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cucumbers. More than food.

cucumbers. More than food.

Not only are Cucumbers packed with H2O (96% water), they are an excellent source of silica, a trace mineral that helps make skin stronger. Silica is often in makeup or face cream, to help skin absorb moisture for that wanted matte finish. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory that can soothe skin. You know the old trick of placing chilled cucumber slices on your eyes to take down puffiness? It works.

In a Nut Shell

In a Nut Shell

Nut eaters tend to have healthier diets because nuts can replace unhealthy processed foods. And the monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts tend to target and melt away belly fat, too (Bonus!). When selecting nuts for daily intake make sure to avoid nuts coated in salt, sugar, chocolate or other seasonings.

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An Herb to Focus On

An Herb to Focus On

Hey, did you know that you can increase your focus and short term memory, in two minutes, by simply inhaling the scent of fresh or dried basil? Yep, according to study author, Babar Ali, Ph.D, the oils in this herb prompt our brain to release focus-enhancing neurotransmitters like acetylcholine. After inhaling, throw some basil in your salad – I’m sure you’ll remember!

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dry brushing,  with up strokes  (towards the heart)

dry brushing, with up strokes (towards the heart)

Dry brushing is one of those “feel good” experiences that not only invigorates the skin, but also stimulates the lymphatic system - you know, like the removal of excess fluids from body tissues! Best to dry brush in the morning while your shower is warming up.

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