If this post seems like an infomercial – it is. I have become wildly obsessed with Astaxanthin – a supplement I had never heard about until I discovered that it is ‘sunblock you can eat.’ As someone who has meticulously dissected all the chemicals in the average sunblock and concluded that the only non-toxic ingredient (zinc) is one that makes me look like a real vampire, I have long worn picture hats and avoided the sun from 12-2. All that has changed now that I have discovered Astaxanthin. I have been taking it for months now and am in the sun a fair bit – but no burning! And my nails have become long and strong – very unusual for me!
Glucosamine is an amino sugar necessary for the construction of connective tissue and healthy cartilage. It is the critical building block of proteoglycans and other substances that form protective tissues. These proteoglycans are large protein molecules that act like a sponge to hold water giving connective tissues elasticity and cushioning effects. This also provides a buffering action to help protect against excessive wear and tear of the joints. Without glucosamine, our tendons, ligaments, skin, nails, bones, mucous membranes, and other body tissues cannot form properly.
There are 4 benefits of glucosamine in skin care: Continue reading
Evening primrose oil is a fabulous nutrient for your skin (and overall health) that you’ve probably never heard of.
Evening primrose oil comes from the seeds of a flowering plant that grows wild in North America and many other parts of the world. The flower opens at night, hence the name Evening Primrose, and its seeds have oil which has been known to have wonderful healing powers – full of essential fatty acids. Continue reading
In order for your body to take advantage of all the nutrients you ingest, it is important that you keep your insides clean. Our immune system is largely contained within our bowels. Good health begins in the gut.
We live in a toxic environment; from pesticides and strange ingredients in our food, to polluted air, harsh chemicals in our cleaning and beauty products, prescription drugs and excessive stress. Ninety percent of these toxins enter your bloodstream through the intestinal tract. Toxins suppress the natural, self-healing mechanisms in our body. Our poor liver gets overloaded, trying to do its main job of keeping the body clean and functional. If it can’t keep up, many of the body’s systems begin to malfunction. Continue reading
Part of the impetus of my blog is to show women that we can age gracefully and with minimal damage if we find natural (i.e. non-chemical and non-scalpel) methods to optimize the body’s natural functioning. There is no machine more perfectly engineered than the body. Everything has a function and works well until we start flooding ourselves with chemicals that were never supposed to be there. Our consumer culture has made it difficult to resist buying products – for our skin, our mouth, our homes, our car, our air – everything. But if you want to age slowly you are going to have to return to nature.
Here are 18 foods that tighten and firm skin. Get a natural face lift while eating! Continue reading
If you are really, really serious about fighting aging then take out your grocery list and add: FLAX SEEDS. Flax seeds are a super food for anti-aging like none other!!
Three Important Points to Remember:
- Buy whole flax seeds not pre-ground as they will last longer and the precious oils are better retained
- Store flax seeds in the fridge
- Buy a coffee grinder to grind the flax
But why are they so important you ask? Continue reading