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The Effects of Dairy on Skin

Dairy and specifically milk in the last decade have been found to have a direct link to acne. Studies have shown the more milk you drink, the worse your acne will be. Milk has growth hormones that have been shown to cause inflammation in humans. Dairy also makes you produce excess sebum oil, which can lead to more acne and clogged pores.

So the simplest way to prevent acne is to stop consuming dairy.  It may be easier said then done though, so it’s important to take it slow and create a new lifestyle and habitat.

  • Start by substituting milk for unsweetened organic almond or coconut milk.
  • If you are still craving milk and dairy, try using goat and sheep milk, because it is easier to digest and may not cause as much acne.
  • Soy and lactose free milk  will still give you acne. Soy milk is made from processed soybeans, which can disturb your hormones and lead you away from clear skin. Lactose free milk is still milk, but with a pre-digestant in it to help those with a lactose intolerance.
  • Be aware of hidden milk ingredients. Milk is in almost everything. As you go further into your dairy free life, make sure to check food labels and ask restaurants if a dish contains any dairy – your face will thank you later.

For now, start small and slowly eliminate dairy from your diet with these great dairy free recipes.

 

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Flaxseed– One of the World’s Healthiest Foods

Flaxseed often referred to as linseed is documented back to ancient history from Stone Age dwellings and known to be cultivated in Egypt. Today in the U.S. 90% of the flaxseed is grown in North Dakota. There is two types of flax, one is for the oil in the seed and flax fiber for the fiber in the stem. Flaxseed is crushed to produce linseed oil and linseed meal. Whole ground flaxseed is consumed mostly in baked products and flaxseed meal is often fed to pets and other animals. The fiber flax is used to make fine linen cloth and fine paper.

Flaxseed is known for its nutritional value and rich source of micronutrient, dietary fiber manganese, vitamin B1, and essential fatty acid-linoleic or Omega 3. Flaxseed is considered to be one of the best sources of lignans, which has antibacterial properties and able to scavenger free radicals in the body. Due to high fiber content flaxseed is often incorporated into weight loss programs.

Health Benefits Associated with Flaxseed

•  Prevents heart disease
•  Reduces risk of prostate, colon, and breast cancer
•  Lowers cholesterol
•  Prevent hot flashes
•  Stabilize blood sugar levels
•  Helps to decrease inflammation
•  Boost immune system

Flaxseed oil is the richest vegetable source of Omega -3. It’s not recommended for cooking as it is sensitive and breaks down easily. It needs to be kept in the dark and best refrigerated. Flaxseeds can be added to recipes prior to serving such as a smoothie or sprinkle on vegetables. I add them to my favorite gluten free banana muffins.
In skin care the oil can be used to promote a healthier skin tone, hydrate and prevent skin irritation. Crushed flaxseeds can make a great exfoliant for the skin to slough dead skin cell.

Health Benefits for the Skin

•  Protects against skin cancer
•  Anti-inflammatory and calming properties
•  Prevents dry skin
•  Moisturizes
•  Good for psoriasis, eczema, and signs of aging
•  Exfoliates
•  Nourishment

Are You Feeling Healthier Yet???

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Chia Seeds ~ A Super Food and Ingredient

 

Chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanic plant which is a member of the mint family and was known as a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. The seeds and oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and amino acids. They also provide a great source of energy that won’t keep you up at night as well as excellent for weight loss.

Due to the nutritional value, chia seeds has found its way into our diets through various recipes and concoctions such as sauces, jellies, thickeners, smoothies and carbohydrate substitutes just to name a few.

These precious little seeds have also extended their use into the skin care world through skincare products and nutrition or ‘food for the skin’.

Nutritional Values

• Rich in essential fatty acids
• Anti-inflammatory properties
• Boost metabolism
• Promotes nerve transmission
• Increase in energy production
• High in mineral and vitamins

Usage in Skin Care Products

• Cleansers
Exfoliants
• Masks
• Eye creams
• Moisturizers
• Serums

The benefits and side effects of chia seeds are not fully understood, however through further research and studies there is bound to be more opportunities yet to come.

Stay Tuned!!!!

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Goji Berries

Goji berries, also known as wolf berries are native to Asia primarily China. The red small berry is credited for its anti aging properties and regarded as the “longevity fruit”. The goji berries are most noted for its high content of vitamins and other nutrients or antioxidants. It’s higher in beta-carotene than carrots.

Antioxidants in goji berries include; and are good for body functions

•  Vitamin C ~ heart health
•  Beta-carotene ~ immunity
•  Cystine ~ immunity
•  B2 (riboflavin) ~conversion of carbohydrates into fuel
•  Maganese ~ skin bones, cartilage
•  Zinc ~ wound healing fertility, vision, immunity
•  Copper ~ energy, hormone, skin
•  Selenium ~ liver, thyroid, immunity

Those that eat goji berries often report the following benefits;

•  Better vision
•  More energy
•  Better digestion
•  More radiant hair color
•  Healthier skin
•  Better sleeping habits
•  Stronger immune system
•  Mood enhancement

More recent goji berry extracts have used in skin care preparations and remedies for those seeking to nourish their skin. It has been noted in Tibetan medicine that the goji berries were used for healing skin rashes including psoriasis. As research continues on this super food, there will be more information and facts to support potential usage.

SO EAT UP!

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Most Common Types of Skin Cancer

There are three different types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. The major cause of skin cancer is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light or sun rays. Skin cancer can kill or cause bad scarring, however may be prevented with proper precautions. Some individuals are more inclined to skin cancer than others depending on history, medication, lifestyle, etc.

•Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and often appears on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, the face and most common, decollete or chest, arms and legs. The irritated skin or tumor can be crusty or even itchy sometimes can bleed.

•Squamous Cell Carcinoma, found in the squamous cells is responsible for 15-20% of skin cancers. The tumor can resemble a red or flat, flaky irritation and grow quickly. It appears on parts of the body exposed to the sun and rarely kills. If left unattended it can spread to other parts of the body.

•Malignant Melanoma, found in the melanocytes or pigment cells can be deadly if not diagnosed early on. It appears like a mole, can be multiple colors, can be larger or uneven than normal moles. It’s often found in areas where there is little or no sun exposure.

To prevent skin cancer always wear sun protection, hat, sun clothing, sun glasses avoiding the sun from 11am to 4pm and seek shade when ever possible. Re-apply your sunscreen often!!!

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