Favorite things

Some days I am acutely aware of all the things I simply can’t find in Vietnam … fluoride-free toothpaste, New York style pizza, easy access to a good book. : )

But there are also many great things we can much more easily get here than in the US, and I want to share a few of my faves. 

First of all, fresh aloe. If you aren’t already taking advantage of this multi-purpose gift from nature, let me get you started! It’s not only a natural pain reliever for burns – it’s a medicinal, nutritional plant used both internally and externally. Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids, aloe is a must-have addition to your smoothie. What’s more, it’s alkalizing, detoxifying, and boosts the immune system. After you cut out the clear gel center to pop in the blender, rub the remainder on your skin (it’s safe for your face) to stimulate collagen and elastin repair.