// Nourish + Nurture 2of3
October 7th of this year, I turned 32. Every birthday, I take the evening before or even the week before to reflect. I think about the last year and everything that happened. I think about my heart, my head, my skin, and everything in between. I also think about what the theme in my life currently is. This year, all I could think about was Nourish + Nurture.
Entering this period of life, my thoughts and concerns have been about nourishing my skin and my body from the outside and the inside. It has also been about nurturing my best self and best life. This idea extends past the body, and I am only allowing things into my life that feed my soul, while eliminating those that deplete me.
Think supple living, in every aspect.
I’ve broken these blogs down into 3 categories. Read more below, as I describe what I do, why I do it, and how important oils and hydration really are to me and why Nourish + Nurture should be your life theme, too, no matter what age.
2// INSIDES (internal processes)
I hope we all knew true nourishing of your body and all it’s systems comes from the inside. No matter how many amazing products I might have, there good is limited if I’m not honoring the internal processes that keep my body supple from the inside out.
This year I was confronted with the issue of super dry eyes. I also had my fair share of other systems in my body not being as lubricated as I would have liked. What was going on? Was it an issue of hydration, even though I drink a ton of water everyday? It is fair to say, many external parts of our bodies will show our internal dehydration, be it in the form of water consumption or a lack of essential fatty acids.
I turned to new options and increased my fatty acid consumption. Turns out fatty acids play a key role in skin texture, hair, nails, eyes, and intimate lady bits no one ever talks about before menopause. I got back on taking a large dose of fish oil, an occasional CBD oil blend (such as this one from CAPBeauty) and added more nuts and fatty fish such as salmon to my diet. I would not report on things that could help here if I had not tried it myself. A month into my ‘plan’ I can happily report, all systems are on go. Turns out, more oils, like omega-3 EFA in fish (namely salmon and tuna) can also help joints, along with assisting in balancing hormones. Sounds like a win win to me, as I type this with long strong nails and eyes that are not scratchy.
To continue these efforts, I wanted to make sure my water drinking was going towards true hydration. Proper hydration is not just about downing ‘8 glasses of water a day’ but is more so about having the correct balance of water along with salts and sugars, especially if you work out often or sweat a great deal. This meant being aware of my salt intake, and being conscious of when my workouts might need more than just water. You can also add a sprinkle of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon to water if you’re concerned about this.
Stay tuned for part trois where I cover why nourishing and nurturing youl soul matters just as much.