We all know we should drink plenty of water. It’s like gas for our cars. Our bodies need it to function, and if we don’t drink enough we can suffer from the symptoms of dehydration. “Dehydration can be a major contributing factor to illnesses, causing headaches, digestive problems, obesity and joint pains. By drinking water, this does not also assist in avoiding these, but can support in improving complexion, help kidneys to function properly, aid weight loss and maintain high energy levels.” I know that being dehydrated can make me tired. I am in the middle of a busy day, and I suddenly feel down. Since I have learned that drinking water can keep your energy level up, I now ask myself, “how much water have I had today?” Quite often I realize I haven’t had any water since breakfast. Time to take a break and have a large glass of water. Read More
Whether at a picnic or in your backyard, if it’s summer, it’s time cut open a watermelon. Some of my favorite summer childhood memories involve family, cookouts and watermelon. I learned to eat my slice on the grass leaning forward because I couldn’t control that wonderful red juice that ran down my chin. Red, ice cold, and juicy – that’s the way I want it. I don’t even associate the pink balls in many restaurants fruit salad with the tasty “real thing”. Read More
The sweet yet tart taste and fragrant aroma make peaches a popular snack. Besides being a tasty summer treat, peaches do great things for our bodies. Loaded with anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and A , peaches are low in calories (39 in 100 grams). They contain flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin, which help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals. This helps protect us from various diseases. Rich in minerals, peaches contain potassium, fluoride and iron. Iron helps form red blood cells. Potassium helps regulate heart and blood pressure. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Research also indicates that they help prevent obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Read More
A natural, easy, recipe to remove dead cells, smooth and brighten your skin. Yogurt is a natural exfoliant. It is high in lactic acid which organically dissolves dead skin leaving your face smoother, brighter, and softer. Turmeric brightens the skin. Read More
There are many internet posts about a tea from lemon, honey, and ginger to fight colds and flues. Most recipes start with fresh ginger (root) which is sliced, boiled and steeped to make tea. The tea is strained and added to lemon juice and honey. My morning drink has developed over many years. One winter I was very sick with the latest version of the flu. I had bronchitis and could barely talk. Two friends arrived in the evening with a fresh lemon, a jar of honey and a bottle of booze. They made a hot whiskey tonic. It was so soothing on my inflamed throat, my coughing decreased, and I went to sleep easily. For the next several days I made myself a lemon honey tonic without the booze. Read More
Don’t you love the smell of chocolate? I do and found this scrumptious face mask recipe about seven years ago on Spa Index. Unfortunately, my oily skin couldn’t handle this rich face mask, but I have given the recipe to friends and they love it. This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer; it leaves your skin baby soft. A natural, DIY mask that is easy to make and use without chemicals. It’s so safe you can actually eat it!
Dark chocolate has immense health benefits and gives you healthy, glowing, and flawless skin. Dark chocolate contains catechins, polyphenols, and flavanols. These organic compounds make it a powerful antioxidant. Dark chocolates are made from cacao seed extracts that are considered super fruits in terms of the antioxidant capacity. A study shows that dark cocoa chocolates contain more flavanols, polyphenols, and other antioxidants than any other fruits. It protects your skin from sun damage. The flavonols present in chocolate not only protect your skin from the harmful UV rays but also improve the hydration levels of your skin and boost blood flow. Dark chocolate helps you fight stress. Stress is one of the main causes of the collagen breakdown and wrinkles. And a study has found that cocoa helps in reducing the levels of stress hormones.
Cucumbers have a high water content – approximately 96%, and eating them on a hot, summer day can help you stay hydrated. With vitamins A, B, C, and K and with the minerals cooper, magnesium, potassium and silica, cucumbers are more nutritious than regular water. They are good for you internally and externally. Read More