The Secret Ingredients for Glowing Skin

tgj-22-4b

We all want healthy skin. No debate here, but, the journey to beautiful skin goes far deeper than just getting that golden tan. Real glowing skin comes from deep beneath the skin tissue. To achieve real glowing skin means turning your skin care routine into a 24 hour practice. Not only should we put on that sunscreen, exfoliate regularly, and hydrate but we also need to take into consideration the type of food we are eating. This is the true secret to healthy looking skin.

So, I present to you a list of ingredients to add to your shopping list if you’re looking to shed that old tired looking skin and reveal a brand new glowing you!

  1. Ravishing Red

Eating more red fruits and vegetables helps one fight those harmful UV rays and free radicals thanks to its super ingredient; Lycopene.

A few ingredients you can add to your shopping list now are tomatoes. This is a versatile fruit that you eat at supper, dinner or breakfast. You can even start getting your daily dose of pink grape fruit which will not only give you glowing skin but it will also start tackling any unwanted cellulite. If you are not into the sour taste of grapefruit then you can rather opt for a sweet juicy watermelon which is great for a summer breakfast or even a healthy desert.

  1. Simple Whites and Greys

Not only are whites and greys essential for any wardrobe but should also be stocked in your fridge. For healthy skin one needs to keep their immune system functioning properly and foods such as cauliflower, onions, mushrooms and garlic help the immune system fight infections, keeping the immune system strong.

  1. Violet Varieties

Eating foods which contain the pigment purple in them can help your skin for many various reasons. One being the obvious, they are rich in antioxidants. Another important ingredient found in these foods is a variety of polyphenols which act as anti-inflammatory. Purple foods contain a very important molecule known as resveratrol. Resveratrol as anti-aging properties promoting healthy aging.

Foods with purples hues are beetroot, blueberries, olives, figs, cabbage and plums.

  1. When life gives you Lemons…

Make lemon juice! Toxins and healthy skin do not go together unless you are adding a lemon or two to flush those toxins out. I would recommend doing this as a daily morning ritual before you reach that coffee. Not only will it leave you feeling refreshed but looking fresh too.

  1. The Lean Green Juicing machine

Green vegetables contain the magical anti-aging ingredient; Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) which has a high concentration of antioxidants. Green foods also contain anti-inflammatories properties which can assist in decreasing under eye circles and red blotchiness. Let me also mention the vitamin K content which is essential in aiding the process of blood clotting. It has great skin healing properties helping some skin conditions and also bruises, stretch marks and spider veins.

I would recommend stocking up on spinach, kale, cucumber and lemon juices or simply adding a side of freshly steamed garlic and spinach to your dinner.

glowing-skin

Advertisements

Reasons To Love Your A.M Exercise

FotorCreatedExercise is a vital part of one’s life and if it is not then I am sorry to say but you need to re-look at how you expect your body to function at its optimal level when all you are doing is helping it deteriorate. I want us all to create a better relationship with our bodies.

Exercising is not just about looking good or feelin
g good but it is about keeping your body healthy. Keeping it supple and keeping that muscle mass to protect bones and aging. If we do not take care of our bodies then who will? We need to understand our bodies and take the utmost care of this vessel that keeps you alive and capable of doing amazing things.

So to start, I thought I would leave you with a few reasons to consider doing exercise in the morning and how it can help you put your best foot forward.

  1. Become A Better Morning person – happier and will help you wake up

When you do your morning exercise, endorphins are released which as we know leaves us feeling really good. For those who struggle getting up in the morning, if you stick to s regular morning exercise routine and stick to those times then your body will become accustomed to this lifestyle and will naturally start preparing for you to wake up at those times making it easier to get up……

  1. Put Those Hormones To Better Use

Our crucial hormones are elevated first thing in the morning and as the day goes on these hormone levels start to decline. So, it makes sense to use those important hormones such as Testosterone early in the morning when it is at its peak level meaning your get a far more effective workout.

  1. Gym Bunnies Don’t Have To Share

Going to gym at peak hours after work is not always that fun. For those that take their exercise routine very seriously then this can cause some serious interference when you can’t use a certain dumbbell or machine because there is a queue and you don’t have all day let’s be honest. So it makes sense to do this in the morning when it is quiet enough for you to do what you need to do without interference.

  1. Allow Time For Other Priorities

Because you did your exercise nice ‘n early and have the whole afternoon to do whatever else you need to do. Morning exercise will give you at least an hour or two extra in the afternoon to do whatever else is needed.

  1. Better Functioning at Work or School

Exercising helps us with becoming more alert and focused. Overall better functioning meaning that by the time you get to work you are alert and ready to kick ass at your job or at school.

  1. Less Likely To Skip

We all know that come 4pm your energy levels start to take a dip. If you have had a demanding day the chances are that you are more likely to skip that gym session and go straight for dinner on the couch but when you go first thing in the morning your energy levels and functioning is at its best and it should become a morning ritual meaning that you are less likely to skip gym in the mornings.

