How To Get Better At Managing Your Emotions

Emotions are our defining feature as human beings. We are emotional beings. We emote. But sometimes these highly volatile, pressing feelings, like a force of nature, get the better of us. And then, as the tables turn, we end up being controlled by our emotions.

When the emotions are in control, they dictate our thoughts, intentions as well as actions and ignore the sound and sensible warnings of our mind. We swing like a pendulum between two extremes – extreme gratification and extreme unfulfillment – and, somewhere on the way, we lose our perspective completely.

Let’s take the example for two people, Mindy and Kylie. These two ladies are good friends who often spend a lot of time together. However, they are very different people. Mindy is extremely impulsive. She is also sensitive, and the smallest incident is enough to rile her up. She complains about everything, from a change in weather to the queue at the teller. Kylie has a calmer disposition. She is more reasonable when it comes to her emotions. She doesn’t let small things get to her and takes them in her stride. She is also the happier person of the two.

We all aspire to become more like Kylie. There are however a few things standing in our way. I will explain these things in my blog post as I walk you through the steps you must take to manage your emotions better. Keep Mindy and Kylie in mind as you read on.

Acknowledge how you feel

When things affect you strongly, it is important to take a step back and acknowledge how you feel. The storm that rages inside your mind and heart needs to be calmed before you can make any rational decisions. Acknowledging how you feel, whether it’s negative or positive emotions, will help you gather yourself and keep from making biased decisions that are bound to fail.

We often override this step and press on with our decisions. This is what Mindy does too. Kylie, on the other hand, is more understanding of herself and takes the time to acknowledge her emotions before making any decisions.

Learn to forgive and move on

Forgiving others can have a very positive effect on our state of mind. The quicker we forgive, the easier it is for us to shed the emotional baggage we carry and move on. When we dilly dally with guilt, judgement or similar ill feelings, we are forced into a state of limbo and indecision. Long drawn battles with self like this can be very stressful and draining as well.

Make a habit of forgiving others and even yourself. Keep an open mind. Suggest a compromise that works for everyone involved. And stay constructive.

Take a moment before you react

Many of us feel the urge to react immediately even though we hear the voice in our head screaming “No” as we do it. Take a moment. Tear some paper. Punch a pillow or scream into it. Sleep overnight. Do anything that will distract you for those first few crucial minutes. Then when you are stable, think rationally, form your thoughts and make your decisions.

Mindy, from our example, is the first to react whenever there is conflict and sometimes, she is the reason for the conflict. Her inability to hold back has cost here many-a relationships and precious friendships. Kylie, on the other hand, prefers to go for a jog and wear down her distress before making her decisions.

Find a healthy outlet and vent

Emotional situations can last a very long time and manifest in unimaginable ways if they are not managed properly. Finding a constructive vent is essential. Art, craft, gardening, exercise – all these are fantastic avenues to explore. Talking to a friend or counsellor and sharing your emotions can be a cathartic and healing experience.

In her later years, Mindy has learnt that talking things over with Kylie can be a very calming experience for her. This has also led to a drastic improvement in her general behaviour. Kylie is a good person, but Mindy’s experiences are teaching her to be empathetic to people in distress.

Try to see the bigger picture

Being emotional can keep you from seeing the big picture. Whether it is what the other people involved in the situation are also going through, or it is the impact of your one careless thought and action. Being emotional can quickly become a blindfold and you cannot see the consequences of your actions.

Mindy is now learning to pay heed to the big picture. She is learning from Kylie about how to be positive and think creatively. She is learning from her past mistakes and taking the time to seek forgiveness from people she wronged.

5 Natural Remedies For Hot Flushes For Women Over 45

It is quite common for women between the ages of 45-55 to experience hot flushes and night sweats as a symptom that they may have hit a stage in their lives called “perimenopause” – or the years leading to menopause.

As many as 75% of the women experience hot flushes and night sweats. A lucky minority experience nothing at all. And a small number of women experience mild symptoms only.

For those who are affected, the signs can be intense and overwhelming. During a hot flush, pangs of heat start in the chest and spread to the head. Beads of sweat trickle down the face and neck. And while it takes anywhere from five to ten long minutes for them to wear out, women have been known to have as many as 20-30 such episodes in a day!

