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Part 3- The effect of the autoimmune diet for alopecia areata and how I grew my hair back.

What really happened on the autoimmune inflammation diet with my alopecia areata? Month 1 and 2– I didn’t see much hair growth but I felt GREAT. I wasn’t tired, sluggish and any sort of mind fuzz was gone. I had incredible energy and my body snapped into some muscular super hero shape. Mind you I was riding horses three times a week and doing heavy manual labor (I was a tour manager) but the diet change really turned me into a health mutant. I am already in shape but I had to make sure I was eating A LOT to keep me at a healthy weight and not waste away. I already have a crazy good metabolism from my many years as a dancer.  Incredibly this diet really trains your body to burn fat and not carbs. To recap the crap I was dealing with: When I tell you I was eating an avocado a day I’m not kidding. I needed those nutrients! Month 3 and 4– I started to see thin strands coming in like when you can …

Why every feminist should be using feminine wash PH soap.

Ph soap or feminine wash is not a feminist movement for your lady parts, it’s the proper care needed to maintain the good bacteria and ph level of dare I say the most important physical part of a woman. If you call yourself a feminist you better be using proper feminine wash Ph soap. This isn’t political, it’s science. Just like how woman are the stronger sex…wink wink. Feminine wash PH soap is a wash that maintains the good bacteria and natural acidity of your vagina. I have read that some OBGYN’s say feminine wash is unnecessary citing that our bodies are pretty good at maintaining themselves. While I do agree on some level I’m sure we have all used regular soap and felt the dryness in our special area when it’s clear we used the wrong wash. Soaps or other non gentle cleansers can strip the good bacteria and cause unwanted imbalances.  So here are my top reasons I use Ph soap: Maintains a healthy PH level– Our vagina (the collective one) sits at …

Why Binchotan Charcoal is better than your water filter.

Binchotan Charcoal is better than your water filter. Binchotan Charcoal, YAAS Bitch. Not familiar? How about activated charcoal, charcoal pills, charcoal powder? We’ve read countless articles telling us why charcoal can remove impurities, absorb toxins and make our skin flawless. Did you know it can also purify and alkalinize our water? Binchotan Charcoal, Sumi or Kishu Binchotan Charcoal hails from Japan and is reusable, recyclable and all natural. These charcoal sticks are made from the highest quality Japanese Holm Oak, a tree native to Japan. Hello, charcoal is from a tree…did I know this? The charcoal is burned in small workshops by skilled artisans at extremely high temperatures and are then rapidly cooled, like how cool I feel from using Binchotan charcoal for my water filter. How does Binchotan Charcoal work? In so many ways folks. Here’s why you need to be using charcoal sticks in stead of your tired old Brita water filter: Absorbs water born chemicals – The process called “Nerashi” carbonizes the structure of the wood leaving microscopic cavities where water born …

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The unexpected benefits of adding extra collagen in your diet.

If you haven’t heard about the new collagen trend that is taking off and forming companies like Vital Proteins let me give you the complete rundown. A collagen rich diet is not a new thing and cultures around the world have been eating collagen rich diets for hundreds and thousands of years. Check out my post on foods we tried to pass of like we discovered to learn about the cultures who brought us our current food trends. Adding extra collagen to your diet is easy. Collagen, which is found in the bones, muscles, and skin is the most abundant protein found in the human body. We are most familiar with collagen relating to our skin back from those old plastic surgery jokes. The collagen molecules act together to allow skin elasticity and strength but what we perhaps are not familiar with is collagen’s incredible benefit and really the one to write home or you all about is it’s benefits relating to your gut health. Most of our collagen intake comes from meat and chicken …

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Tips for eating healthy when everyone around you doesn’t.

