“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” ~J. Stanford


HWH #2: This weeks round up- goop, KIN Euphorics, vegan BCAA’s

The Alt Care Collective is a lifestyle brand started with the philosophy that we can all be healthier, happier, more vibrant and productive given the right tools and resources. And that’s the goal of my weekly HWH post- to share whatever I have learned throughout the week so that maybe in some way it will be helpful to you as well. It could be a workout, a product, a service, something cool I saw online, a new supplement I am trying, a fabulous meal I had or recipe I tried. HWH is the weekly round up of anything that influenced my well-being this week that I thought was worth sharing.

The goop Lab Docuseries on Netflix.

If you are not familiar with goop– it’s Gwyneth Paltrows lifestyle brand that she started in 2008 which has always been focused on wellness and alternative wellness and health ideas. This has now expanded to a docuseries which is  described on their website as:

” It’s goop HQ’s worst-kept secret: Gwyneth is both our CEO and our bravest guinea pig. That open-minded ethos is adopted by staffers, too—if you’ve watched The goop Lab on Netflix, then you get it. We love being vulnerable and asking difficult questions and trying new things. It’s our job.”

If you haven’t seen it, go binge watch it tonight or this weekend. There are six episodes, each one focused on a different aspect of wellness. Do not watch this with the kids though- it is definitely for mature audiences only. The six episodes cover psychedelic psychotherapy, Wim Hof (the Ice Man) and his cold immersion and breathing techniques, female pleasure with sex educator Betty Dodson, biological age and wellness, energy field healing with John Amarel, and psychic abilities with Laura Lynne Jackson

Anyone interested in alternative care and natural/ holistic therapies and modalities should find this whole series pretty interesting. Is it pure science? Definitely not. There are scientists and professionals that are consulted and featured, but at it’s heart it’s Gwyneth and her employees testing things out and sharing their experiences and results. All in all, if nothing else, it is certainly conversation provoking and the topics are interesting and relevant.

Kin Euphorics

More than just a non-alcoholic alternative,  Kin Euphorics are crafted for “conscious connection” and made with balancing adaptogens, replenishing nootropics, and nourishing botanics. Touted as “All bliss, no booze”, they create a drinking alternative that nourishes mind, body and soul while socializing without the after-effects of drinking.

There are 3 options to choose from (descriptions are pulled from the website) and recipes are available on their site as well:

High Rhode: Put the soul back in social. High Rhode is an herbaceous euphoric with a tart, floral finish that is meant to be mixed. Sip for a new take on nightlife.

Kin Spritz: Just grab and flow. Kin Spritz is a sparkling euphoric pre-mixed with fresh citrus, hibiscus, and ginger. We did the work, so you can bring the party with you.

Dream Light: Make sleep a celebration. Dream Light is an earthy, smoky, smoothly spiced euphoric. Sip to close the night, drift to your deepest dreams, and rise ready for the day ahead.

If you are unfamiliar with euphorics (I was), this is the download on what they are and how they work according to their website:

“Euphorics feel different for everyone. For some, it’s a mind-easing calm. For others, it’s an uplifting joy. You are just as much of an ingredient as the ones inside the can. Here’s why: adaptogens adapt to your body. Like a thermostat, they turn us up or calm us down depending on what we need to rebalance. So while you may feel an urge to get up and dance at a lively party, a friend at an intimate dinner may be more inclined to sink into deep conversation. Your unique neurochemistry and hormones — along with sleep quality and stress levels — all have an effect on how euphorics affect you.”

They also have an advisory warning that says:

“Do not consume if you are under 18. Do not consume if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or may become pregnant; have a medical condition, including but not limited to GI disorders heart disease, or hypertension; taking any medication including but not limited to Coumadin, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors or SSRIs. Do not consume with alcohol. May cause drowsiness, so do not consume when driving or operating heavy equipment. Use only as directed: start with a single serving and increase slowly to determine the amount that works for you. Do not consume more than 4 servings in 24 hours. Keep out of reach of children. Discontinue use immediately if you feel any unwanted effects.”

So that said…. this should be interesting. I tend to be a person who has the opposite effect of whatever I take is supposed to give me. I decided to order the Spritz because it comes in four little cans and seemed to make the most sense for a test run. I will check in next week and let you know how my euphoric experience went!

Vegan BCAA’s

BCAA’s have long been a pre/during/post workout staple for bodybuilders, cross-fitters, triathletes and other intense sport folks to help with muscle soreness, endurance, and muscle protection and building.The problem for vegans has been that are typically made up of human hair, duck feathers and animal skin/ hair. (GROSS!)