Some women experience only hot flushes without any sweating. While others sweat profusely. Doctors have linked hot flushes and night sweats to the changing levels of estrogen in the female body.

While hot flushes are common, a few natural remedies have been known to reduce their impact considerably. In this week’s blog post I discuss 5 natural and powerful remedies that can reduce your symptoms and bring you calming respite. Here they are:

1. Exercise Regularly

Exercise regularly and include diverse routines that work every part of your body. Go for a brisk walk out in the open. Include some form of physical activity, movement or dance in your every day. Exercising properly like this has been known to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes and night sweats.

Note: For women with weight management issues, controlling your weight through planned diet and exercise may help you reduce symptoms. Overweight women have a higher chance of experiencing acute episodes of hot flushes and night sweats.

2. Include Protein and Healthy Fats

Incorporate protein and healthy fats into your meals. Make your breakfast as healthy as possible as this is the most important meal of the day. Eliminate carbs – bagel, toast and bread – altogether. 

3. Right Clothing

Wear comfortable clothing that is light and that absorbs sweat. This may be especially useful during nights when copious sweating can make it impossible to get a proper shut-eye and restful sleep. Wearing layers of clothing has been recommended by many women as it helps in regulating temperature and you may shed the extra layers when the need arises.

4. Drink Water

Keep yourself hydrated. Keep a bottle of water on your person and carry it wherever you go. Drink plenty of water. This will help you regulate your body’s temperature and make up for the lost moisture during a hot flush.

Add infused waters, teas and drinks to your list of fluids. Vegetable and fruit smoothies are great during the hot summer months, as are stews, soups and broths during the cold winter season.

5. Learn to Relax

Remember that heightened stress can make you particularly susceptible to hot flushes and night sweats. Practice meditation and mindfulness. Practice yoga. Keep away from potential triggers such as coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and spicy foods.

6. Bonus tip

Begin by getting a blood test done. Get your hormones and thyroid tested as well. The results from these tests will help you get an accurate idea of your status and how sensitive you are. Then, talk to a trusted Health Coach or healthcare professional about these tests, your issues and concerns to get guidance on how to manage your situation better.

3 Steps To Feeling Good With A Complete Liver Cleanse

Our gut, liver, lungs and kidneys are superheroes that work together tirelessly to flush out toxins from the body, boost our immunity and keep us fighting fit. They are the reason we are able to survive every day (and everything) from bad diets and light pollution to hard-core substance abuse.

They cleanse our systems and rejuvenate us. They help us maintain a healthy state of being. But, as they perform their critical functions, toxins that aren’t flushed out accumulate in our systems and over time we experience heavy toxicity build-up.

In a healthy condition the liver can function optimally: scour out the toxins in the body, convert them into their water-soluble form and efficiently excrete them out. But when the liver is impacted it gets overwhelmed and is unable to perform. As days go on, the situation may compound and worsen.

When this happens and depending on the extent of the damage, you may experience bloating around your upper abdomen, sudden loss of appetite and general restlessness, weight gain, smelliness of the mouth and your breath, and itchiness and pigmentation on the skin. Of course, it would be ideal to take action before such a situation occurs!

A liver cleanse needn’t be extreme and you should be able to do it any time you feel. All it takes are 3 simple steps and a loving, gentle approach. I discuss these steps in my blog post this week that will give your body a detoxifying boost. Here goes.

Step 1: Eliminate and Reduce Toxicity

We are exposed to a number of chemicals, pollutants, stressors and toxins, like the ones we pick up from the environment, our beauty products and cosmetics, household cleaning products, or from packaged foods we consume. Eliminating and reducing the usage of all these substances is the first step in a thorough liver cleanse.

Check the labels on the packages of the products for ingredients and manufacturing processes. Household cleaning products have been known to include very corrosive and potent substances. Make sure you use organic, handmade, natural and non-toxic products.

At home, fill your space with natural light. Use natural soy and beeswax candles. Keep plants indoors, they add to the aesthetic appeal as well as contribute to your health and wellbeing.

Step 2: Consume Liver-friendly Foods

There are a variety of liver-friendly foods that are totally recommended when you are considering a liver cleanse. For instance, beetroot, broccoli and garlic are great. Use these in your meals. Raw vegetable juices and green smoothies are also very helpful.

