The Amazing Benefits of Beet Root in your Diet!

Beet Root JuiceThe benefits of Beet Root Juice are, frankly, amazing! Check out these benefits (and this is not even a complete list!)

  • Beet Root juice is more than just good for your health: Its compounds can also help you to decrease the chance you have of developing dementia.
  • Potassium is an essential mineral for the body, and it’s especially essential for any specific health conditions that affect the heart. Beet Root contains potassium for a natural health boost!
  • Beet juice is one of the best ways to detox your liver, and it helps rid your liver of toxins.
  • Beet juice can actually help to decrease your risk of developing cancer.
  • Beet Root juice contains natural Vitamin A, an important vitamin, crucial to your health!
  • Beet juice is the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory you can add to your diet!
  • Beet Root juice can be a great help when you’re trying to improve your eyesight, and research supports the theory that beet juice can even be helpful to aid the symptoms of common health conditions such as glaucoma.
  • Beet Root juice helps to strengthen hair and prevent hair loss in men and women. For men, it can slow the spread of male pattern baldness, and for women, it stops hair thinning. Beet Root contains high levels of potassium, one of the causes of hair loss. Potassium also stimulates follicles to produce thicker hair.
  • Drinking Beet Root juice also encourages the production of collagen in the body. Collagen is the protein building block for healthy bones, skin, and hair. When the body has a collagen deficiency from certain inflammatory bone diseases, such as arthritis, it loses collagen, calcium and other vital minerals into the bloodstream where they excrete through urine.
  • Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. If we have low hemoglobin levels, due to an iron deficiency, the blood struggles to absorb enough oxygen to satisfy the needs of our internal organs. As a result, the brain begins to shut down all non-essential organs and parts of the body that don’t require as much oxygen to function. Affected individuals may notice feelings of light-headedness, shortness of breath after walking, and dizzy spells. These symptoms occur due to starving the brain of oxygen. Beet Root aids in hemoglobin production.
  • Beet Root improves iron levels in the body, reducing symptoms of anemia. The root is high in folate, another nutrient critical in the production of healthy red blood cells. Beet Root is so effective at improving iron levels, as it’s a rich source of non-heme iron (plant-based iron.) So much so, that doctors often ask anemic individuals to include it in their diet.
  • Beet Root juice also stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the body. Studies show that elevated nitric oxide levels increase blood cell volume, allowing them to carry more oxygenated blood to your muscles.
  • Doctors recommend that people with hypertension increase their intake of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, and eat vegetables that create more nitric oxide in the blood. Drinking Beet Root juice provides the body with all of these essential nutrients, as well as a healthy dose of nitric oxide to improve circulation by opening up constricted veins.
  • Drinking Beet Root juice improves insulin sensitivity in obese individuals. Beet Roots contain “alpha-lipoic acid,” (ALA.) This antioxidant alleviates stress-induced blood sugar changes in diabetic individuals, as well as lowers glucose levels.
  • Drinking Beet Root juice helps the body maintain a better triglyceride profile by reducing the liver’s production of LDL, and increasing the production of HDL cholesterol the type of lipoprotein responsible for optimal heart health. The additional nitric oxide also improves circulation, reducing the development of plaque deposits.
  • Drinking Beet Root juice eliminates free radicals before they do any damage. Drinking a glass of the juice first thing in the morning gives your body a dose of healthy vitamins and minerals, along with free radical-fighting antioxidants.

Recipe for a Beet Root Juice Heart, Blood Pressure and Liver Tonic

Ingredients:
2 medium sized beets (depending on how wide the mouth of your juicer is, you may need to cut them in half or quarters)
2½ inches of fresh ginger (plus more to taste)
5 small sweet apples
1 lemon (skin removed)
3 medium fresh carrots

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to a juicer, or blender.
Enjoy!

Notes:
Recipe makes about 20 ounces of juice. About two servings. Best in the morning to start your day out right, but can be used as a tonic any time!

Twelve Ways That You Can Drink More Water

Drink More WaterDrinking enough water does SO much toward promoting overall health. We want to maintain homeostasis in our bodies, and being properly hydrated helps!

