Thursday, June 29, 2017

Let's Chew the Fat -- A Review of the Different Kinds of Fat

Good fats, bad fats. Trans-fats. Saturated fats and unsaturated fats. The list goes on!

With all the different kinds of fats out there, some of which are good for you and some of which are not, it can be hard to figure out which fats you should eat and which you shouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.

Food commercials, which promote foods that have zero trans-fats, confuse the matter even more. Of course, it's obvious to most people that junk-food and fast-food fats are, in general, not the healthiest to consume. And then there's the whole connection between fats and LDL and HDL. So how can you figure out which fats are good, bad or indifferent?

A Quick Review of Fats
To help you pick the good fats from the bad, let's chew the fat and do a quick review of the different kinds of fats out there. First, you need to know something about fats: our bodies can make the different kinds of fats it needs from other kinds of fats or even from carbohydrates. There is, however, one class of fats that the body cannot make, and these are called polyunsaturated fats. We have to get these fats from our diet. It's an important distinction, so keep it in mind as you read through the list below of all the different fats out there.

Our bodies actually need fats for a variety of processes such as energy, to absorb vitamins and minerals, in building cell membranes, to help blood clot, control inflammation, for muscle movement, and for soft skin. In fact the 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say that adults should get 20 to 35 percent of their calories from fats with a minimum of 10 percent. The problem with fat really lies in the fact that there are some fats considered "good" fats and others that are "bad" fats and the average American has too much fat, between 34 and 40 percent in their diet. This is due to so many foods having fats hidden in them so you may not even realize how much fat you are consuming and since fat is more calorie dense than carbs or proteins, it can lead to being overweight whether from good or bad fats. Consider that fat of any type measures at 9 calories per gram while carbs and proteins only measure 4 calories per gram and you'll see that is quite a difference. Too much fat in the diet not only leads to being overweight but also increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and heart disease. According to Alice Lichtenstein. DSc, a researcher at Tufts University, this makes it very important to choose the right fats to include in your diet.

The Bad Fats
There are two kinds of bad fats: saturated fats and trans-fats. Both of these kinds of fats tend to increase level of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and increase the chances of heart disease.

Saturated Fat
Saturated fats are very common in food, and are solid at room temperature. These are the fats that you see in bacon and butter. There are about two dozen different kinds of saturated fats, and they are abundant in meat fats, dairy products, and certain vegetable oils, such as coconut and palm oil. Saturated fat tends to increase the amount of LDL, or bad cholesterol, in the body. Even though saturated fats can negatively affect our cholesterol levels, there are saturated fats that are good for us. According to Tim Ferriss from FourHourWorkWeek.com, the types of saturated fats found in foods like butter, cream, and coconut oil are necessary for metabolism function to operate properly as well as having other health benefits. Since the brain needs lots of healthy fats to feed it, having more of these in your diet will help it keep brain chemicals stable, keep the brain working optimally and reduce sugar cravings. Just be picky on what saturated fats you are adding to your diet.

Trans-Fats
Trans-fats are basically a human invention. A while back scientists discovered that they could heat up polyunsaturated fat, one of the good fats, from vegetable oil and turn it into solid form by introducing hydrogen gas and nickel metal particles. This is a trans-fat. This made it easier for the food industry to use the fat in their good products, and ship the resulting foods around the world. Unfortunately, trans-fats are truly unhealthy. Not only do trans-fats increase LDL, the bad cholesterol, and decrease HDL, the good cholesterol, but studies show that these fats also increase inflammation in the body. These fats also contribute to the development of heart disease, diabetes, and blood clots. In fact, these fats are so bad that Institute of Medicine says that the only safe level of trans-fats for humans is zero. Avoid trans-fats by staying away from French fries, doughnuts, margarine, vegetable shortening, and pre-packaged pastries.