Not Clean Machine BCAA’s. They are made from 100% Fermented Non-GMO corn, sunflower seeds and coconut water and are naturally flavored, colored, and sweetened and I would highly recommend you try them.

Having just been cleared to get back in the gym and lift after a two year hiatus, I am drinking these left and right to help with muscle recovery and repair and fat loss. I haven’t tried the Lemonade, but will next time I order. The Fruit Punch flavor reminds me of the Kool-Aid Fruit Punch in a packet that I drank as a kid.

Sometimes I will mix it with a packet of Emergen-C and I usually add a dropper full of RAE Hydration too. Whether that impacts the effectiveness I am not sure, but if you read the post about my dump shake then you already know I am all for function and will add everything I can to get in all the goods at one time.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of HWH and that each week there is some kernel of goodness and usefulness in it for you!  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram to stay connected.

Cheers & Be Well,

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Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





“The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it.”


The reason you became involved in health & wellness was to help people- and that is our mission too, but we need you to achieve it.

The more providers and merchants we have in our network, the more knowledge we have to share and the bigger the impact we can have on helping people live their healthiest lives. Our primary goal is to be a source of information about alternative, natural, holistic, and complementary health and wellness care for employees and employers that join our plan.

The more diverse our network, the more opportunities we have as a community to make a significant impact creating awareness and participation in the industry of holistic, natural, alternative and complimentary care modalities and products. The vision is to give providers an opportunity to connect, educate and engage people to experience their services or products in a very direct and targeted way through our innovative and unique lifestyle oriented employee discount program.

1. Create Brand Awareness

Whether you are a national or local brand,  brand awareness is vital because if someone doesn’t know you exist, they are not going to buy from you. Our network allows you to reach thousands of potential new customers who will tell other people about you as well, so you gain both internal and external reach.

For national brands our network expands exposure across the US through both single site and employers with multiple locations. For online retail companies this is a great way to very easily and affordably promote your products and services. By simply setting up a coupon code dedicated to our network and utilizing our social media, blog, newsletter, and provider directory listing you are able to create and change offers as often as you would like.

For local brands, you have all the same brand awareness opportunities, but they are scaled to your demographic area. We are aligning providers by markets and are currently building out our Twin Cities (Minneapolis/ St. Paul) and Madison markets. As we expand we will continue to coordinate providers and employers by specific location.

2. Educate.

There are so many alternative health and wellness tools and resources available to people, but many don’t even know they exist. And that is where the opportunity to reach people directly and educate them is so important to both your business and industry. In order to grow both, people need to be aware of what is out there and how it can help them and what problems it can solve for them.

By joining our network you gain access to employers and employees directly without having to reach out to each of them yourself. You automatically gain an audience to give a presentation or demonstration to and enlighten them and educate them on your specific modality or product. It is highly encouraged that providers take advantage of this opportunity to connect via seminar/ webinar to build awareness and connection with potential customers which I will talk more about next.

Netflix has been a fabulous catalyst for getting alternative therapies into the mainstream. They have created and featured documentaries that are reaching people that would normally not be watching these including The Game Changers, Heal, The goop Lab and more (which if you haven’t watched I would recommend all of them). The Alt Care Collective has the same goal-  to reach people at employers that normally might not be aware of the breadth of services and products that our providers offer that can help them live their best life.

3. Build Connection and Market Your Services/ Products.

Our network builds connection with potential customers and among providers. Through the collective, providers are able to reach out to one another and form relationships and partnerships as business and industry co-creators and experts. The more we share and exchange information the better we all become.

With access to thousands of potential new customers in our network, you are able to market your business as much or as little as you would like to through our social media, blog, newsletter and directory listing tool. You are in control of your offer and able to choose what makes sense for your business. The only requirements are that it is a minimum discount of 25% and that it is exclusive to our network and not available to other customers.

By utilizing the opportunity to hold webinars or seminars you have the chance to inform, educate, answer questions, and promote your service/ product directly without having to advertise or promote the event. We take care of that for you through social media, the newsletter and our blog and serving as a liaison for you to contact the employer and make arrangements that work for both of you.

We are also planning to start a subscription box late spring/ summer that will go out quarterly to enrolled employees offering additional discounts, unique offers, and product samples which is another avenue for you to reach potential customers if you choose to participate.

