C Thru Nutrition App and Website: Find out product information, nutrition facts, ingredients, allergies.

 Great nutritional site and app! 

  

Find out product information, nutrition facts, ingredients, allergies..


  

My Favorite Supplements!

Probiotics 

VSL#3

 

 

Enzymes Anyone?

 

Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System™

 

Omegas To Get That Glow!

Wholemega® Whole Fish Oil

 

 

 A Multi-Vitamin That Packs a Punch!

Contains everything but the kitchen sink!

 

See my article on Hyaluronic Acid for health & skin benefits

The Anti-Inflammation Fighter!

 

LifeExtension Super Bio-Curcumin (400mg)

Absorbs up to seven times better than conventional curcumin and inhibit enzymes that help produce inflammation in the body.

 

 

 

The UV Fighter!

Heliocare with PLE

 

 

 

Heart Healthy!

BioActive Q

CoQ10 paired with another powerful antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid.

 

 

The Bruise & Swellings Fixer Upper!

SinEcch Surgical Recovery or Dermal Injections Recovery

 

or  For General Bruising & Swelling!

VitaMedica Arnica Montana 30x

& with both

VitaMedica Bromelain with Quercetin

 

Disclaimer:
While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

Top Types of Honey For Skin Care & Health!

From skin-care multitasker to wellness elixir, honey is stepping out of the shadows from its sweet-stuff reputation to take the reins as one of the hottest total-health ingredients. You’ll want to incorporate this sweet ingredient into your diet and skin care to reap all it has to offer. Here’s how:

1. Buckwheat Honey: For a High-Dose of Vitamin C
Considered the antioxidant powerhouse, buckwheat honey is the darkest in color and has one of the highest concentrations of vitamins (it actually contains vitamin c).

Internal: Similar to molasses in taste and color, Bee Raw Buckwheat Honey’s ($12) semisweet flavor lends an earthy, malt-like flavor that pairs perfectly with citrus fruits, mild cheese or greek yogurt.
Topical: Formulated with a blend of honey, coconut fruit extract, tonka beans and jasmine, Molton Brown Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Body Lotion ($30) offers serious hydration and a delicate, floral scent.

2. Manuka Honey: For Serious Skin Care
The antibacterial one in the bunch, manuka honey can be hard to come by (the true form is only found from New Zealand manuka plants and there are set measurement systems dedicated to verifying its authenticity), but its unique enzymes and compositions make it a potent multitasker.

Internal: With just one ingredient, Honeymark Manuka Honey Lozenges ($8) slightly sticky (but not overly sweet), pure honey drops can help relieve a sore throat while freshening breath.

Topical: Harnessing the hydrating power of manuka honey plus potent peptides, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Get Lifted ($44) claims to fight the signs of aging for a more contoured, youthful look.

CT Esthetic- I will buy a jar of straight Manuka Honey and add it to a mask or use as a acne spot treatment sparingly!

3. Royal Jelly: For Overall Health and Aging
Not honey or bee pollen, royal jelly is a unique substance that is the food of the Queen Bee (who lives about four to six years, while the average worker bee only lives six weeks); Traditional Chinese Medicine considers it a key ingredient both internally and externally in the fight against aging and for overall health.

Internal: Unprocessed and sans additives, BeeAlive Pure & Natural Royale Jelly ($125 for a three-month supply) is said to help increase energy and vitality with just one-fifth teaspoon a day.
Topical: Just a few drops of Hey Honey Good Night Royal Honey Gel ($39) leave skin looking dewy, refreshed and radiant thanks to the powerful ingredient of CoQ10.

4. Wildflower Honey: For Fighting Allergies
Comprised of a wide variety of nectars, wildflower honey comes from undefined sources, typically during Spring. It is one of the most common types of honey and is usually the one associated with combating allergies.

Internal: Expertly blended to create a unique flavor balance, Honey Republic Organic Wildflower Honey ($11) is a healthy substitute for sugar in sauces and spreads.

Ct Esthetic – The more local the honey the better when used internally for allergies!

