Get a Glow People!!!
It’s time tp get your blood circulating and boost your body for Spring with this revitalising posture
Forward Bend or Uttanasana with Clasped hands
How to do it:
- Stand with your legs wide and toes turned in
- Interlace your hands behind your back with arms straight.
- Exhale: bend forward from your hip joints and lengthen through the front of your torso
- With straight knees, bring your hands towards the floor behind your back, while pressing your heels firmly onto the floor.
- With each inhalation in the pose, lift and lengthen the front of your torso just slightly; and with each exhalation release a little more fully into the forward bend.
- Let your head hang from the root of your neck and stay in the pose for 30 sec to 1 minute.
- Take a deep breath before bringing your hands back onto your hips and pressing your tailbone down and into the pelvis.
- Stand up very slowly. Vertebrae by vertebrae. Head should be the last – to avoid dizziness
- Repeat at least 4 times.
This is one of my fav. postures. This calming posture helps lengthen hamstrings, calves, gluten and spine and strengthens your inner legs and knees. It stimulates blood flow and digestion and reduces fatigue.
Like the prayer hands variation, this pose is going to help you open up all the muscles in your shoulders, as well as creating openness and space in your chest. I love this pose because it also works to open up the biceps and forearms—muscles we tend to forget about when we are stretching.
Keeping your youthful looks is easy when you know how. From brain training and clever make-up application to eating mindfully and upping your collagen, these 12 quick tips will keep you on track baby.
1.Eat mindfully. Its’s not new that as we age, our metabolism slows down – which is why you can pile on the pounds more easily. The simplest way to weight management is to stop eat mindlessly. How: Turn off the TV, computer and mobile phone and put away books or magazines – when eating, just eat and pay attention to what you are eating, how much and how. Don’t overeat. Hear when your body is full and learn how to differentiate between emotional eating and true hunger. This is a great lesson for your kids too.
2. Stay Sharp. Improve your memory , speed, reaction times and other cognitive abilities with 5 minutes of online gaming. The games are fun and engaging such as matching colors and shapes and moving things around the screen.
3.Find a good face cream. As we ALL know, a good moisturiser should hydrate, nourish and protect your skin from environmental damage. Organic, Natural or botanical-packed face creams can be just as high-performing as synthetic alternatives. Weleda and Avène are two of my favourite brands
4.Drink yourself Beautiful. Collagen occurs naturally in our bodies and helps keep skin looking plump and youthful. Liquid supplements containing collagen are said to help hydrate skin , keeping it looking healthier and can be a more efficient way of ingesting the ingredients as absorption relies less on the gut as nutrients are assimilated more quickly into the bloodstreem.
5.Supplement your skin too. If you’re thinking of taking supplements, look out for these nutrients:
Vitamin B’s: these help metabolise proteins and fats and are essential for cell renewal and supple skin. Eat: Green leafy veggies and watercress
Vitamin C: an antioxidant used by your body for tissue repair and skin-firming collagen formation. Eat: Kale
Probiotics: a healthy gut equals healthy skin, so feed yours with these healthy bacterias. Eat: sourdough bread (contains lactobacillus that produces lactic acid = aids digestion), fermented foods like kefir yoghurt and sauerkraut
Vitamin E: an essential antioxidant and protector for skin. Eat: Sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach
Omega 3: proven to help reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds and keep skin cells flexible. Eat: 2 servings of yummy salmon, halibut, sardines or anchovies a week.
Deep inside the gut is where real ageing begins
6. Try the make-up face lift. You can lift away the years with a fresher make-up look. Try the following:
To plump:layer your skin to give a plumped-up, cushiony look to skin.Tap a small amount of day oil onto your face, avoiding the T-zone and follow by softly massaging in a pea-sized amount a day cream. Massage as you go.
To Brighten: Bright eyes are a sign of youth, so why not give yourself an instant boost by lightening and correcting under the eyes. How? Mix your concealer or foundation with a dab of day cream to soften the formula and avoid caking around the eyes.
Pop: Dust blush onto the apples of your cheeks. How: To create a “younger” appearance, dust the same blusher you use on your cheeks to just under the eye brow in your socket of your eyelid.
7. Get some light. Swap your subbed for a lighted. Light therapy facials are now a popular alternative to more invasive treatments. UV-free, LED light is claimed to repair and rejuvenate the skin and boost your mood.
