Why Your Gut Health Is Everything 

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Most disease begins in the gut. Hippocrates even knew the importance of gut health more than 2,500 years ago. Talk about keeping or restoring a good gut seems to be everywhere these days and science has embarked on a flurry of research into the topic. It is clear, however, that gut health affects everything in your body, including the health of your skin, your mood, your digestion, and it can even trigger or prevent disease.

Below, we’ve outlined some easy steps you can take to improve your gut. Here’s our challenge to you: Once you’ve read the article, make changes right away. It’s easy to say to yourself, “I’ll look into this later.” Take action before your brain can interfere with that decision.

Take A Quality Probiotic

Probiotics help maintain healthy intestinal bacteria or microflora and including them in your diet is the easiest step you can take to help your gut. Like anything else, the quality of probiotics vary, so it’s important to ask a trusted medical provider or health professional which brand they recommend. We are happy to share the brands we like; just ask us! To get you started, here are a few traits to look for in your probiotic:

-Probiotic supplements should contain 5 to 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units).

-Encapsulated pills are the best form of probiotic because they help the bacteria survive the acid within your stomach.

-A wide range of bacteria strains is best because each strain benefits different areas of the body.

Eat Less Refined Sugar

Refined sugar has a bad rap for many reasons, and gut health is one of them. Sugar helps promote the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and can cause inflammation as well.

Reducing the amount of refined sugar you eat will do wonders for your body overall, so we can’t stress enough the importance of cutting the sweet stuff!

Stress Less

Easier said than done, we know! But there’s a reason stress is called the silent killer. Its effects are widespread within your body, and the gut is one place where stress can wreak havoc. Instead of focusing on its negative effects, try looking for simple ways to reduce your stress. Ironically, stressing about stress is not good for you either!

These ideas will lower your stress:

– Meditation. Practice makes perfect, so try it several times before deciding if it’s right for you.

– Exercise. Physical activity lifts your mood as it lowers your stress levels. If you can’t get to a gym, that’s okay. Just try walking for a half an hour, get active outside in the garden or go for a run with your dog.

– Laughter. Laughing releases endorphins in your brain that are critical to improving stress. If your partner isn’t as funny as he/she thinks, turn on a show or movie to get your happy tears rolling.

Making an active choice to reduce stress will help immensely. When you choose to handle tense situations with a lighter attitude, your stress will start to melt away. You will retrain yourself how to react in a manner that leads to a more peaceful existence.

If this article has you thinking about improving your gut health and you want to know more, tons of online resources can help you make a change for the positive. Remember, respect your gut and it will thank you!

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Get Ready For School

Tips for Going Back to School

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Preparing for the school year is a perfect time to make sure your kids are looking their best.

  1. For starters, getting a haircut or a new hairstyle is a must. Then, new clothes, new shoes and a new backpack. If your child doesn’t have to wear uniforms, it’s important to know what’s “in” and what is not. Make sure you check out the latest style before you go shopping.
  2. Teenagers want to have clear skin. You, as a parent, should want to help your teenagers to have self-confidence. If they are experiencing problems with acne, it’s best to get a jump-start on controlling it. Don’t wait until the acne is out of control. Make an appointment right away with the spa, 520-795-3341, to discuss specific facial options and treatments.

Make facials part of your child’s “getting-ready-for-school” experience. Not only will they have more confidence, but they will also feel and look better.

  1. School supplies. Many schools give you a list of what the kids will need for school supplies. Do not over spend! Buy only what they ask for.
  2. Remember a nutritious and delicious diet takes planning and commitment. Think ahead and plan healthy meals for your kids. Include vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Toss in some lean protein, nonfat dairy, healthy fats, and an occasional dessert so they are good to go.

For beverages, it’s water and more water. It will keep them hydrated throughout the day and doesn’t put on unwanted pounds.

We invite you to reserve a consultation and let the spa help you come up with a healthy plan for the entire family!

Call Lasala Spa Services

520-795-3341

http://www.LasalaSpaServices.com

7459 East Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, AZ 85715

20 Fitness Hacks for People Who Don’t Like Exercising

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Almost all of us could benefit by incorporating some fitness hacks into our days which would improve our odds of living a longer, healthier and more satisfying life.

But what about those of us who aren’t cut out to jog or work out at a gym? Are you a bit intimidated at the thought of starting an exercise program?

