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Antibacterial Soaps

“Antibacterial!”  It’s a promise that soap and cleanser labels eagerly make. But while germ-killing additives make swift work of nasty bacteria, their high-octane capacity is unnecessary.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rubbing hands well with any soap for 10-15 seconds works just as well.

With all-natural hand washes, you get the benefit of a good clean along with the best in aromatherapy. My favorites get their strength from pure essential oils-naturally antiseptic and deliciously aromatic extracts from plants such as lemon, rosemary, and pine. What you won’t find on the ingredients list of the better choices is the antibacterial triclosan, the germ-annihilating agent that is known to contaminate streams and freshwater ecosystems.  They’re also free of sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates (SLS and SLES), common foaming agents that can irritate sensitive skin. Rather, these washes rely on gentler cleansers derived from sugar and coconut oil, among other plant-based ingredients.  They battle both dirt and germs effectively-so your body doesn’t have to.

Just a few of the brands I like:

Aubrey Organics
Nature’s Gate
Kiss My Face
Eco Bella

Have a beautiful day!

Better Than Cow’s Milk

In spite of the USDA’s latest dietary guidelines recommending milk as part of a balance diet, evidence continues to mount that cow’s milk is best left to the calves. Many Americans are lactose intolerant, meaning that they find it difficult to digest the milk sugar lactose, reacting with symptoms such as nausea, bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhea.  Others have a milk allergy and cannot tolerate casein or whey proteins in milk. When they drink a glass, the uncomfortable consequences may include digestive disturbances, skin rash, vomiting, wheezing, immune system reactions and mucus build-up in the sinuses.  Even Lactaid– a lactose-free milk made for lactose intolerant people– still contains casein.  Organic milk poses other challenges.

Now only is milk difficult to digest, it may also not be among the best forms of calcium for absorption.  This holds truer for children, due to the sensitivity of developing immune systems to milk’s allergenic properties. According to Dr. Mark Stengler, ND, there is a possible association between cow’s milk and recurring ear infections in children.
In other studies, cow’s milk has been associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer.  In the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, women with an increased intake of calcium from dairy products actually has a higher risk of bone fractures.
So what’s an alternative?
Nuts milk’s are a wonderful replacement as well as hemp milk.  And what better way to get calcium than go to the source?  Dark green leafy vegetables have a great amount of calcium.  After all,cow’s eat grass to get theirs!
You can pick up nut milk or make your own at almost any food store now.  If you would like some recipes or ideas on how to increase your intake of dark green leafy veggies just let me know and I’ll be happy to share.

Botox Info

This is some useful info I found on botox. I have never had botox and I do not endorse it.  However, I feel having all the info you can on something is important. Doing what feels right for you is what matters. Enjoy your week!

Botox, or Botulinum Toxin

If you’re a squinter or a scowler, you may have developed vertical furrows between your brows or horizontal creases across your brow.  In the past, these would have been smoothed with silicone injections or a brow lift.  The most modern option available-botox injections-could easily have sprung from the pages of a Stephen King novel.

In large enough doses, botox can cause botulism and can kill you by paralyzing your diaphragm muscles.  It’s long been used by pediatric ophthalmologists, however, to straighten out crossed eyes and calm muscular twitches and tics in children.  In this case, the doctor injects minute quantities of botulinum toxin, or botox, into the offending scowl.  The injection paralyzes the procerus muscle so that you are physically unable to squint, scowl, or grimace and, as a consequence, you no longer can wrinkle between the eyes.  The results are noticeable in three to five days and last for up to nine months.  Whatever wrinkles you already has fade over tie, because you are no longer reinforcing them through repetitive motion.

Doctors have explained the botox repertoire to include erasing lines around eyes and mouth, smoothing saggy neck skin, and eliminating laugh-or sneer-lines at the corners of the mouth.  Botox injections are replacing collagen in popularity because they last up to nine months and are more cost effective.

DOWNSIDE: Though you would need at least 1,000 times the dosage used to cause botulism, if you end up in th hands of an inexperienced practitioner and too much botox is injected-an extremely rare occurrence-you can temporarily lose the use of other muscles in the area and develop droopy eyelids, a lopsided expression, or temporary vision impairment.

Cancer Update


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not
show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion.
When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in
their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3 When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be
destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and
lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and
including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and
also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow,
gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart,
lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages
healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce
tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result
in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation
the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can
succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become
resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells
to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not
feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply..

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one
important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet,
Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. ALL DIET
would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table
salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is
Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with
unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is
acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or
pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites,
which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds,
nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.
About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices
provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels
within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain
live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable
juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or
3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40
degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea
is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water – best to
drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals
in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive
enzymes. Undigested meat, especially pork, remaining in the intestines
becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or
eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of
cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac,
anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own
killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are
known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method
of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and
positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger,
un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment.
Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising
daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level.
Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being

circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.

Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous

to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze  your plastic bottles with water in them as this

releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on

a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they

are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic

containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination

of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells
of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex
or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only
without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups,
etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper  isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use
tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of
the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper.
The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Also, he pointed out that plastic
wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be
cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous
toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.
Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.

Chemi-Free Cookware

Healthy, Eco-Friendly Cookware Choices

The cookware of the pros: All-Clad stainless steel (the least reactive metal) pots and pans. The aluminum center core radiates through the magnetic steel exterior for even heat distribution

If you don’t have roomy cabinets, time to scrub Tupperware or extra dough to invest in a ten-piece kitchen ensemble, Visions glass-ceramic cookware is the ideal one-man band.  It’s dishwasher safe and can be used for rangetop, oven, broiler, refrigerator, freezer and in the microwave.

