It’s no secret that spinach is good for you. It ‘s full of essential vitamins and nutrients including vitamin C and phytonutrients. Consuming dark, leafy greens on a regular basis is beneficial to your health in so many ways. Studies have shown that spinach is one of the most potent and beneficial greens. It’s dark color makes it more nutrient dense. Furthermore it is extremely low in calories and has a low glycemic index. Looks like Popeye knew what he was doing. Here are some more reasons to love spinach.
Let’s talk cranberries… yes, they are delicious on your Thanksgiving turkey, but did you know that they are absolutely packed with health benefits.
Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients. These little red berries have been shown to battle heart disease as they lower bad cholesterol, treat urinary tract infections due to their high levels of proanthocyanidins, promote weight loss by improving your metabolism, slow the aging process by fighting free radicals, relieve skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and fight certain types of cancers by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
When you sit down at this year’s Thanksgiving table it may be appropriate to give thanks for this wonderful red berry.
You probably wouldn’t think twice about spreading some peanut butter on your morning toast or maybe even eating it right out of the jar… but have you ever considered it’s undervalued colleague, sunflower seed butter?
Sunbutter packs a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits… high levels of unsaturated fat [the good kind of fat], zinc, magnesium, and vitamin E to name a few. A tablespoon of sunbutter contains around 100 calories, similar to peanut butter. It also contains similar amounts of protein and sugar, however, it contains less saturated fat and twice as much fiber.
The skinny on fat: While saturated fats can lead to heart disease among other things, unsaturated fats can lower cholesterol and help to fight inflammation. At 9 grams of fat per tablespoon and nearly 90 percent of those fats being the unsaturated kind, sunbutter can be a great way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
Sunbutter also contains high levels of vitamin E. Just one tablespoon contains 25 percent of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and battles inflammation. Vitamin E promotes circulation of the blood which is wonderful for your skin and hair.
Magnesium is extremely important in order for your body to function properly. Over 300 metabolic processes depend on it. Magnesium can help to fight osteoporosis, relieve PMS, and improve the parathyroid function. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Magnesium has been proven beneficial in the battle against diabetes. It can also help with migraines, insomnia, and depression.
All in all, sunflower seed butter can make a great addition to your diet. It is packed with so many health benefits and it’s tasty too. It’s a wonderful alternative for people with various nut allergies. Remember this post about MUFAs? Sunflower seeds are loaded with omega-3s making them a wonderful option. Pick up a jar at your local health food store. You and your body are in for a healthy treat.
Happy October! We’re sure you are all excited that it’s beginning to feel like Fall. The crisp Autumn air, pumpkin spice lattes, cozying up by the fire, dry skin. Oh, wait… so you’re not so thrilled about that last one?
The change of seasons often requires a change to your skincare routine. Enter… SkinMedica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer. This facial cream is rich in Vitamins C and E as well as essential fatty acids, contains antioxidants to battle free radicals and environmental stressors, nourishes tired skin, eases the appearance of aging, and replenishes the skin’s moisture.
Key Ingredients Include:
Tocopheryl Acetate → An important antioxidant and form of Vitamin E.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → A lipid-soluble form of Vitamin C, a free radical scavenger.
Tocotrienols → A natural form of vitamin E found in vegetable oils.
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)→ A form of hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in the skin. Retains up to 40 times its weight in water
Retinyl Palmitate → A form of retinol that keeps skin soft and supple.
This moisturizer is ideal for normal to dry skin and should be applied to the face, neck, and decollate each morning and night after cleansing and toning. For more information on SM’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer pleas visit SkinMedica’s website.
Fall may be in the air… but that doesn’t mean skipping the SPF. Most premature aging is caused by the sun and daily use of sunscreen is your best defense in minimizing skin damage. Remember our recent post about UVA and UVB rays? UVA rays are always present even on cold, cloudy days. They also have the ability to penetrate more deeply, so don’t fool yourself into thinking your safe just because the sun isn’t shining.
SkinMedica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ is unlike other sunscreens that use chemical agents as a form of protection. These chemicals seep into the skin and absorb the sun’s rays. Daily Physical Defense is a mineral sunscreen that sits on top of the skin and rather than absorbing these harmful rays, it reflects them.
This sunscreen utilizes Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These minerals are skin friendly and provide impeccable, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Green tea leaf extract and caffeine team up to provide powerful antioxidant protection. The high concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols help prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Apply this product daily to the face, neck, and decollate. It’s sheer, oil free formula makes it perfect for every day use. Apply after all other products in your skin care regimen and before applying your makeup.
Doctors recommend this sunscreen for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, patients that have experienced allergic reactions to other types of sunscreens, those who are acne prone, and even those who have had a recent peel or aesthetic procedure because this product is so gentle in nature.
Daily Physical Defense SPF 30 + is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, a portion of all proceeds go to further skin cancer education and awareness.
