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The 6 Top Benefits of Natural, Raw, Unprocessed Honey

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Uses for raw honey are many and varied. As part of a holistic health lifestyle it is truly beneficial, not just as a nutritional food, but also as a natural product that can be used both as a treatment for many conditions, and as booster to natural body function.

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 1 – Wound Dressing

Raw, natural honey has excellent, natural anti-bacterial properties, and before the advancement of modern medical science, it was used to dress wounds. An article published in the July edition of the British Journal of Surgery, recorded that honey had been successfully used to heal severe ulcerated wounds in 58/59 patients, whose wounds had not previously responded to conventional medicines.

It is the hydrogen peroxide, and the phenolic acids it contains that imbibe raw, unprocessed honey with this healing ability. When topically applied to a wound, it absorbs moisture, removes bacteria, staves off infection, and promotes rapid healing

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 2 – Sugar Substitute

Honey has proven itself to be the healthiest natural sweetener of all. In recent trials, test subjects who suffered from high cholesterol were given solutions containing either processed honey or natural honey. The subjects given the processed honey solution experienced a slight increase in bad cholesterol, whereas those given the raw honey solution recorded an 11% drop in bad cholesterol (LDL), and a 2% increase in good cholesterol (HDL). Follow this link for full details.

The benefits of raw honey also extend to Type 2 Diabetes sufferers. When compared with refined sugars, unprocessed honey causes a markedly less rise in blood sugar levels. Dissolving raw honey in hot beverages such as green tea is a pleasant and healthier way of sweetening the drink.

It sounds as though Julie Andrews might have to start singing “a spoonful of honey makes the medicine go down!”

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 3 – Destroying Free Radicals

Raw honey has a high antioxidant content. A report published in the April 2002 edition of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, showed that raw honey had as much, if not more ability to destroy free radicals than either fruits or vegetables; darker colored honey such as Buckwheat honey in particular.

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 4 – Soothing a Sore Throat

Because of its smooth consistency, its “gloopy” texture, and the natural antibacterial agents that raw honey contains, it is an effective soother of sore throats. It also helps to stop tickly coughs.

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 5 – Boosting Energy

Raw honey is great for boosting energy. It contains high levels of natural glucose and fructose which are quickly and easily absorbed by the human body giving a lasting energy boost. It also contains easily absorbed, simple, carbohydrates which discharge slowly, giving increased stamina. It has long been used by athletes (going back as far as the times of the Ancient Greeks), and when ingested before, during and after physical exertion, it increases performance, and accelerates the time it takes for the body to recover to normal (the metabolic rate).

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 6 – Boosting Immunity

Finally, raw honey gives a significant boost to immunity. This is because it contains a high level of a group of bacterium known as Bifidobacteria. This is a natural probiotic that promotes proliferation of good bacteria. Honey also has anti-inflammatory characteristics and may even help to fight off cancer.

It’s a Natural

As can be clearly seen, the benefits of raw honey are both numerous and wondrous. For anyone chasing a holistic health lifestyle it’s a natural!

 

 

 

Why Ultimate Aloe is So Good For You.

Why Ultimate Aloe is So Good For You.

What Makes Ultimate Aloe™ Unique?*

The process of digestion is very complex. Digestion is the metabolic process that converts foodstuffs within the body for use. The process begins in the mouth, where it is chewed and mixed with saliva to prepare it for swallowing. After swallowing, the food is pushed through the esophagus, which transports it to the stomach, where it is further diluted and mixed with enzymes, breaking down the food to be absorbed in the intestines. Most of the absorption process begins to take place in the small intestine.

Macronutrients, minerals, vitamins, trace elements and water are absorbed here before reaching the colon. The nutrients pass through the small intestine’s wall, which contains small, finger-like structures called villi.

The blood, which contains the absorbed nutrients, is carried away from the small intestine and goes to the liver for filtration, toxin removal and nutrient processing. The primary function here is regulation of blood glucose levels through a process of temporary storage of excess glucose that is converted in the liver to glycogen in response to insulin. The colon is the final step in the digestion process. The remaining water is reabsorbed in the colon as well as any substance that cannot pass through the villi such as dietary fiber. Digestion is a complex process, which is controlled by several factors. The gastrointestinal tract is also a prominent part of the immune system. The low pH (ranging from 1 to 4) of the stomach is fatal for many microorganisms that enter it. Similarly, mucus neutralizes many of these microorganisms. Other factors in the GI tract help with immune function as well, including enzymes in the saliva and bile.

