Monday, November 28, 2016

A Natural Way to Treat Pain and Discomfort

We at Sodee Naturals love to find ways to treat the daily trials in life naturally. I recently was told about a woman in my area that does Structural Therapeutic Integration or STI. What’s that you ask? I would like to introduce Colleen Gallman my Therapist where I live. Colleen has always been interested in ways to keep the body healthy with Yoga and eating healthy. She became a Structural Therapeutic Integration Therapist and has loved how it has helped others. This is how she explains it.
STI rehabilitates the conditions that produce pain and dysfunction in the body. This specialized therapy therapy are immediate. I know from my experience of going to her she has helped loosen many of the areas that were pulling on my joints causing pain. She is amazing at releasing trigger points that are setting off pain in my body.
She explains that is it can help with but is not limited to: Fibromyalgia * Migraines/headaches (this I can attest to) * Back * Neck * Shoulder or Hip Pain * TMJ Pain * Sciatica * Foot pain * SI Joint Pain
After a session you feel more relaxed and the feeling of discomfort or pain are alleviated or completely gone. Many clients say they feel freedom of better movement and that’s it easier to preform daily tasks. I realized after going a few times, that was exactly me. I could move without as much daily discomfort and had energy back to preform daily tasks. For many she says they have been able to decrease or eliminate their pain medication.
Pain is a signal from your body that something is not right. If you suffer from pain this may be an option for you. Colleen is located in Florida and would be happy to work with you if you are in the area. She can be reached at 352-409-0806.

Thanks Colleen for sharing your passion for natural health with us.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Surprising Reason Behind Aged Skin

Each year, Americans spend billions trying to maintain youthful looking skin. Annually American’s spend approximately one billion dollars on anti-wrinkle creams alone! With all of this money being spent, it is clear that there is a great need for reaching and maintaining more vibrant, youthful, and smooth skin.

The problem with this is that most of these creams and solutions are filled with synthetic and toxic ingredients. Most commonly found commercial brands contain synthetic chemicals that act as hormone disruptors in the body, which lead to hormone imbalances and a mile-long list of potential symptoms and problems.

However, when you take care to purchase truly natural, “clean,” and high quality facial care products, free from toxic ingredients, you are helping to boost the health and appearance of your skin. These natural forms of creams boost the moisture, elasticity, and vibrancy of your skin but without any of the internal damage caused by synthetic chemicals.

But, if you’re looking to maintain or improve the state of your skin, you’re going to get the most powerful results when you combine proper, high quality facial care products with proper nutrition and lifestyle habits.

When you combine proper nutrition and lifestyle habits with your “clean” face care products, you are working to prevent or treat the internal cause of the wrinkles and aged skin. Wouldn’t it make more sense to prevent the problem in the first place rather than merely trying to keep it from getting worse? Below we will look at one of the main internal reasons for wrinkles and aged skin and how to take the steps to maintain a youthful appearance, naturally!

There is a fancy term for a process involving sugar that goes on in the body, and it’s called glycation. Glycation happens naturally in the body as is part of the aging process that we all go through. When we ingest sugar, particularly sugar from the refined and processed forms, a chemical reaction happens inside the body where the sugar molecules attach themselves to protein molecules (or fat molecules) without an enzyme involved to moderate. When this happens, the molecule formed is essentially a ‘rogue’ molecule that is known as an advanced glycation endproduct, or AGE, which is quite the appropriate acronym!

When this process (which is normally driven by an enzyme) happens without the enzyme present, normal metabolic functioning is disrupted and the sugar, instead of being used for energy, combines with protein or fat molecules and produces an AGE. These AGE molecules can cause a number of health risks and undesirable effects, including wrinkles and droopy skin.

When we eat too much sugar and glycation occurs, we are basically caramelizing, or ‘browning’ and hardening, the body’s tissues. Foods that are cooked at high temperatures to be browned or made crisp also contain high amounts of AGE molecules. This same process happens in to the tissues of the body. The same effect that AGE molecules has on browning and hardening the cooked food has a similar effect on our skin, just at a slower rate. Basically, consuming AGEs is associated with higher oxidative damage to the cells. This oxidative damage is directly linked with wrinkles and aged skin.

But why are AGE molecules so bad? Essentially, these ‘rogue’ molecules disrupt the normal function of the metabolism and of proper cellular functioning. These disruptive molecules change both the shape and the function of the tissues in our body. They harden cells and lead to stiffness. In time, all of this oxidation and hardening of the proteins in the body lead not only to decreased functioning that causes disease, but also damages internally the tissues and cells of our skin, which manifests in the form of wrinkles, droopy skin, and poor coloration.

There are two proteins that are found in abundance in our skin who have the role of helping keep the skin youthful, and they are collagen and elastin. These two proteins are particularly prone to the effects of glycation; when they are fused with the sugar molecules, they become weak and less able to do their jobs. When these proteins that are responsible for keeping our skin looking firm, plump, and vibrant aren’t able to function well, the result is going to be aged, wrinkled skin.

