Quickie Fasting for Wimps (like me)

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My belly has been feeling off.  I don’t know if its the stress of the wedding or the fact I’ve been eating out too much lately, but my digestion is completely out balance – making me feel bloated every time I eat and along with bouts of upset stomach.  And this has really taken a toll on my skin, for the first time in years, my eczema has flared up on my face in very obvious red patches.  But last week when my mouth swelled …

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Beautiful Skin & Digestion: An Interview with Dr. Makoto Trotter, ND

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Proper digestion and elimination are fundamental for beautiful skin.  This is because poor digestion can lead to a build up of waste in our bodies, inflammation and malnutrition – and our skin responds accordingly with breakouts, redness or devitalization.  This is why at Pure + Simple, we introduced the Chi Energy Facial, which includes a tummy massage to relieve tension in the abdomen and stimulate toxins to move.  But bodywork is only one aid for our digestive systems – here in this Tub Talk interview, …

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Bowel Beauty: Curing Constipation for Flawless Skin

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I ended 2011 with a post on bloating and gut health and ringing in 2012 with one on curing constipation. Yes yes yes y’all, bowel health is imperative for beautiful skin, and this was emphasized when I saw a long-time client this week who formerly had majorly congested skin with a clear, glowing complexion (squeal!). She had only been eliminating twice a week and we had her taking some gentle laxative so she started to do so a minimum of once per day. Clarifying the …

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Digestion Tea: Flatten Your Belly + Aid Post-Holiday Bloating

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So, we’re in the last stretch of the holidays – and if you are like me, you’ve been stuffing your face with all sorts of bad things you shouldn’t be eating (will power, resolution 2012?). But as New Year’s Eve approaches, I’ve somehow got to feel good squeezing into an all-sequins mini dress so I need to sort out my digestion stat. Now, I’m not talking about losing weight. Hell, I think its natural to put on a little winter weight to protect us against …

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Colonics for Better Skin? The Pros and Cons of colon irrigation

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Lately I’ve gotten quite of few inquiries about my opinion on colon irrigation for improving skin clarity.  And while some of you may be squeamish when talking about elimination (isn’t elimination such a polite way to refer to pooing?…That’s for you squeamish people), its an important part of a balanced body and clear complexion.  I myself am very comfortable with this subject and have been for a long time.  I remember back Blink 182’s album “Enema of the State” –  some kids at my high …

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Munchin’ Mantra: Its not always what you eat, but how you eat it

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Sitting here this Good Friday with an over-stuffed belly after dinner made me think about the work I put my poor stomach through day in and day out.  Sure, it was no traditional Easter supper – in fact I made Collard greens and balsamic-soaked tofu steaks topped with dried cranberries and sided with green string beans and Yukon gold potato mash – but nonetheless I stuffed my gob as if it were a bowl of chocolate eggs.  I admit I have no self control.  The …

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