8. Deepen your sleep. Sleep pushes premature ageing back. Overnight is when the body produces the most growth hormones, which aid cell and tissue repair. For long restful sleep, avoid consuming heavy rich foods at least two hours before bed, unwind with a relaxing bath and out a few drops of soothing essential oils on your pillow. If you have babies at home like myself, the trick is to go to bed if not at the same time, at least 45 minutes after put the kids in bed.I know that i will have at least 6 to 6.30hours on non-interrupted sleep (from 8pm to 2.30am – when Maya wakes up for her sleep feed). Then i sleep another 4 hours until Maya wakes up for the day…Some nights are better then others, but i try to stick to this routine as much as possible.
9. Check your DNA. Matching your skincare to your genetics might sound too sci-fi but this is no futuristic fantasy. DNA profiling your skin is said to identify what predispositions are present in skin, such as whether it’s susceptible to faster or slower breakdown of collagen. Then, the appropriate skincare with the right ingredients mix and concentration is prescribed.
10. Do Yoga for your age. Traditional Yoga prescribes different practices to keep you at your best in different stages of life. In your twenties, for example, your body naturally demands a physical, dynamic and fast-flowing practice to loosen the body and help you burn off adrenal glands, which will simply get you fired up and may not complement an already demanding schedule. You still want a strong practice, but one that helps to balance and maintain your wellness. By choosing a slower practice and changing the focus from doing to being, you may feel some of yoga’s profound benefits as it starts to work on a parasympathetic level.
Tune in to your breath and how your body is breathing and you’ll start to feel more grounded, while awareness areas of the brain light up, heart rate goes down, brain activity gets quieter and emotions are more balanced.
Over time, this means less of the stress hormone cortisol, which can accelerate ageing, and you may even find challenges in daily life easier to manage.
11. Halt hair ageing. Greys, dryness and lack of shine can all mean your hair is struggling with AGE. Please invest in a good shampoo like herb ones, Oils silicone-free to smooth end and add shine. These oils, will nourish hair, seal ends and de-frizz. Choose those with plant extracts and natural oils only.
12. Sculpt your face. If you buy one thing to enhance your graceful-ageing efforts, make it the Lift&Sculpt Butterfly Stone – you can order online. By using the contours of the rose quartz stone, you can massage and sculpt your jawline and cheek, drain away puffiness from under your eyes, lift eyebrows and help smooth away fine lines and wrinkles – WOW. It’s natural, simple and you can see the effects instantly. This product is LOVED by A Listers including Jennifer Aniston and Linda Evangelista. Its the most natural and easiest tool to use and was created by Georgia Louise.
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Happy Healthy Monday Everybody!!!!
Wow what an eventful Week and Weekend!!!
Can you believe it has been 2.5 since we welcomed 2016? We already said goodbye to the Winter and are just welcoming Spring…and because everything flies – not just the time – i decided to dedicate this Monday post to AGING!!
But what is Aging after all?!? In the broadest sense, aging reflects all the changes that occur over the course of life. You grow. You develop. You reach maturity. By middle age, another candle seems to fill up the top of the birthday cake. It’s hard not to notice some harmless cosmetic changes like gray hair and wrinkles. Middle age also is the time when people begin to notice a fair amount of physical decline. Even the most athletically fit cannot escape these changes. Everything ages….and you can’t escape to this…What you can do tho is reverse the ageing process – naturally.
Are you suffering from premature thin hair, fine lines, dry hands, and other sure signs of aging?
Discover five all-natural, expert-endorsed ways to reverse aging symptoms yourself, using products you already have around the house and other simple hacks. There are plenty of DIY methods to naturally reverse aging indicators and appear younger. Yeyyyyy!!!!!
Remember, a healthy, active lifestyle is the most important action you can take on a daily basis to appear younger.Reducing stress, moving on a regular basis, and eating a well-balanced diet are some of the most powerful ways to appear years younger on the inside and out.
1. Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles. In many cases, fine lines aren’t just caused by sun exposure, a poor diet, or genetics. According to Dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, wrinkles can be a sign of prolonged exhaustion. A lack of sleep produces an excess of the hormone cortisol, which can cause belly fat and break down skin cells. Commit to getting 8 hours of solid rest on a daily basis and reduce your cortisol levels, which will help restore the youthful appearance of your skin. Make sure you are also drinking enough water to both avoid dehydration and improve the skin’s appearance.
