Detox_April Likins
Clean Living & Wellness

Detox Your Body, Mind, and Home with These 3 Easy Steps

When you hear the word "detox," does your mind automatically think about health fads like juice cleanses and fasts? If so, you're not alone. However, there are many more ways to renew your mind, body and soul. Here are three simple steps that will help you cut through the noise and renew your whole self. 1. Detox Your Diet When it comes to food, detoxing is all about eliminating toxins from the body that cause inflammation in the gut and disrupt the body's natural waste removal process. Foods to limit include refined flours that contain additives and preservatives without any
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Self Love_April Likins
Clean Living & Wellness

Why Self Love Matters

People often say, "You have to love yourself before you can love others." And while you may have heard this in the context of cheesy dating advice, self love is, in fact, a necessary step in living a happy life. It’s true that we cannot give to others that which we don’t first possess. What Is Self Love? Self love is all about learning to show up and care for ourselves in all seasons of life in the same way we do for others. It means showing ourselves grace and compassion regularly, regardless of what the scale says, how we
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Finding Your Purpose | April Likins
On My Heart

Finding Your Purpose and Living It Authentically Every Day

You, my friend, are one in a million. I believe wholeheartedly that you are here for a specific purpose and reason ― something only you can do, with lives and circles of influence that only you can impact. There’s freedom and joy in finding your purpose and living your life in alignment with it. Have you tapped into that sweet spot?⁠ Finding Your Purpose Through Your Story Life always seems to make the most sense to me in hindsight. There’s no handbook or straight path to take along the way. Life is full of zigs and zags, detours, immense highs
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Nurturing Your Gut Microbiome | April Likins
Clean Living & Wellness

How to Improve Your Health & Skin by Nurturing Your Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome is one of the hottest areas in science right now – one that is rapidly evolving globally, and rightfully so, considering it’s been linked to everything from our brain health, immune systems, chronic disease, our weight, our moods and more. “Our immune system is central to all aspects of our health… If the gut bacteria are healthy, it’s likely that the immune system is running well. If the gut bacteria are not healthy, we are at increased risk of developing autoimmune diseases and cancer.” – Dr. Andrew Weil Bacteria are everywhere and they are essential to our
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BeautyClean Living & Wellness

The Best CBD Oil Products to Add to Your Wellness Routine

From creams to tinctures to gummies, CBD products are popping up everywhere, so it can be difficult to know where to begin when searching for a high-quality product. If you follow the latest beauty trends, you may have seen that products infused with CBD oil are making a splash right now, yet there’s still some confusion surrounding it. CBD (short for cannabidiol) is derived directly from the hemp plant and while, yes, it is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), it alone does not cause a “high" or psychoactive effects. The World Health Organization reports CBD has no effects
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Curb Cravings - April Likins
Clean Living & Wellness

5 Ways to Curb Cravings (and the Extra Pounds)

Sweet tooth? I hear you! Sugar cravings can be one of the biggest roadblocks in a person’s health and wellness journey. They're powerfully addictive. Studies have shown sugar can be as addicting as cocaine, stimulating the same brain signaling pathways that signal dopamine. And while a little extra sugar consumption may not seem like a big deal, year after year, if these habits continue, the weight can add up.  It can also lead to things like obesity, insulin dysregulation, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, premature aging, and worsening menstrual cycles. High sugar consumption has also been linked to depression and
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Favorite Beauty Products | April Likins | Glow Be Lovely
Beauty

Clean Beauty Products I’m Loving Lately

My journey to cleaner living started more than a decade ago when my father was diagnosed with an aggressive hormonally driven cancer. Ever since I’ve been mindful about what I put into my body and onto my skin, because this can directly influence our health and hormones. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite non-toxic beauty products that have become part of my daily routine. (I think you’ll love them too!) Beauty Products You'll Love Skin Gym Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller: Facial rollers are an easy self-care ritual for relaxing and improving circulation. Regular massaging can reduce puffiness and drain
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Clean Living & Wellness

Practical Ways to Cultivate More Joy By Practicing Gratitude

Have you ever met someone who radiates joy? They are positive, happy and upbeat and seem to be truly enjoying and thankful for life. It’s hard not to pause and notice. It’s easy to assume they were just born with some rare personality trait you don’t have and that’s where their joy comes from. Or maybe they have more resources, more friends, a better job, a more loving spouse… an easier life? What if happiness, contentment and joy aren’t feelings based on our circumstances but are instead something we can cultivate from within? The reason why some live more joyfully
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Fall | Glow Be Lovely
On My Heart

Fall Always Feels a Little Bittersweet…

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I love the cool, crisp air and the spectacular array of colors that can be seen as the seasons gradually transition to the next. Watching the leaves slowly twirl and fall from the sky reminds me to stop and be more present in the moment. (Which is easier said than done when your mind is always thinking, thinking.) As much as I look forward to and love the fall, it also reminds me of a very painful season in my life, when my father was gradually dying from a long battle with cancer.
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Reduce Anxiety | Glow Be Lovely
Clean Living & Wellness

8 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Naturally

You can't be everything to everyone... But it's easy to forget that in our fast-paced world. We're often pulled in so many directions, it's understandable to feel anxious and overwhelmed. Feeling that way on a regular basis, though, is harmful to our health and can lead to frequent headaches, premature aging, poor short-term memory and more. If you're feeling stressed and easily overwhelmed, turn to these eight ways to reduce anxiety naturally. 1. Slow Your Breathing According to Dr. Libby Weaver, there is a part of our nervous system that's dedicated to making us feel calm and peaceful. And the
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