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Notes From My Dressing Table hosts Fashion Flash

No Nonsense Beauty Blog

Meet Erika from the blog Notes From My Dressing Table. A housewife, unrepentant coffee addict, mom to a grown son, cat slave and passionate fan of all things beautiful. She believes “no one is too old to wear glitter on their nails” and that life is too short for stupid beauty rules.

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Vegan Paleo Fruit Tarts

Paleo Fruit Tarts

This is a fun dessert if you are having company over. These paleo fruit tarts are very easy to make and great for kids or adults. If you do not have individual tart pans, just make one large tart. Make sure to make this ahead as it needs to sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours before serving.

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Common allergens and your health

90 percent of all food allergies in the United States are linked to a very short list of foods. Keep in mind, you could easily have an intolerance or sensitivity that would not technically be classified as an allergy, but it is still preventing you from obtaining your best health.

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Stem Cell Technology, Part Two. Umbilical Cord Blood

Umbilical Cord Blood

Now that you are starting to grasp how stem cell technology is evolving from reading part one of this post, let’s take a look at where we are at today. What are the latest products to ask your doctor about when the subject of stem cells as a treatment for injuries or health issues enters the conversation? Umbilical Cord Blood!  (more…)

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Kohlrabi and Cabbage Cole Slaw

kohlrabi and cabbage

My family and I recently subscribed to a community supported agriculture share from one of our local farms and have been blessed with so many fresh, organic greens! We have also gotten some vegetables that I normally do not eat/buy such as white turnips, eggplant and kohlrabi. It has been fun trying out different recipes. This is a very easy kohlrabi and cabbage cole slaw recipe that is light, fresh and flavorful!

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Stem cell technology, part one.

Stem cell ads are popping up everywhere. If you know anyone that has had reason to see a doctor specializing in orthopedic or regenerative medicine then you may have heard about something called PRP. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and we had to get to the bottom of it. We’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to share it with you! Read on!

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Electricity and Healing

Electricity has been used in medicine since the days of the Romans. Electric torpedo fish were used for pain relief. Later, the electrostatic violet ray invented by Nikola Tesla, took the place of the fish. Nikola Tesla was the great genius who observed that high frequency electricity had significant benefits for health.

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Amazon to Africa Smoothie Recipe

Amazon African Smoothie

This smoothie has a couple of unique ingredients, but they are readily available at your natural foods market. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry found in the Amazon Rainforest. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omegas. Baobab (pronounced bay-o-bob) is a tree native to Africa and it produces a “super fruit” especially high in vitamin C and electrolytes.

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You are drinking the wrong wine!

wine

There are practices in wine making that I had no idea about. Although I really like it, I’m not an everyday wine drinker like some of my friends. I have always been interested in the health benefits, as well as the historical and spiritual benefits. My perception of wine making was always a natural one – a vineyard of rolling hills, hand picked and foot squished grapes, and farmhouses filled with oak barrels of fermenting grape juice.

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Stay hydrated, stay efficient

A hydrated mind

Many people are so used to being dehydrated, that they no longer recognize the normal signal of thirst. Any loss of water equaling 2-3% of our body weight will begin to affect performance adversely.

Water is required for everything from regulating blood pressure and body temperature to making sure your heart works correctly and that your brain is capable of doing its daily tasks. Loss of 4-5% of body weight in water results in reduced carrying capacity of the blood for nutrients (to the brain), as well as reduced ability to remove heat from the body. If you don’t stay hydrated you will be more susceptible to “brain fog”.

A hydrated body

The human body is full of water, your muscles and your brain are about 75% water, your blood is about 82% water, your skin is made up of about 70% water, and your bones are about 25% water.

In addition to helping your body maintain a stable temperature, staying hydrated — ideally by drinking water every 15 minutes or so during sporting events — helps keep your muscles strong and active. Water helps your body transport oxygen to your muscles, which means they are also more efficient during physical labor.

If your body is not hydrated, it doesn’t work efficiently. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. Slower metabolism means more fat stored and less used as fuel for your body.

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Why do people go on a cleanse?

Why do people go on a cleanse or a detox? When is it legit, when is it hype? Do most do it because it sounds sexier, cooler, trendier, and healthier than going on a “diet”? People who follow a program of strict or clean eating, or sometimes non-eating, and eventually return to their normal, unhealthier patterns, make a cleanse look more like a good old fashion weight loss diet.

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Jalapeño Hummus Recipe

Jalapeño Hummus

My husband has perfected this jalapeño hummus recipe at our house. It is so easy to make, and even though the garbanzo beans are from a can, this hummus tastes so fresh. We use it all week long. On crackers, veggies, sandwiches and wraps, it adds just the right kick to any meal or snack.

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Should you eat nuts and seeds?

nuts and seeds

Raw, organic nuts (make sure they are raw and organic!) are a great source of healthy, unsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and plant sterols. Many doctors will recommend nuts as a heart healthy snack food, as evidence has shown that people who eat nuts and seeds have higher overall health, are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular issues, and have less incidence of diabetes.

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Skip nut butter, eat seed butter!

seed butter

Michelle’s daughter attends a nut-free elementary school. This seed butter recipe was tweaked and embellished from one that she found online while researching nut butter alternatives. It is very easy to make and tastes just as good, if not better, than nut butters.

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Why you shouldn’t eat breakfast or eat before a workout.

Dr. Mercola keeps posting articles on this subject, and it has me tickled pink because although this is what I have done intuitively for over 20 years, it goes against what almost all health professionals claim, which is: eat breakfast, it should be your biggest meal of the day.

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