Great Beauty Tips

  • Food That Age You

    14 comments / Posted on by Tammy Doering

    spicy foods

       - spicy foods make the blood vessels in your face swell and sometimes even burst

       - this leads to purple marking on your face

       - if you have rosacea, which is common in women post menapause, the heat can trigger it to flare up

       - it raises your body temperature causing you to sweat

       - if your face is dirty the sweat will mix with the bacteria causing acne problems as well


    - margarine

       - most margarines contain trans fats

       - this raises your bad cholesterol and lowers the good

       - this will increase inflammation in the body

       - bodily inflammation is linked to stroke and heart disease

       - both of which can cause you to seem more aged


    - soda's and energy drinks

       - the more you consume the quicker your cells in your tissues age

       - they have more calories and added sugar than any other beverage

       - when combined with the bacteria in your mouth is forms an acid that wears down tooth enamel and causes decay

       - it can also cause early onset dementia 

       - and increase your risk of stroke


    - frozen dinners

       - one frozen dinner can pack half the sodium of your daily dose

       - when you eat too much salt it causes you to drink more

       - this floods your kidneys

       - this causes water retention that shows in your hands and face, causing you to appear more bloated and puffy


    - alcohol

       - alcohol dehydrates you severely

       - it not only affects your internal organs it affects your skin as well

       - when you drink and become dehydrated, but then start drinking water to combat this, your organs are the first to get ahold of that water

       - leaving your skin behind for you to play catch up

       - this leaves dry, rough skin that is much more vulnerable to wrinkles 


    - processed meats

       - avoid meats like pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage, and deli cuts

       - these meats are salted to preserve their life

       - the sodium and preservatives cause inflammation

       - a little inflammation is good because it can aid your heart

       - too much inflammation on the other hand leads to things such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

       - all those things lead to making your skin look older than it is because it puts stress on the body


    - fried food

       - fried in oil at high temperatures

       - this causes a release in free radicals

       - when consumed it can cause cellular damage tot he skin

       - exposure to free radicals accelerates the aging process due to cross-linking

       - this can affect DNA molecules and weaken the skin's elastic ability

    - baked goods

       - high in artery-clogging fat that put on the pounds 

       - they don't hold back on sugar which leads to diabetes

       - it can also lead to problems like high blood pressure and tooth decay

       - the sugar added will cause inflammation flare ups

       - it can lead to problems with arthritis, depression, Alzheimer's, and some cancers


    - CHARRED meats

       - frying or grilling meats at high temps can cause AGE's (advanced glycation end products)

       - low levels of this from meats cooked on low temperatures are fine because your body creates them naturally

       - however, high levels cause inflammation problems


    - high fructose corn syrup

       - known as table sugar's chemical cousin

       - it shows up in sweets, sodas, and many other foods as a cheap alternative

       - among other health problems, it interferes with your body's ability to use copper

       - this leads to problems with collagen production and elasticity in the skin

       - also very high in calories and can lead to many health problems that can age you quicker


    - caffeine

       - a diuretic which stimulates your brain to go to the bathroom

       - this can lead to dehydration 

       - when you don't have enough water your skin halts the process of releasing toxins

       - this makes your skin more prone to wrinkles and psoriasis


    - agave

       - better for your body than artificial sweeteners

       - is 90% fructose, which is only broken down in your liver

       - this causes your liver to be overworked turning it to fat and makes more free radicals

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  • Best Foods as You Age (Celebrate More Birthdays!)

    13 comments / Posted on by Tammy Doering

    - foods high in fiber 

       - fruits, veggies, steel cut oats, and legumes

       - these can aid with keeping you regular

       - also lower cholesterol levels

       - help manage blood sugar as well

       - men over 51 - eat 30g of fiber daily

       - women over over 51 - 21g daily 


    - whole grains 

       - good source of fiber

       - rich in vitamin B6 

       - B6 and folate are important for preserving brain health

       - can also cut your chances of getting heart disease, cancer and diabetes 

       - also eat quinoa, wheat berries, and whole-wheat couscous 


    - nuts 

       - tree nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pecans

       - full of anti-aging powers

       - contains nutrients that can delay or prevent heart related diseases 

       - these nutrients have the potential to protect against cancer, stroke, diabetes 2, and nerve disease

       - they also protect your brain against aging as well


    - fish - wild-caught

       - salmon, tuna, herring, and  trout

       - they’re high in DHA and omega-3 fatty acids

       - both of these are incredible for brain function 

       - low levels of DHA have been linked to Alzheimer’s 

       - by getting enough DHA you can potentially even improve brain function when Alzheimer’s sets in