Stir up you special sauce with 100% organic Bambu Natural Utensils finished with vegetable oils and waxes.  These good-for-you-and-the-planet utensils are heat resistant and won’t stain or absorb flavors.

When it comes to cast iron, you may be better off buying used because the surface of a cast iron skillet is seasoned with use and actually becomes more nonstick as it ages.  But, if your urge to splurge has you surfing for a spanking new skillet, Lodge Manufacturing skillets should last you a lifetime.

The famed Le Creuset delivers quality lead-free enamel products in all shapes, sizes, colors and price points. These pots are so durable, you may have to write them into your will! The Whistling Teakettle is sure to be a treasured heirloom.

Dairy Allergy?

Many people find that they are sensitive to dairy products, experiencing a host of symptoms including gas, diarrhea, skin rash and fatigue when they consume milk and other dairy products.  Yet, because adverse reactions to foods don’t necessarily occur right after consumption, sometimes occurring hours or even days after the food has been eaten, many people are uncertain as to which specific food may have triggered the unforeseen and unwanted symptoms.  Additionally, there are so many “hidden” sources of dairy-derived ingredients that it takes a concerted effort to figure out whether you may be sensitive to dairy.

Lactose (one of the primary sugars in cow’s milk) and casein (one of the primary proteins in cow’s milk) are found in many processed foods. Lactose is added for flavor and casein for emulsification, texture and protein supplementation. The only way to tell for sure whether they are added to a food product is to read the food label.
Here is a list of processed foods that may contain casein:
Bakery glazes
Breath mints
Coffee whiteners
Fortified cereals
High-protein beverage powders
Ice cream
Infant formulas
Nutrition bars
Processed meats
Salad dressings
Whipped toppings
Casein’s also tend to pop up in soy based products. Look for words such as caseinates and sodium caseinate as well as casein.  Lactose is often added to processed meat for flavor.
If you are trying to figure out if you have a dairy allergy the process is time-consuming, and it takes a lot of patience! But it is still the best way to decide if dairy is a problem for you or not.
If you need guidance with the process please contact me.  I have some valuable resources to share with you.

Essential Oils

These are suggestions. If you feel you need to seek medical advice, by all means do!

Pure Lavender

Ear Aches
To give a child an essential oil instead of an anti-biotic, prevents the side effects commonly occurring with antibiotics. (i.e. Candida and stripping the colon of good bacteria)  Melrose (by Young Living Oils) can be applied to the back of ear and down the jaw line to the front.  Also place a drop on a cotton ball and place outside the ear.  It has in the formula the oils of Rosemary, Melaleuca, Clovebud, & Melaleuca Quinque nervia Neroli dolifera.  All these oils are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-infectious.

There are many oils that will work for flu. Lemon, many times will stop an on coming cold!  Proven, tested oils from European medical clinics, state that Melaleuca, Myrtle, Peppermint, Rosemary, are very effective.  Dr. Young from Young Living Oils has made a wonderful and very strong formula that works with many, many health challenges.  It is called Immupower.  Thieves was created from research about thieves during the 16th century plague in England who rubbed oils all over their bodies to protect themselves while they were robbing the dead and dying.  They didn’t get sick! This oil is a wonderful oil to apply to ourselves on the onset of feeling miserable. You can apply these oils on the bottom of your feet or diluted on your lymphatics or thymus to stimulate the immune system.  Apply oils every 3-4 hours until you are on top and feeling well again.

DiTone, a Young Living Oil blend, is rubbed over stomach and colon, Lemon and Peppermint can be rubbed over one’s thymus with carrier oil.

Eucalyptus and Fennel-breaks a fever. Peppermint brings a cooling effect and helps reduce it more quickly.  Immupower, Lavender, Fir and Ginger you can rub on spine to aid immune system and induce sweating.

Clove, Birch, Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Jasmine-relieves pain.

Warts and Moles
Cinnamon, Colloidal Silver, Cypress, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender or Oregano. Drink lots of water for the system to flush out the virus.  Cinnamon & Oregano are the very most powerful of oils.  Please learn the proper application of these oils.

Myrtle Oil stops a cough within seconds.  Just apply it at the stems of the toes on the back and front and the coughing stops.  Put socks on to prevent touching the oil and getting in eyes.

Tarragon and Sandalwood.


People have been searching for the perfect exfoliant since Cleopatra used sour milk (lactic acid) to refine and exfoliate her skin.
Exfoliation is encouraged at home but remember that more is not better. Even if the manufacture label recommends using their product daily, know that it may result in red, irritated skin.  Education will help you discern the difference between gentle exfoliation and dermal assault. Raw, dehydrated skin is not goal.
There are all different forms of exfoliation for all different skin types. It is important to speak with your skin care specialist about the right exfoliant for your skin type.

Here is a quick overview of some exfoliating procedures:

Enzymes are a great way to digest dead skin cells and leave the skin smoother and brighter. Papaya, pineapple and pumpkin all have enzymatic action, but allergies and skin sensitivity must be considered.

Glycolic acid is wonderful for all skin types. Timing and strength are important. Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the outer skin to “dissolve” revealing the underlying skin.

Microdermabrassion hit the industry fast. Unfortunelty, manufacturer training was brief and incomplete, leaving many estheticians ill-equipped to provided responsible treatments. Sometimes leaving the skin red and irritated with “stripes” or leaving the skin bruised and bloody. Many complain of seeing no improvement even after many series of treatments. If you choose to try microderm please be sure that your technician is well qualified AND experienced.

