Cherries

800px-CherriesThere are many health benefits to cherries because of their powerful antioxidant know as Anthocynanins. “As antioxidants, they protect the cells of the body from the damaging, aging and disease producing affects of oxygen, nitrogen and UV radiation” (www.whole-food-supplements-guide.com).  Anthocynanins are natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Alos, cherries contain melatonin, which is another natural pain reliever.  “Melatonin also helps to regulate sleep cycles and has been sold as a natural sleep aid” (www.whole-food-supplements-guides.com). In addition, cherries contain vitamin C, fiber and natural abilities to reduce bad cholesterol.

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The Acai Berry

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The Acai Berry has received lots of publicity since the adds appearing on google have sprung up like hot-cakes.   This berry is considered relatively a new thing in the States. Food scientists claim it to be the most antioxidant packed fruit.  Acai Berry power exceeds the blueberry in nutrition without a doubt.  Whenever I feel short of antioxidants I like to guzzle down some Acai Berry juice.  It is kinda hard to find Acai Berry at your everyday supermarket. For more reading check out this article

In addition, when I did some research some websites warn about the Acai seed:

The Acai berry is 90% seed, with only 10% of the berry edible. In the Amazon Rainforest, they eat the skin and pulp of the Acai berry and discard the seed. All the research and nutritional information we discuss above is based on just the Acai berry skin and pulp. When you hear Dr. Perricone, Dr. Oz and every other expert discuss the amazing nutritional profile of the Acai berry – they are talking about just the skin and pulp. Companies that make legitimate Acai products of course use only the Acai skin and pulp. These companies have come up with creative uses for the Acai seed – they make Acai necklaces and even burn the seeds as a renewable energy source. The one thing that no legitimate Acai supplier would ever do is crush the Acai seeds and sell them as juice or supplement.Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a number of companies are selling Acai products that contain the Acai seed. These products therefore contain 90% less Acai (as defined by the edible portion) than Acai products that use only the skin and pulp. Consumers that ingest Acai seed products are consuming a product that has been the subject of very little research and in no way reflects how the indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest have enjoyed Acai for thousands of years. Our recommendation – steer clear of any product that is made with the Acai seed! (www.powersupplements.com/acai/acai-berries.html)

As an added note, do not fall for the weight loss Acai Berry Scam.  Too much of Acai Berry (or anything for that matter) can destroy your liver!  If you flush out toxins with a slower, more healthier way you’ll be more likely to keep the weight off.

Alyssa

A Surprising Hair Conditioner That Works Great!

One beauty tips that has been passed down through the years from our mothers and grandmothers is using mayonnaise as a hair conditioner. Yes folks, it works! Its because mayonnaise has healthy oils and natural moisturizers that can make your hair more healthy, soft and shiny!!

How To Use – Wash hair with shampoo. Then take a handful of mayo and lather on hair. LEave in hair for 5 minutes and rinse.

 

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Start Getting Rid of Those Blemishes!

Diet:

The foods you eat affect your skin, well-being and well, pretty much everything in your body. The foods you eat don’t give you breakouts but eating healthy can help prevent them.  Eat a diet that has variety.  You need to balance protein, fats, sugars and carbs. Stay away from foods that come in boxes (aka — pringles, oreos, cheez-its etc). 

Cleansing your face:

  1. Wash your face with a sent-free cleanser. Chances are, the ones with the least amount of ingredients are the best.
  2. Wipe your face with an alcohol-free toner to remove excess dirt.
  3. Exfoliate your skin.  DON’T OVER SCRUB! Most people tend to exfoliate too hard and end up irritating their skin. 
  4. Moisturize your skin. Find a moisturizer best for your skin type
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Apples

The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is quite true.  Apples are loaded with powerful antioxidents and other powerful benefits.  Apples protect cells rom damage.   Apples help reduce the risks of cancer.  Not only that, they are packed with heart healthy fiber.  If you would lke more info click here.

Alyssa

Benefits of Honey

Honey is an all natural and healthy sweetener. According to the American Chemical Society and the National Honey Board, honey can be good for you and is full of healthy antioxidants. Also, honey is used for external uses in cosmetics too (make-up, zit treatments, masks, etc.).

Fun things to know about honey

  • it is a perfectly healthy substitute for sugar.
  • helps loose extra pounds. 
  • darker honey is better for you.
  • buckwheat flower honey is richer in antioxidants than honey made from bees.
  • honey is bad for infants but healthy for adults (never give to a 1 year old or younger).
  • honey is a good pre and post exercise supplement (a teaspoon could give you a healthy energy boost).
  • honey is good for your skin.
  • honey is also good for treating ailments.
  • relieves sore throats (good for vocalists).
  • can help freshen breath.

Here are two links to some sites giving more beneficial information regarding honey.

Hopefully this tid-bit of information will help you sweeten up your day. Remember that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Make sure you take healthy proportions.
Alyssa