Two weeks ago I visited my beautiful daughter in Washington, D.C. I was lucky enough to see another beautiful sight: the cherry trees blossoming! Everything was pink and spring was finally here. My daughter and I walked through the cherry trees and then had a fantastic spa day at the Ritz Carlton. A glass of champagne never goes amis! They also served cherry tea and dark chocolate covered cherries. We’ve all heard that good quality dark chocolate has health benefits and of course fruit does, but I didn’t know quite how good cherries were for you until I did some research when I got home. They are a good source.
The winter blues are real. Whether you have Seasonal Affective Disorder or just feel a little blah this time of year, there are some easy ways to make yourself feel better.* Staying warm is a simple way to kick the winter doldrums. So wear warm socks out or slippers at home. And why not pop on a pair of fun socks. I know it sounds silly but a pair of fuzzy socks or bunny slippers around the house or a pair of colorful, thick, cotton socks for going out will keep your toes toasty and put a smile on your face! It might seem like fun to hunker down in.
Vitamin A is the ultimate skin care product. It’s found in vegetables like pumpkins and spinach, fruits like cantaloupe, and also in eggs and dairy products. As an antioxidant, it fights free radicals that can break down your skin’s internal collagen structure, slowing the signs of aging. It can also provide natural protection against UV damage like redness and pigmentation. It promotes healthy cell growth, healing skin quickly. Moreover, vitamin A strengthens skin and keeps it subtle, protecting your complexion from irritants. When applied right to the skin, vitamin A fights wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. It can also lighten sun spots and even stop more from forming. Vitamin A also helps normalize skin.
You may have heard that sunflower oil is a great, healthy substitute for olive oil. That’s true. But did you know that it’s also great for your skin? Because it is rich in vitamins A, C, D, and E it is a powerful skincare ingredient. It has anti-aging properties and can fight off free radicals to help keep skin healthy and toned. Like other oils, it contains fatty acids–in this case linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid, which are even better for the skin than the omega-3 fatty acids you’ve probably heard of. They are stellar for treating acne, but they are still so moisturizing that they can.
I don’t know about you, but I love making Mexican food during the summer and nothing says Mexican food quite like good guacamole. But did you know that the avocado is actually very healthy? That’s right. Avocados are good for you. Yes, they are fatty, but it’s good unsaturated fats. In addition avocados have more protein than any other fruit (yes, avocados are a fruit) and more potassium than a banana. Eating avocados or consuming avocado oil may help relieve inflammation associated with arthritis and periodontal disease, lower high blood pressure, and protect the body from damage causing free-radicals. Avocados can also be applied directly to the skin to relieve.
It’s time to start planting again. Have you considered adding some blueberry bushes to your garden? Now’s the time! They require very little care as long as you plant them in neutral soil with plenty of sun. That’s about it. Feed them compost once in a while if you can–they like used coffee grounds and peat moss. Don’t plant just one! You’ll want a bigger bounty than one new plant can give. More importantly blueberry bushes need to be planted with at least one mate of a different variety to ensure cross pollination. Why bother? Fresh blueberries are very healthy and you can’t get much fresher than your backyard. You’ll.
Happy Easter from all of us at LMB Spa Consulting! To celebrate we are taking a look at one of the foods most often associated with the holiday: eggs. Eggs are often grabbed as a quick hot breakfast–often on breakfast sandwiches. But eggs shouldn’t be overlooked as a delicious, inexpensive, and healthy meal. Whether scrambled or over easy for breakfast or in a hearty omelet for dinner, eggs are a delicious and important source of nutrition. Taken as a whole, eggs are considered to be a complete source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids–including those our body cannot synthesize and, therefore, we must take in though.
Tea is undeniably healthy. It is hydrating. It doesn’t contain high levels of caffeine like coffee–but it has enough to heighten brain activity. It is delicious with little to no added sugar or fat (i.e. milk). In addition, tea made from the camellia sinensis plant–black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh–contain antioxidants called flavonoids. These antioxidants help protect against free-radicals, which are believed to contribute to cancer, heart disease, and visible signs of aging. White tea, the purest form of the tea leaf, is known to contain the highest levels of flavonoids. There is no downside to drinking tea and plenty of upside. Still, drinking white tea–lighter and typically more perfumed than.
It may seem redundant to say “natural” food. Isn’t all food natural? To an extent, yes. However some preservatives, food colorings, sweeteners, and other additives aren’t natural. A quick glossary before we get started: Organic: The term organic refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products like fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat. Organic farmers do not use conventional fertilization or weed control, helping reduce pesticide and other chemical pollution in the environment and our food. Organic food is processed differently than conventional food, with no or fewer additives, processing aids, or fortifying agents. To be certified organic by the USDA a product must be organic (for one ingredient products like eggs or.