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Nutrition: Don’t Get Burned on Frozen Meals

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Knowledge, Nutrition | Comments Off on Nutrition: Don’t Get Burned on Frozen Meals

Nutrition: Don’t Get Burned on Frozen Meals

Since everyone seems to have such busy lives, there are times it is much easier to grab a frozen meal when you need something quick. The following hints may be helpful in your choices: Choose meals with at least 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. If your frozen meal lacks in vegetables, mix in your favorite vegetable or add a salad or rich-vegetable soup. To boost the nutrient intake, you might add a glass of milk and some fruit. Check the fine print to make sure there are no more than 600 mg. of sodium and 4 grams of saturated...

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Vitamin D

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Nutrition | Comments Off on Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Since we’re beginning to have more daylight and more sun throughout the day, it’s time to think about Vitamin D. Yes, we do need Vitamin D. Do we need to use it topically? What is the best way to get the amount of Vitamin D needed to be healthy? What does it do for us? As far as applying it topically, it is touted that it gives us elasticity, hydration, pore reduction and skin radiance. This may or may not be true. Proper diet will do more for you and since Vitamin D is a fat-soluble (oil) vitamin that is found in very few foods. It is present in the skin of fatty fish (tuna, salmon and mackerel). Small amounts are also found in beef liver and egg yolks in the form of Vitamin D3. There are also supplements in fortified foods such as milk, butter and margarine. Other dairy products such as cheese are not typically fortified. Being Vitamin D deficient is large and medically significant. These issues include improper nail growth, bone density disorders and both kidney and liver dysfunction. Excessive intake of Vitamin D can also cause anorexia, headaches and vomiting to name a few. There are concerns that wearing sunscreen affects our ability to absorb Ultra Violet radiation. This is an extreme diagnosis. Sunscreens do allow some UV radiation to enter the body. It is sunblock (zinc oxide paste) that does not allow the absorption of any UVB radiation. Twenty minutes of sunlight 3 times a week will give you the proper amount of Vitamin D. In the end, if you do not wear sunscreen you are getting more than enough Vitamin D along with too much radiation. Most people do not apply sunscreen to their neck, hands, legs and arms each day. This alone will allow adequate UVB radiation to give you all the Vitamin D you...

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HA-Supreme Serum

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on HA-Supreme Serum

HA-Supreme Serum

Super potent hyaluronic acid Hyaluronic Acid (a.k.a. HA, Hyaluronate or Sodium Hyaluronan) is one of the most important lipids found in the skin. It is an essential component for healthy skin as it surrounds collagen and fibril tissue by supplying nutrients and keeping it moist. This ingredient can be applied topically daily. This product is part of the Cell Recovery program and is both an anti-aging treatment and a significant moisturizer. It utilizes a natural preservative and is extremely light on the skin. HA fights free radical damage that occurs in the skin and causes the accelerated aging of the skin. It will replenish essential antioxidants and other key components that are destroyed by ultra violet radiation and it will revitalize the skin by adding nutrients. It should be noted that Hyaluronic Acid regulates the water content in connective tissue and holds 1000 times it’s weight in water. Thus, a wonderful moisturizer for that very dry skin. In the past, I have recommended Hyaluronic Acid Lotion to assist those with very dry skin. This NEW HA-Surpreme Serum is 7 times stronger. HA-Supreme Serum will be available the 1st of March. For further information or to pre-order, call me at...

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Stop Colds and Flu

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on Stop Colds and Flu

Stop Colds and Flu

Washing your Hands Most of us know that keeping hands clean through improved hygiene is one pf the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. But do you know the proper way to wash? Recommendations from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) are as follows: 1) Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap and apply soap. 2) Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between the fingers, and under your nails. 3) Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. 4) Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. 5) Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. 6) Do this often throughout the day. You can cut back on those steps if you are using AntisepationTM Cleansing Gel (OTC Drug). Antisepation kills 99.996% of harmful germs, including E.coli, Pseudomonas, and Staph, on contact. No water? Try AntisepationTM Foaming Hand Sanitizer (OTC Drug). It is alcohol free, does not require washing or rinsing, and eliminates bacterial contamination on contact. Call for further information or to order...

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Strategies for “Heart” Health

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Nutrition | Comments Off on Strategies for “Heart” Health

Strategies for “Heart” Health

Since this is February and the month for Valentine’s Day, I thought it appropriate to talk about “Heart Health” Yes, according to the American Heart Association, saturated and trans fats are still targets, and the average American needs to cut saturated fat intake in half. Trans fat, found in many processed snack and convenience foods, poses the greatest heart risk. They are dropping, but still warrants checking nutrition labels to avoid the trans fats. What is the best way to replace saturated fat? Concentrate on polyunsaturated fat (found in nuts, seeds and canola oil). Replace cheese in a salad with almonds or walnuts and switch one meal a week from red meat to fish. Monounsaturated fat (found in olives, olive oil, avocado, and peanuts) another good replacement for saturated fats. Example: replace sour cream with sliced or mashed avocado. Total nutritional quality matters most and the effects on heart health seem most closely tied to the total nutritional quality of the diet, rather than a focus on individual nutrients, such as total fat or carbohydrate intake. To state it simply, eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke, get regular physical activity throughout the week. And you’ll feel better,...

