The Keto Diet: 7 Things You Need to Know

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The Keto Diet, or the Ketogenic Diet, is a low carb diet that was actually created in the 1920’s for treating epilepsy. But lately, it seems to be one fastest growing diet crazes around.

Although the desire to lose weight may be good reason to follow the Ketogenic Diet, you will always want to consult a medical professional before beginning.

Understand that this diet is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbs.  So, it needs to be followed correctly to get the best results.

Keto is like some of the other low carb diets such as Atkins or Paleo. However, what differentiates this diet from some of the others is that it is more nontraditional due to the ratio of foods required to maintain optimum results.

It is important to remember that to be successful on the Keto Diet, you must change the way that you think about how you have eaten in the past.  So, you shouldn’t go into it without having a thorough understanding of what it takes to achieve success.

Make sure you are well informed about how the Keto Diet works and how it can affect your mind and body.

See this video on the benefits of following a Ketogenic Diet from clinical nutritionist and doctor of natural medicine,  Dr. Josh Axe.

  1. Why the Ketogenic Diet is Different from the Typical Low Carb Diet

When followed properly, your body will shift from burning carbohydrates for energy and begin to burn fat instead.

This process is called Ketosis which is the process of burning fat in the body instead of carbohydrates.

The increased amount of fat intake helps to reduce cravings and satisfy the appetite.

  1. Some Benefits of the Keto Diet

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Healthy heart
  • PCOS (for hormonal balance)
  • Reduces Type II Diabetes
  • Decreased epileptic seizures

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Biotin: Why It Is Necessary for Optimum Health

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So, you may have heard a few health and beauty experts speak about Biotin due to it being a supplement that helps support healthy hair, nails and skin.

It is also common to see Biotin enriched shampoos, conditioners and other hair and nail care products that promote healthier results.

However, according to science, Biotin is a B complex vitamin that is a necessary supplement for many other functions of the body which includes healthy digestion, liver, and muscle & nerve support.

It is common to get a decent amount of Biotin into the body by simply eating a well-balanced diet. But, you can incorporate more of this vitamin into your diet by taking a supplement to increase vitamin levels.

Here are some frequent questions regarding Biotin:

  1. Does this supplement go by a different name?

This is a water-soluble supplement that also goes by the name B7 or Vitamin H.

  1. How does Biotin benefit the body?

Dr. James Meschino, an author and nutrition expert, states that this B Vitamin provides several functions in the body which includes energy production in every cell in the body, protein for metabolism and the production of certain fatty acids.

  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Strengthens hair and nails
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • Reduces risk of birth defects
  • Weight loss
  • Treats depression
  • Used to treat hepatitis

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Unique Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar

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Now, it is well known that apple cider vinegar is a common household product that’s typically used with the foods that we eat to enhance flavor.  But lately, it seems that ACV is being used in some very unique ways.

And, the fact that it can be found at most grocery stores at an affordable price makes it more than worth the investment.

You may want to try some of these uncommon remedies with apple cider vinegar.

Sore Throat

Helps cure sore throat because of its ability to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.  Here are a couple of ways to remedy a sore throat with ACV.

  1. Gargle with apple cider vinegar to help clear a sore throat. Make sure to rinse the mouth with warm water so that acid from the vinegar is removed from the mouth.
  2. You can also make this a miracle drink by mixing the following:

                                                           2 table spoons of honey

                                                           1 tablespoon of ACV

                                                           1 cup of warm water

Mosquito Bites

Getting bit by a mosquito is so uncomfortable because of the irritation and itchiness to the skin afterwards. It causes you to scratch and agitate the affected area even more which can lead to more discomfort and irritation.

This can be remedied by applying a cotton ball that has been soaked in ½ apple cider vinegar and ½ water and apply to the affected area.  Apply a few times through out the day to alleviate the discomfort of the bite and reduce swelling. Continue reading “Unique Ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar”

What Does Drinking Enough Water Really Do for You?