12 Simple Ways to Drink More Water

Healthline – By: SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD – “Your body is about 70% water, and drinking enough of it is vital for optimal health.

Water plays many roles in your body, including maintaining electrolyte balance and blood pressure, lubricating joints, regulating body temperature, and promoting cell health.

While everyone knows that it’s important to stay hydrated, doing so can be difficult at times.

Here are 12 simple ways to drink more water.

1. Understand your fluid needs
Before you decide to drink more water, you have to understand your body’s fluid needs.

A common recommendation for daily water intake is 64 ounces (1,920 ml), or 8 cups, but this is not based on science.

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recommends that men consume 125 ounces (3,700 ml) and women about 90 ounces (2,700 ml) of fluid per day, including the fluid from water, other drinks, and foods.

However, NAM acknowledges that it isn’t ideal to make broad recommendations about fluid needs, as they depend on your activity level, location, health status, and more.

For most, simply drinking to quench your thirst will ensure you meet your fluid needs. Yet, you may need more fluid if you exercise regularly, work outside, or live in a hot climate.

2. Set a daily goal
Setting a daily water intake goal can help you drink more water.

Simply the act of setting a goal can be motivating and make you more likely to make positive changes that last.

To be effective, goals should be SMART, which is an acronym for the following criteria:

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time-bound

For example, one SMART water-consumption goal might be to drink 32 ounces (960 ml) of water per day.

It can also help to record your progress, which can keep you motivated to achieve your goal — and make it a habit.

3. Keep a reusable water bottle with you
Keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day can help you drink more water.

When you have a reusable water bottle, you can easily drink water in any setting, whether you’re running errands, traveling, or at home, work, or school.

Keeping a water bottle handy can also serve as a visual reminder to drink more water. If you see the bottle on your desk or table, you will constantly be reminded to drink more.

Plus, it’s better for the environment than relying on single-use plastic water bottles.

4. Set reminders
You can also set reminders to drink more water using an app or the alarm on your smartphone or smartwatch.

For example, try setting a reminder to take a few sips of water every 30 minutes, or set a reminder to finish drinking your current glass of water and refill it every hour.

These reminders can help you increase your water intake, especially if you struggle with being forgetful or too busy to drink.

5. Replace other drinks with water
One way to drink more water — and boost your health and reduce your calorie intake — is to replace other drinks, such as soda and sports drinks, with water.

These drinks are often full of added sugars, which can be extremely detrimental to your health.

For optimal health, limit your added sugar intake to less than 5% of your calorie intake. Just one 8-ounce (240 ml) cup of soda per day can exceed this limit.

Diets high in added sugars have been linked to obesity and other conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Furthermore, replacing these sugary drinks with water is an easy and cheap way to cut calories, potentially helping you lose weight.

6. Drink one glass of water before each meal
Another simple way to increase your water intake is to make a habit of drinking one glass of water before each meal.

If you eat 3 meals per day, this adds an extra 3 cups (720 ml) to your daily water intake.

Moreover, sometimes your body may mistake feelings of thirst for hunger. Drinking a glass of water before eating can help you discern whether you are feeling true hunger.

What’s more, if you’re trying to lose weight, drinking a glass of water may help you eat fewer calories at the following meal.

7. Get a water filter
In America, most tap water is safe to drink. However, if you have concerns about the quality or safety of your tap water, consider purchasing a water filter.

There is a filter for almost every budget, from costly whole-home water filtration systems to inexpensive water-filtering pitchers.

In addition, filtering your water could improve the taste.

Point-of-use water filters, such as water-filtering pitchers or filters that attach directly to a faucet, can reduce levels of waterborne bacteria, lead, and arsenic in contaminated tap water to safe levels.

Using a water filter is also less expensive and more eco-friendly than purchasing bottled water, which is oftentimes no different than tap water.

8. Flavor your water
If you dislike the flavor of water, or just need a bit of flavor to help you drink more, you have many choices.

Using an inexpensive fruit-infuser water bottle is one healthy option.

