Little ways you can improve your day-to-day health.

Is the Sun Setting on Your Health and Beauty?

It’s that time of year again! It’s the time of year that the sun disappears earlier and earlier in the evenings, which means no sun-light after we get off of work.

What does that mean for your health and beauty?

Well, for starters- no sun light equals no tan. But mostly, the sun naturally produces vitamin D production in your body.

“Vitamin D is a key ingredient for beautiful looking skin. Skin, like all organs, needs vital vitamins to function properly—and vitamin D is one of them. Having sufficient vitamin D in the skin helps minimize acne, boost elasticity, stimulate collagen production, enhance radiance, and lessen lines and the appearance of dark spots, he says.” says Dennis Gross, M.D.

Also, the lack of vitamin D in your body causes the immune system to be more likely to contract viruses, such as the flu. It’s the increase of stress and the decrease of water and vitamin D that causes your immune system to be so weak.

The Vitamin D Council says, “Many studies that have been done about influenza have shown that people who have lower levels of vitamin D are more likely to get influenza. Some researchers recommend getting more vitamin D to protect against influenza.”

So, what can we do to help increase the levels of Vitamin D in our bodies to protect us against these viruses and at the same time help increase our beauty?

  1. Supplement vitamin D with nutritional supplements. Try to find a brand that is derived from food and not synthetic sources.
  2. Increase your sun intake:
    • Try to sit outside for any extended period of time that you can find.
    • Open your window shades and sit near the window as often as possible.
  3. Increase your water intake. The Mayo clinic says, “The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The adequate intake for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.”
  4. Relieve your STRESS! Sounds hard, right? It doesn’t have to be. Make sure to set some time aside for yourself:
    • Take a bath at the end of the evening.
    • Read a book alone.
    • Make lists of the thing you need to do. Lists have been proven to help you keep things organized, relieving the stress of you having to keep it in the back of your mind.
    • Make time to go out and have fun!
    • Enjoy the process.
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The Wonderful World of Watermelon & Beauty

What tastes best on a hot summer’s day? There’s nothing better and more refreshing than the bite of a fresh cut watermelon in the heat of the day. Have you ever known someone to pass up that bowl of juicy melon? Probably not.

Better than refreshing, did you know that watermelon offers a whole list of health benefits that will help your summer beauty glow as well? Watermelon has been said to be one of the world’s most beneficial foods, according to new studies.

Watermelon produces lycopene, which is a phytonutrient important to cardiovascular and bone health. It’s also very high in Vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production. Vitamin C helps speed up healing from cuts, burns, common colds and much more. It also helps fight free-radicals that attack your skin, making you look older. By fighting free-radicals, your skin will look younger and much more radiant.

Dr. Mercola, a well-known doctor that emphasizes natural health options says,

“Watermelon has ingredients that deliver beneficial effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido [through scientific studies]. Phytonutrients with the ability to relax blood vessels (and maybe even prevent erectile dysfunction) include lycopene, betacarotene, and the more unfamiliar citrulline, which converts to arginine, an amino acid. When this compound is ingested, it dramatically strengthens the heart and circulation system. This may also serve in the treatment of angina, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular ailments.”

When circulation is increased in the body, inflammation is reduced giving the skin a more radiant appearance and clearing up skin blemishes. Increasing blood circulation in the body delivers more healing properties.

Increase of libido helps fight depression and fatigue. As you know, when you are feeling energetic, your demeanor also gives the appearance of a fully rested individual.

Case-in-point, eat watermelon until your heart’s content and be beautiful!

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Nutrition and Hair Health

More than ever, we are seeing an increase in hair loss and a decline in hair health. Anywhere you go, you will notice people walking around trying to hide thinning hair or complete hair loss by covering it up with wigs, teasing, styling, or even hats.

What if there was a way to prevent hair loss without having to take medications, going to clinics, or using expensive treatments? What if there was a way for hair to naturally look shiny?

There are treatment centers that have helped many people for these exact hair issues. You’ve seen all the products out there that reverse hair loss. Those products even help with shine and plumping up the hair. Every day, people search for online articles on tricks that can help the appearance of hair loss.

Hair Health Collinsvillie Hair SalonStudies are showing more and more that our nutrition is diminishing in the United States with cases of obesity and inability to fight diseases. Could it be possible that there is a relationship between nutrition and hair health? In the Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Bella becomes seriously malnourished because of her pregnancy. At the end, when the venom kicks in and breathes life back into her, you see her hair all of a sudden rejuvenate with color and health. This is a great example of how our diets can suck the life out us or breathe life back into our bodies. Malnutrition is a serious concern as our nation turns to processed foods, void of nutritional value and high in empty calories.

As our foods go through processing and sit on the shelves with preservatives, plastics and chemicals, they lose their natural nutrition and just become calories you use to feed your appetite. Most Americans have now heard that eating fresh & raw foods are the easiest and best way to get the nutrients you need. Foods in their most raw & fresh forms have the highest nutrient level than in any other form.

“How does all of this affect my hair loss?” Well, hair health starts from the inside. When you are malnourished, your body does not get the proteins it needs to grow healthy hair. Your skin starts drying out and to compensate, your body tries to produce more oils, which actually clogs up hair follicles causing hair to thin and eventually die out. Once the follicle is clogged with extra oil, it becomes very difficult to clear that follicle to grow new hair.

So, what should you do to improve your hair health?

  • Start now by cleaning up your diet with fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Juicing is a great way to get a lot of nutrients without having to eat a lot.
  • Cut out as many processed foods as possible (including white sugar, white flour, and white salt- these foods go through a bleaching process- adding bleach to our diets is a slow way to poison our bodies).
  • Cut out the chemicals in your diet, such as artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate (MSG), dyes, preservatives & hormone filled meats.
  • Read the ingredients on the food you buy before you consume that food.
  • Start researching new ways to add absorption-ready nutrients to your diet.
  • Add in supplemental vitamins (whole food vitamins are the best kind of vitamins- brands such as Standard Process and Zeal are a couple of examples of whole food vitamins- this kind of vitamin is made from food which is proven to absorb into your body better than any synthetic vitamins).

As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Let your food prevent your hair loss, before it becomes a problem!

DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Please consult a physician before making any medical decisions based on this article.

Smiling Enhances Your Life

Although there are many concrete facts about it, the benefits of smiling are immeasurable. Sharing your smile is powerful; it can open up doors of happiness & success that you may have otherwise never known existed.

smileteethwhiteningYour smile has the capacity to make you look younger & more attractive. Mark Stibich, Ph.D. says that “The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.”

Smiling acts as a mood-shifter, a stress-reliever, an immune system-booster, and an endorphin-releaser among many other things. Smiling creates a positive aura that will draw people into knowing you in a deeper, more meaningful way. You’ll feel more confident, happier, & attractive.

And here’s the kicker: it won’t cost you a dime! It just takes a little effort, sincerity & discipline to form this priceless habit. Aside from that, smiling is absolutely free & the return-on-investment will bring you things that money cannot buy!

Put smiling to the test & see how it will change your life!