Relax wrinkles naturally while getting beauty sleep

I am 38 years old, and I am still a Botox virgin. For years slight changes in my facial volume and sneaky little wrinkles have been creeping up on my once perfectly smooth face…all signs that I am human and will age like ever creature on this planet. While my ancestors come from Transylvania I am not immortal (sigh).

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My long journey with conceiving started when I was 33 years old. It took two years to conceive my daughter before I began breastfeeding. A similar long process with my second daughter and here I am Botox free. This happy go lucky once go with the flow gal has never struggled more to keep her eyes open and frowned so much in her life saying no on a regular basis to her dare devil daughter.

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This is me pre-baby vs. two kids in. And while things may never be the same and aging is inevitable, I’ll be damned if I don’t attempt to preserve my skin and fuel my body with natural goodness.


Pre-baby days my I was much cheekier, my skin was more supple, and my wrinkles were  far less pronounced.


Facerest is a natural alternative to chemical formulated serums, fillers, and Botox. It is blended with organic botanicals that feed the skin the vitamins and nutrients needed to replenish and repair, while promoting facial relaxation and a blissful slumber. It has Melatonin infused into the formula and has a very pleasant soft scent.



For those who are not familiar with  Melatonin, it is a hormone made by the pineal gland. That’s a pea-sized gland found just above the middle of your brain. It helps your body know when it’s time to sleep and wake up. Normally, your body makes more melatonin at night.

Taken orally, Melatonin promotes sleep and helps with jet lag. Melatonin applied topically promotes the production of fibroblasts, a type of biological cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen. This increases elasticity and collagen production in skin. It also protects against harsh UV rays.

Facerest is produced with important ingredients that serve as relaxants such as chamomile of Morocco, jasmine and ylang ylang, and the exotic oils carry healing attributes such as having high levels of amino acids, vitamin e, beta-carotene, vitamin a, and essential fatty acids.

I’m in the thick with a newborn waking up three to four times a night. This is my face before using Facerest for a few nights a week for two weeks and after.


While sleep aids are not recommended for nursing mothers who co-sleep , Melatonin taking orally is generally not a concern for those breastfeeding as long as they are not co-sleeping or need to be alert as it promotes sleep. Taken topically, the amounts are much smaller and promote relaxation and skin renewal.

You can purchase it online


Tips for a healthy and fit pregnancy

First of all, let me start off by saying I don’t consider myself a fitness or healthy junkie by any means. If you put a mouth-watering cheese pizza in my face, chances are I will devour it before you have time to even ask if I want a slice. I enjoy a leisurely jog yet there is no way I could fathom the idea of signing up for a marathon; however, I will put out a hard sprint at the opening of a sample sale. Fitness to me personally at the age of 37 is being able to fit into my skinny jeans, join my husband on a hike without complaining, and actually enjoying bikini season and shopping for one.

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Before having my first child, I was petrified of pregnancy, labor, and everything that comes with the aftermath. It felt as if it would be an alien implanted in my body, taking over, and morphing me into a whole different entity forever.

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I got pregnant with my first child at 35. It had taken me almost two years and three miscarriages to hold a healthy pregnancy. Hormonal rollercoasters and a workout hiatus due to a lisfranc injury from running in flat shoes (not recommended ladies) set me back a bit before I got pregnant with my daughter. I was working at a popular Greek restaurant and went to the gym on the regular. While I was a few pounds heavier than I would have liked, I was solid and toned. I’m 5’8″ and my pre-pregnancy weight was 134. In nine months I gained 40 pounds. While I still worked the first three months which burned calories, I didn’t workout much due to my high risk factor and I was down right sick as a dog all day. I didn’t throw up, but I was so tired and nauseous I would lie down all day before heading to work. By month four, I was on an early medical maternity leave and felt like new again. I started working out every day at the break of dawn for 45 minutes at the gym. Afternoons I spent doing yoga at home and swimming for thirty minutes daily at the public pool. I slowly gained the weight, but by keeping up with light weights I maintained my muscle tone and shape. I have a super long torso, so I didn’t even show until I was nearly eight months pregnant. I tended to eat what I wanted without pigging out. The day my water broke I had gone to the gym for an hour and swam for an hour. The first week after having my daughter I dropped 30 of the 40 pounds effortlessly. My appetite increased while breastfeeding, but I started going to the gym 4 days post. I had no clue the dangers or that my internal organs could have collapsed, but they didn’t – ignorance is bliss moment. When I look back at photos I saw the rest of the weight and shift in body change happened gradually. By 8 months I was my pre-baby weight and after one year post I was almost at my skinniest I had been in 20 years. My elimination of dairy and eggs combined with workouts had gotten me to 126 pounds.

I tried for number two that spring, but it didn’t work out as planned. Three more miscarriages in six months. I gained four pounds bringing my weight to 130 before finally conceiving my second daughter. While the pregnancy was similar to the first, my lifestyle and habits were not.

When I found out I was pregnant in December we just moved into a new home and it was quite the project we had undertaken. I had a hyper toddler, no gym membership, and had to manage my previous home on the market, renovations, and my small business. Needless to say, workouts were a thing of the past. The previous owner left us a workout equipment set from the 80’s which helped me squeeze in ten minute workouts here and there but there was no regular schedule of training time.

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18 weeks, 21 weeks, 24 weeks, and 28 weeks pregnant

This pregnancy I ate way more healthier. I didn’t have much of an appetite or any cravings. I had to force myself to eat in general and normally chose lean foods, salads, humus, crackers, steak, and vegetables, not because I was trying to be healthy, but I just wanted basic foods. I worked out at home when I could, as well as renovating and chasing my escape artist toddler. I managed to keep up with squats the whole pregnancy, but I didn’t have the stamina for many since my second baby was head down pushing my pelvis since week 24. She came two weeks early and was a bit smaller than the first. I only gained 33 pounds this time around, but my body felt softer in general. My arms where tighter from lifting my toddler and household projects. I wore the belly wrap hours after labor, this helped contract my uterus down again and shrink the belly. I dropped 17 pounds the first week. At four weeks post I am 141 pounds. The extra weight doesn’t bother me, but I feel I need to tone up in a major way. My stomach feels so soft and my booty does not have its bounce back shape it held previously…not to mention the cellulite factor.  This doesn’t make me sad, but I feel motivated over time slowly I will get where I want, and I am excited I survived pregnancy! I am still the crazy old me in the same body that is just a bit worn down. I’ve done stretching, narrow squats, and more core work and resistance bands this month. I’m scared of my uterus falling out, so I haven’t over done the workout or gone for a job. Maintaining our bodily strength and stamina as we get older is a feat in itself – not to mention adding a crying baby or toddler smearing oatmeal on its head demanding to watch Paw Patrol for the 100th time. Give yourself goals but don’t forget to give yourself a guilt free break and enjoy the process.