2. Combat Thinning Hair. Many women’s hair naturally thins as they get older. According to Dr. Robert Leonard, around 50 percent of women have noticeably thinner hair by the age of 50. Genetics is a primary driver, but excessive chemical processing, overzealous brushing and hormone imbalances can also make your hair appear older. A scalp massage can increase blood flow, which may temporarily cause an infusion of nutrients to your hair follicles. The technique is used in cultures worldwide to maintain hair health, and it can be performed daily.
To increase blood flow, the next time you shampoo your hair in the shower, simply gently massage your entire head with coconut oil or olive oil for a few minutes before you turn the water on.
While this hack can be performed anywhere, you’ll probably prefer to shower out the oil immediately. A healthy diet and supplementation regimen that includes leafy greens, iron, biotin, and zinc can also improve your hair’s health.
3. Reduce Eye Redness. Bloodshot eyes can be caused from long hours of electronics usage, allergies, or a poor diet. According to Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, a diet high in inflammatory foods can cause your eyes to appear red. To reduce this and other potential signs of inflammation, eat a diet that’s high in antioxidants. Make sure you include A these antioxidant-rich foods in your diet: Sweet Potatoes, Almonds and Walnuts, Cucumbers and Garlic.
4. Moisturise Dry Hands. Many women invest in high-quality moisturizers for their face, under their eyes, and for their neck, but women often forget to invest in a quality hand moisturizer. According to Dermatologic Surgeon Dr. Eric Bernstein, the skin on the hands is particularly delicate. Aging can manifest quickly in the form of thin-looking skin, dark spots, and highly visible veins. Dr. Bernstein recommends:
investing in a high-quality hand lotion and making a commitment to applying it daily.
If you hate the feeling of “slimy” hands, apply hand lotion before you go to bed instead of during the day.
5. Whiten Dark Teeth. Yellow teeth can make you appear older and less healthy. A vibrant, healthy smile can be the most appealing and noticeable part of your face. At-home teeth bleaching kits can actually be a risky choice to reverse aging symptoms in your mouth. Dentist Jaklin Bezik writes that home bleaching kits can erode your teeth enamel and irritate your gums, which can cause discomfort and even damage to your mouth.
I have learn in one of my Yoga and Wellness workshops in Hong Kong that oil pulling – as an all-natural way to whiten your smile, that daily oil pulling (an ancient Ayurvedic practice that reportedly removes toxins and bacteria) can have a noticeable impact on oral health. Try swishing cold pressed coconut oil or another all-natural oil like sesame oil in your mouth for 20 minutes a day. Aim for 5 minutes first and then work upward. Just remember NOT to swallow the oil guys ;))
If you’ve noticed drastic changes in your skin, hair, or oral health, it’s always wise to consult with your physician. Sudden changes and signs of premature aging can be symptoms of underlying health conditions. However, if you’re healthy, DIY beauty practices, regular exercise, and a good diet can make you appear years younger than your true age.
Take good care of yourself
Eating for Energy
Without getting into the intricacies of nutrition, it’s really important to understand food on the most basic level.
Why do we eat? Outside of cravings, temptations, social customs, boredom etc…Why on earth do we actually consume food?
It ALL comes down to energy people. The hunger “hit” we feel is simply the body’s request for fuel, so that it can produce energy. We are instinctively attracted to calorie-dense foods to most efficiently propel our activities – including mental activities! Even the very definition of a calorie is nothing more than a unit of energy.
So the fact that our modern food choices often make us sleepy, mentally unfocused, fat or even sick, is a huge red flag: there’s something seriously wrwong with what we’re eating.
On the flip side, good food rejuvenates us. Good food supports our activities, keeps us healthy, strong and keeps us at our prime. And with this mind-set – preparing food with sight, smell, taste and energy all taken simultaneously into consideration – that you need to have a pantry filled with the freshest veggies, fruits, seeds and other plant-based foods.
How to choose Dried Fruits wisely?
How many of us make the mistake of eating a handful of Dried Fruits whenever?Just because it’s fruit, doesn’t necessarly mean is healthy and that you should eat large amounts here and there…
But don’t take me wrong. Having a wide variety of dried fruits on hand is a great way to satisfy sweet cravings while making your snacks continually interesting and exciting.
When you are buying dried fruits, however, is very important to read the ingredients in the package – in fact, not only in dried fruits package – dried fruit should consist of only one ingredient: FRUIT. But, unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Here’s a few tips for choosing the best dried fruits for you.
Watch for added sugars:
Dried fruit is sometimes sweetened even further with extra sugar – buhuuu – exactly the type of thing we are trying to avoid. Make sure you purchase the non-sweetned choices.
