Anti-aging foods, Beauty

12 ways to slow the aging process with food, fewer calories and exercise

 

Young WomanBeauty isn’t just skin deep. Total body wellness is just as important as skin deep. I realize cosmetic surgery is a fast way of completing the exterior process, but you need to help the inner as well. If you want your muscles, cells, and organs to function properly, nourishing them is just as important. Foods rich in antioxidants prevent oxidative stress and get rid of aging free radicals.

New studies have shown that also eating less can slow the aging process by cutting calories which slows down the aging process in our cells. Cells make proteins which when slowed down ribosomes have time to repair themselves.

  1. Green Tea – Rich in antioxidants helps with free radicals that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  2. Lemon Juice – Removes marks from your skin and can aid in helping your nails look brighter and whiter.
  3. Fruit – Citrus fruits are full of antioxidants
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar – For acne and scars, it cleans your skin when rubbed on the face gently.
  5. Nuts– Cell membranes are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which are essential fatty acids.
  6. Bell Peppers – Full of Vitamin A, a huge contributor for healthy and glowing skin.
  7. Cinnamon – Helps in burning fat in the body.
  8. Cruciferous vegetables – Such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur and antioxidants.
  9. Grains – Oats, brown rice, and quinoa – are not stripped of their nutrient-rich germ and bran layers in the way refined grains have.
  10. Tomatoes – Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant (it’s also found in carrots, watermelon, and other red vegetables and fruits).
  11. Fish – Mackerel, sardines, and salmon (oily fish) contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help combat inflammation in the body.
  12. Exercise regularly – Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds.

I always say that eating healthy is the answer to not giving the Big Pharma our hard earned money and you can look beautiful as well. Couldn’t hurt, right?

 

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Bloating

20 Natural Ways to get Rid of Bloating

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Many people complain about intestinal gas, but what one person complains about, may not mean what the other person is complaining about. To understand how the gastrointestinal tract works and how you are being affected is important to make the necessary changes to improve or prevent this in the future.

When you eat or drink, a small amount of air is carried into the stomach. When you eat food, it is then churned into small fragments, which then go into the intestine. After your stomach empties the small intestine it contracts moving everything south. And when it goes south is when you absorb food’s nutrition, such as minerals, calories, and vitamins. The liquid that becomes indigestible waste then goes into the large colon (bowel). Water from the liquid fragments is then reabsorbed and this is how stool formed.

If you follow a simple diet and lifestyle changes you may be able to reduce gastrointestinal gas and relieve symptoms.

Females are more likely to get intestinal bloating after eating than men. Aren’t we lucky!  Bloating is caused poor or disorganized contractions. Also, if the muscles are too relaxed, this can cause bloating as well.

A condition in which there are disorganized movement and spasm of the bowel is called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Your stomach can bloat from eating too quickly and your stomach not being happy with what you just fed it.

We already know that beans and milk cause bloating, but I’ve compiled a starter list below to give you a little knowledge on what foods can trigger bloating.

Vegetables

  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kohlrabi
  • Asparagus
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Garlic

Fruits

  • Prunes
  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Fatty Foods
  • Pan-fried or deep-fried foods
  • Fatty meats
  • Cream sauces
  • Gravies
  • Pastries

Liquids

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Powders
  • Medications
  • Dairy Products

Natural ways to help bloating

  1. Let the gas leave the body. Yes, fart!
  2. Drink Peppermint Tea
  3. Eat ginger
  4. Eat some caraway seeds
  5. Drink some chamomile tea
  6. Take some activated charcoal
  7. Eat pumpkin
  8. Drink warm lemon water
  9. Chew your food thoroughly
  10. No talking while chewing
  11. Exercise
  12. Eat anise seed
  13. Take probiotics
  14. Don’t drink cold beverages while eating
  15. Reduce salt
  16. Do not eat fruits after a meal
  17. Eat digestive enzymes
  18. Treat constipation
  19. Eat smaller amounts of food
  20. Meditation

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16143143

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3388350/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3264926/

 

 

 

Pistachio

9 Surprising Facts About The Pistachio Nut

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Pistachio Nuts were a common food since 6750 BC. They are a member of the cashew family and originate from Asia and the Middle East.