Because the typical diet consists of many foods unintended for digestion, maintaining a healthy digestive tract is important to the overall health of the body. Ultimate Aloe contains over 200 nutrients including enzymes, vitamins and essential minerals needed for good nutrition. Studies have shown that aloe consumed orally promotes normal digestion and supports a healthy immune system.*

Ultimate Aloe has the IASC (International Aloe Science Council) seal that certifies the Aloe content and purity. The aloe vera in Ultimate Aloe is harvested and processed according to sanitary manufacturing practices that use specific time and temperature guidelines. This preserves the natural properties of the aloe vera plant so you receive the maximum benefits of the product. Ultimate Aloe is virtually free of undesirable components such as aloin and other anthraquinones (aloin: 1 ppm or less) confirmed by an independent university laboratory. Ultimate Aloe’s quality is analyzed for chemical and physical characteristics and in-vitro assays for monitoring biological activity. Our manufacturer is the only supplier with a full range of biological, chemical and medicinal R&D capabilities. Ultimate Aloe contains three times more polymers than aloe gel and 50 percent (50%) more active components than is required to achieve maximum benefits by being consumed orally. Ultimate Aloe delivers superior results.http://bit.ly/1cnDnMs

4 Essential Vitamins for Great Skin

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Nutrition and great skin are very much related and some of the nutrients that play an important role in your complexion are vitamins. This is why majority of the skin care products that you will see contain high amounts of vitamins. However, it’s still extremely important that you receive these vitamins through the foods you eat. Here are some of the essential vitamins for great skin and how to incorporate them into your diet.

1. Vitamin A

If your skin has been feeling scaly and dry, then there’s a possibility that you might be lacking in Vitamin A. Individuals who are suffering from acne are also encouraged to take plenty of Vitamin A or apply products that are derivatives of the vitamin. Since Vitamin A also helps the skin rebuild tissues, it is also an essential vitamin when it comes to healing scrapes, wounds and other damages to the skin. Patients who suffer from the skin disease psoriasis are often advised to apply retinoids (a form of Vitamin A) to regulate cellular growth. Vitamin A is also a great anti-aging nutrient. So if you wish to keep lines, wrinkles, dull skin and other skin aging symptoms at bay then Vitamin A may can be of great help. Good sources of Vitamin A include eggs, leafy greens, milk, carrots, pumpkins, liver and more.

2. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is perhaps the most well-known vitamin that is essential for healthy skin. This is because Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are caused by a number of factors such as smoking, pollution and sun exposure. Free radicals are one of the major causes of premature skin aging. As a result, Vitamin E can be an important anti-aging nutrient. Appearance of age spots, wrinkles, stretch marks and lines are reduced by applying Vitamin-E rich products. Vitamin E can also be found in foods like olives, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, wheat germ and leafy greens.

3. Vitamin C

Like Vitamin E, Vitamin C is also an effective antioxidant. This means that it can also help you battle the signs of skin aging. Vitamin C also stimulates the production of collagen in your skin. Collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin supple. So if you wish to retain smooth and youthful skin then Vitamin C can help. Most fruits are good sources of Vitamin C so try to make fruits a staple addition to your everyday diet. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, brussel sprouts and cucumber are also good sources of this vitamin.

4. Vitamin B Complex

B Vitamins should also be added to your diet if you wish to achieve healthy skin. Vitamin B1, for instance, boosts circulation in the body and gives your skin a certain glow. If you’re a woman taking birth control pills then you are at risk of Vitamin B1 deficiency. Egg yolks, nuts and raisins are great sources of Vitamin B1. Niacin of Vitamin B3 helps your skin receive plenty of oxygen, which prevents development of acne among other benefits. Niacin-rich foods include tomatoes, broccoli and carrots.

10 Winter Skin-Care Secrets

Take your skin care routine through the cold winter with these expert beauty tips.

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By Jessica Padykula

The days are cold, and we’ve just started to see snow. Unfortunately for some of us, we’ll be experiencing a completely different kind of flake — flaky, lacklustre skin that has replaced that dewy glow of summer.

Kristen Ma, aesthetician and co-owner of Pure + Simple spa in Toronto, offers 10 insider tips for maintaining healthy, flake-free, supple skin — all winter long.

