Supplements for Skin Care

Since we are in the midst of summer, I thought it would be a good time to focus on skin care and how to keep your skin protected. As we all know, it is ideal to wear sunblock all year round, even when the sun is not shining. Research has found that taking certain supplements can help improve the quality of your skin and slow down aging. The connection between nutrition and the strength of your skin is a very interesting topic that many people do not know about or think to look into. Internal factors do affect the aging of skin, similar to the aging patterns of internal organs.

Research has shown that the most effective way to work against internal skin aging is eating a nutritious diet, getting the correct amount of sleep and consuming a diet rich in antioxidants.

The following supplements are ideal for skin health:

Vitamin C and E: Vitamin C is not naturally synthesized in the body, so it is important to consume it daily. It is found in many fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C stabilizes collagen and plays an important role in collagen synthesis (collagen is the most abundant protein in your skin). It is found in many topical skin products that prevents aging and sun protection. Vitamin C and E work together to help rebuild and protect the skin. They may reverse some of the discoloration and wrinkles associated with aging, because they have been shown to speed up the skin’s natural repair system.

Fish oil: Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids which support collagen growth. It also helps regulate the oil production in your skin to boost hydration and prevent acne. It also delays the skins aging process.

Coenzyme Q10: Co Q10 is a fat soluble vitamin that is stored in the fat-tissues of our bodies. It is a powerful antioxidant compound and is found in the epidermis in the skin. It has been shown to help the cells grow and has been shown to minimize the appearance of wrinkles if applied to the skin topically.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A is a highly effective antioxidant. The human skin is enriched by lycopene and beta-carotene (both forms of vitamin A). Vitamin A also increases cell reproduction and stimulates collagen production.  It treats fine wrinkles, age spots and rough skin from sun exposure.

 

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Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are the key to better digestion and absorption. They assist in the chemical breakdown of food into macro and micronutrients, so they can be absorbed into the body. Digestive enzymes are essential in the breakdown of foods. They help in the process of amino acids being extracted from proteins, fatty acids and cholesterol from fats and simple sugars from carbohydrates. All of these steps to break down food help make DNA and boost metabolism.

There are many different digestive enzymes in the body, starting with salivary amylase in the mouth. Salivary amylase helps breakdown food into smaller molecules before the food enters the stomach. Then the gastric amylase helps break down partially digested food into chyme. Chyme is the mass of digested food that flows through your gut. Once the chyme enters the small intestines, the hormone secretin is released. This then notifies the pancreas to release bicarbonate, bile and other pancreatic enzyme, like amylase, lipase, trypsin and nuclease. Bicarbonate changes the acidity of the chime, so the food can be degraded and broken down further.

Taking a digestive enzyme supplement can help maximize digestion, prevent gas, bloating and indigestion and help promote a healthy intestinal environment. As we know, your gut helps improve many other areas of your health, so taking a digestive enzyme may have other health benefits like the ones below:

Stress: anything and everything can affect your stress levels. Since stress is important to handle right away, your body will trigger hormones to deal with your mood. This can put pressure on your digestive health and slow down digestion.

Leaky Gut/ food sensitivities: When you have a food sensitivity or leaky gut, your digestive enzymes are not as healthy as they should be. Taking a digestive enzyme supplement may help improve your immune system and protect your body from inflammation in your gut.

Fatigue, migraines: When you have overgrowing bacteria and inflammation in your gut, it can send inflammatory signals to other areas of your body, like your joints and head. This can impair digestion and lead to nutrient shortages, and in turn cause migraines and fatigue.

Anxiety, low mood, sleep issues: inflammation in the gut can lead to anxiety, low mood and sleep issues. Without digestive enzymes, amino acids can not be derived from proteins. Neurotransmitters are made from amino acids and are responsible for alertness, happiness and having a good mood all around.

 

Sore Muscles? You May Need to Take Magnesium

Magnesium has certainly become more popular in the recent years, and for good reasons. Magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults. Magnesium is vital for helping keep your heart and muscles working correctly, blood pressure in a normal range and keeping your bones strong. It also assists in regulating your body’s temperature.

When your body is low in magnesium, you are certain to feel various negative symptoms. Some symptoms include, muscle aches or spasms, poor digestion, anxiety and trouble sleeping. It can then lead to more serious symptoms, including hypertension and cardiovascular disease, and kidney and liver damage.

