This month's issue of Nature is Calling! is packed full of info for Keeping you looking Young, a great collection of recipes for your favorite holdiay fruit and a giveaway just in time for the holidays!
I just released a new page on my website called
Hide Your Age.
It is filled with great tips and products for maturing skin.
- 1. Stay out of the Sun!!
I know this is always repeated, but it is the number one thing you can do to keep skin looking young. Keep protected by using a hat or a natural sunblock. Glacier makes great natural suncare products with a high spf level.
- 2. Find Good Fats!
A diet high in essential Fatty Acids (like oily fish, nuts and avacado) will provide you with soft supple skin as well as better overall health.
- 3. AHA Alert!
Use AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) with caution because they soften and dissolve the outer layers of skin. Although this can decrease fine lines, it will also decrease your skin's ability to protect itself from the sun and can even cause skin damage.
- 4. Pass the OJ!
A diet with plenty of vitamin C will boost the body's ability to produce collagen.
- 5. Tired of looking tired??
Other than not getting enough sleep, a diet with high sodium intake and alcohol can make eyes look tired and puffy. Replace these bad habits with green tea. It is full of antioxidants that help with premature aging. As a bonus you can use the tea leaves as an exfoliant to produce a healthy glow on your skin.
- 6. Go for a Massage
A facial massage, that is (which you can totally do yourself, or get your man to do it). When done regularly, facial massage will improve the elasticity of your skin by stetching the muscles and increasing blood flow to your face.
- 7. More Honey Please
Manuka honey contains extremely powerful antioxidants that are great for rejuvanating aging skin. You can mix it with a little yogurt for an at home mask or even look for skin products that contain it as an ingredient.
A Cranberry Christmas
Want Five Unique and New Recipes for Using Cranberries for the Holidays? Click on the link below or the graphic to check out the recipes.
H2O Throughout the Holidays
Most people know that drinking lots of water has shown in studies to keep skin hydrated, but if you need one more reason to drink water.....
I'll give you six!!
Check out this great article on why you should drinking water.
1.It detoxifies the body. Water helps flush toxins out of organs, carries nutrients to cells and provides a moist environment for the ear, nose and throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. The kidneys and liver do a miraculous job of flushing out toxins, even if you’re dehydrated, but the Mayo Clinic also says that these two vital organs have a much easier job cleansing our systems if we are properly hydrated.
2.It lubricates joints. According to the National Institutes of Health, cartilage, the slippery coating at the end of each bone, is comprised of 65 to 80 percent water. Synovial fluid keeps cartilage healthy, slick and smooth, properly cushioning joints if properly hydrated. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day to possibly stave off osteoarthritis, the most common form of the joint disease known as arthritis.
3.It can curb appetite. Could it be that of all the hundreds of diets and thousands of weight-loss books to hit the market, water is one of the most efficient appetite suppressants? At a meeting last year of the American Chemical Society, the results of a clinical trial was announced, confirming a long-standing belief—but surprisingly, never-before supported by research—that drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals consumed 75-90 fewer calories per meal. That’s almost 300 fewer calories per day and 8,400 fewer calories per month. There are 3,500 calories in a pound of body fat. You do the math. Water can help with calorie control.
4.It can help with mental well-being. One study, conducted by Tufts University researchers on college athletes, concluded that subjects who engaged in high-intensity aerobic exercise for at least an hour and did not properly hydrate, were more prone to feeling angry and depressed. The study’s lesson: our mood is sensitive to fluid balance.
5.It can possibly prevent and heal headaches. Very little research exists to support the claim that staying hydrated can prevent headaches, as well as being able to reverse the effects of headache if a subject is dehydrated. But one small pilot study concluded that intensity and duration of headaches was reduced after increased water intake.
6.It can prevent constipation. As reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, low fluid intake was a prime cause of constipation. The colon, the study mentions, is not only a storage house for waste matter, it also plays a major role in fluid and electrolyte absorption. Simply put, if you don’t drink enough water, your colon won’t absorb enough water to effectively pass your waste.
How much water should I drink?
Guidelines for the amount of water you should consume daily are inconclusive and controversial. The old standby ‘8x8’, or eight, eight-oz. glasses of water per day, is still a popular recommendation. But another school of thought suggests that most food we eat is comprised of water, so we don’t really need to drink at least eight glasses a day.
Considering that many Americans are going through life dehydrated, it would make sense to follow the ‘8x8’ rule, and then some. Individual traits, such as gender, weight, basal metabolic rate and activity level, all have a role in determining how much water one should drink.
Just in Time for the Holidays
For all my subscribers both old and new, you are entered into a draw for a free Kabuki Brush by Afterglow. It is a must-have tool for mineral makeup and gives a flawless look to makeup application.
At the end of the month I will draw a name and announce the winner in January's newsletter. Good luck everyone!
Plus if you are looking for some gifts for your loved ones this year, Drugstore.com is offering 25% off X-box and Kinect games. Click on the link below to start shopping!
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From my family to yours we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
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