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Keeping up with New Year's Resolutions

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Chances are that, by now, you have fallen off the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon. Research shows that almost 80% of New Year’s Resolutions are ditched before the second week in February. Overly lofty goal and aspirations can quickly fall by the wayside once the holidays are in the rear-view mirror and we settle back into the routines of our normal lives. I always start the year with a list of goals, and usually by the end of the month I am back to my old ways. This year, I made a resolution to eat fresh veggies every day (we’ve got a long and complicated history). In order to maintain these goals long enough to develop into healthy habits, I have noticed that two things help me to rediscover my aspirations: mindfulness and acceptance.

Mindfulness is a critical tool to that helps us to stay aware of our actions and thoughts.  It can be invaluable when setting and maintaining New Year’s Resolutions. Being mindful to the reasons why you chose that goal can hone down what is really important to you in the coming year. Instead of deciding to exercise more, examine what it is that makes you want to exercise more.  Why has it not happened already, and what do you need to change in order to attain this goal? Mindful examination of behaviors may lead you to create different resolutions. Instead of telling myself I need to eat more healthy, which is vague, it really comes down to adding more vegetables to my diet. When you feel as though you are falling off the wagon, ask yourself, “What am I doing that is detrimental to my efforts?”  It is way easier to microwave some leftovers than make a fresh salad, but is that necessarily the best for me? Mindfulness brings you to an objective place to analyze your actions and habits in order to move forward again.

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“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Creating new habits is really difficult and takes time. Acknowledging this is the first step to helping achieve those New Year’s Resolutions.  They don’t come overnight, and they will have obstacles. Accept slip-ups with grace, forgive yourself, and make the choice to get back in the game. By doing this, you not only show compassion for yourself, but allow the faults and failures that lead to true change over time. This helps gently reaffirm your original goal. It is fine to have a week or even longer where your goals fall by the wayside; that doesn’t mean that you have failed. Failure only happens when you stop picking up where you left off.

I hope you have success in your goals for 2019. If you slip up, remember to accept your obstacles with grace and keep on keepin’ on.

Posted on February 14, 2019 and filed under Mental Wellness, Self-care.

The Highest Quality Makes the Biggest Difference

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Here at the Pearl, we pride ourselves on the quality of products used during all our services. Supporting local businesses who create natural products is an integral part of our mission and vision.  What sets our nail services apart? Customized, organic, locally crafted products created exclusively the Pearl.

From start to finish, only the best is used to leave your hands and feet feeling amazing. Our salt soaks, sugar scrubs, and lotions are crafted by Keven, a locally-owned herbal apothecary that creates unique blends from the highest quality raw ingredients. These products are made exclusively for the Pearl Day Spa in micro-batches of no more than 15 at a time.  This means that we are able to provide you with a unique experience from the time you sit down in our pedicure chairs to the time you walk down our red brick stairs. Each of our 4 scents-- Wood, Spice, Bright, and Simply Herbal-- come with three products, which are not necessarily the same ingredients, but rather complementary scent profiles. As these are used throughout your nail service, you’ll notice how each scent layers, while your hands and feet are left feel smooth and hydrated.

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Our longer nail services also include a Bee Smooth Hydration restorative treatment, which is applied to the hands and feet. This warm oil penetrates deep into the skin, leaving it nourished and softer than ever before. Featuring beeswax and a blend of 9 oils, you can take care of dry and cracked skin without the worry of any artificial preservatives. Made here in Oregon from the highest ingredients, Bee Smooth also donates a portion of their profits to the OSU Agricultural program to support their ongoing efforts to save bees and their environments.

Finally, our lacquer nail polishes are all OPI brand, which is the industry standard for salons and spas alike. With a vast array of colors and finishes, you can expect an even and lasting coverage. Our gel polishes are from CND Shellac, the global leader in nail care products.  This gel polish stays on longer and comes off easily without causing lasting damage to nails.

High quality and sustainability are two key factors in deciding what products we use and sell here at the Pearl.  Whether you’re getting a pedicure, a massage, or spending a whole day with us, you can relax knowing that the products we use are of the highest standards.

Posted on February 14, 2019 and filed under Skincare & Beauty, Self-care.

The Value of (Dis)Connection

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When was the last time you ate a meal alone without looking at your phone or computer? If you are like the vast majority of people, myself included, electronic devices have crept their way into every aspect of your life. The average American spends close to ten hours a day in front of a screen—TV, phone, or computer.  That adds up, and can be detrimental to your physical and mental health.  Beyond being a distraction, this tech-heavy lifestyle can affect your health and wellbeing in numerous ways—but it doesn’t have to.  Here are some ways to turn off and tune back into real life.

Limit & Be Discerning

When you begin to limit the amount of tech-time throughout your day, it becomes apparent how often we tend to mindlessly indulge. Is it really beneficial to binge watch Law and Order for eight hours straight? Certainly not—I can think of a lot of things to instead that have a better impact on my mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.  Making impactful choices allows you to take control of the technology in your life, rather than becoming the proverbial slave to it. For example, once a week I only watch television I can learn something from—Nature docs, cooking shows, that sort of thing—for only an hour or so rather than all day.  This way, I feel good about the content I am watching, and I have time to put what I learn to good use.

Practice Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh often tells the tale of savoring a cookie as a child.  Sitting in his front yard, he would take his time eating and being present to all his surroundings.  In much the same way, we can be present to whatever it is we are doing, be it eating, walking, or even scrolling through Facebook.  

