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How Weather Affects Our Skin.

ultherapy2There are several factors that affect the health of our skin and as we get older our skin reveals how we’ve lived our lives.  Naturally our skin takes a lot of abuse more abuse than most other organs we have. So it’s key to good looking skin throughout our lives is to treat it well  by protecting it and nourishing it. But how does weather affect our skin? Well the two main sources are cold weather and exposure to sun.

To start protecting your skin it’s a really simple solution, the first is sunscreen.  The damage the sun can cause on skin ranges from causing discoloration in exposed sections to causing a loss of elasticity to your skin which causes wrinkles. The other and most dangerous is skin cancer. You should use sunscreen during every season and not just for Summer. The reason is your skin is exposed to UV rays all year round. To protect it you can use a broad spectrum of sunscreens starting at SPF 15. 

The sun isn’t the only weather factor that can cause damage to your skin, the cold can do that as well. Cold weather brings with it a much lower level of humidity. This will cause your skin to dry and crack from your lips, face, hands, and to your feet. The main thing to do here is to keep your skin hydrated and covered, easily enough by just a pair of gloves and a scarf. For hydrating your skin make sure you exfoliate before applying a moisturiser that has a bit of a heavier cream consistency  should work just make sure you apply it in the morning and before bed at least. Those with skin conditions like eczema should be weary as the colder climate tend to cause flares in condition. 


Five superfoods to make a super you!

A lot of good and healthy food choices are out there, but are you aware of a special category of foods found in nature called superfoods? Calorie thin and nutrient dense, superfoods pack a lot of punch in terms of goodness. In fact, the top five are those which are easily accessible, tasty and easy to incorporate in to many different dishes.

Superfood #1: Nuts. Known for being a superior source of protein, Nuts are also rich in anti-oxidants and the good fats. Always opt for the unsalted variety, you can find multiple uses for peanuts, almonds and walnuts in your daily diet by tossing into a salad or grad a handful a quick snack.

Superfood #2: Quinoa. This grain-like seed is full of anti-oxidants and is a source of all essential amino acids, including lysine, which also makes Quinoa a complete protein. Quinoa is easily prepared much like other grains. It can be cooked up and added to salads, soups and stews for a nutty goodness or enjoyed by itself as a pilaf.

Superfood #3: Beans. The legume family, from dark red kidney beans for chili to chickpeas for salads, can give you a boost of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium; and they are high in fiber as well. Beans are a hearty and versatile food that can be satisfyng enough to use as the basis of a main dish or entree.

Superfood #4: Yogurt. Yogurt is packed full of calcium and other nutrients but it’s the presence of prebiotics and probiotics that make this a superfood. Yogurt is perfect for a quick breakfast or snack and wonderful when mixed with berries into a healthy smoothie drink.

Superfood #5: Salmon. Wild salmon is not only high in vitamins and protein but also Omega-3 fatty acids, which that body cannot produce on its own. Wild salmon is wonderful grilled up with some lemon and served with a side of steamed vegetables or wild rice.

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Red Wine’s Health Benefits

While too much alcohol can be harmful to the body, enjoying the occasional glass of red wine may not be a bad thing. In fact, there have been several studies done to confirm that red wine offers many health benefits.

Heart Healthy? Red wine is packed with antioxidants and resveratrol which have been found to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. Even a glass a day can benefit you, but too much of a good thing doesn’t work either, especially alcohol.
Brain Health? Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Cancer Fighting?

Cancer Fighting? Studies have shown that drinking 4 or more glasses of red wine a week may reduce a man’s overall risk of prostate cancer by up to 50%. For women, red wine has been shown to lower the risk of breast cancer. That said, moderation is key as 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks per day appears to increase the risk of breast cancer in women. With 1 glass of red wine per day, the antioxidants and resveratrol in red wine can also help protect against lung cancer.

Lower cholesterol? While resvertrol has many healing properties, including lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, red wine also contains saponins which also have cholesterol lowering properties.


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Three Must-Have Vitamins

Many people do understand the link between a healthy body and healthy skin. Feeding the body the right nutrients is the key to having healthy skin. Below are three must-have vitamins that everyone should get in their diets:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A can be found in broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe, yogurt, liver and mango. This nutrient helps prevent acne and skin cancer. Vitamin A also helps keep the eyes healthy. People who are not getting the recommended amount of vitamin A are more likely to have dry, rough skin.

Vitamin D

Sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D. However, most people do not get enough of this nutrient from direct sunlight. Eggs, tuna fish, salmon, cod liver oil and mushrooms are just a few of the many foods that are rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D can help prevent skin cancer. Studies have shown that nearly 75 percent of adults and teens are deficient in this vitamin. Many people will benefit from taking a supplement. However, people should always consult with their doctor before adding a vitamin D supplement to their regime.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is classified as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are a group of nutrients that help protect the body against free radical damage. Free radicals damage tissue and speed up the process of aging. Citrus fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin E.

People who eat a well-balanced diet will be able to get adequate amounts of vitamins A, D and E. They will also be able to keep their skin glowing and healthy.

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Health and Skin Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

Eating healthy is the best way to achieve a better body, health and skin. A proper diet also ensures that you always feel and look your best. Incorporating super foods, like brussels sprouts, into your diet will offer amazing health and skincare benefits. On a personal note, if you think you don’t like brussel sprouts, try them again. Up until a year ago I hadn’t touched them since I was a kid. I had dinner at my brother’s house and my sister in law teaches cooking. I tried the brussel sprouts and they were great. Now I even cook them myself!

Brussels sprouts provide high levels of Vitamin C, sulforaphane and antioxidants. When these key elements are combined, they protect the body against viral infections and cancer. The high concentration of Vitamin C also supports collagen production, creating better skin elasticity for a more youthful appearance.

Incorporating brussels sprouts in to your diet is one of many ways you can help take better care of your body, inside and out.


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Top three things you should incorporate into your diet daily

A well balanced, well rounded and nutritionally complete diet is one of the best methods of ensuring total body health. As you eat the right foods regularly you’ll look and feel better. Your skin, nails and hair also draw nutrients from the foods you eat and thus making sure you incorporate the top three items in to your daily diet will help you in looking and feeling great.

For your body to work properly you must replenish its water supply daily by consuming foods and drinks that contain water. Water is essential in keeping skin moisturized by adding it to your daily routine your skin will look and feel softer, smoother and suppler.

The second most important step is to consume various amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. You can opt for items that have high concentrations of vitamins that are beneficial to skin, hair, nail and total body health. Oranges, apples, dark leafy greens, broccoli, beets, spinach, bananas and carrots all have high levels of nutrients that can help you look your best as you feed your skin from the inside out.

The third essential step in a well-balanced diet that is ideal for skin health is nuts and whole grains. Whole grains help to support a properly running digestive system which helps to flush toxins out of the body and nuts give you good fats and oils which can help in keeping skin well moisturized.

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