Author Archives: Got2bGina

About Got2bGina

A blogger and social media influencer on health, beauty, wellness, and lifestyle trends. A fanatic about using herbal supplements, organic and natural products for healing. Let the natural healing begin spiritually to nourish your mind and body.

I Am Still Thirsty

waterDrink Up

Keeping the body hydrated does cost, but the benefits of drinking water will out weigh the cost.  I recommend that you drink purified, distilled, alkaline, or mountain spring water—do not drink water from a faucet especially if it does not have a water purification system. Environmentalist would disagree with me about drinking bottled water because of the damage plastic bottles cause the environment.  I would like to be a fly on their walls to see if they have invested in a water purification system.


5 Reasons Why You Should Never Trust Tap Water

  1. The Flint, Michigan scandal revealed that many water plants in the United States contain alarmingly high levels of toxic metals such as lead.
  2. Many municipal water systems add toxic fluoride to the water supply.  Fluoride is a known neurotoxin that has been linked to lower IQ scores in children.
  3. Fluoride promotes corrosion of water pipes, releasing even more lead or other toxic elements into your tap or faucet water.
  4. More than 60% of Americans are exposed to lead and fluoride-contaminated water.  Are you one of them?
  5. Tap water is filled with chloride.  It’s added by water quality operations to kill bacteria, but it can also affect our own health.

Source: Natural News.com;  http://bigberkey.naturalnews.com/bigberkey.html; Accessed on 4 November 2016.



My household likes Aquafina (pure water, pure taste) bottled water.  Aquafina promotes a Drink Up campaign to get America to drink more water.



I want you to thirst for some delicious, wet, and refreshing water to saturate and hydrate your body and mind. I want you to see the sexy of drinking water. What I am about to drop on you is going to blow your mind.


  • Did you know that the average adult human body is about 60 percent water?
  • The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78 percent water, dropping to 65 percent by 1 year of age.
  • The average adult male is about 60 percent water.
  • The average adult woman is about 55 percent water because women naturally have more fatty tissue than men.

With those figures, I guess you are wondering how much water should you drink daily. There are many different opinions on how much water we should be drinking; however, the health authorities recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon.

Did you know that developing just a simple healthy habit of drinking water will energize your body and mind?


bottledwater


I have heard so many people say, “I don’t like to drink water.” I cannot for the life of me understand why people do not like to drink water. Water is delicious, and nothing quenches my thirst like water. Without sufficient water in your body, your cells get congested, your skin cannot detox, and your bladder and kidneys will not work properly. You will feel tired and sluggish and you will eat more—you may think you are hungry but it is only your body telling you it is thirsty. Did you know that one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy is to stay hydrated?


Sexy Benefits of Drinking Water

  • Water maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in our body, regulate body temperature, and digest food. Water does wonders to clear your colon:  easy in and easy out. Water also helps eliminate water retention.losingweightwithwater
  • Drinking water helps with weight loss by boosting the metabolism. Many studies have found a connection between water consumption and losing a few pounds. The secret reason? Water simply helps people feel full, and thus consume fewer calories.
  • Drink more water when you are working out because sweating causes muscles to lose water. Your muscles get tired when they do not have enough water. Drinking water will help you to get that extra energy you need to complete your workout and build muscle.
  • Water promotes younger looking skin, so taking frequent baths is good for your skin. Drinking water also makes your skin clearer, because it rids the body of toxins that clog pores and cause the skin to inflame.
  • Water helps our kidneys process blood, sift out waste and transport urine to the bladder. Without sufficient fluids, your kidneys cannot support your body’s needs.
  • Drinking water can help you to concentrate and stay alert, which will increase your daily productivity.
  • Staying hydrated with water can increase your energy, help prevent fatigue and fight tired eyes.
  • Drink water to hydrate the body and to stop a pounding headache.
  • Water is a natural shock absorber, acting as a lubricant to aching joints.