Do follow my FB Live for some healthy recipes. You will also find ample recipes on my website that are delicious and good.

Fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, all these tangy treats encourage gut-friendly bacteria to colonize the intestines and promote health. So do probiotic foods: milk and yogurt. Include them in your meals.

Add a dash of turmeric to your food. The secret is to combine turmeric with coconut oil while cooking. This way the body is able to take in all of the root’s goodness. Munch on walnuts. Nothing beats the liver-boosting power of the mighty walnut.

Step 3: Take Milk Thistle and Dandelion Supplements

Milk Thistle is the single most effective tool of a natural liver detox. It helps eliminate the build-up of toxicity from heavy metals, medication, environmental pollutants and alcohol abuse. It even absorbs the harmful effects of chemotherapy and radiation after treatment.

I wrote a blog post on the merits of Milk Thistle and how to use it a while back. Infused teas and supplements are a great way to include this miraculous herb in your diet.

The root of a dandelion is equally powerful in keeping the liver functioning optimally. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Its natural diuretic effect fortifies the liver allowing it to eliminate toxins more effectively.

If you are experiencing stress, bloating, itchiness or irritation, talk to me today. The symptoms of liver dysfunction are subtle and it may be essential to reach out to someone you trust.

Simple Tips To Detox Naturally & Cleanse Your Body

Being constantly exposed to a growing volume of pollutants, toxins and stressors, our body feels uncomfortable and overwhelmed. We experience exhaustion and fatigue. And we are unable to perform at our optimum. It’s time we take a step back and Cleanse.

There are an increasing number of chemicals in our food supply, in the air we breathe, in the environment and surrounds, in the cosmetics and creams we use, in the household cleaning products…in everything we encounter and touch. That is why a good detox requires that we take deeper more thorough action!

True detox requires a thorough cleanse of the mind, body and spirit. We must include and touch on all aspects of our health and wellbeing – the Physical, Emotional, Mental as well as the Spiritual, or PEMS. 

There are a number of natural ways to detox and flush out toxins from our system. Drinking ample water is a good start. So is exercising regularly and practising mindfulness and meditation. But we must do so constantly in order to beat the toxins from building up and affecting us irrevocably.

It is recommended that we detox at least once every six months to maintain good health.

Cleanse By Gurmayll

My 10-day Cleanse program, that starts next week, is a perfect opportunity to help ourselves. Here, we make a conscious and sustained effort to avoid harmful foods and take in only the good stuff. We engage in exercises that are beneficial. And we practice the art in a guided manner.

Participating as a group, we find support in each other. This brings in accountability and motivation. We learn from each other as we progress and emerge – Cleansed.

Here in this week’s blog post, I give you a few simple tips to detox naturally and effectively. I talk about my upcoming Cleanse program and the tools we will be using then. And I encourage you to take note.

1. Green Tea

Green tea (or, herbal tea) is a great detoxifying agent. It is brimming with antioxidants that help boost your immunity. Green tea also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Warm tea can ease bowel movement and aid in digestive function.

2. Water

Drink plenty of water. Water combines with toxins in the body and helps in flushing them out through urine. Water also replenishes and aids organ-function. Washing your face and body with water can have a lasting refreshing effect.

3. Exercise

Good physical exercise induces sweating. Sweat carries toxins from within the body through the pores and out. Even light exercises can be helpful in flushing out toxins. Exercising also activates and releases ‘endorphins’ or happy hormones. These hormones keep us feeling good from within.

4. Yoga

Yoga is as much physical exercise as it is exercise for the mind and spirit. Practice simple yoga movements daily. Spending 15-20 minutes practising yoga is sufficient. This will help strengthen you. Alternatively, you can also try dancing, aerobics, Zumba or any form of movement that captures your imagination.

5. Laughter

Smile often and laugh wholeheartedly. Laughing eases muscles and boosts immunity. It is a good idea to share a laugh with friends and family.

6. Gratitude

Gratitude can go a long way in strengthening you and flushing out ill-feelings and negativity. Maintain a gratitude journal. Share your gratitude and thankfulness through prayer or by talking to a friend.

7. Smoothies

We have a number of smoothie recipes that are tasty as well as healthy. Detox smoothies are effective in cleaning our systems and keeping us nourished. Try a smoothie for breakfast. Use natural, organic, and fresh ingredients.

