Every once in a while it seems we take stock of where we stand when it comes to healthy living. Are we taking care of our bodies? Are we doing our best to take care of our earth? Or are we stuck in a rut and need a little help digging out?
We talked to seven professionals who know a thing or two about health living. We combined their knowledge into 7 simple tips for healthy living.
1. Detox Your Body: When you detox your body, you are essentially giving your body help in eliminating toxins. Here are a few ways to do so.
- Daily: Drink warm water with lemon every morning to help your body eliminate toxins and give your skin a healthy, youthful glow. It’s an invigorating start to each day, and an easy and inexpensive way to cleanse. The combination of warm water and lemon will move quickly through the body, especially after fasting all night, and aid in the natural elimination process. Alkalinity is also important for getting your inner body back in balance, and lemons are one of the most alkaline foods. - Sue Donnellan, Founder of BodyVerde Naturals
- Going Deeper with Detoxing: Detoxing is about making small lifestyle and diet enhancements. I recommend cleanses twice per year when the seasons change – spring and fall. Also, try adding spa treatments weekly; such as dry brushing to rid the body of old dead cells so new ones can form and breathe. Hydrotherapy is very beneficial for detoxifying, as are body wraps. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate wastes through perspiration. It’s safe to use sweat-inducing facilities one-two times weekly to assist the body in eliminating fat and water soluble toxins at home. - Debra Koerner, Executive Director, Destination Spa Group
2. Make Your Own Body Lotion: Here is a very simple, inexpensive beginner recipe which anyone can use as a hand and body cream.
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 2 teaspoons distilled water
- 4 oz. cocoa butter
- 4 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler over low heat and slowly pour in room temperature water. Gradually add in cocoa butter and blend. Blend in sweet almond and coconut oil. Pour into a glass jar. (more body care recipes)
By making your own body and hand cream you’re avoiding preservatives and toxic ingredients and producing less waste by reusing your glass jar. Consider purchasing your ingredients in bulk to avoid individual packaging and save CO2 emissions with fewer trips to the store for body products.
Tip: Glass is much better for storing natural formulations. Because plastic is porous, the potency of the product will quickly diminish and erode in a plastic container. Also, over time, minute plastic particles leech into the products and are absorbed by your skin. - Katrina Kritz, founder of Katixon Skin Care
3. Choose Chemical-Free Organic Products in Reusable Packaging: Reusable is better than just recyclable. Recycling requires a lot of energy and according to the latest data, only 60% of recyclable packaging collected by waste management services gets ultimately recycled. The rest ends up in landfill anyway. The most surefire way to keep landfills clean is to try to reuse your packaging. Glass is always reusable, plastic is not, unfortunately. - Julia Homs: owner and master formulator of Anthō
4. Use Coconut Oil: This one product comes from the earth, can be used on hair, nails, face cleanser and moisturizer, AND you can cook with it. It's unrefined organic coconut oil! Unrefined means it’s raw, not processed, no added chemicals, thus it’s pure.
Sometimes, I massage it on my cuticles, heels, and elbows at night and I even use it as a face moisturizer. I occasionally use it on my hair as a deep conditioner. I scoop out a tablespoon at a time and apply it to dry hair and scalp. Then wrap my hair in a very light towel and go to sleep. In the morning I wash with shampoo and use conditioner. Or I put it in one hour before taking a shower. My hair feels softer and shinier and I think it helps with split ends. - Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli - Author of No Ordinary Woman: Tips for Conscious, Creative, and Healthy Living.
5. Make Your Own Organic Shampoo: Taking the time to learn some of the most popular homemade organic shampoo recipes will not only save you a significant amount of money, they are better for you and the environment since you won't be pumping harmful chemicals onto your body and then down the drain. (two recipes for homemade shampoo) Additionally, I have found that by using natural products, my hair gets cleaner and healthier.
The best shampoo alternative that I have used has been malt vinegar as a rinse to get rid of dandruff and relieve an itchy scalp. It works much better than those expensive dandruff shampoos that are especially heavy on chemicals. Andrew Schrage – Money Crashers
6. Waste Not! Get More Use Out of Your Products: Here are a few ways that you can get more out of your product.
- What do you do when you have serum, moisturizer, exfoliator or mask left on your hands after applying to your face and neck? Don’t wash or wipe it off! Apply the excess products onto your hands. (Tips for younger looking hands.)
- If you have extra massage oil, use it on your legs. Massage oil helps legs glisten in short skirts and dresses.
Tip: Don’t let your products expire before use. Write the purchase date on the bottom of the product container. Most products have a shelf life of one year. (Learn how to tell how long your product's shelf life is.)Celeste Hilling - founder of Skin Authority
7. Keep the Chemicals Out of Your Hair: Who needs chemicals when a simple mix can brighten your hair? Depending on your hair color, try one of these hair brightening recipes.
- Blond Brightener – Make a few gallons of chamomile tea and let it steep and cool. Rinse your hair with it to bring out your blond highlights. You can also put in a spritzer and spray on your face for a pick-me-up.
- Brunette and Red-head Brightener – Take 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water and rinse your hair with this after you shampoo and condition. Will be a bit sour smelling at first and then will go away. (chocolate brunette hair rinse recipe)
Yoga Teacher: Jasmine Kaloudis