If you’re like most people you find that there is no better way to start your day than with a warm beverage (and most likely some caffeine) in hand. If tea happens to be your beverage of choice than you are in luck! Tea is jam packed with major health benefits (and it’s pretty tasty too). Here are just a few reasons why the best part of waking up might just be a toasty cup of tea.
Benefits of tea:
Black tea is full of antioxidants (aka flavonoids). It helps the body to protect itself from damage caused by free radicals. It has also been know to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke as well as lowering blood pressure and improving overall cardiovascular health. Black tea also contains caffeine which is accompanied by a plethora of health benefits including liver detoxification, increasing dopamine levels in the brain, and improving memory to name a few.
Green tea has been touted by health gurus the world over. Many people enjoy green tea for it’s thermogenic effects. It is known to boost energy, increase metabolism, and aid in weight loss, but that’s not all green tea is good for. EGCG is a powerful catechin found in green tea. This potent antioxidant is packed with health benefits and is said to aid in the fight against cancer, chronic fatigue, endometriosis, osteoporosis, and high cholesterol. Green tea also acts as a wonderful stress reliever.
Looking for a tea to unwind with? Look no further than rooibos. This delicious red tea is caffeine free, yet rich in iron, potassium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. It’s full of antioxidants and is said to slow the aging process, relieve headaches, insomnia, indigestion, and irritability. This tea is also beneficial to those suffering from hay fever, eczema, and asthma.
If any of these sound like your cup of tea drink up and let your body enjoy the bountiful benefits!
Each week we will be discussing a product we love and why we think you will love it too! This week it’s all about SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum.
TNS Essential Serum is one of the company’s most popular (and most miraculous) products. It has been featured in magazines such as In Style and on shows including The View.
TNS Essential Serum is often referred to as “the hero product”. It is an all in one treatment to rejuvenate your skin and many people feel if they could have only one product this would be the one! Here are a few reasons why this product is so incredible.
This product contains growth factores and antioxidants that minimize the visible signs of aging, brightens, and helps to restore youthful looking skin. The dual chamber offers TNS recovery complex on one side and APS corrective complex on the other, so essentially you are able to use two incredible products at once. The TNS recovery complex contains growth factors, proteins, soluble collagen, and antioxidants while the APS corrective complex supplies your skin with antioxidants, peptides, and specialty ingredients that help to fight free radicals and rejuvenate the skin.
TNS Essential Serum improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhances skin tone and texture, and reduces the appearance of age spots and discoloration. Some see a difference in as little as 4 weeks, however, noticeable benefits are typically seen after 90 days.
It is important to properly use this product in order to reap the maximum benefits. Before use tap the bottle against your hand a number of times to prime the product. Press down in the center of the pump to dispense to product onto the back of your hand. This will leave you with a dollop that is half orange (TNS Recovery Complex) and half white (APS Corrective Complex) due to the dual chambers. Apply the product evenly to the face, neck, and decollate. TNS Essential Serum should be applied morning and evening after cleansing and toning but before applying other products.
To learn more about TNS Essential Serum and to view incredible before and after photos please visit SkinMedica’s website.
Did you know that Vitamin C packs a powerful antioxidant punch for your skin? When applied topically in the form of L-ascorbic acid (the only form of Vitamin C that your skin can fully absorb) Vitamin C serum is accompanied by a bevy of beauty benefits.
Vitamin C serum can help to fight off those nasty free radicals that contribute to premature aging. It helps to tighten & brighten skin tone, lighten hyper-pigmentation and discoloration, and inhibit melanin production. This serum also restores moisture balance to the skin and boosts collagen synthesis which firms the skin and assists in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Protection against both UVA and UVB rays are another benefit of this remarkable vitamin.
There are a number of topical Vitamin C products on the market. We love Obagi Professional-C Serum as it is proven to have superior absorption into the epidermis and dermis. Whichever product you end up choosing, make sure that the main ingredient is L-ascorbic acid so that your skin can actually absorb the product and soak up all of those beautiful benefits.
Mmmmmm… SUGAR! It seems to make life so sweet… or does it? We all know that though sugar may taste delicious, it can have a negative impact on our health. Sugar can increase cholesterol, contribute to diabetes, weaken eyesight, cause cardiovascular disease, contribute to osteoporosis, interfere with protein absorption, and fuel the growth of cancer, but did you know that it can also wreak havoc on your skin? When simple sugar molecules such as glucose, or fructose attach to fats and proteins rogue molecules begin to form. This process is known as glycation. Glycation causes the onset of wrinkles, can make your skin brittle and inflamed, and destroys both collagen and elastin.
How can you have your cake and eat it too? There is no need to cut out sugar completely. Sugar naturally occurs in many healthy foods such as fruit. There are also healthy and natural substitutes such as stevia. Honey and agave are other great substitutes as they have a lower glycemic index than sugar. Just remember to steer clear of those nasty chemical substitutes. They don’t come without a price and are accompanied by a whole new slew of health problems.
Another way to fight the glycation process is by upping your intake of antioxidants. Filling up on green tea, berries, and spinach are good ways to keep the nasty side effects of sugar at bay and help protect your skin.