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Derma rolling, also known as micro needling, was first used by German dermatologist, Ernst Kromayer, to treat scars, birthmarks and hyperpigmentation. Today micro needling can easily be done at home or in the dermatologist’s office.

Derma rolling benefits include:

  -Reduces scars

  -Reduces wrinkles

  -Reduces stretch marks

  -Increases skin thickness

  -Enhances product absorption

  -Reduces acne scarring

  -Reduces skin discoloration

  -Improves hair growth

  -Promotes collagen production

  -Improves skin elasticity

It is best to start with a small (.25mm) needle and slowly work your way up to .5mm, 1mm and 1.5mm size. Anything over 1.5mm should be done in a doctor’s office. If your skin is sensitive you can prepare your skin with lidocaine cream prior to rolling. Make sure your face and hands are washed, and the roller is disinfected with alcohol.

The .25mm roller can be used every other day; the .5mm 1-3 times per week, the 1mm every 10-14 days, and the 1.5mm every 3-4 weeks. After treatment the skin will readily absorb any skin care product. Vitamin C serums, niacinamide creams, epidermal growth factors and hyaluronic acid are the most recommended after treatment products. Here is an affiliate link to my favorite .5mm roller by Koi Beauty.

To learn how to derma roll, watch this short demonstration video:

In 1987, David Kibbe, a New York based image professional published a book called, Metamorphasis, which illustrates his own body typing system. Kibbe’s book is detailed and comprehensive, breaking the body types into 5 main categories:

  -Dramatic (yin)




  -Romantic (yang)

Kibbe’s typing is broken down by bone structure, basically starting with yin lines (rounded, soft, curvy, feminine), and at the opposite end is yang (sharp, angular, masculine, and prominent features). Think Marilyn Monroe as the yin, rounded type and model, Tilda Swinton, on the opposite end of the spectrum as the yang or sharp type.

All other body types fall somewhere in between the two extremes of yin and yang. Between the dramatic and romantic types there are mixtures of types; classic, which is an even balance of the two, not too rounded and not too sharp. Think grace Kelly on this one. Then there’s the gamine, which is also a mixture of round and sharp, but containing both sharp and rounded lines, not a blend of the two mixed together. Halle Berry is an example of a gamine. Lastly, there is the natural body type, which falls between the classic and dramatic types, having very few yin features. Blake lively is a good example of a natural type.

Kibbe breaks each of the 5 types further ending with 13 sub-types as follows:

  • Dramatic
  • Soft Dramatic
  • Natural
  • Flamboyant Natural
  • Soft Natural
  • Classic
  • Dramatic Classic
  • Soft Classic
  • Gamine
  • Flamboyant Gamine
  • Soft Gamine
  • Romantic
  • Theatrical Romantic

Each of the basic five types are broken down into softer or more angular versions of that type.

This may all seem confusing and overwhelming but there are tests online you can take to determine your type as well as a ton of information on the Internet. Kibbe takes into account your overall bone structure, face structure, the shape of your hands, the length of your limbs, etc. Your body type will not change with age or with weight gain and the guidelines will work for men as well as women. Kibbe’s goal is not to change or bring balance to your body type but rather to work with your natural body lines. By wearing the correct clothing, jewelry, and hair for your body type you will look your best. Imagine Grace Kelly with long, tousled hair and loosely fitting bohemian style clothing, it just doesn’t work with her classic body type.

For a comprehensive guide to the Kibbe body types, click here:

For further information, check out this video by Aly Art:

The evidence of beetroot dates back to Neolithic civilizations in both Egypt and the Netherlands. Ancient Greeks cultivated beetroot in 300 B.C. and only ate the leaves; they used it for both binding and dressing wounds. They ate it for a longer life and considered it to be worth its weight in silver. The Romans used it as a laxative and to cure a fever.

Beetroot powder is loaded with nutrients, including:

  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Iron

Beetroot powder is high in nitrates and coverts to nitric oxide in the body. Its many health benefits include:

  • Protects cells from damage.
  • Relaxes blood vessels.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Decreases blood pressure.
  • Strengthens the heart.
  • Increases endurance.
  • Helps you to power through high-intensity workouts.
  • Reduces recovery time.
  • Boosts brain health.
  • Fights inflammation.
  • Supports liver health.
  • Encourages weight loss.
  • Helps erectile dysfunction (by increasing nitric oxide just as Viagra does).

