Get Healthier Skin Naturally

Tips for healthier skin and natural beauty.

Foods we can eat or apply to our skin:

Did you know that strawberries have more anti-aging vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit? Just make sure those yummy strawberries are organic.

Olive Oil is great for your insides but it also makes your skin super soft, try coconut oil to.

 

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The juice in pomegranate seeds contain ellagic acid and punic alagin which fight damage from free radicals and help preserve the collagen in your skin. It’s also a powerful source of phytonutrients that promote healthy skin.

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Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. “And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant,” adds Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.

“Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity,” Dr. Bank says. The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production.

“Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes,” Dr. Wu says.

Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels, when topically applied, Dr. Bank says.

Steel-cut oatmeal is less processed than other varieties, so it retains more vitamins. “Plus, it takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable,” Dr. Wu says.

Sooth redness with green tea. “It’s very high in antioxidants, particularly one named EGCG, which is proved to reduce redness,” says Jeffrey Morrison, MD

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More tips we can do to keep our skin healthier:

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Avoid sun during peak times.
  • Use organic sunscreen that protects UVA and UVB.
  • Remove makeup before sleeping.
  • Eat organic, Non-GMO foods.
  • Eliminate trans fats and sugars.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Meditate

 

LifeFactory PBA Free Glass Bottles – The dangers of BPA Plastic

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Forget the plastic drinking bottles. We don’t want BPA plastics. LifeFactory has a bunch of fun glass bottles as well as other glass containers. I’m sipping my water from a glass LifeFactory bottle with a white silicone sleeve as I write this post. 🙂

Since we covered how fun it can be to drink out of a BPA free glass bottle.

Let’s talk about BPA and it’s potential dangers.

BPA is said to cause cancers can increase risk of heart related disease, disrupt hormones, it even proves toxic and harmful to brain development in infants and children! That’s enough information to make me clear my kitchen cabinets of all plastics that are not BPA free!

What exactly is BPA?

Bisphenol A (BPA) was first identified in the 1930s. In the 1950s, chemists linked BPA together to create polycarbonates and companies began using the chemical in plastics production. These plastics are found in many products such as refillable beverage containers, protective linings in food cans, plastic dinnerware, impact resistant safety equipment and epoxy resins. BPA is also used in the production of materials found in dental composites and sealants. The substance is now deeply imbedded in the manufacturing of a large amount of products in our modern society.

The list is endless when it comes to the products that have BPA in them. Bisphenol A has also been used as an inert ingredient in pesticides (although in the US this has apparently been halted), as a fungicide, antioxidant, flame retardant, rubber chemical, and polyvinyl chloride stabilizer. Additionally, BPA can be found in “films, sheets, and laminations; reinforced pipes; floorings; water main filters; enamels and varnishes; adhesives; artificial teeth; nail polish; electric insulators; and as parts of automobiles, certain machines, tools, electrical appliances, and office automation instruments” (Takahashi and Oishi 2000).

Maybe I should have considered writing about what products don’t have BPA! I think the list would probably be a bit shorter! Even more frightening is that BPA is now one of the top 50 chemicals being produced in the US. Yes, the top 50 chemicals!

One of the most disconcerting pieces of information I have come across is that your potential exposure to BPA through canned and epoxy lined boxed food and drinks is considerably higher than through plastics. Almost every single canned food item you purchase, whether it is organic or not, is lined with BPA. Yikes! Of all foods tested, chicken soup, infant formula and ravioli had BPA levels of highest concern. Just one to three servings of foods with these concentrations could expose a woman or child to BPA at levels that caused serious adverse effects in animal tests. I was always conscious of the plastics that I used but I had no idea that the real threat is in the canned and boxed foods including baby formula!

Check out the video below, We’re Poisoned! – FDA is killing us *Plastics* Bisphenol-A. An interview with University of Missouri Professor Frederick vom Saal an expert in BPA and a leading researcher. Vom Saal and his team have managed to keep a spotlight on BPA safety for the past decade.

Info snippet from: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/bisphenol-A.html

 

How BPA affects us:

Behavioral changes

Early puberty

Diabetes and obesity

Down Syndrome

Reduced sperm count

Breast cancer

Prostate disease and cancer

Impaired immune function

Decreased anti-oxidant enzyme levels

Brain damage

Changes in brain chemistry

 

Reduce exposure to BPA:

1. Avoid the heat.

Make sure not to microwave in plastic or leave your plastic water bottles in full sunlight, this is an invitation for BPA to leech into your liquid and food over time.