Popular fruit combinations to use in an infuser bottle are cucumber-lime, lemon, and strawberry-kiwi. Although, you can use any combination of fruits that suits your taste.

You can also purchase water enhancers in powder or liquid form to add to your water, but be aware that many of these products contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, or other additives that may harm your health.

9. Drink one glass of water per hour at work
If you work a standard 8-hour workday, drinking a glass of water each hour you’re at work adds up to 8 cups (1,920 ml) to your daily water intake.

Fill up your cup as soon as you get to work, and at the top of every hour, simply drink the remaining water and refill.

This method will keep your water intake consistent throughout your workday.

10. Sip throughout the day
Sipping on water consistently throughout the day is another easy way to help you meet your fluid goals.

Reaching for a sip of water consistently during your day will keep your mouth from getting dry and may even help keep your breath fresher.

Keep a glass of water or a reusable bottle nearby and within your line of sight for a constant visual reminder to take a sip.

11. Eat more foods high in water
One simple way to get more water is to eat more foods that are high in water.

Fruits and vegetables that are particularly high in water include:

Lettuce: 96% water
Celery: 95% water
Zucchini: 95% water
Cabbage: 92% water
Watermelon: 91% water
Cantaloupe: 90% water
Honeydew melon: 90% water

In addition to their high fluid content, these fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote your overall health.

12. Drink one glass of water when you wake up and before bed
An easy way to boost your water intake is to simply drink one glass when you wake up and another before you go to bed.

A glass of cold water in the morning may help wake you up and boost your alertness.

Plus, drinking water before bed can keep you from waking up with a dry mouth and bad breath.

The bottom line: Adequate water intake is essential to good health.

The National Academy of Medicine estimates that most people need 90–125 ounces (2,700–3,700 ml) of fluid per day, including fluid from water, other beverages, and food.

However, it can be difficult to drink water habitually, especially if you are busy, regularly forget to drink, or dislike the taste of water.

Choosing from these 12 simple tips can help you boost your daily water intake.”

The Benefits of Ginger Turmeric Tea

Ginger Turmeric TeaGinger Turmeric Tea has a number of health benefits. This article by Melissa Smith goes into some of the benefits, and how you can make your own!

Why you should drink more ginger turmeric tea: Facts, benefits

Natural News – By: Melissa Smith – “Ginger and turmeric are known as great herbal remedies on their own, but they make an even more impressive remedy when combined to make tea.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant that is used throughout the world as a fragrant and flavorful spice and as an herbal remedy. On the other hand, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a leafy perennial plant that actually belongs to the ginger family. Its leaves are used to flavor food in some cuisines, but it’s the rhizomes that provide the popular yellow spice. This deep orange-gold spice is also used in both cooking and medicine. Individually, these herbs pack an impressive nutritional punch, but combining them into an herbal tea amplifies their health benefits, which include:

Manganese – Ginger turmeric tea provides manganese. This essential mineral plays a role in many bodily functions. It supports bone health, fights inflammation, regulates blood sugar, and helps in nutrient metabolism, such as protein digestion and utilization. Manganese is also involved in regulating cholesterol and carbohydrates, as well as skin integrity – protecting the skin from ultraviolet (UV) light damage and oxygen-related damage.

Iron – This herbal tea is a good source of your daily iron needs. Iron plays an important role in helping the blood transport oxygen throughout the body. It also keeps your skin, hair, and nails healthy. Iron helps treat anemia, which occurs when the hemoglobin count is low. Iron is responsible for forming hemoglobin, a red protein whose main function is to transport oxygen in the blood. Hemoglobin also provides oxygen to damaged cells, tissues, and organs, which makes iron important for boosting immunity and promoting healing and recovery. Iron also helps reduce fatigue, as iron deficiency reduces energy levels.

