Super Fruits For Anti-Bloating

Posted by Ada Hersko on April 10, 2017 0 Comments

Fruits and veggies that are rich in potassium help your body to regulate sodium. As a result, they will decrease your salt-related bloating.  Good examples of fruit high in potassium include…

  • Bananas

  • Kiwis

  • Oranges

  • Avocados

Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my favourite anti-bloating super foods. Asparagus has a diuretic effect and helps to flush out excess water weight.   Asparagus also helps your body maintain a healthy digestive system, as it contains fiber and probiotics.

Lemon

Warm lemon water has a variety of health benefits, with anti-bloating being just one of those effects. Lemons are great for the digestive tract and for a boost of vitamin C. Try drinking a cup of warm lemon water every morning to reap all of the benefits of this wonderful drink all throughout the day.

Papaya

Papaya contains an enzyme called papain that makes digestion easier. Papain is a natural laxative and helps contribute to healthy bowel movements. Papaya also have anti-inflammatory effects on the digestive tract.

Pineapple

Pineapple is another fruit that works wonderfully to aid your body’s digestion tract.  Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain.  This helps your body to break down protein, improving digestion and decreasing bloating.

Yogurt

Yogurt is high in probiotics and works wonders for maintaining a healthy digestive tract. This works to decrease bloating. You can also try taking a high quality probiotic supplement for the same effect.

Peppermint Tea 

Peppermint tea has a natural way of soothing the stomach and decreasing bloating. Peppermint has relaxant and antispasmodic properties in order to relieve cramping in the GI tract. The next time you find yourself with an upset stomach or terribly bloated, try sipping some peppermint tea.

Cucumber

Cucumbers have powerful detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. Cucumbers will help flush your body of unwanted toxins and decrease any inflammation in the GI tract, therefore decreasing your bloating.

Ginger

Ginger is another super food when it comes to the GI tract. Ginger works wonders to decrease bloating and to ease nausea and upset stomachs. Ginger relaxes muscles in the digestive tract and it has anti-inflammatory properties.

 

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Great Foods for Hydrating Your Skin

Posted by Ada Hersko on March 22, 2017 0 Comments

Walnuts

They are an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skins ability to hold onto moisture.

Pumpkin Seeds  

Its enzymes make it a safe and effective exfoliator and its phytonutrients, minerals & vitamins help with cellular rejuvenation & strengthen weakened skin structures.

Cantaloupe

One of the most nutritious varieties of melon. It contains Vitamin K and E which are used for keeping skin healthy and radiant. Choline is required for keeping skin replenished and rejuvenated.

Strawberry

Like many nutritious fruits, strawberries are made of more than 75% water, and that helps your skin remain hydrated, which leads to healthy glowing skin.

Kale

This super food is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, C & K which fight skin damaging free radicals & dark circles. It's also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of skin cancer cells.

Olive Oil

This oil has a very high nutritive value, it hydrates the skin and balances the pH levels.

Chia Seeds

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fibre. They are loaded with nutritional goodness that work wonders on beautifying your skin.

Watermelon

It's 93% water and contains a multi-vitamin cocktail of vitamins A, B6 and C. It not only hydrates your skin, but also repairs and protects your skin too.

Avocado

This fatty fruit is around 74% water by weight, and is known as nature's moisturizer because of its hydrocarbons and natural oils.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has amazing deep moisturizing properties, due to similarity of molecular structure to the skin's own bio-support network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eight Tips to Take Care of your Skin while Travelling

Posted by Ada Hersko on February 11, 2017 0 Comments

Heading off to the beaches or the mountains for your holiday this season? It’d help to know that travelling can ruin your skin if you don’t pay attention to it.

While travelling, you’re prone to exhaustion, ignorance, improper diet, hectic schedule and changing weather. These are a deadly combo when it comes to ruining your glowing skin. Travelling can also ruin your skin in a big way, especially when you are travelling from one city to the other having adverse temperature differences.

So here are a few smart tips to keep your skin healthy and supple while travelling—so that you glow like a star!