Topical: Burt’s Bees’ star honey ingredient is beeswax, a potent nourisher that meets with shea, almond and aloe vera in its skin-perfecting Sugar Scrub ($13).

CT Esthetic – A simple mask made of honey & yogurt (plain cow, goat, or sheep, the higher the fat content the better) is a great mask for dry, acne, mature, sensitive or mature skin.

Via New Beauty

Disclaimer:
While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

Don’t eat or use honey topically if you have a bee allergy!  Avoid yogurt if you have a dairy allergy!

Six Cleanses: A Review!

The Gateway Cleanse

The first of BluePrintCleanse’s  (can be found at Whole Foods) three cleanse levels, Renovation, is for beginner juicers and is designed to gently rid the body of impurities by using 100 percent organic, raw, fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices to take the place of meals. “The bottles are numbered in the order they should be consumed, and one day’s worth of juice is made with approximately 20 pounds of freshly pressed fruits and vegetables including leafy greens, pineapple, beets and more,” says BluePrint founder Zoe Sakoutis. “The nutrients go directly into your blood stream, feeding your cells within 10 to 15 minutes to help you regain an alkaline balance while normalizing your digestion and metabolism.”
People who love it: Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, CT Esthetic*

The Reset Cleanse

Southern California-based Ritual Wellness offers a Seasonal Reset Cleanse—a variety of six juices per day that is great for beginner cleansers—to effectively release toxins and reset your mind and body. Juices range from vegetable-heavy to fruit blends using 100 percent organic produce that is local and seasonally available. “After a three-day cleanse, you feel reset,” says Ritual Wellness co-founder Lori Kenyon. “The break you have given your digestive system has allowed your body, especially your intestines, liver and kidneys to expel and release stored up toxins. Many people report having clear, glowing skin and feeling less bloated, among many other benefits.”

People who love it: Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian

The Zen Cleanse

In addition to offering programs for more experienced cleansers, Z.E.N. Foods offers a gentle beginner cleanse called Rejuvenate that uses greens and fruits in a variety of 20 juices to give the body the ability to reset. “Many foods actually have the ability to heal,” says Mariana Rossano, president and CEO of Z.E.N. Foods. “Drinking pure nutrition through cold pressed juices is a way to get back on track with your eating and gives you the ability to rethink your food intake. Although weight loss is not the direct goal of the cleanse, it is usually a byproduct of drinking strictly juice and clients have lost upwards of five to seven pounds on a 5-day cleanse.”

People who love it: Lisa Rinna

The 24-Hour Cleanse

Perfect for first-time cleansers, Cooler Cleanse’s Juice For A Day cleanse provides a user-friendly way to experience the invigorating power of raw, cold-pressed juices in just one day. The menu consists of six drinks, which you consume roughly every two hours to reach a total of close to 1,000 daily calories. “The Juice For A Day program provides the benefits of juicing, without letting people feel like they’re in over their heads,” says Eric Helms, co-founder of Cooler Cleanse. “Just replace your regular meals with six fresh-pressed juices for a day-long mini-cleanse that will leave you feeling like a brighter, lighter, more supercharged version of yourself.”

People who loves it: Salma Hayek

The Revitalizing Cleanse

Using formulas that are jam-packed with 100 percent organic produce, Juice Press’s (can be found at Whole Foods) Six Juice Cleanse is loaded with living enzymes and the full spectrum of required nutrition; protein, carbohydrates, H2O, fats, vitamins and minerals. “These nutrients will keep all of your necessary functions stimulated and working as they should throughout the cleanse,” says Marcus Antebi, founder and CEO of Juice Press. “Kale has become a popular ingredient since it is high in iron and fiber, low in calories and is a great anti-inflammatory. Ginger and lemon promote immunity and help increase blood flow. Pineapples and apples both aid in the digestive process, help fight off viruses and provide an extra boost of energy.”