Pistachios are eaten whole, salted, roasted or fresh.  Pistachios are also used in ice cream, butter, and a paste.

Pistachios not only taste great but have nutrients carbohydrates, proteins, fats, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin B-6, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Out of all the nuts out there, pistachios contain the highest amounts of potassium, γ-tocopherol, vitamin K, phytosterols, and xanthophyll carotenoids.  Clinical studies suggest that pistachios help maintain healthy antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, glycemic control, and endothelial function. When consumed in moderation, pistachios may help control body weight because of their satiety and satiation effects and their reduced net metabolizable energy content.

In another study pistachios (roasted) have a lower fat content than any of the other nuts out there.

Health benefits of pistachios include aiding in

Type 2 diabetes – Pistachio nuts as a snack has beneficial effects on glycemic control, according to a study.

Heart Health – Pistachios have been studied for many years in reference to cardiovascular disease. Studies show a significant drop in cholesterol when consuming pistachios. Five published randomized cardiovascular trials have shown that pistachios promote heart-healthy blood lipid profiles.

Blood Pressure – Pistachios are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which may reduce hyperglycemia and improve metabolism.

Weight loss – Researchers found that pistachios have satiety and satiation effects. Another study with individuals in a weight loss program demonstrated lower body mass index and triglyceride levels who consumed pistachios versus pretzels. Epidemiological studies have failed to find any association between nut or pistachio consumption and either weight gain or an increased risk of obesity

Cancer – Pistachios have vitamin E and other antioxidants in them may reduce the risk of cancer.

Absorbing Iron – A study conducted found that pistachios are high in copper, which helps the body absorb more iron therefore helping in not getting anemia.

Improved Digestion – In a study, they suggest pistachios have prebiotic characteristics and contain non-digestible food components such as dietary fiber, which remains in the gut and serve as food for naturally occurring bacteria.  Pistachios also contain phytochemicals that could modify microbiota composition. Foods with prebiotic properties may enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.

Fiber – A serving of about 1 ounce or 30 grams of pistachios contains about 3 grams of dietary fiber, more than enough to get your digestive tracts working at excellent capacity.

Erectile Dysfunction – Turkish researchers revealed results from a study that eating 3-1/2 ounces of pistachio nuts a day for 3 weeks led to improved sexual function in men with ED.

MInt

9 Healing Benefits of Mint

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Mint also is known as Peppermint (Mentha x Piperita) It is used in many culinary dishes, as well as, in soaps and cosmetics for aromatic reasons. It is grown throughout Europe and North America.

Mint has been used for thousands of years for many health purposes. Peppermint leaf is available in teas, capsules, and as a liquid extract.

Today researchers know that it aids in many things.

  1. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – A study found that taking peppermint enteric-coated capsules, may help in reducing pain associated with IBS (thought to relieve flatulence, abdominal pain, and distension).
  2. Digestive problemsStudies have shown that peppermint taken with caraway oil may help relieve indigestion. You can also drink peppermint tea, as many people do for indigestion.
  3. Asthma and the common cold – cold – Rubbing mint on your forehead, under the nose, and on your chest can relieve bronchial and respiratory disorders from the scent of peppermint. Rosmarinic acid is found in peppermint leaves which are helpful with inflammatory issues with people suffering from asthma.
  4. Headaches – Peppermint oil is also used topically for tension headaches (applied to the scalp) for fast headache relief.
  5. Reducing spasm during gastrointestinal procedures – A study conducted as a consequence of its relaxing properties on smooth muscle, peppermint oil has given, via enema, has been examined in two trials as a means to reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal spasm during the administration of barium enema and possibly during colonoscopy.
  6. Prostate Cancer – Peppermint contains menthol, which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
  7. Stress – Peppermint oil is used in the bath (few drops) or as aromatherapy to have almost instant stress relief.
  8. Muscle Pain – Rub some peppermint oil on your sore or painful muscles or you can add some to your bath (few drops).
  9. Nausea – Peppermint oil can effectively help with nausea in general and people undergoing chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Cautions:

Possible side effects of peppermint oil include heartburn and allergic reactions like a headache, nausea, blurred vision and mouth sores. I mentioned above about enteric-coated to reduce the likeliness of heartburn. Do not take with antacids, as the coating on the enteric-coating can break down.