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Clears the Skin

You may notice that your skin may be a bit dry when you haven’t had enough water.

But what you may not know is that skin needs this nutrient in order to function properly and eliminate toxins.

Drinking more helps with keeping the skin clear and moisturized.  Decreased signs of aging is also a beneficial side effect to remaining hydrated because it increases blood flow, reduces wrinkles, and promotes a youthful appearance.

Keeps You Hydrated

Drinking water helps the body to stay hydrated which improves brain functionality and increases energy.

In fact, studies have shown that when the body is even slightly dehydrated it can impair memory function, mood and brain functionality.

Lack of water can also cause the heart to beat rapidly or palpitate.  Blood circulation and volume is decreased when you are dehydrated.

Therefore, causing the heart to work harder in order to assist with moving the blood throughout the body.

Eliminates Toxins

Many of us are consumed with high amounts of toxins every day that come from our intake of prescription drugs, processed foods, viruses, as well as the environment. So, it is necessary to drink more water because it helps to flush out these unwanted contaminants.

You may notice that inadequate fluid consumption causes the urine to appear dark and yellowish in color.

Drinking more H2O will help with clearing your urine while reducing your risk of developing kidney stones.

Increasing your daily intake promotes a healthier urinary system and assists with healthier kidney functionality. Continue reading “What Does Drinking Enough Water Really Do for You?”

7 Quick Healthy Snack Ideas

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Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Now, this is a quick treat for when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Apples are low in sugar, low in calories and are rich in antioxidants.

To keep things simple, here are 3 types of apples that you can look for in your local market that are recommended for this tasty snack:  Granny Smiths, Golden Delicious and Fuji apples. 

Combine one sliced apple with a tablespoon of organic peanut butter.  The sweetness from these apples offers great flavor when they are combined.


This snack is lightweight, healthy and helps to improve digestion due to it’s high fiber content.  Now, you will want to stay away from the prepackaged microwave popcorn or movie theater popcorn because they are typically unhealthy due to high sodium, fat and extra calories.

Instead, try Skinny Pop popcorn the next time you’re at the grocery store.  It’s low in calories, low in salt and comes in a variety of flavors. Remember, to eat within the recommended serving amounts so that you don’t consume more than you should. Continue reading “7 Quick Healthy Snack Ideas”

Happy Habits That Will Change Your Life

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Give Gratitude

According to Buddha, giving gratitude is the highest protection against negativity.  By simply being appreciative of life’s blessings, you can elevate your mind into a positive state.

Find 5 things that you are grateful for each day and write them down in a journal.

It is really helpful to do this in the morning before you start your day, or at night right before bed.

Spending time reflecting on the good in your life can instantly put you into a joyful state of mind.

So make this a daily habit.  This may help you develop a better sense of tranquility and happiness throughout the day.


Harvard researchers have concluded that people who exercise on a regular basis tend to have healthier and happier attitudes.

If going to the gym is just not your thing, then make it priority to take a walk every day.

Really take in the experience.  A little sun and fresh air are a couple of bonuses on a beautiful day.

Walking at least 10 minutes a day is enough to lift your mood because of the feel-good endorphins that are released when moving.  Not only can this make you feel happier, it can help to relieve stress and refresh your mind. Continue reading “Happy Habits That Will Change Your Life”

Why You Should Reduce Your Sugar Consumption

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Wrinkles the Skin

Eating large amounts of sugar can have some very harmful effects to the skin. According to Californian Dermatologist, Sonia Batra,  having a diet filled with sugary foods can lead to wrinkles, loss of collagen and sagging skin.

These skin issues, which are due to (AGEs) advanced glycation end products, are caused by having high amounts of protein and or fat combined with sugar in the bloodstream.

Increases Your Cravings

Have you ever eaten something sweet like a slice of cake and then immediately craved something else to sweeten your tooth?

That’s because consuming sugars can immediately give us a feeling of happiness.

In fact, the simple thought of eating something sweet can release large amounts of dopamine, which is a chemical in the body that sends signals to the brain.

