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Malady Monday: Eczema

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Atopic dermatitis AKA Eczema is always itchy (if it’s not itchy then it’s not eczema)

It’s a chronic allergic condition characterized by areas of itchy, scaly rashes. 

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In ayurveda eczema is also called vicharchika.

There are 3 kinds:
Vata: DRY usually accompanied by constipation & anxiety; aggravated by cold and relieved with sesame oil
Pitta: INFLAMED red and burning; aggravated by heat
Kapha: MOIST cold, sticky, oozing, swollen; aggravated by dairy, oil, and sugar

Most common version is PITTA.

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What helps all 3 kinds of eczema:
Turmeric (anti-inflammatory) Sandalwood
Guggol

For chronic eczema take licorice after you have finished detoxing with triphala (take triphala at night)

Externally use ghee, aloe vera, turmeric, neem*, and tulsi

*NEEM: relieves pain and protects from secondary infection

Vata eczema
Sign of dehydration
Use sesame oil externally
Take castor oil internally
Eat sweet, sour, and salty foods
Take triphala, guggol, cardamom
Use ghee with triphala, neem, and cardamom

Pitta eczema
Avoid dairy, nightshades, oranges, peaches, strawberries
Also avoid sun and heat
Eat sweet, bitter, and astringent foods
Drink coconut juice
Internal: burdock, neem, dandelion, triphala, gotu kola, sandalwood, aloe, and amalaki
External: rose water, coconut juice, aloe, gotu kola, sandalwood oil, neem, and turmeric

Kapha eczema
Sign of poor digestion
Avoid heavy, greasy, and oily foods (especially cheese & yogurt)
Eat pungent, bitter, and astringent foods
Internal: thyme, triphala, ginger, cardamom, gotu kola, and dandelion
External: turmeric, neem, and chamomile

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Did you know your skin is your largest organ of elimination? So, if you are having skin problems you need to change what is going into your body.

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Perform a liver cleanse
Follow anti-inflammatory diet
Eat grass fed animals vs. Grain fed (acid producing)
Avoid caffeine
Eliminate milk which irritates your immune system

Try to get more sulfur into your diet (eczema can be caused by a sulfur deficiency)

Avoid shellfish (makes you itchy), hot spicy foods (adds dryness), and excess sugar and starch (adds dampness)

You can make a homemade salt and magnesium spray (magnesium flakes + Himalayan crystal salt)
Or take baths in the same solution

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Try using calendula lotion
Also try calendula tea + 5 drops of lavender oil 2x per day.

Other essential oils that can help are:
Bergamot, eucalyptus, juniper, Roman chamomile, lavender, & rosemary

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Add GLAs (gamma-linolenic acids) to your diet with Borage oil and Evening Primrose Oil (500mg, 2x per day)
Also add Omega-3s
Take fermented cod liver oil
Take vitamin c, vitamin d, and vitamin e

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Don’t use soap and avoid wool
Wear cotton-lined gloves when washing dishes

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Let me know in the comments some things that have helped you find relief and healing from eczema.

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A quick pick-me-up playlist for August

I listen to a lot of music while I’m doing massages and (thanks to my Songza app) I’m always getting exposed to new stuff.

So, I thought I would start sharing the love!

Here’s my August playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKcuyDIHajOQEuhqUuKB51iQ36BO4fjfX

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Malady Monday: Mucus in Your Colon

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First things first, is it mucus or mucous? I’m going with mucus….

Mucus is basically dampness in your large intestine. Forms as a defense against excessive dryness. (The body is constantly trying to achieve balance)

Even intestinal rumblings are caused by dampness in intestines.

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Usually a sign that spleen is impaired. (What is the spleen anyway?! Find out HERE.)

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What causes dampness in the large intestine?
Worry, pensiveness, and overwork
An excess of kapha and ama
*Incomplete digestion (when food stays in the intestine it ROTS….mucus=host of putrefaction. YUCKY!!!!)