8. Whole foods

Buy and eat a range of whole foods – fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. Your local farmers markets are great places to shop for seasonal, fresh, organic and locally-grown produce.

9. Probiotics

The millions of tiny good bacteria that are housed in your gut help you with digestion and in boosting your immunity. Probiotics feed these bacteria. Include probiotic yogurt and milk in your diet. Fermented foods such as tempeh, sauerkraut, and kefir are equally effective.

10. Cooking

Avoid sugary, pre-packaged and pre-cooked meals. Avoid refined flours and breads. Cook your own food. Use quality ingredients and simple cooking techniques. Avoid overcooking. Always eat your meal at the dining table away from the distraction of your smartphone or telly. Savour what you eat.

I Tried The New Grain-Free Meal Plan, And Here’s How Amazing It Felt!

For me, it was the digestive distress that did it and I decided to take a leap and go grain-free. But for the many others who suffer from constipation, gut-related ailments, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, celiac disease and more, going grain-free can prove to be life-changing!

Not just for the disorders and ailments, but if you’ve been unable to shed weight and are constantly struggling with weight-gain or weight-loss issues, try going grain-free for a month and feel the difference.

Our typical meals have grains in them. Heck, we can’t imagine food without grains – bread, pasta, rice, roti or cereal. Grains are a staple ingredient. So why change?

Because our composition has changed. Our habits have changed. And so has our diet itself. This makes us more sensitive to gluten and prone to all its vagaries. 

Our meals do not pack as much nutritional value as they used to. This means we are receiving less with every mouthful and we are compensating the bulk of our meal with grains and carbs.

We don’t eat as many whole raw foods – fruits and veggies as we used to either. We have a lot of processed and packaged foods. We have our meals on the go, not giving our body enough time to actually break down the food properly. And even then, we are distracted by the glare of our smartphones and televisions.

Some would argue – going gluten-free is enough! I would say it is the first step. But going grain-free is really the whole package.

In this week’s article, I talk to you about my experience of going grain-free and how truly amazing it felt. I will be adding some interesting grain-free recipes to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a DM and I can inbox them to you.

 

1. No Inflammation. No Digestive Trouble.

Gluten intolerance from grains is known to cause inflammation as well as trouble with digestion. It also hampers with immunity and general health.

Minus the grains, you will feel healthy and energized. Your digestive function will perform at its optimum. And you will have no bouts or troubles with inflammation.

Try adding probiotic and fermented foods to your diet such as yogurt and kefir. Also, fibre-rich foods such as lentils, green veggies, legumes and beans. These foods will strengthen your gut and improve your immunity further.

 

2. Beautiful Alternatives

Staying grain-free you can then concentrate on some beautiful alternatives such as toasted nuts and seeds – almonds, cashew, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds. Dried or fresh fruits and berries – cranberry, blackberry, strawberry and whole fruits – watermelon, peach and kiwi fruit. Always try and buy organic seasonal produce from your local farmers markets and avoid fertilizer laden fruits and veggies.

You can also have amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat in moderation since these are considered seeds and not grains.

You will uncover ingredients that you overlooked earlier in your bid to fulfil your grain quota. And it is an eye-opening experience.

 

3. Better Balance. More energy.

People usually feel like they are losing their energy quotient by not eating grains and carbs, this is not true. You refocus and include foods that give you energy without causing you harm.

Good carbs from cauliflower, potatoes, pumpkins and other whole fresh foods are actually good for you. And so are fats from avocados, bananas and mangoes. While you are not taking in grains do take in nutrient-dense foods such as these.

At the same time, I recommend that you reduce your consumption of meat and eggs, avoid intake of sugar and dairy, and be careful to not consume other such foods that may override the good you are doing by keeping the grains away.

 

Again, if you are interested in trying out grain-free meals for yourself, I have some interesting recipes for you. I will be posting them to my website soon. FREE for download. Send me a message and I can inbox them to you straightaway!

Heart & Soul: A Guide To Making Your Relationships Meaningful

Meaningful, nurturing and giving relationships can be food for your soul. They nourish you with companionship, love and intimacy. They uplift you when you are down. They bring you great joy and satisfaction. And, they add meaning to your life.

