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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Brazilian Anti-Aging Superfood Secrets Uncovered

How Unique Nutrients from the World's Most Powerful Plants Promote Radiant Skin, Thick Glossy Hair, and a Youthful Glow

Brazil is known worldwide as a super model capitol.  Brazilian women are revered for their exceptional beauty, their smooth, glowing skin ... glossy hair ... and beautiful nails.  And Brazilian men are also renowned for their exceptional good looks.  Is the beauty of the Brazilians just a coincidence, some kind of lucky national trait?
 

Not surprisingly, the answer is no: The famous beauty of the Brazilian people is not a lucky coincidence.  The truth is, Brazilians feast every day on extraordinary superfoods packed with nutrients we simply don't get enough of.
 

Fortunately, this doesn't mean you can't also glow from the inside out—like a Brazilian.  All you need to know is exactly what these super-star nutrients are ... why they are so age-defying and beautifying to skin and hair ... and finally, the best and most effective way to find and use them.

What Are Brazilians Eating That Others Are Not?
 

When the highly respected and world-renowned integrative physician and anti-aging expert Dr. Al Sears visited Brazil 10 years ago, he was determined to find out why the Brazilians enjoyed such gorgeous, unlined skin, such lustrous hair, such long, strong nails.  He wanted to know what Brazilians were doing that others are not.
 

This question led Dr. Sears into an ongoing study of the Brazilian lifestyle.  And his research kept bringing him back to the food Brazilians eat.  Every day Brazilians have access to some of the most powerful plants and fresh produce on earth.  Brazilian markets are packed to the brim with foods and herbs we rarely see elsewhere.

Dr. Sears's research into the age-defying dietary habits of the Brazilians led him to the discovery of a rare and extremely nutrient-rich fruit.  This chocolaty-vanilla plant ripens during the rainy season, from January to April.  And when the harvest begins, there's a mad rush in every Brazilian market, restaurant, and street fair.
 

Fine restaurants and small cafés use the fruit to make different drinks, jams, dessert tarts and—a local favorite—ice cream.  This fruit sells out very quickly ... and then there's nothing to do but wait until next year.

This fruit is call cupuaçu: It’s better than chocolate. Brazilians love it for its unique chocolaty-vanilla taste. Fine restaurants and small cafés all over the country use it to make different drinks, jams, dessert tarts and ice cream.
 
You don’t have to go all the way to South America to get it. I’m developing a new formula that will bring cupuaçu to you, and it should be ready any day now. You’ll be hearing more about it soon.
In the meantime, look for cupuaçu at grocery stores that specialize in Brazilian foods. If they don’t have any of the fresh fruit on hand, look for it in the freezer section. When you find it, try this easy milkshake recipe…
  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of finely chopped lemongrass leaves, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 cups of milk in a blender.
  1. Pour the mixture through a strainer and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  1. For the rest, you need 1 cup of cupuaçu pulp. If you’re using frozen cupuaçu, be sure to defrost it a little first. If you’re using fresh, try blending it together with some ice.
  1. Separate the pulp into two glasses.
  1. Top them with the frozen lemongrass mixture and enjoy.
You can also get cupuaçu butter for your skin at your local health food store. I also use it in my mineral-based sunscreen called Solis, from my natural skincare line Pure Radiance. It combines cupuaçu and shea butter to soothe your skin and boost your antioxidant protection.




Saturday, September 15, 2012

7 Steps to Thinking Better: Your Brain Power Boost

If you are one of those people who want to think better,
your brain power boost might be just a few steps away.


1. Engage yourself in a Regular Exercise


Do simple exercises like a simple walk or jog. It may not be as

intense as a full-blown work-out. You just have to keep your body
physically fit and active.

Simple work-outs may trigger the release of neurochemicals known as

endorphins. These chemicals are responsible for making us feel
happy and by feeling happier, a more positive effect on the brain
can be observed.

2. Supplement your Diet


Natural supplements are believed to have a good effect on the

brain. These supplements not only keep your body healthier, they
also maintain the fitness of your brain; thus resulting to better
brain power! These supplements are so popular that they can be
found anywhere, from your local health and food store up to the web
pages of the internet.

3. Use your Brain


If you are to exercise your body, you should exercise your brain as

well. Use your brain muscles more often - think and learn. You may
read, talk with other people or even play educational games. Any
activity that can keep your brain working effectively may be tried
out.