Fighting inflammation – Ginger turmeric tea is considered an anti-inflammatory drink. Many cultures around the world use ginger and turmeric as a general anti-inflammatory for the joints and muscles. This herbal tea may reduce the symptoms of inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Studies report that curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, can prevent joint inflammation, relieve pain, and improve function in knee osteoarthritis, as well as reduce joint pain and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Likewise, ginger is reported to have anti-inflammatory effects. In a 2012 study, researchers examined the anti-inflammatory effect of ginger extract on people with rheumatoid arthritis. They found that the herb treated inflammation as effectively as steroids did. Other studies also report that ginger effectively reduced pain caused by hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Lowering blood sugar – This herbal tea helps in regulating blood sugar levels. One Chinese study revealed that curcumin promotes insulin production and improves insulin sensitivity – both of which are beneficial for people with diabetes.

Warding off cancer – Ginger turmeric tea can lower your risk of cancer. Researchers at the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia found that ginger and turmeric can prevent cancer and tumor growth. In addition, researchers at the Industrial Toxicology Research Centre in India found that ginger turmeric tea contains compounds like vallinoids, zingerone, shogaols, gingerols, and paradols that all protect against cancer. Additionally, researchers at the University of Michigan found some evidence that ginger may protect against ovarian cancer.

Improving digestion – Drinking ginger turmeric is good for digestion. Ginger provides a soothing effect on the muscles of your stomach and eases digestion, while the curcumin in turmeric stimulates bile production in the gall bladder, which can help in digestion. Both herbs also relieve upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.

Making ginger turmeric tea
There are many ways to make ginger turmeric tea. To make a basic turmeric ginger tea, heat a cup of water to a boil then slowly stir in 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey to sweeten the tea.

You can also make a creamy ginger turmeric tea. In a container, mix 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger. Then, heat one cup of almond milk, but be careful not to bring it to a boil. Stir regularly as you’re heating it. Then, pour a small amount of the heated milk into the spice mixture and stir. When the consistency is smooth, pour the remaining heated almond milk, stir and enjoy.”

Summer’s Coming! How About a Natural Mosquito Repellent?

Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)This is simple to make, and it won’t adversely effect your health, like some of the commercial varieties!

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Lemon eucalyptus oil contains trace amounts of citronellal and p-menthane 3.8-diol. These are odors that mosquitoes do not like to be around. However, one application will not be enough to last the whole night, especially if you are outdoors enjoying good friends, good food, and a good bottle of red wine.

You Will Need:

  • 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil
  • 90 ml of the carrier oil of your choice (like jojoba or sweet almond oil)

A jar with a lid to blend the oils and store the mixture – you can use coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, witch hazel, or even olive oil (I do not recommend the last one if you do not enjoy olive oil as it has a very strong odor that can be overwhelming).

To make the mixture:
Take a 100 ml bottle or jar and pour in 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil
Add 90 ml of your carrier oil to the bottle or jar
Put the lid on and shake the mixture gently to combine the oils or use a spoon to stir the mixture properly.
Note: I squeeze a mandarin, orange, lemon, or lime into mine for an extra pleasant smell. This mixture can last for up to a month.

To apply:
Apply the oil to any part of your body that is exposed to the elements (like your arms, neck, face, and legs). If you find that as the day or night progresses mosquitoes are becoming interested in you again, simply reapply the mixture to your skin.

Drink Water – Even If You Hate Water!

Drink More WaterWater is critical to your body! A large percentage of your body is made up of water, and most Americans are sadly dehydrated!

8 Fun Ways To Drink More Water If You Hate Water

Vitamin Shoppe – by Cassie Shortsleeve – “Water is a life necessity, there’s no way around it. Up to 60 percent of our bodies are made of H20, after all. But let’s be real: Drinking plain water day after day can be downright boring.

That could be part of the reason why up to 75 percent of the U.S. population is chronically dehydrated, according to Medical Daily. Fortunately, there are fun ways to stay hydrated, and you can start with these eight.

1. Carry An Inspiring Bottle
blender_bottlesThe market is flooded with water bottles for every personality. Picking one up will only set you back a few bucks, and carrying around a bottle that perfectly matches your mood or outfit will motivate you to drink up.

2. Add A Splash Of Juice
A glass of 100 percent fruit juice can be sky-high in sugar, sure—but a splash can easily sweeten water naturally, says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet.