If you have been seeking such a relationship with your loved one, there are a few things you need to know. Relationships like this, that are soulful and meaningful, often take a fair bit of work.

Everyone knows that communication and sharing, as well as trust, honesty and respect, are the building blocks of good relationships. But hey, we all make mistakes. And, it is our love and the willingness to forgive each other that dictates how strong the relationship is and whether it can stand the test of time.

Growing your relationship so that you are in touch with their soul, moving closer to understanding one another and deepening your connection – These are some areas that require constant work. We need to unravel our partners, find their innermost thoughts and share secrets. We must learn to be good friends. And, spark a deep and meaningful connection.

You need creativity and insight for this. Here in this week’s blog post are a few ideas that will help. I present them as a guide to making your relationships meaningful. Take a read, add your own tweaks and make them work for you!

 

Having an open conversation

An open dialogue that is judgment-free, honest and upfront is a good starting point. For some of us who are struggling with issues of intimacy or trust, this may not be an easy thing to do. I recommend giving it a shot nevertheless.

Having such a conversation with your partner means you are comfortable sharing things with each other. Knowing what is going on in each other’s lives is easy when you are in touch and conversing. Talking to each other about your opinions, likes and dislikes, preferences and tastes, opens up avenues for understanding one another more deeply.

 

Doing things together

Psychologists always recommend this step and of course, it is as therapeutic as it sounds. Do things together. Get involved. Work on a project together. Find a common hobby or passion. Learn something new together. Develop a shared interest.

Working together will give you more insight into each other’s mindsets, characters, interests and approaches. It will bring out their sense of humour and the carefree passionate side they keen under wraps. Exploring this can be thrilling.

 

Taking a break

Couples are often stressed in their daily lives – demands of the jobs, their family and children, making time for commitments. It can all get incredibly overwhelming. This is why it is important to take a break every once in a while, do it together and unwind.

There is a fun side to your partner that you will be able to experience during your breaks together. Whether it is at an exotic island or right here at home watching a movie, you don’t want to miss this step.

 

Keeping it real

Ask yourself this – what matters most? Is it happiness and love, or something else? Define your relationship goals.

What are their favourite movies or books? Do they enjoy clubbing or antiquing? Include these in your own life. Make time to read each other’s favourite books and watch their favourite movies. If your partner shares something that is important to them, listen, follow up and take an interest.

 

Building a healthy routine

Couples complain about how routines bring them down. But think about it, your routine is 80% of your life together filled with normal, mundane chores and tasks.

Build a healthy routine that is both exciting as well as comfortable is really important. Make a habit of cooking together. Deciding the menu together. And eating meals together at a table away from distractions such as television and smartphones. Have timely sleep and rest well. Think about your spiritual needs too.

Overall, there should be balance and peace in your co-existence. And a chance for love to thrive!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Activated Charcoal

The word charcoal is a dead giveaway! Say “charcoal” and the image of the sooty black stuff from your BBQ or the tasteless charry stuff that sticks to burnt food immediately comes to mind. Activated Charcoal is just that, albeit activated, more porous and infinitely more potent!

Activated Charcoal is basically a toxin-sponge that soaks up the bad stuff and carries it out of the body – quickly and effectively. It is so wonderfully effective that the amazing black substance is used in emergency rooms across the world to treat overdoses and poisonings.

Beyond the inherent life-saving properties, its toxin clearing effects also make it a strong favourite with anyone who suffers from a stomach ailment or is in distress with their gut. Think gas, cholesterol, indigestion and more.

But, how does a simple black tablet/powder accomplish this much? What makes it so quick and effective? How can you use it? What are the potential benefits? And, what are the risks?

Let’s tackle these questions, one at a time, and uncover the secret healing powers of Activated Charcoal. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about this incredible substance and you’ll read all about it here in this week’s blog post!

 

What is Activated Charcoal?

To create Activated Charcoal, woodchips, peat, or coconut shells (or any other carbon-rich materials) are superheated inside a controlled environment. The high-intensity heat activates the charcoal by stripping it of previously absorbed molecules and widening and enhancing the pores.

One spoonful of Activated Charcoal has the surface area of a football field. Whoa!