2. Go glass.

Invest in some glassware to store your food in and get yourself a stainless steel water bottle.

3. Look for “BPA free” labels, because even bottle lids can have BPA coating.

The National Institute of Health Sciences also suggests using the tactic of reading recycle codes in an effort to avoid BPA, saying, “Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 [on the bottom of the container] may be made with BPA.”

Info snippet from: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11107/what-is-bpa-anyway.html

 

Burt’s Bees Whitening Toothpaste Fluoride-Free Review

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It does the job, it tastes fine and it’s fluoride-free with whitening. Most importantly it does not have  sodium laurel sulphate which is in 99% of all other toothpastes which makes them foam. I only used this one tube but I like the fact that you can pretty much find this toothpaste at most stores that carry the Burt’s bees brand. Because let’s face it sometimes you aren’t near a health food store where you have the choice from several different brands. I have what I think would be considered semi-sensitive teeth and this toothpaste didn’t bother me a bit however I know everyone is different. My overall verdict is it’s not bad, I have had better but it gets the job done and without the ingredients I know I don’t want in my body.

What’s your favorite toothpaste?

EO Essentials Shampoo Review

EO Love Life. Live Clean – I love that motto! I have used their products for a few years now and love their bath salts, lip balm, lotions and so forth but what I am really loving at the moment is their shampoos!

The Rosemary & Mint Shampoo for all hair types smells like heaven! Can I stay in the shower and smell my hair?

The Lavender & Aloe Shampoo is just as amazing with the lovely smell of Lavender the Aloe is a major bonus. I love Aloe for my hair.

 

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Their shampoos leave your hair clean, you feel refreshed and washing your hair will leave a smile on your face. It removes oils without drying your hair out. That’s a number one for me, being that my scalp is prone to oiliness. (I’ve been also testing out and playing with different dry shampoos, some DIY homemade recipes too. So, be sure to look out for that in the near future.)

Overall, I’m super impressed with their shampoos. I have loved and used their products in the past so I’m not surprised by the goodness in their shampoos.

If you want to see more of their products check out their website: http://www.eoproducts.com

Cold and Flu Season Stay Ahead of the Game

Herbal Antibiotics, Antivirals to Treat Colds and Flu

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Echinacea

This powerful herb encourages white blood cells and lymphocytes to attack invading microbes, increasing both the number and activity of the defending cells. It is available in standardized extract as well as in teas, capsules and power bars. By the way, in most places you can grow your own, and it is quite ornamental with its lovely flowers. Echinacea is used to treat infections and wounds, colds and flus, allergies and strep throat.

 

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Olive leaf

Olive leaf extract has been used for centuries in the Middle East and Mediterranean lands. It fights colds and flus, increases energy, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers blood pressure and, surprisingly, aids against autoimmune disorders. The extract, rich in phytochemicals, is especially good combined with other anti-oxidants. Olive trees also yield olive oil, of course, and this monounsaturated oil (like another one found in wheat germ) protects the body from viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric

The common spice turmeric contains curcumin, which has notable antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and gastro-intestinal health benefits. Animal studies on this herb have revealed that turmeric can protect the liver from alcohol, toxins and other pollutants. Turmeric also helps in digestive problems by stimulating bile flow.

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Garlic

Garlic and onions contain chemicals that help activate natural killer cells and T-helper cells, and as a fringe benefit these vegetables defend you against cancer and heart disease. Garlic (like vitamin C) will help clear up a runny nose.

 

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Pau D’Arco

This herb from Peru is commonly used for gastro-intestinal problems, but it also works wonders on stimulating the immune response to help ward off infections and disease. Pau d’arco contains oxindole alkaloids that enhance the immune system’s ability to destroy bacteria and viruses.

Chris DePaulo is a staff writer for Rabble Magazine, focusing on health, nutrition, lifestyles and the environment. To download the free special report “Survive in the Age of Superbugs,” sign up for RABBLE’s free e-newsletter on the website, RabbleMagazine.com.

Top Reasons Organic is BEST!

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1. Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies
Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.

Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn’t just benefit your family, it helps all families live less toxically.