When taken orally peppermint oil appears to be safe in common doses. If you overtake peppermint oil, it can be toxic, so just be careful and make sure you know common doses.

Recommended daily allowance Adults: 0.2 to 0.4 mL of oil three times daily in enteric-coated capsules

Children older than eight years: 0.1 to 0.2 mL three times daily according to American Family Physician.

Like other essential oils, peppermint oil is highly concentrated. When the undiluted essential oil is used for health purposes, only a few drops are used.

Side effects of applying peppermint oil to the skin can include skin rashes and irritation. Peppermint oil should not be applied to the face or chest of infants or young children because serious side effects may occur if they inhale the menthol in the oil.

No harmful effects from studies of peppermint leaf tea have been reported. However, the long-term safety of consuming large amounts of peppermint leaf is unknown.

Chia Seeds

8 Wonderful Benefits of Chia Seeds

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Chia Seeds are grown in Mexico and South America. Mayan and Aztec cultures used chia seeds because they were known to have supernatural powers. “Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

These tiny black, brown, gray and white seeds are an excellent source of you Omega 3 fatty acids. They help in raising your HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol. They also have almost no flavor to them, which makes them nice to add to beverages and food. If you do taste a flavor, it may have a slightly nutty flavor.

Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, high in protein, have vitamins A, B, E and D. Chia seeds are also full of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, thiamine and more.

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that may protect your cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food for energy. Free radicals can damage cells, weaken the immune system and may help in getting heart disease, arthritis, cancer and other diseases.

DoctorsHealthPress.com suggest for various age groups the amount listed below:

  • Adults can eat 15 to 20 grams (approximately two to three tablespoons) of chia seeds, whole or ground, per day. This will provide the daily requirement for needed omega-3s.
  • Adults can eat 15 to 20 grams (approximately two to three tablespoons) of chia seeds, whole or ground, per day. This will provide the daily requirement for omega-3s.
  • Children and teens from ages 10 to 18 can eat up to 10 grams of chia seeds per day.
  • Children under 10 should not eat more than a tablespoon of chia seeds.

Chia seeds are gluten-free. They can also be digested in the whole form without having to ground them for your body to absorb them better.

Chia seeds are good for helping regulate insulin levels.

Chia Seeds are great for making you feel full. What happens is the seeds have a gelling property that when added to anything can make you feel fuller than you are.

Chia Seeds are also loaded with fiber. And we know that a high-fiber diet can prevent chronic diseases.

Calcium can be hard on some people to ingest through dairy products. Chia Seeds are just another alternative to getting the calcium you need.

Essential oils in chia leaves have repellent properties against insects, making it suitable for organic cultivation.

Cautions:

“Chia Seeds can absorb up to 27 times their weight in water”, said study author Dr. Rebecca Rawl, from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., People with a history of swallowing problems or esophageal issues, should definitely let them soak in a drink to fully expand prior to drinking.

Chia Seeds may bloat, constipate and give you stomach cramps.

 

 

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17 Impressive Benefits of Rosemary(2 min read)

matt-montgomery-3790 (2)Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant perennial evergreen herb with needle-like leaves with white, pink, blue or purple flowers native to the Mediterranean. The name rosemary derives from the Latin ros meaning “dew” and marinus meaning “sea”, “sea dew.” Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.  Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

Rosemary has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes along with used in recipes for cooking.

For your hair, rubbing rosemary herb extractions over the scalp to stimulate the hair-bulbs, prevent premature baldness and dandruff.

Rosemary has been tested in clinical studies on the list below and has shown positive feedback from them.