Chemical exfoliation, using light peels such as TCA (trichloroacetic acid) have become more prevalent. These are found to be very beneficial as well. Again, be sure your technician is well trained and experienced. Healing time and skin sensitivity should be factored in.

Most importantly to remember: “less is more” when it comes to any exfoliant.


One of my best clients reminded me of this very important and useful tip:

She asked her eye doctor what she can do to protect her eyes from the effects of working on the computer.  He said it’s a good idea to stop every half hour and look at something far away for 30 seconds.  The best thing is if you can look out a window at something in the distance.  This helps the eyes relax.

Another great point she made was that it not only keeps the vision in check but also stops the squinting and straining at regular intervals, reducing the risk of getting lines and wrinkles!

Hope this info is helpful. We all need the reminders!

Facial Peels

Facial Peels

Facial peels burn off layers of your skin with acid. Chemical peels treat fine lines and wrinkles; leathery, sun-damaged skin; acne and acne scars; blotchiness, brown spots, freckles, and irregular pigmentation.  They can’t correct sagging skin, deep wrinkles, scarring, or broken blood vessels.  (Those require dermabrasion, laser treatment, or surgery.)

Glycolic Acid is the best known, most active, and most beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHA) in skin care. It is derived from sugar cane, so it can be considered a natural product. It is the only AHA which is able to penetrate through the cell walls by virtue of its small molecular size. Once inside the cell, it will trigger new formation of collagen and turn on the synthesis of dermal glycosaminoglycans to plump up the cell and the ground substances in the skin to reduce wrinkles on the skins surface. The result is a much-smoother skin surface and a more youthful appearance. A secondary benefit is glycolic acid‘s ability to draw moisturizers into the newly-exfoliated skin surface.

A glycolic peel is performed by having the solution applied on to your face. You will sit for a minute or so with the glistening acid on your face -it stings- while it penetrates. Next, a neutralizer (sodium bicarbonate, or better known as baking soda) is applied to neutralize the acid.

After the peel most people will not have any changes to the color of their skin, while others will look like they have a light sunburn for a few hours. The tender new skin below is smoother and initially more fragile and sensitive to the sun. The general rule with peels is: the more pain, the more gain. The higher level of acid, the greater the delivery to the skin, and the greater the rejuvenating effects.

Superficial peels, like glycolic peels, heal more quickly. They can get rid of light wrinkles, rough skin,and blotchy spots. Unlike deeper peels like TCA or phenol,they don’t permanently lighten the skin, which means glycolic is a good choice for dark skin types too.

August Special: Glycolic Facial $80! (Regularly $95)

Hummus Dressing

Great For Your Summer Salads!

Hummus Dressing:

5 Tablespoons raw tahini

juice of 1/2 a large lemon

1 clove finely minced garlic

1 cup fresh, chopped parsley

1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh, chopped cilantro (depending on your taste)

1 large red bell pepper, seeds removed

a pinch of cumin and sea salt, (optional)

Blend ingredients in a high powered blender, other blender or food processor

until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste. Transfer to a small pitcher,

and pour over the salad as desired.

Serves 2


Why Juicing is Good for Us:

People often ask, “Why juice at all? Why not just eat all those vegetables raw?” Because you won’t, that’s why. You can juice five pounds or more of carrots, plus six to eight apples, just for breakfast. You’d never find the time to eat all that without the shortcut of a juicer.

Another reason to juice is this: your body’s absorption of fresh, raw juice is simply outstanding. A juicer is essentially a powerful motor with teeth, breaking cell walls and releasing all the nutrients into a solution that your body sucks up like a sponge.

Remember that liquification increases both the availability and absorptivity of the contents of a vegetable, while reducing the amount you’d have to chew. It is more an issue of quality than quantity. It is also easier and faster to down a glass or two of juice as compared with eating several trays full of produce. Furthermore, juicing avoids cooking, and natural health authorities universally recommend more raw foods in our diet.

Kale Chips Recipe

I’ve been asked for the recipe I use for the kale chips. If you don’t have a dehydrator I can tell you where to get one for around $30-$40. These chips are not only delicious but they are good for you!

When preparing the kale-tear the leafy part of the stems into larger than bite sized pieces. (You can save the stems for juicing)

Have a fabulous week everybody!

Raw Food Kale Chips


2 head Kale, Washed and Torn
¾ cup Tahini
¼ cup Tamari
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
½ cup Water
2 scallions
1 clove garlic
1 lemon (juice of)
¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast


Place kale in a large mixing bowl. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth to get a thick consistency. You may have to add more water. Pour over kale and mix thoroughly with your hands to coat the kale. You want this mixture to be really glued onto the kale.
Place kale onto a Teflex sheet, on top of a mesh dehydrator screen, and dehydrate for 6 hours @ 115 degrees. You’ll need to use two trays. Rotate kale occasionally to dry uniformly.


This is from Dr. Oz at

Be it to summer drinks, crisp salads, or sandwich spreads, adding a few shaves of this could be good news for your skin: lemon zest.

A compound in lemon peels appears to help ward off a common skin cancer — squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) — by up to 34 percent. And it’s all thanks to a citrus compound called d-Limonene.

Look to Lemons

D-Limonene seems to help keep skin cancer cells from growing and multiplying. And you can find plenty of the stuff in citrus peels; d-Limonene makes up more than 90 percent of citrus-peel oil. In a study of people who lived in sunny Arizona, those who consumed the most citrus zest had the lowest rates of SCC. And the more lemon, orange, and grapefruit zest the people consumed, the more they were protected from SCC

Peace at the Table

Food sadhana is a more mindful approach toward growing, buying, preparing and enjoying food. According to the principles of Ayurvedic medicine, eating in silence lends more energy and focus to digestion.  When we talk, our blood is directed to the brain rather that the stomach. It’s important to take the time to slow down and enjoy food.

