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      5 Ways Cold Climates Help Our Skin

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       When we think about winter weather, we think dry hands, cracked noses, red cheeks— basically, we’re reminded of a slew of unsavory skin conditions that colder temperatures inflict upon us. 

      But, given that we have a few more months of freezing weather to endure, Frownies invite you to put on your rose colored glasses  with us and see if there are actually some benefits to those icy winds. After learning the following five ways chilly temperatures can actually help your skin, we’ve decided that maybe cold weather really isn’t so bad after all.

       

      1. It helps keep pores clog-free.
      Think cryotherapy; cold weather can act as a tonic or astringent. It helps to reduce clogs and keep pores less visible and refined. Cold weather also slows down and prevents the secretion of sebum, keeping shine at bay and reducing acne.
      2. It can improve your sleep.
      Getting a full night’s sleep is necessary for skin health, from reducing under eye circles to making sure your complexion stays glowing. Too-high nighttime temps actually disturb sleep—causing tossing and turning for most people—while coldness mimics the body’s natural drop in  internal temperature, which occurs a couple hours after we hit the sack. Therefore, most sleep scientists believe that a slightly cool room contributes to good sleep.

      3. It reduces puffiness.
      Cold weather promotes blood circulation in both the face and body, having a magical effect on reducing inflammation and swelling to the eyes and face. 

       4. It can keep you looking younger. 

      Cold weather enhances the complexion and rejuvenates skin. In a way, it slows down the aging process—think of cryotherapy spa treatments or splashing cold water on your face in the morning—and keeps skin tight, vibrant and radiant.

      5. It helps you burn fat.
      Okay, so this is more of an all-over-your-body effect of cold weather, but it can make a significant impact on your general appearance: In 2012, researchers discovered that cold weather appears to trigger calorie burn. Basically, cold temps signal your “brown fat” (the fat that allegedly helps burn your other “white fat”) to get to work, meaning that winter weather can be the catalyst for weight loss.

      Tackle Skin Issues with the Healing Powers of Whole Vitamin E Oil

       Frownies skin care issues dry-skin oily skin moisturizer facial patchesBody oils and serums have become so popular but don’t forget to check the label for ingredients! We have stressed how important it is to have organic and natural ingredients. Sadly harmful chemicals in skin-care products are not always listed in the ingredients; it is good to find a brand that you can trust like FROWNIES we have the best ingredients to promote your health! Whole vitamin E oil has shown MANY health benefits and healing properties for the skin and it is the main ingredient in Frownies Serum –here we will touch on some skin issues vitamin e oil is ready to tackle!

      Anti-aging Benefits of Skin Serums

      Vitamin E oil has an amazing anti-aging effect that will leave skin looking amazing. Habits such as excessive intake of alcohol, smoking, or lack of the proper skin regime often induce onset signs of aging in time. Topical application of Vitamin E oil promotes the production of two key protein components, collagen and elastin (improves skin elasticity). Vitamin E reduces the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, which gives you younger looking skin. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that fight off damaging effects of free radicals and lower the chances of new wrinkles appearing. WHOLE form vitamin E  from organic oat oil is used as a key ingredient in Frownies Skin Serum.

      Dry Dull Skin

      Vitamin E prevents the skin from loosing water and helps to retain skin’s natural moisture. Vitamin E helps dull, dry skin look healthy and moisturized. Vitamin E oil can be used regularly for deep pore cleansing of dry or oily skin to restore the normal oil balance of the skin. Vitamin E as a synthetic ingredient is sticky and does not penetrate well. Vitamin E in its whole form from oat oil is deep penetrating and has a plumping effect on fine lines. 

       

      Sunburns

      Vitamin E oil is used to treat sun damage and sunburns! When whole vitamin E is applied topically it is instantly absorbed by the by the epidermal layer of the skin, healing damage caused by ultraviolet radiation and relieving pain. Vitamin E can also be used for protection from sun damage and helps the skin to naturally protect itself.

      Scars

      Vitamin E helps remove and decrease the appearance of scars. Apply Vitamin E oil to acne scars or any other form of scar. Vitamin E oil first softens the affected area of skin and then lightens the mark after a few weeks of application.  Vitamin E speeds up the regeneration process of skin cells, helping the body  replac damaged skin cells with healthy new ones. 

