Measuring Anti-Oxidents

Did you ever wonder if your vitamins or supplements are working?  Do you know what your level of anti-oxidents are in your body?

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals.  Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative damage. Indeed, a recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.

Well there is actually a way to determine whether or not your vitamins are working for you and determine your level of anti-oxident protection, best of all it is not invasive.  It is a newly developed machine called a biophotonic scanner by a company called Pharmanex.  This company is well known for their state of the art products all geared to help lessen the effects of aging inside and outside the body.

This incredible Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner has transformed the way we look at our health, and has created a business opportunity like no other in the world.

What is the Scanner? It’s a revolutionary tool developed by Pharmanex to measure the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-and prove the effectiveness of your supplements in improving your overall antioxidant health.

What does the Scanner do? Place the palm of your hand in front of the Scanner’s safe, low-energy blue light laser, and you will obtain an immediate reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-your Skin Carotenoid Score.

Why should I be scanned? By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin and generating your Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants. Getting your Skin Carotenoid Score makes you aware of the antioxidant levels in your body-and gives you the push you need to improve your overall antioxidant health.

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Quinoa – Most Amazing Grain

An ancient food, revered for thousands of years in the South American Andes is gaining a new-found following among health-conscious consumers around the world.  Quinoa(pronounced keen-wah) – for a long time considered “comida de pobres” or “poor people’s food” even in its native countries – is exploding in popularity as a nutritional superfood, gluten-free and high in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Supporting Inca Armies

During Inca times, quinoa was considered the second most important crop, after potatoes and before corn.  They believed it was sacred and called it the “Mother of all Grains,” with the Inca king ceremonially planting each year’s first seed using a solid gold shovel.  Their powerful armies conquered huge swathes of South America, marching for days at a time over high mountain ranges, sometimes eating nothing but a mixture of quinoa and fat called “war balls.”

Rise and Fall

After the Spanish arrived in the New World, quinoa was outlawed and replaced by wheat.  Peasants in remote mountain regions continued to grow it secretly, but it retained the stigma as food for the poor long after the Spanish had left.

It was relatively unknown in the US until the 1980s, when scientists and nutritionists started researching indigenous crops which could be adapted to modern agricultural needs.  In the past 20 years, it has grown in popularity from an obscure health-food item, to a widely-available product found in most supermarkets in the form of quinoa grains, flour, pasta, and cereal.

Now, with global demand up and the price of wholesale quinoa skyrocketing, poor farmers in developing countries like Peru and Bolivia are cashing in on this recently rediscovered crop.  Some even believe quinoa could be the key to lifting struggling mountainous regions out of years of persistent poverty.

Nutritional Benefits

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has identified quinoa as the only vegetable source that is a complete protein, meaning it has all the essential amino acids necessary for human health and development.  It resembles the sort of proteins found in animal sources and has the same nutritional profile as milk.

Quinoa is an easily-digestible food, which is gluten-free, and an excellent source of several B Vitamins, along with most of the minerals needed by the human body – iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and copper.

Technically not a grain – it’s actually a seed about the same size as sesame seeds – it has a nutty and earthy taste, with a chewy texture.  It cooks quickly, in about 15 minutes, and makes a great substitute for rice.

Brows and What They Say

Brows are the first thing people will notice about your face, even if it’s subconsciously. A thick heavy brow will bring attention to just the brows. While a pencil thin brow will take attention off of the top half

of the face and onto the lower part. The place that you want people to focus should always be the eyes themselves, becuse they are the windows to your soul. Having a well groomed brow will do just that, bringing the attention to your eyes and serving as a frame for the entire face.

Even if you’re not big on makeup, maintaining your brows are essential. Having an unkempt brow is just out of the question. A brow that has too many stray hairs out of the natural arch line can leave its owner looking as if they don’t care about how they look, or have just given up. A naturally thick bushy brow that’s left in its natural state can make even the most feminine face look masculine. And the dreaded uni-brow just leaves everyone looking frightful.

On the flip side, the thin overly arched brow of the past few years is just as awful a makeup crime. It can make a woman look outdated and washed out especially if her brows are blonde or light brown. It’s almost a requirement that she wears makeup with that kind of brow, because the look is quite severe and will age every wearer, since people’s brows naturally thin as they get older.