If a completely silent dinner table is not realistic-keep conversation light and relaxed (e.g. put the kibosh on religious and political debates until after dessert).
Other simple ways to practice food sadhana include making your kitchen a clean, organized and happy place; learning where your food comes from and utilizing what’s in season; enjoying regular meal times; and preparing and eating your food in a calm, quiet, and positive state of mind. Anger and emotions can easily get transferred into the food you are preparing, so treat it with love.
From the Ayurvedic perspective , disease or “lack of ease” in the human body is rooted in the digestive system; 75 percent of effective digestion, assimilation and elimination can be attributed to how we eat and 25 percent to what we eat.  Using our food as our medicine can be our best source of daily health and balance.
The notion of avoiding guilt and feeling confident about everything you put into your body is a reminder that if you are going to have that cupcake (or whatever your guilty pleasure is), relax and enjoy it! And while grocery stores will continue to offer everything under the sun, no matter where we live or time of year, the practice of conscious cooking urges us to shop locally, understand the seasons and tune in to our bodies. If everyone were more aware of these things, we could have such a positive impact on the world.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

The quinoa seed is high in protein, calcium and iron, a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. It contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans. It is exceptionally high in lysine, cystine and methionine-amino acids typically low in other grains. It is a good complement for legumes, which are often low in methionine and cystine. The protein in quinoa is considered to be a complete protein due to the presence of all 8 essential amino acids. Some types of wheat come close to matching quinoa’s protein content, but grains such as barley, corn, and rice generally have less than half the protein of quinoa. Quinoa also contains albumen, a protein that is found in egg whites, blood serum, and many plant and animal tissues. The seeds are gluten-free which makes this a nutritious and flavorful alternative grain for those with gluten sensitivity. Quinoa would be a worthy addition to anyone’s diet, supplying variety as well as good nutrition.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
Serves 6

Quioa Tabbouleh
1 cup quinoa
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 avacado, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup lime juice

1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 Roma tomatoes, peeled and diced
3 Tbs. diced red jalapeno pepper
1.2 cup black olives, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 Tbs. cilantro, cut chiffonade
1/4 cup lime juice
2 Tbs. olive oil
3/4 cup cotija chesse, diced (If non-dairy then don’t add)

1. To make Quinoa Tabbouleh: Prepare quinoa accourding to package directions.  Remove from heat. Stir in olive oil, and chill quinoa until cool.
2. Gently mix avocado, tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, and lime juice in cooled quinoa.
3. To make salad: Mix together cucumbers, tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, olives, onion, and cilantro, and toss with lime juice and olive oil.  Add cheese and salt and pepper to taste (optional).
4. Place Quinoa Tabbouleh in a mound in center of a large platter.  Arrange salad around mound, and serve.

Raw Cacao

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. This week the use of raw chocolate came up which prompted me to do a little research. I found something surprising.  It may not be the super food we thought it was.

It’s another controversy in the raw food world. If you use raw chocolate or chocolate at all I urge you to read these two articles: This one talks about the health “benefits” of raw cacao. This article addresses the harmful, toxic effects of raw cacao.

This is an interesting discussion and if anyone wants to do some further research with me let me know.

Raw Foods and the Enzyme Factor

This is a great bit from an article on Raw/Living Foods. If there is more interest I will send more on this topic. Have a wonderful week!

Raw Foods and the Enzyme Factor

One theory behind the health benefits of a raw-food diet is the role that readily available enzymes in living foods play, as they are crucial to healthy digestion. Eating an enzyme-rich diet is thought to increase vitality and slow the aging process. According to current raw wisdom, foods that are heated to no more than 116 degrees Fahrenheit maintain their most complete nutritional value. When fruits and vegetables are heated beyond this temperature, important digestion-supporting enzymes are destroyed. Author, wellness-center founder, and raw-food proponent Gabriel Cousens, MD, maintains that “enzymes can even help repair our DNA and RNA.”

Nobel prize-winning chemist Artturi Virtanen devoted much of his research to the processes of fermentation, and was able to demonstrate how food proteins catalyze the chemical reactions necessary for digestion and assimilation. What he discovered is that consuming food without enzymes makes the digestion process more taxing on the body, which can lead to internal toxicity. Proper digestion, nutrient assimilation, and waste elimination create a foundation for health. When food isn’t fully digested, it becomes stuck in the digestive track, slowing down the process of assimilation and leading to toxic build-up in both the bowel and the bloodstream. Living fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense, enzyme-and fiber-rich–all of which enhance efficient digestion and elimination.

According to the World Health Report, major risk factors for chronic disease include an unhealthy diet, being overweight, and having high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol levels. While there are raw foodists who are not vegan or vegetarian, adopting a raw-food diet immediately eliminates most dairy products and all baked goods from the diet. These two food groups are notoriously hard on the digestive system and can contribute to weight gain. Dairy is mucus-forming for many people and is loaded with both saturated fats and cholesterol, while meat, eggs, alcohol, preservatives, complex carbohydrates, and barbecued foods are acid-forming, and people suffering from chronic health ailments are often overly acidic. Baked goods and bread products require fermentation to digest and contribute to yeast-overgrowth, whereas eating a living-food diet alkalizes the system and balance the body’s internal pH.


Five Tips for Better Recycling

Know Before You Throw
-Know what type of materials can be recycled at your local distribution center.

Remove the Labels and Lids
-Remove labels and lids from cans and plastic bottles, then put the appropriate recycling bins.