There are many ways to make small, easy changes to your habits that can make a real difference in your fitness. Start with some of these fitness hacks:

  1. Ride the bus to work? Get off a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way.
  2. Schedule walking meetings at work.
  3. Climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Start slowly if you want. Work on the 10th floor? Ride to the 8th floor and walk from there. After awhile, get off at the 7th floor. And so on.
  4. Stop fighting for the very closest parking space. Park further away instead of right next to the store and enjoy the walk.
  5. Pick up the pace and power walk, instead of strolling. It burns more calories.
  6. Walk while you talk on the phone. Maybe you talk to your mom every Saturday – make it part of your routine to take an hour-long walk while you chat. Maybe she will walk on her end of the phone, too.
  7. Walk your dog a little further every afternoon. Or take the route that goes up a slight incline. Don’t have a dog? Offer to walk the elderly neighbor’s dog regularly – everyone will be happy.
  8. Invite friends and go for a hike somewhere beautiful.
  9. Do yoga at home, maybe get a 20-minute, very accessible yoga video for complete beginners.
  10. Set a daily goal of sit-ups or pushups, and remember you don’t have to do them all at once. It’s okay if you’re starting from the very beginning. You can only do three sit-ups? Do that three times throughout the day and it will strengthen your abdominal muscles. Pretty soon you’ll be able to do more. Repeat.
  11. Keep a calendar where you mark down your movement each day. “Walked 60 minutes.” “Did 15 sit-ups.” As you start seeing the numbers mounting, you may be motivated to keep going.
  12. Sit all day at work? Look into a treadmill desk or FitDesk, which is a computer desk atop a stationery bicycle. Ride on and off throughout your day and you’ll have a good workout while getting your work done.
  13. Clean your house. Changing the beds, mopping the floor – it all counts. Feel good about getting in some movement while getting your house in order.
  14. Wash your own car instead of driving through the car wash.
  15. Mow your lawn with a push mower.
  16. Plant a vegetable garden and tend it regularly.
  17. Get a ping pong table and challenge the kids, your spouse and your friends.
  18. Do some stretches while watching TV.
  19. Standing in line somewhere? Do 20 reps of calf raises.
  20. Get a pedometer and use it (or use a fitness app on your smart phone). At least one study shows people increase their physical activity when they keep track of their steps.

Some of these ideas may work for you and some may not. Adding in physical activity to your day doesn’t mean you have to have a gym membership or invest in a treadmill. Keep in mind that anything that promotes healthy circulation also helps keep your skin healthy and vibrant! Be sure to stop by Lasala Spa Services of Tucson and let a spa professional help you select the products and treatments that will help boost beautiful skin all year round!

Lasala Spa Services   http://www.LasalaSpaServices.com

7459 East Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, AZ 85715

520-795-3341

Holiday Detox Soup

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There’s nothing better than curling up with a comforting bowl of delicious hot soup on a cold winter’s day! With the indulgence of holiday fare nearly behind us, it’s now time to cleanse our bodies with proper immune-boosting nourishment. This healthy and nutritious soup recipe contains detoxifying natural remedies such as fresh lemon juice and ginger along with vitamin-enriched vegetables that will cleanse, nourish and detoxify your body from the inside out!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 25-30 minutes| Serves: 6 | Calories: 228

Ingredients:

1/4 cup water (or vegetable broth)

1/2 of a red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 celery stalks, diced

3 medium carrots, diced

1 small head of broccoli, florets

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 teaspoon turmeric (powdered)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

a dash of fine-grain sea salt and black pepper

6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water)

2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn in pieces

1 cup purple cabbage, chopped

juice from 1/2 of a small lemon

Directions:

1) In large pot, add water and turn heat on medium-high. After it’s hot, add onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2) Add celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding extra water or broth as needed (another 1/4 cup).

3) Stir in powdered turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Add a dash of salt and pepper.

4) Add in water (or vegetable broth) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

5) Add in kale, cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.

Enjoy!

 

True or False? Natural products are less likely to cause breakouts.

FALSE:

There is no evidence that skin care products of natural origin are less likely to cause breakouts than those made with synthetic ingredients.

In fact, many natural skin care products contain natural oils that may be broken down in the follicle when applied, ending up as fatty acids, many of which are known to be comedogenic (clogs pores) or acnegenic (causes acne).

Coconut oil can be an acne trigger for some skin types.

Synthetic (non-natural) ingredients such as silicones and polymers do not break down or create fatty acids.

