Apple Cider Vinegar

 

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Apple cider vinegar has many skincare uses. It can be a potent weapon in the fight against acne, and it can help soothe sunburned skin. Ahead, learn some of the best ways to use apple cider vinegar in your skincare regimen.

 

 

Get Rid of Razor Bumps

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it an effective remedy against razor bumps. When dealing with aggravated razor bumps, put a few drops of apple cider vinegar on a cotton swap. Then apply the vinegar to the affected area. The anti-inflammatory effects will minimize signs of razor burn, and vinegar’s acid levels will soften the skin, helping to prevent ingrown hairs.

Toner for Acne-Prone Skin

Instead of purchasing pricy facial toners, simply use apple cider vinegar as the first step in your post-cleanse skincare regimen. When undiluted, apple cider vinegar is too strong for the facial skin. To make it a suitable toner, combine one cup of water with ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Then apply it to the face with a cotton ball. Make sure to mix the toner thoroughly before every application. Because apple cider vinegar contains natural alpha-hydroxy-acids, this toner will help to exfoliate the skin and tighten the pores. This minimizes breakouts and get rid of existing blemishes.

Get Rid of Athlete’s Foot

Apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal properties. When dealing with athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, try using a footbath filled with an apple cider vinegar mixture. For best results, combine one cup of vinegar with four cups of water. Soak feet in the mixture for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse them in water. Because apple cider vinegar has antiseptic properties, this remedy also helps to deodorize feet.

ACV Bath for Eczema

Many people find that ACV (apple cider vinegar) is an effective remedy for eczema and itchy skin. Because it contains everything from acetic acid to mineral salts, apple cider vinegar can reduce eczema-related inflammation and restore the skin’s pH levels. This helps to soothe eczema-prone skin. To use vinegar as an eczema remedy, add two cups to a warm bath. Soak in the mixture for 30 minutes or more, and then apply an eczema emollient to the skin afterwards.

Get Rid of Dandruff

Dandruff is often caused by fungal growth and damage to the scalp’s acid mantle. Apple cider vinegar can help to mitigate both of those problems. To use it as a dandruff treatment, mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Rub it into the scalp before you take a shower. Let it sit there for about ten minutes, and then shampoo the hair and scalp as usual. Do this several times a week until the dandruff is gone.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps to balance the pH level of skin. When you apply it to sunburned skin, it helps restore the damaged skin to the appropriate level of acidity, which minimizes blistering and peeling. To use apple cider vinegar as a sunburn relief, mix one cup of vinegar with four cups of water. Then apply the mixture to the affected areas of the skin using a warm washcloth.

Bug Bite Remedy

Apple cider vinegar is an effective anti-itch treatment for eczema and rashes. It’s no wonder, then, that it’s also a great way to treat bug bites. Simply apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to an inflamed mosquito bite. It will speed healing, minimize itchiness, and reduce swelling.

Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask for Acne

Many people combine apple cider vinegar with bentonite clay to create a blemish-banishing facial mask. Bentonite clay has healing properties, and it goes deep into the pores to get rid of impurities and blemishes. Apple cider vinegar reduces inflammation and irritation. For a powerful at-home facial, combine equal parts vinegar and clay. The mixture should have the consistency of a paste. Apply it to the face, and leave it on the skin until it dries. Then gently rinse it off with warm water. You will immediately notice that your pores look tighter, your skin looks clearer, and that your face feels refreshed.

Yours in Wellness

Aileen xxo

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The Impact Dairy Has on Your Skin

 

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From lattes and ice cream to pizza and cheeseburgers, dairy is pervasive in the standard Western diet, considered both a staple and a necessary comfort food ingredient.

However, exposure of mass agricultural practices suggest that not all dairy products are created equally and the quality of dairy products may differ drastically based on the presence of growth hormones and antibiotics administered to the livestock. These hormones and antibiotics then travel through the food chain causing adverse health effects for dairy consumers.

As dairy alternatives such as almond milk, coconut yogurt, and soy cheese have become increasingly accessible in recent years, complications with skin and digestive health among dairy consumers has risen, disproving the notion that dairy is a mandatory component of a healthy diet.

Consuming Dairy Can Exacerbate Certain Skin Conditions

Despite its widespread consumption, scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that dairy products in the diet can have adverse effects on skin health and can exacerbate certain conditions. Understanding the ways dairy relates to the complexion and using or avoiding it accordingly can be a powerful tool for achieving healthy skin.