While too much sugar in any form can and does lead to AGE molecules, the more processed the sugar (or processed carbohydrate) the worse the effect. For example, eating too much sugar from a highly processed donut will produce more AGE molecules and oxidation than getting too much sugar from fruit. While too much fruit still floods the bloodstream with sugar, there is also fiber, vitamins, and minerals being provided to help lessen the impact on the bloodstream. Processed sugars on the other hand not only spike the blood sugar more strongly, but the processed ingredients also lead to more oxidative damage.

It is important to know that consuming too much sugar or foods that are high in AGE molecules (chips, crackers, grilled foods, or other foods cooked at high temperatures) lead to a number of health problems that are significantly more important than wrinkles, such as heart disease, kidney problems, loss of vision, and arthritis, to name a few. Taking care to avoid AGE molecules as much as possible will help prevent a lot more than wrinkles!

The main take-home message if you want to have beautiful, youthful skin, is to greatly reduce your intake of sugar from all forms. Not only will doing so treat the cause of the problem, but will also have a number of other positive results to your health.

Aside from minimizing your sugar intake, there are also some key tips to naturally reducing wrinkles and maintaining healthy skin:

1.    Avoid smoking (smoking is one of the highest forms of free radical, oxidative damage to the body)
2.    Avoid unprotected sun exposure (and use natural sunscreens for protection)
3.    Consistently stay hydrated with sufficient amounts of clean water
4.    Maintain nutrition status (nutritional deficiencies don’t allow the cells to function correctly or to protect themselves from oxidative damage, leading to impaired skin)
5.    Decrease stress
6.    Get adequate amounts of sleep and sleep on your back, face up
7.    Consume plenty essential fatty acids from whole, fresh foods
8.    Consume an abundance of natural antioxidants from vegetables, healthy fats, fresh fruits, and whole grains
9.    Avoid chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as much as possible, all of which cause inflammation and oxidative damage
10.Use natural face products such as moisturizing lotions to aid in keeping the skin hydrated and nourished

Product lines like Sodee Naturals are the best choice for your facial care products, as they use pure ingredients, where the additives are natural and plant based rather than the common conventional products that are full of damaging chemicals. It's important to take care of your skin on the inside and on the outside!

About The Author

Bree West

Bree West is a nutritionist, personal trainer, and coach. She has two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Exercise & Wellness from Brigham Young University and a second in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College. Bree’s main priority is helping you reach your goals and live the life you desire by combining proper nutrition, fitness & mindset habits. To reach more people, Bree created Smart Body & Mind, a website passionately dedicated to the three areas nutrition, fitness & mindset.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

6 DIY Fall Nail Art Ideas
Amy the Esthetician

Nail art is kind of a big deal right now. If you need proof just google the latest New York Fashion Week and check out the runway models nails… Like I said, it’s pretty big and a fun way to show off some personality.  There are some crazy talented nail artists out there that can do anything from intricate floral detail to realistic Star Wars characters and everything in between. However, that’s not why we’re here. This post is all about do it yourself nail art. Specifically for fall, because well, it’s fall. Now before you roll your eyes and think there’s no way you can do this on yourself, just wait. I’ve listed the top 6 trendy nail art that look bomb but is really simple to do. I’ve explained the simple steps under each photo. Check it out!

Triangle Cutout

Take a basic nail color and make it work appropriate edgy!

It’s easier to accomplish this look by taking a small brush first and outlining the triangle at the base of the nail. Then use the normal polish brush to paint the rest of the nail. 

Reverse French Tip

I love this bold yet classy look and it's so easy to do!

Paint your base color on the whole nail. Next take your top color and start painting slightly above the cuticle so your base color peaks out.

Bold Lines

Trust me on this; You need to invest in a good matte top coat. Matte is so “in” right now and will be for a long time. What’s even more “in” is mixing matte with shiny.

Now listen closely. Paint your base color, put down your striping tape (what’s in the picture) or use a glittery polish. Top the whole nail with the matte top coat. Take your regular shiny top coat and only paint a thin line directly over the striping tape. Gorgeous, right?


You cannot tell me you haven’t noticed the marble trend. Nope, I wont believe you. Pair marble nail art with some neutral colors with a splash of glitter; OH MY, my heart's racing!!

First pick out some coordinating neutral colors. Next you’ll need a thin brush to do that marble lines. Don’t worry, the shakier your hands are the better. Marble’s imperfect lines are what makes it so beautiful.

Matte with Glitter

Here we go again with mixing matte and shiny. I told you I love it!

There’s not much to explain here other than the theme is fall. So I painted some gorgeous deep fall colors. Also, gold goes with everything.

Holiday Theme

This is where you can get all sorts of crazy with your designs.

Don’t freak out! This is easier than you think. Look at the art in layers. For the spider: draw the body first then the line/web coming from the top. Last the legs. For the web: draw 4 lines coming from the corner of the nail. Connect each of the lines with smaller swooping horizontal lines. I told you, easy!