1. Keep your moisturizer handy!

We suggest you apply intense moisturizing cream the night before you travel. This will help you keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, thus saving you from the adverse weather conditions. Direct sunlight or strong wind can make the skin dry and damage the skin texture markedly. Reapply the moisturizer while travelling to maintain a soft, supple skin, irrespective of the weather conditions.

2. Make sunscreen your best friend

Irrespective of the season, apply sunscreen generously to save your skin from the harsh effects of UV rays. This way you can protect your skin from tanning and sunburns. Excessive exposure to the sun also result in early ageing. Therefore, sunscreen is an ideal product to save yourself. Reapply it every 2-3 hourly and use a good emollient to keep the skin moist from within.

3. Cleanser is a must

It is quite obvious that while travelling, your skin attracts a lot of dirt and dust which get accumulated on your skin and cause breakouts. A cleanser will wash out all the muck and keep your skin clean and refreshed. It is also important to keep your cleanser with you as even a slight change in skincare products may act abruptly on your skin and cause ‘vacation breakout’.

4. Comfort clothing should be high on priority

While going out, you will be engaged in activities like trekking, games or simply roaming around and exploring the place. Comfortable clothing will save you from the horrors of irritation, itching, and rashes that could happen due to uncomfortable, tight clothes. Various issues like eczema, infections and heat bumps are common with tight clothes, therefore wear loose, comfortable clothes. Skin allergies and certain types of contact dermatitis need to be diagnosed and taken care as one observes them.

5. Blotting Papers are the new toner

Most people experience oily skin while travelling, mainly because of accumulation of dirt. Blotting papers come handy to remove that oil from the face, especially the ‘T Zone’. They are much better than regular tissues that leave a residue. People with sensitive skin can use them easily as well.

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Why It’s Worth Using Aluminium Free Deodorant

Posted by Ada Hersko on January 16, 2017 0 Comments

Many people are becoming aware that most commercial underarm antiperspirant deodorants contain potentially toxic ingredients like aluminium chlorohydrate. Here is what you should know about aluminium and health risks like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s linked to antiperspirants, aluminium free deodorant options and finding one that actually works well.

The Problem with Antiperspirant Deodorants

The chemical aluminium chlorohydrate is created by reacting hydrochloric acid with aluminium. It is used in high concentrations in antiperspirant deodorants (permitted up to 25%) to block sweat ducts, alter the pH of the skin and reduce sweat production.

It’s interesting to note that for aluminium chlorohydrate to have a chance to block sweat ducts it needs to be absorbed into the skin well before sweating begins. Spraying or rolling on any more deodorant containing aluminium after you’re already sweating will be unlikely to have any effect from a dryness perspective.

Part of what makes it effective is the fact that aluminium chlorohydrate is easily absorbed into the human body. Manufacturers are allowed to use it because it is believed that a healthy unburden body should be able to eliminate it.

Unfortunately, this is the same reasoning behind the approval of literally thousands of other potentially toxic chemicals we’re exposed to in our food, environment, toiletries, etc each day. And they all add up.

Health Concerns with Aluminium Exposure

People with kidney disease are specifically warned to avoid antiperspirants with aluminium and use aluminium free deodorant. This is because without quick and effective elimination, aluminium can accumulate in the kidneys and other important organs like the liver, lungs, thyroid and even brain.

Particularly in women, aluminium is known to become concentrated in breast tissues with regular use of antiperspirant deodorants. It is also a recognized neurotoxin that affects the normal functioning of the blood brain barrier and this is believed to be behind a possible link to Alzheimer’s.

Scientific studies into the toxic effects of aluminium in deodorants are becoming more common and concerning.

This last study concerns aluminium exposure in general and aluminium cookware, soda cans and other cosmetics and toiletries may all be responsible for increased aluminium exposure. That said, if you use a deodorant with aluminium chlorohydrate as a main ingredient, it’s likely to be one of the biggest sources of any aluminium in your body.

Aluminium Free Deodorant for Women and Men

One of the best all-natural deodorants for women is the L'avilin Bio Balance Roll On Deodorant 48 hour. There's also one specifically for men. It's the Men - Roll On Deodorant 48 hour. Both of these are alumunum, alcohol and paraben free.