Rinse your Containers
-A quick rinsing should easily remove and sauce or left over liquid to help avoid ants or other unwanted visitors.

Watch the Weather
-Especially true for paper recycling, if it is left out in the rain it will become soggy and mutilated to the point that it can’t be recycled.

Save Some Space
-Collapse any cardboard boxes or other paper packaging, such as milk/juice containers.

Eight Ways to Green Your Recycling

Change your Recycling Perspective
-“What things can’t I recycle?”  This generation is recycling everything from batteries to motor oil to computer monitors.

Know What You’re Recycling and Where to Recycle It
-Avoid driving all over to recycle all your items go to Earth 911 to find out where to recycle almost everything in one stop.

Recycle in Groups
-Recycle in groups, create a recycle carpool.

Reuse Your Recycling Containers
-Use storage bins to collect your recycling, they can be used for several trips.

Pre-cycle When You Shop
-Find products in containers that are either made from recycled material to recyclable or both.

Start Green-cycling
-Create your own compost system.

Reuse Before you Recycle
-A little creativity can give many recyclables in your house a second life before they go to the curb. Paper can be recycled no matter how many times it is written on.

Pass Along the Message
-By passing on some recycling knowledge, you can help raise awareness.



By walking barefoot over the open countryside, early man was inadvertently enjoying the benefits from reflexology, a therapeutic form of foot massage. Both ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures extolled the healing effects of foot reflexology on the entire body.  But not until the early twentieth century did this technique reach  the West.  Today, unfortunately, few of us get to enjoy the many benefits of regular foot reflexology.  Instead, we jam our toes into tight shoes, which restricts the circulation of the blood and nerve supply.  Reflexologists aim to correct this basic imbalance.  They believe that specific areas on the feet reflect all the body’s internal systems and organs, which then can be stimulated by applying specific pressure to those points.  If an organ, gland or tissue is impaired, the corresponding zone on the foot will be sensitive to external pressure.

Mode of action: Specific points on the foot that correspond to body organs are referred to as reflex zones. By applying a systematic pressure to these zones, reflexologists  can increase the circulation of blood and nerve supply in your body, thereby triggering a natural healing process.

By identifying places in the foot that are sensitive to pressure or noting skin changes, reflexologists can assess a patient’s general state of health.  To restore good health, a skilled reflexologist then works to dissolves deposits of uric acid crystals that have settled in the feet.

Extra Tip:
After the reflexology session, gently apply a lotion or essential oil to the feet.  For a stimulating or calming effect, add a few drops of an essential oil to your base oil.  For instance, rosemary essential oil can help reenergize you, while lavender essential oil will help relax you.



Fact: The US grows 84 million metric tons of soy annually

The majority of Americans are eating processed foods replete with soy byproducts such as soy protein isolate and soy lecithin.  In addition to these derivatives, 80% of all vegetable oil consumed in the US is made from soybeans.

Soy cultivation dates back about 3,000 years, to the Chou Dynastly, when Chinese began fermenting the small, green beans into miso, natto, soy sauce, and tempeh. Today the average Japanese adult eats about 10 grams of soy protein per day. A vegetarian in California may consume 50-75 grams of soy protein in one day.

Here’s where Western diets have gone astray.  Diets high in burger-sized portions of tofu and processed soy protein are not the “traditional” diet.  We can’t expect to get the same results from eating fresh corn on the cob as we would consuming corn syrup, so why would the rules be any different for soy?

The Genetically Engineered Bean
Roundup Ready (RR) soy is genetically engineered to withstand glyphosphate (the main chemical in Roundup) fertilizers. In the United States, 90% of all soy grown is Roundup Ready.  There have been reports that pesticide applicators and agricultural workers have a hight risk of having children born with neurological behavior problems.  Studies show higher incidences of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia.  It inhibits the process of making sex hormones and is responsible for reproductive issues.

Soybeans are unique due to their high-isoflavone content.  Other foods, like peanuts and some beans, contain isoflavones, but at a fraction of what soy foods contain.  Isoflavones, a class of phytoestrogens-“phyto” meaning plant “estrogens” referring to the hormone classified by the same name-are chemically similar to the humane hormone.  In the body, phytoestrogens sometimes act as stunt doubles for the human hormone, meaning they can mimic estrogen’s effects by reducing hot flashes or by promoting estrogen-sensitive breast cancers.

Scientists have warned of soy protein’s carcinogenic potential and of the health dangers of excessive soy-food consumption. The pro-soy contingency says there is no definitive data about the effect of soy and isoflavones on breast cancer risk for high-risk women or for women with breast cancer.

One shouldn’t put too much emphasis on any single food as a source of a specific nutrient.  Unquestionably, the best way to increase soy intake is through eating whole soy, like edamame. Diets replete with processed soy foods are still diets filled with processed foods; just because it’s soy doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Quality and quantity are still the best markers for good nutrition. Integrating some tofu, tempeh, and other traditional soy foods in one’s diet is a safe bet as long as they are consumed in moderation.  Soy powders, isolates, and hydrolyzed bits are not innocuous food substitutes.

Current research seems to indicate that food really is medicine, and that phytoestrogens need to be treated as such. Stick to the no-GE stuff and just don’t overdo it.

Sun Protection Year Round!

It is just as important to use sun protection in the winter as it is the summer.

UVB, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photoaging. Its intensity varies by season, location, and time of day. The most significant amount of UVB hits the U.S. between 10 AM and 4 PM from April to October. However, UVB rays can burn and damage your skin year-round, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice, which bounce back up to 80 percent of the rays so that they hit the skin twice. UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass.