Your go-to recipe: Mix a quarter cup of your favorite citrus juice (think: orange, grapefruit, or unsweetened lemonade), and add three-fourths cup of water. Voilà! You’ll get a nutritional boost, too, says Gans: ‘The citrus provides your body with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which may help to strengthen your immune system.’

3. …Better Yet: Infuse The Fruit Itself
Not a fruit juice fan? No biggie. Stick with the fruit itself. Add fresh slices of lemon, lime, cucumber, orange, strawberry, or watermelon to a jug of water and refrigerate, suggests Gans.

If you want, throw in an herb like mint, which (added bonus!) works to soothe your stomach in the case of indigestion, she notes. Pro tip: Pick up a decadent glass dispenser to showcase your infusions. Who doesn’t want to sip water when your beverage is worthy of a Pinterest board?

4. Get Creative With Cubes
Fresh fruits and vegetable.Upgrade your glass by making it tasty, nutritious, and good-looking. How so? Fancy ice cubes!

To create your next-level cubes, start with pairing fruits and herbs like cucumbers and basil, lime and mint, or lemon and honey. Chop your ingredients into very small pieces, sprinkle them into your ice cube compartments, and fill with water. When chilled, serve with a glass of water or seltzer (while looking at just how awesome your creation turned out!).

For a healthy-gut boost, mix with Ultimate Flora Probiotic Fizzy Drink Mix in Raspberry Lemonade.

5. Add A Healthy Mix-In
You can’t go wrong with a drink that packs a nutritional punch and is bursting with flavor. Add an immune-boosting Vitamin C pack, or a protein (like Clean Protein – Unicorn Milk, especially within 30 minutes of your workout) to your water to reap extra benefits. Or, go for BodyTech’s Aminos, which are designed to help your body recover post-workout. Need a dose of energy? Garden of Life’s Organic Plant-Based Energy + Focus is a great-tasting (and totally clean) way to help get your body and mind into gear.

6. Go Ginger
Tea in white cup with ginger, lemon, cinnamon and honeyFile this one under ‘who knew?’: ‘A little amount of ginger can make a simple glass of water full of flavor,’ says Gans. To boot, it comes with a whole host of health benefits.

According to Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, ginger offers up antioxidants to support the immune system, while it also promotes digestive health. To get in on those benefits, cut a two-inch slab of ginger and add to your water. For a warmer concoction, add a bit of warm water, a slice of lemon, and a spoonful of raw honey to the ginger-y mix.

7. Add Some Bubbles
Water haters might want to consider a machine like a SodaStream, which can covert a bottle of plain ol’ H20 to bubbles in seconds. While seltzer water (even unflavored) is a bit more acidic than regular water, most of us won’t see any teeth issues from sipping the sudsy stuff. And if you pop a couple strawberries, cucumbers, or lemon slices into the mix, you’ll have an updated, delicious beverage.

8. Don’t Drink, Eat!
The beauty of hydration is that you don’t have to always be drinking to achieve it. According to Nutrition Review, plenty of fruits and vegetables (think: cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, pickles, and cooked squash) are found to be made up of 90 to 99 percent water.

You generally need about 64 ounces (or 1900 milliliters) of agua per day, so if you’re not interested in drinking it all, consider the water content of these fruits and veggies: A medium cucumber offers about 194 ml, a slice of watermelon contains about 147 ml, and a medium tomato offers about 119 ml. Since these are pretty widely available foods, it’s easy to get a lot of your water you need from the foods you’re probably already eating.

In the end, you’ll need to nosh on about two slices of watermelon or a medium-sized cucumber and a tomato (which is probably already in your salad!) to get a little more than eight ounces (or one glass) of water.”

Tips to Improve Your Sleep

Sleep DebtA good night’s sleep is highly under-rated as a natural health benefit. You MUST get enough sleep to let your body rebuild itself after a long day of work. Your muscles rebuild at night, your mind sorts out the issues of the day, your body renews and refreshes itself through sleep!

Get Rid of Sleep Debt

Sleep.org – “Think you can learn to survive on less than six hours of sleep a night? Think again. Adults typically need between seven and nine hours of shut-eye a night to function at their best. Between health care expenses and lost productivity, insufficient sleep in the U.S. rings in at an annual cost of about $66 billion.