  1. Increase Your Metabolic Functioning

It is known that exercise in the morning will help boost your metabolic functioning. If you do weight training/ resistance training this will cause your metabolic rate to improve throughout the course of the day.

Yama: the first of the eight limbs of yoga

FotorCreated

Yama: the first of the eight limbs of yoga

The first two of the eight limbs of yoga are based on morality. Yama being universal morality and Niyama being more focused on the inner workings of our soul and our ethics. In this article however, we will be exploring the first of the eight limbs;Yama. Yama is intended to purify the human nature and bring about a healthy society as well as health and happiness in the individual when it becomes part of their daily way of living. Keep in mind though that the eight limbs of yoga are not in hierarchal order, each limb is equally important. They are all in some way intertwined creating harmonic balance with the individual and the way they perceive life.

There are five parts to Yama:

Ahimsa – meaning nonviolence to every living creature.

Satya – this is referred to truth of being. To practice truthfulness.

Asteya – to practise non-stealing

Brahmacharya – meaning the ultimate reality where one seeks and adapts a lifestyle to Brahman

Aparigraha – refers to the concept of non-greediness, non-possessiveness and non-grasping all leading to the notion of detachment.

This may seem so simple but in my experience I have found that this has required a lot of self-work. Have you ever thought about how many ants you may have violently killed in your life? Well, now you have to observe every foot taken forward. And that is life in many ways. Every decision you make will determine which directions in life you go. This is why mastering non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-attachment and leading a spiritual life like the Brahman will bring about a healthy, fruitful life.

I will leave you with a beautiful mantra for compassion to practice on this journey:

Om mani padme hum

།ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ།

Understanding the Eight-limbs of Yoga

yoga8

Understanding the Eight-limbs of Yoga

To practice yoga is to practice the art of creating a harmonic balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

If we break down and translate the name Ashtanga we find ashta is the Sanskrit word for eight and anga meaning limb; eight-limbs. Ashtanga yoga is therefore based on the eight-limbs of yoga which is the core of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.

Each of these eight steps practiced daily will together bring about abundance in health, happiness and eternal peace. Through this journey one will not only become aware of themselves but at the same time understand that everything is intimately connected, both living and non-living.

The eight limbs of yoga are:

Yama – Universal morality

Niyama – Personal observances

Asanas – Body postures

Pranayama – Breathing exercises, and control of prana

Pratyahara – Control of the senses

Dharana – Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness

Dhyana – Devotion, Meditation on the Divine

Samadhi – Union with the Divine

Just by taking a glance of what each limb represents, you can see that this will most certainly push an individual towards a much deeper and meaningful practice of yoga.

Now that you have a basic idea of what the eight-limbs of yoga are, keep a lookout for my coming articles on each limb in greater detail!

ओम

Cellfood: Better Your Biological Terrain

FotorCreated

Cellfood: better your biological terrain

Early last year I had come across Cellfood by NuScience and ever since have seen life changing benefits.

To give you a little background; I moved from the coast to the big concrete jungle and immediately I saw my body stressed out and drained. My body started to suffer and it affected my very loved active lifestyle. I was stressed and tired all the time, my skin was dull and craved hydration, my hair was breaking at a rapid rate and my nails were so weak they just peeled and broke all the time. Now, for someone who is all about health this was very distressing. I had to find a solution.

While at a late lunch, a friend had recommended that I try Cellfood. I had never heard of it before and was a little sceptical but once I read up about it I decided to give it a try. This was the best advise I had received and the best decision ever made for my body.

Cellfood has given me more energy, my brain is alert and active, my nails and hair are actually growing instead of breaking. For the first time in a long time, I am able to grow beautiful long nails and my hair is showing much improvement.

The bottom line: I love Cellfood and truly believe it has great benefits to offer any one who is under a lot of stress and may not get the correct minerals in their diet.

I take Cellfood along with Chlorella and am seeing amazing benefits. I will talk about Chlorella in another article as it is also an amazing natural supplement.

NuScience was founded in 1969 as an independent research and development facility of oxygen based health and beauty products and has gained great global reputation. There have been many studies done on Cellfood and its effects on the body.

Cellfood by NuScience acts as a terrain balancer, oxygenator and hydrogen ion donor. Cellfood helps balance the effect of re-mineralization on the hormonal, enzymatic, digestive, structural and eliminative systems of the overall physiology of the body.