Acne

Dairy is a highly inflammatory food and can particularly irritate skin that is already prone to breakouts. When the body stays in a constant state of inflammation, its’ ability to naturally heal itself is compromised. Because dairy comes from pregnant cows and naturally contains a host of hormones, it can cause hormone imbalance in humans, leading to oily skin and breakouts.

Eczema

Casein, a protein found in cow’s milk, can be a trigger for eczema. Switching to goat and sheep’s milk products which do not contain casein may be a good alternative for those with eczema who do not want to cut out dairy completely, although the inflammation caused by dairy products of any kind can still contribute to flare ups.

Aging

Consumption of pasteurized dairy has been linked to premature aging of the skin due to the oxidization of proteins that occurs during the process. Digestive enzymes found in dairy are also destroyed during the pasteurization process which decreases the body’s ability to absorb all of the nutrients properly. This can lead to digestive trouble and can contribute to skin breakdown. Switching to raw, unpasteurized dairy products can lessen digestive problems for those with lactose sensitivity and allows for greater absorption of the vitamins and minerals found in milk.

Using Dairy Topically Can Benefit Complexion

Despite the adverse effects of many dairy products when consumed internally, some types of dairy, particularly yogurt, can be an invaluable addition to skincare when applied externally. This can partially be attributed to the living cultures found in yogurt which act as pre- and probiotics, balancing the levels of bacteria found on the skin.

Anti-Aging

When applied topically, antioxidants found in yogurt fight free-radicals which lead to premature aging and wrinkles. Dairy also contains lactic acid which acts as a gentle exfoliator while tightening pores to give the skin a more firm appearance.
Brighten and Correct Blemishes

The lactic acid found in dairy also works to lighten discolorations and even skin tone. A yogurt face mask provides moisture to the skin, leaving it soft and supple rather than red and irritated as often occurs after harsher blemish-correcting treatments.

Decrease Acne

Because of it’s ability to balance levels of good and bad bacteria on the facial biome, a yogurt face mask can help to clear skin by killing acne-causing bacteria. Although dairy is considered an inflammatory food, yogurt applied topically acts as an anti-inflammatory treatment, decreasing facial redness and minimizing the appearance of breakouts.

The best way to reap the benefits of dairy is to apply a layer of plain or Greek yogurt to the face and leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Yogurt sourced from organic, grass-fed dairies should be used to avoid contact with growth hormones, antibiotics, and other unwanted contaminants. While yogurt can be used alone, other ingredients can be added to boost results. Mix yogurt with a teaspoon of raw honey for extra moisture or the juice from half a lemon for added brightening power.

Essential oils such as lavender can be added to increase the calming effect on sensitive or inflamed skin. For best results, and to avoid irritating the skin, use a yogurt face mask before applying makeup, or after washing your face before bed, once or twice a week.

Yours in Wellness

Aileen xxo

Time to Take Control..

 

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Do you ever get the feeling like you’re constantly putting out fires? Like life is one massive struggle to stay afloat?

Do you come home from work feeling tired and stressed and without the energy to do anything other than collapse in front of the TV?

Do you always feel like you’re just not quite as happy as you think you could be/should be?
That’s life, my friend. Or at least it’s life as many of us have come to know it. In fact, though, there’s no reason that this should necessarily be the case.

The problem is that we’re always chasing after the gold at the end of the rainbow and in doing so, we never stop to smell the roses.

Sorry to mix metaphors there but I feel it paints an accurate picture of the situation. We’re never happy because we’re always striving for what’s next. We’re always stressed about what’s coming up and we never appreciate what we have until we lose it.

We think that the only way to change this is to change our lives. To work harder and longer.

But it’s not. The way we change this is from the inside out. We need to change the way we think about our situation and we need to change the way we approach life’s problems and the way we enjoy the moment.

And that means taking control of our minds. Once you can do that, you can take back control and you can feel confident, relaxed and happy in the exact same circumstances.

Once you can do that, you can start creating the space to actually plot a course and to start changing life for the better. You can stop treading water and start swimming.
All very abstract, yes. So far it sounds like a platitude from a bumper sticker.
But stick with me, because this is where the science comes in. And it might just change the way you think about your life, your brain and the interplay between the two.