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Bioavailability in skincare products…

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on Bioavailability in skincare products…

Bioavailability in skincare products…

What is it and & what does it mean? It is the ability for active ingredients to perform the functions (at the site intended) in the skin for its greatest effect. There are three factors that contribute to active ingredient bioavailability. These are easily remembered by the three D’s: Dose – How much active ingredient is in the product? Delivery – How does the active ingredient get to its intended cellular target? Depth – Is the active ingredient getting to the proper depth in the skin, to make a difference. There is often interference, mostly by a film left on the upper most layers of the skin and this can hinder the action of the product. This residue can interfere with the bioavailability of the active ingredients. In other words, product residue has the potential to directly affect the performance of active skin care ingredients. This residue can be from cleansers, makeup and even sunscreens. It is important to check for occlusive ingredients in any of these so that you can be confidant that the active ingredients of the treatment products that you use, will be able to get to their destination and achieve their...

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Vitamin A Propionate

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Anti-Aging Skincare | Comments Off on Vitamin A Propionate

Vitamin A Propionate

Vitamin A Propionate works to remodel the skin on a cellular level. It penetrates the epidermis and is converted into Vitamin A Acid, the skin’s natural vitamin. ProVitalize Level I (Vitamin A), I is the first step to healthy skin; accelerating the natural process of cellular proliferation, generating new cell growth to improve and maintain skin tone, texture and firmness. Level I is the first step to healthier glowing skin. ProVitalize Level II (Vitamin A), an advanced level to accelerate the process of cellular proliferation. ProVitalize Level III (Vitamin A), the most advanced step to healthier skin. The Fall through Winter months are the best time to be using Vitamin A and needs to be applied at night. You will find your skin to have a wonderful new texture, tone and firmness with regular use. Special 15% off Good through January 31, 2015 ProVitalize Level l Reg. $45 ProVitalize Level ll Reg. $50 ProVitalize Level lll Reg. $54 For further information or to order, call me at...

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Twist of Lemon Can Trim Salt

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Nutrition | Comments Off on Twist of Lemon Can Trim Salt

Twist of Lemon Can Trim Salt

For someone like me, who needs to trim the sodium from their diet, are you aware of the secrets of the lemon? They offer so many ingredients to your kitchen, such as bold arrays of aromas and flavors—-sour, fresh, and zesty. With each squeeze of the lemon or pinch of the zest, you can brighten any savory dish, soup, pasta, salads, baked goods and desserts. It is all done with zero fat and not one grain of sodium (salt), yet the completed dish has so much flavor. Using lemons instead of salt to flavor your dishes can decrease sodium intake of up to 75%. Let’s face it, we all consume way much more sodium than we should and this can lead to poor health in many ways. Did you know that one lemon can yield 2-3 tablespoons of juice and 1 lemon can also yield about 1 tablespoon of zest? Here in California, lemons are very plentiful at this time of year. So, for the next month, lets see how many different recipes we can make, using lemons. Please share yours with this newsletter. Stay...

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Toners and Their Functions

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on Toners and Their Functions

Toners and Their Functions

Why should you use a toner? What will it do for you? First of all…toners perform 4 vey essential functions: 1) Cleansing – Eliminates leftover makeup, cleanser residue, dirt and dead skin cells. 2) Re-balances pH levels that protect your skin from the environment. 3) Hydrates the skin. 4) Assists in the penetration of treatments and moisturizers which means complete absorption of products. Isn’t it time that you re-think using toners in your daily skincare regime?

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The Alpha Hydroxy Acid Phenomenon

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on The Alpha Hydroxy Acid Phenomenon

The Alpha Hydroxy Acid Phenomenon

Q: What are alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs)? A: They are non-toxic substances which occur naturally in food. With refinement, they become non-prescription dermatological products with cosmetic benefits. AHAs have been proven to be effective in helping to keep the skin clear and healthy. The most common ones are Citric Acid (citrus fruits), Glycolic Acid (sugar cane), Lactic Acid (sour milk), Malic Acid (apples) and Tartaric Acid (grape wine). But the one that is the AHA of choice is Glycolic Acid which is set apart from all of the others due to its tiny molecular structure. It penetrates the skin and moves below the surface. It is most adaptable and beneficial for producing positive changes and results in the skin. It stimulates the production of collagen. Regular use of Glycolic Acid improves cell renewal, firmness, texture, fine lines and tone. Specific skin problems that have shown benefits from the use of Glycolic Acid are: Rough, dry and calloused skin Wrinkles and “Crows feet” Age spots & Hyperpigmentation (dark spots) Oily & Acne-Prone Skin Encrusted Nails When using Glycolic Acid, know 1) what you are using and 2) how to use it: Glycolic Acid works only when left on the skin. More is NOT better Must be of the highest grade Know the acid percentage and pH level and what you can tolerate Glycolic Acid is designed for simplicity and safety. Visual results vary from one individual to another. Give yourself the gift of patience and time for the ultimate pay-off: beautiful skin. This is the best time of year to be using Glycolic Acid on a regular basis. It will be your skin’s best friend. For more information how Glycolic Acid can benefit YOU, call me...

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