Angela Nichole AdventureFit

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DIY Face and Body Scrub

Thanks to today's burn piles, champagne and good friends, I have discovered coconut oil and baking soda DIY scrub.  This amazing little concoction will have your face and body feeling baby smooth in no time.  Lets get rid of all the chemicals and continue this journey of self love.

My recipe:

~Feel free to tweak it according to your skin sensitivity.  

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  • Take about a teaspoon and massage gently on your face for about 30 seconds
  • Rinse with warm water and a rag

You can also use this a body scrub!  My whole body feels amazingly soft and smooth.  I might have even used it to shave my legs… :)  This is not the only benefit though.  

  • If you have problem skin like I do, this is supposed to help with acne.  This little scrub has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the risk of break outs while balancing the skin’s pH. 
  • During the summer, keep a little of this mixture handy.  It helps relieve the itching and burning from being sunburned.  
  • Baking soda and coconut are natural deodorizers and when combined, supposedly works like a charm.  (I will have to put this to the test during one of my workouts.) Since it is an antibacterial agent, it helps kill the bacteria that causes body odor.
  • Lavender has so many beneficial uses, but with this scrub, I added it because it  helps heal breakouts and won't clog your pores.
  • Tea tree oil also contains strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which have been proven to help with acne.  Tea tree oil also helps lighten the scars from acne and balance the skin's natural oils.

I hope you give this a try and let me know your thoughts!  

XO, Angela

 

Ashwagandha

I would like to state, my first experience with the adaptogenic herb was not the best.  I unfortunately mixed too much into my matcha tea, with no warning of the taste of this supposedly amazing herb.  I am here to warn you, it taste disgusting! Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse” in Sanskrit.  They say because it imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, but I think its for a more literal meaning!  Once you actually read the label and use the appropriate amount, its not that bad.  I would still suggest working your way up to the suggested amount and not just diving into this dark powder. 

 

So why use this herb? Well the benefits definitely out weigh the taste.  I have gathered my top reasons for taking this supplement 

  1. Its affects the immune system and helps reduce swelling, from both arthritis and fluid retention. 
  2. It may help in lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes and lower high cholesterol.
  3. It has sedative effects, and could help ease anxiety and stress.
  4. Some tests show that ashwagandha could slow down the growth of cancer cells.
  5. It can reduce cortisol levels. 
  6. May help reduce depression
  7. It can boost testosterone and increase fertility in men
  8. It may increase muscle mass and strength
  9. Helps improve brain function
  10. Enhances sexual potency for both men and women 

These were enough reasons for me to give this supplement a try!  And I do have to say the mind clarity and stress relief has been amazing. 

Give it a try!  I add mine into my matcha latte or in a home made hot chocolate!

 

Be sure if you have health issues to clear it with your doctor first!

Marine Collagen Peptides

What is it? Well its this amazing fibrous protein that is extracted from the scales or skin of salt water fish.  The brand pictured here, Natural Force gets their marine collagen peptides from verified wild caught Snapper. I am so excited to try this product!  Here are a few of the benefits. 

Healthier skin, hair, bones, joints and hormones!

 

Slows the signs of aging  ~  Hello!  I don’t know about you, but I would like to help set a new standard of what “old” looks like! Apparently marine collagen has antioxidant properties that can help prevent or even repair the damage caused by UV rays!  It was also found that marine collagen played a key role in the creation of new skin. 

 

Want to work out or go on a long run? Mix some collagen peptides in your water!  Your tendons and cartilage need collagen to heal and regenerate. The great thing about this product is that it is easy to mix in either a hot or cold drink! I will be mixing mine in my matcha tea.

 

If your still asking why you should consider marine collagen peptides its because you may not be getting enough essential amino acids in your diet.  These are the building blocks of protein. If you don’t have enough of this essential protein, it will affect the appearance and health of your joints, bones, skin and hair.  

 

So heres to healthier you, from the inside out!  Cheers

Click on the picture if you would like to purchase Marine Collagen Peptides! I have attached a link to amazon!

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be a wonderfully gracious year.  It’s the time of year to create goals and good habits, a time to cleanse and renew and to make better choices. For me it’s always been a time of reflection.  Can I be a better version of myself? The answer has always been, yes. So this year my New Year’s resolution is self-love. 

While finding space to love and cherish myself more, I stumbled across some amazingly healthy superfoods!  I will share them all with you and their benefits in future posts.  Today I would like to share one in particular. Maca.

Some of you might already be familiar with this amazing plant. For those of you that are not, maca has been used by the indigenous people of the Andes Mountains for thousands of years. The Inca warriors would chew maca to increase strength and stamina!  The maca root has a ton of health benefits!  Too many to list here, but click on this link to see what benefits WebMd has listed. 

I can tell you first hand my experience with this amazing root.  Unfortunately, I learned by trial and error.  Word of advice, do not use this superfood before bed time, unless you would like to be up until 4am!  (I did, however, get some good research in)  In all seriousness, I am able to function throughout the day without my usual 32oz coffee.  Yup that’s right, 32 OUNCES!!!  Sheesh.  I have been mixing this little superfood supplement in my Matcha Tea Lattes since I received it right after the New Year!  Its nutty flavor adds the perfect touch to this delicious drink. For the recipe, check out Whitespace + Wellness!   

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I hope you discover all the benefits of this amazing plant!

Cheers!

Angela Nichole

Aging Gracefully

We would all love a world were we could eat and drink what ever we wanted with out the health issues that usually come with that lifestyle.  Most of us battle some sort of health problem or will at some point in our lives.  There are those among us however that manage to age gracefully.  What are their secrets?  Proper diet, proper exercise and proper lifestyle choices are the keys. Nutrition is the first step to setting your foundation of a healthy life. Staying away from processed foods and sugars are a great start.  

Strengthening the squat, deadlift and press will allow you to stay independent longer.  How are you going to continue to use the restroom with out help if you can’t go from a seated position to a standing position? (squat)  When your alone and drop your keys how are you going to unlock your door if you cant bend down and pick them up? (deadlift) And those groceries you just bought, who is going to put them away on the shelves if you are not strong enough to lift them over your head? (press)  We do these movements everyday, why not strengthen them to ensure that we can continue to do them longer.

Commitment to health will allow you to live your life to the fullest. Let us help you live a long healthy life!