It’s Your Perception That Matters

Think about it this way: it’s not the situation that matters; it’s your perception of the situation that matters. And I mean this in the most literal and realistic of senses.
Think about it this way: you can be surrounded by fire and be completely calm and happy, or you can be relaxing at home and be completely stressed.

In the first case scenario, you’re surrounded by fire but you believe that you’re invincible. As far as you’re concerned, nothing can hurt you and you have nothing to fear. As a result, you remain calm and your heart rate doesn’t even rise (well, other than from the effects of the heat!).

In the second scenario, you’re sitting at home, comfortable and with a warm cup of tea.
You’re surrounded by family who love you and you have the TV on showing your favorite TV program. But all you can think about is the work you must do tomorrow, your money problems and the fact that you’re not as well off or as successful as you’d like to be.
As a result, your body and brain interpret the signals as a sign that you are in danger. Your brain produces more norepinephrine, more cortisol, more dopamine and more adrenaline. As a result, the person who is surrounded by flames but composed is happier and calmer than the person who is sitting at home but stressing out.

Now of course I’m not saying that you should be like the positive person surrounded by fire… That’s dangerous! But you also really shouldn’t be like the stressed person who should be relaxed. And here’s the thing: many of us are the stressed person!
THEREFORE, it’s so important to start taking control of your mind. It’s what will impact your peace, your calm, your focus and all the other things that contribute to you being happy and successful.

Changing your environment and circumstances is often incredibly difficult – nigh impossible even – but you can change your mind today. And that can bring incredible benefits.

Yours in Wellness

Aileen xxo

Healthy Fat-Burning Dinners For Your Family

Healthy-food-including-lean-meats-low-fat-milk-whole-grains-and-vegetablesWhen it comes to dinner, you aren’t just feeding yourself, but your family as well. If you are trying to lose weight, this can be difficult because you don’t want to make two separate meals. Luckily, there are some healthy and delicious dinners that your family will love, but that also burn more fat and help you to stay on track.
Salmon, Veggies, and Nuts

Salmon is one of the best types of protein you can eat. It is easy to cook, low in fat and calories, and delicious for everyone in the family. It will be light enough for you and help to burn fat, but your family will enjoy the delicious maple flavor. You can use maple syrup and vinegar plus a little dijon mustard to make a marinade for the salmon that really brings out its flavors. Combine this salmon with your choice of veggies, whether you go with green beans and mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower medley, or a side salad. Top the salad with some chopped walnuts and almonds for crunch and added nutrients.
White Bean Chili
The reason this is a good dinner is because your family gets to enjoy chili with their own side, like their favorite type of rolls, while you get something hearty and nutritious. The white bean chili doesn’t use any meat in it unless you want to add some turkey or chicken, which makes it on the lighter side. It contains beans, lentils, and spices that burn more fat, like the white beans, quinoa, and some turmeric and ginger in there. You can add in any other spices or veggies that you want. Serve it alone or with a side salad.
Turkey Burgers 🦃
If you are looking for a high-protein dinner that is going to fill you up, but also make your family happy, try making some turkey burgers. Ground turkey when using the right seasonings, doesn’t take that different from beef. Your spouse and kids probably won’t even miss the beef! However, if you want lighter burgers but keep some of that beef flavor in, try doing half turkey and half beef. Combine it together and place them on a skillet or grill them up. Skip the cheese and mayonnaise, and instead use mustard which burns fat, along with plenty of vegetables and lettuce on the burger. Serve it with any healthy side dish your family will enjoy.

Enjoy

Yours in Wellness

Aileen xxox

How Long Do Leftovers Stay Fresh?

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With healthy meal planning, you will probably want to put some of the prepared ingredients and dishes in the refrigerator and freezer. My thoughts are Cook once and Eat twice.. It also helps to save some leftovers to be used for future meals, especially when you don’t want to do any additional cooking.