Magnesium is not naturally produced in the body, so you need to consume it daily. The daily-recommended allowance for magnesium is 400-420 mg/day for men and 310-320 mg/day for women. Magnesium is found in many foods, such as dark leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Fortified breakfast cereals and grains, flax seeds and sesame seeds are also good sources of the mineral.

Magnesium is beneficial for various common day-to-day ailments:

Ease Sore Muscles: Magnesium reduces lactic acid, which is somewhat responsible for sore muscles. It can help your muscles relax.

Better Sleep: Since magnesium has a calming effect, it has been shown to improve sleep and promote a more restful sleep. It may be beneficial to take a magnesium sleep supplement before bed with other calming herbs.

PMS Symptoms: Magnesium may help reduce cramping without any significant adverse events. It works by relaxing the smooth muscle of the uterus and reducing the prostaglandins.

Types of Magnesium and how they are absorbed in the body:

Magnesium Chelate: highly absorbable by the body and found in foods naturally

Magnesium Citrate: magnesium combined with citric acid. It may cause a laxative effect in some cases.

Magnesium Glycinate: highly absorbable. Less likely to cause a laxative effect

Coconut Flour Donuts

Hi guys!

Sorry I haven’t been writing as much. I have been busy looking for a part time job and hanging with friends. I am going to try my best to test some more recipes and write more often in the weeks to come.

Coconut Flour Donuts

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1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease donut or muffin pan. In a large bowl whisk the oil, sugar, salt vanilla extract and eggs. Once the ingredients are mixed add the milk and mix well. In a small mix the flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Pour the mixture into the donut or muffin pan, 3/4ths the way full. Bake for 10-15 minutes in the donut pan, or until it is golden brown around the edges. 18-20 minutes in the muffin pan.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Eating Organic

Eating organic has been an on going trend for many reasons. To some, it means eating healthier, while to others it is a life style. Organic foods are free of pesticides, chemicals, and harmful fertilizers. They are not genetically modified or altered in anyway. The livestock are raised with out added antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic livestock are given organic feed and have access to the outdoors. To prevent diseases with the livestock, they are rotated, given a healthy diet and natural methods are used to avoid the spread of diseases if it does occur.og.jpg

Benefits:

  • Organic food does not contain harmful pesticides, fungicides, antibiotic or other harmful chemicals.
  • Sustainable agriculture is better for the environment. It reduces soil erosion, increases soil richness and conserves water. It also keeps small farms in business and supports local businesses.
  • Organic food is usually fresher since they do not contain pesticides. They do not last, as long with out the pesticides and preservatives, so they are usually local.

Since purchasing organic food is fairly expensive, it is more important to purchase some produce organic rather than others. Some types of conventional produce have a higher percentage of pesticides than others, so it is ideal to purchase them organic. I have provided a list of produce that is important to purchase organic.

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Produce to Buy Organic:

Apples
Kale
Summer Squash/ Zucchini
Cherries
Snap peas
Peaches/Nectarines
Spinach
Hot Peppers/Sweet Bell Peppers
Strawberries
Celery
Cucumbers
Grapes
Tomatoes
Meat
Corn
Soy Products

Air Fried Onion Rings

Hi guys!

I bought an air fryer this week and I am so excited about it! It is easy to use and easy to clean! It cooks the items by circulating hot air around the food. It creates a crispy layer, similar to frying food. It is much healthier than frying, since you can use little to no oil.

Air Fried Onion Rings

2 Onions
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs 
salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk

Set air fryer to 400 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Slice the onions into 1/2 inch rings and separate into rings.

 Make the egg wash by whisking the eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Put flour in one bowl with salt and pepper. Put the bread crumbs into a different bowl. 

Dip an onion ring into the egg wash. Make sure the onion ring is evenly coated. The transfer the onion ring into flour. Evenly coat the onion ring. Dip it back into the egg wash then into the bread crumbs. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all rings are evenly coated with flour and bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Put in air fryer for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Enjoy!

Simple Oatmeal Muffins

Honestly, these are the best muffins I have ever made/had! Try them out!

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Simple Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup steel cut oats
3 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp baking powder

1 egg
1 cup milk
¼ cup melted butter
½ tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease the donut pan or muffin pan. Mix the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, chia seeds and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg, milk, and butter and stir until the flour is moist. Spoon the mixture into the pan. They should be two-thirds of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes.