quickie post : turmeric lemonade

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not quite beyonce’s lemonade, but still delicious, vibrantly colorful and good for you ūüôā

the turmeric makes this a bit savory + spicy, and anti-inflammatory, and it’s action packed too. ¬†it’s rich¬†in manganese (good for bone + collagen production, blood sugar control and is an antioxidant), iron (live-giving oxygen to blood cells), vitamin b6 (helps produce¬†serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain), fiber, copper (prevents premature aging, boosts energy, promotes quick wound healing) and potassium (relieves anxiety, stress, enhances muscle strength).

pretty easy to make! ¬†and not too messy if you’re careful.

here we go!

tips + warnings:

  • you may want to wear some disposable gloves, to keep your hands from being orange for days.
  • turmeric can and will permanently dye fabric and even countertops, so proceed with caution!

ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fresh turmeric root
  • 1 cup water
  • juice of 6 large organic lemons (about 12 ounces)
  • fresh cold filtered water (sparking makes it special!)

directions

  1. in a blender, whirl up the first three ingredients to make your turmeric infused simple syrup.
  2. once the turmeric has been blitzed to smithereens (a minute or two?), carefully pour it through a sieve to separate the turmeric pulp from the syrup.  you should end up with about 12 ounces of syrup.  you can also use cheesecloth, which would be easier to deal with since you can just toss it vs. having to wash the sieve.
  3. finally, combine the syrup with filtered or sparkling water.  i personally like a ratio of 1 part syrup to 3 parts sparkling.
  4. enjoy!

part 4: kim’s adrenal journey (with a new naturopath)

quick disclaimer: all the stuff i write about in my adrenal blog posts are relative to my own personal experience and recommendations.  what was recommended to and worked for me may not work for you, so please proceed with caution and enlist the help of a naturopathic doctor in your area for the best + safest results!

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whoa! ¬†the last journal entry i wrote was last august (but posted in october 2015). ¬†time flies. ¬†this blog series is something that has been hanging over my head, and thanks to the amazing management team at sS (shout out to liesse + lacey!), i’ve finally found the time and space to type all this out, and am dedicated to finishing it!

after doing the vitamin and diet regimen as recommended by dr. figoski for 3+ months, i felt less bloated (which is a great thing, don’t get me wrong), but for the most part,¬†didn’t feel any¬†better. ¬†i adhered to the diet very¬†strictly, took all my supplements, yadda yadda yadda and still didn’t feel as great as i should have, for all the work i was putting in – still cranky, not able to handle stress well at all, feeling tired and uninspired to work out – i decided to try working with another naturopath.

dr. amy day is a naturopathic doctor based out of berkeley, and i first had heard of her in 2013, from our lovely sS’er CS who was referred to us by dr. day. ¬†not sure exactly how dr. day found out about us, but over the years, we’ve referred clients to each other based on reputation and testimonials from our mutual clients. ¬†CS had some complicated hormonal issues that dr. day was able to help solve (when no other conventional or alternative doctor could). ¬†when i looked up dr. day’s credentials on her website, i was particularly impressed to find¬†out that she was the 4th naturopathic doctor to be licensed in california (!) and that she had personally gone through, cured herself of and specialized in women’s adrenal fatigue + health.

after more poking around, i found her (free) guide called “the busy woman’s 2-week recharge“, read it and liked what i saw. ¬†i particularly enjoyed the straight-forward approach with which she wrote, truly tailored towards the busy woman. ¬†in the few follow-up emails sent after downloading the guide, at the top of each email read a line that said “if you’re too busy, just read the text in bold, and read the rest when you have time!”. ¬†i loved that!

so after doing some preliminary research, out of desperation and frustration (mostly frustration), i scheduled a phone chat with her to see if she could help me. ¬†i very frankly expressed to her that given all the ‘natural healthy hippy stuff’ i had been doing specifically for the adrenal fatigue in the several months prior with no results, i would be pissed if she made me do the same things. ¬†i was super honest and told her that i really wasn’t that motivated to work with another ND, and i DID NOT want to do the same exact stuff i had already been doing, because of the lack of results¬†i felt with the last round of work with doctor fig.

during our phone chat, i described my daily lifestyle, everything i had been doing as per dr. fig¬†– and since i had written the blog posts about my journey, she actually hopped online to read through all the content and asked me questions while i was on the phone with her. ¬†she said that if i hadn’t already done all the baseline stuff i had did (food elimination + supplements), she probably would have started me off there – which was fair. ¬†but since i had already been through that “first stage” of care, she thought she’d be able to come at my imbalances with a different approach, and decided that working together may be fruitful after all.

