Category Archives: Wellness

I Am Still Thirsty

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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?


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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.

Visiting The Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique

Visit The Pearl

THE Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique is a 5-star wellness spa offering many services and products to help rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.  When you arrive to the Pearl for your appointment, the spa hostess escorts you to the women’s locker room. From the locker room you will enter into the women’s lounge where a masseuse greets you.  The masseuse guides you to your personal, tranquil spa room. You probably will chat for about 5 minutes with the masseuse to discuss your  lifestyle or personal concerns and what areas on your body to target during this visit.  I recommend a 90-minute full-body massage to improve your health and target your problem areas.  You may also choose the oil(s) that you want to be used during my massage.  Joy and peace are my favorite oils.

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The Pearl Spa Boutique

Much Needed Wellness Treatment

After a 90-minute massage, the masseuse will guide you back to the ladies lounge.  It is recommended that while in the lounge, you drink as much water as you can to hydrate. Large jugs of water will be sitting on the table for you to hydrate your body–one jug usually contains sliced cucumbers and the other jug has lemon or orange slices.  Your masseuse will leave you in the lounge and return with your favorite treat(s):  a delicious hot brownie with whipped cream and a glass of champagne.

After enjoying the treats, you will then return to the ladies locker room where you disrobed and take a warm shower.  When you leave the locker room make sure you stop by the boutique to pick up some oils and salts to carry home.  I have visited the Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique on several occasions and their spa and wellness services have been very rewarding.

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Ladies Lounge

What Are You Waiting For?

If you are dealing with physical pain or stiffness, emotional stress from your job or stress because you do not have a job, visiting a wellness spa is always a good way to recharge.    It is important that you take the necessary time needed to treat and care for yourself.  Enjoy taking care of wonderful you at the Pearl Spa. There is nothing more relaxing than a full-body massage in a clean and tranquil environment.  Let go of all your cares during your spa session.  If you like champagne and hot brownies, the Pearl Modern Spa and Boutique is just for you.

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Let’s Cleanse and Detox

 

Iaso Tea

Cleanse Your Body of Impurities

What does it mean to cleanse or detox the body?  When you detox the body you are removing and scrubbing away toxins from your organs to promote health.  I believe we all should use some sort of cleansing regimen to rid our bodies of impurities or toxins.  There are many different types of cleanses, howevr, I prefer Iaso Tea® because it consist of all-natural organic ingredients.  Our bodies require detoxification to help it function better.  Detoxification or cleansing is good for your physical and emotional well-being. While cleansing rids the body of toxins or impurities, it clears the mind and sharpens your concentration.  If you would like to use Iaso Tea® when you do your next cleanse, message me or join my One Healthy Body Group on FaceBook.

Recommended Times to Cleanse

Traditional Chinese medicine will recommend that you cleanse your body with the change of season, that is, winter, spring, summer, and fall.  Every season correlates to different “elements” or organ systems in the body.  For example, winter correlates with the water element and the kidneys or bladder system. From a Western naturopathic perspective, cold weather can put stress on your adrenal and thyroid glands, which tends to make the blood more acidic and causes a buildup of lactic acid.  The buildup can lead to sluggishness, muscle and joint pain, and arthritis.1  My acupuncturist, at the Healen Arts Acupuncture Wellness Studio suggests that you cleanse or detox the body at least with the change of season. He said that you should try to cleanse at least four times a year.
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How to Start and End the Cleanse

Gradually start the cleanse by removing meat, fish, or heavy foods from your diet.  Then you can remove lentils, vegetables, and fruit.  You should not consume any processed food while you are detoxing the body. Within three to five days, your body should be prepared to only receive a liquid diet of juice or broth.  And when you resume to your normal diet you should gradually add food, starting with fruits, vegetables, lentils, fish, and then meat.

A cleanse can last for as many days as you like, providing you are well.

Know Your Body

When you decide to detoxify, just remember to contact me for some Iaso Tea®.  The mental clarity that you can gain from cleansing is phenomenal.
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Sources

1 http://alternativemedicine.com/a-seasonal-cleanse-to-transition-your-health/; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; Copyright © 2016 Alternative Medicine Magazine; InnoVision Health Media

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

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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.  