Whether you are a service based provider or a local or online retailer, we give you the opportunity to reach a targeted new audience of potential customers that will only continue to grow as we expand and we hope you will join us on our mission to build a healthier, more productive, creative, and balanced workforce through our employee discount program.

Joining the network is completely free for providers and you can register online. You have nothing to lose and only new partnerships and customers to gain. We have created a variety of provider categories (check them out if you haven’t), but if you find that your business doesn’t quite fit any of them, we can create a custom category for you.

Our goal is to be a lifestyle resource and tool, so we want to have a robust variety of providers and products in order to offer as many tools as possible for employees to live their healthiest, happiest, most productive, fulfilling, and vibrant lives. 

I would love to talk to you if you have questions, suggestions, or would like to chat before you join. You can schedule a quick meeting with me on our website or just email me at heather@thealtcarecollective.com

 Cheers & Be Well, Live Well~

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

~Mother Teresa

Loving well counts.

Whether it is yourself, others, animals or the planet. When we love well, we live well. Our hearts are happier, our souls are at peace. What is loving well though? At it’s source it is being authentic, vulnerable, brave, kind, and passionate. Susan David gave a beautiful TED talk on the subject of  loving and living and emotional courage that is worth a watch. Loving well and living well are tied together. Here are three easy ways to love well  and live well everyday.

1. Be thoughtful.

I used to think I was a very thoughtful person. I would do nice things for people like make them things, bring them things, buy them things- most of the time nothing extravagant, just I would see something that reminded me of them or was something they could use of would enjoy and I would pick it up and give it to them. Often I would make them something little- a card, a note. And then I realized that the busier my life got the less and less I did these things and suddenly I was mostly on the receiving end, not the giving end. And it bothered me.

Was I any less thoughtful of a person? No, I was just a really busy person who barely had enough time to get the basic things I needed to get done everyday, much less make time to do extra things for other people. And I think that is a lot of us and a main reason why maybe we are not as thoughtful as we could be.

We are so busy. Thoughtfulness requires time and attention. Two key things many of us don’t have in this fast paced world we live in. Which is why we have to get mindful about thoughtfulness. We all want to be thoughtful and do nice things for other people and we certainly appreciate it when others do thoughtful things for us. And the beauty of thoughtfulness is that it is free. What we can give that is of the most value to someone else is ourselves.

So, try to find a few minutes to just text or call a friend or family member and catch up this week. We forget how important just reaching out to someone can be in showing we are thinking of them.

As parent’s it’s easy to tune out the kids clamoring for our attention or trying to tell us something. Try this bedtime ritual to connect with your little ones (or teenagers)- ask them these four questions and really listen to their answers and engage with them. We have done it with our kids and not only is it a peaceful, loving way to send them off to sleep, but I am always surprised by the answers and things I learn.

  1. What was your favorite part of your day?
  2. What was your least favorite part of your day?
  3. What did you learn today?
  4. Who were you kind to today?

And don’t forget to be thoughtful with yourself too. Do something nice for yourself each day that speaks to your soul. Whether it’s an affirmation, a walk, yoga, a workout, tea, reading- whatever connects you to your heart, incorporate it into your daily/ weekly routine. Life-longlearner.com has a great post on how to be a more thoughtful busy person in less than 10 minutes a day.  No matter how busy we are it’s no excuse, we can be more thoughtful if we are intentional about it.

2. Celebrate.

We all want to feel valued and loved and seen and heard. One of the easiest ways to love people well is to celebrate them. Not just on their birthday or holidays (although those are fantastic occasions to do so too), but for the little accomplishments and successes in everyday life. We all need a cheerleader, a biggest fan that’s there to celebrate with us and to keep us going when the going get’s tough. Psychology Today has a great article about 52 Ways to celebrate people.

A friend of mine sent me a quote the other day out of the blue and it made my day. I was struggling with feeling overwhelmed and rather unsuccessful, it said “Quick pep talk: Hello, you bad ass bitch. You’re killing it. Keep going.”. I wanted to hug her through the phone. It was perfectly timed and gave me that little bit of love, faith and inspiration I needed.

My sister is the queen of this. That woman knows how to celebrate people better than anyone I have ever met. There is not one person whether family, co-worker, friend or stranger that does not feel loved by her. She know’s your favorite drink, dessert, store, restaurant, meal, etc. and if you are long distance she will mail it to you, that’s how determined she is to make sure you know how much she loves you. She will email, call, text or send a card every time you succeed wonderfully or fail miserably in life. She will compliment strangers with such authenticity and love that it will bring a tear to their eye.

