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by Erin Weaver

Good health is something that you owe yourself. Barring any outstanding physical and mental health issues, you deserve to strive for wellness in body and mind, even when it might seem difficult. While many of us have to try hard to stay healthy, some people just seem to find it simple. There are truly healthy women among us – you probably know some – who maintain naturally balanced good health without even trying. Try integrating some of these habits into your routine to move towards an achievable form of good health.

They Value Good Sleep

Healthy women understand that six to eight hours of restful sleep per night serves them well physically and mentally. Sleep helps to keep your emotions in check and your energy levels high.

They Follow Medical Advice

When you’re sick, the best thing to do is visit a doctor and follow their instructions until you’re better. Similarly, make sure to keep up with recommended checks like smear tests and breast cancer screenings.

They Don’t Drink Their Calories

Sticking to water instead of soda, coffee, or juices is much better for your health, keeping calories and sugar intake low. Healthy women tend to gravitate towards water throughout the day.

They Don’t Compare Themselves To Others

The truly balanced among us know that there’s no point in comparing themselves to others. You never really know someone else’s life anyway, so what’s the point in unhealthy comparisons?

They Aren’t Emotionally Attached To Food

By cementing the idea that food is for sustenance and enjoyment rather than comfort, healthy women easily maintain a balanced diet and say no to guilt about their eating habits.

They Prioritize Stress Management

Busy but thriving women understand that controlling stress levels helps them function better, even if it requires a bit of extra time. Meditation, pros-and-cons charts, and mindfulness are part of their routine for a reason.

They Find Exercise That Works For Them

Healthy women aren’t beating themselves up at the gym or struggling to get ready for dreaded workouts. Like them, you should find exercise you enjoy, whether it’s walking, horseback riding, or weightlifting, and embrace it.

They Treat Themselves

Small self-indulgences help to keep your spirits high, so healthy women make an effort to treat themselves on a regular basis. Even small, inexpensive or free treats will remind you of your worth.

They Quit Bad Habits

Truly healthy women don’t persevere with their bad habits. They quit smoking, they stop binge drinking, and they lose the crappy boyfriend.

They Practice Gratitude

To be healthy and at peace in mind and body, healthy women are grateful for the good things in their lives. By reminding themselves on a regular basis of the positives, they are better able to deal with anything that’s going badly.

These healthy habits will stand you in good stead throughout your life, so why not make them a part of your daily routine now? Who knows, you just might end up being one of those naturally healthy women too!

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How To Make Your Own DIY Deodorant

While fall is technically right around the corner, the sweat under my armpits says otherwise. It’s still hot and sunny in many parts of the country right now, and when you spend much of the day outside working, sweaty armpits are just a fact of life. Smelly armpits, though? Deodorant will take care of that, and yes, you can make it yourself.

More and more people are turning to natural deodorant alternatives rather than the store-bought kind, which often contains antiperspirant. That’s because aluminum, the active ingredient in antiperspirant, has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s in certain studies. Though there’s no definitive proof on the matter, many folks would rather play it safe than sorry. Also, there’s something to be said for allowing your body to sweat normally, rather than clogging your sweat glands with antiperspirant.

But if you choose to use natural deodorant, you’ll run into another issue: Do any of them actually work?! Compared to commercial deodorant and antiperspirant, many natural deodorants are a lot milder. The good news is that, once you wean yourself off of antiperspirants, you’ll likely experience a natural reduction in sweat and odor as your body adjusts.

That’s where DIY deodorant comes in. DIY deodorant is an excellent way to naturally control body odor without clogging your sweat glands. The great thing about making your own deodorant is that you can tweak the recipe to suit your own unique needs. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so what effectively counteracts someone else’s natural funk may not work to squash yours. With DIY, you can be sure to figure out something that actually works – and it’s not as intimidating as you might think.

For deodorant, you’ll want to use ingredients that are anti-fungal and anti-microbial, as well as ingredients that absorb sweat and odor. Baking soda and cornstarch are two common ingredients, as are essential oils like tea tree oil or lavender oil. If you have sensitive skin, you can reduce the amount of baking soda.

And with that, here’s a basic deodorant recipe to get you started!

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons baking soda – you can adjust to 2 tablespoons if it’s too much, but then you should increase the arrowroot by one tablespoon
5 tablespoons arrowroot powder – you can substitute this with cornstarch if necessary
6 tablespoons shea butter
30-60 drops essential oil (tea tree or lavender)
1 empty deodorant container or 4 oz jar

First, mix the baking soda and arrowroot/cornstarch in a deep bowl. The whip in the shea butter until it resembles crumbly dough. Add the essential oil next. Whip using a hand mixer until smooth. Transfer to a jar. Apply to underarms as needed.


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