Getting Fit In Your 40s Podcast

Amanda Mancini from PureFit was recently featured on a NJ101.5 podcast. The podcast is called Forever 39 and the topic was “Getting Fit in Your 40s”. Amanda had a ton of advice to give to women in their 40s. Below are just some tips Amanda talked about but to hear them all, you can listen to the full podcast for all of the insight Amanda provided.

 

Get A Step Tracker (i.e. Fitbit)

Do you know how many steps you are taking a day? A healthy goal for the average person is 10,000 steps per day. Most people that buy a Fitbit tend to notice that they are coming nowhere near 10,000 steps. Amanda had some ideas such as walking around the fields when your kids are practicing soccer or walking up and down every aisle when going grocery shopping. These activities can be easily integrated into your schedule!

 

Your Calendar Is Your Friend

Think about it. If you have a nail appointment in your schedule, are you going to make it to that appointment? Most likely, yes! When you schedule a workout in your calendar, treat it as an actual appointment like any other one you can’t miss. This will help you find time in your schedule and stick to your workout regimen!

 

Eat Healthy to Have More Energy

If you’re noticing that you are having a harder time making it through the day without extra cups of coffee, it may be time to analyze your diet. If your diet contains a lot of foods full of sugar and fat because they are the easiest to have on-the-go, then that could be the issue. If you want more energy, it may be time to make sure you have your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

 

For more tips, listen to the full podcast and keep visiting the blog!

How To Be Well With Essential Oils

People strive for wellness in life.  “Wellness” can be characterized by not only the absence of disease, but by feeling generally healthy and being able to enjoy life.  How you feel physically and emotionally, determines the state of your overall health and well-being.

Poor lifestyle habits put people at high risk for many physical and mental diseases.  In addition, stress-related ailments, combined with a genetic predisposition, can trigger a health crisis.  Our culture encourages a dependence on doctors and drugs to heal these physical and emotional issues.

It is clear that negative behaviors and lifestyle choices such as poor stress management, inadequate nutrition, lack of exercise and sleep, smoking and drinking are major contributors to illness.

Modern medicine focuses on diagnosis and treatment, whereas a wellness lifestyle focuses on education, self-awareness and prevention.

Instead of merely treating the disease, the wellness lifestyle addresses its causes of the “dis-ease” in the body and assists the body in healing itself.

The wave of the future is to nurture the mind, body and spirit for optimal health. Ultimately, the key to wellness is to simply learn what serves the body, then restoring to the body what it needs for lasting wellness.

Besides a healthy diet, and proper rest, we must pay attention to what we put on our bodies as well.  In today’s world, we are bombarded with products for everything. Between skin care, makeup and personal care products, our bathrooms are packed with products for everything imaginable.

Unfortunately, many of these products are harmful to our health.  It may surprise you to know that the federal law on cosmetics and other personal care products have not been updated for nearly 80 years.

Some chemicals contained in cosmetics have been linked to many health problems, including allergies, asthma, headaches, skin issues, and even cancer.  The good news is that there are natural and safe options to all of these products through the use of essential oils.

Plant remedies, known as essential oils,  have been used throughout the world for thousands of years.  It is one of nature’s most powerful tools available to help the body heal itself.

We can use essential oils can be used every aspect of our daily lives.  Typical uses include cleaning, cooking, skin care, immune support, animal care, purifying the air and supporting emotional and physical needs of the body.

The overall quality of essential oils is extremely important when using them therapeutically.  The most important factor in selecting essential oils, is that are thoroughly tested and certified for purity and potency.

There are some essential oils that are popular for their many uses and are considered daily use oils.  Below I have listed my most used oils in our home and some ways you can use them.

Lavender

  • Gentle enough to be applied directly to skin.
  • Universal oil (can be used for almost anything).
  • Add a few drops to a diffuser or to pulse points and over heart area for calming.
  • Use as a natural perfume.
  • Add a few drops to your body lotion to beautify skin.
  • Make a natural room spray by adding a few drops of lavender and wild orange to a glass bottle with a tablespoon of witch hazel.  
  • Add a couple drops to coconut oil or aloe vera to soothe a sunburn.
  • Diffuse lavender in bedroom 30 minutes before sleep. Rub 3-5 drops on your neck , chest and temples.  
  • Add a few drops to bath.  
  • Improve skin complexion. Mix 3-4 drops with ½ tsp of coconut oil. You can also add lavender to  face wash or body wash. Mix with frankincense oil and apply to your skin in morning and night and after shower. 

