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We all know that what we put in our bodies has a direct effect on how we look. (Did you really think that huge pimple you woke up with had NOTHING to do with the Cheetos and chocolate binge the night before?) But, did you know that you can custom tailor your diet to maximize your beauty and combat your problem areas? Incorporate the following foods into your diet this winter, and you will find yourself with hydrated, supple, clearer, radiant skin… All without setting foot in the beauty aisle!
So hit your greenmarket and start eating your way to a more beautiful you! (As always, shoot for organic whenever possible…)
This lovely green powerhouse is loaded with Vitamin E, which is an absolute skincare must. High doses of Vitamin E have been shown to increase cell reproduction and slow the aging process. Stave off premature wrinkles and age spots, keep your skin moist and supple, and heal scars faster… all with this delicious summer veggie. Try adding grilled asparagus to soups and salads, or just add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt for a super easy side dish!
Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, oh my! Not only are these little guys super high in Vitamin C, which regulates sebaceous glands to keep skin moist and strong, and helps to produce collagen which strengthens the capillaries that feed your skin, but they ALSO have a super high antioxidant capacity, which protects your skin from free radicals and sun damage, and can prevent and reverse aging. Phew! How’s that for multi-tasking! Throw some berries into your cereal or oatmeal every morning to keep them working for you all day long. Or incorporate berries into your desserts, smoothies, and salads. I love adding a handful of blueberries to a spinach salad!
The amazing effects garlic has on cholesterol, immunity, cancer prevention, blood sugar, AND blood pressure have been lauded for decades. What is a lesser known benefit is garlic’s effects on your skin. Garlic contains high levels of sulfur, which has long been used topically to treat acne. Eating sulfur-rich garlic can have similar effects on your skin from within, clearing up acne and skin infections. The high sulfur levels are also great for preventing hair loss, and keeping hair strong and shiny. Basically, garlic is the single best thing for your body, inside and out! Add garlic to everything you cook, from pastas and stews, to salads and stir fries.
A super potent antioxidant, green tea can stave off signs of aging, curb hunger, and keep you skinny. But a lesser known benefit is its anti-inflammatory qualities, which protect your cell membranes, reduce sun damage, prevent all kinds of cancer, and keeps bacteria at bay. And contrary to some (mis)information out there, a good quality green tea will not dehydrate you, and the caffeine levels are not so high that you can’t enjoy a few cups a day.
With all the coverage its been getting in the media, we all know that omega-3 fatty acids are vital for our overall health, keeping our hearts strong, combating depression, and staving off a slew of diseases and ailments. But the omega-3′s and potent levels of vitamin D in salmon are also imperative for keeping our skin, hair, and nails strong, moist, supple, and young. As if all this weren’t enough evidence to give salmon a permanent slot on your shopping list, it also contains astaxanthin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that fight wrinkles and premature aging. Eat a 3 ounce portion of salmon at least twice a week, but make sure it is wild-caught Alaskan salmon, which has the lowest concentrations of mercury. I like to prepare salmon en papillote, by tucking it into two pieces of parchment paper, garnished with slices of onion, parsley, olive oil and lemon, and baking it at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. So yummy!
About the Author: Natasha Uspensky is a Holistic Heath & Nutrition Counselor with private practices in Brooklyn and Soho, New York. She created the holistic wellness and beauty hub, The Organic Beauty, and focuses on ultimate beauty and health from the inside out!
As the dryness of the winter months rob our skin of its moisture, we fight back using many different types of treatments on our skin. Today, or guest blogger suggests we try a more natural approach, as nature know’s what’s best!
During the winter months as we battle dry skin it is not uncommon to also battle those pesky clogged pores we destestfully refer to as… blackheads.
Our expert guest bloggers are here today with a few pointers on how to keep our skin looking clear, smooth and healthy this winter season!
Learn from our guest blogger how changing your diet may relieve some of your troublesome menopause symptoms.
Go Natural for Menopause Relief
I work with many clients who are going through menopause. Many of the symptoms include weight gain, fatigue and hot flashes. For each person, relief can be achieved with a few changes in their diets. Hot flashes can be a result of toxicity. For many, dairy (not goat or raw or grass fed organic milk), red wine and other foods which can be laden with preservatives or added hormones you didn’t expect can cause hot flashes. If we can avoid those foods, we can minimize the hot flashes. Then include more leafy and dark green vegetables into your diet to help your liver and body detoxify better and clear out the toxins you have accumulated.
With a change in eating to clean foods, foods you are cooking vs. packaged foods or ready-to-eat frozen foods, you can minimize the ill effects of the hormonal changes your body is going through. You may also want to choose more organic foods, organic meats, chicken and eggs or even find a local co-op or produce source like a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) where fresh produce is like nothing you have ever seen or tasted.