The brow that is in now, falls somewhere in between the pencil thin brow and the one nature gave you. It follows your natural arch instead of carving out a whole new one, and takes away those stray hairs that grow past it. It’s simple and not as high maintenance as the overly arched brow. It will also frame your face the best, because the arch you were born with is right will define your features best. Another perk to this brow is that you can run out of the house with no makeup on and still look presentable and fresh.

To achieve this brow, you might want to see a pro for a shaping first, especially if you’ve been plucking against your natural arch and aren’t sure where to start. Later when it grows in you can do the upkeep yourself.

The Benefits of Olive Oil

Did you know that  oil holds many health benefits?  Not only is it great to cook with, but it can also contribute to your longevity.  Olive oil, like wine, has been around forever. For people of the Mediterranean, it has had medicinal, even magical powers through the ages. The olive tree is considered a symbol of peace and glory.

Olive oil was used in medicines and different ointments. It was also used for nourishment and as an overall healing agent.

1.  Reduce your chances of plaque buildup on your arteries, thereby avoiding a heart attack or stroke. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat and antioxidants like chlorophyll, carotenoids and vitamin E. Scientists have identified a compound in olive oil called oleuropein which prevents the LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. It is the oxidized cholesterol that sticks to the walls of the arteries and forms plaque. Replacing other fats in your diet with olive oil can significantly lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

2. Can Inhibit Cancer. A recent study showed that monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil has the ability to reduce the affect of a gene within the human body that can cause cancer.  It helps protect against colon cancer as well.  It can reduce the amount of carcinogens formed in meat when it is cooked, if the meat was cooked using olive oil.

3.  Controls Blood Sugar.  Diabetics are always advised to combine low fat, high carbohydrate diets with olive oil.  The combination of them can control blood sugar levels.

4.  Ease the Symptoms of Ulcers and Gallstones. It adds a protective coating on the lining of the stomach to help ease the discomfort often associated with these conditions.

On a lighter side it is also used:

  • As a Body Oil
  • To Control Hair Frizz and Dry Cuticles
  • Control a Nagging Cough
  • Shine Pots and Pans
  • Used as a Lip Balm
  • Used as a Bath Oil

Did you know? Every sacred text from the ancient Near East (now the Middle East) is filled with mentions of olive oil. This product propelled the economy of the ancient world and was thought of as liquid gold. Ancient Olympic athletes rubbed it on their bodies before they competed because they believed it gave them strength and youth.

How do you use olive oil?

Oxi Clean Magic

Was just sent a sample of Oxi Clean Spray-a-Way by the company to test out and write a review.  First I would like to say that I have no connection with the company at all.  From time to time I get asked to review products or services by companies as a volunteer service of sorts. Here is what I found.

While I happen to use Oxi Clean in my laundry when I wash clothes I have always liked how it has brightened up my loads of wash.  But the spray I must say lacks something when used on spot treatments.  Church and Dwight, the makers of the products, packaged it in a small vial with a spray top.  The vial is convenient and small enough to carry with you in a shirt pocket or a purse.  While I loved that idea, I was not crazy about the cap that covered the spray top as it has on several occasions fallen off i my purse and sprayed on everything in my bag.  I got to really embrace the product on New Years eve when one of my guests accidentally dropped some food on his shirt.  I of course ran to my purse and pulled out the vial and immediately, without warning, started spraying the spot on my guests shirt.  Needless to say he was a bit surprised when his shirt now looked a lot worse then it had originally with the food stain on it.   After the Oxi-Spray dried the stain was still there.

However, after his shirt was laundered, the spot was totally removed!  Oxy-Clean once again gets my vote. 🙂  Of course if you don’t have any Oxi-Clean on hand, good old fashioned club soda will do as well.

Don’t Breath! Bad Breath

You lean over to whisper something to your friend and you can tell by the look on your friend’s face that something is up. Could it be your breath? Maybe you shouldn’t have put extra onions on your hamburger at lunch. What’s a person with smelly breath to do?