This odourless tasteless black substance comes in many forms – from tablets and capsules to fine powder and paste. Depending on its use, it is sometimes mixed in with other medicinal, herbal or chemical ingredients as well.

 

How Does It Work?

Just like the sooty stuff from the burnt food, Activated Charcoal works perfectly.

It simply keeps the stomach from absorbing harmful toxins by binding them and trapping them inside those mega pores. Since the human body cannot absorb or interact with charcoal, it then carries the toxins out through the faeces.

Activated Charcoal is extremely absorbent. It can bind toxins that are dissolved inside stomach fluids and can even extract toxins that are tiny in size.

 

Some Common Uses

Activated Charcoal finds use in a range of medical, alternate and cosmetic treatments. Here are some common uses:

  • If you have oral health complaints, try Activated Charcoal. It can absorb plaque and help whiten the teeth. It even helps restore the PH balance in the mouth. This means fewer cavities and better oral health.
  • If you suffer from flatulence and gas, Activated Charcoal may be your answer. It binds well with the gas-causing stuff in food and helps ease discomfort.
  • A topical application can help clean the skin and reduce the effects of pollution, ageing and stress. It strips away toxins and soothes damaged skin. From insect bites to athlete’s foot, and acne, it can treat all types of skin ailments.
  • Activated Charcoal is a must-have if you suffer from a high cholesterol problem. It can reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body significantly.
  • Activated Charcoal’s ability to combat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections is significant. For this reason, it can be used as a safe and natural preventative and curative measure.

 

Buying and Storing Activated Charcoal

While buying Activated Charcoal look for a good quality, organic product. The product should have high density and low ash content. It should be packaged and sealed properly and the package must be unopened.

While storing Activated Charcoal, choose a cool dry place that is clean and dust-free. Ensure that the package is sealed properly when you store it.

 

Few Recommendations

Taking Activated Charcoal is relatively risk-free and there are no known side effects. However, it is recommended that you talk to your Health Coach before you start.

Activated Charcoal may inhibit and block the action of certain drugs if you are on medication. It can also impact outcomes if you are on a special diet.

I can help you purchase the right product and recommend a good dosage based on your needs. Activated Charcoal is a powerful detoxifying agent that will bring many benefits your way!

5 Reasons Why Taking A Cold Shower May Be Good For Your Health

The moniker committee is at it again – calling a regular cold shower a “James Bond Shower” or “Scottish Shower” and making it that much more enticing. Don’t get me wrong. This is definitely a good thing!

Research shows how taking a cold shower habitually can boost your immunity and make you healthy and strong. It is fascinating how something as simple as switching from hot to cold can have such an amazing effect on your wellbeing. From toning up your skin to building up your inner strength, there are some far-reaching benefits.

So, now that you know, enjoy that moment when your warm shower suddenly turns cold as someone walks in and flushes the toilet while you are mid-shower! But don’t stop at that. Take brisk cold showers and make taking them a routine.

Summertime is especially right for giving this new habit a go. Who doesn’t love the feel of cold water on their skin when the temperature skyrockets to the high 40s?

In this week’s blog post I discuss some benefits of taking a cold shower that will blow your mind and make you take the plunge into the “bath of bliss”. That’s what I call a cold shower anyway!

 

1.    Makes you resilient

Cold showers are great! They can work on your nervous system to make it more resilient in the face of stress, anxiety, depression and even panic. So, technically everything unmanageable we experience in our lives today.

Cold showers create an oxidative stress on your body. Repeated exposure to this stress makes your body adapt to it, build up a tolerance for it and stay cool. You will soon develop Zen-like focus and stay strong no matter what the situation.

 

2.    Helps you lose weight

Of the two types of fats we have in our body – white fat and brown fat – the brown fat is actually good. It helps keep your body warm and protected. Whereas white fat is bad.

Cold showers promote fat loss by acting on the dreaded white fat. At the same time, they enhance the amount of brown fat we have in our body by 15 times, helping in weight loss. People who enjoy cold showers have been known to lose anywhere between 4 to 5 kgs in a year.

 

3.    Keeps you alert

While the cold shower relaxes you, it also forces you to breathe hard and deep. This together with a stimulating jolt of cold water on the body can clear grogginess instantly and enhance alertness.

