Think microorganisms are yucky little germs? Think again! Good “bugs” like probiotics keep the bad microbes in check, and this is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and healthy skin. The human intestinal tract is lined with bacteria – both good and bad. There is no question that intestinal health IS overall health, and you can’t have one without the other. There is also no question that unhealthy digestion comes out in the skin. When intestinal flora are out of balance, we not only get constipation, bloating, and allergies, but also acne, reactive skin, and overall inflammation. Not a pretty picture. Continue reading
This weekend I was talking with some foxy girlfriends of mine about that old black-or-white, love-it-or-hate-it standby:
I used to think it was disgusting. Back then I was a militant vegan and pretty well-brainwashed into thinking that anything with any fat at all was gross. (Back then I was also usually hungry, angry, frazzled, depressed, tired, bloated, and 20 pounds heavier. But you know better, you do better, right?) So how could mayonnaise be anything else by sickening death-sauce with a side of heart attack?
And then I saw the light. Along with learning that traditional fats are some of the healthiest and most nourishing foods for brain, skin, and body came my first taste of real, home-made mayonnaise. And once you make your own from scratch, I promise you will never buy a jar of that yucky canola-oiled commercial stuff ever again. Plus it’s so ridiculously easy! Continue reading
Remember that gigantic zucchini I plucked from my garden the other day? I have to admit it gave me a bad hankering for zucchini bread,
and with our current delicious Beauty Foodie contest going, I also have chocolate and nuts on the brain. So last weekend I experimented with creating a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free zucchini muffin that also had the yumminess of chocolate and nuts. Here’s what I came up with:
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Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic lifestyle expert who lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. She offers real-world healthy lifestyle coaching for busy women who want vibrant health, beautiful babies, thriving families, and more fun in their lives. She also offers holistic skincare consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have healthy, glowing skin. She works online and in-person. Read more about her here.
Want to detoxify your body systems and get beautiful, glowing skin? Daily dry brushing is a wonderful practice for improving both skin softness and internal health. By gently brushing the skin, the lymphatic system is stimulated to eliminate waste matter. Dry brushing removes dead skin cells and improves the appearance and existence of cellulite. Because of its detoxifying effect on the body, it also strengthens the immune system. And it wakes you up in the morning!
All good reasons to start a daily dry brushing practice. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading