We thought with the beginning of the new year it would be great to go back to basics. So, let’s talk proactive health. Many people are reactive instead of proactive when it comes to their health. Reactive healthcare involves reacting to an adverse disease, condition or symptom. If you wake up one morning with a fever and body aches you may react by visiting the doctor. Depending on the doctor’s diagnosis, he may prescribe you with antibiotics to help your body fight the infection. Both you and the doctor are reacting to the symptoms. Proactive healthcare differs from reactive in the sense that action is taken before symptoms manifest. Rather than waiting until you feel the symptoms of the cold or flu virus, you can take a proactive approach towards your health by boosting your immune system with vitamin C, antioxidants, and by drinking plenty of fluids.

What’s New with Vicky

With the new year, Vicky has decided to step up her health regiment a little bit. Things that Vicky has incorporated are oil pulling on a daily basis, large doses of vitamin C on a daily basis and buckwheat cream. If you would like us to email you Vicky’s recipe for buckwheat cream simply email us at info@vwellhealth.com.

Weekly Read

Be proactive parents and ensure your child’s immune system! The following blog by Vicky DeRosa can help make it easier to provide your child with all the basic needs for a healthy lifestyle. Click to read!

Weekly Recipe

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Protect yourself from colds and flus with this Traditional Minestrone! The warm broth will soothe your throat and help you stay hydrated. The vegetables it contains give you the vitamins your body needs to stay strong.

• 16 ounces fresh tomatoes [diced]
• 10 ounces cannellini beans [ soaked overnight ]
• 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
• 3 cups filtered water
• 3 potatoes [ peeled and quartered ]
• 3 carrots [ peeled and chopped coarsely ]
• 3 celery ribs [ chopped ]
• 2 zucchini [ trimmed and cut into ½ cubes ]
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 clove garlic [ minced ]
• 1 yellow onion [ chopped ]
• 1 tablespoon dried basil
• 1/2 head cabbage [ thinly sliced]
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1/4 pound green beans [ trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces ]
• 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
• Himalayan sea salt [ to taste ]
• freshly ground black pepper [ to taste ]

1. Heat the oil in a large pot oven over a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté stirring occasionally, until soft and golden but not brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. (For healthier version, substitute chicken broth or vegetable broth for oil.)
2. Stir in the carrots and potatoes; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in the celery and green beans and sauté for 5 more minutes.
3. Stir in zucchini and sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
4. Add broth, water and tomatoes, with their liquid, to the pot. Stir in salt, basil, rosemary, pepper and bay leaf. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer covered, stir occasionally, 30-40 minutes.
5. Serve and enjoy!

Health & Beauty Tips of the Week

What’s the best cure for acne? Prevention! Many people suffer from acne and try everything to remove the problem, but they seem to miss the key point in acne treatment. The secret is in being proactive rather than reactive. It’s much harder to treat acne when it’s already on your face than to block it before it gets there.

Use facial cleansers!

One of the main causes for acne is dust and oil clogging your pores. The most effective way to react to this is by cleansing. It’s important that you don’t use ordinary soap, as it doesn’t help in clearing excessive oil, but actually causes an increase in oil production.
Without stripping your skin of its natural oils, coconut oil can eliminate any shine that appears at the end of the day. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, when you apply coconut oil to your skin it will eliminate moisture lost through your pores, leaving the skin healthy and smooth. Gently massage a squirt of coconut oil onto your face for about 30 seconds. Then apply a warm towel onto your face to open up your pores. Wait about 15-30 seconds, and then remove the oil by patting with a washcloth.

Follow a healthy diet!

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes and leafy green vegetables, and low in refined foods like white sugar and white flour, which can cause hormones to spike, can reduce or even eliminate acne!
Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupes and bell peppers are foods rich in Beta-carotene which can be converted in the body to vitamin A, another source of nutrients that helps to enhance selenium’s benefits to skin.
Oranges, tomatoes and melons are rich in vitamin C that can help protect your skin from scarring, acne can cause. Bioflavonoids, which often come from a C source (such as the white rind inside citrus fruits), also act as natural anti-inflammatory that can enhance the healing action of vitamin C.
Foods rich in protein can help a lot in repairing the cells and in fighting aging. Make sure that beans, nuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds and whole grains are in your diet!

Use facial scrubs on a regular basis!

Their exfoliating effects help remove the dead cells from the surface of your skin, thus preventing the creation of acne. Facial scrubs will make your skin look brighter and more radiant because black heads will no longer be visible. You can make your homemade natural facial scrubs using sugar and sea salt!
Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid boosts new cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps the dead cells hanging onto your skin. Pure cane sugar crystals work best, like this one. Mix the sugar crystals with your favorite massage oil (olive, jojoba, grapeseed, almond, etc.) to make a paste. Scrub on your face in a circular motion, rinse, wash as usual.
Sea salt is full of trace minerals that rejuvenate your skin, stimulate cell growth, and help your skin retain moisture. A sea salt scrub is great for dry skin. Mix with lavender essential oil and/or your favorite massage oil (olive, jojoba, grapeseed, almond, etc.) to make a paste. Scrub on your face in a circular motion, rinse, wash as usual.

Relax!

Stress is a leading cause for many conditions and diseases. Acne is no different. Although doctors still debate about the actual way stress causes acne, they have no doubt about the fact that it causes it. Try and find the reasons that lead to your stress and eliminate them. It may not be possible to remove all the stress from your life but for what is left, find a way to manage it- either meditation, exercise or whatever you find relaxing.

Detoxify!

Another cause for acne is the buildup of toxins. Once toxins build up and the kidneys and liver get overwhelmed, your body will start detoxifying through the skin, resulting in acne breakouts. This means that you should perform cleanses periodically. Hot water with lemon every day can help you since it detoxifies the body!

Ask Vicky

Q: I have felt very nervous and anxious for the last couple of months. Can I do something to decrease or eliminate this feeling?

A: Meditation on a daily basis and exercise at least 3-4 times per week can help you fight stress. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Regular exercise works as well as medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Q: My new year’s resolution is to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight. How can I achieve this goal?

A: Avoiding processed foods and sugar, drinking a lot of water and eating fresh organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains is a healthy start for 2017! You can also use healthy cooking methods like grilling, steaming or roasting your foods instead of frying them.

Weekly Inspiration

For this week’s inspiration we have decided to quote a humorous but oh so true military phrase!

The military’s phrase 6 P’s for optimum performance:

Proper
Planning
Prevents
Pitifully
Poor
Performance