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Raspberry & Banana Smoothie

Recipe of the Day. We had to share this recipe. This recipe is so simple and yet so wholesome! According to Berry Health Benefits Network – http://berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu/health_healing/fact_sheets/red_raspberry_facts.htm “Red Raspberries contain strong antioxidants. They have vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid that fight cancer, heart and circulatory and age-related changes.” – Yes! Berries are high in ellagic acid – a known chemopreventative. They have anti-inflammatory properties. In Japan they are using them as a weight loss supplement. In the beauty industry, because red raspberry oil is rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 24-50″ – it a must-try. So yes…it’s food for your skin too! Try it! We love it, and hope that you will too!

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15 Nutrient- Rich foods with Health-giving Properties

15 Nutrient rich foods to try today! One of the missions of this magazine is to simplify your lives – giving you hints and tips on how to eat better – providing you with ideas for health-filled recipes, immune-pumping meals, healing foods, refreshing fruits, tonic-filled and detoxing juices, and comfort-enhancing snacks. Remember: Good health is achieved by eating a variety of nutritious foods every day and maintaining a balanced diet. SOME IDEAS FOR YOU: Legumes (Beans) & Pulses: Variations: Soybeans, lentils, chickpeas, mung beans, kidney, lima, black-eyed peas etc Packed with: B vitamins, various minerals, protein and fibre. Benefits: May reduce type 2 diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. As a Meal:  Try in vegetarian dishes as stand-alone or added to stews and sauces.   Dark Leafy Greens: Variations:  kale, spinach, swiss chard Packed with: nutrients including folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fibre, anti-inflammatory carotenoids Benefits: May curb…

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The Beauty of Self-Compassion 

The Beauty of Self-Compassion  Often in life, we are quick to show compassion for other people, we nurture them, show kindness, give them a helping hand and forgive their mistakes. Yet somehow this can be far more difficult to achieve with our own lives. For some reason self-compassion can be seen as self-indulgent, self- pitying or even selfish. Too often when things go wrong or life is tough  we can be our own worst enemy – our harshest critic, acting in ways towards ourselves that we wouldn’t dream of being like with another person.  Being more compassionate with ourselves enables us to live within a more harmonious state. It gives us the courage to accept all parts of ourselves, to accept our actions and behaviour without judgement when we are challenged by life events or situations. By being more accepting and compassionate  it can become easier to move past our mistakes.  Self-compassionate people are able to recognise when they are struggling or suffering and will be kind towards themselves during in these times. They are able to adopt an accepting attitude towards their strengths and weaknesses which makes them much more likely to implement change…

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Lifestyle, My Views

What is thing called lifestyle? Lifestyle – in my opinion, and broadly put, describes the way in which an individual, their family, their community, might perhaps choose to live their lives. This includes, their attitudes, behaviours and even their choice of possessions, their worldview and perceptions – be they personal or cultural – around their quality of life. It has got to do with how people respond to or cope with social, economic, physical and psychological conditions on a daily basis. How they decide to choose the food they eat, what they wear and most importantly the values, sense of identity and self-hood they decide to embrace… this to me is what defines – a lifestyle. What do you think? How doe Lifestyle affect the health?   Lifestyles is also about health and well-being.  How do we find balance – between looking good, feeling great, eating healthy, engaging in physical activities, maintaining…

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20 Quick Tips Be Good to Your Skin Inside & Out

20 QUICK SKINCARE TIPS – BE GOOD TO YOUR SKIN INSIDE & OUT  Caring for your skin is an inside out process. Below 20 quick and easy skincare tips you can try anytime! INTERNAL CARE Go Nuts on Nuts Studies show that nuts are good for you. Try the following: Brazil nuts:       Rich in selenium, increase skin elasticity and may decrease skin cancer. Walnuts:           Have omega-3 fatty acids—which lower inflammation and ease breakouts Macadamias:    Full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation Eat Lean Protein Keep your skin cells rejuvenated, eat lean protein like fish, poultry, tofu, beans and lentils.   Eat Broccoli More than oranges – broccoli is loaded with 65% of your required daily vitamin C intake which cleans up the free radicals that cause wrinkles and sagging and aids wound-healing. Eat Watermelon This is a lycopene-rich food. Aim…

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Nutrient absorption & Your Skin

Inadequate nutrient absorption can affect your looks! What is nutrient absorption? Absorption is a process of taking up nutrients from food that has been eaten. This is mainly the duty of the gut – the intestine. When the body is lacking in the nutrients that it needs to function properly, it will begin to give preference to other organs with  neglect of the rest. The essential organs that take in nutrients are the heart, brain, liver, kidneys. The physical parts of our body that make us beautiful like the hair, nails and skin, if neglected start to look awful. So if you want to start looking externally good, all you need do is begin to make sure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs. Eat the right foods There are a whole lot of foods that will boost your body nutrient intake levels. These include a variety…

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A holistic lifestyle…what is it?