To be celebrated is to be honored, adored, cherished, and loved for who we are and we all deserve and need to be celebrated. Life’s hard. Love is what makes it easier.

3. Give.

Give your time, your energy, your talents, your money, your wisdom, your attention- give whatever you have to give to someone or something that needs it. To love well, we must give something of ourselves.

Whether you volunteer at or donate to a charity, you are giving love. When you hold the door or elevator, you are being polite, but you are also being loving. If you are a painter and you give someone one of your paintings, you are giving them love. When we think of love as a currency, as energy, we realize there are multiple opportunities every single day to love people well.  And we could all use more love.

We can love our family well by giving them our time and attention, by sharing knowledge and talents with our children to teach and empower them, and maybe by giving up some things- too much television, booze, work, etc and replacing them with things that nurture our bonds, relationships and love.

Giving to ourselves needs to be a priority. Loving well does not mean sacrificing our time, needs, or wants. We must keep our well full in order to have more to give to others, check out this blog on Tiny Buddha that talks about this in more detail. Love starts from within and to love another well we must love ourself well.

May your Valentines Day and everyday be filled with loving yourself, others, animals, and the planet well. 

Cheers- Be Well & LOVE Well

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Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective






“When you start taking better care of yourself you start feeling better, you start looking better, and you start to attract better. It all starts with you.” ~unknown


Welcome to the first edition of HWH: Healthy w/ Heather

The Alt Care Collective is a lifestyle brand started with the philosophy that we can all be healthier, happier, more vibrant and productive given the right tools and resources. And that’s the goal of my weekly HWH post- to share whatever I have learned throughout the week so that maybe in some way it will be helpful to you as well. It could be a workout, a product, a service, something cool I saw online, a new supplement I am trying, a fabulous meal I had or recipe I tried. HWH is the weekly round up of anything that influenced my well-being this week that I thought was worth sharing.

Step One Foods

So I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful referral from my primary care doctor to an amazing cardiologist- Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, founder of the Preventative Cardiology Clinic in Edina, MN and Step One Foods. I was born with heart issues and followed closely by my pediatric cardiologist until I was into my 20’s, so I am no stranger to a cardiology clinic. But, what I absolutely loved about her clinic and her approach, was that it is all about prevention through diet and exercise.

I am approaching 50 and both of my parents died in their 70’s of heart and vascular issues that were not caught when they were around my age, so prevention is high on my radar. With that in mind, I had a Coronary Calcium Scan done at U of M Heart Health Care and some very specific blood-work at my primary care clinic and took all of that to consult with Dr. Klodas.

We talked about food and how diet affects our body and our heart and she referenced the “Blue Zones” diet as being a proven model of success. The Blue Zones are areas that have the highest population of people that are living longer and living longer better than other areas of the world. Check out the website or book to learn more- it’s pretty fascinating and simple. At it’s heart it is living/eating close to the land, maintaining exercise and good social connections,  and not drinking too much or eating a lot of meat.

As part of her passion for prevention through diet,  she created Step One Foods, which are designed specifically with heart health in mind and created to help you improve your cholesterol. They contain the precise amounts of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols, and antioxidants that have been extensively documented to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health.

I subscribed to the Step One Foods blog  and am finding it has lots of really good information focused on heart health diet and nutrition and would recommend it to anyone looking to learn a bit more about heart health and what you can do from a non- medicine, natural standpoint to improve it.

Vessel Care

This is a new supplement that I am trying that was recommended by my primary care doctor based on a family history of extreme vascular issues. It is made by Metagenics and is called Vessel Care/ Methyl Care. It is I checked with my acupuncturist to be sure it wouldn’t interact with any of the herbs I am taking, and have now added this to my arsenal starting yesterday. I will report back on this later and let you know my experience/ results.

What’s in that smoothie?!?

If you saw my Instagram post, then you already know- everything but the kitchen sink as the saying goes. I am notorious for not eating- not because I don’t love to eat (I do!), but because I get so busy and task focused that I just don’t take the time I should to make meals and sit and eat.

So, my solution is to be sure that everyday after I workout I make a “Junk/ Dump/ Kitchen Sink” smoothie so I know even if I fail at making time to eat or I don’t eat as healthy as I should for the day, I will have gotten in all my core supplements in one fell swoop. Is it a perfect answer? No, but reality is that it’s better than not getting any of it at all which is what would happen if I didn’t at least have my guaranteed once a day uber healthy shake.