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Fun Fact: Metabolism of female hormones takes place in the intestines. Imbalanced hormones occur when hormones are not broken down effectively (usually due to antibiotics usage).

What should I avoid??
Too many sweet, sour, and salty foods and drinks.

**Also try to avoid fat, milk, cheese, sugar, white flour, bread, pastries especially in the EVENING.

What can help??
Drying, astringent, and pungent foods, drinks, and herbs.

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Foods:
Quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar, pears, APPLES, cranberries, pomegranates, figs

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If intestinal mucus is a big problem for you, one day a week try to eat only vegetable soup.

Spices:
Ginger, pepper, cayenne, tumeric, fennel (very cleansing)

Drink: (drink between meals instead of with them….strengthens digestion)
Plenty of water
Warm water with cayenne, lemon, and honey
Buttermilk
Teas made from the following helpful herbs

Helpful Herbs:
Rhubarb
Senna
Chamomile
Slippery elm
Dandelion
Mint

Also Helpful:
Bentonite clay (very useful for cleansing)
Triphala
Aloe
PROBIOTICS

Helpful Acupressure Points:
ST 36, ST 40, ST 44, LI 4

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(LI 4…. BONUS: Also treats headaches)

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(Leave a comment if you find this helpful or if you have anything to add!)

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Testimonial Time: Why My Clients Love 90-Minute Massages

I asked my adorable, wonderful clients why THEY love their 90-minute massage sessions with me. Here’s what they had to say.

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Anne:
“The extra 30 minutes makes a huge difference.

It seems that it takes my body and mind 60 minutes to completely let go.

The extra 30 allows my body to experience that much more relaxation and healing while all stress is gone.”

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LeeAnn:
“I tried it because: if 60 was so great, 90 must be even better!

Makes a big difference – since starting them I haven’t experienced the pinched nerve in my neck that usually occurs every couple of months!

I would DEFINITELY recommend trying a 90 minute massage – it allows extra time to be spent on areas that need extra attention, plus it’s 30 extra minutes of JOY!”

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Lynne:
“There’s nothing like a 90-minute refreshing. Joy is especially suited for thorough massage. I like how she gives a total experience.

I schedule one every month with her year of massage.

Time to really relax and renew.”

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Allison:
“I’d never had a 90 minute massage before and thought I’d treat myself to one.

What I loved about it was that I got to enjoy a full body massage, & actually have time to also work on problem areas a little more. 

If you’re having pain in a particular area and need some attention given to it, a 90 minute massage is the best way to do that.

It also allows for a longer relaxation period.

I LOVE them!”

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If you would like to schedule a 90-min massage, feel free to contact me at joyboardman@gmail.com!

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Holistic Help for Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

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KP (keratosis pilaris)

Aka chicken skin or goose flesh

Affects 50% of adolescents–more women than men 

(usually clears up by age of 30)

Also affects 40% of adults 

Affects people who have Celtic backgrounds

Similar to eczema only not itchy

Caused by hyperkeratinization (over production of keratin: it multiplies faster than it sheds) around hair follicles on skin

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Keratin is the hard protein that strengthens hair and nails. 

KP is acne-like and accumulates on upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. 

It’s a vata, dry skin condition 

Moisturizing skin is key to treating KP

Massage with sesame oil 

Coconut oil (especially combined with ACV)

Magnesium oil 

MSM lotion (REALLY GOOD!)

Also Exfoliate

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Exfoliating improves circulation, prevents clogging of dead skin cells, and removes build up of keratin

*Do not rub hard and cause irritation (or body will protect itself by producing MORE keratin!!)

Use coconut oil and sugar to scrub body 

Also make sure to dry brush before every shower!

