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Beyond food & fitness: 7 healthy lifestyle tips

Frank Montanez

Food and fitness are keystones of a healthy lifestyle.  However, the healthy living equation is a lot more complex than what you eat and how often you move.  It also includes every day habits that can be either health-enhancing or health-sabotaging.  Below are 7 simple tips to get you closer to holistic living.

1.  Apple cider vinegar removes residue build up left behind by your styling products.  Rinse your hair with 1 to 2 cups before applying a deep-conditioning treatment.

2.  Use legitimate natural face products.  While organic is ideal there are plenty of non-organic facial cleansers and make-up brands that are quite natural.  The key is to always read your product’s ingredients instead of just believing the often-overused term “natural”.  Unfortunately, some products claim to be natural and aren’t.  A simple rule to follow is to stay away from products containing phthalates, parabens, and sulfates.

3.  Homemade body scrubs are great for maintaining smooth, younger-looking skin.  Try combining oats, sugar or coarse sea salt with an essential oil such as lavender or vitamin E and get ready to feel happier (scrubbing is a natural stress and tension reliever, so is lavender oil) and also look younger and feel sexier.

4.  Coconut oil is my definition of an epic product because you can cook with it; and apply it to your hair and your skin.  Extra virgin organic coconut oil is an all-purpose oil that can transform your beauty routine.  If you dip a Q-Tip in coconut oil (vitamin E oil is another option) it makes for an excellent eyeliner remover.

5.  Pure castile soap is an all-purpose cleanser that can serve as facial and body wash, dish washing detergent, and laundry detergent.  You can mix it with water and make your own spray cleaner.

6.  Leave-in conditioner is a great substitute for hair gel and mousse.  If you are like me, a curly hair Latina, purchase a spray bottle, fill it up with water and re-touch your curls with it.  It’s amazing what water and a good natural leave-in conditioner will do to prevent hair drying and breakage. If you feel a natural leave-in is too expensive just think of the money you are saving by not needing to go as often to your hair stylist to trim your hair and remove your split-ends.

7.  Last but not least, tea tree oil is a great substitute for acne products.  Dab tea tree oil on pimples and watch them dry up and disappear without leaving you scarred.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Great tips!

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