       - chia seeds are also a good source of DHA if you don’t like fish


    - lean protein

       - protein rich foods fight natural muscle loss

       - enjoy your protein in foods like eggs, fish, chicken, or daily products 

       - avoid using protein powders because they don’t deliver as many nutrients 


    - grass fed dairy products 

       - you want to make sure to get the right kind of dairy products 

       - dairy products high in added sugar can cause more harm than good

       - try getting unsweetened Greek yogurt and adding honey 

       - the calcium in dairy helps keep your bones healthy

       - as you get older it can help prevent things like 

          - osteoporosis 

          - colon cancer

          - high blood sugar

       - after age 50 it is recommended you take 1,200 mg of calcium daily

       - you can get this through fat free, or low fat dairy products 

       - yogurt, rice drinks, fortified oj, and tofu are great ways to get calcium
         other than dairy


    - blueberries 

       - contains polyphenols that lower inflammation throughout your body 

       - lessen the damage to your DNA cells which lessens the chances of getting some diseases

       - improve how well your brain cells communicate with each other 

       - fresh or frozen is best, when you bake them the polyphenol levels drop 


    - red or orange colored produce 

       - watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, red bell peppers

       - studies show it can lower your risk with some types of cancer 

       - can help prevent strokes 


    - cruciferous veggies

       - the older you get the worse your immune system gets

       - these veggies can help boost your immune system 

       - broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower

       - have a chemical called sulforaphane that switches on your immune system cells 

       - this helps your immune system attack toxins that damage your cell


    - dark leafy greens 

       - aids with keeping your eyes healthy

       - spinach, kale, collard greens

       - the antioxidants in them help to lower your chances of getting cataracts and macular degeneration 

       - eat one serving a day and keep away memory loss, thinking, and judgement 


    - avocado

       - studies show the antioxidants in them can improve your memory and help you problem solve faster

       - May help lower cholesterol

       - lessen chances of getting arthritis 

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  • Foods that Give You Energy

    12 comments / Posted on by Tammy Doering

    - bananas

        - one of the best foods for energy

        - excellent source of complex carbs

        - also full of potassium and B6 which aid with energy 


    - fatty fish

        - fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna are great for energy 

        - full of protein, fatty acids, and B vitamins 

        - one serving of either of these fish gives you the daily recommended amount of omega-3’s & B12

        - some studies have shown that taking omega-3 supplements can help fight fatigue, especially in cancer patients 

        - B12 works with folic acid to produce red blood cells and help iron work better in your body 

        - good levels of red blood cells actually reduce fatigue and increase energy 


    - brown rice 

        - less processed than white rice, therefore keeping more nutrition like fiber, vitamins, and minerals

        - half a cup contains 2g of fiber, and a large portion of your daily manganese 

        - also has a low glycemic index, which can regulate blood sugar and help keep energy levels regulated 


    - sweet potatoes 

        - nutritious source of energy 

        - 1 cup can pack in 25 complex carbs, 3.1g of fiber, 25% of your daily manganese, and a HUGE 564% of your daily intake of vitamin A

        - thanks to these things your body digests it slowly, helping give your body energy throughout the day 


    - eggs 

        - full of energy to help fuel your day

        - packed with protein which gives a steady and sustained source of energy 

        - leucine is the most abundant amino acid in eggs - stimulates muscle growth and prevents deterioration of muscles as we age.

        - also increases the breakdown of fat to produce energy 

        - eggs are also rich in B vitamins

    - apples 

        - one of the most popular foods in the world 

        - great source of carbs, fiber and antioxidants

        - a medium size one contains 14g of good carbs 

        - 10g of natural sugar 

        - 2.1g of fiber 

        - due to the natural sugar and fiber it digests slowly, giving your body energy throughout the day

        - eat your apple with the peel to get the full fiber benefit



    - dark chocolate 

        - has a higher cocoa content than regular milk chocolate 

        - antioxidants in cocoa have been shown to have many benefits, including promoting blood flow 

        - this helps with delivering oxygen to the brain and muscles 

        - this improves function in the body and brain 

        - the increase of blood flow can also reduce mental fatigue and improve mood 

        - also contains small amounts of caffeine 


    - goji berries 

        - have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries because of their multiple benefits 

        - packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals

        - also a great source of fiber


    - quinoa 

        - a seed that's very popular for its protein, and dietary fiber content

        - also rich in vitamins and minerals

        - high in carbs, but has a low glycemic index. This means the carbs are absorbed slowly and provide sustained energy throughout the day

        - also rich in manganese, magnesium, and folate


    - figs
    - figs are one of the world's oldest fruits.
        - naturally high in minerals, soluble fibre and natural surgars (8 grams per medium fig)
        - rich in minerals: magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium
        - good source for antioxidant vitamins of A + K
        - they contain prebiotics which help support the existing good bacteria in the gut, help improve digestion
        - FYI -  The Fig Tree is listed in the FDA Database of Poisonous Plants. The milky sap followed with exposure to UV light can cause phytophotodermatitis, a potenially serious skin inflammation. Wear long sleeves and gloves when picking!