It does not mean you will have to avoid these foods forever, but it will help during the transition. Try eating cleaner for a month or two and you will see a difference!
About the Author: Joanna Chodorowska is the lead nutritionist at Nutrition in Motion, specializing in using real foods to help your body heal. She incorporates real food choices: fresh vegetables, fruits in season, local produce and meats, etc and helps you connect your symptoms to your foods you eat. Food is your medicine! She helps you incorporate healthy every day into your every day schedule.
During your 50s, your two main goals are quenching your skin and revving up your collagen production. Here is how 4 real women solve these skin care issues:
Michele Says – “In the morning, I fill a large bowl with water and ice, then stick my face in it to get my blood going. I cleanse and use Argan oil as a moisturizer (it soaks in completely and makes my skin glow). I also make my own salt body scrub with sweet almond oil and Morton kosher salt.”
Lolita Says – “I put on vitamin C serum and vitamin E oil after I wash my face, but I really think beauty starts on the inside. My mother truly believes that carrot juice will make everything better, including your skin. I try to lead a holistic lifestyle, eating a whole-foods diet that’s primarily raw, relieving stress through exercise, and learning to let things go.”
Martha Says – “My mom had gorgeous skin and taught me some basics that I’ve always practiced: Pat (don’t pull) when apply eye cream; Never frown (and now I don’t have any frown lines!); and Moisturize your neck as well as your face, smoothing on your cream in an upward motion. And never go to bed with makeup on. I teach these principles to my 22-year-old daughter now.”
Beth Says – “I’ve tried a lot of products, but I keep coming back to Lancôme. I wear their Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 15 Cream day and night, as well as their eye cream. I never use soap, and I always make sure to take off my makeup before bed. I also drink a lot of water and take vitamins A, C, E, and fish oils every day.”
Pesky Blackheads can take away the smooth, beautiful look to our skin. Often times women are plagued with these little reoccurring nuances that nothing seems to banish completely. Here are two key pieces of advice that will help keep your blackheads away for good!
1. Hand Sanitizer
It may sound like a no-brainer, but truly the best way to avoid blackheads is to keep your hands sanitized and better yet, avoid touching your face altogether!
Follow these do’s and don’t’s and you’ll be spot free in no time!
Don’t: Don’t touch your face or hairline, avoid touching keeping your phone on your ear too long, and never rest your chin in your hand.
Do: Do wash your hands often, try to keep sanitizer in your car, purse, and office, and remember to wipe down your phone often.
Rosewater toner helps to minimize enlarged pores – using morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturizing will help tighten pores, thus helping to keep pores clean. Cleaning, toning and moisturizing morning and evening will also help to remedy blackheads – blackheads are the result of dirt, oil and skincare products not being properly cleansed from skin.
Here’s how 8 real women take care of their skin!
Nicole says – “I did everything wrong when I was a teen – I grew up in Miami and we’d coat ourselves in baby oil and lie out on sheets of Mylar. Now, I’m really good! I apply sunscreen and a SkinCeuticals vitamin C serum daily and a prescription retinoid cream five days a week – just a pea-size drop on my face and neck. They’re worth the splurge but everything else I use comes from the drugstore.”
Lori says – “I’m a spinning instructor, so two to three times a day I get soaking wet with perspiration, blasting out toxins from every pore of my body. I wipe down with cleansing wipes after every class, and I stash them in the fridge so they’re ice-cold. Getting really sweaty and then cleaning it all off is my magic combination.”
Kristen says – “Twice a day I cleanse my face and moisturize with Clarins products, which I’ve been using since I was 17, and every third or fourth day I apply a prescription retinoid under my eyes. I run a lot and always make sure I’m wearing at least SPF 40. I also drink a ton of water, very little alcohol, and eat healthy foods – I think it helps keep my skin looking fresh.”
Tiffany says – “I wash my face with Dove soap and apply Prevage night cream before bed. Every once in a while, I’ll switch it to Retin-A. And I’m very careful about going out in the sun. I make sure to wear at least SPF 15 on my face every day and, at the beach, I put on huge sunglasses and a giant hat.”
Gina says – “My number-one secret is good sleep. I put my little ones down at 8:30 or 9 p.m., kiss my older one goodnight, and go straight to bed. If I don’t, I wake up with dark circles or bags. I wash every day with a foam cleanser, then apply Pond’s cream, which the women in my family have used for years.”
Yvette says – “Healthy living is my secret to good skin. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol or soda, and my husband and I like to exercise. Otherwise, my routine is very boring: soap and water. I do like to use an anti-puff rollerball eye cream – I usually have that with me. Also, my grandmother is 90 and has passed down a few all-natural remedies, like using aloe on your skin.”