The Good Fats
There are also two kinds of good fats: monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. By increasing your intake of these two unsaturated fats in place of saturated and trans-fats, you get the benefits of decreasing LDL while increasing HDL, decreasing your risk of heart disease, and reducing risk of blood clots. And remember, your body can't make polyunsaturated fats so you have get them from the foods you eat.

Monounsaturated Fat
These fats are liquid at room temperature and are mostly found in the form of oils. Oils high in monounsaturated fat include peanut, canola, and olive oil. Foods high in these fats include avocados and nuts. These oils and foods are both good and good for you.

Polyunsaturated Fats
As with the monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. You may know these fats from two of their other names: omega-3 and omega-6.. Since our bodies can't produce this kind of fat, we have to include them in our diet. Foods high in omega-3 and omega-6 include blue green algae, fatty fish like tuna and salmon, whole grains, and seeds. Watch out overdoing the omega-6 fatty acids however as this can cause more inflammation than necessary. The optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is 3:1. One way to be sure you get the exact ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is by taking AFA blue-green algae since it has the exact ratio of fatty acids the human body needs as well as the polyunsaturated fats that are good for you.

Well, I hope this little "chew the fat" session has helped to clarify the difference between the different kinds of fats out there. I have found that some of the best and most convenient sources of "good fats" are blue-green algae and fatty fish. Since the brain in particular needs fats to fuel it and keep it functioning optimally, this form of blue green algae with the cell wall removed delivers the good fats to the brain by being able to cross the blood brain barrier much easier.

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Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/skinny-fat-good-fats-bad-fats
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20477647,00.html
http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good
http://tim.blog/2009/06/06/saturated-fat/

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Get Your Fat Burning Fix

Shhh ... no one really wants to talk about it. It's kind of a secret. No one wants to talk about that "pudgy" feeling we all get after winter feasting. And yet, here it is summertime and we're all thinking (some of us guiltily) about how to slim down. No worries! Instead of using guilt as a whip to crack down on your diet, how about sliding into a slimmer body with some of these really simple methods for losing weight with fat burning fixes!

BEER BELLY?:
Is that really beer in your beer belly? Not really. It's (prepare yourself for this)... undigested food. When your body doesn't have enough enzymes to digest all the food you eat then the food just accumulates in your gut and gives you a beer belly. To move that food along, it can be helpful to add high quality digestive enzymes to your diet and eat more whole grains (think brown rice,
barley, wheatberries ... even oatmeal will do in a pinch). The enzymes will help you digest that beer belly and the whole grains move everything out of your system. You'll be surprised at how quickly your stomach shrinks!

EAT MORE OFTEN, WEIGH LESS: 
Is this really possible? Yes, according to the author of The 3-Hour Diet, Jorge Cruise, we need to eat every 3 hours or our bodies go into starvation mode and hoard calories. Hoarding calories equals more fat! To avoid this, Jorge has three simple rules: 1. Eat breakfast within 1 hour of
rising, 2. Eat every 3 hours, 3. Stop eat 3 hours before bed. Simple right?

FAT BURNING FOODS:
You can't stay away from fat altogether as your body needs certain amounts of healthy fats for heart and brain health. According to Dr. Jonny Bowden foods like eggs and avocados that have natural healthy fats can help retrain the metabolism to burn fat rather than store it and use it as energy. Other food sources reported to be fat burning foods and boost metabolism include those with caffeine, antioxidants, catechins and capsaicin. A shot of caffeine from black tea or coffee can actually help you burn off an extra 80 to 128 calories daily and every little bit counts right? Green tea has catechins which is an antioxidant that can increase RMR as much as 4%. Capsaicin is what makes peppers hot and studies show eating hot peppers can help you burn off an extra 100 calories per day.