Choose fruit sweeteners:
In a couple of cases of naturally tart fruits like cranberries you have to add something to make the dried fruits edible. So what do we do in these cases? Some manufacturers spare us the cane sugar and use apple or grape juice onstead to sweeten. This is a great “natural” way to heighten the flavour to the fruit without adding more sugar than you need.Look for these at the store as well.
Check the preservatives:
Not all preservatives are bad! Ascorboric acid, for instance, is simply vitamin C and extends the shelf life of the fruit.
Unfortunately, dried fruit is often pumped full of some other not-so-nice preservatives – like sulphur dioxide – to make the package items softer.
Sulphur dioxide is not easily digested, compromises the immune system and is often the culprit behind allergies.
Every time I pick up a product at the store and see sulphur dioxide on the package, it immediately goes back to the shelf…and you should to the same!
It has been 4 months since we welcomed 2015 and for 4 months i have been dedicating 100% to my body, mind and soul. A promise i have made as soon as i welcomed the New Year, at 00 on that December 31st 2014.
I have promised to make this the healthiest year possible. Not that i haven’t been healthy in the previous years, but because i have been pregnant twice, i had certain limitations – food and exercise wise.
As soon as we welcomed January, I have been working out like mad!!!And felt soo good to finally concentrate in something that i really L.O.V.E. Working out! Sometimes solo, others with either Maya or Sienna … always with a stroller!You can find me jogging and do power walks in the streets and trails of Taipa at least 4 x a week. I have included my very own routines of Yoga and Fitness too.
A part from all this workout routine and breastfeeding Maya, i knew that something was missing, in order to increase my milk supply and the quality of my milk, increase my energy and feel lighter. I also wanted to recover faster from the pregnancy and c-section and be at my best for my family and loved ones. I have noticed – after a month of giving birth, that i was not digesting well/fast enough, and i always felt bloated at the end of the day, with a full stomach sensation..Something that i never had. I’ve been observing for 1.5 month. I knew i was eating well, but always wondered if could be healthier…i knew i needed to be more consistent with certain things. I included Juices (of course) to my day and started feeling the difference right away – More Energy. It was no news…i know exactly the benefits of adding Juices to the Lifestyle…
Since i am Breastfeeding Maya – non stop – i just can’t undergo a Juice Cleanse. I am dying to…(everybody has tried Sattva’s Cleanse Programs but me)…anyway, I knew i had to do a type of cleanse to renew, re-start, re-energize…
After my last post, I did research after research, read books, magazines and articles about Diet/Food…i start feeling that the key was to Cleanse my Body and Heal through Food!I thought why not give it a go?that could work for me…the more i learned the more i was sure that i needed to Spring Clean my Diet too. So, i decided to make a 20 Day Challenge to see the difference.
20 Days Challenge of Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (Mostly Raw). (You can follow my Journey @marianahedegaard)
What is a Plan-Based diet?
It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. A plant-based diet can be basically another way to say “vegan”, though many people do use the term to mean that you eat almost all plants with some animal products. I believe Veganism is the ultimate plant-based diet.
There are many different types of plant-based diets. The three most common ones are:
Vegan: No animal products such as meat, eggs, or dairy products.
Lacto-vegetarian: No meat or eggs, but dairy products are OK.
Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: No meat, but dairy products and eggs are OK. – Mine as i eat eggs 1 x a week
People ask me why this Challenge? my answer is simple. To change, to improve and to learn.
What’s the benefits of this Challenge? As a Nutritionist and being in this industry for some years now, i can’t get tired of sharing/advising that a good nutrition and a balanced diet is key to everything. Along with that, our bodies need a break every now and then. With that in mind, i always advise and insist on the same thing:
Fast at least once a week. You choose: Juice Cleanse, Water Fast, Raw food cleanse – for a day. And you will see the results right away!!Once you make it an habit, your body will be forever grateful.(Before getting pregnant Wednesdays were my Cleanse Days. I used to drink water or herbal teas for the whole day).
From my personal experience, my favorite benefits of a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle is the increased clarity of mind and energy levels. I can feel it that I am consuming what my body wants and needs on a cellular level. I love feeling overall so clean and good.
The benefits are endless: illness prevention such as diabetes and heart diseases, more energy, better mood, more positive thoughts, happier, lighter, less bloated, better circulation, less water retention, better skin, stronger hair and nails, more motivation, better digestion and of course weight loss.