    - avocados
    - aid with nutrient absorption in the body
        - great source of vitamins such as C, E, K, B-6, riboflavin, niacin, folate, magnesium, pantothenic acid, lutein, potassium,  beta-carotene, omega 3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids that are considered healthy fats.
        - they are high in folate - helps prevent build up of homocysteine which may help decrease depression issues

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  • Common anti-aging skincare questions

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    - how early should I start using anti aging products

        - your skin is full of collagen when you’re young 

        - however as you start getting older your production begins to decline (age 21)

        - it is not recommended to start using anti-aging products under the age of 21

        - however it is important to get in the habit of good skin care while young so it’s easier to create a good habit when your young, it will save you thousands of dollars in the future! 

        - the right anti aging product will increase collagen production and elasticity in the skin 



    - why should I use anti aging products 

        - as you get older, everyone gets tired of seeing new wrinkles and lines pop up 

        - this happens because your skin loses elasticity due to the collagen loss we mentioned earlier 

        - the correct anti aging cream will contain the ingredients necessary for adding this back to your skin - Dead Sea Minerals, Marine Collagen Peptides, MSM, Niacinamide. Aloe Vera, d-alpha Tocopherols, Vitamin B5 to name a few.

        - over time these can help lessen the appearance of wrinkles and add elasticity back to your skin 



    - what time of day to use anti aging products 

        - night time is the best time to use anti aging products, this is so they can soak into the skin without the presence of makeup

        - during the day you want to use products that will protect your skin from the free radicals in the air 

        - typical anti aging products with skin damaging ingredients often cause the skin to be overly sensitive to the sun 

        - when using an anti aging product you want to use all natural ingredients because this is something getting very close to your eyes



    - what ingredients to avoid in anti aging creams 

        - AHA

           - can cause skin irritation, redness, swelling, and skin discoloration

           - a chairman of the US cancer prevention coalition called them one of the   most dangerous cosmetic products on the market 

           - they strip the skin of its protective surface which absorbs long-wave uv           radiation from the sun

        - DEA, MEA, TEA

           - accumulates in the liver and kidney which can cause organ toxicity

           - can also cause possible neurotoxic effects like tremors

        - mineral oil

           - creates a barrier effect on the skin that can clog pores

           - can damage the skin barrier and cause more water loss

        - parabens 

           - believed to disrupt the hormone function be mimicking estrogen

           - too much estrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and           growth of tumors

        - PEG 

           - allows harmful ingredients to pass through the skin 

        - phthalates 

           - chemicals linked to endocrine disruption

           - causes developmental and reproductive toxicity

           - also causes cancer

        - propylene glycol

           - strong skin irritant

           - can inhibit skin cell growth and damage cell membranes leading to the           growth of tumors and cancer

           - causes rashes, dry skin, and surface damage

        - butylene glycol 

           - a surfactant that penetrates the skin so quickly it can weaken the           protein and cellular structure

        - siloxanes 

           - a known endocrine disruptor 

           - very toxic 

           - have the potential to be bioaccumulate in aquatic animals

        - SLS & SLES 

           - strips the skin of natural oils

           - this causes dry skin, irritation, and can lead to allergic reactions

           - can cause bouts of eczema,  irritate the eyes and thin hair production

        - synthetic fragrances 

           - made from chemicals harmful to human health

           - a lot of the time contains known carcinogens which can lead to cancer

        - triclosan  

           - associated with a decrease in the levels of thyroid hormones

           - some studies have shown concern that exposure to it can increase the           likelihood that bacteria will develop a resistance to antibiotics 

    - who can I trust?
          - find a small USA manufacturer and interview them. Ask about their ingredients
          - ask about their sources
          - look at their hair, skin + nails!
          - how long have they been formulating

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  • Ingredients that Benefit Your Hair + Why

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    Bulgarian Lavender Hydrosol - therapeutic, cleansing
    and purifying.

    Peppermint Hydrosol - stimulates hair growth, soothes
    itching disorders, moisturizing and conditioning.

    Behentrimonium Methosulfate - BTMS for short, is a
    very Mild Detangler and gentle surfactant made from Non-
    GMO Canola Oil. Does not cause buildup, is non-irritating,
    excellent conditioner (leaves your hair silky smooth) has
    great co-washing and de-frizzing properties.

    d-Panthenol - (AKA - Pro-Vitamin B5): It aids in
    soothing, repairing, restoring & enhances healing for hair,
    skin & nails. It provides long lasting moisturization and
    has tremendous penetrating capabilities. It is converted to
    a Vitamin B5 complex and Vitamin F which assists in
    collagen repair. It also aids in thickening the hair, reduces
    inflammation on the scalp,increases flexibility, luster,
    shine, softness, strength and fullness!