Your Health is Your Wealth

cathywoods-heartFollow these tips to keep your body hydrated:  Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up, 30 minutes before eating any meal (to help control appetite), and 30 minutes before going to bed (known to prevent strokes). Also, get in the habit of keeping a water bottle with you wherever you go. I have a habit of taking a bottle or two of water with me whenever I leave home. If you find yourself getting bored with the taste of water, squeeze citrus or drop a mint leaf in the water. The benefits of drinking water are endless.  Are you thirsty? I am still thirsty.

Nordstrom Annapolis Presents Beauty & Fashion Extravaganza

20170513_113839[11993]Alarm set for 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning to attend the Nordstrom Annapolis Beauty & Fashion Extravaganza:  doors opened at 7:30 a.m. and the show started at 8:00 a.m.  Women and men lined up at Nordstrom’s in Annapolis, MD, around 7:15 a.m. this morning.  I wanted to arrive early enough to get good seats.  And, guess what?  I landed two front-row seats—we could reach out and touch.20170513_074733

The ‘School House Rock Band’ provided live entertainment until the fashion show started.  Their songs and sounds were jazzy and fantastic.  The models walked the runway with some trendy spring fashion styles by fashion designers such as Kate Spade, Ted Baker, and Vince Camuto.

The fresh look of makeup presented spring’s hottest reds, to bright cherry, to deep bordeaux, from an opague shade to a sheer one.  The featured vendors were some of my favorites:  Chanel, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Erno Laszio, and the list goes on.  The makeup look this spring is golden days and sultry nights.  Sun-kissed skin and shimmering highlights give that everyday summer look, a healthy, relaxed glow.  Deep copper shadow and rich lip color dial up the drama for evening.  Vendors who sponsored this event presented the raffle-winning attendees with some fabulous gifts. 

 Fabulous 50s

This is the third Nordstrom Beauty Trend event I have attended.  I cannot think of anything else that I would rather be doing this soggy, Saturday morning.  Beauty is my niche—I love beauty, health, wellness, and fashion.  I am still super excited and cannot wait until the next event.  Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend events are always fun, entertaining, and true overviews of current beauty and fashion trends. 

How to Make Your Fresh Produce Last Longer

Do you find yourself throwing out produce every week?  You go to the market and you load up on your favorite fruits and veggies only to toss them out before you get a chance to use them because they are molding or limp.  Some of your produce-spoiling problems can be solved depending on how you store them.

You cannot store all fruits and veggies together because some produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. This gas can cause ethylene-sensitive produce to prematurely ripen. Therefore, keep ethylene-producing foods away from ethylene-sensitive foods—store these foods in different places.  Here are the fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene:  apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, plums, and tomatoes.  These fruits and veggies are sensitive to the effects of ethylene and should be stored in a high humidity crisper drawer:  apples, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplants, green beans, leafy greens, lettuce, peas, peppers, potatoes, spinach, summer squash, watermelon, and zucchini.images8PIZ9S4Y

 

  1. Store potatoes, tomatoes, and onions in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavor.
  2. Keep unripe fruits and veggies like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas on the counter. Once they’re ripe, place them in the fridge. Banana peels will turn dark brown, but it won’t affect the flesh.
  3. Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with a little air and sealed tightly. The puffy bags might take up a little bit more room in your fridge, but the loss of space is worth it; your greens will stay bright, crisp, and flavorful.88e80131b6cc17f7_salad.preview_tall
  4. Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, will do fine for up to a week in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, but you can lengthen their lives by storing them in the fridge in a mesh or perforated plastic bag.
  5. Wrap the celery in a plastic bag and then wrap that bag in aluminum foil to get a much longer refrigerated shelf life. Store in the crisper bin.
  6. Carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they’re picked, so place them in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge and make sure they’re dry since moisture speeds up spoiling.
  7. Cut the leafy tops of your pineapple off (or give the leafy top a firm twist to remove).and store your pineapple upside down. You are redistributing the sugars that sink to the bottom during shipping and helping the pineapple to keep longer.
  8. Avoid washing berries until right before you’re ready to eat them. Wetness encourages mold growth.
  9. Wash, dry, and cut your fruits and veggies all at once, store them in covered glass containers lined in paper towels. You’ll not only be able to see them—which reminds you to eat them—but you’ll also be keeping moisture out.
  10. You can try purchasing only what you know you will be using—for the meal planner this could possibly work.img_FruitVegST1490659555

Fat-Burning Green Drink

Here is the green fat burner drink that I promised to share.  While making it, I thought about the benefits of the individual ingredients.  I believe we may be on to something special with this fat-burning green drink.  I am excited! 20170427_171416

You all know that lemons are a favorite of mine because of their benefits and nutritional value. Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.  Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Potassium is beneficial to the heart. Lemons are a great stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile.