How come? When you’re awake, a chemical called adenosine builds up in your blood, and when you sleep, your body breaks it down. Skimp on sleep, however, and adenosine builds up in your bloodstream, making you more and more desperate to snooze. Your reaction time slows, which makes you more prone to dangerous mistakes when driving. A shortage of sleep is to blame for some 100,000 traffic accidents, 76,000 injuries, and 1,500 deaths a year.

And it adds up. Getting just two to three hours too little sleep for a few nights can have the same effect as pulling an all-nighter—yet it’s something that many Americans routinely do. If that doesn’t sound like a big deal, consider this: Staying up for 24 hours straight and then getting behind the wheel is like driving with a blood-alcohol content that deems you legally drunk in all 50 states.

Just like with a credit card or a mortgage, sleep debt eventually has to be repaid. And the more you add to it, the bigger your balance. Sleeping in on the weekends (a common practice) is one way that you might try to combat a shortage of weeknight sleep, but it’s usually not the best strategy. If you have to overcome a one- or two-hour sleep debt, it might work. But if you’re under-sleeping by, say, an hour every night, Monday through Friday, you’ll end up with a whopping five hours of sleep debt by the time Saturday rolls around. And sleeping in too much on Saturdays and Sundays can make things worse by throwing off your regular snooze schedule and making it harder to sleep on Sunday night.

When it comes to paying down sleep debt, slow and steady is the way to go. Start by cleaning up your sleep hygiene habits to maximize the hours of snooze time that you get during the week. Even going to bed just 15 minutes earlier each night may help. Stick to a regular sleep and wake schedule, avoid caffeine and alcohol, exercise daily, and relax before bed with a hot bath or a good book instead of electronics (which can disrupt sleep). A daytime nap may also help you catch up, if it’s possible for you to take one regularly.”

Tips to Help Maintain Healthy Skin

Natural Skin CareYour skin is the largest organ in your body! (I know, that will make you say, “Hummm.”) But, it is! Here are some tips to maintain healthy, vibrant skin!

15 Natural Ways To Maintain Beautiful, Youthful Skin

MBGLifestyle – By: Kristy Rao – “There may not be a fountain of youth, but the food we eat and how we treat ourselves can prevent or even reverse aging. Your body needs the right nutrients to fight off damage, and your skin is no different. Nutrients help the cells replicate and have more energy. Processed foods, stress, toxins and low-nutrient diets will accelerate aging. Protecting yourself from harmful chemicals while getting enough sleep, relaxation and exercise will all help you maintain a healthy glow.

1. Drink plenty of water.

Even with a small amount of dehydration, your body functions in a less optimal way. The instant you’re dehydrated, it will take a toll on your skin, causing it to look dull, flaky, saggy and loose.

2. Eat foods with antioxidants.

Antioxidants are the best resources your body has to fight disease and aging by reducing damage and inflammation. Inflammation is a leading cause of wrinkle formation. Some of the best sources of antioxidants include:

  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Acai berries
  • Goji berries
  • Spinach
  • Raspberries
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Purple grapes
  • Dark chocolate (70% or higher of cocoa content)
  • Organic green tea

3. Have a rainbow-colored plate of food.

Free radicals form in our bodies and cause major damage to our cell structures. The different nutrient-rich foods we eat neutralize them. You need to consume the widest variety of antioxidants you can to fight off the different kinds of free radicals. Think about what colors you’ve missed throughout the day, and try to incorporate them into your next meal.

4. Eat organic foods.

This curtails consumption of aging toxins.

5. Limit your sun exposure.

Small amounts of daily sun produce vitamin D and are beneficial, but too much sun will damage your skin. Don’t forget to wear your sunglasses, and use zinc or titanium dioxide sunscreen.

6. Opt for natural skin products.

Many skincare products contain harsh chemicals. When choosing moisturizers or makeup, research the ingredients in them the best you can to confirm that they’re safe.

7. Use non-toxic cleaning products.

It is imperative to limit exposure to toxic chemicals because the skin absorbs them.