Most of us are exposed to large amounts of UVA throughout our lifetime. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent. They are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year, and can penetrate clouds and glass.

UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), but until recently scientists believed it did not cause significant damage in areas of the epidermis (outermost skin layer) where most skin cancers occur. Studies over the past two decades, however, show that UVA damages skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. (Basal and squamous cells are types of keratinocytes.) UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers.

UVA is the dominant tanning ray, and we now know that tanning, whether outdoors or in a salon, causes cumulative damage over time. A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage. These imperfections, or mutations, can lead to skin cancer.

Tanning booths primarily emit UVA. The high-pressure sunlamps used in tanning salons emit doses of UVA as much as 12 times that of the sun. Not surprisingly, people who use tanning salons are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. According to recent research, first exposure to tanning beds in youth increases melanoma risk by 75 percent.

Prevention Guidelines

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Please talk to me about a broad spectrum sun block that’s right for your skin type.

Thai Young Coconuts

Happy New Year!

A few weeks ago I sent out some info about raw cacao. In that article it mentioned that Thai Young Coconuts were treated with formaldehyde. I had stopped eating them after I read that.
Recently a wonderful client sent me an article where some research was done on this subject. Of course it’s always a good idea to ask to see the case they come in. If they are treated it should say so on the case. Also, you can call the distributor and ask. The number should be on the case.

Here is the HAPPY info:

Matt Amsden Tells The Truth About Thai Coconuts and Formaldehyde
Jan 9, 2008


Are you one of those folks whose initial excitement in discovering
Thai Coconuts was quickly replaced with fear when you heard the
rumor that the sweet treat is soaked in formaldehyde before reaching
the United States?

I don’t know where it started nor can I remember when I first heard
it, but the rumor is certainly widespread.

I have had dozens of friends and clients ask me about it in panicked
phone calls, during my raw food preparation classes, or even during
visits to our café.

Some fearful raw-fooders have completely removed Thai Coconuts from
their diets in response to the rumor, and there are even raw
restaurants that have deleted them from their menus.

In short, we have all allowed this rumor to spread based completely
on hearsay and without any definitive proof.

My wife Janabai and I love Thai Coconuts and weren’t willing to
leave them out of our morning shakes or delete them from our café’s
menu until we received definitive proof that they are in fact,
treated with formaldehyde.

Waiting for someone else to provide such proof was getting us
nowhere. We decided to find the truth, not only for ourselves but
also for our customers, friends, and for those spreading fear by way
of a baseless rumor.

We contacted Michelson Laboratories. Michelson is a fully accredited
microbiology and chemical testing lab with over 70 highly trained
specialists and technicians located in Commerce, California.

Michelson was confident that after proper testing of a sample they
could tell us definitively whether or not Thai Coconuts were treated
with formaldehyde.

We supplied Michelson with samples from our regular stock of Thai
Coconuts and waited patiently as the testing process began.

As the weeks went on, Janabai and I decided that whatever the
result, we would disseminate the information as widely as possible.
We would either discontinue our use of Thai Coconuts and warn others
or dispel the myth and continue to endorse the use of Thai Coconuts.

On Thursday, May 11 th, 2006, we received the results from the lab.

There was absolutely no indication whatsoever that the Thai Coconut
samples provided to Michelson Laboratories was ever in contact with

We were excited! Not only could we continue to enjoy Thai Coconuts
but we also had definitive proof that the formaldehyde scare was
nothing more than rumor.

It is my sincere hope that in the future, our raw food communities
will not fall prey to lies and made-up stories. These rumors divide
rather than unite and spread fear rather than information.

The Importance of Relaxation

The Importance of Relaxation

Relaxation is so important in our lives as it helps to keep our stress levels down, and consequently improves our health. Too much work and not enough time out for ourselves can result in mental health problems, memory failure and even heart attack. So, it’s important everybody takes at least 10 minutes a day to wind down. Try soaking in a bubble bath, or doing a quick relaxation session before going to sleep.

Relaxation and Stress

Meditation, massage, yoga – the list goes on and on. Relaxation is the key when it comes to stress relief therapies. Studies have shown evidence of many other benefits coming from regular relaxation treatments, such as a decrease in the risk of heart attack, protection from mental health problems, improvement of your immune system and your memory. Stress levels are so much higher than they used to be, so it’s important for our health to bring these levels down. Sometimes, finding time for ourselves can be difficult, so with added stresses and little spare time our levels of stress hormones can be raised. This then causes anxiety. Too much adrenaline and cortisol in our bodies can cause our blood pressure to rise, making our brains behave differently.

Relaxation and Sleep

Sleepless nights can be terrible if your mind’s buzzing with information and you desperately need sleep. Relaxation can help you switch off, and you’ll be asleep within seconds. Follow this short exercise before going to bed, and it should help your body recuperate from the day and let your mind settle.

  1. Get yourself into a comfortable position in a place where no sounds or lights are going to distract.
  2. Adopt a passive attitude and let yourself become relaxed, but don’t force it.
  3. Concentrate on how you feel, a relaxing image, a place and a time which you feel comfortable with.
  4. Think about a 1 or 2 syllable word to repeat over in your mind, and close your eyes.
  5. Relax all of your muscles, starting with your feet and working up the body. If a particular part of the body feels tense, tighten those muscles then release.
  6. If a part of the body still feels tense, stay there for a while and repeat tensing and releasing.
  7. As you focus on your body, remind yourself that parts of your body are becoming heavy and relaxed.
  8. Now focus on your breathing. As you breathe out, say your chosen word to yourself.
  9. When distracting thoughts enter your mind, try to put them to the back of your mind for later, and return to your chosen word. Continue for about 15 minutes, but don’t use an alarm clock.
  10. Lie or sit quietly for a few minutes with your eyes closed, and then open your eyes slowly.
  11. Practice this relaxation technique daily, but not within 2 hours after a meal. Once you’re well practiced, you should be able to relax yourself in stressful circumstances by realxing your body, focussing on your breathing and focussing on your chosen word.

