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Is Poor Gut Health the Cause of Your Acne?

As if middle school is not hard enough! You throw in the raging hormones, the menstrual cycle, the body insecurities, and last but not least the ACNE. But wait.. what if your acne did not end when you graduated from middle school? High school? College?? That's right. What if acne has entered in to the ADULT YEARS?! It should be illegal, right?

Well, unfortunately, it's not. I can relate with you 100%. You may not believe but I have the pictures to show! Ha! TMI? Lol. I had the little breakouts, the blackheads, as well as the cystic breakouts! Of course, I was a junkie when it came to "clear skin" products. I tried it all. From Proactive to Accutane and everything in between. Every time I found something new.. I would get so excited and hopeful..thinking.. this is it! Nope. Disappointment over and over again. 

You have to wonder... if the doctor prescribes a medicine that bleaches your pillow cases at night...can that really be good for the skin and body?? Oh, and Accutane.. don't even get me started there! When I took it way back when, you had to get a pregnancy test beforehand as well as be warned that it could lead to suicidal thoughts. Crazy, right? Not to mention, you couldn't be in the sun much while taking it because it may cause skin sensitivity. Umm.....I am a redhead that lives in Florida. I burn just walking to my car ;)

All this to say... my acne never truly went away. The root cause was never addressed or solved. The good news is that in 2012 I found the cure for myself! I did the Arbonne 30-day detox. In this 30 days I eliminated foods and drinks from my diet that caused inflammation. One of them being dairy. The detox is designed to cleanse the gut and offer healing to the body with whole foods and drinks. After 30 days, I began to slowly add the forbidden foods and drinks back in to my diet to see if my body reacted negatively to any of them. Low and behold, it did! Can you guess which item was rocking my system? DAIRY. Sure enough. Hard to believe because it was subtle. A little turn of the stomach and an uneasy feeling when I would consume it. 

So, I took dairy out of my diet and left it out. What happened next, you ask? Ding, Ding, Ding...acne began clearing up! Hallelujah!!! The 30 day cleansing and the removal of the culprit had changed me from the inside out! The root cause was addressed and now taken care of! 

The gut is uber important! It is responsible for about 80% of your immunity. The skin is the largest organ. What goes in our bodies often comes out through our skin. So, as you can see, the 2 go hand-in-hand. 

Start investigating this for yourself. Maybe you don't need to spend money on products that don't work. Maybe you don't need to take prescription strength medication. If you are interested in the 30 day detox, please reach out to me. I highly recommend it! If you want more information to read, check out this article from MindBodyGreen- 


Stay Happy and Healthy!




Achieving the Hour Glass Figure

Who do you think of when you think of an hourglass figure? Perhaps female celebrities such as: Jennifer Lopez, Sophia Vergara, Beyonce, or Marilyn Monroe? Curves are sexy, right? This body type seems to be what women want these days. Although some bodies are naturally designed for this shape, you can still put in the effort to achieve it!

What areas do you need to focus on when strengthening for this body type? There are primarily 3 areas: shoulders, waistline, and hips/glutes. Women that already have broad shoulders and a prominent backside are set up for success. Don't hate. You can't change your bone structure BUT you can change muscle tone and definition! I have worked with several clients that wanted to lift and tone their booties. Several boyfriends and husbands have thanked me for helping them do just that! :) HaHa! Be encouraged!

Here is a basic workout that will tone and define the areas that show off the hour glass figure. Try 3 sets of 15 each exercise. You can do this workout 3 times per week. 

Shoulders- front raise and lateral raise, high row

Back- lat pulldown, seated row

Chest- chest press, chest fly

Core- spiderman plank, side plank with hip tap, pikes, sky reaches

Glutes, hamstrings, quads- deadlift, single leg bridge, goblet squat

Inner/outer thigh- lateral lunge, plie squat, theraband side stepping

As you progress with the workout and start seeing results, you can add more exercises or increase intensity to challenge your body even further.