First, only do one thing at a time. In our crazy, hectic world, multi-tasking is so encouraged that we tend to forget just how to do one thing at a time. Instead of juggling three things at once, try instead sitting in the present with one.  Don’t check your email while scrolling through social media and watching TV in the background. Instead, do one thing with your full attention, and notice all the subtleties of it.

Second, slowwww dowwwnnnn. The average user looks at an Instagram post for one second. What’s the rush?  Try this—the next time you are looking at Instagram (or Facebook, or anything online) give each post 10 seconds.  Look at all the details, read the captions, give it some thought, and then when you are ready, move on to the next.  At first 10 seconds might seem like a lot, but you will retain much more information, and be more mindful in the process.

Check out— even for a little while

Taking breaks from the constant inundation of social media, news, and images can have a great impact on mental and emotional health. Consider designating one weekend a month as a “screen-free” weekend.  Take a hike, spend time face-to-face with loved ones, or even schedule a spa day as a way to honor the present moment away from distractions. By engaging in activities in which phone use is either discouraged or impossible, you engage more fully with your surroundings.

Can’t commit to a full weekend? Try enacting a screen curfew for yourself.  Studies have shown that the blue light emitted by handheld electronics such as phones and tablets can have a dramatic effect on your sleep cycle. By shutting off all the screens at a certain time in the evening, it can alleviate these effects, and promote deeper and more restful sleep.



The Problem with Parasites & Why You Should Know About Them

Parasites aren't just a problem for people living in developing nations. A growing body of evidence suggests well over 60 million Americans now have at least one kind of parasite inside their guts...and most people don't even know they're infected! Parasitic infections can cause a whole host of problems including chronic fatigue, digestive issues, and mineral depletion. It's important for everyone to know the risk factors, warning signs, and treatments in the event of a parasitic infection.

Parasites Could Be Anywhere

It's important for people to understand that some of the most common parasites aren't visible to the naked eye. Yes, some people nowadays are infected with long tapeworms and threadworms, but the vast majority of patients with parasites have microscopic bugs such as amoebas or flukes.

Some of the most common ways people get these parasites are by eating raw meat or fish (especially sushi or pork), traveling to developing nations, drinking contaminated water, or having sexual intercourse with someone who already has a parasitic infection. Even shaking hands with someone with poor hygiene or sleeping with a pet could infect you with a parasite.

As you could see, there are many ways in which a person can get a parasite.

Related: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/transmission/index.html

Signs of Infection

So, what are a few warning signs of a parasitic infection? Digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea are some of the most common. A few other issues patients may experience include fatigue, intense bloating/gas after meals, and sugar cravings.

Many people with parasites also suffer from a condition known as bruxism, which refers to grinding one's teeth while sleeping. It's also common for parasites to cause various skin issues like acne breakouts, eczema, or other rashes.

Related: https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/signs-and-symptoms-of-parasites-in-humans/

Holistic Treatments

Now that we know a bit more about parasites, how do we go about getting rid of them? Many holistic healers use a variety of anti-parasitic herbs, probiotic supplements, and a sugar-restrictive diet to kill parasitic organisms.

A few commonly used anti-parasitic foods include garlic, oregano oil, clove oil, grapefruit seed extract, and black walnut. Reducing sugar intake helps to starve out the parasites, and regular probiotic supplements help to rebuild a healthy immune system.

Throughout this treatment regime, it's important for patients to schedule regular massage and spa sessions to help deal with uncomfortable parasite die-off symptoms. In addition to reducing muscular tension, regular massages help flush the lymphatic system and naturally detoxify the liver. Alongside drinking plenty of purified water, massages greatly enhance healing during a parasite cleanse.

Related: https://www.verywellhealth.com/natural-remedies-for-intestinal-parasites-88232

Signs of Healing

As alluded to above, during a parasite cleanse you will most likely experience parasite die-off symptoms. As parasites die, they give off noxious fumes that could cause you to feel horrible. Sometimes our bodies can't deal with the toxic overload of all these harmful substances being released in such a short span of time. When this happens, we typically experience die-off symptoms, which could include headaches, diarrhea, increased fatigue, or vomiting.

Although it may appear that you're getting worse, die-off symptoms are actually positive signs of healing. To better manage these symptoms as they occur, it's recommended to schedule regular massages, drink plenty of water, and get good-quality sleep every night. You should also talk with a doctor experienced in detox symptoms to see if activated charcoal, bentonite clay, or enemas might help reduce die-off symptoms even further.

Related: https://microbeformulas.com/blogs/microbe-formulas/12-parasite-die-off-symptoms-and-how-to-fight-them

Why is No One Talking About It?

If parasites are so common, then why aren't members of the medical community talking about them? One reason is that many of the symptoms of parasites mimic other conditions like the common cold, eczema, or the flu. Many people mistakenly attribute their symptoms to some other disease and don't even think to ask for a parasites test.

Another reason for the under-diagnosis of parasites is that doctors nowadays aren't well trained in detecting these critters. Even if you go through a round of lab tests, doctors could still miss microscopic parasites.

There is Hope for People Suffering from Parasites

Parasites aren't something most of us like to discuss or even think about. Unfortunately, we all live in a very toxic world, and parasitic infections are becoming more common as people travel long distances. Thankfully, there are many all-natural remedies everyone could use should they come down with one of these nasty infestations.

Of course, all of us can also take preventative measures to help our immune system naturally ward off these bugs. Practicing good hygiene, eating probiotic-rich foods, including more veggies in our diets, exercising, and drinking plenty of purified water are a few great ways everyone can prevent ever getting infected with parasites.

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