So, what’s in it? Protein, greens, collagen, spirulina, vitamins, turmeric, BCAA’s, coconut milk and frozen fruit. It tastes better than it looks when you blend it all up and it turns to the color of swamp water. In fact, one of my co-workers had nicknamed it “Swampjuice” for just that reason and it stuck. I don’t make it for flavor, I make it for function so I just use whatever fruit is in the freezer which means it tastes different every time, but magically always looks about the same color of green. You can check out my Insta post to see what brands I am currently using.

It’s a great time saver and keeps me on some level of healthy everyday no matter how crazy the day may get, so it works for me. Maybe you already do the same thing too but with a different batch of goodies in it, or maybe it’s something you might want to add into your day. Either way, it makes for great conversation if you take it somewhere with you because inevitably someone will ask… “What is in that?!”

Sipping Vinegar

Lot’s of people take Apple Cider Vinegar for it’s health benefits, but Siren Shrub Co. has given Apple Cider Vinegar a whole new life as a cocktail or mocktail beverage of choice. I discovered them at a little artisan store in Wausau, WI where they were doing a sample tasting. It was not at all what I thought it would be- it was delicious and I left with two bottles- Basil and Tart Cherry. I have created all kinds of odd concoctions of my own with it, but they have some fabulous recipes on their website, so I would highly recommend trying one of them.

Hydration from the inside out

It’s winter in Wisconsin, which means dry, blah, pale skin just due to the weather. However about a few weeks ago I found a fabulous new indigestible hydration serum at Target to add to my arsenal to combat the winter skin doldrums- RAE Wellness Hydration formula. It’s great because the hyaluronic acid in it plumps and hydrates skin from the inside out with these mostly tasteless drops. I put it in my water, my smoothies, whatever drink I am having and its such an easy way to increase my skins hydration and glow. Bonus- it’s vegan and gluten free.


I hope you enjoyed the first edition of HWH and that each week there is some kernel of goodness in it for you! 

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





Posural Healing

“Postural Healing uses Postural Alignment Therapy and Mind-Body Medicine Fundamentals to eliminate chronic pain and improve overall health by addressing not only the body as a whole, but by healing the whole person — body, mind and spirit. Our mission is to help you heal from chronic pain and discover lifelong tools you can use to remain active and pain free.”

~Anna Forliti, Owner of Postural Healing LLC

Welcome to The Collective: Postural Healing!

Anna Forliti is the owner of Postural Healing located at Wellness Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.  Her amazing practice is designed to help you get into harmony with your body through muscular work that aligns and balances your overall posture and body function. You can follow her on Instagram or Facebook @posturalhealing.

Below are some highlights from her practice to give you an inside look at why she chose this path, how it has benefited her, and how it can benefit you! To make an appointment or find out more, you can contact her at anna@posturalhealing.com or make an appointment online at her webpage.

What is Postural Alignment Therapy?

Postural Alignment Therapy uses gentle corrective exercises to re-balance muscles and realign the eight major load joints returning the body to its natural design posture. Restoring alignment and balance allows the body to naturally regenerate and heal itself while improving overall health. It looks at the body as a whole and focuses on eliminating the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than treating symptoms which creates effective and lasting results.

What is your own personal story and experience with Postural Alignment Therapy?

After my second child was born, chronic neck, back, and joint pain hit me. After spending much time, energy and money trying various modalities I had lost hope of feeling good again and began to accept that pain was just part of my life. And sometime later, I injured my back and was in severe pain.

It was when I found Postural Alignment Therapy, that I finally found a means to eliminate my own chronic pain. I was thrilled to learn that pain did not have to be part of my life and that my pain was related to my posture. I was not broken and there was nothing to fix!

Today I am pain free and have been for over a decade. As a result, I am able to do all the things I love. Through this process I have gained a much deeper body awareness, and listen to the signals my body is sending. My quality of life is greatly improved as I am not limited by pain and dysfunction.

How does it work and can it help me too?

Postural Alignment Therapy is for everyone! All of us develop muscle imbalances from past injuries, sedentary lifestyle, repetitive motions from work, hobbies, sports, etc. All of us can improve posture to prevent injury, increase function and improve overall health.

Poor posture is a symptom or warning from the body that can present in many ways including pain, decreased function, decreased energy levels, depression, etc. If we look twisted and shriveled on the outside how does that relate to the condition of our internal health? Our emotional state? Our energy flow? Our posture is often an outward reflection of our internal well-being.