How to Relax

Many people find it difficult to actually relax. Whether it’s not having the time to, or finding your mind wanders when trying to relax, it can be difficult, especially if you’re a generally busy person. Here are a few suggestions to help you.

Indulge in a Hot Bath

Warm water loosens up muscles, so its a great way to feel pampered without really doing alot. It will also deepen respiration and take any tension away from your body, pushing those stresses and strains straight down the plughole! Just a 30 minute soak in a warm bubble bath will help you feel relax and lighten your mind. A hot bath (preferably no hotter than 37° C) can ease tension and make you feel relaxed before going to bed.

Relax with some music

Music is a great way of helping you to relax, relieve stress and any anxieties you may have. It also helps you function mentally and physically, which is why music is a great therapy. It’s regularly used for meditation and Tai Chi, and as an aid for sleep disorders. Music that has a tempo of 60 beats/minute works in syncrony with the human heartbeat, and therefore creates a relaxing effect. It slows down the heart rate, breathing rate and thinking rate, and lets you relax into deep levels of rest. Studies have suggested that slow, gentle, soothing music can improve learning, creativity and memory. Music can have such an impact on people that it’s used in many hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals to calm the inner body and revitalise both life and spirit.

Try a Relaxation Exercise

You only need 10 minutes, and you should feel the benefits of this session for the rest of the day.

At the beginning of each session:-

  1. Loosen your clothing and remove your shoes. Lie down with a pillow under your head.
  2. Go as limp as you can, and let your shoulder blades go slightly flat.
  3. Gently shake your feet, then legs, then arms, and roll your head back and forth.

Legs – Lift your left leg 8 inches off the floor to flex your muscles, and point your toes slightly up. Hold this position for about 10 seconds until your muscles begin to tremble.Let your leg drop, then rest it for another 10 seconds. Repeat the whole exercise for that leg, then repeat exactly the same with the right leg.

Buttocks and Thighs – Tighten the muscles as tightly as you can. Hold for about 10 seconds, then release them. Rest for 10 seconds and focus on the relaxed feeling in those muscles, and feel the tension flowing out. Repeat the exercise.

Stomach – Do the same exercise as for the Buttocks and Thighs with your abdominal muscles.

Back and Neck – While lying on the floor, arch your spine so that it is tightened from your tailbone to your neck. Hold and release, then repeat.

Arms and Shoulders – Raise your hands above your chest (palms up), and grab an imaginary bar thats suspended above you. Clench your fists around it as hard as possible. Hunch your shoulders up tightly, and hold in that position for as long as possible, then release. Rest for 10 seconds, letting the tension flow, and repeat.

Jaw – Clamp down on your back teeth to tighten your jaw muscles. Repeat a couple of times.

Face – Scrunch up your face, feeling all of the muscles tighten. Rest and repeat.

Eyes – Focus on a point on the ceiling and then slowly move your eyes from the right and to the left then back to the centre. Cover your eyes with your hands (hold them together to make them warm beforehand), and rest, feeling the warmth.

Body – Clench your feet and hands, pull your shoulders up, tighten your face and jaw, then flex your entire body, arching yourself as much as you can. When your body begins to tremble, just let it all go. You should feel the tension drain away.

Once you feel loosened up, it’s time to focus on your breathing (stay lying down). This should be alot easier now that you’re not feeling any tension.

Breathing – Inhale slowly and deeply, couting 4 seconds in your mind. Hold your breath for another 4 seconds, then exhale slowly. Feel yourself relaxing as you do this. Feel your shoulders and back sink into the floor as you exhale. Repeat this exercise 10 times. After this, breathe normally, but focus on relaxing phrases. Repeat the concentrated breathing exercise another 10 times, then breathe normally again. This time focus on pleasurable feelings in your body. Repeat the whole procedure, alternating the inhale-hold-exhale exercise 10 times with mental encouragement.

Thoughts on H1N1 and the Antibacterial Controversy

With all this talk of the H1N1 Flu a lot of conversations have been sparked.  At first I thought that I should get myself and my child vaccinated.  Then I did some homework and now I’m not so sure.  I urge everyone to get all the facts and make the decision that is best for YOU.
We can help avoid this easily spread flu by taking the basic precautions that we should all be taking anyway.
Washing your hands with hot water and soap (frequently)
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze (preferably with your arm) and wash your hands after.
If you are sick STAY HOME.
If you are taking care of someone who is sick wear a surgical mask.
And this one is mine-Keep your hands out of your mouth! (AND your face!!!)
Just being aware is a really easy way to stick to the above.
The question is “How do we balance our desire to be clean and sanitary”  Bacteria has become a marketing buzz word. A lot of people believe that bacteria = dirty. However not all bacteria is bad and we absolutely need some bacteria to live! With so many “anti-bacterial” products on the market are we disrupting up our natural balance?  We want to be smart about not getting infections and sick without going overboard and exposing ourselves to other –worse-infections or problems.
The following is some interesting information I found from I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback so we can continue this important topic. I wish you all the best of health and may we ALL avoid getting ill!
Bacteria are everywhere and you cant escape them.  Bacteria live on your keyboard, on your desk, in the air that you breath, they live on the the food you eat as well as the water you drink. They live on your skin in your hair and even inside you, actually bacteria’s favourite place to live is inside you.  In just one millimeter of your saliva you can contain as much as 40 million bacterial cells. Believe it or not, there are more bacterial cells inside you then cells there are cells of you, ten times in fact.
Because you know bacteria live inside us it’s important to differentiate between the different types of bacteria, because not all bacteria is bad.  There are two types of bacteria, there is ‘bad bacteria’, which can kill you, and ‘good bacteria’, which you can’t live without.  This good bacteria among many things helps us digest parts of our food, so we can absorb and metabolize our food properly.  In fact, good bacteria’s role in food digestion is so important it actually produces vitamins that our body cannot and without them we would die.  For example good bacteria produces vitamin K in our intestines and vitamin K stops us bleeding to death. Good bacteria creates an environment extremely beneficial to our immune system by maintaining gut health and stopping unwanted bad bacterial growth.

