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GOOD HEALTH NEWS

February 2015

Volume 7 No. 4

IN THIS ISSUE

Pg. 1

Winter Skin Care Tips:

Treating Dry Skin Naturally

Pg. 2

Why You Should Eat Less

Meat

Pg. 3

3 Health Benefits of Rose

Essential Oil

Pg. 4

Blueberries Benefits

Pg. 5

The Benefits of Peppers

Pg. 6

Foods to Help with

Constipation

Pg. 7

Our Brand New VitaPlus

Program

WINTER SKIN

CARE TIPS:

TREATING DRY

SKIN NATURALLY!

Health in Motion director Natan

Gendelman talks about how to treat

dry skin naturally!

The cold winter months are a great

time to catch up on snowball fights,

ice skating, and cozying up at home

with a nice cup of tea! What’s not so

great are the accompanying freezing

winds and dry air from blasting our

homes with heat that cause our skin

to crack and flake. Many people try

to alleviate these symptoms by using

creams and lotions; however, many of

these products contain chemicals that

can be potentially harmful to the body.

The skin is an organ of elimination,

so many skin disorders and diseases

is the result of the elimination of

toxins through the skin. This can

cause irritation and inflammation of

the skin. Eating an unhealthy diet and

using excessive amounts of chemical

containing products on our bodies can

aggravate dry skin symptoms during

the winter. Here are some tips for

treating dry skin naturally:

• Fresh Air: Dry skin is partly caused

by being stuck in closed facilities all

the time. To resolve this, the moment

you’re free, try going outside to

breathe in fresh air even if it’s for a

short period of time.

• The Best Natural Lotion: Since

ancient Egyptian times, Queen

Cleopatra was known for her beauty.

The secret to keeping her skin beautiful

and healthy was by taking milk baths

with rose essential oils and honey. The

same is true even now! Wash your

hands regularly in this mixture using

organic whole milk, raw unpasteurized

honey, and rose essential oil to

moisturize and revitalize your skin.

• Clean Water: Another reason that

our skin dries up is because of the tap

water we use. Tap water contains a

lot of chlorine and fluorine which can

really dry out our skin when we use it

regularly to wash ourselves. Try filling

a bucket or pitcher of tap water and

letting it sit for 24 hours. By then most

of the chemicals will have evaporated

and will be much cleaner and easier to

use on your hands and face.

• Beeswax: Beeswax can really

moisturize and soften dried out skin!

It contains Vitamin A and effectively

locks in moisture while still allowing

your skin to breathe. Take some

beeswax (make sure not to buy the

artificial kind!), melt it so that it’s soft,

put it on your hands, and then allow it

to dry. Once you rub the wax off, which

should come off easily, it will leave

your skin feeling refreshed!

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WHY YOU SHOULD EAT LESS MEAT

Cutting back on meat (even a little)

can reap big health and environmental

benefits. If you are contemplating

cutting back on meat in your diets here

are some great reasons why should

make the change!

It Helps Your Heart

Limit the animal-fare and you’ll be

reducing your likelihood for heart

disease, the number-one killer of

women. “Fatty red meats and many

processed meats are high in saturated

fat, which raises LDL (bad) cholesterol

and increases risk of coronary heart

disease,” says Dr. Rachel K. Johnson, a

spokesperson for the American Heart

Association and professor of Nutrition

and Medicine at the University of

Vermont. Studies, including one of

more than 500,000 people published

in the Archives of Internal Medicine,

have shown that eating high quantities

of these meats (e.g. a small steak

every day) also increases the risk of

death from cardiovascular disease.

To Shrink Your Cancer Risk

Right up there on the list of scary

diseases is cancer, and it’s becoming

increasingly clear that a meat-cancer

connection exists. In one study of

more than 35,000 women published

in the British Journal of Cancer, those

who ate the most red and processed

meat were found to have the highest

risk of breast cancer. Other research

has linked meat consumption to colon,

prostate, pancreatic, and gastric

cancers as well. One theory, according

Other research has linked meat consumption to cancer.

to non-profit group The Cancer Project,

is that foods with high levels of fat

artificially boost the hormones that

promote cancer.

To Really Go Green

Raising cattle for beef and milk spews

more greenhouse gases into the air

than all of the cars currently on the

road. That stat came from a 2006 U.N.

Food and Agriculture Organization

report, which also found that the

livestock industry wreaks havoc on

our land and water—taking up vast

amounts of scarce resources, and

polluting the waterways more than

probably any other industry.

Eating a plant-based meal for lunch

instead of a burger saves 2.5 pounds of

carbon dioxide emissions, 133 gallons

switching to a low-flow showerhead.

of water, and 24 square feet of land,

according to the people over at the

PB&J Campaign. They’ve calculated

that in just three lunches, you’ll have

saved more water than you’ll save by

switching to a low-flow showerhead.

DID YOU KNOW?

Vividly colored and refeshingly sweet,

juicy and satisfying to eat, raspberries

also offer a bounty of health benefits,

from helping control weight to possibly

helping prevent cancer.

