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Wellness Tidbits

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

As winter is fast approaching and the heat is turning up, here are a few pertinent tips that I use to start my skin (the body's largest organ) off on the right foot.

Intro - Skin problems affect as many as one-third of Americans. Some of us use twenty skin care products at one time and as you probably know everything you put on your skin and scalp is absorbed into the bloodstream. We can absorb 5 pounds of foreign chemicals into our bodies through the skin in one year. It's important to read labels and learn what the terms mean in order to minimize this constant abuse of our skin and immune system. Fortunately, I have some tidbits to share which counterbalance these facts.

Shower Health Practices Geared towards Wellness

When preparing for a shower, I like to start by using a dry body brush to stimulate the skin. This is a form of detoxification. By brushing with strokes flowing toward the heart, it improves circulation which expedites healing and many other possible benefits. See

Then, I use a spray bottle to spray either distilled water or liquid aloe (George’s Liquid Aloe®) from head to toe. This saturates the skin and acts like a barrier to whatever is in the tap water or the products used.

I grew up being told to be physically gentle to my face. This turned out to be bad advice. My facial skin was delicate, fragile and sensitive. Now whenever I wash my face, I use a facial brush or a thick washcloth to circularly rub my face and neck with real pressure. I don't make it raw, but a nice pink is good. As a result my face now has fewer lines, a better glow and I look younger than I did ten years ago. Begin gently.

When soaping up, I recommend using a rough washcloth to dispense the suds. Again, as you spread the suds all over your body massage your skin to improve circulation . Areas of most importance are the sides of the torso from the elbow to the armpit and down to the bottom of your ribs, and all around the breast area. This massages the lymph nodes to maximize the lymphatic tissue's circulation and decrease your risk of cancer by increasing your chance of finding a problem early.

I use a nail brush on all nail beds and under the nails to make sure no bacteria is hiding there.

Last, but not least, I end my shower with a cold water rinse off. I use 100% cold in the summer and 50% cold in the winter. Stand under the water for two to four minutes. The point is to make the skin contract quickly and create goose bumps. This is great for metabolism and thickening the hair on your head as well. It might also reduce migraines, numb nerve pain and arthritic pain.

These are all simple changes to one's shower routine that may contribute toward better health.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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