      Stretch Marks

      By now you can see how Vitamin E oil would be equally effective at decreasing the appearance of stretch marks. If pregnant apply vitamin E oil to abdomen when belly starts to expand. This will relieve itching sensation caused by the stretching of the skin and prevent stretch marks! Vitamin E oil can also be used to remove preexisting stretch marks. Vitamin E oil increases the production of new skin cells and helps restore skin's natural elasticity. Regular application will help eliminate the appearance of stretch marks.

      Nails/Cuticles

      Vitamin E oil is most commonly known for maintaining nail health. Just a few drops of vitamin E oil can help heal broken nails and prevent future breakage.The skin around the nail is prone to over dryness which leads to skin cracking. Bring poorly kept nails back to life by using vitamin E oil regularly!

       

      When choosing any product you want to remember if you compromise on the quality of the ingredients you compromise the  benefits it brings. A lot of products extract only a part of the Vitamin e and then combine with other ingredients (usually harmful). Frownies skin care uses WHOLE Vitamin E so no  benefits are left out. 

      Frownies products are 100% WHOLE plant based ingredients!!!! Frownies Serum contains whole form vitamin E from organic oats.

      Going Green with Your Beauty Routine

       

      Frownies is all about being green! Frownies skincare is 100% all natural plant based and organic. We want you to have the best ingredients for you and your family and here is how you can start going green with your routine!

      Simplify Your Beauty Regimen

      Be weary of cosmetic advertising at drugstores and cosmetic counters! Advertising pushes a multitude of creams, lotions, and potions- making promises they could never deliver on.  Simplify: all you need is cleanser, moisturizer, toner and maybe an eye cream or skin serum. Frownies’ face wash, moisturizer, rose water, eye cream and skin serum are free from harmful chemicals and fragrances. Frownies’ ingredient labels are also simplified to only include ingredients that promote skin health.  

      “Natural” 

      Toxic synthetic chemicals are the biggest issue in the beauty industry today. It is a must to examine product labels with food and skin care to ensure we are not exposing our bodies to harmful chemicals. “Natural” and “All Natural” are NOT regulated label terms!!!

      Fragrance Free is the way to be!

      Federal law’s loophole: companies are not required to declare any of the DOZENS of toxic chemicals in a single products fragrance mixture. Artificial fragrances can trigger allergic reactions and other health problems. Be mindful of the hidden dangers “fragrance” and “perfume/parfum” listed on ingredients labels pose. Always choose fragrance free products. 

      By-pass Petrochemicals 

      These are used to make emollients (balms, creams, moisturizers, ointments, lotions, salves, etc.) for face cream. Petroleum by products can be contaminated by cancer containing impurities. Petroleum, the nonrenewable and environmentally unfriendly resource barely belongs in your car let alone on your skin. It is identified on labels as petrolatum, mineral oil, and paraffin.

      Healthy Inside and Out

      Diet and exercise should play vital roles in our skincare regime. A good sweat keeps nutrient-carrying blood circulating throughout our bodies. Feed yourself plenty of protein, healthy fats (omega 3’s, fish oils, or flaxseed oils), complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit. Also drinking plenty of water—six to eight glasses of water a day will help flush out toxins that might otherwise show up on your skin. Use Frownies new Clay Mask to nourish and detox the surface layers of the skin too.  

       

       

      New Year-New Decade Skin Fix

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         The holidays are behind us and a new decade has begun, let's go into the new year with less signs of fine lines and deep wrinkles. The gatherings and parties usually disrupt our routines and leave us in need of an beautifying skin quick-fix! Maybe you stayed on your plan for wellness and healthy skin but I wore my Facial Patches less and saw signs of it in the holiday photos.  Frownies Facial Patches, Frownies bio-metric membrane carrier Under Eye Gels, Face Mask, and Neck Mask can get rid of the appearance of fine lines and soften wrinkles to help you look your brightest self! Frownies is the gift that keeps on giving when you share the secret to your sparkle!                                                                                              

      Frownies Facial Patches 

           Frownies Facial Patches assist in softening and smoothing the appearance of deep wrinkles or fine lines mechanically, without any harsh chemicals or needles. Facial Patches address the physical cause of wrinkles The muscles of the face cannot move under the patch, keeping you from frowning or expressing while you sleep or any time you have the patch on. The paper patch allows the skin to breath promoting skin restoration and repair. By holding the crease flat and relaxed while you sleep, the body's muscle memory will train the facial muscles to lay flat again.

      Wrinkles on the Forehead and Between the Eyes 

      Use Facial Patches on horizontal lines and lines between the eyes (sometimes called elevens) all other forehead wrinkles can be covered too.

