natural energy boosters

Waking up is one of the hardest parts of the day. But getting through the day is even harder. If you are looking for those natural ways to wake up your body, you have come to the right blog. The first step in waking up your mind and body would be reaching out for those foods rich in protein and carbohydrates, which produce energy. One place to find these would be in whole grains. Whole grain bread with peanut butter is a great source of both protein and carbs. Adding a banana to this snack is a huge plus, as well. The reason why these boost your energy is because they increase our blood glucose (sugar) in a sustained way. Whereas candy with glucose gives us a quick sugar high, leading us to crash later on. The most important time to eat a meal high in protein and carbohydrates is during breakfast!

A second tip in boosting your energy is to get your body moving. This gets your heart and blood pumping which wakes up your organs. Even 10 minutes walking outside or around the hallways is enough to help. Walking can help increase energy for up to two hours.

Lemon water is also a great way to wake up your body. Lemon will pack your water with natural electrolytes, instead of Gatorade which is filled with sugar. Electrolytes are critical for cells to produce energy. Keeping your body hydrated is key for a better mood. We become sluggish and tired, sometimes sick, when we don’t drink enough water.

A fourth (and probably the most effective) way to keep energy levels up would be eating fresh fruit. Fruit contains natural sugars that our bodies need. It provides a pick-me-up when we our day is dragging on  while keeping blood levels steady because it is packed with fiber. A smoothie is the best way to go when trying to wake up our minds and body. You can not go wrong when you mix blueberries (help with focusing), strawberries (high in vitamin C which turns fat into energy), and yogurt (the magnesium helps release the energy) together in the blender.

 

4 simple and natural ways to get rid of acne

 

We all get acne, and we all want to hide from the world when we do. But it is completely normal and happens to everyone. There are multiple causes for breaking out: stress, clogged pores, not washing your face regularly, oils from your hair, the list can goes on and on. They are embarrassing, lowers your self esteem, and can definitely ruin your day. So what are pimples? Pimples are an inflammation of the skin in which oil glands become infected, swell up, and fill with pus (gross!). Instead of going out and buying expensive products to zap away your zits, first try looking around your house for these natural remedies simply lying right in your cabinets:

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera can help us with almost anything. Curing a sunburn, getting rid of rashes, growing our hair, and eliminating pimples. It cools your skin down, reduces inflammation and redness, and even removes the oils from your skin.

Toothpaste

It sounds weird, but toothpaste is a great resource for getting rid of acne. It is effective because it contains silica, which is the same substance that can be found in bags of beef jerky to keep moisture out. Therefore, toothpaste dries out and reduces the size of your pimple – overnight! Dab some on the affected area before bed, and then wash it off in the morning. You will be surprised by the improvement in just one night!

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil, like Aloe Vera, can cure almost anything. Like honey, it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. Studies even compare tee tree oil to the acne medication benzoyl peroxide, showing that it is just as effective. Apply with a q-tip or cotton ball onto pimple.

Honey

Honey is great because it is antibacterial and antibiotic, reduces redness, and makes your skin feel soft. The stickiness also helps remove dirt and other impurities from your skin. You can even use it as a full face mask if you wanted: mix two tablespoons of honey and half of a lemon, apply to face. If you want to use it on just one affected area, apply lightly with a q-tip and leave on for half an hour. Wash off with lukewarm water.

 

 

 

quick and natural tips for healthier hair

The first step in getting shiny, healthy, voluptuous hair is to start at the scalp. Most people think oils are bad and gross. However, our natural oils are very healthy for our hair. It is recommended that we only shampoo three times a week at minimum. Shampooing takes away our natural oils, which is good for promoting hair growth. It sounds disgusting, but going a month without shampooing and just using water and conditioner will do wonders for your hair and scalp. Another tip for healthier hair would be to stop brushing hair when you get out of the shower. Brushing wet hair is very damaging to it, so try and brush your hair before you shower or wait for it to dry.

There are also foods that help promote hair growth and the overall health of your hair. Eating vegetables and fruits, more specifically greens, enrich our bodies with vitamins and minerals that are necessary to keep our bodies balanced and functioning properly. They are also great for our hair! No surprise there. Any healthy food contributes to healthy hair.

There are some natural home remedies that you can use to help your hair be more shiny and healthy. Massaging natural oils or treatments into your hair is great to stimulate growth cells. The massaging part is most important because it gets the scalp’s blood moving. Aloe Vera will make your hair soft and shiny while taking care of dead ends. Coconut Oil and Olive Oil will make hair soft, a little greasy, but will make your hair grow much faster. You want to massage these oils into your hair for at least five minutes, and then leave to soak in for 45. Wash out with water and just a little shampoo so your hair does not look greasy. You will notice a difference in one use!