Over 30% of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin, and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete those toxins that become trapped in the skin. Dry brushing daily will really help to boost your immune system, give your skin a glow, improve circulation, and reduce cellulite. With all these benefits dry brushing is a no brainer.

How to: I keep my dry brush in my bathroom and use it before I shower. I start at my feet, using a circular motion, I move the brush up, always moving it towards the heart. From my feet, I move to my calf and thigh next, always circular towards the heart. Then my abdomen, glutes, back (where I can reach), and I repeat on the other side. Once I have finished dry brushing, I shower and moisturize. This has made a huge difference for me

How to: I keep my dry brush in my bathroom and use it before I shower. I start at my feet, using a circular motion, I move the brush up, always moving it towards the heart. From my feet, I move to my calf and thigh next, always circular towards the heart. Then my abdomen, glutes, back (where I can reach), and I repeat on the other side. Once I have finished dry brushing, I shower and moisturize. This has made a huge difference for me




Get Aligned 

Right now is a good time to put in the work on creating the life we want. One of my favorite books, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza, teaches ways to become more than you thought you could be. It calms the nervous system and forces you to look at what past heartache, traumas, and beliefs are holding you back. I don’t know what speaks to you but whatever you believe, study it, and educate yourself in being better. I have always been a big believer in manifestation and creating the life you want. In the book “You Squared” they say “The only doubts you should have are your limits.” How many of you have a bigger dream than what you are living? Start aligning with that part of yourself. I believe it is our inner voice guiding us.


Here are the books that changed my life and got me aligned with the life I wanted…




Sleep helps the immune system. It’s your body’s reset. Research has shown that a good night’s sleep helps build your immune cells, also known as T-cells. The amount of sleep you need varies from person to person. You want to wake up feeling well-rested. That could be 6,8 or even 10 hours. Check-in with yourself and see where you feel your best, and then sleep accordingly.
I once read an article that suggested humans sleep in increments of 1 ½ hour loops. A lot of times we wake up naturally at the end of a cycle, to go to the bathroom, or just wake up. The researcher claimed that when we go back to bed, and we are unable to go through another 1 ½ hour cycle, we will wake up groggy in the middle of it. So before you give yourself 30 minutes more in the morning, see if you can wake up naturally by staying up, or go back to bed if you have 90 minutes to complete it. Experiment with this, because this step has changed my life. I have more energy throughout my day, and no crash and burn in the middle of it. Overall, I feel healthier whenever I am following this routine. 
I also am a big believer in having bedding that is chemical-free and good for you. Check out my favorite bedding below.



I am not a scientist, not a doctor, or a nutritionist. I am a mom of three, a vegan chef, and a health coach. After watching my mom die in a hospital at the mercy of doctors, I made a pledge to learn to tend to my temple. To know my body better than my doctor. I also don’t pretend to know what a doctor knows, their knowledge is so vast, but I put the responsibility on myself to learn what makes a body optimal, so I’m less dependent on doctors. Doctors study disease, I study health. I also believe we have the ability to turn disease on and off. I have read books on all types of diets, lifestyles, and nutrition over the last 13 years. Our bodies love to heal and be in health, they just need help from us. Our choices are like a supporting role with our body being the star.

One Important part of health is supplementing your body with vitamins, minerals, and nutrition. Every vitamin supports a system or another vitamin which supports a system. After all of my research, these are my go-to, immune-boosting, virus, and bacteria-fighting gems. I go heavy on vitamins, and then take a break, so my body can use what it has stored. 

At times like this, you want to fill all your vital functions with…

* Vitamin A. Helps keep skin and membranes healthy. Boosts the immune system and function. Sources- yams, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, red bell pepper, apricots. 

* Vitamin C. It is essential for preventing infections by creating antibodies. Sources- kiwi, kale, all citrus, red bell pepper, strawberries, Papayas.

* Vitamin E. Works as an antioxidant to build healthy cells. It neutralizes free radicals. Sources include sunflower oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, and peanut butter. 

* Selenium. Selenium may be the most underestimated nutrient when it comes to defending viruses. It helps to produce more T-cells. Sources- brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, grains.

* Zinc. Zinc is responsible for antibody production. It promotes wound healing. Pertaining to the coronavirus specifically, studies are showing that zinc fights the virus. Sources- whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans.

* Probiotics/prebiotics. Studies are showing that health starts in the gut and that there are millions of bacteria that help us break down food and process nutrition from food. Anytime my tummy is off, I dose myself with pre/probiotics

* Vitamin B-6 and 12. All B vitamins are essential but 6 and 12 have important functions when it comes to Immune health. Carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes all contain vitamin B-6. B-12 is more commonly found in meat and dairy, but healthier options with B-12 are fortified non-dairy milk, and nutritional yeast. 
* Elderberry. It inhibits the early stages of infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the attachment and entry into the host cells. Elderberries can be hard to find, and they have to be cooked to be eaten. Most people take it in syrup form, which can be found at any health food store. 

* Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to boost energy from within the cell. A hormone normally produced in the skin using energy from sunlight, Vitamin D can also be found in a few foods – but is best from sunlight, and can also be effectively boosted with Vitamin D supplements.