How often do i eat: Breakfast (8am), Lunch (12.30), Afternoon snack (glass of Almond milk or a small bowl of probiotic yogurt and fruits), Dinner (19). Times may vary, but it’s always a 4x a day meal including the afternoon snack. It works for me, but doesn’t mean it works for you. Check your G.P or Nutritionist for advise first.
What i eat: a variety of things. This challenge pushed me to learn new recipes and their benefits!!Eating Raw and Plant-Based food only never been this easier and tastier. I am not talking about the humble lettuce and tomato salad. I am talking about Kale salads, Rice salads, vegetarian screws, grilled vegetables, couscous, quinoa… wowwww,So much choice!!!Basically i am eating the freshest and cleanest whole unprocessed foods and as as much Organic as possible, i am adding tones of superfoods and Raw nuts to the diet, eating nothing but the best and healthiest oils including Coconut Oil, good fats,eating gluten free and lactose free too. I have swapped Cow’s milk for Almond, Cashews and Rice milks, i have lactose free cheese, i drink litres of water, organic and herbal teas only including Mother’s Milk Tea, Cold pressed Juices and Smoothies and my MUST HAVE Decaf coffee. I am so motivated that i don’t even feel tempted/crave to fish. meat or seafood. I have my soups every now and then too. I have Chia Seeds pudding and Açaí bowls too…i even managed to learn how to make it. So easy, so fast, so yummy and soo healthy…Come on…
10 days have passed.
Do i Regret? NO
Do i enjoy? Yes
Do i love it? Yes
Do i recommend? Hell yeah!!!!!!
No need 20 Days like i am doing…start with 1 day and take it from there.I also recommend to follow this diet after you finished your Juice Cleanse program. This is a great way to break the cleanse and to keep with a healthy routine/lifestyle.
For me personally, it’s not a challenge because my diet – before this challenge – was very plant-based already. What really helps is not focusing on what I was giving up, but on the good things I could eat! Actually it’s very simple — you just learn to eat a variety of plants. If you slowly change your eating patterns, it’s not hard at all. Be flexible and don’t be too strict — you’ll find that it’s much easier if you allow yourself an occasional meal with animal products, especially in the first 6-12 months.
Control your quality of life by consuming a plant-based diet. Filling your plate with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains is the best means for disease prevention and even disease reversal. Equally important, a plant-based diet is the best means for feeling good inside and out, everyday. While it keeps your arteries clean and your cells happy, it also brightens your skin, eyes, and hair. Weight management is just an added bonus.
Eat your vegetables! A few consistent musts for your grocery list: broccoli, spinach, apples, and blueberries.
If I could make a single dietary recommendation to people looking to get healthier, it would be to move to a plant-based diet, No doubts about it.
Want to fight the fat and reveal a leaner physique?
Is NO SECRET for ANYONE!!!!And the tips are the same over and over again!!!If you want a great body, you’re going to have to eat a great diet! No More, no Less!
Don’t think of the changes you’re going to make to what you eat as “going on a diet”. Instead, you are going to be making long-term changes to the way you eat that you can maintain for life…
I have posted a few articles about easy ways to be healthy and loose weight safely…you can browse the previous posts to have a look…in case you can’t be bothered, Have a look below 😉 and remember, you don’t need to wait until Monday or the 1st day of the Month to commit yourself and change your lifestyle.
1. Eliminate sugar – there’s no surprise here – i eliminate sugar from my diet ages ago…the only sugar i consume comes from fruits – and thank’s to that, i was told by my Dr. that my amniotic fluid levels were normal, but a little bit higher than the “normal” levels…i had to reduce drastically my intake of fruits!
Processed sugar offers no nutritional value to your body. It plays havoc with your hormones and ultimately puts you into fat-storing mode. You may get a momentary sugar rush right after eating it, but you’ll start to feel hungry and tired very soon afterwards – that’s why is so important to see the sugar levels in your cereal boxes for example.
2. Replace grains and cereals with vegetables – Cereals, rice, bread, pasta and other foods made with flour like pastry and poor food choices. These are full of the “empty” carbs that caused you to store excess fat on your body. Plus, they make you feel tired and bloated. These foods offer very few useful nutrients and are almost as bad for you as sugar.
Replace them whenever you can with lovely nutrient-rich veggies which will nourish and energize you.
3. Don’t drink your calories – Avoid calorie-laden beverages. They contain all kinds of nasty ingredients and they do not satisfy you the way food does. When your aim is to shed fat, it is much better to get the energy from food.