Valerie says – “I never use soap on my face – my 92-year-old grandmother taught me that. To take off my makeup, I put a little baby shampoo on my finger, wet it, and gently wipe around my eyes. Every once in a while, I mix baking soda and water together and use it as a mask to get rid of blackheads.”
Suzanne says – “I use basic soap and moisturizer and, before bed, I slather on a night cream. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect eye cream, but I have yet to find it! It’s okay though – a few little laugh lines and crow’s feet that I have don’t really bother me. You have to own it and embrace them.”
If you’re in your 40s and looking for some anti-aging tips, they some of these and let us know how you make out.
Stay tuned next week for skin care tips for women in their 50s!
Managing your menopause symptoms can be as easy as incorporating the right foods into your diet. Learn what Holistic Health and Menopause coach, Margie King, suggests adding to your menu.
Impove Your Body’s Natural Balance
Maca is a root vegetable that has been cultivated in the Peruvian Andes for over 2,600 years and is now considered a superfood that improves energy, stamina and libido.
A powerful adaptogen, maca improves the body’s natural balance or homeostasis and supports the endocrine system, the adrenals, and the thyroid, improves mood, and helps support healthy hormone production.
Typically recommended for relief from hot flashes, maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium and iron as well as vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), C and E. It also contains zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, manganese and silicon.
When buying maca, look for the organic, raw, dried, powdered root.
Kara says – “I wear a mostly chemical-free sunscreen every day and I moisturize a lot with a balm that I make myself: It’s a blend of shea, cocoa butters, and essential oils. I try to eat organic and low-carb. A glass of red wine at night helps too! I also do yoga and cycle. I think the key is not to take life too seriously.”
Malissa says – “I’ve always like to use natural products when it comes to my skin. I remove my makeup and moisturize at night with pure vitamin E or jojoba oil. Twice a year I treat myself to a facial but, when I don’t feel like spending the money, I make my own face mask. I mix together whole organic yogurt and honey and leave it on for 15 minutes. It makes my skin feel super-soft.”
Letena says – When I was younger, I would watch – completely fascinated – as my aunt put on her face cream. I was taught to moisturize right after a shower and now I don’t leave the house without putting on lotions head-to-toe. I have oily skin so I wash my face every morning and night with a salicylic acid cleanser, which also helps control my breakouts.”
Sahar syas – “I wash my face with a cleansing scrub morning and night and, every week or so, I use a mud mask as a spot treatment on breakouts or an oily T-zone. Exfoliation is a family ritual in Afghanistan, where I was born. A few times a month you use a cloth glove called a ‘kesa’ on each other’s backs. I have a softer one called a ‘leef’ that my great-aunt crocheted that I use on my face and body.”
If you’re in your 30s and have your own skin care tips, please share them with us.
Stay tuned next week for skin care tips for women in their 40s!
The majority of women (up to 70%) going through menopause will experience symptoms, including mood swings, weight gain, anxiety, depression, hot flashes, low libido, sleep disturbances, memory problems, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Natural treatments for menopause, like the ones listed below, can be very effective in relieving these symptoms.
Homeopathy: When prescribed by a trained homeopathic expert, homeopathic remedies can help stabilize moods, increase restful sleep, decrease intensity and frequency of night sweats and hot flashes, increase libido, help with fatigue headaches, digestion, and memory. Homeopathic medicines are gentle and cause no side effects. They don’t mask symptoms, but rather help rebalance your system and hormones for good.
Diet: Eating a healthy, whole food, anti-inflammatory diet is important. Phytoestrogens such as legumes (soybeans, chickpeas) and lignans (flaxseeds) can help with the symptoms of menopause. Phytoestrogens are structurally similar to estrogen, and they weakly bind to estrogen receptors. Eating a diet high in phytoestrogens may reduce the severity and frequency of night sweats.
Supplements: Herbs such as Black cohosh and Red Clover have been found in numerous studies to decrease symptoms, especially hot flashes.
Other herbs which have also been found to be effective are Dong Quai, Ginseng, Licorice, and Wild Yam.
Vitamin supplements which can be used to treat symptoms of menopause include Bioflavinoids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Evening Primrose Oil. Adrenal support can also be helpful in supporting the adrenals to make sex hormones that the ovaries can no longer make.
Finally, Bio-identical hormones, which are biochemically identical to the hormones that are naturally in the body, can also be used to treat some symptoms of menopause.
About the Author: Dedicated to naturopathic medicine, Dr. Natalie Ham is particularly focused on women’s health. As one of the most highly trained homeopaths in the country, Dr. Ham provides a high level of individualized care to her patients. In addition to her practice at Arizona Natural Health Center, Dr. Ham also teaches Homeopathy at SCNM and is an attending physician at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center, in Tempe, Arizona.