1. Get a facial
Ma explains that getting a facial is a great way to clear out your skin and start a new season with a clean slate. As the climate changes, so does our skin, and an aesthetician can help ease the transition. Starting with healthier, cleaner skin allows your cold weather skin-care routine to be more effective, Ma says.

2. Drink water
Remembering to stay hydrated in the summer is a no-brainer, but as it gets colder, getting your daily dose of water isn’t always a top priority — but it should be, Ma says. “We all get more dehydrated in the winter, so it’s important to drink more water,” she explains. “This is a very simple, but beneficial tip for people wanting to maintain healthy skin.”

3. Protect your face from the elements
We wrap ourselves in heavy jackets and clothing during the winter, and it shouldn’t be any different with our skin, Ma says. She suggests using a heavier cream versus a lighter moisturizer to keep skin hydrated. “Skin gets more sensitive in the winter so think of a heavier cream as an extra layer of protection — like a warm sweater,” she says.

4. Avoid petroleum
Don’t neglect your lips, which have a tendency to dry out in the winter. Keep balm with you and apply often as the temperature drops. Ma suggests avoiding products that contain petroleum as it can clog the pores in your lips, making it hard for the moisture to get where it needs to be. “You can’t properly moisturize skin that is congested,” she explains.

5. Don’t put away the sunscreen
Just because you’re shivering doesn’t mean the sun’s rays go on vacation. Sunscreen is still important, Ma says. Remember to put sunscreen on 30 minutes before you leave the house so your skin is protected.

6. Take care of your body, too
“Skin is the largest organ in your body, so you must moisturize all of it, not just from the shoulders up,” Ma says. The same goes for exfoliation, she explains. Whatever you do for your face, you should also be doing for your body, especially in frosty.

7. Try a hydrating serum
Ma suggests adding a hydrating serum to your skin-care routine, to be applied under your regular moisturizer. There is so much humidity in the summer, you don’t need one, she says. But winter’s dry air means we need an extra layer of moisture, which a serum can provide. Like layering a favourite fitted T-shirt under your cardigan, a hydrating serum seals in the comfort — not to mention helps provide dewy-looking skin despite dry air and frigid temperatures.

8. Use a cream cleanser
Switch from a gel to a cream cleanser for the winter. Because skin is more sensitive in cold weather, gel cleansers, which are often astringent, can further dry out and irritate winter skin, Ma explains. A quality cream cleanser will remove makeup and debris without depleting skin’s precious moisture.

9. Exfoliate regularly
Dull, lacklustre skin is an unfortunate winter trademark. This is caused by a buildup of dead skin, Ma explains. To give those dry, flaky cheeks a boost, exfoliate regularly. You need to do this more often in winter than you do in summer, she says. “Three times a week is a great way to ensure you’re always showcasing your freshest, healthiest skin.”

10. Try oils
A great — and comforting — way to provide your whole body with much-needed hydration during the winter is with bath oils. Your skin absorbs the moisture from the oils, leaving your skin silky soft every time you step out of the tub.

Witch Hazel for Skin Care: 8 Benefits

Have you ever noticed a common ingredient in many of your daily skin care products? Witch hazel has been a staple skin care product for years – it’s natural, effective and inexpensive – and found in many of the products we already use! Take a look below for the benefits of witch hazel for skincare.

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Witch Hazel for Skin Care: 8 Benefits

  1. Great for reducing puffy eyes. It’s known to de-puff and tighten skin.
  2. Moisturize! Even though witch hazel reduces oil, it also locks in moisture.
  3. Tighten pores and get rid of impurities. A quick swipe of witch hazel over your skin will leave you feeling refreshed and on your way to smaller pores.
  4. Helps with the appearance of varicose veins. Witch hazel’s tannins can reduce inflammation and constrict blood vessels.
  5. Helps with the appearance of psoriasis and eczema.
  6. Help heal sunburn and razor burn. Just spritz or swipe over the affected area.
  7. Speed up the healing process of bruises. The tannins will help heal bruised skin.
  8. Fights acne. It’s a natural astringent – add to your daily routine like you would toner.

Even though witch hazel has been around for years – we sometimes forget that the simplest products work the best. Can you believe all these benefits of witch hazel for skin care? Have you ever used witch hazel as part of your skin care routine?