8. Own a plant.

Indoor pollution levels can be even higher than outdoor levels. A plant in your home or by your desk at work will act as an air filter.

9. Get enough vitamin C.

A diet rich in vitamin C leads to fewer wrinkles. Researchers have found that skin exposed to vitamin C for long periods of time can produce up to eight times more collagen!

10. Avoid sugar.

It leads to damaged collagen and elastin, which cause wrinkles.

11. Eat healthy fats.

Incorporating foods such as avocados, olive oil, flax seeds, nuts and fish into your diet is important. The fatty acids are crucial for your skin to look youthful.

12. Cleanse your body.

A build up of toxins in the body due to the air, water and food causes damage to the body as well as aging. Detoxing by way of a juice cleanse is recommended for the body to be able to focus on energy production and eliminating toxins. Having a glass of water with squeezed lemon first thing in the mornings is also very cleansing.

13. Engage in activities that relieve stress.

High levels of stress will compromise your skin. Consider yoga or meditating. Eliminate problematic people and activities from your life. Confide in your friends and openly talk to them about your worries and troubles.

14. Sleep.

You skin rejuvenates and repairs itself mostly while you are asleep. Make sure that you not only sleep for eight hours a night, but that it is quality sleep.

15. Exercise.

It increases the circulation of oxygen and nutrients and releases toxins through sweat, which leads to clearer, firmer skin. Remember to smile. It’s the best exercise for your face.”

Apple Cider Vinegar – Health Benefits

Apple Cider VinegarMany report the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. They include: killing all kinds of bacteria naturally, lowers blood sugar levels, helps with weight loss and reduces belly fat, as well as lowering cholesterol, and improving heart health. In this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, he points out the best way to make and use Apple Cider Vinegar.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Mercola.com – Dr. Joseph Mercola – “It’s apple-pickin’ time in North America, and while all eyes are on apple pies and everything else apple-related, you may want to take a closer look at the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, A Great Gut Feeling suggests. From helping with satiety and weight loss to improving blood sugar levels and reducing triglycerides, apple cider vinegar has proven to be a great health booster.

The virtues of apple cider vinegar just go on and on, but before you rush out to buy a bottle, be sure that you know the difference between regular filtered apple cider vinegar and the unprocessed, unfiltered, raw, organic apple cider vinegar that offers you the best health benefit for your dollar.

What I’m talking about here is apple cider that comes with its distinguishing feature called ‘mother’ — dark, strand-like chains of cloudy, enzyme-rich, probiotic bacteria found floating in the bottom of the bottle.

The good news is, if you’re not yet familiar with the many beneficial uses of this versatile and economical home remedy, besides helping with blood sugar and weight loss, apple cider vinegar (ACV) also helps with acid reflux and an upset stomach — and more.

From alleviating symptoms of sinusitis and sore throat to using it to address certain skin conditions, ACV is a versatile product with unending applications. It even is a great and safe, all-natural, cleaning product!

If you’re wondering what the difference is between the ACV with the ‘mother’ and the filtered jug of clear vinegar beside it on the store shelf, ACV is made from fermented apples in a process similar to the one used for making other homemade fermented brews, such as kombucha.

In the first step of the process, sugar is dissolved in filtered water that is then poured over a variety of coarsely chopped apples. This mixture is allowed to set at room temperature until bubbles begin to appear as the sugar ferments into alcohol. (Because the sugars are digested through the fermentation process, apple cider vinegar contains very little sugar and carbohydrates, making it a very attractive food from a dietary standpoint.)

Next, the apples are strained out and the liquid is maintained, again at room temperature, for an additional three to four weeks. At this time, the alcohol is transforming into vinegar through the action of the acetic acid bacteria — this particular acid gives vinegar its distinctive sour tang.

As the bacteria do their job, a small amount of sediment will appear on the bottom of the container and the ‘mother’ culture will form on top, which is a colony of beneficial bacteria. From this point, you can quickly recognize organic, raw, unfiltered, unprocessed apple cider vinegar by the distinctive presence of the mother, which can only exist in vinegar that is not pasteurized or filtered.”

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