GOOD HEALTH NEWS
Volume 7 No. 4
IN THIS ISSUE
Winter Skin Care Tips:
Treating Dry Skin Naturally
Why You Should Eat Less
3 Health Benefits of Rose
The Benefits of Peppers
Foods to Help with
Our Brand New VitaPlus
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!
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
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.
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
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
Here’s an easy Stuffed Red Pepper
recipe you can try at home!
4 medium sized Haas avocados (or 5
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
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
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
3. Scoop the guacamole into six pepper
halves. Serve on top of a bed of
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
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.
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
salads, soups, casseroles, and pasta.
Although keep in mind, beans can
cause bloating so it’s good to consume
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
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