Peppermint
Invigorating, cooling and refreshing properties

  • Freshens breath.  Add a few drops to 8 oz of water for a homemade mouthwash.
  • Soothe digestive issues.  Apply a few drops to abdomen diluted with coconut oil.
  • Improves mental focus and alertness
  • Diffuse 4 drops each of peppermint and wild orange for a focus blend.
  • Opens respiratory airways. Diffuse 4-6 drops of peppermint and lemon. Inhale directly from the bottle or your hands.
  • Boosts energy. Apply to temples and back of neck.
  • Reduce hunger cravings.  Apply to temples and abdomen.
  • Apply to area of concern with coconut oil for tight muscles or head tension. Make a homemade muscle rub with a small amount of coconut oil mixed with 2 drops each of peppermint, lavender and frankincense.  
  • Invigorating shampoo.  Add 2 drops to shampoo.  
  • For any rash, mix with lavender to cool and sooth any itch

Lemon

  • Natural cleanser.  
  • Oral health and remedy for bad breath.  Gargle with one drop of lemon in water. 
  • Digestion.  Add 1-2 drops of lemon to your water. 
  • Thirst quencher
  • Detox and lymphatic cleanser – take internally or apply topically to ears and bottoms of feet.
  • Stress – diffuse 4-6 drops with lavender to ease stress and improve mood.
  • Concentration – diffuse 4-6 drops with 4 drops rosemary essential oil. 
  • Degreaser and furniture polish – 10-15 drops mixed with water in spray bottle.
  • Natural disinfectant cleaner – 20 drops lemon 20 drops tea tree, 1/2 cup vinegar   16 0z water for an all purpose cleaning spray
  • Natural teeth whitener – 2-3 drops lemon oil, 1tbs baking soda and 1 tbs coconut oil. Rub on teeth for 2 min and rinse thoroughly. 

Tea Tree

  • Acne face wash.  Add 2 drops melaleuca and lavender to your face cleanser. 
  • Foot odor.  Add a few drops to insoles of shoes. 
  • Household cleaner (see above lemon uses).
  • Removes mold.  Spray on shower after use. 
  • Spray on shower or in laundry, toilet or any area that has mold. 
  • Mouthwash.  Add 1-2 drops to water and rinse.  

Frankincense

  • Provides many health benefits. Enhances the power of any essential oil. 
  • Add 4 drops frankincense and 4 drops lavender to the diffuser for calming. 
  • Boost immunity.  Apply 2 drops to bottoms of feet morning and night/
  • Aids in wound healing and scar repair. Apply 2-3 drops to the wound 2 times per day. 
  • For youthful skin,  apply 2-3 drops diluted with coconut oil. 

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Best Essential Oils for Digestion

If you have any sort of digestion issues, or just want to continue to support a healthy digestive system, essential oils are important to add to your routine. When using essential oils for digestion, they can be consumed or used topically on the abdomen or lower back. Let’s take a more in depth look at some of the best essential oils for digestion.

Ginger

Ginger is probably the most effective herb when dealing with minor digestive issues. It can ease nausea, soothe indigestion and help break down heavy meals. Ginger essential oil has a warm spicy fragrance and can be added to hot tea or diluted with a carrier oil and massaged onto the abdomen or lower back.

Peppermint

Peppermint has been used for centuries in many different cultures to aid with digestive issues. Peppermint essential oil has a cooling effect on the skin and feels very soothing when massaged onto the abdomen or lower back to help ease minor stomach pains or nausea. It also is delicious when added to hot tea after meals. Peppermint can also relieve minor headaches, so it’s a great oil to use to help ease the symptoms of menstruation.

Clove

Clove has a deep spicy fragrance and because of its soothing properties is known as one of the best essential oils for digestion. Clove essential oil can reduce inflammation in the intestinal lining, so it’s a great oil to use if you suffer from gas, bloating or frequent stomach cramps.

Oregano

Oregano oil has very powerful properties that work well on digestive issues. Because it is extremely antibiotic and anti-fungal, it can help maintain a healthy digestive tract when used regularly. Oregano essential oil can be placed in a vegetable capsule and taken daily. It should never be placed directly on the skin or in the mouth because of the burning sensation it can cause.

All these essential oils for digestion can be used together or separately to support a healthy digestive system.