The Omega 6s and 3s – Learn how to Balance the Omegas in Your Diet for the Right Benefits for Skin and Health

I rarely comment on current events here as I want to stay on subject but I want to send out love and prayers to the French tonight. I lived for years in Paris, did my MBA there, carried my child there, I dined, danced, cried, laughed, partied and loved in that great City of Lights. And, it was with great sadness today that I read about this heinous attack on all of our free rights and security. Laughter is a salve for all humans. If we cannot laugh at ourselves, religions, governments then we exist in a state of fear and poverty – forever crippled. Paris, your lights may have been dimmed today but tomorrow they will burn even more brightly. Al Qeada – you are only convincing the world to turn away from your religion in disgust and shun your people. To France and their dead: Chapeau off. Head bowed. Je suis Charlie.

 

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In the quest for the perfect, nourishing skin oil I have come across a lot of options. Avocado, Apricot kernel, Evening Primrose oil etc. Frankly, they are all great and variety is the spice of life for your health and your skin. One oil that came across my radar in Europe that is not so well known in America is Borage Oil.

The more I read about Borage Oil the more I wondered if it was as powerful to consume as to apply topically. And this question led to me to a deeper examination on the limitations and benefits of Omega 6 oils and how what you are eating affects the balance of Omega 6 oil and the very important Omega 3 oils.

Topical Benefits

The essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) from borage and other oils has been shown to be one of the most effective agents for the treatment of skin disorders and for the maintenance of healthy skin. The fatty acid profile of borage is unique in that it contains 20 to 24 percent GLA. Evening primrose oil contains 8 to 10 percent GLA and black currant oil contains 15 to 17 percent.

The popularity of borage oil as an ingredient in topical formulations for the skin is growing rapidly, based on the strong research showing that it is of benefit in the treatment of various skin conditions, including dry skin, eczema, inflammation, wounds, and dermatitis.

Role of GLA in the skin
Healthy skin depends on adequate amounts of lipid, in particular certain polyunsaturated fatty acids called essential fatty acids (EFAs), for moisture, suppleness and smoothness as well as to prevent skin disorders. The most important polyunsaturated fatty acids for maintenance of healthy skin and for the alleviation of skin disorders are the essential fatty acids of the omega-6 family, namely linoleic acid (LA) and GLA. Dietary deficiency of these fatty acids results in a characteristic scaly skin disorder, increased epidermal turnover rate, weak cutaneous capillaries that rupture easily, decreased wound healing and increased transepidermal water loss (TEWL) leading to xerosis (dry skin). Dry skin is the most common skin condition and is especially common in the elderly. By the age of 80 years, the epidermis may lose as much as 50% of its thickness, which accelerates water loss. Dry skin also exacerbates many other skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis.

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How is the Blue Light from Computer and TV Screens Hurting Us?

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Cucumbers – A Fat Magical Wand – Wave It Inside and Out for Health and Beauty

As the summer heat wilts your skin, your smile, and your appetite, focus on cool fruit and vegetable snacks.  My favorite summer skin refresher is the cucumber.   The more I learn about cucumbers there more astounded I am by all of its magical properties. Who knew?!

Cucumbers, scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin).  I became addicted to them thanks to the innovative cooking of the Serbian grandmother of my child.  At every meal grandma serves a cucumber salad. Sometimes the cucumbers are chopped and mixed with plain yogurt, dill, lemon juice and olive oil and sometimes with mint and feta.

Cucumbers are an excellent palate cleanser and refresh the mouth and breath.  (They are also a fantastic flirtation-starter for those of you who like to send a suggestive message to the opposite sex in the vegetable aisle of the store… Though some men may wilt when faced with the more intimidating specimens of Cucumis sativus, a little fondling of the impressive cucumber may rev your engines…And who knows what could happen then?)

But why are they so magical?? Here are 30 reasons:

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Your Skin Will Glow if You Eat These 10 Foods Routinely!

You can spend as much as you like on expensive creams and procedures.  However, these foods will re-vitalize your skin from the inside out for a lot less money.  No need to buy them all at the same time and remember to eat what you cut into as quickly as possible – before the fruit or vegetable oxidizes…  So get the golden glow of a goddess and take this list to the grocery store!         