The good news is that bad breath happens to everyone once in a while.  Also known as Halitosis is usually not a serious issue, but can lead to significant embarrassment and self-consciousness.  In rare cases it can be a sign of a more serious problem in which case you should seek out the advice of a doctor or dentist.

The most common causes of bad breath, aside from eating a sandwich loaded with onions or that garlic bagel, is bacteria on the tongue.  This bacteria can build up as a result of poor oral hygiene and a lack of flossing.

Triggers of bad breath may include:

  • not eating breakfast
  • food high in protein
  • smoking
  • antihistamines and other medications
  • sinus problems
  • mouth sores
  • tooth infections or gum disease (aka gingivitis)
  • stress
  • dehydration
  • significant talking
  • zinc deficiency
  • gastrointestinal disorders (such as indigestion or stomach issues)
  • Serious illness such as cancer, tuberculosis or syphillis

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Bad Breath

  • Apple Cider Vinegar. My grandmother used to take a teaspoon of this a day to help boost her immune system as well.  Mix a 1/2 tsp. with water and use as a gargle for 10 seconds at a time.
  • Baking Soda. Buy a toothpaste with baking soda in it or add your own to your toothpaste and brush with it regularly.  The baking soda neutralizes the bacteria.  Be sure to brush your tongue as well.
  • Tea Tree Oil. Use as a toothpaste additive.  Add a drop to your toothpaste before you brush. or create a Tea Tree Oil mouthwash by adding 3 drops of the oil to a cup of warm water.  Gargle 2-3 times per day after each meal.
  • Mint Leaves. Get yourself some fresh mint leaves and chew on them for a while.  Swallowing them is fine or spit them out when flavor subsides.
  • Sunflower Seeds, Cardamom Seeds or Cloves. Grab a handful of one of these babies and munch away.  Then gulp down a glass of water. An enzyme in them helps break down odor causing bacteria.

Usually, there’s a less complicated reason for a bad breath then health issues — like what you had for lunch. So keep up with your brushing and flossing and you should be breathing easy — and odor free!

Getting Sick? The Benefits of Echinacea

The one thing I almost always reach for when I feel I am coming down with a bug is my bottle of Goldenseal Echinacea.  This amazing herb from Mother Nature comes from the purple cornflower.  Now I have had these cornflowers growing in my yard for years, but never thought that the cornflower was actually Echinacea!

Echinacea helps to strengthen the immune system.  Its is incredibly effective when used at the onset of a cold, flu or other infection.  It promotes white blood cell production.  These white blood cells in turn attack bacteria and viruses that enter the body in order to prevent illness or infection.  It can also reduce the amount of time you are sick if you take it after the illness has already set in.

Those with compromised immune systems, such as HIV or AIDS may find some benefit in strengthening their immune system but I would always check with your doctor first, as I am certainly NOT one of those. Also you should beware that those with HIV and AIDS can develop strange allergic reactions to foods, medications or supplements because the immune system is compromised.  As with all medication and herbal supplements you should always take them as they were prescribed or suggested on the label.

On a superficial level, Echinacea in creams and ointments directly applied to the skin have been shown to help in treating psoriasis and eczema. Some other benefits of Echinacea in VARIOUS forms have been reported in treating….

  • Common Cold
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Flu
  • Tonsillitis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Strep throat
  • Malaria
  • Syphilis
  • Typhoid
  • Hay fever
  • Gum disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • diphtheria
  • Skin wounds
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Cancer
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids

Are there side effects of taking this herb?

As with most everything yes there can be some side effects but only really only for those that suffer from seasonal allergies. Those suffering with allergies to ragweed, marigolds, chrysanthemums or daisies may also experience allergic reactions to Echinacea (such as skin rashes).  A more common side effect is  minor gastrointestinal problems, as well as nausea or dizziness.  If you notice any of these symptoms or are unsure if you should use this herb, it is suggested that you consult your doctor first.  There is one supplement that I take at the first sign of getting a cold.  It is an all natural supplement called Immune.  It not only contains golden echinacea, but it contains another blend of herbs that will scare away your cold.

It has been my experience, that unless the doctor is experienced in the herbal world, they may just poo poo the idea of using a herb at all.  I would then just try the Echinacea first before running to fill that prescription.  But then again that’s me.

Feel Better!