Do You Drink Water?
We all have times when we know we haven’t had enough water. Visions of a nice tall glass of cool H2O sparkling in the light with beads of condensation running down the side sound so appealing. But do you really know when your body is telling you to take a drink? Check out these signals:
These are just some of the ways your body is trying to talk to you.
Even if we are not doing something that requires sweating, our bodies are still working hard and constantly perspiring. It just evaporates as quickly as it comes to the surface of our skin.
Why is Water Important?
Basically water is the lubricant that keeps our body running smooth. Our bodies are made so cool to be able to….well I like to equate it to something of a triage unit. Our bodies are continually assessing our intake of nutrients and liquids and dispersing them where they are needed most. With that in mind, our vital organs are going to get first dibs on any water rations while things like sensitive dry skin is going to get what is left over.
How Much Should You Drink?
That question has definitely seen an array of opinions. Some say a glass every hour while others say 8-8oz glasses a day is perfect. The latest buzz is to take your weight, divide it in half and that number is now the amount you should drink in ounces.
The Bottom Line
Listen to the signals of your body. Do you feel like your sinuses are sticky but you don’t have a cold? Has it been more than 4 hours since you have needed to go pee? When you do go, can you smell the aroma of the coffee you had earlier in the day or even the garlic from last night’s dinner?
Your body works hard 24 hours a day so that you can do all the things you do. Give it some love back with a nice refreshing drink of water.
Remember, you are a treasure!
Last week we discussed the importance of sweat and types of body odor. It is natural and good for our bodies to release those toxins and offenders. But sometimes even with careful grooming, that body odor can threaten some to be too much.
What is a person to do then? Here are a couple of solutions that I have found to be very helpful in my own walk of pursuing a healthy clean body.
What a difference things were for me when I discovered applying apple cider vinegar daily to my underarms. It is now part of my daily routine and it works so well that sometimes I forego using anything else afterwards.
Needed: a 1-2 ounce spray bottle
Raw apple cider vinegar (like Braggs, this is important as the live culture is what kills bacteria)
Mix 1 part of acv with 2 parts clean water in the spray bottle.
Apply to clean dry skin. Let it absorb before applying natural deodorant.
Coconut Oil and Essentials
Coconut oil is a natural mild antibacterial. This will help with the bacteria that naturally accumulates in the moist darker areas of your body like armpits. Some essential oil suggestions that smash odors are cypress, rosemary, bergamont, melaleuca, lemongrass and sage.
How To: Clean and dry skin. Then apply a quarter sized amount of coconut oil along with 2 drops of essential oil under each underarm. Massage into skin and then let it soak in for a couple of minutes before dressing.
The first time I heard of this I thought it was silly. But now I am a believer. After doing this easy method I can often go a few days without giving my underarms any attention at all. Yes really.
Needed: 1 TBSP Bentonite Clay
1 TBSP raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBSP clean water
Mix together to make a paste and apply to underarms like a mask.
Give it a good 20 minutes to dry and then wash off.
Viola! You just let the mask work for you and pulled a bunch of toxins out of the many lymph nodes in your underarms. You should notice your natural scent being much milder now.
I also find that this is a great solution when adjusting to a natural deodorant. As the body pushes out the years of chemicals stored in the lymph nodes there can be a time of adjusting.
We here at Healing Treasures also think seeing your doctor is important. We do not diagnose here. Our bodies give us signs and clues to tell us what is going on. Running some tests to check hormone and magnesium levels as well as other possible concerns is always a good idea.
Have you found other solutions to be successful? Drop us a line here in the comments to share.
I think it is safe to say that we all spend time thinking about what we smell like. Body odor is unanimously at the top of that list. But have you thought about the importance of using a natural deodorant?
Commercialized antiperspirants contain chemicals like aluminum, phthalates (endocrine disruptors), propylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde (kills germs because it is a carcinogen), parabens (hormone disruptor), and chemical antibacterials (endocrine disruptors).
It doesn't take much internet searching to find strong opinions on both sides of the "deodorant fence" so to speak. Modern science challenges that the chemical components of antiperspirants are blocked by the skin from entering the body. A naturalist point of view is that skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it most definitely absorbs what is put onto it, especially if that same skin has micro blade cuts from razors.
