I Get By With A Little Help From My….

I’ve never been much of a supplement girl.

I’ve tried, I really have.

This time around, however, I’m determined to make them stick.

A friend recently introduced me to Wildly Successful Health Coaches and although the course doesn’t start until January, I have been fully submersed in the multitude of Q&A’s and case studies available.

What’s great about this course is that it brings scientific proof into your practice through reading blood tests, understanding the human body (thank goodness for my history in anatomy and physiology courses), and through supplements.

I’ve been supportive of supplements as an addition to a varied, healthy diet. But I never realized how useful they can be in individual cases. You can literally pick out pick out what is bothering you (as simple as soreness and a bad mood) and create a natural medicine cabinet totally tailored to your specific needs. These aren’t things made in a lab either, supplements are all things that your body naturally makes or they come from things made by the earth, which is pretty cool stuff. They are there for you when your body needs an added boost.

The more I have been learning about supplements, the more I have been wanting to use them more frequently.

Creating a new routine can be difficult, but sometimes you just need a little accountability! So, here I am telling you all about it, so I stick to my word (seriously, ask me about them). It also helps to create a reminder somewhere that you’ll see it. Such as your GMail calendar or your phone.

Here are the supplements I’ve been incorporating into my daily routine:

  • Ashwaganda: This is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners. I’ve actually been using it quite frequently since I started my M-F desk job. It helps the body adapt to any psychological or physiological stress–giving you peace of mind and an attitude of “I can handle anything”. I take it when I’m feeling a bit run down by work or when I know I am going to have a chaotic day. This herb can also promote healthy cycles for women, and treats some PMS symptoms. But, please note, it is advised that it not be taken by pregnant women.
  • Magnesium: Did you know majority of us are deficient in Magnesium? Yup, we are. And who knew it was so important? It actually attributes to over 1000 functions in our bodies. It helps calcium go directly into our bones, promotes heart health, supports liver functioning and relaxes tense muscles. I’ve taken this when I’ve had a sore back and it works like a charm! If you have no problems moving your bowels get Magnesium Glycerite. If you’re feeling a little “backed up” go for Magnesium Citrate as it has some natural laxative properties.
  • D-Mannose: This supplement is actually very new to me. I discovered it while reading a Q&A regarding sponge kidney. It is used as a daily supplement to decrease the incidence of UTI’s. If you’ve had a severe UTI like me, you’ll know that your kidneys have never really been the same (sore back in the morning?). You may have also become more susceptible to them. I’m making it a goal to support my kidneys as much as I can so that they last me for the rest of my life. To promote kidney health this could be a vital supplement along with reducing sugar intake, increasing intake of citrate (such as lemon juice in water), and regularly flushing the kidneys with clean water.

I’ve also been considering adding a B-Complex (enhances mood), Vitamin D (great if you sit under fluorescent lights all day like this girl) and Chlorella (for when I need some added greens and detox in my life).

Do you take supplements? Have you had a positive experience with them? I would love to hear about it!

To Added Support,

The Wellness Maven

Coconut Oil Changed My Life

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I love Coconut Oil.

You are probably thinking I love coconut oil for one reason, to cook. But that is not true.

I recently discovered the other amazing ways that you can use coconut oil and it has changed my life, beauty routine, hair and skin.

Here are the many ways that I use coconut oil on a daily basis:

Shaving Cream:

Yup, that’s right. I use coconut oil to shave my legs. I have never been a fan of shaving cream, it has always made my skin so dry. So I usually would just use conditioner. But then I was using so much conditioner. And sometimes that wasn’t as effective either. Since our skin is our largest organ I knew it would benefit from having coconut oil slathered all over it, so when I read that this was possible I immediately gave it a try. The results were amazing. The blade went over my skin smoother and I no longer needed to use lotion post-shower because my legs were already moisturized. So, not only did it make shaving easier but it also saved me time! Simply take a teaspoon of slightly soft coconut oil, rub on the desired area, and shave.

Face Wash and Make Up Remover:

Many of you may be thinking “But won’t that clog my pores and cause me to breakout?” I kind of thought it would too but it actually made my skin even clearer! Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it actually helps those flare ups of acne.It also works better than any make up remover I have ever tried. All you do is take a little bit onto your fingertips, tissue paper, or onto a cotton round (what I use) and wipe the oil all over your face. Take as much as you need, but don’t over do it. You just want enough to very thinly cover your face. Then wet a wash cloth with warm water and wipe the oil off. Your skin should feel moisturized and clean.

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask:

I only get a hair cut twice a year. They’re expensive and I have been loving my long hair. But I also have thick and curly hair that tends to get dry and frizzy. I have tried putting coconut oil in my hair before but it always came out greasy. I obviously didn’t know the correct way to use it. I now use it once a week as a deep conditioning mask. To do this just scoop about a tablespoon of solid oil into your fingers. Put the oil between your palms and rub in between your hands to warm and liquify it. With your hair dry and parted into 3 inch sections start to rub the oil into the hair, focusing more on the ends. Continue around your head, adding more oil as needed, until all of the sections are saturated with oil. I usually do this in the bathtub so that the oil and my hair stays warm. But if you are not in a bath, just wrap your hair in a towel to keep the heat in. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes then wash it out in the shower with shampoo. I wash my hair twice to make sure I have gotten it all out. Style as usual. By the end your hair will be silky, smooth, and smell delicious.

One product with so many functions and believe it or not I have heard of more! Coconut oil can also be used as toothpaste, deodorant, and for oil pulling. By using one product for many beauty use you are also saving yourself money. I buy one jar for my kitchen and one for the bathroom.

And of course always choose organic and unrefined coconut oil.

Health. Happiness.Love.