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New Year, Brave You!

Posted by Adria Marshall on

New Year, New You? Well........kinda. The topic of this post has been on my mind for a few weeks now and it's actually about embracing what we already know but might need that extra push to implement.

So....New Year, Brave You? That really might be more appropriate. Let's dig in!


A couple of recent scientific findings sparked this post. At first glance, both are completely different. Yet, taking a closer look at each will reveal some underlying similarities that might surprise you.

Our overuse of antibiotics and hand sanitizers are making bacteria stronger, resulting in superbugs.

In a nutshell, survival of the fittest at its finest. Bacteria don't like to die and antibiotics kill them. So, over time, they mutate to develop an immunity against them. According to researchers, what this means is that if we keep this up, minor illnesses that could've been easily treated may end up destroying populations due to bacterial resistance. 

The proposed solution:

1. Wash your hands before cooking, eating and after going to the restroom. (Washing hands does not kill bacteria, it washes them away)

2. Eat more fruits and veggies to strengthen your immune system.

3. Get more sleep to strengthen your immune system.

4. Have a conversation with your doctor when she prescribes antibiotics to determine if it and the dosage are really necessary.

There might be a link between permanent hair colorants and chemical straighteners to breast cancer in women, especially women of color.

This one really hit home and not just because I color my grey! There have been many similar studies over the years yet each resulted in negative or inconclusive findings. While the data from this latest study do not pinpoint a cause-effect relationship, it definitely creates a link that was previously blurry at best. What's interesting about this study is that it was determined that there is no risk from semi-permanent dyes only permanent ones, almost seeming to support that a little change can be good whereas permanently altering who we are could be getting us into hot water.  

The proposed solution:

1. Opt for no dyes or chemical straighteners

2. If you must color or straighten your hair, choose temporary means.


How these two studies tie together


So, again, these two studies might appear to be completely unrelated. But, when you start to peel back the onion, you might begin to notice these similarities:
In both cases, the better decision is the more inconvenient one. It takes a lot less effort to pick up a box of hair dye than to make the choice to accept the grey strands popping up around your temples (preaching to the choir). Likewise, hitting up the drive-thru, grabbing a soda and staying up "just one more hour" are a bit easier than employing the discipline that the other options demand.


Of course, there are times where that all-nighter, can of Coke and trip to the stylist are absolutely necessary. I don't believe that the answer is black and white, but I DO believe that mindfulness is key. 

Another similarity that I noticed is that, for the most part, the better decision is the cheaper one from a financial standpoint. Veggies can be grown pretty inexpensively, water is free for most of us, it's cheaper to not visit the stylist than to do otherwise, etc. There just might be something to the notion that "The best things in life are free" after all. 


You know what I find the most interesting about all of this? It's nothing new really. We already knew that we needed to wash our hands, get some sleep and eat better. We're quick to advise our kids to holistically love themselves yet we continue to book the appointment for our touch-ups. We really do know better. Maybe 2020 is the year for us all to just do more of what we've known all along. See New Year, Brave You!

Now, let's go make it fabulous!

All in love,


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  • Great discussion! The ‘inconvenient’ choices – once we make them, turn out to be so much easier than we thought! And, with ecoslay taking great care my locks, who’s afraid of a little gray?! 🙌🏻

    Cindi Moore on
  • Thanks for the enlightening information. Much appreciated. Love to you and family!

    Gladys McGowan on
  • I’m terrible at growing things, so eating well is expensive for me, but it makes a huge difference in your body! So worth it.

    Leslie on
  • Good discussion. Thanks. Have a great New Year!!

    Vernalisa Bruce on
  • I earned these greys! I will flaunt them! LOL :-)

    PinkVOL on
  • I made the decision to stop coloring three years ago. I love my silver and white hair and get compliments on it all the time. Best decision ever!

    DJ on

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