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DIY: Create Your Own Toiletries

DIY: Create Your Own Toiletries

Americans are looking for ways to get all-natural products that can do cure your ailments, protect your teeth, give you lifelong beauty or make you healthier. Are you one of them? Do you like to tackle do-it-yourself projects? Do you have DIY ideas and run with them? Than, you’ll want to know how to create these personal care products yourself.

DIY Toothpaste

Here is the recipe. You need ¼ cup Redmond clay, ⅓ cup boiling water, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 3 teaspoons xylitol, 2 teaspoons peppermint extract and and ¼ teaspoon salt.

What do you do?

Mix clay and salt in a bowl. Then add boiling water. Mix well with mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix all well. Store in airtight container. Eliminate store-bought toothpaste. You can use a jar and a butter knife or spoon for putting on your toothbrush.

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Clay can remove toxins, according to scientific studies. It also has medicinal properties. Clay won’t harm you if swallowed. It also is used when people have upset stomachs or a way to absorb radiation. Store-bought toothpastes have harmful ingredients, according to some groups. Homemade toothpaste can reduce waste or toxins in the environment.

DIY Deodorant

Get these ingredients: baking soda and water.

What do you do?

Put baking soda into a small plastic container.  Add a small amount of water. Just enough to make a smooth paste. Apply a small (emphasis on “small”) amount to underarm area. That’s all.  And if it dries out, add a bit more water. Even if it gets really thin it will still work as the deodorizing properties of the baking soda are still there. It really works.

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You want to avoid aluminum, which is found in store-bought antiperspirants. Some studies have linked aluminum to Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists think aluminum enters into the brain through either the lymph nodes. Other ingredients might cause cancer, according to American Cancer Society.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

You need 4 oz Aloe Vera Gel, 1/2 Tablespoon Witch Hazel, 1 Vitamin E Capsule and a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

What do you do?

In a large bowl, whisk together the witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the mixture. Whisk in. Add five to 10 drops of lavender oil. Pour into a 4 oz squeeze bottle to use. You should use a dark bottle if possible to ensure stability of the lavender oil.

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This is easy to make and leaves your hands softer and germ-free. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t make your skin softer. In fact, they can dry your skin. Witch Hazel extract is an all-natural product that is known for its astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties. The gel from the aloe vera plant is naturally moisturizing. Don’t use the blue or green type. Lavender oil also has antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It also smells nice. The addition of the vitamin E should help keep the product stable.

DIY Body Wash

Ingredients include 1 Tbsp shea butter, 1/4 cup aloe vera gel, 3/4 tsp guar gum or 1 tsp xanthan gum, 3/4 cup soap base (I used Dr. Bronner’s Castille, unscented), approx 25 drops of orange, lemon and lime essential oils.

What do you do?

Melt shea butter over low heat. Add aloe vera gel and warm together with the shea butter. Add gum and stir well with a whisk. Add the soap base. Mix well.  After blending, your wash will be quite foamy but it will settle in a few hours.  After the mixture has cooled, add essential oils. Pour into container of choice.  A funnel comes in handy here.

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You can reuse containers and reduce waste, save money, and reduce the number of harmful chemicals in your system and the environment.

Featured photo credit: DIY via google.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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