SUPPLEMENTAL  HELP: 
Need a helping hand with that extra helping you had at dinner? Adding some wholefood supplements to your daily program can help speed up the process to a slimmer you. One of the dangers dieters face is not getting the right nutrition to feed the body in order for it to perform efficiently. Cutting calories shouldn't mean cutting nutrition. Taking AFA bluegreen algae supplements can give the body the important vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients it needs without adding lots of extra calories into your weight loss program. AFA has actually been found to support weight loss as a well-nourished body craves less unhealthy foods, has extra energy to get more activity, and has a positive mood to be more likely to stick with a healthy routine. Since AFA is high in chlorophyll, which works on the intestinal lining to enhance digesting and assimilating foods, it also helps provide nourishment on a cellular level. Add in high quality probiotic and enzyme supplements as with these AFA packets and you really get the most nourishment for your body from the foods you eat with a well-functioning digestive system.

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Sources: 
http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/3-hour-diet
http://www.newyouin22.com/p/aff/video/12708
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http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-healthy-fat-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_083014&ctr=wnl-lbt-083014_nsl-promo_2&mb=Xenvmz6dAtHtkRjp7Is6CeHnVev1imbCfXusP2Lh3sM%3D
http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Ten-Truths-About-Metabolism
http://www.oprah.com/health/3-Rules-to-Reboot-Your-Metabolism
http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/foods-speed-metabolism
Abrams, Karl J, Algae to the Rescue!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Minerals for Great-Looking Skin from the Inside Out

Want great-looking skin this summer? No problem. You just have to make sure that you are nourishing your body from the inside out. Your skin is often a revealing organ that shows the state of your inner health. When we are healthy, our skin has that fabulous "glow" that people often comment about. So if you want healthy skin on the outside, just make sure you give your insides the proper nutrition. Your skin needs a number of things to get that healthy glow. These include the right vitamins and minerals, good protection, essential fatty acids, and the right amino acids. In this article, I'm going to cover the minerals you need to have healthy skin, in addition to the foods that are rich in those kinds of minerals.

Minerals Needed for Healthy Skin
Your skin is made up of cells, and like any cells in the body, skin cells needs very specific minerals to stay healthy.

Iron - plays a crucial role in forming hemoglobin in our red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to skin cells. Oxygenated skin cells are healthy and radiant.

Calcium - skin cells need a specific enzyme for cellular repair, and this specific enzyme is activated by calcium.

Chromium - found commonly in brewer's yeast, chromium has been used with some success in treating acne.

Copper - working in concert with several enzymes, copper helps to remove cholesterol from our cell membranes. Copper also helps cells produce collagen and elastin, which are two proteins that contribute to your skin's tightness and elasticity.

Magnesium - Skin cells need a specific enzyme to help repair the collagen protein, and this enzyme needs magnesium to function.

Zinc - prevents acne because it inhibits the action of certain enzymes that cause skin inflammation and duct blockage.

Foods High in Minerals for Healthy Skin
There are plenty of foods high in these minerals. For instance, avocados are high magnesium. Need zinc? Go for oysters, lean meats, and poultry. Green tea is high in zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Romaine lettuce, onions, and tomatoes are high in chromium.

But what if you are not into creating a whole diet around these minerals? No problem. Studies show that there are two other sources that provide all of these minerals. One is mineral water. Mary Sullivan, RN, the co-founder of Olympian Labs, says that drinking spring water or washing your face with mineral water can give your skin the minerals it needs.

Researcher Karl J. Abrams points to another source, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, or blue green algae, as a complete source of all of these minerals.

Try either of these two sources for a simple way to nourish your skin from the inside out. Then to give skin an extra boost on the outside, I love this antioxidant lotion with WGP Beta Glucan, wild bluegreen algae, vitamin E, organic aloe vera, and other natural ingredients that nourish skin, leaving it soft with no oily feel. Have a great summer with great looking healthy skin by making sure you protect it (don't forget the sunscreen) and give it the nourishment it needs.