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Here are some tips to help you get where you want to be during and after your pregnancy. 

  • Force extra calories or healthy meals in with quick shakes, juicing, or ice cream. The times I was a bit under weight I ate more ice cream. Diary is good for the baby and the calories are easy to eat. If I needed more healthy stuff I’d whip up a juice with apples, carrots, beats, you name it.
  • Give yourself long-term goals. Don’t expect noticeable changes over night or within weeks. Create a lifestyle that works for you whatever it may be positively.
  • Go easy on yourself. We are our own biggest critics.
  • Motivate others, and you may find you motivate yourself as well!
  • Give yourself a break. Sleep more, skip a workout, eat that cheat food with your kids. Enjoy life.
  • Maintain your muscles throughout your pregnancy journey. You just want to keep them alive. Once you shed the pregnancy fat and water weight, workouts will bring you back to where you want to be. You can eat a cookie while dropping a squat. The goal isn’t losing weight. It is keeping the muscles working.
  • Cardio is good for blood flow to the baby.
  • Don’t deprive yourself of cravings. Use portion control. I used to stock up at Bulk Barn all types of treats such as candy, chips, sweet, sour, and everything in between. I’d place them in small zip lock bags and when I had that craving I would only eat that portion.
  • Hydration is key. Drink as much water as you can daily. It promotes blood flow and oxygen to the baby as well as keeping skin supple which reduces stretch marks.
  • Don’t forget or take lightly your internal health. Take Folic acid, omega oils, probiotics, vitamin D daily throughout your whole pregnancy. After labor you can take raspberry tea leaf to help your uterus contract. I still take prenatals while breastfeeding. Eat foods that promote a healthy baby. Nuts, kale, eggs, salmon, lean meats, and veggies.
  • Oils such as fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil, rosehip oil keep things nice down under and can help prevent tears or minimize them at the least.

When you look in the mirror, know you are beautiful no matter what size you are. Don’t sweat the small stuff like spider veins, some extra cellulite, or love handles you have just created a human who will love you for years to come.

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Nailed it- my favorite nail polishes and the worst

Nail polish – it is simply one of my survivor items I can not even fathom life without. Life without color? I’ve been wearing it since raiding my mom’s closet in grade school and since then the addiction has only gotten worse. I need every shade of periwinkle blue, every shade similar to a ballet slipper pink, and don’t forget those rad colors that make perfect strangers ask, “Where did you find that?”


I consider myself lucky that my childhood friend’s major vice is beauty products. She will shop through Sephora and department store cosmetic counters as if it’s a sport. Not only does she not use 75% of the products or just tries them out once, but she gives me all the hand me downs! I should be a good friend and help her break her addiction, but I don’t. I just love all her makeup selections that find their way to my beauty closet eventually.  She’s recently given me tons of nail polish in different brands and colors. I’ve selected my top brands and not so favorites and rated them on a scale of 1-5 including application, color, and chip resistance.

I would have loved to add photos of the colors on my nails, but I have a better chance of owning an ocean front resort in Fiji before becoming a hand model, so I will leave my troll hands to typing and just add photos of the bottles.

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Let me start with my top lovers.

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My top winner is Nailsinc Geleffect. Hands down this polish is amazing! I was always a bit hesitant to try gel polishes. I thought they needed a special light, or the polish would take forever to scrub off when I was ready to switch it up. I’ll even post a photo of my ring finer in the polish because the color is the same as the bottle displays.


Application: 5/5 The cap is a bit misleading, but the bulky square cap comes off leaving a small black cap that is easy to handle. The bristle leave a smooth finish without streaks. Just after one coat that dried within seconds my nails look finished. Two or three coats gives it a nice finish.

Color: 5/5 The color was perfect. I am wearing a soft pink and it looks great with a tan or without.

Chip resistance: 5/5 I am a busy mom that literally does everything from gardening to renovations on a daily basis. I paint my own nails because I get bored of colors and I constantly  mess them doing projects. If painted well and you don’t have a bad habit like I do at picking at your nails, this polish can last well over a week and half. It is simply amazing!

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China Glaze- I have color up all night. It is a very dark midnight blue with a slight shimmer preventing it from being too matte without being sparkly.

Application: 4/5 Easy to apply. Thin brush and paints well. Comes out medium in velocity. You need 2-3 coats for the full effect.

Color:  5/5 I love this color. It is classy and edgy at the same time. You need a double take. Is it purple, blue, or black? It is perfect when you are sick of girly colors and want to step it up.

Chip resistance: 3/5 It’s middle of the road. It looks fabulous first 3-4 days but after will need touch ups.

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Sally Hanson Insta-Dry – Show Steeler

A busy woman’s dream polish. I have under two minutes to paint my nails- done and done.

Application: 5/5 A breeze to paint on. Dry time is under a minute. What is the secret to quick dry nail polish? It can cover well with just one coat if you are super busy.

Color: 3/5 This gray is very matte with blue undertones. When it comes to this brand’s color selection, it is very blah and predictable. Not enough neutrals or fun colors to wear it on the regular.

Chip resistance: 4/5 Gives some expensive brands bang for its buck. But when it chips its big chips and it looks horrible.

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Defy & Inspire- Target’s first line of polish. This brand is pretty awesome. With 38 colors of 5 Free polish (5 chemicals you don’t want to see on the ingredient list) It has great coverage, color selection, and wear ability.