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Do a liver detox (liver blood is not nourishing your skin) 

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Use a humidifier in the winter

Eliminate:

Corn products

Wheat

Dairy (KP is often caused by an intolerance to casein “dairy proteins”)

Try to eliminate dairy first for 6 weeks

And then meat for 6 weeks before reintroducing 

See if you notice a difference

In body care avoid sodium lauryl sulfate 

Suppliments:

Ashwaganda

ACV (apple cider vinegar)

Magnesium (100-300mg)

*Vitamin C (reduces inflamation and ingrown hairs)

*Zinc

Borage oil 

**Cod liver oil 

Vitamin D

Vitamin K2

Most importantly:

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Vitamin A 

The most widely recognized nutritional deficiency of recent times

Take MORE Vitamin A in cold weather 

Eat cows liver & egg yolks (which also contain Vitamin D)

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Herbs:

Burdock

Marshmallow

Calendula

Drink

Plenty of water (3 liters)

1 pint of carrot juice every day

Raw milk instead of regular milk

Eat

Ghee (clarified butter)

Omega-3s (Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds)

More greens (your body needs more chlorophyll)

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I have personally struggled with KP ever since I can remember so I’ve been wanting to do this research for a looooooong time.

Let me know which things help you!
Remember it’s important to heal your body from the inside out!

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Movie Monday: My Afternoons with Margueritte

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It stars Gerard Depardieu which on it’s own would be enough to win me over.

It’s about a sweet, illiterate man who befriends an old woman who lovingly teaches him how to read and what it’s like to be appreciated.

It’s a love story. Not a romance. More like soulmates.

“It’s not a typical love affair, but love and tenderness, both are there. Named after a daisy, she lived amongst words, surrounded by adjectives in green fields of verbs. Some force you yield to. But she, with soft art, passed through my hard shield and into my heart. Not always are love stories just made of love. Sometimes love is not named but it’s love just the same. This is not a typical love affair I met her on a bench in my local square. She made a little stir, tiny like a bird with her gentle feathers. She was surrounded by words, some as common as myself. She gave me books, two or three Their pages have come alive for me. Don’t die now, you’ve still got time, just wait It’s not the hour, my little flower Give me some more of you. More of the life in you Wait Not always are stories just made of love Sometimes love is not named. But it’s love just the same”

Watch the trailer for My Afternoons with Margueritte here.

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Euphoria Friday: April 4, 2014

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Awesome
Why Tom Hanks is awesome. (Just a few reasons of MANY) The gif at the end!!
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Helpful
Here’s everything that makes us happy in one infographic.

How to stop feeling like an imposter at work. (This is great for those of us who own our own businesses.)

Have you heard of neem? Here’s 14 uses for the oil.
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DIY
Make adorable little bows, using a fork!

Create a year-round salad garden. Don’t forget separate containers for tomatoes! (Tomatoes are vital for yummy salads….)

Speaking of yummy: how DELICIOUS do these Spring samosas look? I can’t wait to try them!! Samosas are magical….

Also: hash brown waffles. (yet another use for my Cinderella waffle maker!)

Mint-infused honey….so lovely!!
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Malady Monday: Burning feet

20140318-103339.jpgHave your feet ever gotten really hot at nighttime?

It’s actually a form of neuropathy caused by impaired circulation and weakened nerves.

What can you do to make it stop?
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Most importantly: GET HYDRATED!

You need to improve any kidney deficiency and the best way to do that is to up your intake of water.

Make sure to take:

•Vitamin E

•EFAs (essential fatty acids)

****B vitamins, especially B-3 (niacin) which will strengthen weakened nerves and prevent them from breaking. B-6 and B-12 will eliminate any pins and needle sensations.
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You can also take:
ginkgo
Chlorophyll
Dandelion (look for it in tea form)
Gotu kola
Grapeseed

Avoid alcohol as it messes with your circulation.

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Euphoria Friday: March 28th, 2014

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Smart
🌸Amy Poehler is such a wise and lovely woman!

