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Cool Weather Superfoods

Author unknown once said, “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”

There is much wisdom in this statement. We should always be concerned with what we are putting in our bodies, after all, food does not know what time of the year it is. Likewise, it will make no difference to our bodies if we stuff that pumpkin pie in our faces in November than March. We should eat well all year around. So with that in mind, and with the resolutions of the New Year looming, let’s talk about some cool weather super foods that will put us on the right track for those remaining 11 months.

oatmeal Oatmeal
What better than some piping hot oatmeal to start your day? The whole grain in oatmeal will give you enough plant based protein and fiber to stop hunger for the rest of the day. This piping hot breakfast food also contains beta- glucan, a starch that has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol by 5 to 10% by just eating 3 grams per day. Keri Gans, RD. suggests mixing in almond butter and chia seeds for some healthy fat content.

Hot Chocolate
A true superfood in every sense of the word,hot chocolate contains flavonoids, an antioxidant believed to decrease free radical damage and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Try to avoid the sugary powdered mix. Increase health benefits by melting in some dark chocolate squares or preparing it with almond milk.

Black Bean Soup
Well, we all know the power of black beans, and this tasty dish is chock full! Beans are a powerful source of copper and iron, which are known to help muscles use oxygen more effectively and support the immune system. One serving of this cold weather treat provides 15 grams of fiber and protein. In addition, black beans have almost no content of saturated fat, in contrast to animal proteins and the American Chemical Society research finds that black beans contain more flavonoids than any other bean.

Brussels Sprouts
Not only are these greens full of phytonutrients to fight cancer and fiber, they are also packed with Vitamin C. As 74.8 mg/ cup, brussels sprouts may be just the thing for fighting a cold this year. If the bitter taste frightens you off, do as Gans suggests and, ” Roast them in olive oil.”

pumpkin soup Pumpkin Soup
If your goal this season is to consume more pumpkin containing products than thought humanly possible, you’re in luck, and you may be on the right track. According to the National Institutes of Health, most women should get 700 micrograms of pumpkin a day. The squash is packed with vitamin A, which is crucial for good vision. If you are thinking of stirring up a batch for the holidays, you will be using about a half cup of pumpkin puree which will give you your daily dose, plus you’ll be getting antioxidants from the beta-carotene. A study on the carotenoid found that it can be effective in the treatment of human breast cancer.

Keep these in mind when you make your holiday menu for a healthy, warm and festive season, we would love to hear about your favorite fall health foods.

Choosing The Right Foods For Your Skin

Let’s take a moment to give thanks for our skin. Where else would we put our lovely tattoos? Our skin protects us from the sun and keeps out nasty germs. It can be pierced to display beautiful jewelry. It acts as a water barrier. It cools us when we are hot and keeps us warm and snug when we are cold. Plus, the skin is the largest sexual organ of the body. Think about it. Skin is constantly changing. It can be lifted and pulled, darkened and lightened, damaged and healed. Since our skin does so much for us, shouldn’t we make sure we treat it as well as we possibly can?

We are what we eat and our skin is part of what we are. Los Angeles dermatologist, Jessica Wu says, “What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create or lessen inflammation, which is associated with aging.” When it comes to skin care, the foods you put in your body can be just as important as the facial creams you put on it. Here are some foods you can eat that your skin will thank you for.

woman using olive oil

Olive Oil
This makes sense. We all want our skin to maintain oil as we age, so shy not put some in our bellies? A 2012 study found that women who consumed more that 2 teaspoons of olive oil a day showed 31% less evidence of aging. This is because 75% of the fat in olive oil is in monosaturated fatty acids which keep you young and the antioxidants in olive oil defend against dangerous free radicals.

Tomatoes
Here’s the perfect place for that olive oil tomatoes. A tablespoon of olive oil along with 5 tablespoons of tomato paste has been proven to give 33% more protection from the sun. Lycopene found in tomatoes can raise the natural SPF levels of the skin.

Dark Chocolate
Delicious and healthy? That’s like being cute and single. Cocoa flavanols can improve circulation and hydrate skin. According to 12-week study, drinking a high flavanol cocoa every day caused less scaliness and roughness to women’s skin. To avoid weight gain while maintaining glowing skin, sticking to a 1 oz. a portion of the cocoa is recommended.

oatmeal Oatmeal
While we are singing the praises of oatmeal, let’s take a moment to point out a less desirable breakfast option, the bagel with jelly. With carbs and refined sugar, a bagel with jelly will increase production of insulin and hormones called androgens which, according to Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of “The Beauty Diet,” cause sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete more oil which gets trapped inside pores, causing pimples. Stick to the oatmeal and try topping it with fruit as opposed to brown sugar.