Health Benefits of Rosemary

  • Improve mood
  • Relieve pain
  • Protect the immune system
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Detoxify the body
  • Bacterial infections
  • Premature aging
  • Skin conditions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Memory and concentration
  • Digestion
  • Neurological
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Macular degeneration
  • Hair

Caution:  The essential oil of rosemary is not to be consumed. You can consume rosemary as we have for thousands of years in culinary aspects, but again, not as an essential oil. Don’t forget rosemary is in the mint family, so if you are allergic, be careful.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3624774/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905473/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227022/

http://www.amd.org/macular-degeneration-research/clinical-trials-for-wet-amd/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133115/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23921795

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25002023

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569896/

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Surprising Benefits of Cannabis in your Personal Care Products

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Cannabis is everywhere. From the pot shops, beauty products, concentrate, vaping, beverages, sublingual, topical, cannabis capsules and more. It is difficult to know what you will benefit from if your beauty products have cannabis in them.

The good news is you cannot get high from these products or test positive on a drug test which is a good thing. A good example is Hemp lotion. It’s been around for many years and contains Hemp (which is a variety of cannabis sativa plant) and the active compounds from this plant are referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to body symptoms including anorexia and cachexia that were seen in HIV/AIDS patients, neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting with cancer chemotherapy, anxiety, and inflammation. Pretty remarkable!

There are over 80 different cannabinoids in marijuana, only a handful have been researched and are known to provide positive effects on the human body. THC (Molecule of tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are 2 of these cannabinoids. The THC is a psychoactive (mind-altering ingredient) and CBD (nonpsychoactive). In the past 4 decades CBD in clinical studies at the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, have shown promise in:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antidepressant
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-tumoral agent
  • Anti-psychotic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Neuroprotectants

So how does this work with our largest organ (skin) on our bodies? Above, I mentioned about cannabinoids, which have receptors that are the binding locations like THC. THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids and our bodies make versions of these compounds, known as endocannabinoids.

Then I asked myself, aren’t cannabinoid receptors only good for helping the central nervous system and the brain? Absolutely not! As a matter a fact, they are found in the skin, reproductive organs and the gut. Your skin takes a beating daily in the elements and your skin has specialized immune cells found in various skin layers that are called endocannabinoids and they engage with these immune cells to help control inflammatory response according to a study in Germany at Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Münster.

We know that Cannabis has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that are amazing for the skin. The skin has its own endocannabinoid system and cannabis as an anti-oxidant that helps to slow down aging and protects against free radicals.

I wanted to bring to your attention that there are many products out there for sale, but you can go online and find many tutorial sites such as the 2 links I listed below and make your own because there is new disturbing data that pesticide residues in legal cannabis products in Washington State have an approx. 84.6% contamination rate including potentially carcinogenic agents and neurotoxic agents.

Links:

Here is a link to inform you so more on organic gardening of cannabis.

http://herb.co/2016/03/21/definitive-guide-to-organic-marijuana/

 

I made my own lotion and lip balm and absolutely love them both.

http://www.the420shack.com/2011/12/super-healing-cannabis-skin-salve.html. http://www.the420shack.com/2016/05/cannabis-infused-lip-balm-recipe.html

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9 Non-toxic ways to make your home smell better(1 min read)

The most obvious ways of getting your home to smell better after a cold winter is opening windows and keeping it clean.  However, those one want to go the extra mile and get it smelling like a favorite scent might not always be easy if it’s toxic.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus – I like to put branches in my closet and I use them in pottery as décor and replace when the scent starts to fade. I also like to combine water and Eucalyptus oil and use as a furniture polish. Eucalyptus oil is known to clear congestion in sinuses.

Lemons

Lemons – I cut lemons in half and place them on my dresser in a bowl. Not only is it cheerful, it sure smells good. Putting lemon rinds in your garbage disposal is a great way of getting that smell out of the sink. You can also use lemons mixed with baking soda in the bathroom to clean and disinfect it. Rosemary mixed with lemon oil and water in a mason jar is one of my favorites.  Or you can get more inspirational and mix your own ingredients and see what you come up with.