Postural Healing is process involves more than just re-establishing the musculoskeletal system. All of our systems begin to respond to this new stimulus. When our musculoskeletal system is balanced then our entire being moves back to a more balanced state including our emotional state and our energy flow. Our internal organs move back to where they were designed to be relative to each other and to gravity allowing all of our systems to function more efficiently and the body to begin its own natural healing process.

What are your certifications?

Today my mission is to improve the lives of those I come in contact with by empowering them to eliminate their own chronic pain and to age gracefully without limitation.

As a certified Postural Alignment Specialist and Advanced Exercise Therapist certified by Egoscue University, I will give you the tools I was given to improve my health. Through this beautiful and gentle process you will rediscover that you have the power to improve your health igniting the desire to continually grow body, mind, and spirit. My certifications and membership involvement include:

  • Advanced Exercise Therapist certified by Egoscue University
  • CPR/AED certified through Red Cross
  • Professional Fitness/Wellness Coaching certification from LifeTime Academy
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Member of the MN Holistic Medical Group
  • Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Fundamentals
  • Provider at Bhakti Wellness Center
  • Volunteer Provider at Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center


Thanks again to Anna and Postural Healing for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to Anna for more information or to book an appointment for her services. 

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





Extasy Hair Salon

‘Wellness is a measure of someone’s mental and physical health… It comprises nearly every aspect of your life, measures and compares them with each other, and puts you at a certain ‘wellness’ level, which is arbitrary to every individual. Once you have a measure of the aspects in your life as a whole, aligned with how you feel, you have your very own wellness level.’

~Monika Greczek, Owner of Extasy Hair Studio and Spa

Welcome to The Collective: Extasy Hair Studio & Spa!

Monika is the owner of Extasy Hair Studio & Spa based in Palos Hills, IL, and not only does she have a wonderful holistic based salon, but she carries a fabulous line up of natural products to help you look and feel your best!

I have known Monika for years and she is the real deal. She researches, tests, and uses the products she sells (if she doesn’t use it, you can be certain she will not carry it in her salon) and is always discovering innovative new products. She is fully engaged personally and professionally in helping her family, her friends, and her clients live their best lives; mind, body, and soul through her services and products. You can follow the salon on Facebook@extasyhairstudio and Instagram@extasyhairstudioandspa.

Below, I am highlighting three of the many amazing products she carries. And if you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely reach out to her to learn more, obtain your exclusive Collective discount, and try them for yourself.

1. Neora Skincare

As I mentioned, I have known Monika for a while. Last summer we were at the lake and she had absolutely no makeup on and she looked amazing. So amazing, that I asked her if she had work done (there is no shame in my game). Her skin was smooth, tight and glowing.  She had no bags, no dark circles under her eyes. I was convinced she must have had Botox. She laughed at me and said that she had not had anything done, but she had changed to a new skincare line called Neora.

Check out her before and after photos on her Facebook and you will see why I was certain she had work done. She is a walking testament to the power of this natural skincare line formulated by powerful plant based science. I asked her for the inside scoop on what she uses in her daily skin care routine, and here’s her favorites : the Age IQ Double-Cleansing Face Wash, IllumaBoost Brightening & Shield Serum, Age IQ Eye Serum and the Age IQ Day and Evening Cream’s. She also mentioned that it is all about layering with this system, so when you talk to her be sure to ask her what the magic order is.

2. Uforia Supplements

There are no shortage of good supplement companies out there. This one though is pretty special. Uforia sends you a DNA kit to swab your saliva and then they create customized supplement nutrition based specifically on your bodies unique DNA and needs.

Every formulation is vegan, non-gmo, gluten free and made from the highest quality plant based ingredients. Their website does a great job of explaining the science and process and I would recommend you check them out!

3. Voxxlife Socks

If you have not heard of these and you work on your feet all day, have any health challenges, or just want to feel better- you want to get a pair of these high tech socks designed to improve balance, mobility, and pain management they also improve energy, neural health, and recovery time.

Voxxlife is a human performance technology company that offers socks, shoe insoles and patches you can wear to create a neuropath to faster wellness. Again the science on these is pretty interesting and the website does a great job of explaining it.  Pro golfer Chip McDaniel uses them, as do many other everyday and professional athletes. And, doctors and practitioners are recommending them to their patients as an innovative new tool for optimal health.

Thanks again to Monika and Extasy Hair Studio & Spa for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to Monika for more information on any of the products featured today. 

