Spring Clean Your Body – Detox Easily by Spacing Mealtimes Out as Long as Possible

Springtime is here!  The tulips and cherry blossoms are out in force along with the snails who accompany those regular spring showers…   But along with the flowers comes that inevitable itch to rid the house of those winter dust balls hidden behind the couch and the ancient fingerprints that patchwork the windows and light switches.

Ah – the joy of spring cleaning!  (Grrr) I spent all of yesterday in my underwear cleaning furiously while blasting Kylie Minogue’s Fever album.  Unfortunately, I am more of a seasonal scrubber since I have far too little time to make a day-to-day art of it.   But, as I cleaned I had to ask myself, wouldn’t this have been less work if I had been more organized?

The same philosophy applies to the cleaning of one’s body.  In an age where we are under many pressures and combining a busy work and home life, it is easy to be careless about our eating habits.   Under pressure we may munch on acid forming foods or drinks throughout the day or drink too much coffee or exercise less.  These habits create stress on the body’s ability to detoxify itself making it more acidic and inflamed.  Poor detoxification can lead to aging, cancer, diabetes, weight gain and even (as epigenetics tell us) worse genes for our future offspring.

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However, with a little organization and discipline, your body actually detoxes itself.  Yep.   As the wonderful Dr. Alejandro Junger says in his book Clean:

“When the digestive tract isn’t constantly needing to work to process food, the body can direct energy towards detox and repair.  Making sure your meals are full of fat and protein keeps you from needing to constantly graze and keeps blood sugar levels stable.  It also allows the body to go into fat-burning mode more easily, which releases more stubborn toxins stored in fat cells.” Continue reading

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Egg Masks Fight Sagging Skin and Tighten Pores

Loyal readers may recall my article on how eating eggs is important to fighting loose skin (Eggs Can Prevent Your Skin from Sagging).  Eggs are rich in iron and biotin, which help keep your skin and hair healthy and full.  But the miracles eggs can foment does not end with eating them.  Miracles continue if you apply them to your face on a regular basis as a mask.  They will tighten skin and close pores to create a smooth surface.

I often have to restrain myself from bringing up the powers of the egg mask at cocktail parties where I find myself staring into the deep cavernous pores of committed smokers or sun worshipers. If you’re going to bring destruction to your skin at least try to rectify matters by wacking some eggs whites on your face! Continue reading

Preserve Your Skin’s Elastin and Collagen with Grape Seed Extract

In order to protect cells from the degeneration and decay which lead to aging and disease it is essential that we consume a variety of foods and supplements which have strong antioxidant properties.  Thanks to its high levels of proanthocyanidins, a major weapon in my anti-aging arsenal is Grape Seed Extract.

Expensive supplements, derived from pine bark, contain 85% proanthocyanidins while grape seed extract contains 95% proanthocyanidins.   But what is proanthocyanidin you ask?

In the future, health care providers may hand out proanthocyanidin pills as readily as they recommend aspirin today. A steady stream of animal and in vitro studies supplemented by epidemiological evidence and a smattering of preliminary human studies reveal numerous health benefits associated with these compounds. Chief among the benefits is antioxidant protection against heart disease and cancer. Continue reading

The ONE Facial Treatment I Pay a Lot of Money for

I am not a big fan of Botox though certainly, given my vanity, I may try it one day.  However, the idea of injecting some derivation of botulism bacteria into my face makes me sick – not to mention my huge phobia of needles.  There is a lot we can do INTERNALLY and EXTERNALLY to fight wrinkles and saggy skin naturally.  (Stay tuned for my new ebook: The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging which is coming out soon and is divided into two sections: Internal and External.) The sooner we start cleaning up our bodies and our environment and getting into good routines the easier anti-aging will be.

That said, there is one procedure I swear by and spend money about $500 to $600 on 1-2x per year.  Intensive pulse laser – IPL. Continue reading

What 10 Foods Will Give Your Skin the GLOW of Youth?

Envy that dewy complexion of the sixteen year old girl standing next to you in line at the grocery store? Looking for that special plumpness associated with the magic of youth that no filler can ever replicate? (Unless you want to look like a human chipmunk that is…) Find a way to incorporate the below 10 foods into your diet on a regular basis. Continue reading

Eggs Can Prevent Your Skin from Sagging

Eggs contain a number of powerful skin-friendly nutrients:

  1. Selenium – the wonder mineral of anti-aging is very present in eggs and promotes tighter skin
  2. Choline – protects the fat structures of cell membranes which make skin more flexible.  Without this flexibility skin can crack and wrinkle.  In addition, choline helps in the overall functioning of cells assisting in such functions as transporting nutrients in the body and maintaining proper levels of vitamin B which produces energy in the skin which means elastin and collagen production are constant.   While we do produce some choline naturally we need more – two a day will give us 50% of what we need. Continue reading