Michel Coyle Director of Research and Education NuLife Sciences 9/2002 wrote an article named Clinical Observations on the Nutritional Efficacy of CELLFOOD Utilizing Live Blood Analysis and Dry Blood Analysis Microscopic Evaluation Procedures, in this article he writes on the therapeutic effects of Cellfood stating the following regarding its benefits:

  • “Cellfood provides a steady flow of both oxygen and hydrogen— by splitting water molecules— to all parts of the body, producing simultaneous oxidation and reduction.”
  • “It enables the blood stream to deliver a minimum of 78 assimilable trace minerals and elements directly to each cell for complete and direct nutrition.”
  • “It aids in the digestive process. It contains enzymes and also is catalytic to the activation of the digestive enzymes.”
  • “It assists in the cleansing of upper and lower intestines, and in restoring normal bowel functions. This effect will be noticed within 24 hours by those who need it.”

Basically, without the correct amounts of minerals the body cannot function properly and this is usually the case for the modern westernized man. Our poor quality of food and GMO food I believe plays a large role in most diseases along with high stress levels and little rest for the body to rejuvenate and let us not forget our very dirty air that is almost poisonous to breathe in. All these factors play a large role in deterioration of the cells in our body. No one is going to fix these factors anytime soon so it is up to us to try reverse these effects, protect our body and I believe that Cellfood is a great start in doing so!

I hope this has inspired you to go out and give it a try and please let me know your thoughts.

Love life and your body, always!

Debating Protein With A Vegetarian

Image

As a vegetarian I am flooded with questions about where do I get my protein from and how does one get enough being vegetarian? Perhaps, this question is often asked because we are bombarded with the phrase ‘high protein’ on most health advertisements, diets, shakes and health bars so much so that we begin to think a high protein diet must be good for us and necessary. Don’t get me wrong though protein in our diet is necessary and essential but a HIGH protein diet can actually be detrimental to ones health as it can lead to kidney disease and may even increase your risk of osteoporosis.

Now, if one took a trip down memory lane to your old science lessons, you may remember that protein is made up of amino acids. There are a total of twenty one amino acids, of which twelve can be produced by the body and the other nine amino acids cannot be produced by the human body. This is why the other nine amino acids are known as the essential amino acids which the bodies requires through our diets. However, even though we require all nine essential amino acids and most plants do not have all the essential amino acids like meat and eggs, we then simply combine certain vegetables, grains or seeds with each other to create a complete protein meal. One does not have to take it all in one meal either, you can also take in the other missing amino acids in another portion of food within an hour after having your first meal.

So, the next question is how much protein do we need? The Recommended Daily Allowance for protein is 0.8 g for every kilogram we weigh. However, if we take into account the difference between digesting plant proteins compared to animal proteins and for the amino acid mix in plant proteins, then 0.9 g of protein for every kilogram we weigh is recommended for vegetarians. Again, diets that are higher than this are not necessarily healthy unless you have been advised by your doctor. As you can see, the protein intake required is not that difficult to achieve whether you eat meat or are vegetarian or even vegan. Below is a list of great sources of vegan protein to keep in mind:

Hempseed

Chia Seeds

Quinoa

Buckwheat

Rice and Beans Combo

Hummus and Pita Mix

Seitan

Ezekiel Bread

Spirulina with Grains or Nuts

Now that we have covered the protein debate I think next up we need to zone in and spend more time focusing on cutting out sugars, preservatives, additives, colorants and other toxins from the body to ensure a truly healthy body

To Rue Your Day!

RueHerbs

So to Rue your day stems from an Ancient Roman belief that May was an unlucky month because it’s the month of the “Feast of the Dead”. But the Ancient Romans used Rue in their food, it’s strong, bitter flavour adding new dimensions to the food the Romans experimented with in their lush and lavish feasts. Rue is best eaten: – raw, – chopped finely it adds a lovely full completeness especially when used with mint.

The star-like shape of the bright yellow flowers speak very emphatically of a connection with the light even the leaves face up. Only the central flower has five petals, while the others surrounding it have only four. May that be a representation of the Divine and our need to connect and surrender to it – the central flower – and we as the surrounding flowers?

Rue is thought to have strong grounding qualities with its stalk growing straight up and its roots firmly pointed downward, it has a flexible stalk that is ready to sway with the winds. Should you find its main branch broken you would be surprised to see that it comprises many layers and is very hard to manipulate by hand even though it softens as you go more into the core of the stem.

In Brazil Rue is often used to cure disharmony of spirits, forces cohesive thought. It is thought to bring clarity to the spirits.

Medically Rue has been used to cure nervousness, headaches, insomnia, psoriasis, rheumatic pains when mixed with other herbs.

I have been watching my Rue plant for its 4th week now and I have seen how beautifully she seems to have harmonised with her new soil grounds and flowering neighbours, I cannot wait to see her flowers.

She has also healed a tension for me already – recipe is very simple: – break off three leaves, – bless them, and chew them – ……feel the still that comes a few minutes later.

Please try filling your gardens and pots with herbs that have both nutritional and medicinal value, you will be surprised by the pleasures it brings you to use the herbs and medicines the Earth has laid out for us so generously to both grow and heal with it together.

Written By Lee Grobbelaar