Additionally, essential oils can be  irritating to the follicles and many frequently used carrier oils for aromatherapy are known to be comedogenic. Lavender and citrus oils can be highly irritating on the skin and can be potentially phototoxic (a skin irritation or burn when exposed to light).

In addition, the term “natural” is not regulated and is merely a marketing term. ‘Natural’ can mean that only some of its ingredients are from a natural origin, all the other ingredients can be synthetic.

Always read labels and do your research to determine if the ingredients are safe.

 

True or Fals?

How To Keep Weight Off In The Fall

article2When the leaves change into beautiful fall colors and the cool, crisp air has us putting on a sweater, we instinctively reach out for hot comfort foods and warm drinks…think of hearty beef stew or delicious hot cocoa. Many people don’t count calories or limit their portions during this time; which is how weight slowly begins to creep on.

As the weather becomes cooler, it’s very important to create and stick to a healthy new eating strategy like the one outlined here, so you won’t have to work at taking off any added weight come spring:

1. Make Hydration A Habit – Drinking water regularly and daily is essential, no matter what season it is. During the summer, we never leave home without a bottle of water – but the cooler temperatures trick us into thinking that we don’t need to drink as much. Adding some lemon or berries to your water will give it a little flavor and it may encourage you to drink it more.

2. Eat Smart Carbs – Totally eliminating carbohydrates from your diet isn’t a good idea and neither is consuming too much of the wrong kinds of carbs. The best choice: eating smaller portions of healthier varieties of carbs, such as whole wheat bread and whole grain pasta.

3. Limit Holiday Food – Delicious holiday dishes such as apple pie, baked macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy and vegetables slathered in butter are very high in calories, which will mean extra pounds and an expanded waistline. By limiting your portions, you can still enjoy the taste of traditional holiday foods without consuming too much of them.

4. Invest In Your Fitness – Joining a gym is one of the best investments you can make in yourself this Fall season! Not everyone is motivated to work out when the temperatures drop and most people don’t have the time or space to exercise at home. Visit the gym as often as you can every week. This will help you stay toned, improve your cardiovascular health and stave off unwanted pounds.

5. Have Fruits & Veggies On Hand – Eating plenty of organic vegetables and fruits during the Fall season will boost your immunity and give you more energy to exercise and engage in your favorite physical activities. Not only that, but you can eat more of them to help you feel fuller longer!

6. Be Accountable To Yourself – You’re the only one who can encourage you to exercise regularly and stick to a healthy eating strategy! Relying on friends, family members or your significant other to keep you motivated and help you stay on track won’t help you out in the long run. Your desire for continued health and fitness should come from within.

Following these healthy tips and turning them into habits will help you remain fit and trim this Fall as well as carrying you through the winter months. With a solid plan for healthy eating, exercise and portion control, you’ll be able to slip into that holiday dress and be the belle of the ball! Reserve a consultation and let us offer you more suggestions on how to stay healthy and slim in Autumn!

Fall Back Into The School Rhythm

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With the lazy, hazy days of summer behind them, kids will be heading back to school for reading, writing and ‘rithmetic! Getting back into the rhythm of things can sometimes be a little slow-going for children.

Read this article to help you from the transition to back to school!

  • Encourage Their Independence.  Go over their morning and afternoon routines step-by-step so they’ll know what to do and how to do it without needing your assistance. Have them pick out what they’ll wear for school the night before so they’re not scrambling in the morning trying to find an outfit to wear.
  • Designate A Study Spot. Find a quiet place where they’ll do their homework, study for tests and put away their backpacks. This also serves as a quiet place for them to concentrate on their studies and keep distractions to a minimum.
  • Create A Daily Routine List. Have them write down what time they will start doing their homework after school, how they’ll organize their clothes the night before and other tasks they will be doing each day. Allowing them to be directly involved with creating a routine for themselves will encourage them to stick to it.
  • Important Phone Numbers. If you have not done so already, place contact information in your child’s backpack so they’ll know which relatives or caregivers to call if they happen to have an early dismissal or if they’re sick and need to be picked up. If your child has a smartphone, program these numbers on speed dial.
  • Teach Them Proper Facial Cleansing. It’s never too early to teach children how to take care of their skin. Stop by the spa and pick up the proper cleansers for your teens and/or your young ones so they can maintain healthy looking skin!

Once you have prepared your child for the upcoming school year, they will be ready with their backpack as well as their confidence and have a great year!