As a result, you crave more sugar because of the immediate pleasure that it gives. Continue reading “Why You Should Reduce Your Sugar Consumption”

Coconut Oil: A Natural Beauty Solution

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It wasn’t until I was getting an eye exam a few years back that I even thought about using coconut oil, and honestly I don’t remember how my optometrist and I even got on the subject.

But, I became really interested when he told me how excited he was about it.

He explained how frustrated he was about his eczema condition.  The creams that he had been prescribed never really worked well for him..

After suffering with this skin condition his whole life, he finally decided to look for a natural solution.

After researching natural remedies for eczema, he discovered that coconut oil was worth a try and began using it on a daily basis.

Well…. it cleared up his eczema.

He was so happy that he was finally relieved of this problem, that he wanted the whole world to know.

It was then that I decided to do a little research of my own.

What I discovered was that I never want to be without coconut oil again!!!

Literally, If I were on a deserted Island and could only have one beauty product, it would be coconut oil because of all the wonderful things that it does!!

Here are 10 ways in which you may want to add coconut oil to your beauty regimen.

  • Eye makeup remover

Dab a little coconut oil onto one of those cleansing cotton rounds.  Be sure not to tug to hard around the eye area and take your time so that you don’t cause any damage.  Gently rub back and forth and – voila!

  • Nail Growth

After a manicure, rub some coconut oil onto your cuticles.  This will help stimulate strong and healthy nail growth.

  • Massage Oil

You can use the coconut oil alone or add an essential oil such as lavender or peppermint to make it an aroma therapeutic massage. Continue reading “Coconut Oil: A Natural Beauty Solution”

Be a Timeless Beauty with These Fashion Must-Haves

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Diamond Earrings

There is no doubt about it, diamonds are forever and they continue to be one of our favorite BFF’s.

That’s why they are at the top of our list for fashion must-haves.  And you can’t go wrong with a beautiful pair of diamond studs because they always go with whatever you’re wearing.

A Basic Pump

A basic high heeled pump can take you a long way.  You can wear them with a suit during business hours or pair them up with your favorite pair of jeans.  Pumps are great for almost any occasion and they never go out of style.  Wear them all year round for a classic look

A Basic Black Dress

Now, this is a dress that you have hanging in your closet that fits you perfectly.  Your dress should be flattering to your figure and is a much needed item when you need something pretty to wear.

There is not a specific style that it should be, as long as it is complimentary to you and makes you look and feel beautiful. Continue reading “Be a Timeless Beauty with These Fashion Must-Haves”

Prevent Premature Wrinkles Now

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Wrinkles…. once you’ve got em… you’ve got em.

Now, it may be true that there are products on the market that may help to reduce or somewhat reverse the appearance of wrinkles.

But, preventing wrinkles from creeping up on the skin before they should, will help with your appearance and skin health.


Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin so that the newer skin is revealed.  It usually involves gently scrubbing the skin in a circular motion as to cleanse and rejuvenate the skins surface.

Skin collects dirt, makeup, and oils that cause it to look dull and wrinkled.  But, exfoliating the skin can unclog pores, clear blackheads and make the skin look and feel more youthful.

Cleansing the skin this way should be done no more than twice a week and is very beneficial when followed with a good hydrating cream to help lock in moisture.

Drink Water

So… being that the human body is made up of more than 50% water, it makes a lot of sense that drinking an adequate amount of water on a daily basis will help to increase hydration and decrease wrinkles.  The amount of water needed really depends on activity, gender and overall health of the individual.

However, the key thing to remember is that water should be your go-to-drink throughout the day.  Alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks should be kept at a minimum.

Stay Moisturized

Keeping your skin properly moisturized on a consistent basis is very beneficial.  It helps the skin along by giving it protection and a smoother appearance.  Look for ingredients that help to contain moisture such as aloe and glycerin, so that the skin can remain moisturized longer. Continue reading “Prevent Premature Wrinkles Now”