                                                                       

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The Skin-Firming Anti-Aging Smoothie that is Like Drinking Sex (I’m not kidding)

Grey skies and cold weather getting you down?  Has your love life dwindled to romantic comedies with slappable characters?  Are your kids making your hair grey? Feel like you need a little boost but you’re off the rock star diet?  Well grab your shopping bag ladies because this simple smoothie made every root on my head rear forward like a lion opening its mouth to roar.  I was full, electric, horny and energized all at once.  When I left my apartment I positively BOUNCED along the street and found myself winking at everyone – men and women of all ages.   This smoothie is a drug you can safely get addicted to that doesn’t require a huge budget or a dealer. Drink it and you will feel infected with joy and a desire to spread it!

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Use Brazil Nuts to Get a Brazilian Butt, Goddess-like Skin (and a better Sperm Count!)

All right – who is tired of hearing about the perfection of the Brazilian butt?  Superbly showcased on a little Y shaped stage (la thong) the Brazilian bottom is an invitation to both men and women to nestle in warm, pillowly plumpness.  But such buttocks are not always achieved by nature alone.  They are oft aided by a professional sculptor (better known as a plastic surgeon).  So what the Hell do Brazil nuts have to do with Brazilian butts you demand impatiently?

In a nutshell (heheheh), Brazil nuts contains a number of minerals which build connective tissue and muscle (essential to firm butts).  They also have a huge amount of selenium which does wonders for the skin. Continue reading

The Anti-Aging, Aphrodisiac Vegetable You Should be Eating Every Bloody Day

I chose the word bloody not because I am pretending to be English but because the vegetable I refer to oozes blood red juice with every bite.  That vegetable is the miraculous beet.   Like vampires sucking life juice from their victims, I highly recommend you get sucking on some beets pronto for all the reasons listed below.

Now most people overlook the beet.  They don’t seek it out or crave it.  And that is because they have no idea about all it has to offer.

Here are 8 reasons not to ignore beets by the amazing Diana J. Herrington – head chef on Real Food for Life. Continue reading

Cranberries – a Superfood You Never Really Considered

Most women think that cranberries are useful only for helping eradicate or prevent UTI infections.  But the health benefits of cranberries are far more wide-ranging and even a tad surprising.

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a small round red colored fruit which is native to America.  It typically grows in bogs.  If you’ve ever been in Nantucket you may have seen its extensive bogs.  Nantucket is home to some of the largest contiguous cranberry bogs in the world where cranberries have been grown since 1857. American cranberry is one of the only three species of fruit native to North America. The other species are blueberry and bilberry.  Cranberry gets its name from “crane-berry” because its stem and flower resemble the head, neck, and beak of a crane.

Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fiber and only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.   They have strong antibacterial effects in the body and eating cranberries prevents viruses and bacteria from attaching itself to the body.  Something else to think about before sleeping with someone you don’t know well! (While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and other conditions, and other researchers are investigating its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections.

One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019. Continue reading

Ex-Party Girl Lives ‘Dangerously’ by Drinking Anti-Inflammatory Hemp Oil for Better Skin

Back in the Wild Days of yore, I preferred a delicious long, slim joint to a cocktail but I never would have guessed that my skin would have been better served had I extracted the oil from hemps seeds and spread it on a cracker.

This article, from Natural News by John Mckiernan sums up the little known benefits of hemp oil.

Hemp seed oil, pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, has been named nature’s perfect food due to its balanced concentrations of omega fatty acids. Hemp used to be consumed worldwide, as it was one of the first cultivated and consumed crops. There is a misconception that hemp contains THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. Needless to say, this is false. Although relativity new to the Western Hemisphere, hemp seed oil is now widely available in health-food stores. Continue reading

Pop a Cherry for Ageless Skin and Other Startling Benefits

I have been eating literally pounds of cherries in the past few weeks and because my skin looks more fabulous than usual I started did a little bit of research – and ran out to buy some more!

Cherry season is NOW and once you read the below you won’t want to miss out on the chance to eat as many as possible while you can.  Aim for organic as always.

A member of the plum family, most commercial cherries are derived from just two species: the sweet – or wild cherry – known as Prunus Avium, and the sour cherry, known as Prunus Cerasus.

Cherries have been used as a medical aid since the 1950′s to treat gout sufferers, since their ability to reduce uric acid in the blood improves symptoms significantly. But as studies into this bright juicy berry advance, more and more is being discovered about how cherries can improve our health: Continue reading