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Sources: 
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/perfect-skin-diet
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/top-10-superfoods-for-skin-and-hair/
http://www.dailyperricone.com/2012/09/super-foods-for-hair-and-nails/
Abrams, Karl J, Algae to the Rescue!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids – A Quick Explanation

If you are confused about the difference between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, you are not alone. Many health-oriented folks are aware that we need these fatty acids, but don't know the role that each plays in the body ... or how much of each we need.

So here's a quick explanation that might help: Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids both fall in the category called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are fatty acids that our bodies need but which our bodies cannot produce. That means that we have to get EFAs from the foods and supplements we eat. Essential fatty acids are a necessary part of cell membranes and for our brains to function properly.

Getting Omega-6 fatty acids from the foods we eat is relatively simple. Seeds and nuts, plus oils refined from these seeds and nuts, all contain Omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, we tend to get too many Omega-6's from our regular diet. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, are much less available. These fatty acids can be found in blue-green algae, and coldwater fish such as salmon and sardines. This means we tend to get too few Omega-3's in our diets. The typical diet in this country has a much higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, fourteen to twenty-five times more, which leads to higher risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory states in the body. Some amount of omega-6s are necessary for growth of hair and skin, to keep bones healthy, in regulating metabolism and for their role in the reproductive system. There are also types of omega-6 that don't promote inflammation like many of them do. Linoleic acid for example becomes gamma-linolenic acid in the body and is then broken down to arachidonic acid and can be used to reduce inflammation. GLA has been found to actually help with allergies, eczema, high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy, and osteoporosis. The trick is to get a good ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. In general to be healthy, you need 3 to 4 times as many omega-3's as omega-6's.

The Solution? 
Eating a diet such as the Mediterranean diet without a lot of meat and that concentrates mostly on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil is one way to get the right ratio. Eating more fish is an alternative solution. An even simpler solution is to add AFA blue-green algae to your diet. Each algae cell contains 4.1 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids and only 0.9 mg of Omega-6 fatty acids. Thus taking blue-green algae gives you the optimal ratio of these fats in your diet. According to Jeffrey Bruno, PhD., microalgae is the primary source of essential fatty acids in the food chain containing EPA (eicosapentaenoic), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Adding AFA blue-green algae is one of the simplest ways to get the right ratio of fatty acids because this form of algae has the exact ratio of fatty acids the human body needs. The form of AFA with the cell wall removed is an especially abundant source of raw materials for enhancing activity in the brain with nutrients that can pass through the blood brain barrier and are necessary to feed the brain. AFA also has all the essential amino acids in a proportion nearly identical to that found in human breast milk, making it a complete and assimilable source of high-quality protein.

So don't avoid fat in your diet, just make sure you get the right types of fats. Your body and in particular your brain need those good fats. You just need to watch your diet and the ratio of the types of fats you are eating to support good health.



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Sources: 
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega6-fatty-acids
http://chriskresser.com/how-too-much-omega-6-and-not-enough-omega-3-is-making-us-sick
Edible Microalgae, Jeffrey Bruno Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3 Do-It-Yourself Health Resources You Can't Live Without

People ask me all the time which resources I most recommend for "do it yourself' healing and there are three resources that top the list. These three resources teach you skills to help you help yourself when it comes to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) 
I'm a big fan of Edgar Cayce remedies because I have seen people experience effective results from using them. The A.R.E. website gives you information about Edgar Cayce's life and work, and also gives you the ability to search the Cayce database for Cayce's recommendations on various conditions such as depression, acne, and cancer. The primary tools I use from the Cayce repertoire include castor oil packs, Atomidine, glycothymelene, Ipsab, and several of the tonics. Cayce remedies focus on integrating healing on all levels, not just the physical. Cayce products can be purchased at http://www.arecatalog.com/.

Abraham Hicks
Abraham is a group of non-physical teachers who speak through Esther Hicks. Abraham generally speaks about how you can attract the things you want into your life. A lot of teachers have talked about these principles. Abraham also has material that focuses on breaking the boundaries to health and wellness. They have been speaking powerfully on the topic of being able to heal from any condition, whether it's a physical illness or a desperate economic situation. They offer a free daily email quote as well as a wealth of books, CDs, and resources. Their website is definitely worth checking out, especially if you feel stuck when it comes to your health, wealth, and ability to thrive.