Peolple who love it: Kate Hudson, Renee Zellweger

The Balancing Cleanse

If you’d prefer to experience the next level of cleansing, Pressed Juicery’s Cleanse 2 Program may be the one for you. Containing two green juices, two citrus juices, one roots juice and one vanilla almond milk, the cleanse also comes with a bottle of Chlorophyll H2O to provide extra hydration and nutrition throughout the day and a bottle of Aloe Vera H2O to be taken before bed to aid in digestion. “All of our ingredients are fruits and vegetables, along with a few key superfoods and spices including cayenne pepper, cacao and cinnamon,” says Carly Brien, co-founder of Pressed Juicery. “Many people believe that health starts in the colon, and by offering the digestive system a rest, our body gets a chance to revive itself. The benefits are endless.”

People who love it: Molly Sims

 

Via New Beauty

Cucumber-Melon Spa Water Recipe!

cucumber melon spa water

Rejuvenate and refresh without stepping foot inside a spa. This recipe for Cucumber Melon Spa Water from chef and author Candice Kumai is a hydrating treat.

Cucumber Melon Spa Water

Ingredients:
12 thin slices cucumber ** unwaxed cucumber-organic is perfect
5 -1″ cubes of honeydew melon, skin removed
1 bunch mint, torn off, and tossed into the water
6 cups chilled still spring (or mineral water for a fizzy treat)
** Add in fresh basil, or even lavender, orange slices or even some simple syrup for an even sweeter treat!

Directions:
1. Place the cucumber, the peeled honeydew melon, and a handful of fresh mint into your pitcher

2. Fill pitcher with water. Cover and chill for a few hours before guests arrive.

3. You have the option to strain the mixture and discard solids, or use the infused spa water as a visual treat, and have a strainer on the spout/lid. Pour water into gorgeous, tall, clear glasses, with big ice cubes for a real refreshing treat, add more mint and even a few thin slices of cucumber on the brim of the glass for garnish. Fancy!

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Foods for Health & Beauty!

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Minerals and enzymes are key elements that contribute to beautiful skin, nails and hair. These powerful substances are critical for proper cellular functioning. Minerals originate from the soil and are abundantly transferred to us through organic fruits and vegetables, which generally have better soil quality. Green plants are the source of a wide variety of minerals you need for superior beauty and nutrition. On the most basic level, enzymes are proteins that catalyze hundreds of different processes in the body. This includes breaking down fats, enhancing mental capacity, purifying the blood, and renewing aging skin.

The trick to assimilating more enzymes into our bodies is in consuming raw foods such as leafy greens, fruits and vegetables. All raw foods have live enzymes that when consumed, work for our bodies so we can reap the beauty benefits. Heat above 118 degrees kills these active enzymes, so we want to be aware of this when structuring your meals. You need some raw food in your diet, though you don’t have to eat all raw food. Certain enzymes are not activated until the right amounts of minerals are present. Equally, we need enzymes to organize and assimilate our beauty minerals. It is in this dynamic relationship that minerals and enzymes go hand in hand with one another.

Following the guidelines outlined in The Beauty Detox Solution make it easy to provide the body with essential minerals and enzymes it needs through nutrition. Enjoying a Glowing Green Smoothie or Other Green Drink once a day, which will give you the raw nutrition you need in a delicious form on a daily basis, and having a diet high in greens is the optimal way to retain and absorb these key minerals and enzymes. Cooked vegetables and plant foods are beneficial too.

Silicon: Silicon has incredible beautifying properties. It makes our hair thick, our nails strong and it strengthens connective tissues and bones to improve flexibility. Silicon can improve the appearance of wrinkles, and increase the resilience of your skin. It makes the skin glow and the eyes bright by targeting the connective tissue in your body. This beautifying mineral is essential for radiant vitality and health.
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Foods: Cucumber, Bell peppers, Radish, Light leafy greens (cabbage, romaine lettuce), Tomatoes, Apples, Onions, Unrefined grains

