Monthly Archives: September 2014

Skin care tips for the Fall

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Fall is here and with the season and weather changing it’s very important  to take good care of your skin. Below are few tips to keep your skin healthy  for the Fall.

  • Exfoliate with an oil-based scrub. The summer sun may have left your skin feeling dry and flaky. Start the new season off with a full-body exfoliation.Oil-based scrubs are wonderful because they exfoliate and hydrate.
  • Protect your lips. Start moisturizing  your lips now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter.
  • Invest in hand cream. Hands can become dry and cracked during fall and winter.  Start moisturizing your hands now to keep them soft and supple hands all winter long.
  • Be sure to use Sunscreen.Use a moisturizer with SPF 15 at the minimum and reapply with a facial sunscreen throughout the day as needed.
  • Make sure to keep your cuticles moisturized. Apply oil onto your cuticles and rub in. Do this a several times a week for best protection.
  • Keep your feet soft and moisturized.

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3 Foods to eat that are high in iron

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Many people suffer from a lack of iron which causes them to be anemic. To help treat your iron deficiency make sure to eat foods that contain a high amount of iron. Below is a list of five foods that are rich in iron and their benefits.

Kidney Beans:

  • Helps to boost your energy
  • Lowers the risk of heart attacks
  • Very high in iron
  • High in protein 
  • Can be used in soups and salads

Spinach:

  • Great source of iron
  • Fat and Cholesterol free
  • One cup of cooked spinach has 6.4 milligrams—for just 40 calories. 
  • High in Vitamin C

Lentils:

  • One  cup of cooked lentils has 6.59 milligrams of iron. 
  • Increases Energy
  • Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol
  • Contain a high level of protein
  • Helps to prevent constipation

Mixed Berry and Banana Smoothie

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Smoothies are healthy and refreshing. They are a great alternative to milkshakes and ice cream and contain lots of nutrients and vitamins. You can add whatever you like to a smoothie, I love smoothies that contain berries.Berries contain a large amount of antioxidants.  Here is a quick and nutritious recipe for a mixed berry and banana smoothie. 

 

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You will need:

 

8 ounces of frozen mixed berries
2 small bananas, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces, and frozen
1 cup organic whole milk
1 to 2 organic tablespoons honey
A blender
2 glasses

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to the blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Makes two servings.

Enjoy! 

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The Dangers of Gluten

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I am sure everyone has heard the term gluten free. What is gluten you ask? Gluten is the protein found in wheat  that helps the food maintain its shape. In essence it’s the glue that holds everything together. There are several sources of gluten including rye, barley,and yeast.  Gluten can be found in breads, soups, cereals, chips, cookies etc. Gluten can have many dangerous effects. Many people suffer from a gluten allergy and as a result have to live by a gluten free diet. Here are some signs to look for that could mean you have a gluten allergy.

  • Experiencing migraines after  eating foods that contain gluten.
  • Inflammation and swollen joints after eating foods that contain gluten
  • Dizziness and poor balance
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Irregular menstrual cycles can also be a result of gluten intolerance
  • Irritable Bowel syndrome can come from consumption of food containing gluten
  • Bloating, gas, diarrhea
  • Rashes,hives
  • Exhaustion

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