12/21/2017 0 Comments
In interviewing Kimberly Knight, Creator and Editor of The Lux Blog and HIV cure advocate, I kept coming back to the Mr. Rodgers quote about looking for the helpers. She is always in the community helping when so many others turn a blind eye. However, the opportunity to interview her and put her story in writing, brought to mind another gem.
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” Mr. Rodgers
Kimberly’s story is one of unconditional love and bravery. Kimberly is a hero she didn’t even see coming. An unlikely turn of events in her life completely changed who she is and what she has chosen to spend the rest of her life doing.
Perhaps a better way to state that would be unlikely bravery. The bravery to forgive. The bravery to share her vulnerable story to help others. The bravery to get tested for HIV well over 40 times. The bravery of dedicating her life to ending the stigma surrounding HIV and finding a cure for the disease itself. Kimberly Knight is many things, especially brave.
In a moment when she could have chosen a lifetime of anger and hurt, she chose forgiveness. She chose love. A decision she’s still surprised she made. She tells it best.
Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. The International Coffee Organization estimates that in 2016 over 151.3 million 60 kg bags of coffee were consumed globally. That’s well over 9 billion pounds of coffee beans!
We Americans super love our coffee ranking as one of the top coffee consumers in the world. Annually we import $4 billion in coffee beans and that’s the cost before it’s turned into coffee, espresso or some other variation of coffee. On any given day over 150 million Americans drink coffee and the average American coffee consumer has 3.1 cups of Joe a day. That’s over 465 million cups of coffee consumed, on average, every day in America. But with the math and onto the real question - is all that coffee good for us?
Valentine’s Day has come and gone and you’re still not in the mood. It’s easy not to feel frisky on Valentine’s Day when there seems to be a ton of pressure to be super sexy and have an expensive, passion filled night. The truth is no one feels sexy on cue, let alone when trying to make an intimate experience that matches up to society’s standards. It’s not only massively defeating, it’s bizarre, and yet we subject ourselves to that on some level.
Sex starts in your head. Stress, depression, anxiety and even a lousy day can kill the mood. If you’re not feeling sexy in your mind, you’re not going to get sexy vibes in your loins. It’s as simple as that. If you’re consumed with worry about the price of the lingerie - which makes you feel self-conscious anyway, not to mention is physically uncomfortable to wear - you’re not going to genuinely enjoy sex. If you can, set aside the things in your world that are stressing you out. That will do more to get you into "the mood" than any piece of lingerie.
Bookmark this article - you’re going to come back to it a lot.
Detoxing is all the rage. Everywhere you turn there is a new and improved detox diet, supplement, recipe or hack. What’s missing from all that, beside often legitimacy and safety, is the part where you reduce your exposure to toxins in the first place. Why is that? Probably because it’s not good for business. Also because the task of reducing toxins seems daunting when they are bombarding us from every direction.
As my favorite quarterback says, R-E-L-A-X.
Honestly you can’t completely eliminate all the toxins that you’re exposed to in this world, but you can significantly reduce them. It’s that whole adulting thing where we change what we can and accept the things we cannot change.
Other good news, reducing toxic exposure can save you money and also you have a fabulous liver whose primary job is detoxing our body. Drinking plenty of water, choosing organic foods, spending time in the great outdoors and getting plenty of sleep are other ways to reduce toxins in the body.
Some overlooked toxic culprits include beauty products, chemically scented candles, scented laundry detergents, fabric softener and, gasp, household cleaners. The very products we purchase to rid our homes of grit and grime can have seriously awful effects on our body.
When it comes to the beauty products and laundry detergent, we’re predominantly worried about toxins coming in through our largest organ, our skin. But our eyes and lips as other pathways for the toxins to enter. When it comes to scented products and cleaners, toxins can enter through our respiratory tract every time we breathe.
Stepping into the kitchen, the very cleaners we use to wipe down our counter tops, wash our dishes and wash our hands before we eat can end up in our food. Once a toxin is ingested, it’s going to be in your system for a long time until the body can get it out through your skin, urine or feces. In the meantime, it’s going to take a ride through your blood.
When have you checked a kitchen cleaning product to see if it’s food safe? No one does. We assume that if it’s meant to be used in the kitchen that it must be safe.
Set worry aside and save some money at the same time by making your own kitchen cleaners with the recipes below. Each of these recipes come in around $1 or less per solution. That’s crazy cheap for non-toxic soaps and cleaners that actually work. No store brand can beat the price, quality and safety of that!
In many ways, iron deficiency anemia is the nutrient deficiency that drains a person’s potential and quality of life. Not generally come to mind with nutrient deficiencies. But when you look closely you can see that both are significantly impacted with iron deficiency anemia symptoms such as inability to concentrate, chronically tired or fatigued, low energy, impaired cognitive function (ability to think well and rationally), decline in mood, constantly feeling cold, increased susceptibility to infections, and loss of hair. Imagine how all that affects the human experience, let alone school and work performances.
Other signs and symptoms include pale appearance (doc’s will use the term pallor), shortness of breath, general weakness, dizziness/light-headedness, poor appetite, brittle nails, cold hands/feet, chest pain, headaches, unusual cravings of non-food items (in pregnant women this is called pica), inflamed/sore tongue, tingling/crawling feeling in feet and legs, and the list of unfunness goes on and on.