Sardines
Omega -3 fatty acids are among the best fat sources and sardines are packed with them. One serving has 1.5 grams of Omega-3. Sardines are rich in DHA which is an anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent acne, inflammation being the root cause of breakouts.

Orange Peel
Admittedly a more acquired taste, the researcher found that people who ate the peels of citrus fruits had a 33% reduced risk for squamous cell carcinoma, while juice and fruit had no effect. Peels contain limonene which has UV protective properties. Try blending them into a juice or smoothie for a less bitter taste.

Tips For Reducing Skin Inflammation

Women examining her skin

You feel it before you see it.  That familiar burning and stinging feeling. You dread looking in the mirror.  Your reflection confirms your dread.  Your skin is puffy, swollen and covered in red blotches.  This can’t be happening today.  You need to be in work in an hour for a major presentation.  The mere thought of applying any kind of make up to your tender skin  makes you cringe.  Would it be too noticeable if you showed up to work in a ski mask?  Damn that new perfume you bought!  Ok, deep breath, you can handle it.

Believe it or not, inflammation is really a good thing. It’s a sign that your body is protecting itself against bacteria, viruses, and injuries.  However, when the cause of the inflammation is gone, so too should be the inflammation.  Unfortunately, this is sometimes not the case, and chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimers, arthritis and even cancer.

Why Has My Skin Betrayed Me In This Way?
There are a lot of possible explanations for skin inflammation, Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy pollution, second-hand smoke, and sun exposure are all noted causes.  The “stress hormone”  cortisol can also cause inflammation and so can saturated fats, fried foods, refined sugar, and carbohydrates.  But, no matter the culprit,  the root of inflammation is sensitive skin.

The Four Types of Sensitive Skin
  Dermatologist Leslie Bauman M.D. and director of Cosmetic Medicine and Research says there are four types of sensitive skin:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Burning and Stinging
  • Contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants)

Though each of these have different symptoms, there is one commonality:  they all cause inflammation.

The Quick Fix

Green Tea

Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory that brings down redness and puffiness.  It can be applied to your skin in two ways:

  • Boil water and steep 4-6 tea bags for 5 minutes.  Soak a washcloth in tea and rub the cloth on your face.
  • Squeeze water out of teabags and put them directly on your face.
  • You should notice a difference after 5-10 minutes of application.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds which will take the redness out of your skin and soothe itchiness.  It will also fight dryness, reduce pore size, and moisturizes. Here is a good recipe for an oatmeal mask.

  • 2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal ground into powder by coffee grinder/ food processor
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Mix ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes.  Apply to the skin as a mask, leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it with warm water.

For The Long Term

  • Avoid Hot Water and don’t spend too much time in the shower.  It will strip skin of natural moisture. Apply toner and moisturizer immediately after you get out.
  • Avoid Soap Swap them for soap- free cleansers with nourishing ingredients.
  • Avoid fragrances and chemicals These can  be irritating to the skin.  Also, check the amount  skin products your using daily.  If it’s more than 4, consider scaling back.

Now go out there and Enjoy your lovely skin!

Ingredients to Soothe Razor Bumps and Other Shaving Maladies – Vine Vera Reviews

You do everything that you can to prevent razor bumps or razor burn and other irritation due to shaving, but sometimes even taking precautions results in irritation. When you find yourself with unsightly and uncomfortable razor burn you still have options for soothing relief. Try one, or several, of these ingredients to help soothe razor bumps.

Closeup of an Aloe vera leaf

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has long been used to treat irritated skin, particularly as an after-care sun skin soother. This is because aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm the skin down. Additionally, aloe vera is an antibacterial, which helps clean and clear up razor bumps. Aloe vera is also packed full or vitamins and minerals that help relieve razor bumps and other shaving issues.

Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) formula

Niacinamides
Niacin and niacinamides are “forms of vitamin B3” according to the United States National Library of Medicine. Niacinamide is also known as nicotonic acid and it is a cell-communicating skin care ingredient. As the description implies, niacinamide communicates with your skin cells to improve the elasticity of your skin and return your skin to its natural tone and texture. In addition, when applied topically, niacinamide helps treat redness on the skin due to razor bumps and enhances the skin’s barrier function.