White Vinegar – Using vinegar in my home to clean a variety of things. IT is safe and non-toxic and I don’t have to worry about any toxins.

Baking Soda – Yes, the stuff we put in our refrigerators works wonders at taking away bad odors and freshening the air in our homes.

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon – Purchase sticks of cinnamon and bring them to a boil on your stove top.

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Flowers – Flowers are cheerful and smell wonderful. A nice way to a fresh smelling room.

Plants – Purchase some air purifying plants.

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Dried Lavender – Lavender not only smells wonderful but the calming effects from the scent are relaxing.

Vanilla – Vanilla has a nice calming smell that can enhance a rooms’ scent beautifully.

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Healthy alternatives for anxiety

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Anxiety is suffered by millions of people in day to day activities. Having an anxiety attack is embarrassing. It’s a normal response when the body is stressed or a feeling of being in a dangerous situation. Most people are either treated by psychotherapy or taking medications prescribed to us. But do we want to keep taking these drugs all of our lives?

There are some alternatives you can try:

Diet

  • Foods high in B vitamins
  • Dairy and other foods high in calcium
  • Magnesium rich foods
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

 

The Mayo clinic suggests:

Keep physically active. Stay physically active most days of the week by getting into a routine. Exercise can improve your mood and help you stay healthy. Start out slowly and gradually increase the amount and intensity of your activities.

  • Avoid alcohol – Alcohol is actually a stimulant with lots of sugar, which increases anxiety.
  • Quit smoking and cut back or quit drinking coffee – Both nicotine and caffeine can worsen anxiety by making you more anxious.
  • Use relaxation techniques – You can use visualization techniques, meditation, and yoga.
  • Make sleep a priority. Do what you can to make sure you’re getting enough sleep to feel rested.
  • Eat healthy

Alternative methods:

  • Kava
  • Valerian Root
  • Passionflower
  • Theanine

Before taking herbal remedies or supplements, talk to your doctor to make sure they’re safe and won’t interact with any medications you take.

Support

  • If given a treatment plan, stick to it. It will help in the long run.
  • When you feel an attack coming on, go for a run or brisk walk.
  • Go out and socialize and don’t become isolated.
  • Don’t dwell on past concerns.
  • Join a support group whether it’s online or in your community.

 

 

 

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8 wonderful benefits of beets

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Beetroot is rich in valuable nutrients and fiber-like protein, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin C phosphorus, zinc, potassium, copper, and manganese, calcium, iron and high in nitrates. Beetroot is also rich in phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and carotenoids. Beetroot also has highly bioactive pigments, known as betalains. Beets are known for having the most betalains in any vegetable. There are 2 categories of betalains.

  • Betacyanin  pigments are a red-violet color
  • Betaxanthin pigments are yellow-orange in color

Recent studies at the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have compelling evidence from studies that beetroot ingested offers beneficial physiological effects for improving hypertension, atherosclerosis dementia, and type 2 diabetes. Beets also are known for aiding in the list below:

  1. Lower blood pressure – Studies have shown that drinking the juice from beets lowers blood pressure in a matter of hours. The nitrates in beets turn into nitric oxide reduce and dilate your blood vessels enabling them to relax.
  2. Anti-cancer properties – The nitrates in the beets turn into nitric oxide(NO). clinical trials on NO show that it has antiproliferative properties that have a lot of potential in cancer therapeutics, which you can read more about here.
  3. Antioxidant – Betalains are potent as an antioxidant
  4. Detoxing – Betalains are shown to help in detoxing the body.
  5. Anti-inflammatory –  Betalains and beetroot extracts are potent anti-inflammatory agents.
  6. Boost Stamina- the NCBI conducted a test on 11 men and it proved that beetroot boosts stamina.
  7. Help your liver – In a study done beetroot juice has shown to decrease levels and activities of the majority of tested biochemical parameters, elevated by DMBA(carcinogen).
  8. Cognition – By increasing blood flow in older adults beet, high nitrates in beetroot have shown to improve cognition in the elderly.