Have you tried Gua Sha Facial Massage?
Gua Sha is a traditional healing technique that involves pulling rose quartz or jade stone along the skin. The skin’s layers are stimulated to reduce puffiness, remove toxins via lymphatic drainage which prevents wrinkles and aging. Gua sha can help address the root of aging by increasing circulation and decreasing muscle tensions while giving an almost immediate lift and radiant glow.
There are many great benefits to gua sha:
Firms facial muscles
Uplifts sagging skin to become suppler / firmer
Improve skin cells growth and renewal
Iron out fine lines and wrinkles
Reduces eye and facial puffiness
Improves dark circles
Helps clear complexion
Reduces acne breakouts
Helps clear rosacea
Helps with dry and oily skin
Smoother skin, youthful look
Increases glow and radiance
It promotes the flow of energy and blood throughout the body for overall health.
It is easy to give yourself a gua sha facial massage at home, use your favorite facial oil and a gua sha massage tool. Watch the video below to find out how.
Skin Health Gummy Recipe
2 cups 100% fruit or vegetable juice. Examples: Black Cherry, Carrot/Orange, Pomegranate, Apple Ginger
1/4 cup Grass-fed gelatin
Warm juice on stove, turn off heat.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup grass-fed gelatin over juice mixture.
Whisk quickly until all gelatin has dissolved.
Pour into molds and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
This is a great recipe for the whole family to try. Click for a link to some fun silicone gummy molds.
Let’s talk about liver!
Although not a popular choice for most people liver is actually a superfood. It is rich in protein, and packed with nutrients, and vitamins. Vitamin A which is beneficial for eye health and for reducing diseases that cause inflammation, including everything from Alzheimer's disease to arthritis. Vitamins B-2 (Riboflavin), B-9 (Folate), B-12, vitamin C, iron, copper, chlorine and trace elements of zinc and chromium. It is known to be particularly good for the heart and for increasing hemoglobin level in the blood.
More and more restaurants are featuring “nose to tail” cuisine, including liver, pork belly and sweetbreads. When sourced from properly raised animals, these “alternative” meats can all be considered fertility superfoods!
Here are a few recipes to try. Chicken Liver Mousse from Danielle Walker’s Against all Grain or this paleo and whole30 compliant recipe for Beef Liver with Fig, Bacon & Caramelized Onion Compote. Alternatively start by trying to add small amounts of liver to your favorite spaghetti bolognese or burgers. It can be chopped or ground and mixed with your regular ground beef.
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We plan to bring you easy recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle that can be enjoyed by all, but are especially good to boost fertility and prepare your body for pregnancy.
One of the most powerful changes you can make to boost fertility in preparation for pregnancy is your diet. Our food chain contains so many added hormones and antibiotics that instead we should choose organic fruits and vegetables; eat organic, grass-fed, whole fat, raw dairy; grass-fed, organic meat and mostly cold water fish whenever possible. Eat grains in their whole, natural form and include high fiber foods with each meal. Avoid refined sugars or fruit juice unless freshly juiced. Drink lots of clean water, at least half your body weight in ounces daily. If purchasing all organic is not in your budget, refer to the clean fifteen and dirty dozen list in this link to see where you get the most benefit from purchasing organic fruits and vegetables.
Let's go back to basics, bone broth! It isn't anything new, but it has gained a lot of attention over the past few years as being a wonder food because of all its natural healing properties. It is nourishing, balances hormones, boosts immunity, fights inflammation, strengthens bones, builds muscle, promotes healthy skin and hair to name just a few of its benefits.
Everyone should have their go-to bone broth recipe to drink on its own or to use as a base for teas, soups or wherever stock is required in a recipe. It can be stored in the fridge for 3 days or frozen in convenient portions for later use.
Bone Broth Recipe
Filtered water, enough to fill the pot
3lb Beef Bones
4 chicken feet (optional)
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic
2-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Heat the water to a light simmer and add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer anywhere from 4 hours to 24 hours. Skim off and discard any foam that rises to the the top. After you turn off the heat, allow to cool. Strain out the vegetables and the bones.
Bone broth can also be made using chicken bones. Here is link to a great recipe from Danielle Walker’s against all grain cookbook.