Application: 3/5 It doesn’t flow as well as other brands. Brush is a bit bigger and polish takes some concentration to make it even.

Color: 5/5 I had a nude with sparkles that shimmered in the sun. Great coverage and only needed two coats.

Chip resistance: 4/5 If you let it dry properly which by the way can take a longer time than other brands, it sets nicely. It is good for a 4-6 day period with minimal work.

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O.P.I. Infinite Shine 2- I am normally an Essie girl over O.P.I. but this polish is great! It has amazing application, coverage, and chip resistance. The shade is Cajun Shrimp. It is the perfect orange red combo to accentuate tans.

Application: 5/5 It went on thick and easy. It doesn’t get tacky in the bottle or on the nails and leave a smooth finish.

Color: 5/5 They have a great range of colors and Cajun Shrimp is fun and bright.

Chip resistance: 4/5 It definitely serves as a long lasting polish and has strong resistance to housework and hobbies that might scuff it up.

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Ruby Kisses- Teal Envy  This is an oldie but a goodie. I purchased this polish over seven years ago when I lived in New York City. Teal Envy is as teal as you can find. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this polish and I refuse to throw it away until I can scrape out every last drop. It is not the least bit tacky after sitting on my shelf 3/4th of the way finished seven years later.

Application: 4/5 It doesn’t go on as smooth as higher end polishes, but with a little patience you can get a nice manicure.

Color: 5/5 If you want the pop factor choose Teal Envy if you can find it online.

Chip resistance: 3/5 It doesn’t last long before starting to chip…maybe 3-4 days, but I wouldn’t want to wear the color longer anyways.

These brands and colors completely disappointed me, yet I still hold onto them like a beauty hoarder.

Essie- Secret Story  At first it looks like a nice creamy magenta. After I applied two coats it still was a sheer polish that looked as if I ran out during the middle of a manicure. One or two coats of sheer didn’t look good and who is wasting time painting there nails 4-5 coasts for a basic shade of pink?

Sephora by O.P.I. This polish has a huge hard to maneuver handle, a thin brush, and is tacky to apply. I would never purchase this myself and don’t recommend it to anyone either.

Sally Hanson Triple Shine– At first application I liked the sheer natural color, and I’ve almost used the whole bottle because maybe I didn’t have many nice neutrals in my closet, but this product chips a lot. It is very frustrating. One moment you have the perfect manicure and bam- you are missing chunks of polish.

What are your favorite brands? I’m really loving the gel. I love the fun of mixing up shades during the seasons of the year. Summer is my favorite. Bright, nude, wild, almost anything goes, as long as it goes with your bikini.

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My go to ski skin survival products

Although I love trying new products, I’m pretty basic when it comes to my daily face regimen. I use a seabuckthorn exfoliating face bar to wash and a variety of exotic oils for moisturizing my skin such as Argan, Rosehip, Tamanu, and one of my favorites Goji.

When I do sports I tend to kick it up a notch and add a few extra protective barriers to help protect my skin from harsh conditions like wind while skiing, the scorching sun and salt water while surfing, and bug bites while horseback riding.


I recently started ski lessons in Canada. At first, I thought ok it’s cold, but I’ll only be outside an hour and a half max. How much can a little wind and cold air hurt my skin? Well in 5 degree weather it can do a lot pretty quickly. My face was an awful mixture of super dry and rosy for nearly three days after.

I’m lucky to have a best friend who has a little makeup and product addiction. She probably owns shares of Sephora by now. She will buy hundreds of dollars worth of products and try them once and move on. Luckily, she is nice enough to pass them down to me. In my pile of new products I found a gem of skin serum, that I will now have to buy since it works amazing!

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield,  is a light weight protecting serum that works with every skin type. It is marketed as a face primer, and it has a 30 SPF broad shield spectrum. Not only is this product hypoallergenic but it is also vegan! It has a thick velvety texture that looks natural and literally fills in fine lines while acting as a protecting barrier to the harsh conditions of the ski hill.

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For my lips I’ve been using EOS chapstick in mint. I prefer the regular shape packaging and love the refreshing zest of the mint

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After I survive the slope I go home and take a bath with Eucalyptus and Oatmeal mix.

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I finish off my Sunday Slopes beauty spa with a coconut treatment in my hair and Argan oil  silk lotion by Moroccan Life Products on my body.

Love it!

My fall must haves

After the summer days fade away and fall settles in, I feel the need to detox and get into a healthy fall/winter regimen. The dog days of summer where I took leisurely jogs and enjoyed vino by the pool are gone.

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Instead of hibernating and slacking on my workouts and eating everything in sight loaded with carbs, I try to attempt a healthy frame of mind.

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Here are a few of my healthy lifestyle choices I take to stay on the right track.