What’s Trending in Plastic Surgery?

mediHave you noticed that everyone these days seems to be getting better with age?  Look around…they actually look younger and more refreshed. There’s a reason for that.   The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports a continual increase in both surgical and nonsurgical procedures.  In fact, they indicate that Americans spent over $12 billion in 2014 on plastic surgery, and the trend is steadily growing.

The reason for all this self-improvement? Yep, you guessed it! The selfie! Social media continues to heighten the desire to undergo plastic surgery, as people of all ages participate in real-time conversations, selfies, and maintain a vivid presence on social media sites.

With that said, there are specific procedures that are leading the pack in popularity. One of the biggest trends is smaller breasts and larger buttocks.  Ample derrieres are all the rage this year…yes, everyone wants the Kim! And why not?  She looks stunning from head to toe!

Ultherapy is a great natural alternative to the more invasive surgery.

Fillers are a popular choice as they can now be used to enhance the jawline, nose, hands, breasts, and other areas to reverse the signs of aging.

And here’s the kicker!  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there is a drastic increase in the number of men requesting plastic surgery procedures. They report that men’s goals include a more balanced nose, a rejuvenated face, and a trimmer waistline. Welcome to the party, guys!

No matter the procedure, it’s obvious that Americans simply can’t get enough of plastic surgery. What will you enhance this year? Call So Lux MedSpa of Tucson at 520-795-3341 if you would like to consult with an Ultherapist or speak about injectables.

Becoming Immune to Your Beauty Regimen?

article1You have your beloved products lined up on your vanity, but as time goes by, they just don’t seem to be producing the phenomenal results you require. What’s up with that?  Is it possible that you have actually become immune to your arsenal of beauty?

While it may seem like your skin has become immune to your favorite products, it hasn’t! However, it can adapt to and eventually acclimate itself to some of the more irritating ingredients, such as glycolic acid and retinol. That’s why your esthetician generally begins treatments with these products in low doses and then slowly increases the potency to avoid irritation.

Furthermore, your skin’s needs may change due to age or environmental factors. Relocating to another area with drastic weather changes from what you are used to can affect your skin. In addition, aging skin is constantly changing.  The products you used in your 20s will not address the needs of your 40-something skin.  This is the time to consult with your esthetician for a homecare makeover.

And that’s not all.  We all love to try new things…especially when we turn on the television or log in to social media sites that overwhelm us with shiny, new products! Don’t get caught up in the hype.  You’ve heard the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If your current products are effective, continue to use them.

So chances are that you may not need to give up your favorite products. You don’t need to rotate your skin care regimen for fear of becoming immune. But if you’re not seeing the results you want, it’s always best to consult with your esthetician to determine the cause before throwing out your favorite products. You may simply need a minor adjustment.

Want to learn more?  Reserve your complimentary consultation now!

Call 520-795-3341

4015 East Paradise Falls Drive #131

Tucson, AZ 85712

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Fashion for your Skin

article2Fun fashion trends are quickly emerging, and they are hot! Enjoy chiffons, silks, and stripes that show off those sleek legs and sexy shoulders.  The slip dress has even made a comeback and it’s slinkier and sassier than ever!

Before you head out on that spring shopping spree, make sure you provide some fashion for your skin first…meaning, unveil hydrated, smoothed, healthy skin as the canvas for the bright colors and trends you want to strut around in this season.  Let us show you how!

Reveal radiant skin! As the weather is warming up, take this opportunity to get your skin in shape.  You must exfoliate and moisturize to reveal youthful, dewy skin.  Your spa professional can create a skin care regimen for both your face and body, and recommend the appropriate home care products to keep your skin glowing this spring.

Speaking of homecare products… Over-the-counter products, no matter how expensive they are, do not deliver the results that cosmeceuticals, such as our PCA SkinCare, provide.  The main differences between over-the-counter and cosmeceutical products are the active ingredients being used, their amounts, and the level of penetration into the skin.

Hydrate and renew your skin’s moisture balance with a body scrub.  Then, moisturize!!  Your therapist can recommend a perfect at-home moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and supple.

And don’t forget…water is crucial for healthy, vibrant skin.  Drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water each day. Staying hydrated inside and out is the key to a healthy body and beautiful skin. Your skin needs water. Drink up!

So show off your swagger this spring!  Traipse around in those trendy new outfits, and reveal luminous, sexy legs, shoulders, and chest! Click here www.SoLuxSpa.com or call 520-795-3341 to reserve your consultation and let us help you achieve beautiful skin!