They combat perspiration odor without interfering with natural body functions. 

Here are the benefits:

Natural, plant extracts - neutralize odor causing bacteria, eliminating perspiration odor at the source.

Long lasting deodorants - effective for days/hours depending on the individuals and their respective lifestyles.

Sweat/Water-resistant - effective despite bathing, showering or intensive physical activity.

Economical!! - A single purchase lasts for months!!

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10 Skin-Care Resolutions to Make This Year

Posted by Ada Hersko on January 03, 2017 0 Comments

We all know a warm shower strips skin of oils. Face creams and body lotions are excellent substitutes, as long as you apply them correctly. But how tedious. One easy fix: Keep body lotion right in the shower. Seeing it will remind you to apply it when your skin is damp, within ten minutes of turning off the water. If you wait, skin starts losing water vapor. 

Doctors have long advised wearing sunscreen daily (at least SPF 30) and reapplying it often. The challenge is finding a cream that offers enough protection and doesn't feel like a lead blanket. Look for "nongreasy" or "sheer" on the label.

You've known since middle school that makeup can mix with skin oils and dirt to cause zits. Cosmetics can also trap skin-damaging free radicals that float in the air (think: bus exhaust) against your skin. But you've had a long day, and the bathroom sink is 20 feet away....

• Avoid the situation entirely by washing your face as soon as you get home. At the very least, remove your mascara.

Don't let your skin take a hit just because you've discovered an amazing new workout. A lot of women are switching from big gyms to studios that focus on Spinning, boot camps, yoga, or Pilates, and often they don't have showers. As a result, most people aren't washing right away—and have the acne (and bacne) to show for it. It's advised to wear moisture-wicking clothes (Nike and Lululemon make them) and to pack salicylic acid Stridex pads in their gym bag. Swipe the face, back, and chest after class, and change into a clean, dry T-shirt. Back home, hop into the shower as soon as possible.

Having a dermatologist survey your body once a year is crucial, even if you're diligent about monthly self-exams. They look in more nooks and crannies than you ever will. For convenience, group your annual appointments (physical, mammogram, dermatologist) at a time of (relative) quiet—after the holidays, or when the kids go back to school. Before you leave the doctor's office, make an appointment for next year, put a reminder in your phone, and ask the receptionist to follow up.

A baby's skin replenishes itself completely every 14 days, but by age 30, an adult takes a full 28 days to replenish. With all that extra time, skin cells have a chance to dry out and lose luster—unless you jump-start the renewal process by exfoliating. Use a gentle face scrub, once or twice a week, and a chemical exfoliant which dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells in place—on two other days of the week. After using a pad for your face, don't let it go to waste: Massage it on your arms.

For starters, stop treating your nails like tools. Tearing open boxes leads to chips and peeling.

• Keep SPF hand cream throughout your house. Like the face, hands are exposed and need coverage. Even with UV-protective auto glass, damaging rays penetrate, and they will age your hands.

Unless you won the school science fair, you probably don't realize what can happen when good brushes go bad: Makeup and skin oils build up, creating a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause irritation. In an ideal world, you would clean your brushes once a week, but most of us don't. Instead, wash your tools monthly with a liquid hand soap or baby shampoo and lukewarm water (hot water can cause bristles to fall out), then rinse well, squeeze out the excess water, reshape, and allow the brushes to dry thoroughly by balancing them over the sink.

Yes, it's tempting to squeeze a pimple, but just the act of touching your face with your fingers brings pore-clogging oil and dirt to the skin. How not to pop? Get rid of magnifying mirrors, put "Don't touch" Post-it notes around the house, and grab a squeeze toy to keep your hands busy, especially if certain times of day (morning drive?) trigger the urge. When you do give in, applying over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream right away can help calm inflammation and prevent long-lasting marks.

Waiting for a new skin treatment to show results can be a test of patience. A good anti-aging cream can take six weeks, so don't give up. That goes for skin lighteners and acne products, too. But if nothing has changed by week six, the product will never work for you. Time to move on.

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