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3 HEALTH BENEFITS OF ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL

1) Antidepressant: Rose oil contains

mood-boosting properties, which can

help relieve stress and anxiety. It may

even help alleviate symptoms of depression!

In a 2009 study, 40 healthy

volunteers were either administered

a placebo or rose essential oil on their

skin. Researchers found that those

who were given rose oil experienced

greater relaxation, decrease in breathing

rate, and decrease in blood pressure

compared to those that only

received the placebo. To experience

the relaxing properties of rose oil, place

a few drops of it into your aromatherapy

diffuser or vaporizer. It can also be

inhaled by placing a couple drops into

a bowl of boiling water. When mixed

with a carrier oil (i.e. sweet almond, jojoba,

etc.), rose oil can be used in your

bath or topically applied to the skin.

2) Skin Care: Since rose oil acts as

an antibacterial and is great for hydrating

the skin, it is one of the best

things you can use to keep your skin

healthy and youthful looking. If you

have acne problems, rose oil will help

clean your skin of bacteria that can aggravate

breakouts. It is also effective

for treating irritated and inflamed skin

conditions such as eczema. One way

you can use this is by mixing olive oil

with a few drops of rose oil together.

Apply this blend to your face an hour

before you go to bed to revitalize and

moisturize your skin!

3) Menstrual Cramp Relief: A 2006

study involving 67 female college

students who suffer from menstrual

cramps, some of which were administered

rose oil topically (mixed with

lavender and clary sage), found that

this combination significantly reduced

painful menstrual cramp symptoms.

The next time you’re suffering from

painful cramps during your ‘time of the

month’, try mixing together 3 drops

of rose oil, 3 drops of clary sage, 6

drops of lavender, and 4 teaspoons of

almond oil. Place the blend onto your

abdomen and have someone massage

it for you, ideally for 15 minutes (the

same as in the study). ***Please take

care to use rose oil in small amounts.

Being exposed to large quantities of

it can be toxic. Always consult your

health care provider when using it in

conjunction with other medicines or

treatments.

References:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305703003526

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

pubmed/19370942

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

pubmed/16884344

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BLUEBERRIES BENEFITS

There is exciting new evidence that bluebeerries can improve memory.

Blueberries are touted as a

“superfood,” and for good reason.

These little berries are bursting with

antioxidants, those little guys that

fight off free radicals that make their

way onto and into your body from

toxins and they are known to have

more antioxidants than any other

fruit or vegetable. Antioxidants have

also been known to prevent memory

loss, and have shown to have many

other benefits, including softening

the skin. Blueberry antioxidants and

their potential benefits for the nervous

system and for brain health, there is

Blueberries protect the retina from

unwanted oxygen damage.

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exciting new evidence that blueberries

can improve memory. In a *study

involving older adults (with an average

age of 76 years), 12 weeks of daily

blueberry consumption was enough

to improve scores on two different

tests of cognitive function including

memory. While participants in the

study consumed blueberries in the

form of juice, three-quarters of a pound

of blueberries were used to make each

cup of juice. As participants consumed

between 2 to 2-1/2 cups each day,

they actually received a very plentiful

amount of berries. The authors of this

study were encouraged by the results

and suggested that blueberries might

turn out to be beneficial not only for

improvement of memory, but for

slowing down or postponing the onset

of other cognitive problems frequently

associated with aging.

Blueberries also play an interesting

role with our eyes’ healthiness. The

retina of the eye is a unique place in

our body and it is also a place that is

at higher than normal risk of oxidative

stress. Foods unique in phytonutrient

antioxidants are often investigated for

their ability to help protect the retina

from oxygen damage, and blueberries

are no exception! The anthocyanins

in blueberries protect the retina from

unwanted oxygen damage and they

also help protect the retina from

damage from sunlight.

With all of this mind, it’s safe to say that

blueberries are an amazing little fruit

that we should all try to incorporate

into our daily diets! If you are looking

for an interesting way of incorporating

this “superfood” into your diets here

is an easy recipe you can try out at

home!

Blueberry Acai Super Smoothie

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup fresh apple, chopped

1 (3.5) oz packet unsweetened frozen

acai

Handful of fresh baby spinach

1 tsbp flaxseed


THE BENEFITS OF PEPPERS

Peppers come in all sizes and colours.

Some pack heat. Others are sweet.

You can get them fresh, frozen, dried,

or canned. They’re low in calories

and are loaded with good nutrition.

All varieties are excellent sources of

vitamins A and C, potassium, folic

acid, and fibre. Plus, the spicy ones

liven up bland food, making it more

satisfying.

Red peppers are the belle of the ball

at any buffet table. Crisp and incredibly

sweet, these ladies in red are an easy

sell to anyone who is not fond of

vegetables. Did you know that green

peppers are just unripe red peppers?

Because they are not fully mature,

they have a bitter after taste, and half

the vitamin C and 1/10th the vitamin

A compared to their red or orange

siblings.

Red peppers contain almost 300

percent of your daily vitamin C intake.