Ozark Research Institute (ORI) 
ORI is the brainchild of healer Harold McCoy, who teaches dowsing techniques for healing yourself and others. I have attended Harold's workshops and been using his technique for several years. The great thing about Harold's techniques is that they are completely down-to-earth, pragmatic, and simple to use. They allow you to heal in a way that makes sense to you and your background. For instance, Harold spent his life as a military engineer so he does remote healing using energetic wrenches, screwdrivers, and screws. I grew up doing woodworking so many of my healing tools involve energetic sanders and planers.

The ORI website gives you access to some of Harold's basic healing techniques and gives you options to sign up for further education. If you have a healing issue that you want help with, you can also submit your information on the website to receive healing help from others. There is also a reasonably priced membership that gives you access to special resources and training.

Bonus Round 
OK, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the great benefits of AFA blue-green algae products. I use them extensively with my clients and the results speak volumes for themselves (end of commercial!).

These resources give you a holistic toolbox for healing mind, body and spirit and sometimes this integrative approach is what you need to get true healing.


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Healthy Living Made Simple

Drink lots of water, take deep breaths, choose good supplements, eat all your vegetables, eat more lean protein, eat fewer carbs. With all the healthcare advice out there these days, and much of it contradictory, it makes healthy living seem like a complicated endeavor! In fact, all that advice can make a junk-food diet look attractive in its simplicity. But don't panic! Healthy living can be simple.

You know what makes you feel good and what doesn't. If drinking plenty of water, taking certain supplements, or eating multiple small meals a day makes you feel better, then you already know more than the experts. Similarly, you probably know which of your "bad" habits make you feel ill, like eating too much sugar or spending too much time at your desk. If you are not sure what makes you feel better or worse, keep a diary for seven to twenty-one days. Log your daily food intake, exercise, level of stress, amount of sleep, and anything else that might affect your level of health. Notice what happens when you add or vary any of your habits.

Once you have discovered two or three really great habits that make you feel good, adopt them for the year. To keep things really simple, choose no more than three great habits. If exercise makes you feel good, adopt the habit of exercising a few times a week. If adding fresh fruits or vegetables is good, resolve to add them to your diet on a regular basis, but don't break the bank. Do what makes you feel good in moderation, and in a way that will be easy for you to remember. If you want to add vitamins or supplements (like AFA bluegreen algae) into your life, help yourself remember by putting the bottles or packets in your car, your purse, your pocket, your lunch, or your top desk drawer. Don't kick yourself when you forget to take the supplements, and take them whenever you see the visual reminder of the bottle. Of course, consistency is always great for health, but in the beginning do what you can to make healthy living a rewarding and pleasurable experience rather than another item on your "To Do" list!

Nutritional Considerations
I find that just eating right however, no longer does the trick in a modern diet, so I have to resort to other means. Having examined the content of the food we buy at the grocery store, I've realized that there are no longer enough vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals in the food to keep my body happy. Even the best "organic" produce doesn't have enough "goodies" to satisfy my nutritional needs. This leads to some serious nutrition problems.

Our society is producing more food with less soil, and the soil is getting poorer with each passing year. As you've probably already figured out, the food we grow gets most of its nutrition from the soil. Of course, you need sunlight and water, too, but the soil is the source of much of the vitamin, mineral, and trace mineral content in our food. Today, farmers don't allow fields to lie fallow much, and don't re-mineralize the soil, and as a result we have food that looks the same (or even better) than it did 50 years ago, but has some serious nutrition problems.