4. Eat lean protein at EVERY meal – Protein-rich foods are usually very tasty and they help you to feel full and satisfied. Getting enough of this nutrient in your diet is essential to ensure your body will perform at it’s best and recover quickly between exercise sessions for example. Great choices include: oily fish, lean cuts of meat and eggs. If you are not a fan, rely on amazing and powerful Superfoods like Hemp protein, Chia seeds, Chlorella or Moringa to add to your yummy salad or smoothies – Sattva Juicery offers an array of Bottles of Goodness containing this amazing nutrient.
5. Limit dairy – because of all the growth hormones and lactose it contains, which inhibit your fat loss. Try to keep it to a minimum.
6. Go easy on booze – A large glass of beer or wine could well contain the same amount of calories as a piece of cake or a chocolate bar. Yet a lot of people who wouldn’t dream of eating three or four chocolate bars in one sitting regularly down that number of alcoholic drinks in an evening. Learn to think of alcohol in the same way as you’re going to think of cake or chocolate: a small amount occasionally is OK, but several servings on a daily basis will absolutely keep you fat.
7. Get your timing right – You should refuel with a good meal as soon as you can after a workout to get the maximum benefits and ensure you recover well so that you’re ready for your next session. Opinions vary on whether to eat before exercise, so you may want to experiment to discover what’s best for you. However, you should avoid timing a big mead immediately before a workout.
Also, there’s a lot of evidence suggesting that eating late at night is detrimental to fat loss and can disturb sleep – so avoid this at all costs! Follow my lead: brush your teeth, go to bed and look forward to a good breakfast in the morning.
8. Drink Water and Green Tea people – Being in a dehydrated condition saps your energy, makes you think you’re hungry when you aren’t and generally makes you feel like crap. So, drink lots of water.I’m a huge fan of Green tea (sipping some at the moment). It’s great for weight loss because to curbs cravings, suppresses appetite and there is some compelling scientific evidence that it BOOSTS FAT BURNING so sip it up!!
9. Think before you eat – Before you put any food inside your mouth consider how you’ll feel after you eat it..not just while you’re eating it. And ask yourself if you are really hungry. If you are truly hungry you’ll happily chomp through a plate of, steamed fish, green veggies and carrots. If all you want to eat is a bag of crisps or cookies, then what you are experiencing is not real hunger.It’s most likely that it’s your sugar/carb addiction rearing its ugly head. Ignore it and it’ll pass. THE MORE TIMES YOU IGNORE IT, THE EASIER IT WILL GET AND THE LESS OFTEN IT WILL HAPPEN!
“Salt” is one of the most common word used everyday by everybody around the world! Either you love it or you hate it, either is Table Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt…Or maybe you are using it for beauty and cosmetic purposes, like the Epsom Salt…the truth is, the word “salt” is here to stay!
This mineral is arguably the most commonly recognized food seasoning on the planet. Before refrigeration, salt was the most frequently used method of preservation for meats and other foods, making it invaluable in human history. Saltiness is one of the major tastes we experience while eating, and it is practically inescapable in the western diet. While many of us grew up with fine table salt, consumers today can find a whole array of salts from all over the world with different textures and colors
There are many types of salts available at the grocery store today but how much do we actually know about these white crystal looking minerals? Do we know the difference between these Salts? Is there any Healthy Salt? How much healthy Salt is too much? Well…we are here to find out for you….read below:
Unrefined Salt, Refined Salt and Specialty and Finishing Salts
Unrefined salts, like the increasingly popular sea salt, are minimally processed. They rarely have preservatives or anti-caking agents and are among the purest salts you can purchase. These salts can be harvested from many different regions all over the world. These salts are typically not fortified with iodine, but have naturally occurring and beneficial minerals depending on their place of origin. They have a subtle variety in taste, textures and colors and come from a range of harvesters, from huge corporations to small family owned farms. If you are interested in purity in your foods, unrefined salt is the way to go.
Refined salts, like regular table salt and kosher salt are salts that have gone through a further processing and refining process. Until recently, they were the most common salts on the market, in restaurants and in the pantry. These salts often (but not always) have additives to prevent clumping and may also be fortified with iodine. If you are looking for more purity but want the extra iodine, choose an unrefined salt and begin to incorporate foods naturally rich in iodine (like seaweed) into your diet.
Specialty & Finishing Salts
Once consumers started shifting from regular table salt to unrefined sea salt, another industry was born: specialty and finishing salts. You may find some interesting varieties at your health food store, like smoked sea salt or the black lava sea salt. But how do you use these specialty salts? And what in the world are finishing salts anyway?
