-out, fatty foods, sweet foods, and alcohol. Let’s face it – we’ve all found some comfort in a tasty meal and a bottle of beer or glass of wine when we’ve been stressed out or upset about something. However, this isn’t a good permanent solution.



When you’re turning to unhealthy foods you can feel better temporarily, but in the long run, you will feel worse. When your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you can begin to feel less energetic, more lethargic, and in some cases less able to concentrate and focus. All of this can lead to even more stress.



Foods that Fight Stress



If you’ve been feeling more stressed out than usual lately, it’s important to know which foods are best to choose and which to avoid when it comes to combating stress and helping you to deal with feelings of stress and anxiety. The best way to fight stress is to have a healthy, balanced diet which includes a moderate amount of each of the different food groups.



Filling up on foods such as whole grains, leafy vegetables, and lean proteins as the basic staples of the diet is the best way to ensure that your body gets the optimum amounts of nutrients to fight both physical and mental health problems. When it comes to choosing the foods to eat, some have a range of great properties which help the body to combat stress. Choosing these stress-busting foods will help to heal and calm your mind permanently, rather than providing a temporary fix.



Some of the best stress-fighting foods include:


* Avocado – Avocados are a creamy and versatile fruit which can be eaten in a range of different ways whether you enjoy it raw, made into sauces, dressings and dips, or in a smoothie. These nutrient-dense fruits have the properties to stress-proof your body, thanks to their high glutathione content which specifically blocks the intestinal absorption of certain fats which cause oxidative damage. Avocados also contain higher levels of vitamin E, folate, and beta-carotene than any other fruit, which boosts their stress-busting properties. However, be careful with portion control when eating avocado, as it is high in fat.




* Blueberries – If you’re feeling stressed out and reaching for the snacks, swapping chocolate or chips for one of the best superfoods is a great way to help you deal with your stress levels and achieve a higher level of calm. Blueberries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants, especially antho-cyanin, which means that this berry has been linked to a wide range of health benefits including sharper cognition, better focus, and a clearer mind – all of which can help you to better deal with stress.


* Chamomile Tea – Of course, it’s not all about what you’re eating when it comes to managing stress; what you’re drinking can also alleviate or worsen the stress you're feeling. Drinking liquids which are high in sugars and caffeine, such as coffee, energy drinks or soda, can actually increase your stress levels if consumed regularly. Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother, and it has also been used in clinical trials, which determined that chamomile tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.




* Chocolate – Although it’s usually seen as an unhealthy treat, there is an undeniable link between chocolate and our mood. Studies have shown that eating chocolate can actually make you happier. However, that doesn’t mean that you can start munching on chocolate bars every time you're stressed out – chocolate works best as a de-stressor when eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Dark chocolate in particular is best for you, as it contains more flavonols and polyphenols, two hugely important antioxidants which can help combat stress, more than many fruit juices.




* Beef – Grass-fed/Grass finished beef is not only kinder to the planet and to animals, it’s also good for people, too. Grass-fed beef has a huge range of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and Vit-amins C and E, which can help your body to fight stress and anxiety. If you’re looking for more reasons to spend a little more money on organic, grass-fed beef, it’s also lower in fat than grain-fed beef whilst being higher in omega-3.


Oatmeal – Oatmeal is great in that it can be a filling comfort food, but also has a large number of healthy properties to actually make you feel better from the inside out. A complex carbohydrate, eating oatmeal causes your brain to produce higher levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin, helping you to feel calmer and less stressed. Studies have shown that kids who choose oatmeal for breakfast tend to be much sharper throughout the morning in school compared to kids who had alternative morning meals.



* Walnuts – If you’re looking for a healthy snacking option which will help you to stay better in control of your stress levels, walnuts are a great choice. There is no denying the sweet, pleasant flavor of walnuts and they can be a tasty snack for in-between meals or as part of a desert. A versatile nut, walnuts are great for salads, or add them to a sweet treat such as coffee and walnut cake.



* Pistachios – another food which is great for snacking on and can also help to combat stress and anxiety in the long term is pistachios. Studies have found that simply eating two small, snack-size portions of pistachios per day can lower vascular constriction when you are stressed, putting less pressure on your heart by further dilating your arteries. Along with this, the rhythmic, repetitive act of shelling pistachios can actually be quite therapeutic!




* Green Leafy Vegetables – leafy, green vegetables should be a pivotal part of anyone’s diet. Along with helping to combat stress, leafy greens are full of nutrients and antioxidants which help to fight off disease and leave your body feeling healthier and more energized. Dark leafy greens, for example spinach, are especially good for you since they are rich in folate, which helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical. Making leafy greens a part of your diet will help you to feel happier and less stressed out overall.



* Fermented foods – last but not least, eating fermented foods such as kefir can help to keep your gut healthy, which actually in turn will help to improve your mental health and reduce stress levels. The beneficial bacteria which are found in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi and kombucha actually have a direct effect on your brain chemistry and transmit positive mood and behavior regulating signals to your brain via the vagus nerve.





After all the splurging during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the new year offers the perfect opportunity for a fresh start.

While most people add new workout and diet plans to their routines, the new year is also the perfect time to refresh your body, hair, and skin. Everyone deserves a total body refresh to start the year, and we’re sharing a few choice tips on how you can do that in 2021!


Refresh Your Body

So we just spent the last six to eight weeks indulging in treats, sweet drinks, and scrumptious dinners. While we wouldn’t have it any other way, holiday festivities often leave us feeling sluggish in January. Starting the day with a glass of warm lemon water is a popular cleansing technique to get your day rolling. Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet is another way to give yourself a fresh start to 2021, and Monat Energy is a fantastic energy boost without the crash.


Refresh Your Hair

Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp! Environmental impurities cling to our hair and scalp throughout the year. That’s what giving your hair and scalp regular purifying resets are essential to any haircare routine—and January is the perfect time to begin. With the launch of our NEW Purifying Haircare Line featuring Purifying Vinegar Shampoo and Scalp Purifying Scrub, you have the scalp cleansing products your hair craves! This high-performing scalp scrub and shampoo is formulated with apple cider vinegar, superfruit AHAs, and vitamin B6 to offer you the ultimate new year refresh!


Refresh Your Skin

January is also the ideal time to cleanse your skin of environmental impurities, toxins, and dead skin to leave you looking refreshed and renewed! Start the year with a facial at your favorite local spa or visit your dermatologist.

Of course, you’ll want to cleanse your skin daily, and we offer two options depending on your skin type to help ensure the effects of your cleanse last. Add Be Balanced™ Foamy Cleanser to your routine if you have oily to combination skin or Be Gentle™ Creamy Cleanser if you have normal to dry skin.

You’ve earned a fresh start to 2021, and we hope these quick tips get you on your toward your best year yet!

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