she sent me some paperwork and access to her secure online appointment scheduling and communication system. ¬†(for the record as of october 2015, the cost for the first 3 visits – 90 minute consult + 2 follow-ups – came to about $1k). ¬†it came with a money-back guarantee:¬†if after the consult i didn’t feel like it was going to be a good fit, she’d pro-rate the package and refund me the portion of the $1k i hadn’t used up – something SUPER rare in the alternative health industry, if existent at all.

at the in-person consult, we sat, chatted, and she decided to run some different kinds of tests to try and get to the root of the problem.  what really interested me though, was the approach she took: she decided to test my body to would find out what was going on with my brain chemicals.  GENIUS!  it made sense that since i was still feeling super stressed, depressed and anxious even with all the dietary- and vitamin-supplement things i was doing, maybe it was a brain chemical thing.  that along with another hormonal-spit test (and i think a couple others) started the road to discovery.. and hopefully healing.

 

lisa’s acne journey

 

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i never thought of acne before the age of twelve. i’m not sure i even knew what acne really was in all of its forms until i started my education at skinSALVATION. my acne started in middle school. there were all these little bumps under the surface of my skin mixed with the red angry bumps on my chin and forehead. knowing how scarring acne can be inside and out my mom sprung into action! she wasted no time in bringing me to a dermatologist where i was promptly prescribed an antibiotic and two different topical gels for morning and night. the doctor hardly looked at me before scribbling on her prescription pad. this would be the start of my acne journey.

from that point on it was a constant battle. right when one antibiotic would start to work my body would grow accustomed to it and render it useless. this continued for years. in addition, i was also prescribed countless topical medications of varying strengths. as the year passed the medications prescribed to me got stronger to stay one step ahead of my acne. all the while i did what i was told. i took my pills and rubbed the creams on my face night and day. i never really understood what any of it was or what it was doing to my body. i was never sat down and told how it works. at first, all i wanted was a magic pill and mystical creams to make it all go away but after years i was still clueless. no one told me i was destroying the beneficial bacteria in my gut with 5 long years of antibiotics. no one told me my moisturizer wasn’t supposed to burn like fire every time i put it on. i just trusted that my doctor was doing the best thing for me and my mother believed that too. i lacked the tools and proper education to help myself and so i felt helpless.

is was the time when girls my age were more interested in boys, and i was, they just weren’t interested in me. i remember looking at the deep red cracks in my skin in the high school restroom and thinking i was unloveable. i had stopped using the cetiphil moisturizer my doctor recommended due to the burning i felt every time i put it on. this left my skin with no moisture. My skin continued to be cracked and dry for months. at that point, self-loathing was just the usual.

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my junior year of high school my doctor decided it was time for me to be prescribed accutane (also known as isotretinoin). after all the other treatments had been exhausted this was supposed to be the end all be all. during my seven month round of taking accutane i went in for blood tests every month and even had to take and pass an online test to receive my prescription. since  accutane is known to cause severe birth defects i was also advised to start taking birth control as a precaution (even though i was not sexually active at the time). luckily i did not experience many of the severe side effect that others taking the drug had to go through. i had known several people who became severely depressed and suicidal while taking accutane so i was thankful my experience was less eventful. AND low and behold! i was clear after seven months! i was finally free of this burden! or so i thought.

on with the birth control i continued to use after stopping isotretinoin. I was happy for a long time and thought that my acne had been cured. There is no feeling like having someone tell you that you have nice skin after going through such a long struggle. And although it lasted for many years it came to an end in 2013.

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in 2013 i was a student at s.f. state and had newly adopted a vegan diet. my diet was rich in healthy veggies, legumes, grain and tons of soy, peanut butter and seaweed!!! my ignorance was bliss until my acne came back full force!!! i had no idea why this was happening, after all, i was eating better than i had in years! I had no idea what was going on and my acne looked completely different than it did before. i had developed tons of angry inflamed acne all over my mouth and chin area. Once again, i turned to my doctor for more pills. this time, the antibiotics seemed to help with the inflammation and soon after i once again adopted an omnivore’s diet. I continued to limit my dairy intake and was now able to rely less heavily on the soy and seaweed snacks i ate daily. this was a great example for me of how diet affects acne.

once i became an esthetician, i naturally was very interested in my own condition, which lead me to seek out a job with skinSALVATION. i am no longer helpless or clueless. i now possess the knowledge i lacked for so many years and am now able to empower our clients with that knowledge. the education provided at skinSALVATION makes the difference and i am so honored to help others on their path to clarity and understanding.