2. Reduce if Not Eliminate Off Farm Pollution
Industrial agriculture doesn’t singularly pollute farmland and farm workers; it also wreaks havoc on the environment downstream. Pesticide drift affects non-farm communities with odorless and invisible poisons. Synthetic fertilizer drifting downstream is the main culprit for dead zones in delicate ocean environments, such as the Gulf of Mexico, where its dead zone is now larger than 22,000 square kilometers, an area larger than New Jersey, according to Science magazine, August, 2002.

3. Protect Future Generations
Before a mother first nurses her newborn, the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun. Studies show that infants are exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in utero. In fact, our nation is now reaping the results of four generations of exposure to agricultural and industrial chemicals, whose safety was deemed on adult tolerance levels, not on children’s. According to the National Academy of Science, “neurologic and behavioral effects may result from low-level exposure to pesticides.” Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility.

4. Build Healthy Soil
Mono-cropping and chemical fertilizer dependency has taken a toll with a loss of top soil estimated at a cost of $40 billion per year in the U.S., according to David Pimental of Cornell University. Add to this an equally disturbing loss of micro nutrients and minerals in fruits and vegetables. Feeding the soil with organic matter instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilizers has proven to increase nutrients in produce, with higher levels of vitamins and minerals found in organic food, according to the 2005 study, “Elevating Antioxidant levels in food through organic farming and food processing,” Organic Center State of Science Review (1.05)

5. Taste Better and Truer Flavor
Scientists now know what we eaters have known all along: organic food often tastes better. It makes sense that strawberries taste yummier when raised in harmony with nature, but researchers at Washington State University just proved this as fact in lab taste trials where the organic berries were consistently judged as sweeter. Plus, new research verifies that some organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food. Let the organic feasting begin!

6. Assist Family Farmers of all Sizes
According to Organic Farming Research Foundation, as of 2006 there are approximately 10,000 certified organic producers in the U.S. compared to 2500 to 3,000 tracked in 1994. Measured against the two million farms estimated in the U.S. today, organic is still tiny. Family farms that are certified organic farms have a double economic benefit: they are profitable and they farm in harmony with their surrounding environment. Whether the farm is a 4-acre orchard or a 4,000-acre wheat farm, organic is a beneficial practice that is genuinely family-friendly.

7. Avoid Hasty and Poor Science in Your Food
Cloned food. GMOs and rBGH. Oh my! Interesting how swiftly these food technologies were rushed to market, when organic fought for 13 years to become federal law. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against these and other modern, lab-produced additions to our food supply, and the only food term with built in inspections and federal regulatory teeth.

8. Eating with a Sense of Place
Whether it is local fruit, imported coffee or artisan cheese, organic can demonstrate a reverence for the land and its people. No matter the zip code, organic has proven to use less energy (on average, about 30 percent less), is beneficial to soil, water and local habitat, and is safer for the people who harvest our food. Eat more seasonably by supporting your local farmers market while also supporting a global organic economy year round. It will make your taste buds happy.

9. Promote Biodiversity
Visit an organic farm and you’ll notice something: a buzz of animal, bird and insect activity. These organic oases are thriving, diverse habitats. Native plants, birds and hawks return usually after the first season of organic practices; beneficial insects allow for a greater balance, and indigenous animals find these farms a safe haven. As best said by Aldo Leopold, “A good farm must be one where the native flora and fauna have lost acreage without losing their existence.” An organic farm is the equivalent of reforestation. Industrial farms are the equivalent of clear cutting of native habitat with a focus on high farm yields.

10. Celebrate the Culture of Agriculture
Food is a ‘language’ spoken in every culture. Making this language organic allows for an important cultural revolution whereby diversity and biodiversity are embraced and chemical toxins and environmental harm are radically reduced, if not eliminated. The simple act of saving one heirloom seed from extinction, for example, is an act of biological and cultural conservation. Organic is not necessarily the most efficient farming system in the short run. It is slower, harder, more complex and more labor-intensive. But for the sake of culture everywhere, from permaculture to human culture, organic should be celebrated at every table.