🌸Did you know?! Taking too many pictures affects our ability to form detailed memories! So, maybe it’s a good thing that I didn’t take any pictures at my 2-year anniversary spaghetti dinner party….

🌸A painting tells us how to be less selfish. The website has other topics that art can help with as well.

🌸Ever wanted to disappear? Here are step-by-step instructions for deleting yourself from the entire INTERNET.20140322-121629.jpg

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Funny

🌺Ellen + funny tweets = 💕

🌺Cats are liquid and these pictures are proof.

🌺I love old quirky/strange inventions….
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International
🌷People painted as flags eating the food of their country. Bizarre and beautiful.

🌷A birds-eye view of different countries. Stunning.

🌷The world’s poorest coolest president. “It’s not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, who is poor.”
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DIY
•Learn how to screen print! (Click)

•Create a springtime atmosphere in your home!

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Quick guide to improving your heart meridian

20140318-095850.jpgBelonging to the element Fire, the Heart Meridian is associated with warmth, laughter and enthusiasm.

When balanced:

Tranquility, gentleness, emotional balance, spirit, love, integrity, optimism, emotional and spiritual growth, zest for life, control of thoughts and senses, conscience and wisdom.

Peak Hours: 11 am – 1 pm

20140318-095912.jpgBecomes distressed when you’re not following your heart but are doing something just “to pay the bills”

Physical Imbalances:
shortness of breath, cold feeling in the chest and limbs, palpitations, cold sweat, inability to speak, memory failure and restless sleep.

Emotional Imbalances:
The heart is the ruler of all emotions. Signs of imbalance include sadness, absence of laughter, depression, fear, anxiety, hysteria, erratic behavior, alternating joy and melancholy, dullness, yearning for love, jealousy and sorrow.

20140318-095920.jpgSince your heart meridian is related to anxiety:

Don’t drink any more coffee; green tea is much easier on your heart.

Also add Ginseng, currents, & corn into your diet.

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Quick guide to improving your Gall Bladder meridian

20140317-142257.jpgGallbladder: courage and initiative 20140317-142109.jpgPeople who are timid, indecisive, and easily discouraged by slight adversity, are said to have a weak Gall Bladder

Decisive and determined people are said to have a strong Gall Bladder.20140317-142143.jpgYou can negatively influence your gallbladder by:
Holding onto resentment

The result:
Tension headaches, fatigue, discouragement

What if I don’t have my gallbladder?

You still have your gallbladder meridian.

Having the Gallbladder removed effects the ability to make decisions, this type of person can get overly concerned about small details and lose the big picture of things.
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Quick dietary tips for strengthening your gall bladder meridian:

To release stagnation eat more:
•rosemary
•radishes
•artichokes
•leafy greens

Drink more:
•apple, lemon, and ginger juice
•Dandelion tea
•nettle tea

Avoid:
eating sugar
fat consumption (and reduce oil)
late-night eating

20140317-142117.jpgFind even more gallbladder help here (just in time for spring!)

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Euphoria Friday: March 7, 2014

This week:20140306-202245.jpgI’m dog-sitting the cutest dog in the universe.20140306-202151.jpgMy friend Anne came over to help me give him a bath!20140306-202204.jpg

Random fun:20140306-202254.jpg20140306-202305.jpgI don’t totally agree with this list of favorite Whedon characters: no Angel?! No Giles?

My favorites list would be:

21) Adelle (badass)
20) Kaylee (adorable)
19) Victor (so much fun to watch)
18) Oz (terse and deep)
17) Echo (and all of her roles in Dollhouse) (I loved watching her change--really made me respect Eliza Dushku)
16) Fred (because she's Fred!)
15) Lilah (badass)
14) Harmony (clueless)
13) Alpha (insane)
12) Druscilla (insane)
11) Buffy (adorable)
10) Willow (funny and sweet)
9) Topher (geeky and lovable)
8) Glory (insane)
7) Xander (sweet and goofy)
6) Giles (awesome & British)
5) Cordelia (speaking her mind--and winning my heart)
4) Angel (sexiness)
3) Wesley (for becoming a badass)
2) Anya (always speaking her mind)
1) Spike (cheekbones, sexiness, EVERYTHING)

