BENEFITS OF JUICING + CARROT GINGER APPLE JUICE

Juicing has become so popular over the last year or so that you can almost find it at every grocery store that you go to. That being said, I would typically buy them when I was out and about. Not only are they not as fresh as making my your own but they also are not cheap. Because of that, I had asked my parents for a juicer last year and my mom ended up getting me this one off of Amazon. That was last February and I just now finally got around to using it. Crazy, I know. But honestly, now that we are all basically stuck at home, I couldn’t think of a better time to test it out. Am I right?

My cousin has been juicing for a while now and last summer, she had made me a apple, ginger and carrot juice and it actually was really good so I called her up and she gave me the ingredients. I made that juice first and it was SO SO good as expected. As for the ingredients, I am sure you can guess them. All you need is two apples, three carrots and a tiny piece of ginger. I typically will use the honeycrisp apples since they are sweeter compared to others. After I juice everything, I will let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour or so prior to drinking it. It taste a lot better when it is really cold so I suggest doing that too. Although, if you’re kind of in a rush, you can let it sit in the freezer for a few minutes. That will make it a little bit cold compared to drinking it warm in which I don’t recommend.

The second fresh pressed juice that I made was a celery juice. I was actually shocked on how it tasted. I thought it was going to be disgusting but it actually wasn’t that bad. I used one apple and four celery stalks. Next time, I will use two apples because it had a salty taste so another apple would definitely balance that out more.

Benefits of Juicing

APPLES |Some benefits of juicing apples include that the fiber in the apple pulp can help clear the intestines and averting diseases of the digestive system. Apple peels contain a third or more of the fruit’s compounds that can be useful in fighting a variety of cancers. Apples are also good for asthmatics.

GINGER | Some benefits of juicing ginger is that it can improve digestion, relieve congestion, help with relieving pain, help control high blood pressure, help removing bad breath, help with acne/breakouts and can help with hair growth.

CARROTS | Some benefits of juicing carrots include it can increase your metabolism, help with your vision, help with skin disorders, help boost your immune system, help reduce your risk of cancer, help with healthier pregnancies and strengthen brain function.

CELERY | Some benefits of celery juice include receiving vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C. As well as fiber, magnesium, folate and potassium. Celery juice is also great for your digestive system by stimulating stomach acid, it helps your body get rid of waste and bloat. It is said to also help relive heartburn and ingestion. By containing vitamins A, K and C, it can help subside eczema, acne and rosacea. Because it is high in antioxidants, it can help make your complexion more clear/glowing and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots and blemishes.

This information was found through numerous health and wellness websites. Please do your own research or talk to your doctor.

Here are some items on my amazon wishlist for juicing that you may be interested in:

Set of 6 Glass Bottles

Set of 4 Glass Bottles

Set of 12 Glass Bottles

Set of 10 Plastic Bottles

MY FAVORITE HOT TEA FOR RELAXATION

Ever since I was a little kid, I have always loved drinking hot tea. Oddly enough, I was never a hot chocolate kind of gal. I also never relaxed, I was always on the go whether that was being involved with sports or going out with friends or family. Relaxing was never my thing. As I get older, I am really trying to work on that. Sometimes your body needs rest and you just need to take a step back from life and be a couch potato for a day. Now that I am working full time, I am starting to actually enjoy signing out from the real world and just hanging out on the couch binging Real Housewives. Since it is still winter here in Pittsburgh, I love getting out of the shower, throwing on my robe, and making a c hot cup of tea. I have tried so many different types of teas but these three are my top favorites. With having IBS, I have to watch what I put into my body and neither of these flare it up so I would say they’re safe for anyone with digestive problems. One thing I try to stay away from is peppermint tea because it always affects my acid reflex and it gives me heart burn. Adult probs.

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Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea

This is one of my favorite hot teas. It taste so refreshing and in my opinion is best with a fresh squeezed lemon and a little bit of stevia. I usually drink it in the summer as it has a more fruity taste rather than a calming aroma. Two benefits to drinking lemon zinger is one being that it is packed with vitamin C and it can overall help you sleep better.

Chamomile Herbal Tea

I typically drink this tea when I am having a stomach ache or bad cramps. Drinking chamomile tea can overall be beneficial. It can lower blood sugar, reduce period cramps, reduce inflammation and it can help with sleep and relaxation. I usually put a drop of stevia or honey in my chamomile tea to add a little sweetness and drink it two hours before I plan on going to bed.

Tazo Earl Grey Tea

When I am go to a coffee shop and order hot tea I will usually order earl grey. It is really good with a little sugar. I call it my “socializing tea”. It is good for your teeth as it high levels of catechin. It improves digestion health, can give you energy and can help with relaxation.

