Nature or nurture? The eternal question of why each of us is the way we are! It’s the same with skin – the initial quality, or type, of your skin is genetically determined – meaning you are born with it. Regrettably, skin ageing is an inevitable process. Wrinkles usually sneak up on us between 30 and 45, become more noticeable between 45 and 50 and are pronounced from 50 on up. The process can be slowed down by a good skin care and protection routine. To nurture what nature gave you and keep skin looking its best, the first step is to understand your skin type.
The adrenal glands sit over the kidneys, where they play a significant role in the body’s functions. They secrete more than 50 hormones necessary for life, including epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), progesterone and testosterone. Notably, they’re responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of cortisol and adrenaline. When we are busy, stressed and anxious, our bodies pump out cortisol on a continual basis. However, we simply aren’t meant to function under such ongoing pressure, so eventually such chronic stress can wear down our adrenal glands and lead to what many term “burn out”. Contributing to this burn out can be a diet of sugary, processed foods and caffeine. Over time, stress, sugar and caffeine overload can wear down the adrenals, potentially leading to Adrenal Fatigue.
Super-food smoothies are the super-stars of the health food world right now. Just jump on instagram or facebook and you’ll see a myriad of concoctions being whipped up by healthy foodies. Most of us have a hard time fitting in the daily recommended portions of fruits and vegetables that we need for optimal health (move over 5+ a day… the recommendation is now 7+!). Smoothies can bump up your servings in no time and naturally, bump unhealthy beverage choices to the curb at the same time!
The miraculous process of creating another human life is probably the most natural thing a woman can do. However, it can also benefit from some careful planning and discipline, to make it a smooth journey from pre-conception to birth. It is essential for both the mother and the baby to optimally cover nutritional needs and avoid potentially harmful foods for a healthy and low risk pregnancy. The basis of a pregnant woman’s diet is very similar to an adult woman’s recommendations, with a few changes in terms of caloric intake, supplementary vitamins and minerals, and precautions regarding food preparation.
Garcinia Cambogia in supplement form really became popular in the wellness and weight loss worlds after being showcased and endorsed on The Doctor Oz Show. The well-respected Dr. Oz termed Garcinia Cambogia extract as the “Holy Grail of Weight Loss”. So, how does it actually work? Let’s touch on a little science to get us started…when carbohydrates enter the body, enzymes either convert them into energy or store them as fat. HCA is thought to inhibit these enzymes from storing carbohydrates as fat, allowing them to be burned off and used as fuel instead.
5-HTP herbal supplementation has shown to be successful in many cases of treatment for depression. Some small studies indicate that 5-HTP may work as well as certain antidepressant drugs to treat people with mild-to-moderate depression. Like the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which includes fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft), 5-HTP increases the levels of serotonin in the brain. However, it does so without some of the harsher side effects such as weight gain, lowered libido, nauseas and dizziness. Taking a natural supplement such as 5-HTP also does not typically result in the withdrawal symptoms many antidepressants have when weaning off of or quitting them.