What You Didn’t Know About Beets

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Have you been hearing all the latest buzz about beets? Those small, red, earthy and sweet vegetables seem to be everywhere. And it’s no surprise so many use it to make beet juice or beet salad (or even lip balm!), given its many benefits—from boosting the immune system with vitamin C and minerals, to supplying the body with fiber, manganese and B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. And that’s not all, beets have amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxification and energy-boosting benefits as well!

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What’s In My “Go” Bag: Everyday Essentials

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We all have our everyday essentials that we cannot be without, no matter where we go—from parks and beaches to running errands and hanging out with friends. Whatever I do, I always keep my health and skin in mind, which is why I cannot be without sun protective gear such as sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. It’s important to protect your skin no matter the season (I switch up my hats once the seasons change, of course!)  Some friends have asked me what my favorite goodies are that I always carry around with me, so here’s a peek inside my bag.

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How Do You Hydrate In the Heat? Water Alternatives and Their Benefits

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We are now in a heat wave here in the Northeast. Other parts of the country are experiencing this scorcher as well, and for many it can be dangerous. The best way to protect yourself in a heat wave (besides applying sunscreen) is to hydrate hydrate hydrate!

Are you familiar with the 8×8 rule? It’s a an easy way to remember, on average, how much water you should drink in a day. Experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. However, some people may need to hydrate themselves more than others, depending on their gender, age, weight, urine color (yes, urine color) activity level and the temperature outside. A great way to calculate how much you need to drink is by checking out this awesome hydration calculator. Try it! It’s quite interesting—everyone is different!

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Your Luscious Lips Deserve the Best Lip Gloss (S.W.A.K.!)

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I have been addicted to lip products ever since high school. To this day I love lip gloss and the way it makes my lips shine, plus it gives me just the right amount of moisture my lips need. The Lip Gloss from Beautycounter is my ultimate favorite—it’s not sticky or goopy and the peony pink is the perfect color for summer.  It’s my must have!

This lip gloss goes on smoothly, and has a unique teardrop applicator that gives you just the perfect amount of sheer. The gloss comes in five different shades to choose from: peony, buff, sienna, opal and ruby.

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Keeping It Safe: Sun Protective Clothing and Why It’s Worth It

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Go biking, hiking, running, picnic-ing, swimming, boating, and all the other -ings out there that you love to do. Have fun in the sun but remember to always protect your skin!

Dealing with skin cancer is challenging. I have to take extra precautions to make sure I’m protecting my skin as much as possible since I live at the beach, so I am ALWAYS surrounded by sunshine. That’s why I wear sun protective clothing on top of sunscreen when I know I’ll be out in the sun for a long period of time.  I wish I had done this a long time ago when most of the sun damage was done to my skin.

Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection for the body, but you shouldn’t rely on just any clothing, because regular clothing only protects you from 1/15 of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. So if you’re planning on going to the beach for the whole day, taking a long hike, riding your bike for miles, or any other outdoor activity, then opting for sun protective clothing will provide you with the right amount of added protection. And it doesn’t mean you have to look like grandma either ;). There are so many fun brands out there that are chic and modern.

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An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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We all know that keeping fit and eating healthy in your 40s and beyond is harder than when we were in our 20s and maybe even 30s. Sometimes, it’s not until we reach our 40s that we start to realize the importance of health, especially in terms of the foods that go into our bodies and get absorbed into our systems. We become even more conscious than before, because let’s face it—we have family plus kids we want to be there for, for as long as possible.

You know that saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well the same can be applied to avocados! My favorite superfood is the avocado, which is full of nutrients and health benefits for any age.

I recently learned from health and wellness genius, Dr. Frank Lipman, that we should all eat one avocado every day. I am hooked! If you’re looking for a food loaded with good fats, will keep you feeling fuller longer, and want something solid to help with weight-loss, I highly recommend avocados, and here’s why.

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Purifying Charcoal Mask: the One You’ve Been Waiting for

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It’s finally here! The Purifying Charcoal Mask is now available from Beautycounter. It’s the perfect solution to clear out your pores and improve the overall condition of your skin, an all-in-one. Plus, you’ll get that spa-quality facial right at home (in only 10 minutes!), so no need to step out and spend more at your local beauty salon because this magic in a bottle can perform all the same miracles (and a study to prove it). I love this magical mask! Safe for kids too :).

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