Spring Cleansing: Mind, Body, & Home {HEALTH & WELLNESS}

Spring Cleansing
Spring is almost here and readying its blossoms. This is the time when we emerge from our layers and unburden ourselves from Winter’s sedentariness. We often lighten from the outside by cleansing our homes of clutter and excess. And, we cleanse from the inside by purifying our minds and bodies.

Many have watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, Tidying Up, that offers ideas on how to organize and purge our homes of clutter, allowing us to open up and brighten our spaces. We tackle this by letting go of material items and clearing our homes of the years of amassed clothing, shoes, and books. We’ve ‘KonMari-ed’ our home and recently took on our sister’s kitchen cupboards! We felt a bit like Monica Geller from the television show Friends (if you know what we mean :)), but we got the job done!

For our bodies, cleansing may include exfoliating the dead layer of Winter’s skin that has been hidden underneath heavy, thick clothing. Also, choosing the right foods including leafy greens like kale, watercress, and arugula and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods like ginger, garlic, turmeric, lemon, and berries can help to heal and protect our bodies (we’ll include some of our favorite green smoothie recipes in an upcoming post).

For our minds, cleansing our thoughts may feel like the most challenging task. Because how do we stop our minds from drifting, especially to negative thoughts that can affect both our minds and bodies? What can we do?

For us, taking long walks gets our body moving and allows us to reconnect with nature from which we draw inspiration and to clear our thoughts. Life’s details snare us. So, we turn off our cellphones and disconnect from the social noise so that we can reflect in the beauty before us and, most importantly, the beauty within us. We admire the perfect imperfections of nature. Not every tree is perfect. There are many with fractured branches. But that’s what gives each tree its character. Not all the rocks are uniform in shape. Yet, the variations in shape allow for greater contrast and a varied flow in the waters. It’s the combination of these differences that create the perfect picture that we call life. So, take a step back and breathe. Let the fresh air purify your body and mind.

More recently, we’ve also found that meditation can help to clear our minds, especially of any negativity and distractions that can draw us down a seemingly endless rabbit hole. As we researched the meditative practice, we reviewed material from Oprah Winfrey, Marie Forleo, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Dan Harris whose book, 10% Happier, gave us a good understanding of how meditation can help many to be more centered in their personal and professional lives. Meditation takes time and discipline to effectively incorporate into our day-to-day lives but it’s a practice that can help us remain focused on what’s most important…our health and well-being.

For us, we’re still working on honing the meditative practice. Oftentimes we find it hard to stop thinking about the dishes that have piled up in the sink or the loads of laundry that need to be washed, but we’re working on that :).

Choose the practice that feels most comfortable to embrace into your life. Take the time to disconnect from the social noise so that you can reconnect with your inner self. It will help to disentangle from the minutia and allow your mind and body to cleanse.

Thank you for being kind to your body.

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Champagne looks, Prosecco prices…we love these looks!

We’re getting a taste of Spring this weekend when we pop up at West Elm in the Upper West Side (Broadway & 60th St)! So, join us on Saturday, February 16th, from 12pm to 5pm to Spring-ready your home and your skin! We can’t wait to see you!!!

A treat for you…

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we have a treat for you!!! Now through February 14th, receive a complimentary Foaming Facial Cleanser (a $25 value) with online orders of $75 or more *! Shop online at www.NaturallySusans.com. Happy Pampering 😊!

We’ve been keeping something close to our chest…

Select Naturally Susan’s skin care products are now available at West Elm on Broadway! This new venture leapt us into the new year and we’re so grateful for this opportunity. A heartfelt thanks to West Elm and to our NS Fans for continuing to be a part of our journey. We look forward to more wondrous adventures in 2019!

Our newest NS Fan made our day!

She travels frequently for her various acting roles and picked up some of our travel-friendly skincare essentials. We love it! It was wonderful meeting you and we hope you have a fabulous holiday! Thanks Margaret Colin ❤️!

[HEALTH & WELLNESS] Is it time for a GUT check?

IMG_5436Is your gut in balance? As we continue to research about the skin and proper skin care, we came across the term “leaky gut syndrome”. We found significant correlations between gut health and various skin and overall health conditions.

What is leaky gut syndrome? It’s when the lining of the intestinal walls are damaged, allowing undigested food and toxins to seep into the bloodstream, and the body begins to attack the foreign entities that invade it. Symptoms of this condition could include inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Celiac disease, food allergies, ulcers, Thyroid conditions, eczema, and other health and skin-related issues. This condition can be brought on by poor diet, medications, stress, and genetic predisposition.

Eating a balanced and healthy diet of mostly colorful fruits and vegetables, drinking sufficient amounts of water to flush toxins from our bodies, and making sure the flora (the microbiome – the community of microorganisms) in our gut is in balance are crucial. Proper gut health is critical in allowing our bodies to digest and absorb the nutrients and minerals necessary to maintain a healthy body and could alleviate some of the ailments that affect it.

So, how can we balance our gut microbiota? Including more probiotic foods into our diet such as miso, apple cider vinegar, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, Kombucha, and yogurt can help. Reducing and limiting the intake of alcohol, processed foods and sugars are also critical. If your immune system is compromised, it’s best to choose organic produce to limit exposure to harmful chemicals and pesticides.

Repairing the gut can take some time depending on how damaged it may be. Yet, healing and rebalancing the gut is important so that our bodies can remain healthy. Perhaps it’s time for a gut check with your medical practitioner. Your body will thank you for it.

We’re Popping Up at Williams Sonoma Home!

We’re topping off the month of June at Williams Sonoma Home in Chelsea! This weekend, we’re popping up at Williams-Sonoma Home (104 7th Avenue) from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come shop home decor and enjoy some of our cooling face and body mists…perfect for Summer! See you soon 😊!

Williams Sonoma Home

We’re here at Pottery Barn Broadway!

Come by and treat Mom to some good-for-the-body skin care products! We’re here (1965 Broadway & 67th Street) from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and we’re ready to share our love for all-natural beauty care. See you soon! Or, shop online at http://www.NaturallySusans.com

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