4. Play Games


Choose games that will definitely have a good effect on your brain.

Refrain from playing games which are "no-brainer." Nowadays, most
computer games are designed to exercise your brain, so all you have
to do is to choose well the games that you will play. Gaming
consoles are also following the fad into increasing brain function.
So, do your part in boosting your brain power, play games that will
increase your brain power.

5. Enjoy an Educational Hobby


Choose a hobby that will give you some lessons at the end of the

activity. This will not be such a difficult task since most of the
time, we learn something from our experiences. Just be sure to do
things that are not monotonous. Your hobby should be something that
will help you learn new things every time you perform it. This way,
you will be able to use some parts of your brain which are left
unused before.

6. Sleep Well


Sleeping is the time when your body rebuilds and recharges itself.

Most professionals believe that you should sleep for at least six
to eight hours a day. Aside from these hours, you should also try
to take ten-minute power naps.  After these refreshing sleeps and
naps, you will surely feel energized to take on more activities for
the day. Do not deprive yourself of sleep, and you will then
realize that your brain will function better with more hours of
sleep.

7. Relax


Because of the complexities of our society today, your brain is

exhausted just as much as your body. Thus, you should take the time
to relax and cleanse your mind of the worries and stresses that
might overwhelm your thoughts. You may want to try on spas or
meditations to give your mind a break from all the hassle. After
the relaxation, you will feel that you are prepared to take on
another complex day! This is how you make better your brain's
health and performance.




Monday, September 10, 2012

11 VERY BAD Habits that are Actually GOOD for You


You probably think the items that follow fall into that “off limits” category, yet studies show they can actually be quite good for you in their own right. Moderation is, of course, key in all things, so we’re not saying you should throw caution to the wind entirely – just that, sometimes, what’s “bad” turns out to be good…

1. Daydreaming

Your teachers scolded you as a child, but it turns out daydreamers aren’t the lazy procrastinators they’re pegged as. When you daydream, your brain is actually very active, and that includes the brain region known as the “executive network,” which is associated with high-level thinking and complex problem-solving.[i] Letting your mind wander may be nature’s way of helping you work through difficult issues in your life; studies show it also boosts creativity and helps you think abstractly, which may be useful for improving your empathy and social relationships.

2. Eating Chocolate

It’s ok to indulge in a bit of chocolate – particularly if its dark chocolate. The humble cocoa bean contains potent antioxidants that are quite good for your heart. One recent study even found that those who ate the most chocolate had a 37% reduction in heart disease and a 29% reduction in stroke compared to those who ate the lowest levels.[ii] As a general rule, the darker (and more bitter) the chocolate, the healthier it is.

3. Eating Fat

Many types of fat are actually good for you. You’re probably familiar with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats in foods like olive oil, nuts and avocado, but there’s also omega-3 fats, found in fish and fish oil, which are also beneficial for your heart, your brain, cancer and much more.

But did you know a recent study from the Netherlands found that eating saturated fats is not associated with heart disease? Instead, they found that cutting saturated fats from your diet and replacing them with carbohydrates actually increases heart disease risk![vii]

Another study found that supplementing your diet with coconut oil (rich in saturated fat) helps to reduce abdominal obesity.[viii]

So if you’re looking to lose weight, cutting fat from your diet is probably not the answer. Cutting unhealthy carbs (like sugar) and exercise will often do the trick, and you can also try a spritz of ThinMist under your tongue before each meal. It enters your bloodstream in just 23 seconds, flooding your body with critical minerals… amino acids… and natural, bio-identical hormones that work synergistically to help BURN FAT more efficiently. It essentially kicks your metabolism into high gear all day long, and best of all, because it’s a 100% natural formula, you won’t experience any harmful side effects!

4. Drinking Alcohol

Light to moderate alcohol consumption has been linked to lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and cognitive decline. Red wine, which is rich in antioxidants, is often touted as the “healthiest” type of alcohol, but even beer has been linked to these benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture even said that moderate drinking may save 26,000 lives a year due to these benefits![iv]

What is moderate drinking? No more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 a day for women. If you have an alcohol addiction, of course, it’s best to abstain regardless.