The deep breaths help you focus and centre in. They also provide you with a natural dose of energy as you cruise through your day. This makes taking cold showers one of the best ways to wake up and stay awake.

 

4.    Improves your circulation

As water from the cold shower falls on your body, it triggers circulation by sending blood to your organs in a ploy to keep them warm. This enhances organ health.

This stimulation of the circulatory system and overall improved circulation is good for your cardiovascular health and wellbeing.

 

5.    Speeds up recovery

Cold showers foster the amount of disease-fighting white blood cells (WBCs) we have in our body. This results in an increase in the metabolic rate and activation of the immune system.

They also help flush out lactic acid build-up after intense workout or exercise. This is why athletes often indulge in an ice bath after their training.

 

Apart from taking full-fledged cold showers, I also encourage you to splash your face with cold water frequently, wash your feet as you prepare to sleep and rinse away the residue when you clean up your makeup. All these are good practices that will enhance your skin, and keep you feeling refreshed.

Fermenting, or alternating between hot and cold water can help your lymphatic system. The hot and cold action produces a contraction and relaxation effect on the lymph vessels, massaging them gently. And an activated lymphatic system will boost your immunity further and keep you fighting fit for a long time!

Now, are you ready to take a cold shower?

Daily Skincare Tips For Healthy, Beautiful & Glowing Skin

Everyone wants healthy, beautiful and glowing skin. And we’ve all tried a ton of stuff – from facials, to face packs and stringent skincare regimens. But not everyone gets it right!

And, our skin is a mess. Dark circles after one late night, to dull and flaky skin that is growing lifeless because of stress and fatigue. Pimples, whiteheads, acne, blemishes – there are so many things to worry about. Added to this is the complication of managing your specific skin type – oily, dry, patchy, sensitive, normal or a combination.

What we don’t realise is that skin is the largest organ in the human body. Not to mention a vital organ that acts as the first line of defence protecting us from germs and disease. It is also a sensitive organ that reflects the state of our health, the level of stress in our lives and how happy and fulfilled we feel overall.

Take it from me, skincare is not difficult it is just a misunderstood art! That is why this week’s blog post is for you. Here I uncover skincare techniques that are simple and easy to follow.

I am also announcing my ‘Unpacking Your Skincare’ program that I will be running on the 25th of this month! It is free for whoever is interested to attend. Find more information here.

 

1. Hydrate regularly

Drink plenty of water and fluids, and keep yourself well-hydrated. It is recommended that you drink 2 litres or more of water every day. Smoothies can be hydrating as well as refreshing, especially during the summer months.

Water helps cleanse the skin from within, washing out effects of a late night and rinsing away worry lines caused by stress. Hydrating regularly will keep your skin supple and taut, as well as looking fresh and vitalized.

 

2. Mud face-packs

Using face packs on the skin has multiple good effects – they keep the skin looking youthful and lively, they have a nourishing effect on the skin, and they can keep the skin clean removing blemishes and marks.

Create your own face packs using natural ingredients such as berries, papaya, and/or cucumber. Mud packs can be soothing too. Wash off using rose water for that special effect. Try on new face-packs once every week and note the ingredients that work best for your skin type.

 

3. Good food for good skin

Good, healthy, gluten-free, organic, raw and nutritious food can go a long way in keeping your skin glowing. Choose foods high on the vitamins and avoid the sugary, packaged and processed foods.

Try water-rich fruits such as cucumber, orange, watermelon, and coconut; green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and rocket; and, dried seeds and nuts such as almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts.

 

4. All-natural exfoliants

Gently scrubbing and exfoliating your skin is important. This helps remove the dead skin, reduces blemishes and acne and keeps pimples from appearing. Moisturizing your skin is equally essential.

Use all natural exfoliants such as crushed walnuts and berries. Lentils soaked overnight can be crushed into a fine paste and used as an excellent exfoliating agent. Use soft and natural moisturizing creams and cosmetics only.

 

5. Sweat it out

Exercising is a great way to flush those toxins out through sweat, open up your pores and clean your skin through sweat. Exercising regularly keeps the skin looking youthful, taut and supple. As skin truly mirrors the state of your health, a healthy well-toned body will have healthy glowing skin.