      Corner of Eyes (Crow’s Feet)Wrinkles

           Lines around the eyes start as dry skin that loses its’ elasticity and progress to creases in the muscles at the corner of the eyes. If you see wrinkles starting to appear at the corners of your eyes be proactive. Moisturize religiously and smooth the skin with Frownies Corner of Eyes and Mouth Facial Patch. Before crow’s feet become deep stop them with anti-wrinkle treatment and skin Moisturizer Face and Neck, Eye Gels and Frownies Facial Patch with Rose Water Spray.

      Corner of Mouth Wrinkles (Marionette) 

           The deeper the line the more commitment it takes to wearing the patch every night for at least 30 nights. Start using Frownies as soon as you are concerned and you may be able to reduce the wrinkle using the patch 3-4 nights a week, and stop the progressive depth.

      Always keep this area hydrated well with Frownies Moisturizer Face and Neck before applying the corner of mouth patch.

      How To Apply Frownies Facial Patches

           The anti-wrinkle treatment patch is applied directly over the wrinkles and frown lines. Frownies Rose Water Toner Hydrator is used to activate the adhesive on the patch and add an antioxidant treatment to the skin. Frownies Rose Water Hydrator contains organic aloe and essential oils of rose for skin softness. Smooth out the skin, apply the moistened patch and leave it on at least three hours, but overnight is best (the entire line must be covered by the patch). Use Frownies Moisturizer Face and Neck before applying the facial patch to accelerates the benefit, Soak the patch with water to remove, and use Frownies Skin Serum  after you remove the patch which supplies Vitamin E serum helping to smooth the skin.

      Wrinkle Fillers

           Smooth out wrinkles as soon as you see them by using Frownies wrinkle treatment Patches a few nights a month directly over the lines. Lines in their early stages will be softened in three to five nights, deeper lines taking longer. When the lines are no longer visible; you no longer need to wear your Facial Patches! When you start to see the lines reappear wear the patch again; it is as simple as that! You can be proactive with Frownies Facial Patches.

      Frownies Facial Patches have been called the “Easiest Wrinkle Reducer” by Good Housekeeping Magazine.

      Frownies Eye Gels, Face Mask, and Neck Mask

           Do you want to experience softening, smoothing and firming benefits to the skin on the face and neck this new year try Frownies Eye Gels, Face Mask, and neck Mask.  These treatment masks addresses creeping and creasing by nourishing and hydrating the skin. They are reusable 3-5 times; when kept moist with Frownies Rose Water Hydrator in the holding tray and kept sealed and refrigerated.

           Frownies bio-metric membrane carrier patch, stores powerful nourishing and moistening extracts. The trans-dermal system, allows for deep penetration of the skin, to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tone the neck. Here is a total list of the ingredients and their benefits to the skin! #ingredientsmatter

      Frownies Under Eye Gel, Face Mask, and Neck Mask Actives:

      Natural Glycerin

           Glycerin is a very effective moisturizer on skin. It absorbs water from air reducing dry and dull patches on your skin.  Your skin gets soft, supple and hydrated immediately on application. It adds hydration and health to your skin.

      •Smooths Skin

           As your skin ages, it looks dull and becomes susceptible to irritation, redness and many other conditions, such as dry skin due to losing its ability to keep moisture. With aging, your skin also gets rough – but using glycerin regularly can make your skin smooth by filling in tiny cracks and prevent other problems associated with dryness.

      •Maintains Water Balance

           Humectants in glycerin attract water from air and keep water in your skin. Glycerin minimizes water loss due to evaporation and maintains skin’s water balance on an inter-cellular level– so keeps skin well hydrated and nourished.

      •Nourishes Skin

           Because of its skin nourishing properties, glycerin can be used every day.  Its regular use will help keep your skin healthy, soft and fresh.  It is especially great to use in the winter time to help combat winter chill.

      •Enhances Skin Appearance

           Glycerin acts as an emollient that keeps your skin not only moist, but soft and supple to touch. It makes your skin look healthier and attractive. Its therapeutic effects on wounds and other skin issues also lead your skin to look healthier and smoother.

      •Heals Skin

           Glycerin can help cells grow thus helping skin heal. Glycerin also acts as a natural medication for fungal infections like eczema and psoriasis.  It reduces bruising and repairs infected tissue and cells more quickly.

      •Protects Skin

           Glycerin increases epidermal layer thickness and improves barrier function. It locks moisture in helping to keep harmful chemicals and environmental elements out of your skin.