5. Getting Angry

Getting angry actually has psychological benefits when channeled appropriately. For starters, anger can motivate you to take action when it’s necessary (such as standing up for a good cause) and it can help you communicate in your personal relationships. Hiding your anger in a relationship can be detrimental and may hinder your ability to solve problems or lead to a bigger blowup in the future. Many also find that getting angry allows for self-reflection, including insights into your own faults, which can prompt positive change. So letting your anger out, responsibly and appropriately, can indeed be a very good thing.

6. Being Out in the Sun

If you’re still shunning the sun for fear of skin cancer, you should know that many experts are now advising sensible sun exposure on a daily basis. When the sun hits your bare skin (i.e. without sunscreen), your body produces vitamin D, optimal levels of which can reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, depression, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and much more. Many Americans are dangerously deficient in vitamin D, so some safe sun exposure would be beneficial (as long as you don’t get burned).

7. Eating Meat

Eating meat in moderation can be beneficial. It’s one of the best sources of protein, as it contains all of the essential amino acids, and it’s also an excellent source of iron, zinc and beneficial B vitamins. Interestingly, even red meat like beef can be healthy, as half of the fatty acids it contains are monounsaturated (the same type as in heart-healthy olive oil). And if you opt for grass-fed beef, it will also be a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may help prevent cancer. Ideally, your meat should be grass-fed, organic and from a sustainably farmed source.

8. Grilling


Grilling foods can create the formation of cancer-causing chemicals called HCA’s (heterocyclic amines). But, marinating meats for at least several hours beforehand in liquid mixtures that contain rosemary and other herbs/spices can dramatically help to reduce HCAs. It appears that the highly potent antioxidants in these herbs prevent HCA formation.

9. Drinking Coffee

Coffee has antioxidant properties and drinking a few cups a day has been linked to health advantages ranging from a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and gallstones to improved cognitive function. If you’re going to drink coffee, dark roast appears to be the best, offering superior improvements in antioxidant levels and even helping people to lose weight, compared to lighter roasts.[v]

10. Playing Video Games


Video games do offer players some unique benefits, including greater dexterity, more acute eyesight, faster reflexes, quicker decision-making (without sacrificing accuracy), and even improvements in memory and creativity. One recent study even found that specially designed video games (such as one based on killing cancer cells in your body, designed for cancer patients) can boost positive motivation, leading to improvements in health and behavior.[vi]

11. Taking Naps

Does your spouse ever nag you for taking an afternoon siesta? Have you been caught snoozing on the job?
bad habits that are good for you

It’s a shame napping is so frowned upon in the United States (it’s actually common in other areas, like the Mediterranean), as not only do naps lower your risk of dying from heart disease and stroke,[iii] but they’ve also been found to improve creating thinking, memory and learning.

For best results, keep your naps short, from a few minutes up to a half hour (too much longer and it might make you groggy)

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Healing with Massage


Massaging our feet through self-reflexology can be an easy and free way to support our mind, body and spirit.

Our feet are home to literally thousands of nerve endings and about seventy acupuncture points, which is why foot reflexology is so effective. By massaging and stimulating specific areas on the soles of our feet, we can provide general support for our entire body, improve sleep patterns, increase physical and mental wellbeing and also alleviate chronic conditions such as sinusitis and digestive upset. We can treat ourselves to a self-reflexology massage if we take some time for this exercise before we begin our day or in the evening to relax before going to bed.

There are many different ways to work the soles of your feet, including rolling each foot over a golf or tennis ball, walking barefoot on river stones, or just using your fingers and hands to massage your feet. When starting a reflexology session, it’s a good idea to begin with loosening up your ankles – rotate each foot clockwise then counter clockwise about ten times. You might also want to pinch the end of your toes, which can increase circulation and drainage in your sinuses and stimulate your pituitary and pineal glands. Then you can begin massaging the ball of your foot, the arch, and the heel. If you find that an area is tender, it may indicate some problem occurring in the related area of the body.  You may want to explore what is going on with that organ or system.

Whether we are able to spend just a few minutes a day on this kind of self-care or a full half hour, our efforts are never wasted. By taking responsibility for our own health and taking time every day to connect with our body, we can not only assist our body in letting go of stress and dysfunction, but we can also continue to support an ongoing sense of wellness and vitality.
 



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