Remember to engage all aspects of your health while exercising – your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Combine exercises that work each aspect such as a brisk walk for your body, meditation for your mind and spirit, and dancing or aerobics with a partner or friend for your emotional wellbeing.

 

6. Beauty sleep

Remember to get a proper shut-eye. The body works on itself taking the time to regenerate and rejuvenate while you sleep. This means the right amount of sleep can help your skin.

A good night’s sleep is a must. Keep your phone switched off or on do not disturb mode as you rest. Ensure that your mattress is firm and comfortable, and you have good sleeping gear. And, if you do get a chance catching up on that afternoon siesta every once in a while, that will do you some good too.

 

7. Say no to toxins

And finally, say no to toxins – alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, caffeine and drugs. These toxic substances take away the lustre and sheen from your skin and affect your health and wellbeing in the most serious way.

Other substances such as fast food, sugary drinks and processed food may also have a similar deteriorating effect on your health. If you are addicted, talk to a specialist and consider slowly and actively changing your behaviour. I understand giving up a habit can be tough, but there are healthy alternatives, good remedies and helpful advice available that can make a difference.

7 Habits That Will Freshen Up Your Morning Routine!

Not all of us are morning people, but even those of us who dislike mornings love our morning routines. From the first cuppa to a calming bath, morning routines are simple pleasures that help us recharge, reconnect and pace ourselves for the big new day.

Benjamin Franklin says “The early morning has gold in its mouth”, a translation of the German proverb “Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund”. And, I can’t agree more.

Mornings are brimming with promise, so full of potential. And we can use our morning routines to channel all this positivity and help it flourish in our lives.

We can cultivate it. And, it will nurture us.

There are many benefits to morning routines that loyalists will tell you. Even the most basic morning routine can go a long way in ensuring that you cruise through tough days. Happy and successful people often have powerful morning routines. Effective people have morning routines they fall back on.

Here are a few advantages you will discover:

  • Boosts your immunity and enhances positivity
  • Improves digestive function and health
  • Helps you maintain and manage your weight
  • Reduces insomnia and promotes better sleep
  • Improves stamina and sexual performance
  • Decreases stress levels and improves mood
  • Reduces fatigue, pain and inflammation
  • Enhances concentration, attention and retention
  • Boosts creativity, spontaneity and productivity
  • Has a positive effect on the health of your skin, hair and eyes

This is why in this week’s blog post I discuss 7 habits that can freshen up your mornings and keep you going in the face of all odds. Add these to your routine and experience the difference.

 

1. Start with a positive thought

Experts say that the best time to wake up is nice and early between 4 to 6 AM. Take a moment to orient yourself as you wake up. Think of a positive thought to guide you, and close your eyes to repeat it to yourself until it is fully absorbed. You are now ready to begin your day!

 

2. A glass of warm water or green tea

Select a tall glass for warm water and drink it on an empty stomach. Alternatively, you can also drink a cup of green tea. The antioxidants from green tea help boost your immunity. Warm water helps flush your digestive system and keep it strong and healthy.

 

3. Meditation and some exercise

Light exercise, a brisk walk and some breathing exercises can really uplift your mood. Morning meditation can help improve concentration and focus. When you exercise in the morning and do it consistently, it does wonders for your health – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

 

4. A cleansing bath with herbs

Handpick fresh herbs from your garden or from your local farmers market and incorporate it into your bath ritual. Leave bunches of fresh-smelling herbs like sage, neem, basil or lavender in your bathwater. Keep essential oils and bath salts handy.

 

5. On-time and nourishing breakfast

Pre-plan your breakfast in great detail and have it hot and on-time. Include an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. Use ingredients that are gluten-free, raw, unprocessed and organic as far as possible. And always sit at a table away from distractions and savour your meal.

 

6. Creating a mind map and to-do list

The morning routine can recharge and spark your creativity. Take this time to build on ideas that show some potential. Reflect deeply and create mind maps for your projects. Keep tools handy and be prepared to capture your thoughts. This is also a good time to prepare to-do lists and plan ahead for the day.

 

7. Positive affirmations

Write down a list of positive affirmations that hold the most meaning for you. Repeat these special anecdotes, quotes, phrases and verses. Reading affirmations out aloud while looking at yourself in the mirror can be an effective way of overcoming deep-seated issues and boosting your confidence.