      Organic Cactus Collagen & Aloe Vera

             There’s a new buzz worthy ingredient in town and it’s taking the skin-care world by storm, succulents Frownies has been using succulents in our skin care for years but now these powerful plants can be found in everything from makeup to face creams. Various cacti succulents including Aloe Vera grow in warm, dry regions, are part of a plant category that contains botanicals, and are adaptogens. These plants can survive harsh climates—and most store water.

           Strictly speaking, using succulents in skin treatments is not a new thing—indigenous people have been utilizing succulent plants for centuries. Chances are you’ve been told to apply Aloe on a sunburn at least once in your life. Now due to the numerous studies on these wondrous plants, a fresh interest has sparked surrounding their power of resiliency and how that power is translated also to the skin.

           So, what exactly is being harnessed from succulents? Such ingredients as: succulent oil extract, cactus collagen, and aloe vera—if you follow @Frownies you know #ingredientsmater and these ingredients matter!

      Sodium Alginate

           Sodium alginate is extracted from mineral-rich brown seaweed. This fine white powder transforms into jelly when put in contact with water, creating a unique all natural texture for holding the other skin care ingredients—helping to absorb. 

      Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid 

           Hyaluronic Acid is powerful stuff. But don’t let the word “acid” fool you. This gel-like water-holding molecule is a moisture-binding ingredient that helps keep skin plump and hydrated. And, it’s actually something our bodies naturally produce. Hyaluronic Acid helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturizer.

           Scientific studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid improve hydration and production of collagen, fight free radicals, maintain skin elasticity, and even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with healing wounds. Yes please!

           So why do we need more if our bodies already produce it? Because the average human body contains about 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid. However (at least) one third of that gets synthesized and degraded on a daily basis. Our skin also produces less as we age, go figure (eye roll). This is why many anti-aging products contain Hyaluronic Acid, and plastic surgeons are injecting Hyaluronic Acid into sunken areas of skin to plump it. But you do not need to get injected with possibly HARMFUL CHEMICALS to reap these benefits. Just choose Frownies all natural straight from the source skin care that contains Hyaluronic Acid for softer, fuller, smoother, more hydrated all natural skin.

      Sodium Pyroglutamic Acid (PCA)

           Sodium PCA is the sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid which is an uncommon amino acid found naturally in many proteins. pH  balance of 6.8-7.4, Occurs naturally in human skin and is responsible for binding moisture to cells. Highly water-absorbent, holding several times its weight in water, making it an excellent humectant (moisture preserver). Know as The Skin-Penetration Enhancer—Sodium PCA is a naturally stronger hydrating agent, often way more so than other common compounds such as: glycerin and propylene glycol. 

            Frownies recommends using only the highest quality of ingredients in all products. Luckily this means your money is not spread thin by buying multiple products, but instead the products you put money towards are able to be multi-purposed. This is due to organic, all natural ingredients and helps aid in reducing waste and the production of plastics!

      How to Apply Frownies Under Eye Gels, Face Mask, and Neck Mask 

           Prepare a comfortable place to rest recline for 20 to 30 minutes. Have music that is relaxing to you and maybe candles or essential oil to scent the room. Wash face, apply eye gels to face and smooth out any creases under the mask. If you have deep wrinkles press the mask into the crease and smooth out as much as you can under the mask. Recline in a comfortable space for 20-30 minutes. Remove gels, place back in the tray, spray with Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray, slide back in sleeve and store in the refrigerator in a seal able bag. Massage gently in any remainder of product left on the face into the skin with a up stroke. Pat dry if necessary and prepare for bed with Frownies Facial Patches over expression lines.

      Frownies FULL skin care line and facial patches are the only 100% all natural treatment that is safe for all skin types. Since 1889 Frownies has been growing its #Frowniesfam, won’t you join the family?

      Manifesting: The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

      Frownies is all about whole health. Yes we want to balance the body’s protective layer, the skin, but there is more to health than just the physical.  The mind and the spirit must also be balanced to have health and even more success. Success is when our dreams come to fruition. Maybe you’ve heard of manifesting your dreams to make them reality.

      There is much to learn when it comes to manifesting our dreams and harnessing the mind body spirit connection—and it’s potential for healing.  The mind-body connection works in wondrous ways. Those of you who have personally experienced natural healing trust and believe healing can and does happen. It is quite interesting to observe others who do not believe they can heal naturally but instead hold fast to the belief that they are sick. A belief in sickness can cause one to writhe in pain, or even to fear death. The power of suggestion and a subconscious belief are affecting the ability to heal. 