We here at Healing Treasures have a natural option for you. Using only natural clean ingredients that are organically sourced, we offer Natural Deodorant. It has a light scent of cocoa butter that is never overpowering and is easy to apply in its twist tube container. It melts easily with your own body heat and as it is a concentrated product like everything else we make, a little goes a long way.
We all worry about it right? Statistics show that in 2011-2012 the United States alone spent over $1.3 billion in consumer purchases. We spend a lot of time and money thinking about those wet marks appearing on our clothes that signify we have been working hard while trying to appear carefree. And then there is the odor. Who hasn’t pulled a friend aside to ask “Do I smell? Is my deodorant working?”
Where does the sweat come from? Can’t we just not sweat? While that would be great, our bodies are actually supposed to sweat. I know, that doesn’t sound appealing but it is true. Our bodies sweat to help us cool down and not overheat. If we didn’t sweat we would have to pant like a dog to cool down.
Sweating is detoxifying as it helps our bodies release some of the toxins that build up in our systems. It also helps us to fight infection and kill off different bacteria and germs. Normally our bodies produce almost a liter a day of sweat and we just don’t notice it because it evaporates as soon as it shows up on our skin.
That personal aroma working its way up into the nose is another story. There are actually many reasons why we have body odor. Age, health, diet, genetics and lifestyle all play factors in our personal chemistry. For today’s topic, let’s look at the 2 main stages of sweat.
Regular Sweat / Exercise Sweat: This is the type of sweat that we may or may not notice in our daily way of doing things. It is produced mainly by our eccrine glands that are found in large areas of our bodies. It is comprised basically of water, salt and potassium. It cools the body and evaporates quickly leaving little to no trace except for a natural musky scent.
Stress Sweat: This type of sweat comes about when our bodies are ramped up with emotions. When we are deeply frustrated, worried, in pain or scared; our brain and body works together to trigger an adrenaline response. It is our protective fight or flight mode. That chemical reaction comes from the apocrine glands that secrete more of a milky thick sweat containing fatty acids and proteins. Because it is a more dense liquid, it doesn’t evaporate as quickly. While it starts out odorless, it mixes with the natural bacteria on our skin and can become quite surprising in no time at all.
What can you do about it?
Stay hydrated. Cool clean refreshing water is our body’s regulator fluid.
Use deodorants without antiperspirant. Use a natural deodorant that doesn’t have any aluminum. Our Natural Deodorant is a great option to try. The aluminum regular drug store products is what makes antiperspirants block the glands and hold back sweat. Along with a host of other troubling issues, blocking the glands will also in the long run create more offensive body odor.
Wash with a natural antibacterial soap. I personally like to use Dr Bronners but anything natural will help reduce the budding offensive bacteria from your skin.
Notice what foods you are eating. Excessive amounts of sugars, fried foods and dairy can cause a build up in the body that releases as odor. But also healthy foods like garlic, beans, broccoli cabbage, brussel sprouts and other spices can create an odor when leaving the body.
Exercise helps. As I mentioned earlier, exercise will help your body flush the toxins that build up in your internal system. Exercise also helps to relieve stress and releases endorphins that make you feel better so it is a win-win.
Don’t give up. Every step you make towards a healthier you is a good choice. Try different products and give your body time to adjust.
Next week I will share a couple of options in getting rid of intense body odor.
For now, be blessed in all you do. We here at Healing Treasures celebrate you! You are indeed a wonderful and original treasure!
"And we are live". Hearing those words come from my amazing web guy today stirred emotions I didn't realize would surface. I have to confess I cried. It was quite an emotional celebration.
It has been quite a journey thus far and I am so excited. Thru the years as I looked for ways to help my family deal with allergies and skin sensitivities, I never imagined that it would become what is represented here; but I couldn't be happier and humbled. I will be the first to tell you that I don't know all there is to know. That is a good place to be in because learning is a life long journey.
Along the way, I will be sharing with you the things that peak my interest and learning waves. If you have certain things that you want to learn about, just drop me a comment. Until next time, keep in mind always that you are a treasure.
My name is Julie and I am passionate about looking for the clean and natural ways to handle every day life.