Calcium: Calcium is a strengthening mineral in that it helps keep our bones strong and it prevents osteoporosis. Calcium maintains healthy teeth, keeps our posture upright, and it enables us to move with poise. In addition to bone benefits, calcium cleans our digestive tract and eases premenstrual syndrome.
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Foods: Dark leafy greens (such as collard greens, turnips, kale, dandelion greens and spinach), Dried herbs, Sesame seeds, Flax seeds

Zinc: Zinc is a powerful mineral that works with the skin to keep it healthy by reducing acne and quickening the healing process for cuts or burns. It plays an important role in rebuilding collagen to make skin radiant, smooth and healthy. Zinc is known to prevent signs of aging and skin damage such as wrinkles and stretch marks.
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Foods: Dried watermelon seeds, Organic raw dark chocolate, Raw pumpkin seeds, Pine nuts, Sesame seeds, Pecans, Rolled oats

Magnesium: Magnesium is an important mineral for human nutrition in that it serves the body in several metabolic processes. Over 300 different enzymes in the body rely on magnesium to keep your bowels regular and to cleanse and detoxify the body. It is found in your bones, muscles and bodily fluids and is not made naturally in our bodies.  Along with the beauty value, magnesium relaxes and calms you while keeping your blood circulating smoothly.
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Foods: Raw broccoli, Plantain, Spinach, Sea vegetables, Banana, Cooked lentils, Avocado, Squash, Arugula, Swiss chard

Potassium: The essence of Potassium is all about balance. This mineral is integral in balancing pH levels, maintaining proper fluid levels and the balancing of other minerals, like sodium- which in excess amounts can dry out your skin or make it look puffy. Potassium-rich foods are important for good health because healthy levels of potassium encourage responsible waste elimination from the body and the assimilation of glucose for muscle energy.
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Foods: Dried apricots, Brussels sprouts, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Pear, Dried dates, Dried figs, Banana

Iron: Iron oxygenates blood, stimulating healthy blood circulation and resulting in a highly attractive glow in the skin. Iron also energizes you because it is responsible for transporting oxygen, (our cells’ “gasoline”) throughout the body. If iron levels are low, our body is not operating at the optimal level, resulting in a lagged and tired feeling.
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Foods: Spinach, Artichoke, Squash Seeds, Dried Apricots, Pistachios, Raisins, Walnuts, Asparagus, Quinoa, Mushrooms, Beans

 

Via Kimberly Snyder

Time-Lapsed Weight Loss Video!

Foods to Help Prevent Wrinkles!

BLUEBERRIES
Blueberries and other berries are packed with powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Eat one or more 1/2-cup servings daily; because berries are typically treated with a lot of pesticides, choose organic if possible.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 240 kJ (57 kcal)
Carbohydrates 14.49 g
Sugars 9.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 0.74 g
Vitamin A 54 IU
beta-carotene 32 μg (0%)
lutein and zeaxanthin 80 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.037 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.041 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.418 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.124 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6 0.052 mg (4%)
Folate (vit. B9) 6 μg (2%)
Vitamin C 9.7 mg (12%)
Vitamin E 0.57 mg (4%)
Vitamin K 19.3 μg (18%)
Calcium 6 mg (1%)
Iron 0.28 mg (2%)
Magnesium 6 mg (2%)
Manganese 0.336 mg (16%)
Phosphorus 12 mg (2%)
Potassium 77 mg (2%)
Sodium 1 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.16 mg (2%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
from US recommendations for adults.Source: USDA Nutrient Database

NaturalHealthMag.com

KALE
Like other greens, kale is rich in the antioxidant lutein and contains iron, which transports oxygen to your skin, and vitamin A, which helps prevent premature aging. Eat two or more 1/2-cup servings of kale or other greens a day.
Kale, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 117 kJ (28 kcal)
Carbohydrates 5.63 g
Sugars 1.25 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 1.9 g
Water 91.2 g
Vitamin A equiv. 681 μg (85%)
beta-carotene 8173 μg (76%)
lutein and zeaxanthin 18246 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.053 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.07 mg (6%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.5 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 0.138 mg (11%)
Folate (vit. B9) 13 μg (3%)
Choline 0.4 mg (0%)
Vitamin C 41 mg (49%)
Vitamin E 0.85 mg (6%)
Vitamin K 817 μg (778%)
Calcium 72 mg (7%)
Iron 0.9 mg (7%)
Magnesium 18 mg (5%)
Manganese 0.416 mg (20%)
Phosphorus 28 mg (4%)
Potassium 228 mg (5%)
Sodium 23 mg (2%)
Zinc 0.24 mg (3%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
from US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