  • Getting into a regular workout schedule. I try to workout at least 5-6 days per week. I tend to get super bored at the gym. There have been times when I have literally worked out shorter than it took me to get to the gym, say…12 minutes, but my theory is it is better than nothing, and it promotes that schedule thing. I try and do yoga at home 2-3 days a week. I swim 2-3 days a week, and then workout at the gym 3-4  days a week now that I have a baby keeping me busy.
  • Morning hot water with lemon and ginger. Viruses thrive in cooler bodies, so I like to start off the morning with a large mug of hot water with fresh lemon and ginger to cleanse my body, warm up, and protect with ginger.                   Image result for hot water lemon and ginger
  • Local honey.  I tend to have bad allergies and sinus problems. I find that when I incorporate local honey on a regular basis it alleviates congestion and a sore throat. I mix it in my homemade dressings, and I just take a large spoonful ( or squeeze straight out of the bottle more like it) into my mouth.       Image result for local honey
  • Edible Argan Softgels. I take this supplement year round, but I love it in the winter! Edible Argan promotes health and beauty from within. It is known to be liquid gold and for good reason, the oil is packed with great health benefits. It is high in omegas 3,6,9. It has great amounts of vitamin e, polyphenols, and antioxidants. It has been known to lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. It makes my hair and skin lush in the harsh Canadian winters.  tiny-argan
  • Spirulina. This is a superfood! I take it in a capsule form. It is a fabulous vegan source of protein. It boosts energy, eliminates Candida and leaky gut syndrome, and reduces inflammation in the sinuses. To top it off contains more essential amino acids, iron, protein, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E. Make sure you take a proper dose and consult your doctor if you have previous conditions because it has been known to thin blood when taken in large amounts.                                     Image result for spirulina super food
  • Probiotics. Most diseases and ailments start in the gut, so it is the first part of my body I like to keep healthy and clean. I take these a few times a week as well as a few fruit shakes made with low sugar yogurt. I like the brand New Roots Herbal. They have a great line of probiotics and they test all their ingredients for purity.   Image result for new roots herbal probiotics
  • Organic garlic. Luckily my husband loves garlic too, so we don’t have to worry about smelling like it after dinner. I love trying new varieties I find at festivals and the farmer’s market. I slice it up and incorporate it into many of my weekly meals, soups, and dishes to protect my body. It’s even helped me get rid of an ear infection!    Image result for organic garlic
  • Jasmine Green Tea. An old time favorite of mine. I love the flavour and the little energy boost. I’m not a coffee person, so green tea varieties are my favorite.      Image result for jasmine green tea benefits
  • Oregano oil. Anytime I feel the slightest sniffle, cough, or sorethroat coming on, or even have been around sick people I go straight to my cabinet and pull out my trusty bottle of oregano oil. If you haven’t tried it before, this stuff is potent! I mix it with water, gargle, and voila! I don’t seem to ever get full blown “sick.”
  • Exotic oils. I use these on my face religiously. They melt away wrinkles and leave my skin supple and fresh without causing blemishes. My favorite is Seabuckthorn oil, next to Argan and Rosehip. If I have a wound I use Tamanu. They are all excellent!  Image result for sea buckthorn oil

What are your health and beauty tips? I would love to hear from you!

Skin burn care

I was a hot mess this past New Year’s Eve and it didn’t consist of bottles of champagne popping with me dancing on the bar. At seven months pregnant, stuck in cold Canada my husband and I decided to stay in and chill…literally at home during the holidays.

When Dave and I met I was intrigued he was a master in the kitchen. After living in Manhattan for ten years my culinary skills were rather limited. I normally bounced between dining out and delivery. Cooking to me was not burning the Campbell’s soup and grilled cheese. After moving to Canada and having the time and a dream kitchen to practice cooking,  my skills slowly progressed.  I finally became trophy wife material, five course meals became a breeze for me.

So this past week’s injury was just shitty bad luck. It was literally as if my kitchen was condemned.

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In the middle of making a simple BLT sandwich for lunch I not only burnt the toast, but blackened the bacon so bad it nearly dissolved to absolutely nothing. I was distracted by talking to my husband when I remembered, shit the bacon! By that time the conventional oven tray was piping hot with smoke. I quickly tried to toss it on the porch while the cat and the dog followed in delight after the smell of bacon oil. While opening the door and pushing the rascals away the oil tipped and rolled back onto my hand. I was surprised that I didn’t feel a thing, no pain, heat, or even a burn…that’s how hot the oil was.

I washed off the oil thinking I had gotten lucky, and put some gravy for fries into a glass bowl in the oven. I know it sounds like a really healthy lunch. I went from BLT sandwiches to classic Canadian poutine. While my hand began to turn red and throb, I took the gravy out of the oven and it cracked within seconds. No! My second attempt at lunch failed?! I noticed it was just large pieces of glass, so I scooped up the gravy and placed it on the fries. My husband said, “Mmm this is delicous,” after his first bite. That’s when I heard crunching. I yelled, “Stop! You are chewing on glass!” So while he drank ex-lax tea for New Year’s Eve, I sat with my hand in a bucket of ice water for ten hours nursing a second degree burn.

The problem with cold water is that is seems to get warm quickly. The ice bags weren’t working as well, and wrapping it didn’t take away the throbbing. I did find however, that slicing a raw potato and gently placing it on the burn works wonders! The burn wrapped from the side of my palm around the bottom and to the top. As the days passed the wound progressed. While it didn’t hurt was much it was raw and looked as if it would scar.

I began applying pure Tamanu oil the wound 4-5 times a day. Tamanu oil has the ability to penetrate through all three layers of the skin. Once a day I would dab on a few drops of Lavender oil which is supposed to reduce scar tissue, but that being a pure essential oil I felt was too strong for an open wound, so I used Tamanu for the initial healing process.

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It has been 10 days and what appeared to be a scar has subsided. I just have a little scab left which will hopefully heal in the next week.

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Let’s face it burns suck and they really cripple your every day tasks.  While  you can’t always prevent an accident, there are ways to speed up the healing process.

Burn’s Do’s and Dont’s

  • Don’t use ice or an ice pack for burns; instead, hold it under cold running water for 5 to 10 minutes. If this is not possible, immerse the burn in cool water or use a cold compress.

  • Don’t use butter, grease or any type of oil on the burn; instead, apply a first aid cream for burns to the area (only after you have allowed it to cool sufficiently under running water). A very common practice seen is the application of tooth paste over burns, this has no scientific basis and may be dangerous.

  • Don’t use cotton or any fluffy dressing to cover the burn; instead, lightly bind the area with a sterile gauze bandage. Don’t burst blisters; instead, make sure that they remain intact for as long as possible as they form a natural barrier and prevent the burn from getting infected.

  • Don’t remove burnt clothing that is stuck to the skin; instead, make sure that there is no portion of the cloth that is smoldering and get the cloth removed by a physician; Don’t try to self-treat an infected burn; instead, visit your doctor immediately to prevent further complications. Swelling, pus and fever are three of the most common symptoms of an infected wound.


  • Aloe vera is another popular herb that is often touted as the cure to all problems. In the case of skin inflammation and burns however, these claims have been supported by evidence from clinical trials and studies. Several studies have shown that the application of aloe gel can help significantly in the healing of burn wounds.