Specialty salts are typically harvested using traditional methods and from many different part of the world. A common example is Fleur de Sel (the flower of salt), which is comprised of young salt crystals harvested in traditional Celtic methods. These salts are usually added at the end of the meal to maintain their delicate flavors. Finishing salts are also added to bring out unique flavor, and are sea salts blended with a variety of unique ingredients for a customizable surprising taste.
What’s the difference between Table Salt and Natural Sea Salt:
One of the main differences (that you can’t miss) are in their taste, texture and processing.
Sea salt is produced through evaporation of ocean water or water from saltwater lakes, usually with little processing. Depending on the water source, this leaves behind certain trace minerals and elements. The minerals add flavor and color to sea salt, which also comes in a variety of coarseness levels.
Here are some of sea salt’s amazing health benefits:
*Strong Immune System – Sea salt naturally helps you to build up a strong immune system so that you can fight off the cold virus, the fever and flu, allergies and other autoimmune disorders.
*Alkalizing – Sea salt is alkalizing to the body, as it has not been exposed to high heat and stripped of its minerals, nor does it have any harmful man-made ingredients added to it. Thus it can help you to prevent and reverse high levels of acids in the body, which in turn eliminates the risks for serious and life-threatening diseases.
*Weight Loss – Believe it or not, but sea salt can also help you in weight loss. It helps the body to create digestive juices so that the foods you eat are digested faster, and it helps to prevent buildup in the digestive tract, which eventually can lead to constipation and weight gain.
*Skin Conditions – A sea salt bath can help to relieve dry and itchy skin as well as serious conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The bath naturally opens up the pores, improves circulation in the skin and hydrates the tissues so that your skin can heal.
*Asthma – Sea salt is effective in reducing inflammation in the respiratory system. Thus the production of phlegm is slowed down so that you can breathe easier again. Some say that sprinkling sea salt on the tongue after drinking a glass of water is just as effective as using an inhaler. But the great thing about sea salt is that it has no side effects when taken in moderation.
*Heart Health – When salt is taken with water it can help to reduce high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and help to regulate an irregular heart beat. Thus sea salt can help to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
*Diabetes – Sea salt can help to reduce the need for insulin by helping to maintain proper sugar levels in the body. Thus the salt is an essential part of the diet if you are diabetic, or at risk for the disease.
*Osteoporosis – Just over 1/4 of the amount of salt that is in the body is stored in the bones, where it helps to keep them strong. When the body lacks salt and water it begins to draw the sodium from the bones, which then eventually can lead to osteoporosis. Thus by drinking plenty of water and consuming salt in moderation you can prevent osteoporosis.
*Muscle Spasms – Potassium is essential for helping the muscles to function properly. Sea salt not only contains small amounts of potassium, but it also helps the body to absorb it better from other foods. Thus it is effective in helping to prevent muscle pains, spasms and cramps.
*Depression – Sea salt also has shown to be effective in treating various types of depression. The salt helps to preserve two essential hormones in the body that help you to better deal with stress. These hormones are serotonin and melatonin, which help you to feel good, and relax and sleep better at night.
Table salt is typically mined from underground salt deposits. Table salt is more heavily processed to eliminate minerals and usually contains an additive to prevent clumping. Most table salt also has added iodine, an essential nutrient that helps maintain a healthy thyroid.
Sea salt and table salt have the same basic nutritional value, despite the fact that sea salt is often promoted as being healthier. Sea salt and table salt contain comparable amounts of sodium by weight.
Salt and the sodium that it represents have been hot topics of debate in the health and medical community for some time. While the sodium chloride that is present in salt is vital to human life, the amount ingested has been the topic of studies all over the world. Whichever type of salt you enjoy, do so in moderation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams a day — or 1,500 milligrams if you’re age 51 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purest salts available for culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic uses. This delectable salt has beautifully formed crystals which range in color from off-white to a lustrous pink, which indicates a quantifiable amount of 84 trace elements & iron. The benefits are endless but Himalayan Pink Salt is primarily used for gourmet cooking and in bath preparations.
Himalayan Pink Salt is a pure, hand-mined salt that is derived from ancient sea salt deposits, and it is believed to be the purest form of salt available. The high mineral crystals range in color from sheer white, varying shades of pink, to deep reds, the result of high mineral and iron content. This type of salt is used by holistic chefs, spas, health professionals, and individuals for its range of nutritional and therapeutic properties. Pink salt may be used in the same manner as table salt for culinary dishes and baking, but it is purer and higher in mineral content. Externally, pink salt can be used to stimulate circulation, relax the body, lower blood pressure, sooth sore muscles, and remove toxins from the body. Use Himalayan Pink Salt in bath salt recipes, body scrubs, aromatherapy, homemade soap, and for all types of culinary and spa applications.
