Skin Tips

Drinking Coffee Offers Major Health Benefints

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The Many Health Benefits Of Caffeine

 

I am not a coffee drinker, I just never acquired a taste for it, but if you do indulge in the java there is some good news. According to many studies Coffee is the healthiest drink in the world. There is a long list of major health benefits to drinking coffee,  and if I found it palpable I would indeed be in line at my local Starbucks!

If you are a coffee drinker then your might want to keep reading about how it can make you smarter by increasing our cognitive functions, increase energy levels, improve your mood, increase your reaction times, help you burn more fat, improve your performance at the gym, and provide most of the antioxidants you need to stay healthy.

Don’t get out the car keys yet for the Starbucks Run ….there are some more amazing benefits to drinking your daily cup of Joe that you have not yet discovered  :)

The Many Health Benefits Of Caffeine

Is caffeine a drug?

Well caffeine is classified as a stimulant, and is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance used around the world. The caffeine stimulate is absorbed into your blood, and moves it’s way into your brain, where it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter known as Adenosine.

One of it’s other superpowers is its ability to help rev- up your metabolism, and fat burning ability. Researchers have noted that caffeine can increase the metabolism. It does this by stimulating the nervous system, sending signals to the fat cells to break down body fat. Estimates are by as much as 10% in obese people, and up to 29% in thinner people. The down side is the more coffee and the longer you drink it, these fat burning benefits seems to decrease.

Can if Prevent Skin Cancers?

Studies are showing that drinking coffee may help prevent against a common form of skin cancer known in the medical world as a basal cell carcinoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundational, Basal Cell Carcinoma is diagnosed in about 2 million Americans per year.

  1. Studies where first done on mice, and researchers found that both the orally injected, and the topically applied caffeine helped promote the destruction of the UV-damaged skin cell and reduced the skin cancer risk of the mice.
  2. Another study of 112,987 people who were followed for twenty years showed that nearly a quarter of the group developed the skin cancer, but the group that drank three or more cups of coffee had a 20 percent reduction in the cancer rate.
  3. Sorry Decaffeinated-coffee drinkers, but studies showed no decrease in the rate of skin cancers for those who don’t drink the caffeinated stuff.

 

 

Drinking coffee or caffeine drinks can been shown to:

  • Several studies show that coffee lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by a whopping 65%
  • Studies show that drinking coffee lowers a persons risk of developing Parkinson’s disease from 32-60%
  • Studies show that people who drink four or more cups of coffee cut their risk of developing cirrhosis by an estimated  80%
    Feeling depressed? A 2011 Harvard study showed that the risk of depression in women who drank 4 or more cups per day could be lowered by 20%  (1)
  • Another study of 489,706 test subjects found that those people who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of developing colo-rectal cancer
  • Coffee is considered by some on the healthiest drinks in the world, as it contains a massive amount of antioxidants.

A single cup of coffee contains

  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Manganese
  • Potassium:
  • Niacin
Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee

The Bad News Abut Drinking Coffee

Drinking unfiltered coffee such as coffee made with a French press, or Turkish coffee can increase a substance call cafestrol. The Cafestrol increases your cholesterol levels, and can increase your risk of heart disease. (2)
Drinking coffee or caffeine during your pregnancy can be harmful to your fetus. Research shows this is because the fetus cannot metabolize the caffeine well, and cannot remove it from their blood stream. This can result in a fetus taking in less nutrition resulting is small birth size, and possible brain development.

There you go…enjoy that cup of Joe knowing that you maybe doing some real good for your body, brain, and skin!

Have a great and healthy day!