NaturalHealthMag.com

RED PEPPERS
Red or dark orange vegetables are loaded with the antioxidant vitamins A and E and bioflavonoids, which moisturize and heal your skin. Eat two or more 1/2-cup servings a day of red peppers, carrots, beets, or similarly colored veggies.

Peppers, sweet, red, raw

Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion

Nutrient Unit Value per 100.0g
Proximates
Water g 92.21
Energy kcal 31
Protein g 0.99
Total lipid (fat) g 0.30
Carbohydrate, by difference g 6.03
Fiber, total dietary g 2.1
Sugars, total g 4.20
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 7
Iron, Fe mg 0.43
Magnesium, Mg mg 12
Phosphorus, P mg 26
Potassium, K mg 211
Sodium, Na mg 4
Zinc, Zn mg 0.25
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 127.7
Thiamin mg 0.054
Riboflavin mg 0.085
Niacin mg 0.979
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.291
Folate, DFE µg 46
Vitamin B-12 µg 0.00
Vitamin A, RAE µg 157
Vitamin A, IU IU 3131
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 1.58
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg 0.0
Vitamin D IU 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 4.9
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.027
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.003
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.070
Cholesterol mg 0
Other
Caffeine mg 0

SALMON
Salmon and other cold-water fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which hold off wrinkles by preventing inflammation and lubricating your skin. Eat a 3-ounce serving of these fish one to three times a week.

Nutrition Facts

Salmon, Atlantic, raw
Amount Per 0.5 fillet (198 g)
Calories 412
% Daily Value*
Total fat 27 g 41%
Saturated fat 6 g 30%
Polyunsaturated fat 8 g
Monounsaturated fat 7 g
Cholesterol 109 mg 36%
Sodium 117 mg 4%
Potassium 719 mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Protein 40 g 80%
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
Vitamin B-6 65% Vitamin B-12 106%
Magnesium 13%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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TOMATOES
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a skin-friendly antioxidant that also reduces your cancer risk. Your body can better use lycopene if the tomatoes are cooked. Eat at least 1/2 cup of cooked tomatoes a day.
Red tomatoes, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.9 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 0.9 g
Water 94.5 g
Vitamin A equiv. 42 μg (5%)
beta-carotene 449 μg (4%)
lutein and zeaxanthin 123 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.037 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.594 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 0.08 mg (6%)
Vitamin C 14 mg (17%)
Vitamin E 0.54 mg (4%)
Vitamin K 7.9 μg (8%)
Magnesium 11 mg (3%)
Manganese 0.114 mg (5%)
Phosphorus 24 mg (3%)
Potassium 237 mg (5%)
Lycopene 2573 µg
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
from US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

8 Tips for Gorgeous Skin WITHOUT Expensive Products!

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Ah, skin. And the things we do to our skin! Women (especially) are forever in search of the best fix to give them glowing, clear, healthy, wrinkle-free skin. I was inspired to write this topic today because a friend/client came over recently for lunch and she simply has among the most luminescent skin I’ve ever seen- without makeup! But most of us are not so lucky. It got me thinking how most all of us (most definitely including me!) have to put out a real effort to make our skin look good. Still, many of the products and procedures available on today’s market leave me shaking my head – both at the product and the price tag.