Regular consumption of Himalayan Pink Salt provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms.
Epsom Salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.
Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.
The wonders of Epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. One of the simplest ways to ease stress and stress-related problems is to soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Ultra Epsom Salt.
Some of the magical benefits of Epsom salt include:
Eases stress and relaxes the body: Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.
Relieves pain and muscle cramps: An Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort. Try soaking your aching, tired (and smelly) feet in a tub of water with half a cup of our Ultra Epsom Salt. Epsom salt softens skin and will even neutralize foot odor.
Helps muscles and nerves function properly: Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.
Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.
Makes insulin more effective: Proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.
Relieves constipation: Numerous studies have revealed that Epsom salt can be used to treat constipation. Taken internally, Epson salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing. The salt acts like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and can bring about temporary relief from constipation. However, it is strictly warned that Epsom salts should not be used to relieve constipation without the consultation of a physician.
Eliminates toxins from the body: The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it. For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly add two cups of our Ultra Epsom Salt to the water in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes.
Some uses of Epsom salt?
Whether you like a relaxing soak or wish to enhance your beauty effortlessly, making Epsom salt a part of your daily routine can add a whole lot of goodness to your way of life. To experience the numerous health benefits of Epsom salt, take relaxing, stress-relieving Epsom salt baths three times weekly by adding 2 cups Ultra Epsom Salt to a warm bath and soaking for at least 12 minutes. For the added benefit of moisturizing your skin, add 1/2 cup olive oil or baby oil. Do not use soap as it will interfere with the action of the salts. Try to rest for about two hours afterwards. If you have arthritic joints move them as much as possible after an Epsom salt bath to prevent congestion in the joints.
As a foot bath, pamper weary feet by adding 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Relax and soak feet for 20 minutes. If you like, rub away any calluses using a pumice stone. Dry feet, then add two drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite natural moisturizer, like shea or coconut butter, and rub in thoroughly to lock in the moisture. If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
- Athlete’s Foot – Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
- Remove splinters – Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.
- Treat toenail fungus – Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
- Soothe sprains and bruises – Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.
- Ease discomfort of Gout – Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
- Exfoliate dead skin – In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.
- Exfoliating face cleanser – To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
- Dislodge blackheads – Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.
- Remove foot odor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, sooth achy feet, and soften rough skin.
- Remove hairspray – Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.
- Hair volumizer – Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
- Clean bathroom tiles – Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.
- As a hand wash – Mix Epsom salt with baby oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.
Beautiful ageless skin
When it comes to anti-ageing, we all know the importance of a good skincare regime – but beauty is more than skin deep. It starts with the very foundations of your face…the muscles.
There are over 50 muscles in the facial area including the mimic muscles and chewing muscles on both halves of the face. These muscles get tense and tighten or weaken and get flabby like any other parts of the body.
Lines and creases on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth get more visible and increase in number, facial volume decreases and features sag.
Through facial exercise, you can treat these and many other muscle-based health problems and age related changes in the facial region.
Physioterapist Leena Kiviluoma created a program for the muscles and facial area called MimiLift Facial MuscleCare which is a medical based system which allows you to become actively involved in your won health and beauty care, giving you control over your won body.
This program, consists of precise stretching and massage techniques and relaxing and strengthening exercises aimed at the mimic and chewing muscles.
The exercises not only tone your face, but also make your jaw healthier and reduce headaches.
“As well as these exercises, stay out of the sun and have a good skincare routine to age-proof your face. Stick to preservative-free natural creams for a fresher, more youthful complexion!“
- Perform the procedures at firts 4-6 times a week, once or twice a day – you can do them whenever
- After a few weeks, having achieved results, maintain doing it for at least 2-4 times a week
- Perform the exercises slowly, carefully, smoothly and evenly
- Concentrate on creating controlled, well coordinated and fluent jaw movements
- Maintain a good upper body posture with the head well-aligned when doing the exercises
- Focus on your jaw and your neck…Keep them relaxed
- When performing manual resistance exercises, apply just a gentle and light resistance with your fingers
- Repeat each exercise the recommended number of times. You can increase the repetitions if you want
- All exercises should be painless.