 

1. Drinking coffee may decrease depression risk in women

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/coffee-depression-women-ascherio-lucas/

2. Is your coffee habit killing you or saving your life?

http://www.today.com/health/your-coffee-habit-killing-you-or-saving-your-life-2D11603303

3. The latest research on coffee and cardiovascular health

http://www.coffeeandhealth.org/coffee-and-health-topics/coffee-consumption-and-cardiovascular-health-2/the-latest-research-on-coffee-and-cardiovascular-health/

 4.How Coffee Could Be a Healthy Choice

http://www.dailyrx.com/coffee-may-provide-many-health-benefits

Diet

Eating Healthier For Younger Skin

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Eating Your Way To Younger -Healthier Skin

There are so many choices to make when you go to the grocery store. You read magazines, listen to the TV, but it is not easy to make health food choices. The grocery store isles are jammed packed with sweet treats, prepackaged foods, chips, and frozen meals. So, where do you start. If you are like me, I start in the back of the store, and make my way forward. The produce is usually right in the front of the store, and I don’t want to put those tender items in my basket first. However, that is exactly what you should be doing!

The Produce Isle

The produce isle is stacked high with colorful greens, blues, reds, yellows, reds, and other colorful fruits and vegetables. We often go to the grocery store with a recipe list, or the desire to buy healthier choices for our families, but we don’t always succeed once we hit the prepackaged foods. What we actually buy to put our refrigerator or pantries may make it impossible to adhere to a healthy diet plan.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans a healthy diet plan should include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • whole grains, and
  • fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes
  • lean meats
  • poultry
  • fish
  • beans
  • eggs
  • nuts

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How Sugar Ages Your Skin

Many people believe that fruit is a healthy choice, and they juice bags of oranges, apples and berries believing they are reproving their skin with great natural sweet nutrients, but sweet is the key words. Too much sugar whether it be from fruits, a packet or a bowl is not good for your skin. Sugar enters your body’s cells in a process called glycation.  This process allows cells in your bloodstream to attach themselves to proteins which begins to break down your natural collagen. When your collagen breaks down, your skin begins to sag, becomes dryer and starts to wrinkle.

If you eat mostly a sugar diet it will affect how you produce collagen, and how resistant your will be to wrinkling.  There are different types of collagen: Types I, II, and III, with type III being the best  most stable and longest lasting collagen type.

Eating a diet high in sugar also shuts down your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, and this will leave your skin more vulnerable to sun, and the long term damage.

Don’t let the sugar content in fruit scare you off, just eat 2-4 serving a day, and don’t juice a whole bag thinking it is a good thing. When it comes to eating the right foods for healthy skin…think color….all colors. Furits and vegetables are the best choice for glowing ski

Quick tip: Alcoholic drinks and Wine turn to sugar…and guess what? Yes, bad for the skin too :(

Wine

Foods For Healthy Skin

  • Fresh fruits ―Go beyond the apples, pear or bananas. There are so many great fruit choices. If you afraid to buy them in the store, go to your local farmers market, and ask for a sample. You just might find a new favorite. Go Try out a mango, pineapple, papaya, kiwi,  and different pears of all shapes, sizes and colors.  When buying canned fruits look for no sugar added or low sugar.
  • Fresh vegetables ―Vegetables can be a great choice when you want to improve the health of your skin. You can grill, steam, bake, microwave, and eat them raw too. Try not to drown them in butter, oils, sauces, creams, and dips. Spinach,kale, lettuces, squash, beets, and more make the mose delicious in salads.
  • Calcium-rich foods ―Calcium is important for the health of your bones, teeth and bodily organs, including the skin. It helps regulate many of the necessary functions of the skin.  Not getting enough calcium in the diet can prevent your skin from regenerating properly, which can lead to dry, thin and fragile skin. according to the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) calcium can also help prevent skin cancers from forming, but helping skin regulate melanin in the cells.
  • Lean Meats - Eating lean meats once or twice a week can help skin skin heal and repair itself.
  • Beans & Legumes- These are biotin rich which promotes healthier, skin, hair and nails.

 

Beans and legumes are biotin-rich, which promotes healthier and younger looking skin. A lack of biotin can cause dry skin and hair in addition to brittle nails. Beans come in endless varieties, so it is easy to add them to your meal – See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/skin-care/cf/slideshows/6-foods-for-healthy-and-beautiful-skin#slide=5
Skin Tips

How to Fight Off Wrinkles While You Sleep

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Fake Sleeping Beauty

The Ugly Truth About Your Sleeping Position

Applying the right moisturizing product is an essential part of a skin care regimen, and most women slather on some form or another of a wrinkle cream before they go to bed at night. Moisturization is an important part of skin care, and night time is a great time for skin restoration. We can’t stop the hands of time, but can keep our skin in the best condition by applying the right products and staying out of the sun.

