We’ve all done it: grazed the covers of the magazines at the grocery store thinking, “I wish I looked and felt better naked.”
The media convinces us that there is an overnight solution, such as a magic pill or secret elixir that can make us feel happier with what is underneath our clothes. The truth is, true wellness and beauty can’t be packaged in a bottle. We have traveled the world and trust us, if an overnight elixir was out there, we would have found it by now.
However, we have worked with the leading experts in holistic health and functional medicine and there are secrets to creating a beautiful, long, healthy life – one where you will feel absolutely gorgeous in your skin.
Here are our top ten tips to help you to feel sexier, starting right now.
1. BREATHE. BREATHE. BREATHE.
Why does yoga always has a beautiful glow? One reason is because they breathe deeply, all the time. With each exhale we release waste matter. As an elimination organ, our lungs help us to filter out toxins from the body, which in turn support improved respiratory, immune, and digestive function. Take advantage of those extra moments in the day when you can focus on deep breathing. We promise you will feel oh-so-Zen and blissful.
2. BUY A NEW BRA
Sure, you can squeeze into an underwire push-up bra but honestly, how do your girls feel? Do you strip off your bra the second you get in the door because it is so darn uncomfortable? Push-up and underwire bras restrict lymph drainage in the chest area and underarms. Save your vivacious bras for Valentine’s Day and purchase a few new wireless ones that give you a little more wiggle room. A bonus tip: opt for organic cotton and sustainable fibers. Your body will be thanking you ten-fold.
3. GET YOUR BOOTY ON A REBOUNDER
How well did you feel when you bounced on your trampoline as a kid? Bring back the springs and buy a mini-trampoline (rebounder) for your living room. Get your bounce on while you’re watching your favorite reality show, or in as you wait for your dinner to cook. Being bouncy is especially good for you because it increases circulation, supports the lymphatic system, and helps tighten up those not-so-toned areas.
4. DRY BRUSH THAT BODY
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and the second most powerful elimination force you have! It releases 2-5 pounds of toxins through your pores every single day. Support its efforts. A natural bristle dry brush will do the trick. Get brushing daily to remove waste matter, allow the skin to breathe, reduce cellulite, and increase the lymphatic system’s ability to move waste out of the body.
5. SLEEP NAKED
In order to feel better in your own beautiful (bare) skin you have to start doing other things unclothed besides sexy time and taking showers. The act of sleeping naked is about feeling more sexy, self-assured, attractive, and confident. If you normally do this already, push your comfort-zone and eat dinner naked, vacuum naked, or better yet, take that nude photo you’ve been too shy to take. I know what you might be thinking – yuck. Do it anyway, because developing a true appreciation for your body is about being happy even if you’re not the size you aspire to be yet.
6. GET SOME VITAMIN-B
Craving the white stuff – starchy carbs like pasta and bread? Your body might be reaching for all these not-so-healthy foods (i.e., sugar, bread, pasta) because it is lacking vitamin B12. Most people can’t absorb enough of this vitamin from food and tablets. Yes, even we hate shots, but a little poke here and there is an excellent idea to boost your immune system and energy levels, help you lose weight, and provide many other health benefits.
7. DRINK THE “GREEN BLOOD” OF PLANTS
Drink the blood of plants? Yes! Human blood is constantly on the move, traveling a whopping 60,000 miles every single day on its rapid journey through your body. Because the blood has a unique role to play in the elimination of toxins, it’s important to support the process. It’s vital to take in chlorophyll daily to build the blood and alkalize your entire system. Chlorophyll is known as “the plant’s blood” because it allows the plant to absorb light and convert it into usable energy. Our favorite forms of chlorophyll are wheatgrass, E3 live, green juice, green smoothies, and leafy green vegetables.
8. EAT LIVING FOODS
Living foods are high-enzyme, chlorophyll-rich, easy to digest and provide your body with optimal nourishment. Living foods include young organic greens, sprouted nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, vegetables, lightly fermented preparations, and dehydrated crackers and snacks. Add these to your diet and start to crowd out processed, packaged foods. The more real, living foods you consume, the sexier and more alive you will feel as a result!
9) USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to heal the body while also positively affecting our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health. Using Certified Therapeutic Grade essential oils on a daily basis can have tremendous healing benefits and can also help you slim down. Personally, we love using DoTERRA essential oils (http://mydoterra.com/introducingwellness), especially the SLIM & SASSY packed with grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon to help boost our metabolism.
10) UNDERSTAND THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Committing to a meditation or yoga practice is very important, as it helps to reprogram our thoughts and our deep subconscious. We’ve learned that without a doubt, shifting the way we think and reprogramming our subconscious minds is the most important thing we can do when facing any health challenge. Thoughts become things; therefore, our bodies may believe things that are not true without a mind that is focused on health and happiness. It is very important to stay focused on positive thinking to consistently have joyful experiences.
Simply put, mindfulness is about becoming aware of our thoughts and how we perceive ourselves. When we tell ourselves we are gorgeous and perfect for our skin every single day, we will start to believe it without hesitation. Then, magnetically, others around us will feel that energy too!
Incorporating these simple steps into our lifestyle has made a huge impact on our inner beauty and confidence – we strongly believe that they will work wonders for you, too. As these rituals simply become second nature, you will be swooning when you see your reflection in the mirror!