Living a holistic Lifestyle? What is this thing called lifestyle? Lifestyle – in my opinion, and broadly put, describes the way in which an individual, their family, their community, might perhaps choose to live their lives. This includes, their attitudes, behaviours and even their choice of possessions, their worldview and perceptions – be they personal or cultural – around their quality of life. It has got to do with how people respond to or cope with social, economic, physical and psychological conditions on a daily basis. How they decide to choose the food they eat, what they wear and most importantly the values, sense of identity and self-hood they decide to embrace… this to me is what defines – a lifestyle. What do you think? Lifestyle and health?   Lifestyles is also about health and well-being.  How do we find balance – between looking good, feeling great, eating healthy, engaging in physical…

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6-Skin moisturisers Straight from your Kitchen

6-All Natural Skin Moisturising Products straight from your kitchen   It is common knowledge that good nutrition is boon for good skin. In fact, many of the ingredients in the moisturisers  that we buy pre-packaged in shops are available right in your kitchen. Here is a list of 6 easy-to-use natural products to “love your skin’ with. Olive oil Olive oil has been used as a moisturiser for eons. Its antioxidant and natural acid base can help, to strengthen the skin; to create a natural barrier against the harmful effects of the sun. How to use it: After cleansing, add a few drops of olive oil to cotton pad and gently moisturise your face. Or alternatively, use as a moisturising bath oil – add a few drops to bath water – couple it with a few drops of an essential oil of your choice like lavender oil and enjoy a…

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How Juicing Changed My Life!

By Kathleen M. Marinell Straight up, I’m what you would call a health nut.  I’ve never smoked, I seldom drink alcohol, and I’ve never done drugs despite being a child of the 60’s…oops, now I’m dating myself  :-).  I’ve lived a fairly active life, I’ve eaten well, I’ve tried a variety of self-healing techniques, and I’ve read lots of books on living a healthy lifestyle.     But nothing impacted my life permanently and deeply until I started drinking fresh extracted juices. How it all began? For over 4 decades of my adult life, I tried many, many diets and lifestyle changes including eating vegetarian for 12 years during the 80’s.  I spent most of my life preparing my own meals in my own kitchen.  I’ve been very active throughout my life…playing sports and dancing and exercising through yoga, race walking, weight training and using a treadmill. Despite all this effort to stay in shape…

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Top 10 Benefits of Vitamin E

Top Benefits of Vitamin E What Is Vitamin E? Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant compound that aids the body in neutralising the harmful after-effects of oxidation of fats. In other words, it is considered a powerful antioxidant and is a very important element in the overall maintenance of a healthy immune system.  When talking about skin and beauty we cannot overlook the benefits of vitamin e that can contribute to glowing, lovely skin. Vitamin E works inside & out Since we are holistically connected through spirit, mind and body, it is a prerequisite to give proper attention to what we consume internally. If we don’t get enough of vitamin E, we are more prone to infections, and weaknesses. Fortunately, vitamin E is found in many foods and one is unlikely to become deficient unless their nutrient absorption is compromised. Foods High in Vitamin E Vitamin E is a…

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Digestion & Your Skin Health

Good Digestion Can Do Wonders For Your Skin! The digestive system is a group of organs in your body. Its processes allow you to get rid of waste and absorb the nutrients you need for the healthy functioning of your body. Some external factors such as the intake of processed foods, chemicals in foods, antibiotics, and medications, can cause damage to your health and ultimately affect the skin. This means good digestion plays an important role in your skin health and skincare routine.   Skin Conditions & Digestion During my years of practice, I have discovered that that the skin has a great connection with the digestive system. Many people that suffer from skin problems especially facial conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, are often surprised to learn that these conditions may be linked to digestion. Dry and flaky skin may just be a sign that your body…

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Spirituality, Your Attitude & Your Skin

Spirituality, Your attitude & Good Skincare We all have common experiences  and ‘symptoms’ that will at different times in our lives affect our skin and our skincare regimes. Two major ones this article address are: a) Stress: we all suffer stresses; and b) Age: we all will age – age is unavoidable. However, there are certain things which differentiate us or that we can control especially when it comes to skin and skincare. The things, we propose include: a) Lifestyle b) Attitude or on another level “spirituality” Stress, Age  & Your Skin It is widely accepted that stress is a major factor in the ageing process and ultimately affects how our bodies and minds work. Stress also affects how our skins look, feel and heal. There are some who suggest that a change of attitude – even going as far as embracing spirituality can play a role in ones overall…

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Skin – First Impressions Count

First impressions count We all know how the saying goes – first impressions count? Well, never could this be truer than when we talk about our skin. Yes, it is an organ – the largest organ in the body in fact – weighing almost 10 whopping kilograms (5 pounds) and making up about 15% of the weight of the average human being But it also has its functions: It is a protective layer shielding us against harmful substances and the harsh environment; regulating body temperature, storing water, fat and the much-vaunted vitamin d, and as part of the immune system guarding us from illness while interacting with our nerve cells. But the skin is also a– a physical canvas reflecting and projecting our inner selves, our lifestyles and our emotional, physiological and spiritual states of mind to ourselves and the world. Skin – a connector On the surface, the skin…

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How Juicing gave me freedom from migraines

HOW JUICING GAVE ME FREEDOM FROM MIGRAINES!! Unmanageable Migraines For many years I suffered unimaginable migraines. At my worst, I was having migraines 4-5 times a week.  I was under a doctor’s care, on daily prescription medicine to prevent them which wasn’t working. I was forced to practically live on heavy-duty migraine prescription drugs to keep them at bay.  I was miserable to say the least. I finally reached out to one of the Naturopathic Doctors who was part of our certification program faculty staff to see if he could help me.  Within 90 days, he essentially brought the migraines to a stop. How juicing opened the door to treatment The treatment was to heal my gut from damage caused over several decades by an overgrowth of Candida yeast which feeds off sugar.  I’ve written an entire Blog about that experience which you can read here – but here’s the critical point.  I…

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