Still, I understand the desire to look youthful and beautiful with glowing, clear, firm skin. What woman doesn’t want that? The good news is you don’t have to fork out the cash for expensive products and fillers to look your best. Glowing skin is within your reach, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

1. Detoxify:

Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. It is the body’s largest organ, and it is an elimination organ. Toxins inside your body can make the skin on the outside of your body look less than beautiful. When you eat foods with toxic ingredients, it is naturally reflected in your skin. The Beauty Detox Solution creates health and beauty because it has a strong element of detoxification to it. When you detoxify your body, the results show on your skin. Detoxification is an ongoing process – though periodic cleanses, properly designed and conducted (like my Glow Bio cleanses), can help launch you into a healthier long-term lifestyle. To detoxify:

  • Drink hot water with lemon every morningPhIHgrh_yWC25fbBqRuKzLFo-glnyEeXk3ga3aWkNX8
  • Drink the fiber-rich Glowing Green Smoothie or similar Green Drink
  • Avoid processed and fast foods that contain chemical ingredients
  • Stick to organic whenever possible
  • Exercise (but not to excess)
  • Take magnesium oxygen at bedtime
  • Eat enzyme-rich foods
  • Take probiotics
  • Eat a high plant-based diet (or all, as I do)
  • Drink a lot of water and avoid excessive caffeine

One caveat of which you should be aware: Sometimes the detoxification process can cause temporary skin irritation, breakouts, or other issues. Stick with it, however, and soon your skin will show the results of your efforts.

2. Nourish:

We’ve all heard the adage, you are what you eat. While this is true throughout your body, it is especially visible on your skin. Eating toxic, chemical-laden foods can show up on your skin, leaving it dull, dry and flaky. Poor nutrition can also speed up wrinkling and cause breakouts.

Nourishing your skin begins from the inside with the foods you eat. Because the skin is an organ, it requires nutrients to maintain vibrant health.

  • Stick to whole, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds
  • Eat a variety of produce from across the full spectrum of color
  • Eliminate common allergens such as wheat, soy, dairy products, and peanuts
  • Minimize or eliminate animal protein. If you do eat animal protein, choose organic, naturally raised, and pastured meats like free-range organic poultry
  • Eat plant foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as chia seeds, walnuts and green veggies
  • Start each day with a Glowing Green Smoothie
  • Eliminate refined sugars

3. Cleanse:

Keeping your skin clean is also important. Many people use harsh cleansers that can actually strip the skin of important hydration and leave it dull. Use a mild cleanser. Because I have oily skin and used to battle acne, I used to think I needed a stronger cleanser. But now I’ve been using and love the Tamanu Organic Luxury Cleanser by Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  It cleans my face really well, but doesn’t strip it.  It works for all skin types. I don’t recommend using very drying cleansers or regular soaps on your face.

4. Exfoliate:

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the surface of your skin that can cause dullness. You don’t need to buy expensive products or use harsh chemical exfoliators, however. You probably have a natural skin exfoliation agent right now in your kitchen: oatmeal. Oatmeal both soothes and exfoliates. To make an oatmeal exfoliation mask, mix ¾ cups of ground oat groats (grind them in the food processor) or steel cut oatmeal with 1/3 cup of warm water and spread it on your skin. Allow it to dry, and then rinse off with warm water. Another great natural exfoliator for the skin is raw organic apple cider vinegar. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids and can also balance the skin’s pH. To use, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to your skin with a cotton ball. Sit for five minutes before rinsing with warm water.

5. Hydrate:

Hydration is important for glowing, healthy skin. 

  • Drink plenty of pure water throughout the day
  • Drink 16-32+ ounces of Glowing Green Smoothie, which is really hydrating and has a lot of enzymes and nutrients from the fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat a lot of raw foods that contain their own water, like salads containing lots of brightly colored vegetables.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating.
  • Take in extra fluids on hot days, when you are ill or stressed, and when you exercise vigorously.

6. Protect:

Sunlight is important because it supplies valuable vitamin D. To that end, you do need to get about 10 minutes of sunlight each day on unprotected skin in order to allow your body to synthesize vitamin D. Too much sunlight, however, can be harmful, just like anything in excess. Practice healthy sun habits, such as covering up and wearing a hat.