Honey in a jar

Honey
Honey is used in some skin care, but it can also stand alone as an ingredient that treats irritated razor bumps. Raw honey is a great antibacterial ingredient that cleanses the skin while also soothing razor bumps. It is also a humectant, which means that it not only provides moisture, but keeps it in the skin as well. Honey will also reduce the inflammation of razor bumps and any swelling that may occur.

Tea tree oil

Tree Tea Oil
This ingredient is a controversial one when it comes to razor bumps. Some claim that tea tree oil is wonderful for clearing razor bumps while others say that use of tea tree oil can aggravate irritated skin. In the event that you try tea tree oil, look at the entire list of ingredients to find other skin soothing compounds or, if using just as pure tea tree oil, be sure to dilute it with water prior to applying it to your skin. You can also add a drop of tea tree oil to your favorite moisturizer to help increase the soothing properties.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal
You could take an oatmeal bath to provide immediate relief of itching and burning or wash with a cleanser that contains collodial oatmeal, since most people don’t have the time to take a bath after shaving. Oatmeal is the most beneficial ingredients to deal with the pain or itching that sometimes comes with razor burn and other shaving issues.

These ingredients help to soothe skin that is affected by razor bumps, burns or other shaving irritations, but you still want to be sure that you do all you can to prevent these issues. Use a hydrating shaving cream or gel to reduce the amount of friction between your skin and your razor. Be sure that you are not using a dull razor, as dull blades increase shaving mishaps.

Calming Skin Care Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

Calming ingredients Your skin is subject to innumerable attacks every single day. Extreme weather conditions, UV rays, pollutants and free radicals all can irritate your skin. When your skin is irritated it often is red, inflamed and uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a number of calming skin care ingredients that reduce inflammation, calm redness and eradicate itchy, dry or peeling skin.

Aloe Vera
There is a good reason that aloe vera is the most commonly reached for after sun product. The aloe vera plant is composed of spiky, green leaves that contain a gel-like sap. It is the gel of the aloe vera plant that significantly benefits irritated skin. The skin-boosting ingredients in aloe vera are:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Uric Acid
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium

Most commonly applied topically, aloe vera soothes redness and reduces inflammation. In addition, aloe vera binds moisture to the deeper layers of skin which helps to heal skin conditions such as minor burns and cuts. You can look for aloe vera in the ingredients of skin care items, or you can head to your local grocery store and grab some fresh aloe vera. Simply cut into the leaf and apply the gel directly to your irritated skin.

Oatmeal
Chances are you had chicken pox as a child and it was nearly impossible not to itch them. Your parents most likely soothed your irritated, itchy skin with calomine lotion and oatmeal baths. Oatmeal has been used since the ancient Egyptians discovered the benefits. Oatmeal is most commonly ground up and then added to skin care products. It contains the following skin soothing ingredients:

  • Protein
  • Lipids
  • Vitamins
  • Antioxidants
  • Beta glucan

Oatmeal is used to soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin and is so effective that it can be used by those with eczema and dermatitis. The beta glucan found in oatmeal keeps skin hydrated and moisturized because it helps improve your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Soy
Soy is another ingredient that was popular among our ancient ancestors. The Chinese used to (and still do) use soy for medicinal purposes. Scientists are just now starting to recognize all of the impressive skin care benefits of soy, one of which is its ability to calm skin. Soy contains:

  • Proteins
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

As with oatmeal, soy is calming and helps keep your skin hydrated by repairing and protecting your skin’s moisture barrier. Soy is also amazing at reducing redness from irritation and giving you an even complexion.

Chamomile
Turns out that chamomile isn’t just soothing in your teacup, it also has calming properties when used for skin care as well. Several unique chemicals assist chamomile in calming your skin:

  • Quercetin
  • Flavanoids
  • Apigenin
  • A – bisabolol

Unfortunately you can’t just drink your way to more calm skin, you have to use it topically to obtain the benefits. Chamomile reduces both redness and inflammation as well as relieving dry, itchy skin. Chamomile also stops the release of histamines, which irritate your skin. In fact, some scientific research suggests that chamomile, applied topically, gave eczema and dermatitis sufferers the same kind of relief that hydrocortisone did.

It would be amazing if your skin stayed, clear, hydrated and even at all times. Unfortunately, that is not a reality for many. Using skin care that contains skin calming ingredients, like the ones listed above, help combat signs and symptoms of irritated skin.