  • Refrigerate a couple of used tea bags and then place them over the burn. Use a clean strip of gauze to hold them in place. This remedy will reduce the pain and inflammation. Skip your hot showers and opt for cool showers instead as this too will help to reduce the inflammation.

  • Vinegar is very effective in treating burns. Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water. Soak a paper napkin in the diluted vinegar and place it gently over the burn for a few minutes before taking it off and rinsing the burn under running water. Vinegar acts as a mild antiseptic and will reduce the risk of an infection.


Edible Argan health and beauty in a nutshell

Argan oil, a rare yet high in demand oil grown exclusively in Morocco is also known as liquid gold for its beauty and healing properties. Argania Spinosa, is the tree that produces the fruit Argan oil is derived from. The trees can live up to 350 years and require no cultivation, therefore making their oil organic. The use of the oil dates back to written history of the Berber tribes who reaped its benefits in the modern day region of Arganeraie.


Recently it has been used in the cosmetic industry for its beauty and skin healing attributes. Women swear by it as it miraculously makes their stretch marks disappear. Moroccans have implemented it into their diet for centuries, thus inspiring world wide studies, research, and clinical trials into this unique edible oil.

Companies such as Morrocan Oil, New Roots Herbal, Organix, and Josie Maran have imported, manufactured, and marketed cosmetic Argan in North America with much success, but most consumers are unaware there is an edible version of this oil, that goes the distance with health management while promoting beauty from within.

Edible Argan oil is a complex oil, packed with a high concentration of active essential fatty acids at 80%. It is rich in antioxidants, squalene, sterols, polyphenols, prostaglandins, carotenoids, omegas 3 & 6, vitamin e, and ferulic acid which all contribute to a number of health and beauty benefits.

  • Beautiful hair, skin, & nails from within.
  • Reduces high blood pressure.
  • Dissolves bad cholesterol while promoting good cholesterol.
  • Stimulates circulation which assists in a higher sex drive.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Neutralizes free radicals with its antioxidant properties. Assists in digestive functioning.
  • Blood glucose management Relieves rheumatism and joint problems such as arthritis while acting as an anti inflammatory.
  • Prevents cardiovascular disease.
  • Assists in preventing terminal diseases & age degenerated cancers.

The edible version of Argan oil is harvested at co-operatives that extract the sun dried seeds, employing a labor intensive artisanal method. Approximately 100 kg of Argan fruit is required to yield a single liter of edible Argan oil.


The oil is roasted to give it a delicious warm and nutty flavor, then cold pressed to sustain all nutritive quality. The oil can be used as a cooking component while sataying fresh vegetables, and meats, added as a salad dressing or used as a pure cooking oil.


If you are an on the go person, or simply prefer taking natural supplements, Moroccan Life Products, A Canadian company recently launched Edible Argan Softgels in North America.

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The softgels are great because they can be easily implemented into a busy persons routine, and taken on the go.
The perks of edible Argan go beyond health and beauty. While users may reap the benefits of this mysterious oil, they will also have a sense of being, since purchasing Argan supports the hard working women of Morocco who run the co-operatives.

My mom who has a history of high cholesterol stopped taking her pharmaceuticals and replaced it with these softgels for three months. When she had her cholesterol checked it had gone down from 232 to 168, needless to say her doctor was impressed. I have baby fine hair and find that when I use oils such as Moroccan Oil or heavy conditioners my hair feels greasy and falls flat. I now take Argan softgels on a regular basis as a source of omegas and vitamin e. I find that my skin is more supple, and my hair feels stronger and healthier.

Health is beauty, Argan heals from within.


Nature’s best for cold and flu season.

Is it really that time again? Dodging people on the subway who are sniffling and sneezing. Waking up sounding like an 90 year old who has smoked three packs a day since tenth grade. Yep it’s winter and it doesn’t matter where in the world you happen to live, dodging the cold or flu is like playing roulette.



Fear not… the cold or flu doesn’t have to be the ends to a busy week at work, a hot date on the weekend, or the end to your holiday parties. There are pharmacies full of pills for every ailment, which actually leaves my head spinning when I attempt to buy over the counter medicines. Do I need flu and cold, or allergy and sinus, or is it a cold and sinus mix? Why isn’t my prescription that the doctor gave me working yet? I just paid $40! Great that prescription the doctor gave me took away my respiratory infection and left me with a yeast infection. Seriously?!!

I’ve never been a “pill popper,” but I’ve tried my mix of over the counters and prescriptions. There has maybe only been 2 times in over ten years that the prescriptions really worked well. Other times the sickness would linger or come back, or even get worse. I have found in my recent years that preventative natural approaches work well, not carry any harmful side effects. For example the one time I took three Benadryls before working a night shift, or the time I took an over the counter which had caffeine in it and then drank a caffeinated beverage. Or the time my doctor refused to give me pain medicine for a very painful procedure, and I self medicated myself with some Tylenol with codeine I had in my cabinet, and I almost passed out on the corner of Park Avenue….classic.


I then took another approach which is more preventive, healthier natural daily regimens I do and natural products I take when I start to get sick, and guess what? I haven’t had a real cold in years. No more sinus infections and when I start to get sick, a day later I am up and running again like a champion horse. If seeing is believing, I’m a believer because I’ve tried all types of natural approaches and they seem more effective then in the past when I was sitting in the doctors office for hours waiting for a prescription that took a week to work. I’m not saying never to take a prescription again, and I’m not completely a green, granola, free child, but I can appreciate a natural approach that I find works well.

For Example these different items assist in pain reduction

Here are some of my personal prevenative and healing secrets for flu and cold season.

First of all in prevention of infections we need to keep our bodies hydrated. Water it is something so simple, yet can be easily pushed aside. I see people downing cups of java, then a juice for a snack, wine at dinner, where is the water? Water keeps us hydrated and our vital organs working well. We need it to not only keep hydrated and to have energy, but it flushed out harmful toxins in our bodies.

