Health & Wellness

PH: Acid vs. Alkaline 0

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PH levels describe how acidic or alkaline something is. A pH of 0 is acidic while a pH of 14 is alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral.

Our bodies thrive at a neutral, slightly alkaline pH typically between 7.35 – 7.45, however, so many of the foods and beverages we consume are highly acidic including processed foods, animal protein, and coffee.

Here are some of our favorite alkalizing foods…

– Avocado

– Red Bell Pepper

– Spinach

– Cucumber

– Celery

– Kale

– Broccoli

 

Summer Skin Series: Lycopene 0

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Introducing our Summer Skin Series… each week we will provide you with natural solutions to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. This week we are talking Lycopene!

Lycopene is a carotenoid found in many fruits and vegetables. It has been proven to protect against sun damage, both short and long term.  Not only has Lycopene been proven to provide a natural barrier agains sunburn (up to 33%), but it has also been shown to protect against skin damage and sun-induced skin aging.

Make sure to load up on Lycopene rich foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, carrots, and mango during the summer months to give yourself an extra boost of protection!

 

Skin Medica SPF 30+ 0

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Summer is officially here! It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and bask in the sun all day. Though the sun provides us with Vitamin D and can be great for the soul… it can wreak havoc on our skin. Wrinkles, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer are just a few of the things that can be associated with too much sun exposure.

Stay smart and safe this summer by covering up with a broad spectrum UVA / UVB sun protectant such as Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. This product is appropriate for all skin types including sensitive and post-procedure skin. It contains green tea leaf extract, a natural antioxidant that is rich in polyphenols as well as caffeine which helps prevent free radical damage.

The key to sun protection is to re-apply often rather than lathering on SPF 80. Research has shown that higher SPFs don’t necessarily provide extra protection, but are filled with unnecessary chemicals which may do more harm than good. Stick with a high quality sunscreen rather than just a high number of SPF, re-apply often , and have fun in the sun.

Eat Your Water 0

The human body is made up of 70% water. It is so important to stay hydrated so that we can function at our best. While drinking water is the number one way to stay hydrated, it’s also important to fill up on foods with a high water content. Not only will they keep you hydrated, but foods high in water also keep you fuller, longer. Here are some of our favorite water-rich foods…

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1. Lemon

2. Cantaloupe

3. Baby Carrots

4. Celery

5. Watermelon

6. Cauliflower

7. Lettuce

8. Grapefruit

9. Radishes

10. Cucumber

11. Strawberries

Foods That Fight Pain 0

 

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△ Cherries – Cherries and cherry extract relieves inflammation.

△ Flax – Flax contains Omega-3 fatty acids, aka the good kind of fat.

△ Ginger – Ginger treats pain and inflammation.

△ Celery – Celery and celery seeds contain apigenin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

△ Walnuts – Raw walnuts and walnut oil contain Omega-3 fatty acids which contain anti-inflammatory properties.

△ Turmeric – Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory which has proven to be more effective than steroids. Turmeric has been     proven to suppress pain through a similar mechanism as some drugs, but without the harmful side effects.