    MSM - is a sulfur compound that can form bonds
    essential for influencing hair growth and strengthening the
    hair shaft.

    Vegetable Glycerin - our natural sourced vegetable
    glycerin is derived from only from plants. It is colorless,
    odorless and acts as a natural humectant (draws moisture
    from the air) for your lovely locks!

    High Magnesium Dead Sea Brine - loaded with hair
    shaft and root beneficial minerals such as Magnesium,
    Potassium, Bromine, Bitumen, Calcium, Zinc and Sulfur.
    Effective for all types of scalp disorders, deep clarifier,
    adds tremendous volume and body to fine, limp and
    lifeless hair. Strengthens hair roots. adds Luster and
    Shine. Softens stubborn gray hair shafts and beards,
    allowing color to take better. Keeps highlights and
    bleached hair true to color longer without brassy tones.

    Organic Nettle Leaf & Root - helps in
    combating hairloss, it also helps in hair re-growth. Nettle
    leaves are rich in silica and sulphur. This helps in
    making hair shinier and healthier. 

    Organic Horsetail - stimulates hair growth is
    because of its antioxidant effects. Horsetail can also
    improve circulation, leading to theimprovement of
    hair follicles and to help stimulate hair growth

    Organic FoTi - anti-inflammatory effects, promotes hair
    growth, reduces hair loss, thinning and graying.

    Organic Rosemary - strengthens circulation, it could
    prevent hair follicles from being starved of blood supply,
    dying off, and leading to hair loss.

    Organic Cornflower - treats hair problems such as
    Dandruff. Cornflower is used in many hair care products
    due its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory

    Organic Green Tea -  loaded with nutrients and anti-
    oxidants, helps in controlling hair loss and split ends.
    Softens and strengthens. Supports hair growth.

    Organic Comfrey Leaf + Root - full of minerals,
    vitamins and antioxidants. Aids with preventing dryness,
    stimulates the scalp, soothes itchiness and irritation and
    enriches lifeless hair.

    Organic Calendula - hydrates, diminishes dandruff,
    improves scalp disorders/issues. Regenerative properties
    all the hair follicles to grow creating thicker more
    manageable tresses. Antioxidants aid to protect hair and
    scalp against cell-damaging free radicals.

    Aloe Vera (50:1) - Aids with hair growth, reduces
    dandruff and itching on the scalp. conditions hair and
    leaves it smooth, soft, silky and shiny.

    Unrefined Shea Butter - provides moisture to damaged
    hair, repairs breakage and protects against brittleness,
    dryness and weather damage. Excellent for all hair types to
    include processed and heat-treated hair.

    Mango Butter - derived from the mango fruit seed, this
    butter is full of vitamins and fatty acids that aid with
    softening, damage/breakage, moisture retention and
    hydration for the hair shaft, scalp and hair root.

    Virgin Organic Argan - maintains softness, suppleness
    and radiance. Stimulates growth for thicker, stronger and
    longer hair. Aids with the elimination of dandruff and
    scalp disorders all the while increasing hair growth.

    Virgin Organic Hemp Seed Oil - rich in fatty acids,
    vitamins, protein and antioxidants. It promotes growth by
    improving blood circulation on the scalp, is a natural
    humectant, calms inflammation of the scalp, conditions
    the hair shaft and rejuvenates appearance and texture.

    Virgin Organic Extra Virgin Olive - revered for
    centuries, it is a magnificent moisturizer, reduces
    frizziness, fights against split ends, repairs damaged and
    abused hair, minimizes hair loss, brings luster and shine to
    drab, dull hair.

    Virgin Organic Avocado - hydrates dry scalp issues,
    prevents breakage, reduces dandruff, detangles hair and
    protects from weather damage.

    Virgin Organic Tamanu - encourages longer, stronger
    and healthier hair growth, aids with hair loss, hydrates
    hair shaft, adds luster, sheen and manageability. Aids with
    soothing scalp inflammation and itching.

    d-alpha Tocopherol (Vit E) - natural, plant based,
    non-synthetic. Aids with hair loss, increases shine and
    luster, supports a healthy scalp.

    Dead Sea Mud - creates fuller, shinier, softer, stronger,
    more manageable, healthier hair and scalp. Effective for all
    types of scalp disorders, deeply clarifies hair. Adds volume
    and body to fine, limp and lifeless hair.

    Silk Amino Acids - penetrates hair cuticle, binds with
    keratin to treat damage and creates protective barrier that
    seals in moisture, therefore minimizing breakage.

    Hyaluronic Acid - increases hair growth and strand
    diameter. Aids with plumping of the hair shaft, therefore
    bringing more volume to fine or thinning hair.

    Proprietary Essential Oil Blend - stimulating,
    nourishing, calming, promotes follicle health as well as
    growth, calms skin inflammation.

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