Garlic has been used for thousands of year to heal sicknesses. While it is great in raw form for helping the body with food related sicknesses, it also acts as an immune booster and has natural antioxidants in its extract. If you want to use it as a prevenative you can incorporate it into your meals by chopping up some fresh garlic and mixing it into your vegtables, cooking it into your soup, or even adding minced garlic oil into your foods. If you are not keen on the garlic smell as most wouldn’t be, there are supplements you can buy which extract the nutrients from the garlic and put them into an oderless form you can take as a daily supplement. I normally begin uping my garlic intake by October and take it until about February .Note: Pregnant women should not take more than 1 clove of garlic medicinally per day, and children often resist this remedy.

Heat and hot liquids, at the first sign of sickness or as a regular preventative drink warm liquids and try to warm up the body. Viruses prefer to live in warm body environments. The perfect host is a cooler temperature which is why we are more apt to get sick during chillier seasons with the change of temperature. If you have access to a steam room or hot sauna that will help flush out toxins and keep the body temperature at a higher level which will shorten the life span of a virus. Boiling a pot of hot water and adding a few drops of an essential oil then steaming your face is a great way to up the body temperature and cleanse the sinuses and respiratory track system.


 Oregano oil, this is nothing that you cook with. You buy it at a health food store and it is powerful! You only need 2-3 drops that is so strong you first need to put a little water under your tongue. Then you add the drops and gargle for 40 seconds before swallowing the water and oregano oil. It significantly alters the bacterias cell membranes and kills it. Most people use this as a preventive during the winter season or for sore throats, but I have found it has worked wonders in colds. The first sniffle I get or a sneeze I begin to take oregano oil twice a day and by the second or third day not only do I feel normal, but a cold never progresses. It’s seriously magic in a bottle and it’s natural! I’m about to take some now.

Ginger has been used in Asia for over 2,000 years aiding in stomach ailments and sicknesses. It boosts the immune system and soothes the stomach. I like to chop it up and brew it in my teas.

Probiotics work by balancing our intestines. They promote healthy bacteria which prevents sickness. If you aren’t into pills you can eat more yogurt, if you aren’t into yogurt you can take a daily pill.

Black cumin, is a savior to me. If anyone knows the joys of having chronic allergies and sinus problems it is me. I’ve had surgery, taking every over the counter, eliminated foods, added healthy supplements, but I always have this congestion! Black cumin reduces coughing and inflammation in the respiratory system. I take two softgels a day during flare ups and it seems to be one of the only remedies to my insanity. It tastes horrible so I take it in softgel form.

Pineapple juice and extract breaks down mucus and congestion. If you have a sinus infection or are a regular allergy sufferer like myself, drinking this on a daily basis will assist in relaxing your coughing and clearing of the throat.


Placebo effect, I’m sure many will argue on this but research has shown that the placebo affect works. Mind over matter. If my bodies telling me I’m getting sick or I’m showing symptoms I breathe and say to myself no it’s just a little symptom it will be gone in no time. I’m not getting sick. I also do this when I’m eating junk food and tell  myself I will not gain weight, I’m burning calories by eating them, somehow I manage just fine. Anyways the placebo effect can work if you believe it. When you put something healthy into your body remind yourself this is good for me, it will protect me, I am not getting sick and see how long it takes for you to be bedridden again.


Astragalus, a funny name but let me tell you if you are sick you want this in your cabinet. Astragalus is a class of herbs found in northern Asia that’s been used to treat fatigue and sickness for thousands of years. Some of the plant constituents have shown to be so potent that they’re now being used as the basis for different drugs to treat cancer, fatigue, and subdue ulcers, among other things.

The health benefits of Astragalus

Astragalus seems to work its magic through the following mechanisms:

  • It causes your body to produce more telomeres, a part of your DNA that protects chromosomes from degradation
  • It contains a unique class of polysaccharides which are very biologically active
  • It improves the rate of replication of immune cells called macrophages

Honey, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are all great to take during the cold and flu season as well.

Don’t let the fear of the flu get you down!


Organic Piercing Therapy

If you are a piercing addict or a rookie getting your ears pierced for the first time piercing aftercare and maintenance plays a huge role in how your piercing heals.


In general for piercings there are basic do’s and don’ts.

Good Things to Do:

Leave the piercing alone unless you are cleaning it.   NO PLAYING

Take a multi-vitamin with zinc and vitamin C for faster healing.

Make sure your bedding is clean and changed frequently while healing.

Leave jewelry in at all times.  Even old and well-healed piercings can shrink in a matter of minutes.  If your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure)

If you suspect you have an infection, contact your piercer immediately.

Don’t Do This:

Don’t use Bacitracin, Neosporin, Rubbing Alcohol, Peroxide, Hibiclens, or Betadine. These products will hinder healing and cause more harm than good!

Avoid submerging your piercings in dirty water, such as pools, lakes and Hot-tubs.   If you have to go in the water, make sure you cover your piercing with a breathable, non-water permeable wound sealant such as Tegaderm or Clean Seals (found at your local drugstore).

Avoid sleeping on your piercing during healing and any other undue stress.


Don’t change out starter jewelry until piercing is fully healed unless otherwise advised by your piercer.

Every piercer advises their preferred method of piercing aftercare. Some recommend washing with a diluted soap and warm water, others recommend rinsing with a saline wash and sell aftercare products such as H20 piercing after spray.

While H20 piercing is a great way to initially cleanse the piercing, it at times can dry up the piercing causing scar tissue to form, infections, and problems healing. This results in either repiercing or taking the piercing out totally. There is a new product on the market called, Organic Piercing Therapy, and it works wonders for new piercings, stretching of the holes, and piercing moisturizing and maintenance. It was formulated by piercers and a naturopath team, and contains no harmful chemicals, parabens, irritants, or creams.


Organic Piercing Therapy, is made from all natural organic ingredients, each ingredient serves a different purpose for healing piercings. It not only acts as an antibacterial agent, but protects against scarring and heals infections. A few drops is all you need and it absorbs quickly. You can purchase it at

Here are the ingredients and how they heal naturally.

Pierce, heal, repeat!



Fractionated Coconut Oil- The benefits of coconut oil are attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help deal with viruses and bacterial infections in piercings. When applied to the skin it forms a layer which protects the piercing from harmful bacteria, dust, and fungi. It repairs the skin tissues and helps heal bruising.