Road to Wellness

Road to Wellness

What Does Wellness Mean To You?

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware 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

Would you like to receive more information about any particular wellness or health concern?  Leave a comment or send an email:  Got2bGina@gmail.com I am genuinely interested in providing you with the information you need, because I am thankful for you.

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, I 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 or pertinent information that could help someone.  Let’s talk and help each other.  Be well.

I Am Still Thirsty…

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

Sometimes you can become so caught up with life and stuff, that you do not see what is right in front of you. I want to help you to refocus and gain clarity. I wish I could say that it will not cost you nothing but that is not true. Keeping the body hydrated does cost, but the benefits outweigh the cost. I believe that wonderful you deserve to drink delicious purified, distilled or mountain spring water—do not drink water from a faucet that 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 recent Flint, Michigan scandal revealed that many water plants in the US 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’s 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.
  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.


 

cathywoods-heartMy household likes drinking Aquafina (pure water, pure taste) bottled water. Aquafina promotes a Drink Up campaign to get America to drink more water. Check out this video:  https://youtu.be/bl_0BfPlJYc  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.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? Look at all the sexy benefits that you get from 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, so follow 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). water2Also, 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.

Time to Cleanse or Detox

 

herbs

What does it mean to cleanse or detox? To cleanse means to treat (the body or an organ) with a regimen intended to remove impurities and promote health. For example, I drank vegetable and fruit juice for a week to cleanse my digestive system. I believe we all know of some sort of cleansing regimen or have used a cleanse to rid our bodies of impurities or toxins. However, I cannot say one cleanse or detox regiment is better than another since the ingredients in one cleanse may work well for one individual but not so well for another. Our bodies are different and will require different cleansing regimens. What I do know is cleansing is good for your physical and emotional well-being. While cleansing rids the body of toxins or impurities, it clears the mind and sharpens your concentration.

sunshineherbs-aloeTraditional Chinese medicine will recommend that you cleanse your body with the change of season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Every season correlates to different “elements” or organ systems in the body. For example, winter correlates with the water element and the kidneys or bladder system. From a Western naturopathic perspective, cold weather can put stress on your adrenal and thyroid glands, which tends to make the blood more acidic and causes a buildup of lactic acid. This can lead to sluggishness, muscle and joint pain, and arthritis.1 My acupuncturist recently explained to me the importance of cleansing with the change of season. This means we should try to cleanse at least four times a year.
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A cleanse can last for as many days as you like, providing you are well and under a physician’s care. The longest that I have cleansed is ten days. I usually have reached my desired results within ten days. The mental clarity that I gain from cleansing is phenomenal. Just remember to gradually start and end your cleanse. In other words, start removing meat, fish or heavy foods from your diet. Next, you can remove lentils, vegetables and fruit. You should not consume any processed food. Within three to five days, your body should be prepared to only receive a liquid diet of juice or broth. And, when you resume to your normal diet you should gradually add food starting with fruits, vegetables, lentils, fish, and meat. You see, a cleanse could last about 20 days when you consider the preparation time. You do not have to do a liquid only cleanse—that is what I do. Click on this link for a 7-day detox plan that you may find helpful. This is just an example of a detox or cleanse. Try different cleanse regimens until you find the one that works for you.2

Our bodies already have its own detox system and there’s no need to spend on expensive treatments and products. A better and more sustainable investment in your #health would be to eat more natural foods, cut back on sugar, salt, additives, caffeine and alcohol and follow the 80/20 rule of sticking to a healthy diet most the time and allowing yourself the occasional treat.3

Sources

1 http://alternativemedicine.com/a-seasonal-cleanse-to-transition-your-health/; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; Copyright © 2016 Alternative Medicine Magazine; InnoVision Health Media

2 http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/diet/diets/the-7-day-detox-plan/news-story/cfb1850be6010553eba661bb9cbcb938; my body + soul; The 7-day detox plan; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; News Limited Copyright © 2016

3 http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/fact-sheets/nutrition/detox/news-story/cfc2a426a720ad4c424420526c0a28d2; my body + soul; Detox Facts; Retrieved on November 26, 2016; News Limited Copyright © 2016