However, most women do not realize that their sleeping position is causing the wrinkles they are trying so hard to prevent.

Dermatologists can tell which sleeping position you favor by looking at the vertical lines near your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Favoring one side or the other can etch lines in on your face, and add years, aging your face.  Sleeping face down can create furrows between your eyes causing you to look angry or upset.

The wrinkles are formed when the delicate skin is repeatedly pressed against the fabric of the pillow night after night. It might not become a problem until you get into your mid thirty when the connective tissue and collagen in your skin begins to break down, and is less supportive. The night after night of pressure from your pillow begins to show as you age, suddenly you begin to notice that your skin does not smooth back out and the creases never go away.

There are a few things you can do to prevent, or repair some of the damage from sleeping on your side.

  • Sleep on satin pillowcases-they are slippery and don’t stick to the skin
  • Buy the highest thread-count fabric for your sheets
  • Change sleeping position frequently during the night
  • Train yourself to sleep on your back

Learning To Sleep on Your Back

 

 Sleeping On Your Back Can Reduce Wrinkles On the Chest

You are not alone if you are not a back sleeper. Only 14 percent of us actually do it. Learning to sleep on your back can prevent facial wrinkling, decrease the creases that form on the chest, and help keep your breasts perky.  Sleeping on your back can also offer a few health benefits such as reducing back and neck pain, and minimize acid reflux. There is one down side to sleeping on your back it can exasperate snoring and breathing problems. If this is the case, it is recommended that you raise the head of the bed, or sleep on multiple pillows to keep yourself upright.

The Wonders of Botox

If  you find that after changing your sleeping position, that the wrinkles seem pretty stubborn and are not going to go away. No worry’s my friends, there is always the option of using Botox. Botox relaxes the muscles so that the wrinkles will disappear for 4-6 months. Then you have to repeat the process if you want to maintain the wrinkle free look. It does not come cheap, but for some women, you can’t put a price on being crease free!

 

 

Lips

Can Drinking From a Straw Damages Your Lips?

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Do Straws Cause Lip Lines?

We have heard for a very long time now that we need 6-8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, and keep our skin healthy. Drinking water is a great, but many of us use a straw to get the liquid past our lips.

  • Some women don’t want to mess up their lipstick and others, just don’t like drinking directly from a cup or bottle.
  • Some dentists say it avoids tooth decay while drinking soda ( less contact with your teeth)
  • People are concerned in a glass is cleaned properly
  • Restaurateurs put too much ice in a drink making it very cold to drink, and the ice when you tip the glass can fall out and make a mess.

Lose The Straw For Firm Line Free Lips

Well ladies, dermatologists will tell you to lose the straws. The constant pursing of your lips, creates lip lines and aggravates the ones that have already developed.

Smoking cigarettes causes the same damage to your lips , but also causes damage to the dermal layer of your skin.

Chewing gum can aggravate and extenuate lines that are all ready there, and they can cause the muscles around your mouth to become lax as well.

So, the best advice is to drink straight out of the bottle, from a cup, skip the straw, forget the chewing gum, and pop a mint.

Saving The World -Pass On a Straw

Americans use an estimated 500 million straws everyday. It is no wonder than when you take a walk on the beach you are almost always guaranteed to find a discarded plastic straw. They are one of the top ten discarded items picked up during beach clean up days. They are one of the top polluters, and landfill items.

It’s easy to do your part to help keep the oceans and beaches clean, and prevent overfilling of our landfills. Plastic does just not magically disappear, it takes a very long time for a straw to break down.

One little step to help reduce your carbon footprint, and hydrate trash free. It’s good for the environment, and will keep your skin looking younger too!