Why we need good bacteria:
  • To Help Digest Our Food
  • To Keep a Healthy Immune System
  • To Produce Essential vitamins we cannot
  • To Keep Our Bodies Healthy and Able to Fight Disease
  • Prevent Fungal Growth like Candida
  • Prevent Indigestion & Maintain a Healthy Bowel
When we use antibiotics, they kill all bacteria whether it is good or bad leaving the gut open for any parasite, fungus or bad bacteria to colonize and thrive where the good bacteria has been killed.  Good bacteria supplementation is therefore usually needed for people currently taking antibiotics, or who have a previous history of antibiotic use.   Good bacteria supplements are usually referred to as a probiotics, as they increase the good bacteria life in the gut, and heal the gut from the damaging effects of antibiotics.

If you want maximum effectiveness from a probiotic you must make sure the strain of good bacteria used is Lactobacillus Sporogenes. Keep in mind not all products are of this form, so be sure to check.

Valentine’s Love Tea

Exotic Love Tea

1 cups water
1/4 cup honey
1 cup apple juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Cranberry Tea Bags

Bring water and juice to a boil. Stir in honey and cinnamon. Add the tea bags. Remove from heat. Let stand for one hour. Add 6 cups cold water Pour into glasses with ice. Sit back, sip and fall in love.
Can be stored in the refrigerator for three days .

When to Buy Organic


Print and keep this list with you when you go food shopping.

The Dirty Dozen

(starting with the worst)

celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries (domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale/collard greens, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported).

The Clean Fifteen

The following 15 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that the EWG dubbed “The Clean Fifteen,” because they were shown to have little pesticide residue.

onions, avocado, sweet corn (frozen), pineapples, mango, sweet peas (frozen), asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe (domestic), watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and honeydew melon.

Buying organic everything, if the budget allows, is always better for the environment and helps promote local and organic farmers.

Why Does The Skin Age

Why Does The Skin Age?

There are many causes of aging skin. Some are avoidable others are not. There are two factors to consider. Intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic factors include:
  • Heredity
  • Metabolic wear and tear
  • Diminishing hormone production & oil secretion
Extrinsic factors include:

· Sun, pollution and other environmental damage

· Free radicals

· Smoking, alcohol, poor diet

· Stress

· Use of harsh products that weaken the skin’s natural barrier function over time

Intrinsic aging accounts for about 10% of the aging process. Collagen and elastic support the skin. They give the skin tone and texture. We lose about 65% of the collagen and elastin in our skin between the ages of 20-80. 6% of the texture is lost every ten years.
Our cell turnover rate decreases as we age. As a newborn our cell turnover rate is every seventeen days. At 40 years old it’s up to every twenty-eight days. At 60, it’s up to forty-five days.

Skin Aging and the Environment

While the sun may play the predominant role in how the skin ages, changes in our environment also greatly influences this aging process. Pollutants in the air from factories, automobile exhaust, and even secondhand smoke can all influence the appearance and overall health of our skin. While these pollutants affect the surface appearance of the skin, they can also change the health of the underlying cells and tissues, thereby speeding up the aging process.
The best defense against these pollutants is the simplest one: follow a good daily skin care routine. Routine washing and exfoliating helps to remove the buildup of pollutants that have settled on the skin’s surface throughout the day. The application of daily moisturizers, protective lotions, and even foundation products all help to protect the skin from airborne pollutants.
What we choose to put into our bodies also has a significant effect on the overall aging process. The impact of poor choices can be seen most visibly on the skin. Smoking, drinking, taking drugs, and making poor dietary choices all greatly influence the again process.
Healthy skin begins with diet and water intake. The adage “You are what you eat” still holds true!

Winter Skin

Protect Your Skin Against the Cold

Winter Skin

Our face is one of the most exposed against the elements. It gets cold due to heat loss fast and loses more water when it’s cold due to tiny cracks in the surface.  Skin also does not metabolize well in the cold, so skin nutrition suffers in the winter. The combination of loss of water and lack of nutrition causes dry skin.

Chapped hands are an example of winter skin. Being constantly exposed to low temperature will age skin quickly.

Here are some tips to protect against winter skin:

Keep warm, avoid wind and protect your ears and nose.

Newborns, women, African Americans, people of advanced age, or anyone who is fatigued, exhausted, has anxiety or stress are more susceptible.

Avoid tight clothing, smoking (you should quite if you do anyway!), chewing tobacco (same!), alcohol, or other intoxicants and any drug associated with or causing vasoconstriction.

In extreme cold weather wear mittens rather than gloves, a scarf and earmuffs or a hood. Layers are better than a single heavy piece of apparel. Limit your stay in the cold.

Ask me about my wonderful moisturizing treatment creams!