      By tapping into the mind-body-spirit connection you can intentionally influence your overall health and well-being. Resolving negative mental and emotional cycles releases stress and opens for positive healing energy. Visualization, hypnosis, and energy flow are techniques that help the subconscious to accept suggestions that heal and improve your life. 

      The power of the mind-body connection is not only its ability to manifest better health, but more than that it helps you to achieve more in other areas of your life. The law of attraction and manifestation provide us with the proof that when the energy of your mind, body and soul are in alignment with your purpose, you can obtain everything you want, but what you manifest energetically will occur every time.

      Tap into your mind-body connection

      Some metaphysical practitioners use muscle testing and pendulums to access the subconscious for information about anything from food allergies to which remedies or treatments to choose. Subconscious mind power techniques like visualization, hypnosis and emotional releasing techniques are popular methods of positively and purposely accessing  the mind body spirit connection for healing and manifesting.

      These techniques are used to: reprogram and shift previous patterns of limiting beliefs, offer new suggestions to your mind—neutralizing negative charges from upsetting emotions, and free up energy in the mind, body, and spirit that can be used for creating a healthier, happier existence. Spiritual wellness methods bring healing to your entire self and to others as well. In the wisdom and energy of the spiritual realm we find unity where we all are one. Such practices are free for all to access—regardless of religious beliefs (or lack thereof). Most faiths share common practices such as meditation, gratitude, prayer, and forgiveness. Spiritual consciousness can be called many names: God, the universe, creator, source, origin, universal super conscious, etc.

      Once the spirit touches the mind, the mind then begins to heal the body. Believe that the truth will always set you free. As we initiate awakening our level of consciousness rises, the possibility and frequency of healing will also increase —individually and collectively. When this happens spiritual wellness will be a true reality.

      Syncing of the mind and body improves overall health (and happiness). The key is doing it. The results are transformative and profound when we do. Candace P. Pert, PhD and author of Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine says, “mind doesn’t dominate body, it becomes body—body and mind are one.”

      Ten tips from experts to move mind and body into a powerfully peaceful relationship

      Take A Breath

      Maybe you’ve heard this when making a big decision. Maybe you’ve experienced how this little tip can largely impact how you think, feel, and experience the present situation. Focusing inward on breath brings calmness throughout the entire nervous system and clarity for thought almost instantaneously. Soft-belly breathing—relaxes your body as muscles calm and your lungs soothingly breathe in and out. Soft belly breathing stimulates parasympathetic nervous system to control the relaxation response. Take a slow, soothing, deep belly breath and watch as your mind and body relax and find contentment. 

      Mindfulness and Meditation

      Find a comfortable position sitting or standing, allow the body (and eventually the mind) to relax, focus on deep belly breathing, and succumb to the silence. You are practicing meditation! Meditation helps one become more conscious and present. Research shows meditation reduces stress, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and pain and improves sleep, mood, attention and concentration due to the positive changes in the brain’s structure.

       Mindfulness is when you strive to understand experiences objectively in the present—moment-to-moment awareness—as much as possible. Studies show mindfulness (and all sorts of meditation practices) enhances your focus, memory, cognitive functions, relationship satisfaction, and insight. All-the-while lowering emotional reactivity and supporting complete health by improving overall well-being due to strengthened immune functions.Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh states, “Our breath is the bridge that unites body and mind.” 

      To achieve stillness: use a mantra (which is a word or sound repeated to bring one into a focused meditation and overall peace.  “Om” is a common mantra that has healing vibration properties. A recent study involving mantra-related meditation practices showed that using mantras can indeed generate psychological calm (among many other benefits}. Cultivate a steady breath through mindfulness and meditation.

      Stress to success

      Stress is much too common and it has several sorts of negative impacts, including disease. Replace chaos with productivity. A quote from Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine, “There is scientific data proving that certain miraculous stories of healing happen because people radically alter their body’s physiology by changing their mind.” 

      She recommends identifying long-held beliefs in blind spots not known for years, and reflecting on the past, present and future. “If you’re fearless enough to face the truth about yourself, your life and any illness, you’ll have the opportunity to awaken to the bliss that comes with living in alignment with your Inner Pilot Light. And when you do, you relax your body, flip on your self-repair mechanisms and make the body ripe for miracles. Remember, anything is possible,” proclaims Rankin.

      Alter your Ego

      The ego is the part of your identity as an individual, this part is the “self”. The comprehension of “self” is often developed in each developmental stage.  Be present in the here and the now is vital for mind-body wellness. When intentions stem from the ego obstacles arise. Negative thoughts and emotions create barriers and repetitious patterns of behavior that influence who you are in the now.