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IUD THREE MONTH UPDATE

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Hi babes! I am now about three months in from the day I got my IUD so I figured it was time for an update on how things are going. I am honestly so mad at myself for not doing this sooner. Don’t get me wrong, the first two weeks sucked but once you get past it, its amazing. It is so nice not having periods or ever having to worry about taking the pill. Not too mention pregnancy scares… kiss those goodbye lol! By having the IUD,  you literally are cleared from pretty much any stress or concerns. A few weeks ago, I went in for my check up to make sure everything was working the way it should and to make sure that my body didn’t reject it and all went really well. I still sometimes will get cramping but it isn’t anything unbearable and was said to dissipate within six months. I basically never have a period anymore although sometimes you’ll need a good ole panty liner, it is nothing major and only last a day or two. But that is pretty much it for the update…feel free to ask me any questions!

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ORGANIC SMOOTH TEA + IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME RELIEF

I am so excited to be starting my health and wellness portion on this blog. I have always been afraid to open up and talk about my IBS because I never wanted to play the victim card but truth is, having chronic illness sucks and sometimes that is okay to share. I will be diving in next week on my IBS journey but I wanted to make my first post about something that will be positive and helpful to those who also suffer.

Pretty much everyone in my life and my family’s friends of friends of friends all know about my irritable bowel struggle so that is how I discovered this smooth tea. My grandmas friend actually told her about it and after giving it a try, I wanted to share it with you because it did work. If you suffer with IBS-C, then listen up. This is the part of my blog that isn’t so glamorous. So, I will apologize in advance but guess what..we all poop. But those with IBS-C sometimes are on the struggle bus and that is where this tea comes into play. If you’re having problems with becoming more regulated, I would definitely give this hot tea a try. You are supposed to drink a cup at bedtime and after doing so for a few days you will notice that you will become more regulated. And in my opinion, it actually taste pretty good. I drink mine by itself with no sugar or honey but you can always make it to your liking. With my experience, it worked for me and was not harsh on my stomach like other laxatives can be.

Let’s be honest, having bowel problems isn’t cute or fun but it is something that is becoming more and more common. I have met so many girls that also struggle with irritable bowel syndrome and or something similar so I am here to get the word out and stop the stigma of keeping your mouth shut. IBS is becoming such a common problem and we need to all come together, hop on that struggle bus, and find the road to relief.

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MY ENDOMETRIOSIS SURGERY + RECOVERY

I wanted to make a post about my surgery experience to hopefully help some other women that suffer from the same thing that I do, endometriosis. For the past 10+ years, I have been suffering from severe stomach problems and nightmarish periods. I got my period around 13-14 years old and have always had the worst cycles. The cramps were excruciating and because of that, I was put on birth control when I was around 15 years old. At one point, my gynecologist had even prescribed me pain pills to help relieve some of the pain. Fast forward to 2011/2012 I ended getting diagnosed with severe IBS which resulted in many many tests and two surgeries. The past couple of years I just lived with my symptoms. I was over the doctor appointments and all of the tests and scans. At this point, I just chalked everything up as a loss. I would just have to miss work whenever things got bad. I was still on birth control but only getting my period every three months because I would skip the last row. It helped a little bit but once my period would come, it would be hell on earth. That is when I decided to go back to my gynecologist and figure something else out. I wasn’t sure if it was just my IBS getting bad and causing the problems or something more severe. My mom ended up coming with me and said how she had endometriosis and thought I did too. The more people I talked to in my family, a lot of them also had it. Since it can be hereditary we decided to meet with the surgeon and that’s when we scheduled the date  for an exploratory surgery. My surgery was on Mach 28, 2019 at a local hospital. I ended up being in surgery a lot longer then anticipated because my endo was so bad which had my surgeon in complete shock. She thinks that I started having it when I first got my period. In other words, it was essentially growing for over 10 years. The recovery was extremely painful so I am so happy that the surgery was worth it. Something that I found so weird afterwards is that March actually is Endometriosis Awareness Month and my surgery fell right at the end of it, almost like it was meant to be haha! As for future plans, we decided to get me on a birth control pill where I will consistently skip the last row (sugar pills) until I want to start trying to have kids. By doing so, it will stop my cycles all together. Unfortunately with having endometriosis, having children can be difficult to do on my own so I may have to do IVF. As bad as that sucks, I am just trying to stay positive. At the end of the day, it will all work out. If you also suffer from endo feel free to message me or comment below!

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