Cucumbers also have impressive health benefits.  Cucumbers keep you hydrated, flush out toxins, and supply skin-friendly minerals:  magnesium, potassium, and silicon.

Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.  Ginger contains gingerol, a substance with powerful medicinal properties.  Ginger is highly effective against nausea.  Ginger is also effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.

Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron.

Last, water is powerful alone.  Water increases energy, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, boosts the immune system and maintains regularity.

I don’t think I need to say anymore.  Get excited and get some!  This drink will aid in weight loss if you are trying to shed some pounds.  The lemon and parsley flavors are very noticeable.  The recipe yields about 12 fluid ounces.  I doubled the ingredients and made 24 ounces–saving some for later. 20170427_171807

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • A handful parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup of water

20170427_170540




Instructions

Blend all the ingredients until smooth before drinking.  It is recommended that you consume the green fat-burning drink every evening before going to bed.  

Wellness Wednesday

Road to Wellness

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

“a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.” – The National Wellness Institute

Starting today, I will be incorporating open discussion on Wellness and Health issues. Therefore, welcome to Wellness Wednesday on Got2bGina’s Blog.

You or a family member may be dealing with a particular health issue that you would like to share or educate others about. Knowledge is powerful—the more you know about something the better equipped you are to address it. In addition, you may be able to direct someone to a particular clinic or physician that specializes in a particular treatment. What we don’t know can hurt us, so let’s share, explore and help each other.

I believe we all know that April is National Autism Month and there may be people who are caring for children on the autism spectrum. We may be able to share resources of pertinent information that could help someone. Let’s talk and try to help each other. Wishing you a wonderful Wellness Wednesday!

#Got2bGina #ReginaMcDowell #WellnessHealthAndBeauty #Got2bGinaEditorial

Self-Care Tips: Won’t Cost You Nothing

Most of you already know that I have a passion for health, wellness, and beauty. In fact, you probably have read in my previous Facebook or Got2bGina.com blog posts that wellness is beauty. I have made a commitment to learn how to help other people—friends, family, and community members—to achieve their health and wellness potential. Therefore, I will always share credible information along with my ideas of how you can improve or maintain your health.mom-self-care

Many of us have very busy lives: we work hard and overload our daily schedules. We don’t always make the time to ensure we are taking care of ourselves. And, I know that many of my friends and family members also fall into this category.

The good thing about these self-care tips is that they won’t cost you nothing. You do not have to buy a gym membership to take care of yourself.  All you have to do is make a commitment to yourself to learn how to best support your own health and wellness. You must make self-care a priority and essential part of your daily life. I had to decide to take care of myself, and I encourage you to decide to take care of wonderful you.

001-Episode-Art

For good HEALTH, try these self-care tips:

  • Have at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • Energize and take 20 deep breaths every day.
  • Admire your accomplishments and celebrate with aromatherapy every day. My favorite energizing essential oil blend is lavender and peppermint oils.
  • Listen to music and love your life every day. You are where you are supposed to be.
  • Think about your short- and long-term goals every day. Write your goals down and make them clear.
  • Hum for short intervals of time every day. It’s very calming and supports heart health. I remember when I was a young girl my great grandmother use to hum and sing while doing chores around the house.*

Above all else, I encourage you to love:  build strong personal relationships, nurture your spirit man, and give to those less fortunate. If you are already on this path of self-care, please share your ideas and tips. I look forward to reading your comments.

*References:

  1. <http://achs.edu/&gt; 2017 American College of Healthcare Sciences.
  2. <http://info.achs.edu/blog/> Accessed on 27 March 2017; 2017 American College of Healthcare Sciences.