Agrimony- This mild all natural astringent not only protects against infection, but slows down bleeding in piercings aiding in the healing process.

Comfrey- Works as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Its proper name Sympthytum means to heal, and this herb has been used in healing since the ancient times. It’s been used for centuries for healing bones. Scientific research has shown that the healing effects of comfrey are comparable to allatoin, a compound shown to speed up cell production and repair.

White Willow Bark-The oldest recorded use of white willow bark dates back to the Chinese physicians in 500 BC. The bark contains salicin which the body converts to salicylic acid. This is the same compound acetylsalicylic found in Asprin.

Gotu Kola-  This herb is a great blood vessel strengthener. It is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, and also works very well in repairing and reducing scars, collagen synthesis, and skin regeneration. Gotu Kola is a very effective herb in preventing and reducing keloid scars as a resulting from infections and problematic piercings.

Chickweed-  Is known for its cooling properties. It is known to reduce dryness and itching associated with the healing process of piercings, while keeping skin moist. It also works well with skin burns, minor irritations, and rashes.

Yarrow- Aids in healing by stopping bleeding naturally encouraging blood clotting. It also expels toxins, which prevent infections.

Goldenseal- The root of goldenseal contains berberine and hydrastine which gives it a wide spectrem of antibacterial protections. This root wards off infection, letting the piercing heal and repair.

Speedwell-This plant reduces itching associated with the healing process.

Tea Tree Oil-  This oil is an all purpose astringent, known for fighting fungal infections, bacteria, and wounds. It dissolves pus without damaging the skin, while also aiding in skin regeneration.

Sea Buckthorn oil- Promotes healing and restoration of skin irritants primarily burns, sun damage, and open wounds. It is filled with many healing components such as large amounts of vitamin e, beta carotene, and omegas 3,6,9. It has natural UVA protectors which work well for new tattoos and piercings.

Tamanu Oil-  Is an oil found in the South Pacific, that works well for skin and muscle irritations. It serves as an anti-inflammatory and is is the only oil known to be able to be absorbed through all 3 layers of the skin. It reduces pain and begins working as soon as it is absorbed into the skin.

Grapeseed oil- Is a natural preservative extending shelf life of the product while keep piercings nourished.

Vitamin E- While acting as a natural preservative, vitamin e protects against dust and infections while repairing and reducing scar tissue.

Safflower- This natural moisturizing agent contains linoleic acid which help maintains the skin’s elasticity, which works well for stretching holes.

Fall foods for health

 fall foods

It’s fall again. I seriously can’t believe it’s already October and I’m planning for the spring and summer of 2015. The summer just flew by :{ October is one of my favorite months. The trees up north become bright and magical, the sunlight at dusk is gorgeous, and I can comfortably wear my sweaters and shorts, and jeans with t-shirts and rock the boots. The change of the seasons inspires me to embrace the yearly transition incorporating seasonal activities, regimens, and foods into my routine.

Here are some of my top foods for health in the fall.

1) Oysters: I used to be so scared of these slimy little guys, but I have not only gotten over my fear, but have grown to love them! While you can eat them all year long, the best season for oysters is the “ber”, September, October, November, and December. I love Fisher’s Island East Coast Oysters if I am going for a zesty fresh salt water oyster, to be topped with tobasco and horseradish sauce. On the West Coast I crave the Kushi oysters, they are a delight. They practically melt in your mouth, are very meaty, and taste of fresh butter, so you don’t even need extra condiments. Aside from the first benefit of oysters being an aphrodisiac, oysters are loaded with more zinc than any other food found. Their skin is loaded with natural protein, and they have high amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin c, and omega 3.

2) Apples: Apples are a great fruit to work with. They have versatility in the kitchen. I chop them up and use them in salads, top them on appetizers, apple pies, cut them into slices with peanut butter, and smash them into purees. Apples are high in fiber with 4 grams per serving as well as high in antioxidants. The high season for apples is between August and November.

3) Parsnip: It sounds a bit weird maybe even boring, but parsnip is actually a sweet and nutty food. Found October through April parsnip is high in fiber and potassium which is great for athletes and gym buffs. It can be cooked into a soup puree, sliced into pasta like slices and topped with sauce, baked in the oven as a veggie side, or even mashed into a potato like puree.


4) Pumpkin: Another season favorite, although it seems to get over played and old quick. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin b, potassium, 20% of fiber content, and they are delicious! Pumpkin season is October – Feb.

5) Sweet Potatoes: They are high in iron, vitamin a, and act as an anti-inflammatory which will help with sinus problems, joints, and other tension during the cold weather season. They also promote fertility in women. Don’t boil them, it reduces the vitamin content.

6) Pomegranate: Sweet and tangy, pomegranates are high in antioxidants which promote cell renewal. Nice hair and skin. The antioxidant level is higher than red wine. They also have vitamin c and folate. Found August through December. You can eat it raw, mash it up in a smoothie, or top it on a salad.

7) Kiwi: I never thought as kiwi as a fall fruit, but the season is September through March. They have more vitamin c content than oranges, and they are low in fat. The high fiber and potassium is great for eating after a workout, and they also have copper.

8) Dates: September through December is the high season for dates. Sweet and sticky they are also versatile. They are high in potassium and loaded with natural sugars that will give you a boost of natural energy. Regular consumption promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive organs. These are a great treat alone, or you can turn them into a mouth watering appetizer. Slice out the pit, add a slice of aged cheddar, and wrap in a tiny slice of bacon. Cook for 15-20 minutes and voila! You have a bite size appetizer that is great for Sunday football or cocktail parties.

dates bacon

9) Blueberries: Typically the season runs late June through August, but you can buy them all year round. They are great for boosting the immune system and protecting against colds and the flu. Top them on some Greek yogurt or cereal in the morning. They also reduce stomach aches and diarrhea. :}

10) Cranberries: Eating these on a regular basis will protect against urinary track infections. Laboratory studies have shown that cranberry extracts can prevent breast cancer cells from multiplying. Other studies showed that cranberries helped to inhibit the development of cancerous cells in lab animals. Consuming cranberries on a regular basis can help you to avoid dental problems such as gingivitis, um disease, cavities and plaque build-up.Cranberries are high in antioxidants, which help to flush out your system. This in turn improves your metabolism and digestive system resulting in losing weight quicker.