7. Improve circulation:

Keeping your blood flowing and promoting lymph drainage can help keep your skin glowing! Dry brushing is a technique that improves circulation and promotes lymph draining. To practice dry brushing:

  • Use a soft, natural bristled brush.
  • Dry brush before your shower every morning.
  • Use a light pressure as you brush.
  • Starting at your feet, brush in small movements up towards your heart.
  • When you are done, take a shower.

8. Minimize makeup:

One of the benefits of healthy skin is not having to wear a lot of makeup. I don’t wear it all the time, but I do love my favorite products, like the stick Vapour blush in Courtesan. It’s natural and non-toxic, and a little bit in the apple of your cheeks can really brighten your whole face. It’s doesn’t make you break out – I’ve even worn it to sweaty yoga class in the middle of an afternoon and I don’t break out. A lot of makeup brands contain toxins and chemicals that can clog skin, even so-called mineral brands. So choose your products judiciously.

I hope these tips help you! Great skin is on the way. Which ones have you tried and which other tips do you have for great skin to share?

Recipes for Healthy Skin!

Organic Pore-Minimizing Bread
Organic Pore-Minimizing Bread
A delicious way to minimize your pores by cleaning out your system

Active prep time: 10 minutes
Inactive prep time: 2 hours
Bake time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
3 cups of spelt flour
1 to 2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups of ground flax seeds
1 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 packet of dry yeast
1 tablespoon of honey
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 cup of warm water

Directions:
Bloom yeast in warm water by combining yeast, water, and honey in a bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Mix all dry ingredients. Add bloomed yeast and extra virgin olive oil. Mix until well incorporated. Knead for 5 minutes.

Apply just enough extra virgin olive oil to coat the bowl. Gently place dough in bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let rest for 2 hours in a dark, warm place. This dough will not rise much at all. It is a super-dense bread.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Allow oven to heat up for at least 20 minutes before baking bread.

Punch down dough and shape it into a loaf of desired length. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. When you tap on the bottom of the loaf it should sound hollow. Let cool on a wire wrack.

This is a nutrient-dense bread that will help stimulate your colon and will naturally cleanse your system. Flax seed and chia seeds are excellent for you. The cleaner your colon is, the smaller your pores will be, and you will have fewer break-outs. It is delicious toasted.

Skin-Refreshing Salad
This is a very nourishing, anti-aging salad. It is loaded with anti-oxidants that support healthy skin.
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Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 head of Romaine lettuce
2 carrots
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 stick celery
½ cup basil leaves
½ cup cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions:
Clean lettuce in ice cold water. Wash herbs, carrots, and celery. Slice carrots and celery. Rough chop lettuce with ceramic knife, if possible. Leave herbs whole. Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Toss with salad dressing.

Skin-Refreshing Dressing

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon walnut oil
½ teaspoon Himalayan salt or sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Directions:
Blend all ingredients.

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Skin-Quenching Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is a summertime staple and picnic essential. Try Susan’s recipe for an update on the classic that is both nourishing and hydrating. It quenches your skin from the inside out.

Ingredients:
1 English cucumber, peeled, sliced and seeded
2 Granny Smith apples, sliced
1 cup jicama, peeled and sliced
supremes from 1 pink grapefruit
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced paper thin
½ cup fresh mint chiffonade*
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
Juice and rind of one lemon juice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a chilled glass bowl. Be sure to serve the fruit salad in chilled glass bowls, as well.

* Roll several leaves into a cigar shape and slice very thinly.

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

From EatingWell

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, or red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 small avocado, (4-5 ounces), peeled, pitted and cut into 16 slices
  • 16 thin slices cantaloupe, (about 1/2 small cantaloupe), rind removed
  • 1 1/2 cups hulled strawberries, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)

Preparation

  1. Whisk honey, vinegar, mint, pepper and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Divide spinach among 4 salad plates. Arrange alternating slices of avocado and cantaloupe in a fan on top of the spinach. Top each salad with strawberries, drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The dressing will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Tip: To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame se

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