Nail art does take practice but hopefully now you see that you can easily do some of the most trendy designs. Nothing beats looking FAB while saving some money! If you’re dying for more inspiration, check out my Instagram account @amytheesthetician. It’s been real you guys. Thanks for listening to me. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

~CONTEST~ Snap, Post, & WIN!

Contest Overview: “Contest Period” begins Monday April 11, 2016 and ends Saturday April 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.

How To Enter: During the contest period, follow Sodeë Naturals on Facebook and Instagram (@sodeenaturals) and post an original photo of the Sodeë product you love either taken in-store or from home using the tags/hashtags #mysodeelove & #contest. Each photo shared will receive one (1) entry into the contest.

Entry Restrictions: Limit of one (1) entry per Instagram/Facebook user per day, provided that each entry includes a photo that is different than photo(s) previously submitted by such person as Contest entries.

Judging: Winner will be randomly selected from all entries received during the Contest Period. Winner will be announced on Sodeë Naturals Facebook and Instagram account on May 1, 2016. It is the entrant’s sole responsibility to make sure that his/her account settings allow for Sodeë Naturals to view and/or post on his/her photo if they are to be selected as a winner.

Prizes – One (1) Grand Prize: One lucky winner will receive a $75.00 Gift Certificate to Sodeë Naturals which can be used online at or in-store at our Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona location. Winner will be required to submit his/her e-mail address to Sodeë Naturals to receive their prize. 

Start sharing and Good Luck Sodeë fans!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Skin Brightening Toner

One of my favorite things about Sodeë Naturals is research & development; getting to "play" with new recipes is my kind of fun. Downtime is spent browsing for do-it-yourself skin care recipes using natural ingredients to try and share. 
Here is a great simple facial toner recipe from using only three ingredients!

link to recipe: Skin Brightening Toner by Shwin&Shwin

I tried this recipe and loved it! Though it is a simple recipe it has many benefits for your skin.

 Some of this toners natural benefits are:

  • Helps diminish discoloration caused by scars, skin disorders, and age spots .
  • Natural antibacterial properties to minimize black heads and prevent further breakouts.
  • Gently exfoliates removing dead skin cells promoting new cell growth.
  • Effective yet gentle astringent.
  • Shrinks blood vessels, reducing redness and inflammation.
  • Tightens skin and minimizes large pores.

I found these cute colorful bottles at IKEA for less than $2 for a pack of four :)

The acids in the lemon juice may be irritating to some people, I suggest to do a test spot on your neck (just under your right/left jaw). Apply toner to spot, let sit, wash off if any irritation occurs. You can also dilute the lemon juice with water before mixing with witch hazel for a gentler solution.

Want to keep the glow going all day? After cleansing & toning, follow with Sodeë Naturals 24 Hour Face Lotion. Made with Orchid Flower Extract for flawless, even tone skin.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Benefits of Orchid Flower Extract

Did you know that the beautiful and unique Orchid flower is more than just a pretty face?
 It has been used for centuries in Asia for its repairing and protective properties and today flower extracts are big news in skin care. Often considered the "perfect plant" for the skin, with complexion enhancing benefits its no wonder orchid extract is becoming a popular ingredient in cosmetic products.

Benefits of Orchid Extract:
  • Contains minerals that exist naturally in the skin; such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc that help nourish skin.
  • Counteracts the signs of aging, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving the skin's overall appearance.
  • Helps regulate skin pigmentation allowing natural coloration.
  • Increases cell production improving skin's strength, smoothness, and elasticity.

At Sodeë Naturals we strive to use the most beneficial ingredients that nature supplies. Links to where you can find our skin products made with Orchid Flower Extract:

24 HOUR FACE LOTION- For an all day healthy glow.
NORMAL-DRY FACE LOTION- Adds much needed moisture for all day soft skin.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Benefits of Dead Sea Mud

 Hundreds of thousands of people each year visit the Dead Sea and take advantage of it's mud rich in over twenty-five different minerals and nutrients. The beauty secret to Dead Sea Mud isn't anything new; Cleopatra and King Herod used the rich mud to add extra life to the skin. Today Dead Sea Mud is used worldwide to naturally improve skin and body functions.

Here are just a few of the amazing benefits of Dead Sea Mud:

  • The main minerals found in the mud are: Calcium, Magnesium, Bromide, Chloride, and Potassium Sodium which are responsible for accelerating cell growth and increasing skin's water capacity.
  • Kills acne causing bacteria and assists in drawing out skins toxins.
  • Contains Zinc to help heal damaged skin, naturally balance skins PH and stimulate collagen giving skin a better tone and natural radiance.
  • Helps to relieve stress in the skin and indirectly soothes sensitivities.

Minerals play a very important roll in correct skin functioning, a deficiency of one of these minerals can disrupt skin cell activity leading to dryness, inflammation, and early aging. The skin absorbs minerals applied externally so add a product rich in Dead Sea Mud to your beauty routine to restore skin's healthy glow. We recommend using  Dead Sea Mud Soap  both morning and night to cleanse skin and draw out impurities leaving your skin glowing and gorgeous!