 

http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-206

 

1. Nutrient density.

Organic farmers nourish the soil that feeds our food. Research shows that organically-produced foods are higher in antioxidants and other nutrients than their conventional counterparts. more

2. No persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

Designed by intent to kill living organisms, persistent pesticides can be harmful to wildlife and human health, especially as they contaminate our food, air and water or accumulate in our cells. Synthetic fertilizers require large quantities of fossil fuels to produce, and contribute to soil degradation and ocean dead zones. more: pesticides fertilizers

3. No synthetic growth or breeding hormones.

Avoiding synthetic hormones (which are frequently given to conventional dairy and meat animals to alter reproductive cycles and speed up growth) means less stress for animals, and reduced human exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. more

4. No antibiotics.

Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals leads to the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections. Organic farmers instead rely on natural measures to promote and maintain animal health.  more

5. No GMOs.

Genetically engineered crops are a relatively recent technology with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems and human and animal health. Organic regulations forbid the use of genetically engineered seeds or animals (including clones). more

6. Animal care.

Organic philosophy means raising animals in harmony with nature. Quality animal care keeps animals healthy and productive, naturally. As we like to say, happy cows make the best milk! more

http://www.organicvalley.coop/why-organic/overview/

http://www.organicvalley.coop/why-organic/organic-defined/the-natural-hoax/

 

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Lavender Oil and ways you can use it

Lavender oil smells lovely doesn’t it? It’s calming for the body, both physically and emotionally. Believe it or not but lavender essential oil that is very versatile. You can use it for so many things:  relax before you sleep, use it for your next message or foot rub, disinfect cuts and scrapes.

  1.  Calm your mind:  Having a stressful day?  Simply inhale the scent to calm your mind.  You may choose to place a few drops in your hands and inhale, or you can actually rub lavender oil right onto your temples for an immediate feeling of calm.
  2. Get some sleep:  If you have trouble sleeping, sprinkling a few drops of lavender oil directly onto your pillow will have you drifting off in no time.
  3. Bee stings and bug bites:  Put one drop of lavender oil right onto the sting or bug bite. This will combat itching and will reduce the swelling.
  4. Minor burn pain:  If you have a light burn, add a few drops of lavender oil.  This will ease the pain and will get rid of the redness.
  5. Disinfects: Lavender oil is an antiseptic, so it is perfect for cleaning wounds. Got a cut?  Immediately put a little lavender oil on it. Not only will it disinfect, it will also help stop the bleeding.  In fact, it is so good a stopping bleeding, you can also use it for a nose bleed.  Just put a few drops on a tissue, wrap the tissue around a chip of ice, and then put this at the base of your nose until the bleeding stops.
  6. Motion sickness, morning sickness, nausea:  Lavender oil really is good for what ails you! No matter what is causing your nausea, be it motion sickness, morning sickness or a good old upset stomach, this works.   To cure nausea, just put some lavender oil behind your ears, or one drop on the end of your tongue.
  7. Dry skin and chapped lips: Just rub a few drops of this essential oil on dry skin or chapped lips and feel immediate relief!  This goes for sunburned lips, too.  Ahhh! Relief.
  8. Dandruff: Dandruff can be ‘cured’ with lavender oil. Really!  You just need to add a few drops to your shampoo and/or conditioner.  Or you can choose to rub several drops directly onto your scalp. This works because it helps to alleviate the dry skin of the scalp, which is all that dandruff really is.
  9. Hay fever: If you have hay fever, inhaling lavender oil right from the bottle, or from the palm of your hands, will get rid of symptoms.  Or you can add a few drops to boiling water, place a towel over your head, and lean over the pan. Inhale the steam and breathe freely again.
  10. Get rid of cold sores:  Yes, that is right! A drop of lavender oil will actually make your cold sore disappear.
  11. Enhance flavor: If you add a few drops of lavender oil to baked goods, chocolate desserts or even salad dressings you will really notice the flavors pop!

http://blogs.naturalnews.com/top-11-excellent-uses-lavender-oil/

10 Uses for Coconut Oil

First of all What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. Wikipedia

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There are so many amazing things you can do with Coconut Oil. Cooking yes, but so much more!

10 Uses for Coconut Oil you may not know about-

 

  1. Soothe Bug Bites

  2. Boost Your Energy

  3. Soften and Hydrate Skin and Cuticles

  4. As an Eye-Makeup Remover

  5. Deep Condition Your Hair

  6. Rub on Babys bottom for a safe Diaper cream

  7. Massage Oil

  8. Speed up Weight Loss when consumed daily

  9. Deep Fry your organic Chicken dinner

  10. Natural Deodorant

 

Have you used coconut oil in any of these ways?