Below is a link to my favorite beetroot powder. One word of caution; do not be alarmed by any pink or red-hued urine or feces after consuming the powder.

If you are interested in learning more, check out the video below:

The flower, hibiscus sabdariffa, was domesticated in Sudan or West Africa nearly 6,000 years ago and was used primarily as a beverage or food. In ancient Egypt hibiscus tea was used as a beverage to cool off pharaohs in the desert heat. Today hibiscus tea is known around the world for its many health benefits.

Hibiscus tea health benefits include:

  • Lowering blood pressure.
  • Improving insulin sensitivity.
  • Lowering blood fat levels.
  • Protecting the liver.
  • Fighting bacteria.
  • Reducing cancer risk.
  • Aiding in weight loss.
  • Reducing inflammation.
  • Improving digestion.
  • Reducing anxiety and depression.
  • Reducing the risk of catching a cold or flu.

Hibiscus tea is loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, flavonoids, carotene, anthocyanins (which gives it its deep, red color), niacin, calcium, iron, and ascorbic acid. The tea is caffeine-free, has a pleasant taste, and is easily consumed hot or cold.

Here’s a link to my favorite hibiscus tea:

To learn more, check out the video with Dr. Paul Haider below:

Skin brushing has been around or thousands of years dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Russians, Turks, and Scandinavians. Its many health and beauty benefits are widely known in Ayurvic medicine.

Skin or body brushing benefits include:

  • Reduces appearance of cellulite.
  • Eliminates dead skin.
  • Enhances blood circulation.
  • Stimulates oil glands.
  • Enhances cleansing of the lymphatic system.
  • Promotes even fat distribution.
  • Rejuvenates the nervous system.
  • Enhances digestion function.
  • Enhances kidney function.
  • Allows for better absorption of products.

Dry brushing should never scratch or harm the skin. Natural bristle brushes are best, pressing firmly and gently over the skin in long strokes toward the heart. Once a day to once a week is recommended on dry skin just before showering or bathing.

This type of brush id perfect for skin brushing:

To know more, watch the video below:

You may or may not have heard of oil pulling. It’s an ayurvedic practice that has been around for thousands of years and its health benefits are impressive, especially for dental hygiene.

Oil pulling dental health benefits includes:

  • Kills bad bacteria.
  • Reduces bad breath.
  • Prevents cavities.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Improves gum health.
  • Whitens teeth.
  • Pulls out toxins.
  • Heals bleeding gums.
  • Reduces plaque.

In addition to dental health benefits, oil pulling is also known to clear blocked nasal passages, prevent heart disease, and even kill a hangover!

The most common oils for pulling are coconut, sunflower, and sesame.  Simply place a teaspoon (you can work up to a tablespoon) of your favorite oil in your mouth and swish vigorously for 20 minutes. You may need to slowly increase to 20 minutes but even 5 minutes will create benefit. When finished, do not spit the oil down the drain as it will solidify and clog your plumbing; instead, spit it directly into a garbage can.

I prefer to use coconut oil like this:

If you want to know more, check out the video below:

Horseradish or the Drumstick tree, it’s hearty and can grow in the harshest of conditions, requiring very little water.

This highly nutritious plant is thought to resolve the world’s malnutrition problems as it contains:

  • Vitamin A (10 times more than carrots)
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C (7 times more than oranges)
  • Calcium (17 times more than milk)
  • Iron (25 times more than spinach)
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium (15 times more than bananas)
  • Protein (9 times more than yoghurt)

Moringa contains a powerful antioxidant and is shown to reduce blood pressure, improve blood sugar levels, protects the liver, and heals gut issues. Its health benefits are nearly endless.

The tree can be consumed in numerous ways; capsules, tea, powder and seeds are the most common. The recommended dose for capsules is three per day, the powder one teaspoon per day (can be sprinkled over food or consumed in water), or two seeds per day.

Moringa is also used in shampoos, soaps, and skin oils and is well known for leaving its users with shiny, thick hair and wrinkle reduced, glowing skin.