For instance, according to the Kushi Institute of Becket, Massachusetts, the vitamin and mineral content in our fresh vegetables has declined a lot. They studied USDA nutrient data that covers the years from 1975 to 1997. According to their study, average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables have declined 27 percent, iron levels have dropped 37 percent, vitamin A levels, 21 percent; and vitamin C levels, 30 percent. In other words, Popeye wouldn't get nearly the same bang for his buck out of a can of today's spinach as he would from a can of spinach of the 1975 vintage.

Now carry that same nutrition gap up the food chain. If you're not a vegetarian, then not only are you eating nutrient-poor vegetables, but the source of your meat is also becoming nutrient-poor. Cows, pigs, lambs, and other animals are being fed lower-quality grass, hay, and other vegetative matter (I won't get into the whole debate about livestock feed because it is way too complicated). Suffice to say that the nutritional content of all of our foods (unless we grow it ourselves) is getting lousier by the year, resulting in nutrition problems that many of us aren't even aware of.

Nutritional Solutions
I am fortunate enough to live in an area where I have the space to grow many of my own vegetables and am surrounded by organic farmers I can trade with. This works to my advantage nutritionally during the Spring and Summer, but not for the rest of the year. Like most people, I then have to shop for food in our local stores. Knowing what I know about the nutritional content of the food I'm buying, I don't worry so much about buying the right stuff there. Instead, I focus on creating a foundation with supplements that I know circumvent the nutrition problems created by food I buy at the grocery store.

On a daily basis I consume:

1. High-Quality Probiotics and Enzymes: acidophilus, bifidus, and enzymes fortified with mycopepsin and cayenne

2. Blue-Green Algae: never heated above 105 degrees and freeze dried at the source in Klamath Lake, both with and without the cell wall

3. Antioxidants: wheat sprouts, ubiquinol (the bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10), stem cell support, and WGP beta-glucan for a boost in immunity

With these three categories of supplements, I know I've got all the nutritional bases covered. With this plan, I don't worry so much about whether I buy this brand of carrots or that brand. The same goes for our dogs, cats, and horses. We buy the best available natural food possible for them, and then fill in the nutritional gaps with some of the items I've listed above. I find setting up my nutritional foundation with wholefood supplements, then getting foods from the best natural sources available to me, makes healthy living as simple as it gets.


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Sources: 
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/
http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=2561


Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to Have Healthy Glowing Summer Skin

Our skin is the largest organ in the body and the first line of defense in our immune systems making skin health important for our protection. Having healthy, glowing skin also affects what we see when we look in the mirror or what others see when they look at us which can affect how we feel about ourselves. Summertime with all its fun outside activities can take a toll on our skin though. Using some simple  natural solutions for skin care can help you keep your skin healthy and protecting you even with summer challenges.

Natural Care For Your Skin From the Outside
We are constantly producing new skin cells to replace the ones that die off. As new skin cells are formed at the lowest skin level, they push their way up to the surface and most of the dead skin cells fall off. Exfoliating the skin gets rid of the dead skin found on the surface which helps keep skin pores clear keeping away blackheads and other small bumps on your face and letting the new radiant skin shine through. When exfoliating be gentle. There are natural substances that make good exfoliates such as clays, lemon juice or papaya that has enzymes that exfoliate naturally. Julie Gabriel also advises herbal steam baths with a clay mask afterwards to help keep pores clean. Dry skin should only need exfoliating once a week whereas oily skin may need it more.

Keeping our skin clean is another important part of skincare on the outside. Your cleanser should be a gentle one and different ones work better for different skin types. In general, if you have dry skin you'll want to use a cleanser that is creamy and if you have oily skin, a foamy, oil-free cleanser is better. Also be sure not to use hot water when cleansing as it can destroy the natural moisture in your skin. It is also better to pat the skin to dry it instead of rubbing it. In the aging process your skin naturally gets drier. Dry skin can benefit from moisturizing to naturally protect it. I like using this antioxidant lotion fortified with high-performance levels of WGP beta glucan, wild bluegreen algae, and aloe vera, as well as vitamins A, C, and E and other key ingredients that nourish your skin while leaving it soft without an oily feel. It is particularly effective for dry, damaged, or more mature skin and is full of food-grade nutrients and antioxidants your skin craves and that help protect against the effects of free radicals.
 