      “Our words and our thoughts, and the words and thoughts of those around us, have very strong influence over our genetic expression. The effects occur within seconds. The reason: The immediate early genes swing into operation within seconds of any negative thought or emotion or trauma,” states James L. Oschman, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on energy medicine, mind-body, bodywork, movement, research with cells and tissues and other topics. 

      Separate the positive and negative emotions, thoughts and beliefs that come from past events and behaviors—to change them and better your life. Gain self-awareness and self-understanding by practicing body scans (relaxing and checking in with every part of the body from head to toe. Practice some emotional freedom techniques (EFT): dance, move the body, listen to drums, jazz, or classical music, create art, journal or write poetry, be in nature, practice yoga; and study religious and spiritual rituals. 

      Be Vulnerable

      We’ve attached negativity to being vulnerable, but there’s power in viewing vulnerability as a positive. The author of The Power of Vulnerability Brené Brown, PhD explains “We associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid, such as fear, shame and uncertainty, yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity and love.” Brown says that extreme vulnerability can turn into shame, leading to social isolation. As an alternative, she recommends “wholeheartedness” as a life practice. You’ve heard of living your best life—that goes for emotionally, too. Brown says we must harness the courage to be vulnerable, express our vulnerability, and cultivate compassion for others and self, as a means to healthy, intimate connections.

      Find your calling

      To identify and pursue your purpose takes openness and a curiosity to discover who you are. It can happen through a negative event (a wake-up call) that transforms adversity into opportunity and you begin to understand what you should do with your life. This understanding can also be obtained through self-exploration practices such as: reading inspirational books, journaling, attending topic specific retreats or personal development conferences, asking what makes your spirit glow or following how you feel upon waking-up in the morning as you ask what all you love about life. Listen to the messages in the magical moments these are serendipitous signs of your unique path. Knowing your purpose will give you the energy you need to grow your innate capacity to heal. Believe that healing and success will happen, be still, listen, and engage in karmic acts of good.

      Love yourself 

      “A mountain of evidence has now shown that positive emotions such as love, compassion and joy provide a healing bath of biochemical’s, not only improving the health and function of the heart, but also the entire body and brain,” says Bruce Cryer, author of From Chaos to Coherence: The Power to Change Performance. Ancient Chinese doctors wrote of “silk threads” connecting heart and brain. Research in the mid-1990s discovered the presence of an intrinsic nervous system in the heart, a multifaceted network of tens of thousands of neurons processing information in the heart and transmitting that information to the brain.

      There are several ways to love, they all start with loving yourself. One of the first steps to loving self is addressing your past wounds. Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace explains “One of our greatest blocks to lovingkindness is our own sense of unworthiness, Love and compassion must begin with kindness toward ourselves”. Forgive yourself and let whatever is blocking your path pass away.

      Watch what you put in your mouth

      Foods can make you sick or healthy. Consuming organic fruits and vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices, and good fats support total health. When you eat red meat and chicken, processed carbohydrates, wheat, other glutens, dairy and sugar it is negatively impacting more than just your physical health. Eating these foods affects your brain’s neurotransmitters and disables brain function, including mood regulation. Watch what happens to your brain, body and overall health when you watch what you put in your mouth.

      Learn to properly sleep 

      Melatonin is a vital hormone that is produced while you sleep. Melatonin regulates the body’s circadian rhythms (the internal clock) along with other hormones. A healthy circadian rhythm supports mind-body balance. You’ll sleep best when you take melatonin supplements, eat healthy, exercise, get early morning and end of the day sunlight, wind-down before bedtime (no phone or tv), and sleep in total darkness. The average adult should get 7-8 hours of sleep. Though some manage with only 6, and some still sleepy after 9 (such as LeBron James, who has said he sleeps up to 12 hours). Try these six steps for restorative sleep and see over all health 

      Shake your body

      Regular exercise makes you totally glow. There are many forms of practice so shake it up and keep it fun. Exercising several times a week develops body awareness and fosters mind-body-spirit connection. Exercise provides many benefits: lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, decreased body fat, improved mood, balanced emotions, heightened confidence, increased energy and stamina, enlarged strength and flexibility, and reduced stress—just to mention a few. The more you move the more motivated you will be to keep moving! So exercise at the gym or do a home workout video, walk, run, bike, practice yoga, try tai chi, take Pilates or dance classes, swim laps or hike outdoors. Make a personal commitment to your health (and thrive).