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





Yoga Class

As Yoga Girl founder Rachel Brathen has said so beautifully, “The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible or standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil layers of protection your have built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, …well, you. “

Yoga is a tool and a resource.

I tried my first hot yoga class over 20 years ago. After 90 minutes of intense sweating, bending, folding, stretching and breathing, I was lying on the floor in savasana and  I felt a calm that I had never experienced from lifting weights or cardio. I was exhausted, much as I would be from any hard workout, but there was a release and a peace to the exhaustion that I had just never found in my workouts.

I continued going every day for two months and found I was such a different person mentally that I wasn’t sure if I was more hooked on the physical or the mental aspects of it ( I had become limber, strong and lost weight). Either way, throughout my life yoga has been an ongoing source of renewal, quiet, energy, and good vibes for me and I am so grateful I found it to add to my toolbox.

In this post I will go over my top five reasons you should try yoga and I hope that after reading this, you will give yoga a try.  And if you are already a fan, that you will hop on your mat with gratitude for the awesomeness of this amazing practice of wellness, peace and joy.

1. It’s accessible for everyone.

One of the most wonderful things about yoga is that anyone can do it. Let me repeat that- ANYONE- can do yoga.  It does not matter what your age, height, weight or body frame size is. It does not matter how flexible or athletic you are. It does not matter if your have health or body  restrictions or challenges.

Yoga is for everyone because it is about doing what you are able to and modifying as needed. There are props- foam blocks, straps, blankets, pillows, bolsters and more to allow you to comfortably participate at the level that is appropriate for you right where you are at.

So many people are scared to try yoga and they say “I am not flexible enough, I am too old, I am too out of shape..”. But, the reality is that those are EXACTLY the reasons you should try yoga! To be more flexible, to reduce the effects of aging on our bodies, and to get into shape!

2. It’s portable and there are a lot of options to choose from.

Just like everyone can do yoga, you can also do yoga anywhere- with or without a mat. It could be a studio, a beach, a grassy yard, a hotel room, or on your bed! Tara Stiles of Strala Yoga has a collection of fantastic bed yoga videos (a positively delicious way to wake up and get into the groove for the day!) on YouTube.

I love to practice in a class at a studio. And it’s where I would recommend anyone new to yoga start to try it, because you will have an instructor there to guide you through poses, help you make safe adjustments to get the most out of your practice. And you will be able to experience the energy and social connections a class provides.

Establishing a home practice is another great way to fit in yoga if you have a really busy schedule or do not have a studio or class near your home or work. There are DVD’s, online classes, and books that are all great resources to create a varied home practice. Glo.com is a great resource for online classes by world famous yoga teachers. A home practice is also useful to have established if you travel frequently and do not have the time to experiment with classes from local studios in the areas you are visiting.

The other fabulous thing about yoga is that if you don’t like one kind of yoga, there are at least a dozen other varieties to try and you will know when you have found “the one” for you. For me it was hot yoga and restorative yoga. I highly recommend trying many different kinds, because each has something unique to teach you and for you to take away from it. You can read about different approaches and varieties, look online in the larger yoga studio’s at their class offerings and try a sampling of different classes, or watch and research on YouTube.

3. It improves your focus and forces you to slow down.

You have to be present while you practice and if you are a Type A personality or a hyper busy multi-tasker, yoga can be a fantastic tool to keep you from burning out and to keep you balanced mentally.

Yoga requires you to focus inward- on your breath, your movements, and your body’s sensations and feelings as you move through your practice. You will be forced to stop thinking about what you need to do, what you didn’t do, what’s for dinner, the meeting tomorrow, etc. for seconds, minutes and even an hour at a time.

Yoga practice is a direct route to mindfulness and checking in with your inner self and your well-being. Every time you practice will be different. One day you come to the mat tired and drained, the next day you might be joyful and exuberant. Some days you will be agitated and will not be able to concentrate for more than 5 seconds, others you will be calm and settle into a state of ease.

That is the beauty of the experience of yoga, every single time you bring where you are in your life to the mat and that is what it is about- checking in with yourself and living in this moment fully.

4. It’s a chance to get quiet with yourself.

Yoga is personal and yoga is community. Often classes will end with the teacher closing the class and the students repeating back to him/ her the word “Namaste” which translates into “the light within me honors the light within you”.