* Folate. Most known as essential during pregnancy. Folate is still a must-have. It’s involved in multiple life-sustaining processes, including DNA synthesis. Without enough folate, the neurotransmitters that regulate your mood get lazy. Not enough folate means not enough red blood cells, which may affect your energy levels. Folate is found in a lot of dark, leafy green veggies like kale and spinach, as well as asparagus and brussel sprouts. 
As I stated before I’m no professional but I do believe that all of these vitamins can help nourish your cells, and give your immune system defense. Every vitamin, hormone, and mineral is needed for body health. Each and everyone helps a different vitamin, hormone, or mineral function. So if you are low on one, it can contribute to different functions of the body not working. So stock up, start a routine, keep a journal on what you’re taking, and see if you feel different. We have the power to not only prevent disease by having a healthy system, but we also have the ability to help our bodies heal when in disease. 




Finding Calm in a Frantic World - Experience Life

Home Activities to Bring A Little Sanity to Your Unplanned Days
This isolation has me thinking about society, humanity, and the way we live our everyday lives. We have slowly forfeited so many freedoms I took for granted, all in hopes of helping stop this virus. I live on Kauai, 2,200+ miles away from another landmass. In other words, I’m in a place that depends on shipments from the outside world. Lately, I’ve been wondering how many hands touch the shipped items–from food to every kind of consumer product–which I receive? Am I playing Russian roulette with the virus with each person who helped create and deliver my products? My fear and panic are a palpable reminder of the connectedness of us all, even those of us quarantined to a paradise in the middle of the Pacific. People are buying up everything and I find it difficult not to join the stampede. As someone who relies heavily on my spirituality and the generosity of the universe, I see myself caught in the anxiety of it all. Yet, I am unable to stop from running to the store to stock up on one more thing, just in case.
I make my home on five acres in a farming community on the north shore of Kauai. There’s a farm across the driveway from me, and about 20 more small farms within a two-mile radius. It would seem like the best place for food sovereignty, and if worse comes to worse, I feel it’s a good place to be. Still, I’m afraid. Right now, I’m considering ordering the most cliché of purchase, toilet paper. With three teens, no TP is not an option. My head is reeling, trying to find a new routine in a less social life. I am not worried about getting the coronavirus myself. I have a strong immune system. It’s the people I love who are at risk, and this thought can pull me over the edge.
We have a curfew on our island from 9pm to 5am, and as things have shut down, fear still whispers into my ear at times. Considering I work from home, it is actually not much different than my normal everyday life — remembering that helps me remain calm. I am a “do-er” during a crisis (I don’t just Netflix and chill), so I have compiled a list of things that help ground me and ward off my fears. If you’re under a shelter-in-place order or self-quarantining for the safety of yourself and others, I hope my list helps bring a little sanity to your unplanned days. We’re all in this together.
Make healthy food. Good food boosts the immune system. I can get extra imaginative because my fridge is full, and let’s face it, I have the time.
Take vitamins. No better time to power the cells for an immune system fight.
Get creative! Don’t feel pressured to monetize every moment, let the slower flow heal you and nurture your creativity. If it feels right, take some time to work on that book, build that website, or make that album you’re always wanting to do, if only you had the time. Mostly, enjoy the process and see where it takes you.
Use meditation or prayer practice. I believe our thoughts can raise the vibration of our planet. Meditating and praying can shift the collective energy of our world, bring us out of fear, and settle us into peace. Surrender to your higher self.
Breathe. Breathwork is everything. There is evidence our bodies can stop viruses through breathwork. Need convincing? Watch this VICE video with my homie, Wim Hof. No matter what, it will calm down your nervous system and make it easier to be around you.
Juice. Fresh veggie and fruit juice is plant power concentrated.
Start your day with warm water and lemon to alkalize your system. An alkaline body helps fight disease.
Go for a walk and connect with nature. Take it all in. Notice the simple beauty we overlook in our daily lives. If you’re stuck inside, find a window and seek out color, movement, and the subtle changes of light throughout the day.
Catch up on your sleep. The kids don’t have school and we’re off the daily grind. Enjoy waking up naturally and letting our bodies tell us when to rise.
Read + listen to books. I am listening to Untamed, an inspiring memoir, by Glennon Doyle. For educational value I am reading On Writing, by Stephen King. I want to be a writer and to invest in myself, for when normal life returns.
Create a daily self-love practice. Mine includes a nightly bath with music, salts, and essential oils. What routine gives you joy?
Dry Brush. Before I bathe, I dry brush. 30% of toxins are released through our skin. A ritual of dry brushing helps to open pores allowing for a better detox.
Drink water. Hydration helps every process in our bodies. Take this opportunity to track your regular habits and see how they measure up. 
Connect in new (and old) ways. As texting has replaced voice calls, it’s rare to pick up the phone and just talk. Call your single friends and family members and reclaim the art of conversation! They’ll appreciate the break from isolation.
Set an exercise challenge. I create goals to keep my body healthy. This week, I chose to take five online yoga classes. Find your favorite workout and just do it!
Start a journal. Write your plans, share your heart. Envision your dream future. Hope is so important right now. We need every intellect helping to envision good.  
Build a vision board. Get clear on what you want to create in this world. Take big swings, reach into the stars, then map it out with photos, type and drawings. The universe is demonstrating that any and everything is possible. Play along.
Remember social distance, not emotional distance. Reach out. Connect. Live.
The list could go on and on. Tailor yours to your likes and needs. That’s the point … to make a list of things that hold you accountable for creating some peace and calm in your life. Add a new routine that keeps you busy building your mind, body, immune system, and spirit. If you are in fear, and questioning everything, make sure you look at the polarity, because the opposite may be true. Times are uncertain, and ever-changing, but your thoughts and response to it are a choice. Having a ritual to take care of myself keeps me calm despite the storm. Build your own routine, then rinse and repeat.

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