**that was my geek-out moment of the day**

Love:
•I’m so in love with Random Acts of Kindness (like these ones). Maybe when I pay off my loans that’s what I’ll do the next month: just leave money around for people to find and pay for the person behind me :)
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•Along those same lines here are 100 ways to tell your child (or anyone, really) how much you love them. Because love is important!
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•Have you ever taken the Meyers Briggs personality test? I’ve actually recently become more of an ESFP but for a long time I was an ENTP so I love this article on the care and feeding of your ENTP. (some of it still really resonates with me)

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Make it!
•I love this super cute gift tag DIY.

•I’m kind of obsessed with easy-to-make food that looks totally complicated like braided Nutella bread and eggs with heart-shaped yolks.
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Pure Happiness:
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Debt-free by July 2014: progress report

I’m less than $1000 away from the halfway point!

At this point I’m starting to wonder what I’ll do to celebrate and how much it will change my life to be debt free.

My ultimate goal is to be debt free by my birthday in July. But I know that it’s more realistic to expect to make it happen by November.

If you’d like to help there are two ways to do so and there will be more ways coming soon!

1) If you live in Staunton, schedule a massage!

My current specials are: 20140305-122121.jpgcontact me at JoyBoardman@gmail.com to schedule.

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2) The second thing you can do (especially if you aren’t local) is shop in my etsy shop!

www.ArtisticDrama.etsy.com

I’ll be posting my March bath crystals soon! (Aromatherapy Epsom salts which are awesome for sore muscles and detoxifying your body!) I have new ones every month and specially crafted for every zodiac sign.

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Nourishing Your Kidneys, Part 1: What 4 things to drink for healthy kidney filtration and kidney detox

If you're suffering from kidney stones makes sure to check out this post as well (click)

“The solution to pollution is dilution”

The more you drink, the more waste your kidneys will be able to remove from your body!

**Make sure to drink warm or room warm temperature drinks instead of ice-cold drinks. **

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#1) Water:
Try to drink at least 2 litres of water/ day.

Drink water in large quantities (instead of little sips here and there) throughout the day– this flushes your kidneys more effectively.

(Your bodies’ absorption of water can be further improved by taking a pinch of high quality Sea Salt at the same time as drinking.)

**Add a squeeze of lemon juice to your water as well for extra detox: it actually alkalizes your blood!**
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#2) Fruit juices:
•Drink cranberry concentrate with water each morning.

•Drink plenty of fresh sweet or sour fruit juices (pineapple, orange, apple, lime, grape etc.)

•Apple juice will energize you

•blend: watermelon or pineapple+green apple+mint
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#3) Vegetable juices: (Have a vegetable juice each day to encourage liver detoxification and kidney filtration.)

•Carrot juice+wheat grass+celery+parsley

•celery+parsley+cucumber+half a lemon+water

•fresh beetroot+carrot+celery+ginger

•carrot juice+spirulina (energy boost and the cleansing power of chlorophyll)

•carrots+beets+cucumbers (refreshing and cleansing)

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#4) Herbal teas: (gentle diuretics)
•Dandelion Leaf

•Green Tea

•Parsley tea:boil 2 cups of parsley and let it steep

(**parsley detoxifies the kidneys and is beneficial in treating an preventing kidney stones**)

•Watermelon seed tea made with 2 tsp. of watermelon seeds in a cup of hot water

(For information on preventing kidney stones click here)

March is Kidney health awareness month (which is actually kind of awesome because I've been TRYING to get these kidney posts finished and it just wasn't happening and now- hey! It's the perfect month for them, yay.

If you are interested in kidney health I have LOTS of information I’ll be posting all month long so keep coming back!