Besides being a powerful antioxidant,

vitamin C is also needed for the proper

absorption of iron. If you are iron

deficient, try combining red peppers

with your iron source for maximum

absorption. They are also a great

source of vitamin B6 and magnesium.

This vitamin and mineral combination

shows a decrease in anxiety, especially

Red peppers contain almost 300% of your daily vitamin C intake.

related to pre-menstrual symptoms.

Vitamin B6 is also a natural diuretic,

so try stocking up on red bell peppers

to reduce bloating and prevent against

hypertension. Red bell peppers are

high in vitamin A, which helps to

support healthy eyesight, especially

night vision. Last but not least, red bell

peppers are packed with antioxidants.

The combined effects of vitamin A and

C create a great antioxidant capacity,

and with lycopene in the mix, the

red bell pepper becomes a top notch

superfood.

Here’s an easy Stuffed Red Pepper

recipe you can try at home!

4 medium sized Haas avocados (or 5

small)

Juice of 2 limes 1 1/2 cups (packed)

shredded curly kale

1 sweet bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup zucchini, diced

1/2 cup diced red onion

1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and

minced (optional–only if you want

some heat)

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

3 sweet bell peppers, cut in half, seeds

and stem removed.

1. Remove the pit from the avocados

and scoop them out of their shells, into

a mixing bowl. Mix them with the lime

juice till they’re mushy but have a little

texture still.

2. Add the kale and mix it together with

the avocados till it’s incorporated. Add

the pepper, zucchini, onion, jalapeño,

and chickpeas. Mix well with hands to

combine.

3. Scoop the guacamole into six pepper

halves. Serve on top of a bed of

kale.

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FOODS TO HELP WITH CONSTIPATION

Chances are you’ve experienced

constipation at one point or another.

If you have constipation more than

occasionally or have severe pain or

bleeding, it’s important to check-in with

your doctor. However, in most cases

constipation is just a sign that your diet

needs more fibre. The average adult

needs between 25 and 30 grams of

fibre a day to ward off constipation,

far less than most of us typically eat.

To avoid bloating and cramping, you’ll

want to gradually add fibre to your diet.

You don’t want to suddenly go from

eating 10 grams of fibre to 25 in a day.

Add more fibre-filled foods to your diet

and be sure to drink plenty of fluids to

help the fibre flow properly through

your digestive tract.

1. Plums, pears and apples

Constipation can cause you to feel

bloated. Eating more raw fruit can be

a constipation remedy because fruit,

too, is high in dietary fibre. Plums,

pears, and apples are good choices

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because much of the fibre can be found

in their edible skins. Plums, pears, and

apples are high in pectin, a naturally

occurring fibre. A small raw pear with

skin has 4.4 grams of fibre, while a

medium apple with skin provides 3.3

grams of fibre.

2. Beans

Beans have more than 10 grams of

fibre per cup serving -- that’s more than

almost any other fibre source. Beans

have a great mixture of soluble and

insoluble fibre, which helps the food

keep moving through your intestines.

Cup for cup, beans can provide twice

as much fibre as most vegetables. A

half-cup serving of navy beans will

provide 9.5 grams of fibre, while a

similar size serving of kidney beans

provides 8.2 grams.

Lima beans, great Northern, and

pinto have a little less, but still pack

a whopping 6-plus grams of fibre per

half-cup. Beans are incredibly versatile

and can be tossed into any number of

Mini Program

salads, soups, casseroles, and pasta.

Although keep in mind, beans can

cause bloating so it’s good to consume

in moderation.

3. Kiwi

The luscious green flesh of the kiwi

may be just what the doctor ordered.

One medium kiwi has about 2.5

grams of fibre and lots of vitamins

and nutrients that are important for

good health, including your intestines.

A kiwi is a berry. And like most berries,

it has edible seeds. You can even eat

the peel though most people prefer

to eat just the flesh. Also, eating two

kiwis a day increased the number

of bowel movements in adults with

constipation.

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WHAT IS VITAPLUS THERAPY?

VitaPlus therapy is an all-natural treatment for people suffering

from chronic illnesses, which activates the body’s

innate ability to regenerate healing through a completely

organic and vegetarian diet, juicing, natural supplements

and vitamins, detoxification and cleansing. Based on osteopathy

manual practitioner Natan Gendelman’s extensive

experience of successfully treating various conditions,

such as cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, irritable

bowel syndrome, Crohn disease and so on, the VitaPlus

methodology and program is based on a whole-body approach

which reactivates the immune system and develops

an environment in which diseases cannot survive.

VitaPlus Approach

We see the body as a single unit of function, which encompasses

the mechanisms and ability to heal itself. Our

treatment reactivates and boosts the immune system,

which fights and kills diseases.

How Do We Do This

VitaPlus treatment is a full intensive detoxification and

cleansing regimen focused on restoring and reactivating

the body’s ability to heal itself.

It Consists Of:

- Entirely organic and vegetarian diet plan,

including juices, meals and snacks

- Up to 5 litres of fresh pressed juice daily

- Biologically-natural nutritional supplements

and vitamins

- Detoxification and cleansing

- Massage therapy

- Health coaching

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