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13 Nutrients for Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails . . . and even improved circulation!

It’s often said that our hair, skin and nails are external tell-tale signs of how healthy we are (or not!). The first obvious signs of nutrition deficiency are of course external – so unhealthy hair, skin and nails indicate that your body needs a nutritional boost!

In the modern world, our diet is often deficient in optimal levels of essential nutrients and in addition, includes foods that inflame our cells and cause a breakdown and even end up tearing apart the collagen, keratin and elastin that provide supple skin, strong and silky hair and strong, fast-growing nails.

Toxic overload, stress, poor diet and nutritional deficiencies all contribute to lack-lustre skin, dry and brittle hair, and brittle nails that never seem to grow.

One of the neatest things about eating a healthy diet and supplementing with the right nutrients – is your nails, hair and skin are often the first things to change for the better!

We encourage you to download the free The Eat Savvy Diet, as following this will help you to decrease toxins and increase the important nutrients and essential fatty acids for better hair, skin and nails.

Eating a nutrient rich diet is important, however you ‘fast-track’ your road to looking great and feeling healthier by increasing your supplementation of specific youth-boosting nutrients.

Here’s 13 Nutrients for Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails . . .

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Coenzyme Q10: The Body’s Spark Plug

 

Many of us know very little about the goings on inside our cars – we turn the key and the engine starts, right? Are you aware that while there are many important aspects to having a smooth running engine, a primary condition to having your car start when you turn the key is having good clean spark plugs? Just as a car can’t run without an initial spark, without adequate ‘spark’ the human body just can’t get going either. When we are running short of important ingredients our body gets sluggish and is hard to get going.

Well if they are so important, I have a question to ask: When was the last time you looked after the spark plugs in your body? Where are these ‘spark plugs’ you may be asking.

 “Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) could be considered the spark plug of life due to its key role in energy production.”

According to a NZ research based company “Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) could be considered the spark plug of life due to its key role in energy production.” How about that! Dr. Karl Folkers (1906 – 1997) left a legacy of over 66 years of outstanding research in organic and biological chemistry. He believed that a 25% deficiency in the body’s CoQ10 levels is enough to cause illness, while a deficiency of 75% or more can lead to death.  Although coenzyme Q10 is normally produced by the human body, medical institutes such as the Mayo Clinic recommend increasing the dietary intake of CoQ10 (depending on the cause of the CoQ10 deficiency), along with supplementation of it and the other vitamins and minerals needed to produce or utilize CoQ10.

Bruce Ames, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, also presents a hypothesis that implies micronutrient deficiency may eventually deteriorate the quality of whole human cell health. A portion of Professor Ames’ abstract reads as follows:

Inadequate dietary intakes of vitamins and minerals are widespread, most likely due to excessive consumption of energy-rich, micronutrient-poor, refined food. Inadequate intakes may result in chronic metabolic disruption, including mitochondrial decay. Deficiencies in many micronutrients cause DNA damage, such as chromosome breaks, in cultured human cells or in vivo. Some of these deficiencies also cause mitochondrial decay with oxidant leakage and cellular aging and are associated with late onset diseases such as cancer.

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The 12 Tolls of Christmas (And How To Cope With Them)

Yes, the festive nights of Christmas celebrations have arrived once again. While Christmas is something most people to look forward to, what about the toll on our minds and bodies (not to mention our wallets) from the excesses. For as long as we’ve celebrated Christmas and the New Year, many of us have overindulged in food and alcohol. It can take quite a lot of self-control to make sure you don’t overindulge, but even your best intentions or plans can go wrong.

We haven’t written about overcoming the challenges of Christmas excess since 2010, so we thought a well timed update might be in order, with Christmas fast approaching. As Alice Walton in “The 12 Health Risks Of Christmas” an article in Forbes writes:

If you’re not a big fan of the holidays, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This time of year can spark all kinds of unexpected reactions and behaviours in even the most well-adjusted among us. There’s the loneliness, the anxiety, the guilt, the overindulgence (which can also lead to more guilt), and, of course, the bitterness. And to top it all off there’s the looming New Year, which is always disturbing since it hits us with the pressure of developing good habits right after we’ve fully exercised our bad ones.

What can we do about  the common holiday pitfalls, emotional, mental and physical, which many of us encounter in some shape or form over the festive season or at any other time of year? How can we at least manage the tolls more effectively when they come our way? How do we deal with all those indulgences, the sumptuous foods and drink, the increased weather demands and the emotional or mental stresses and strains?

Here are the 12 Tolls of Christmas and how to cope with them . . .

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Hawaiian Noni: 9 Nourishing Benefits of this Nutritious Super-Fruit!

9 Nourishing Benefits of Hawaiian Noni

The Hawaiians named their sacred fruit ‘Noni’. For Hawaiians, noni juice represents a gift of the lava from ‘Pele’ the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. This funny-looking, tropical fruit has a long and rich history dating back 2,000 years. The noni plant (morinda citrifolia) produces a bitter-tasting fruit that is used to make juice, however it’s more often mixed with other types of fruit juices.

It has played a significant role in the dietary and traditional practices of Polynesian peoples across the Pacific since time immemorial, with the fruit, stem, leaf, seed, flower and root all being used for a variety of purposes. It was and still is used as a medicinal fruit by traditional Polynesian healers as a general tonic, to ease symptoms associated with, and as a remedy for imbalances of the respiratory, digestive, intestinal, nervous and immune systems. It was also considered particularly beneficial for the central nervous system, as well as for injuries.

Although noni was widely used and cherished by the people of the Pacific nations and knowledge of noni’s healthful benefits was passed from generation to generation, its secrets remained unknown to the rest of the world for thousands of years. In the twentieth century, botanists interested in the methods of traditional healers began to study this remarkable fruit.

Knowing that foods that contain antioxidants are important because they may help prevent a whole range of diseases resulting from cell damage or oxidative stress, and knowing that oxidative stress affects many diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, the first thought was that this was the key in this sacred Hawaiian fruit. Certainly reducing oxidative stress can benefit such issues and noni is chock full of antioxidants, but with noni there is much more going on.

Here’s 9 Nourishing Benefits of Hawaiian Noni Fruit . . .

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Laundry Powder Leaves More Than You Expect!

Does anyone in your family suffer from skin problems, rashes, allergies, asthma? Perhaps you’ve tried everything and you just can’t seem to get on top of it? I know what it’s like because that’s what I was dealing with as a young mother. Four of my five children had skin problems, asthma and, or allergies. When I looked further after twelve years of constant issues, I was horrified at what I found. There were several rooms of the house that I had to take to task, but for now I am going to direct your attention to the laundry.

Maybe you’re overlooking this one single aspect, and changing what you use there could make all the difference. Did you know that the laundry is one of the most insidious aspects of your home, when it comes to unaccountable health issues? Did you know that most cleaning agents contain a toxic slew of chemicals? That even your laundry powder can leave residues on your clothing that can be potentially absorbed by your skin or even evaporate into the air  around you, for you to breathe in?

Typical laundry detergents may be imparting more on your clothing and skin than a “fresh” scent.

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