In both cases, you will need to know how long leftovers stay fresh so you can ensure your family is safe when eating these prepared dishes.
Tips For Storing Foods
Before you do anything, it is important that you know some of the rules of storing foods and prepared meals. First of all, you should store meat in containers or freezer bags, not the original package they come in. This ensures they are air tight and will help to avoid freezer burn. Also remember that foods you prepare has to be cooled off before it is stored. Never try to store leftovers or freeze a meal that is still warm. Also, you need to label everything with the date it goes in and the used by date so that you know when it needs to be discarded.
Leftovers in the Fridge
For the most part, food that has already been prepared and is being stored in the refrigerator as leftovers, needs to be consumed before 4 days are up. This is when it is stored in a container with a lid or an airtight freezer bag. Never store leftovers with no lid, such as food just sitting on a plate without being covered up. It isn’t going to stay fresh and could even make someone ill from contamination.
Food You Shouldn’t Freeze
While you can freeze salad, it doesn’t freeze well. It gets freezer burn easily, and it won’t taste very good when it is removed. This is particularly true for greens and prepared salads. Try to keep these in the refrigerator only, for up to 3 days. With other salads, such as chicken salad and tuna salad, these also do not freeze well. They can stay in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, as long as it is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
Fridge and Freezer Times
Now for the times for various other foods in the refrigerator or freezer. In general, leftovers in the refrigerator, including prepared dishes, should not be eaten after 4 days. However, cooked meat in the freezer can last between 3 and 6 months, as long as it is kept in a good storage container. Freezing times for fresh meat and seafood depends on what it is. Bacon and sausage can be frozen for around 2 months, while poultry can stay fresh for up to a year. Luncheon meat should not be frozen for longer than 1-2 months.

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Gluten Intolerance

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you have undoubtedly seen or heard many people saying they are reducing their gluten or giving it up altogether. In some cases, people actually have allergies or a condition called Celiac disease, which is causing gluten to make them ill. Others simply have a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten. The latter is more common, so that is what we are going to talk about.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a type of protein that is found in a variety of different grains. Many people think about wheat as being gluten, but it can also be found in rye, oats, and barley. The gluten protein is made up of other proteins, including glutenin and gliadin. These are often more closely linked to  have negative reactions in the form of a gluten allergy or Celiac disease, which is an autoimmune condition of the small intestine. The symptoms are slightly different when comparing an intolerance or sensitivity to gluten as opposed to actually being allergic to it.
Common Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance
When you have an intolerance to gluten, your symptoms can range from mild discomfort and abdominal pain, to some of the more common signs of being allergic to gluten. First of all, you might find that you have abdominal discomfort or indigestion when you consume foods with a lot of wheat or rye. There are actually many regular food items that contain wheat or other grains, that you would otherwise think are harmless. You may eat a simple sandwich with wheat bread and suddenly find that your stomach is hurting and you might even have diarrhea or nausea. Some other common symptoms include headaches, skin changes, and allergy symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and runny nose.
Lifestyle Changes
If you are found to have a gluten sensitivity, you don’t have to completely give up all gluten, but you do need to decrease it as much as possible. The more foods you eat with gluten, the worse you are going to end up feeling. They might not cause serious illness like if you had Celia disease, but gluten can definitely make you feel ill. If you want those stomach aches and migraines to go away, stay away from foods with wheat, rye, or barley. This includes most breads, grains, pasta, and a wide range of packaged and processed foods. You should try to stick to a diet consisting primarily of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein like meat.

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What is Body Fat???

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Body fat is an organ like your heart or liver but instead of being in one place it is located not only  under the skin but inside your body around your intestines and behind your kidneys.

The fat inside your abdomen evolved to you from starvation and infection, by storing fat cells and interacting with your immune system

We all have Body Fat and it has an important role in the body…

When we eat more calories than you burn, the extra calories are stored as fat resulting in weight gain…Everyone has Body Fat!!

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When you gain weight by eating more and exercising less it is from the stored fat which is the real problem in the obesity and overweight epidemic…

Body fat can release a number of hormones and other factors that promote chronic disease commonly associated with obesity eg High blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes and asthma 

Body fat cells have other functions beyond storage including heat storage and hormone secretion which can stimulate inflammation…

The lower body fat in the hips and thighs in women is formed under the influence of the female hormone oestrogen. It increases during pregnancy in order to store fat for breast-feeding and its immune effects are the opposite to the abdominal fat..

The fat under the skin ( Cellulite) especially in the lower body appears as dimples or I call pitting like an orange skin.. This is where the collagen strands that support the fat tissue get broken down and the fat sort of surrounds it leading to the dimpling or commonly called Cellulite !!!

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