Rooted Beauty Facial Wipes

Sometimes our skin just needs a little pick me up. Maybe you were running around the office and broke out a tiny sweat or your makeup is starting to fade off at the end of the day. Rooted Beauty is a fantastic new and natural product line on the market. Not only are their products made from natural ingredients, but the packaging is fun, bright, and environmentally kind. The products are produced in a solar powered facility and the packaging is recyclable. They go above and beyond by supporting women around the world with Women2Women, a skincare project that assists women of poverty and trafficking. You can check out the current projects on each project and the woman the funding assists.

I came across Rooted Beauty’s Raspberry Citrus facial wipes during a trip. The wipes are refreshing and have green coffee antioxidants in them. Witch Hazel is one of the main ingredients which protects against bacteria and blemishes. The aloe vera found in these wipes creates a natural sheen on my face. You can purchase them online on their website or find a selected heath food store or pharmacy near you on their store locator link.


Say good bye to urinary track infections once and for all

There is nothing worse than that instant feeling, oh no…something is just not right! Urinary track infections can give you a rude awaking at the worst times. While some ladies are lucky to only get them once in a blue moon, others like myself are unfortunate to get them on a more regular basis. Depending on the location of the infection, UTIs can have different terms: Bladder infection, Urethra infection, and Kidney infection.

The causes of UTIs can range from

  • Sex
  • Holding your urine in too long
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Kidney stones
  • Irritating panties and tights

The most painful part of having this irritating nuisance was waiting for the doctor’s appointment to get an antibiotic. Most of the time the infection would either go away completely yet leave me with an annoying yeast infection. Other times it would linger then come back and hit me harder. I didn’t like the fact I was relying on prescription medicine and my immune system was weakening. I then had the opportunity to try what I call a miracle all natural solution, D-Mannose. Blended with pure cranberry extract into a powder form I mixed it twice a day into an 8 oz cup of water. I couldn’t believe the difference. Within 12 hours my symptoms were subsiding, and within two days I had no more signs of an infection. I have had 70% less infections in the past two years since treating my recurring infections with D-Mannose. The cranberry extract creates a slippery shield within the lining of the track system preventing bacteria from sticking to the walls causing UTIs. I chose the brand New Roots Herbal, which has a fantastic reputation of quality control and testing of all ingredients. For daily maintenance you can also take cranberry supplements. The supplement will have a higher concentration of the berry extracts and no added sugars or juices.


Best face bar ever!

Although I am loyal to some beauty products, hence I’ve been using the same mascara religiously since i was 12, I love trying new products. When it comes to my skin type I’m lucky it is a pretty simple medium complexion/ combination skin. Sure if I slather on layer of heavy makeup and cream I might get a breakout, but for the most part it’s a blank canvas for experimenting with new products. I’ve never had a daily regimen per say for my facial care. Noxema, Dove Bar, a little Clinique in between, toss in some samples from magazines, whatever works. It all seemed to work. It wasn’t until my husband bought me a whole box of Sibu products to try did I fall in love with the brand. Sibu specializes in Seabuckthorn products. A tiny little berry that grows in a small region in Northern China and Russia. Seabuckthorn carries many health and beauty benefits. It has natural occurring vitamin E, sterols, natural UV protectors, and antioxidants. After using this beauty bar for one month I was hooked. My skin actually looked healthier. There was a natural glow to it, less dryness, and it didn’t cause breakouts. The beauty bar has gentle exfoliates, and creates a nice sud of bubbles. Needless to say not only am I hooked, but I have to hide it from my husband. You can find it online at and natural health food stores. For $6.95 it is a beauty product that goes the distance.

Running in heels

I’m sure most of us ladies have done it. Whether we were late for work, moments from catching the bus, running from a creep, or just happily trotting between a fast walk and a skip. I lived in Manhattan for over 12 years and had my share of tipsy happy hour evenings where I stumbled to my cab in four in heels, but never in all those years of running in heels did I hurt myself. I move to Canada, I trade the heels for flats, and I break my foot. I’m still trying to decide if it was punishment for leaving the big apple or trading in my heels for flats. One raining evening I decided to kick it into a full sprint as I raced to ensure my sunroof was shut during a late summer down pour. Half way there I heard a loud crack. I looked back and to my surprise there was nothing I ran over. That’s when my foot gave out. I hopped back dreading the worst. a 12 hour visit to the ER sent me into cardiac arrest as the doctor diagnosed me with a French injury normally professional athletes get, the Lisfranc. I made him double-check the x-ray before casting up my foot and handing me the crutches. He recommended I see a surgeon immediately just in case I needed surgery. From everything I read and the pain I was in I knew this was not looking promising. Would I ever wear heels again? I could hardly walk, and gave up the crutches after one day of hobbling and almost falling down the stairs backwards. Instead I was couch bound in between crab crawling to the bathroom. All the internet forums stated Lisfranc injuries are not only rare, but can be life long lessons. If I needed surgery it would take six months to walk with a limp. Awesome I can scratch my surfing vacation good-bye in January. Luckily the surgeon diagnosed me with a foot sprain, and recommended resting my foot  with an air cast for six weeks. In the mean time I RICED it. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. While I don’t take medicine, I barely use Tylenol, I’m a true believer of all things natural. I began taking curcumin supplements daily to reduce the inflammation. Curcumin comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. Curcuminoids are classed as polyphenolic compounds — a type of substance known to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants soak up harmful particles in the body called free radicals. These free radicals can attack cell membranes, causing weakness and inflammation over time. The University of Maryland Medical Center also points out that curcumin may stop inflammation by inhibiting the enzymes COX-2 and LOX, both of which appear to cause inflammation.

Hopefully I’ll be trading in my robofoot for my heels soon. Word of advice, never run in flats.