Sunscreen is another important component in caring for your skin. Over time exposure to sun brings on wrinkles, age spots and can even lead to skin cancer. No matter how much sun exposure you have already had it's never too late to start using sunscreen to protect your skin. Make sure you use a sunscreen with a SPF of a minimum of 30 and that protects against UVA and UVB light. Sunscreen isn't just for sunny days or when you are outside either. Sunlight can still affect you even on a cloudy day or when coming in through windows.

Natural Care For Your Skin From the Inside
What you put on the inside of your body is just as important as what you put on the outside of your body when it comes to keeping your skin healthy. Fruits and vegetables with antioxidants are great for fighting off free radical damage and repairing damaged cells. If you don't get enough antioxidants in your diet, this antioxidant filled stem cell support supplement can help. Adult stem cells occurring naturally in your body maintain and renew body tissue. The older we get, the less of these stem cells we produce. Nourishing them and providing antioxidants can help protect your existing stem cells from damage of free radicals. Adding soy to your diet can help plump up skin that is lacking in collagen as it has lots of isoflavones. Eating foods rich in essential fatty acids helps skin stay elastic rather than sagging. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are the most important essential fatty acids for our skin. Dehydration is another of the major causes of aging skin. If you want healthy skin, drink plenty of water.

At Home Skin Care Recipes
If the heat, sun exposure, and dry summer air is making your skin look like a piece of parchment, don't panic. You can take some simple steps at home to transform your skin from a piece of parchment to skin with a healthy glow. Here are three simple recipes to exfoliate, cleanse, and nourish your skin.

Healthy Skin Recipe #1: Exfoliant
One of the keys to having glowing healthy skin is to remove all the dead or sun-damaged cells that have accumulated on your skin. You can make this simple skin scrub with ingredients you will find in your kitchen cupboard.

Mix 1 part cornmeal with 1 part organic oatmeal, and store in a sealed container. (If you have sensitive skin, mix 1 part cornmeal with 2 parts organic oatmeal for a softer scrub.)

To use this mix, dampen your face (or any part of your skin you want to exfoliate) with warm water. Pour a handful of the mixture in your palm and gently rub it your skin. If the mixture starts to feel too dry, just add more warm water. After you are done scrubbing, rinse the area with warm water, and then pat dry. Moisturize with an antioxidant lotion such as this amazing restorative lotion. Burt's Bees products are also wonderful.

Healthy Skin Recipe #2: Cleansing Mask
Another key to having glowing skin, especially on your face, is to cleanse and tighten your pores. A mask is the perfect way to do this. This simple recipe works well, and gives you that requisite salon "funny green face" look.

Mix 2 capsules of acidophilus, 2 capsules of enzymes, and 2 capsules of blue-green algae with spring water to form a paste.

To use this recipe, apply it evenly over your face, paying special attention to any problematic areas, such as the oily T-zone. Avoid putting this paste around your eyes. Allow the paste to dry, and then rinse with warm water. Pat dry and moisturize. The acidophilus and enzymes will pull toxins and other pore-cloggers out of your skin, while the blue-green algae provides direct nourishment to your skin cells. This formula also works well on skin problems elsewhere on the body, including feet that feel itchy foot fungus.

Healthy Skin Recipe #3: Moisturizing and Soothing Mask
If you have dry skin, this cooling mask is perfect for you. It will soothe and moisturize your face, and is simple to use.

Mix the whites from 2 eggs with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Be sure to mix well.

To use this mixture, apply it to your face and leave it on for 2-4 minutes. Rinse well afterwards with warm water, and then pat dry with a soft washcloth. Moisturize as needed.

Relax and have fun this summer knowing that you have a plan to help keep your skin protected and looking good.


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