Not all moringa powder is created the same. This is a high-quality brand that I recommend:

This miracle tree is widely available and inexpensive. If you would like to know more, please check out the video below by Natural Health Resources:

It might sound a little crazy but mouth taping while you sleep holds numerous health benefits. Let’s first start with what happens when you breathe through your mouth when you sleep.

Mouth breathing can cause:

  • Dry mouth
  • Snoring
  • Sinus congestion.
  • Reduced quality of sleep.
  • Poor CPAP compliance.
  • Cavities.
  • Gum disease.
  • Bad breath.
  • Weight gain.

In children, mouth breathing can have a profound effect, causing crooked teeth, a narrowed jaw, receding chin and constriction of the nose and throat.

Fixing mouth breathing may result in:

  • Less snoring.
  • Deeper, more restful sleep.
  • Better nasal air filtration.
  • Improved mouth pH resulting in better mouth bacteria.
  • Less anxiety.
  • Improved nitric oxide production, which leads to better memory, endurance, immune system, blood pressure, inflammation and sexual function.

How do you mouth tape? It’s not as scary as it seems. You can purchase micropore surgical tape on Amazon for a few dollars and it will be safe to use on your skin, even if you have facial hair. Simply place a piece of tape over mouth when you go to sleep and don’t worry if your nose is congested, this will fix that problem.

Will you have to mouth tape for the rest of your life? No. After time, you will have retrained your body to get used to the new way of breathing and won’t need the tape anymore. Many people claim this has been a life changer for them. What have you got to lose besides a better night’s sleep?

This micropore tape works well:

Want to know more? Check out the High Intensity Health podcast with Dr. Mark Burhenne below:

Welcome to my rabbit hole; it’s a place I find myself more often than not. I find a topic that piques my interest and I dig and dig down that rabbit hole until I have a good understanding of it. The topics mostly relate to health, though, they can branch off into quantum physics, psychology, color theory, and sometimes, even aliens. I’ve driven my friends and family crazy over the years with all of the fascinating information I come across and now I have an opportunity to share it all with you; with everything from mouth taping to alternate universes, you’ll find it all here.

I do a lot of research and will link related products on Amazon, some of which are affiliates.

Rabbit Hole #1 – Sulforaphane.

Sulforaphane is currently touted as one of the top anti-aging compounds and for good reason, its many benefits are impressive. It’s a natural plant compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, watercress, and brussel sprouts. Broccoli sprouts contain the highest concentration of the compound by 100 times more than broccoli and are even twice that when frozen. The compound is released from the vegetable when it is broken or chewed and it loses most of its potency when cooked but adding mustard seed to the vegetable will revive its effectiveness.

Sulforaphane is shown to:
– Decrease inflammatory markers by 20% thus slowing the aging process and improving heart health.
– Improve brain function in autism, schizophrenia, and decrease depression.
– Helps to prevent prostate and breast cancer and also slows the growth of cancerous tumors.
– Is a powerful detox secreting toxins such as benzene found in air pollution and cigarettes. It improves liver function.
– In mouse studies, sulforaphane has lowered triglycerides by 20%, the atherogenic index by 50%, and blood sugar by 20%.
– Is a powerful antioxidant and protects the mitochondria.
– Decreases DNA damage by 30%.
– Protects damage from h pylori.
– Improves hormone balance.
– Improves glutathione production in plasma and the human brain.

Broccoli sprouts can easily be added to your diet but it is not recommended to buy them at the store as they can quickly develop salmonella. They can be safely and easily grown at home with a simple sprouting jar and broccoli seed sprouts. Simply place a tablespoon of seeds at the bottom of the jar, cover with warm water and let it sit overnight on your kitchen counter. The next day rinse the seeds with cold water, drain and place the jar in a bowl or on a rack at an angle in direct sunlight. Repeat for 5 days and you will have fresh, ready to eat broccoli sprouts!

Sprouting jar:

Broccoli sprout seeds:

Want to know more? Check out the video below with Dr. Rhonda Patrick:

What would you do if you went to sleep one night and suddenly found yourself living someone else’s life who lives half-way around the world? Would you embrace the experience or be terrified and freeze-up? Follow my character, Lauren Jones, and find out what happens along her journey in the hypangogic state. hypnagogic