As summer is fast approaching the time for bikinis-or actually one pieces since they are now in style and way chic-er, cook outs, and crop tops are at hand. With warm weather comes body bearing and food sharing and if you are trying to eat healthy and treat your body and soul like the temple it is, it can be incredibly hard when living with family, roommates or children who don’t see eye to eye when it comes to eating healthy. So how do you eat healthy when no one else will? Thanks to the amazing digital health community, myself Angie Santos at Greenbanangirl.com and Sarah Pollard at Sarahpollard.org have partnered to bring you this summer’s must have tips to staying on track and eating healthy when dealing with picky eaters, junk food lovers, significant others and children!  Sarah! I’m Sarah a newly certified holistic health coach but didn’t always care about my health. If you hung out with me four years ago, you would know that I would visit the drive through often, eat …

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Your alopecia areata hair regrowth plan Part 1.

If you are here you’ve probably already read all about that time I induced my own alopecia areata and my hair started falling out. I’m not a Doctor and actually when this started happening to me I didn’t go to one. I knew it was caused from my own stress and my own induction. Even saying alopecia areata sounds unfair because giving it a name feels like it is taking away my own responsibility for its manifestation. Will one day I loose hair again, maybe… but I doubt it. Am I delusional? “I don’t think so” said the delusional woman. I’ve really come to understand that 70% of health really is preventative; hair loss aka inflammation included. The trick and by trick I mean common sense logic is to know what happened, what is happening, what will happen, and what you can do. That’s it. Yes some people will go to a Doctor and get injected with steroids and their hair will grow back. I’m not a fan of chin hairs so that wasn’t for me. I …

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The healthy, affordable, common sense action plan for making your life a little more holistic.

For whatever horrific magical commerce based reason, living a healthy lifestyle nowadays comes with an ever increasing price tag. There is a whole life cycle from organic farming to distribution to consumer purchase that sometimes makes sense and other times feel like the man is just trying to keep you down and hitting up the Tacobell drive thru. That’s a huge bummer if you are trying to make your life more holistic Yoga classes are expensive, so are barre classes and of course gym memberships. Nontoxic makeup can blow off in the wind when you step outside and organic shampoos can give you that rats nest inspired coif. Sometimes they are expensive and sometimes the organic grocery store is not anywhere near you. So how do you eat healthier or live healthier? How do you make your life more holistic? I’m gonna tell you. As you may or may not know by now, I am a big proponent of making things accessible, easy and common sense based. I grew up on natural medicine and LOVED my …

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The Zen guide to simplistic Easter giving without the peeps.

Growing up, Easter was all about baskets filled with yummy candies and spring clothing but I live with a Catholic now and she tells me Easter is actually about rejuvenation. As a non religious but incredibly spiritual person the idea and act of rejuvenating oneself is my favorite hobby. Honestly we don’t do this enough. We don’t take the time to sit with ourselves and we sure as hell don’t always let go of the things, people, or ideas that no longer serve us. Easter I think is supposed to keep you honest. It’s a way to check in with yourself like the Jesus did-says the Catholic. Adult Easter is all about brunch and less about candy in a basket, unless you are me and then it’s about both. I myself enjoy a good ‘ole Easter giving cornucopia and this year I took the idea of rejuvenation and went to town with it. Rejuvenation relates to the idea of taking something and making it look or feel better, younger or more vital. The second definition really did …

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That time I induced my own alopecia areata and my hair started falling out.

Hello. My name is Angie and induced my own alopecia areata… Feelings alert: This will probably be my most serious post but hopefully my humor will still shine through as I take you through the beginning of my hair loss to the regrowth of it to now. This is my own story with my self-induced alopecia areata and how I allowed myself to let stress and anger take over my wellbeing so much that I put my own immune system into shock. This is may not be the case with everyone who is facing hair loss whether a bald patch here or there or those with total hair loss, there may not even be a “moment” for them, but for me there was. It rhymes with “incredible stress”… I didn’t even notice I was losing hair until one day at my sister’s house while watching murder crime shows and her playing with my hair she said, “Hey you have a bald spot.” At first I thought she was messing with me. Even though we are grown …