Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for September, 2012

Good circulation will give your cheeks a rosy hue. To maintain healthy circulation to your skin you need to exercise on a regular basis. Physical activity keeps your blood circulating properly and ensures that all of the nutrients in your body find their way to where they should be.

This also goes for finding their way to the surface of your skin.

Flaxseed oil is good for the skin because it is the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids around. The omega-3’s are essential for supple and well hydrated skin. The next time you go grocery shopping, add flaxseed oil to your list.

Drinking plenty of liquids is important for the skin. Water is Mother Nature’s cocktail and the skin needs plenty of it to remain healthy and to keep the complexion smooth and clear. Stay hydrated all day long. Not only is it essential for your skin but also for your organs as well.

Eat blueberries as they are rich in antioxidants which fight free radicals that damage the skin. There are lots of fruits that are good for the complexion but blueberries are one of the absolute best. Eat them alone, in yogurt, in parfaits, in smoothies or in fruit salads. Just eat them!

Reduce your alcohol intake if you drink. Alcoholic beverages dehydrate the body and add toxins to your system. This system is already doing its best to cope with chemicals in food and the air as well as pollution. If you do not want to give up alcohol all together then choose red wine because it contains antioxidants.

Take good care of your teeth. This means going to the dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups and following an oral care plan at home. Your teeth as well as your jaw bone forms the structure or the scaffolding that holds your face in the proper place.

The evil trio that threatens the health and well-being of your skin includes sun, smoke and stress. These three factors can dramatically increase the number of fine lines and wrinkles you have but also the severity of them. To prevent these problems one of the most important things you can do for your skin is to wear sunblock all year long and to avoid the sun during the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM.  Give up smoking to preserve your skin and find effective means of coping with stress -yoga and self-hypnosis are just two avenues to explore.

Put these face-saving tips to work and you will notice that your skin is not aging rapidly at all! Reap the benefits of caring for your complexion.

Samantha

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

There are many super foods that you can eat on a regular basis to improve your level of health as well as to maintain it. The list is long but we have done our part to help you to start including these foods in your family meals. Here we focus in on four of these super foods that you need to start getting more of because the benefits they boast for health are through the roof!

Broccoli:

The tree- like vegetable called broccoli is one nutrient rich green machine that packs a wallop in the super spectacular department! This is a very versatile veggie that can be purchased at the supermarket all 12 months of the year and can be prepared in so many mouth-watering ways. It can be grilled, roasted, steamed or stir-fried. It can even be eaten raw. It is a rich source of vitamins A, C and K. It is also an excellent source of beta-carotene and fiber. The fiber content will help keep your weight at an ideal place.

Be aware however that broccoli is not a good choice of a super food if you suffer from an underactive thyroid gland (a condition known as hypothyroidism).

Beans:

Beans are beneficial for the cardiovascular system and aid the heart in being strong and resilient. They are a good source of both soluble as well as insoluble fiber. The former helps the body to eliminate toxins and keeps you feeling full. The latter keeps cholesterol levels low. Beans are also worthy sources of the minerals magnesium and potassium and are high in protein and carbohydrates.

Whole soybeans are called edamame and they are healthy for the heart because they contain omega-3 fatty acids.

Nuts:

Whether you like almonds, walnuts, cashews or pistachios know that they all have their heart healthy benefits and are true soldiers in the super foods army. They are rich in monounsaturated fat which is the good fat that your brain and body requires to maintain its tissues and organs. They are also high in fiber, protein and antioxidants. Nuts help to reduce cholesterol levels and keep weight where it should be.

Just make sure that when you munch on this tasty food that you do so in serious moderation.

Kiwis:

Kiwi fruits are fuzzy funny looking green fruits that are high in their vitamin C content. They are also rich sources of vitamins A and E as well as fiber and potassium. They are very high in antioxidants and help to keep you feeling satiated after you have consumed them. Due to their high fiber content, kiwi fruits have a mild laxative effect on the bowels.

Other Choices:

There are other foods that fall into the super foods group that deserve to be mentioned. Salmon and quinoa are two of these as are sweet potatoes, shallots, rhubarb and pumpkin seeds. Blueberries, acai berries, cranberries and goji berries are also super foods. Two herbs that make the list that you should cook with more include cinnamon and turmeric.

Becca

Read Full Post »

If you think that you are in for another blasé meal then you need to infuse it with something super – super healthy and super delicious that is!

You need a whole lot of super right here and now!

We do not always associate healthy foods with yummy tasting foods. We also do not always associate delicious tasting foods with foods that help us to lose weight. But what if you could get all of these elements in a group of foods? Just think – healthy, tasty and weight worthy all rolled into one. Sounds like a bit of a dream doesn’t it?

Actually it is very real and very possible.

These foods are known as super foods (sometimes written as one word- superfoods) and they are yours for the taking and the serving. Family meals will never be the same again!

Super foods are a group of foods that promote health and well-being of the body and the mind. They are a rich source of numerous nutrients that fight sicknesses and diseases such as cancer. Just as they are super healthy they are also temptingly tasty and can make any meal of the day more delightful!

But the benefits of this special category of foods do not end there. Super foods must live up to their super status and they most definitely do that! They have no excess calories. You will feel full after eating these foods which means that you will not be hungry for quite a while afterwards.

Incorporating these foods into your daily meals is simple once you get the hang of it. Putting your culinary side to the test will be a joy with super foods and not a chore. Even the finicky eaters in your life will come to love the taste that these super foods have to offer!

Every day you need to be eating nutritious foods that can provide you with the essential elements you need to maintain your health and keep you strong. You cannot just eat one healthy food and think that you are done for the day. You need to make healthy nutritious foods a vital part of your eating tapestry – this includes both your meals and your snacks.

Keep in mind however that even when it comes to fruits and vegetables, portion control always matters. These foods may be super foods but they must be eaten in sensible portions and not in huge quantities.

One example of this is nuts.

While nuts make the list of super foods and are full of nutrients, they are also high in their fat content. They should be eaten but only in small portions. Be sensible about your intake and you won’t have to worry about adding to your waistline!

Becca

Read Full Post »