Every time we come to the mat, we bring whatever is going on for us that day and that moment- good, bad, ugly or beautiful. And every time we leave our mat, we leave a different person than when we came to it and hopefully we take that better version of ourselves- that version that is kinder, softer, more relaxed, centered, calm, grounded, and peaceful out into the world and we share that vibe with others.

We live in a over-stimulated world that moves at a wickedly fast pace. The 20, 30 or 60 minutes you spend on your mat may be the only time in a day you have to ground yourself and slow down. Go try a a class and see if you don’t agree that you feel more connected to your inner self, feelings, mood, and needs. And maybe you leave nicer, more patient, and loving.

5. It makes you look good and feel good.

Yes, it’s vain but it’s certainly a valid reason to try yoga and stick with it. There is a reason yogi’s and yogini’s age well mentally and physically- check out Tao Porchon-Lynch who is a phenomenal example of the power of yoga and graceful aging. She has led a remarkable and fascinating life of 100 years and still teaches yoga on a regular basis! I follow her Instagram and dream that I am 1% as awesome as she is when I reach 100.

Yoga strengthens muscles, bones, organs, circulation and energy flow while also improving balance, flexibility, and overall body function. Yoga can detox skin, reduce stress, improve your sex life (read this article for more on that) and give you more energy and calm. Who doesn’t want all of the above?  Not a fan of Botox or fillers? Give this face yoga ritual featured in Marie Claire UK a try as a natural alternative.

I hope you will enjoy your first yoga class as much as I did mine and it becomes a life long love affair. 

And if you are a yoga teacher or studio in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro or Madison area please join the collective and share you talents and practice with us! 

Cheers & Be Well,

Heather Sloan initials

Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO,          The Alt Care Collective





Think Week - Woman Journaling about Self Care

THE ALT CARE COLLECTIVE has officially launched this week and I could not be more excited to ring in a new year of possibilities, dreams, hopes, and goals with you! My wish for all of our Alt Care Collective partners and members in 2020 is this…


That you may take steps toward your most healthy and vibrant life, discover your passions and talents and use them to do good in the world, and that you may love yourself and your family forward into a year of abundance, joy, productivity and ease. Happy New Year- may all your hopes and dreams be in the making!

What if your 2020 resolution was simply to take care of yourself?

Like 99% of the population, I watch Netflix, and I was pretty thrilled with the original series “Inside Bill’s Brain” about Bill Gates (he’s a fascinating human in my book) and it’s what inspired this post. While certainly not a revolutionary concept, I thought it was interesting that they highlighted the fact that he took a respite every so often affectionately termed “Think Week”, where he would head off into isolation and read and relax and unwind for a week all by himself. By HIMSELF.

I don’t know about you, but that is the stuff of my dreams! I have a husband, four teenage boys and three pets so “Think Week” sounds like heaven on earth in my book. To escape, to have no one to answer to, nothing to have to get done other than whatever I feel like doing- to just unwind and find my own inner core again without the daily pressures, commitments and chaos of life sounds deliciously decadent, indulgent and wonderful. And I am sure Bill feels the same way.

We all need a “Think Week”

It doesn’t matter if you are Bill Gates, or you or I. We all have the same need to unplug and re-charge our batteries from time to time. That is the goal of The Alt Care Collective- to help you find ways to live your best life and be healthy, vibrant, productive and balanced through our wellness and care network of providers and products.

Everyone’s “Think Week” is going to look a little different based on what restores your soul and grounds you. It might be a trip to the beach or the mountains; you might book a hotel room with a balcony or sleep under the stars in a tent. It should be whatever and wherever your heart is calm and happy. It could be a weekend instead of a week.

Put it in ink

The magic is not in the details, it is in the commitment to execute and find time and allow yourself to detach and be alone with yourself. Give yourself permission and follow through. Put it on your calendar- in permanent marker. Buy the plane ticket. Book the hotel or Air B & B. Check out the books if reading is your fancy. Get your paints out that have been sitting collecting dust and go get a canvas. Prepare and enjoy. Even if you only get to do it once a year that is better than zero times a year. If you can swing it two or four times a year- even better.

You will return a better person. You will be re-energized, full of vigor and calm, inspired, happy and centered. And that will make you a better employee, leader, family member, significant other, friend and parent. We can’t give what we don’t have, and every day someone will need something from us. Take the time to take care of yourself and you will be able to live your most productive, loving, compassionate and brilliant life which benefits you- and everyone around you.

So, I raise a toast to “Think Week”, and am off to schedule mine!

Cheers & Be Well,


Heather Sloan

Heather Sloan
Founder & CEO