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Include Barley Grass as One of the Ways to Have a Healthy Lifestyle

 
 
More and more people are turning to vitamin supplements as one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle. More than half of Americans take a daily supplement and around 40% use a multivitamin supplement. In the UK alone the market for such supplements in 2009 was £670 million.

With doubts about the levels of nutrition in our diets, it is hardly surprising that we are looking for alternative ways to have a healthy lifestyle. It is interesting to understand what goes into supplements and how they manage to supply the goodness we require.
 

Barley Heads Held in the Hand on a Small Farm

 
This drive to find ways to have a healthy lifestyle means that certain foods have shot into the limelight and have been labeled ‘super foods.’ One of these new stars is barley grass.

Barley grass powder is found in many of the high quality supplements we take. It come from the dried leaves of the barley plant and as such can be considered a vegetable. The benefits of this food are astonishing and some have claimed barley grass on it’s own provides most of the nutrients the body needs.

Calcium is hugely important to the human body to build and maintain important hard structures such as teeth and bones and studies have shown barley grass contains up to four times the level of calcium found in milk.

Iron too is very important to our health. It underpins many of the essential processes that take place within our bodies; iron is vital in the production of red blood cells and in the distribution of oxygen molecules around from the lungs to the processes that demand it. The immune system also depends on iron for it’s correct functioning, as does the conversion of blood sugar to energy. Generally iron is a vital component in the construction and maintenance of cells within the body and is especially important in times of high stress, such as pregnancy (when the mother supplies iron to the unborn child) and exercise.

Barley grass has been shown to contain up to 22 times the level of iron than spinach. It also includes all the essential amino acids, 13 different vitamins and 12 minerals.

Interestingly barley grass also contains levels of chlorophyll. This substance is of course essential to plants and other life forms but has also been found to combat harmful bacteria within the human body. It has been proved to repair and rejuvenate damaged tissues.

Clearly barley grass is a useful substance if you are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle. When you next select a nutrition supplement, you could do a lot worse than look for one containing barley grass.

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Nutrition and Your Health: Bioprene

 
 

Beautiful Afro Caribbean Lady In Green and White Bikini

 
Many of us are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle, decide to use regular vitamin supplements and yet are confused by the plethora of ingredients available.

One substance found in certain supplements is bioprene.

Black pepper has been seen as a healthy spice for centuries and is the worlds’ most traded spice, the majority coming from Vietnam. A wide range of illnesses was considered to be cured by black pepper: among them were gangrene, heart disease, indigestion, liver problems, lung diseases, insect bites and constipation.

Bioprene is an extract of black pepper and contains the active ingredient piperine, considered to be responsible for many of the health benefits attributed to black pepper.

In the few relevant studies available, bioprene is widely believed to help the absorption of nutrients in the gut, such as beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins B6 and C, but piperine has been shown to promote the metabolism and the production of energy. Thermogensis is the process of energy production from fat within the body and it is this piperine boosts. For this reason, bioprene is an important constituent of some slimming pills and supplements for athletes, bodybuilders and other sportspeople.

A faster metabolism means consumed food will digest faster, fats will be burned and nutrients will be absorbed at a quicker rate. Clearly it makes sense to use bioprene to encourage a more efficient use of nutrients.

Studies dating from some years ago suggested there might be a toxic quality to black peppers but the increased usage in recent years has proved this conclusion was inaccurate.

If you are looking for ways to have a healthy lifestyle then products including bioprene may be a part of that.

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Using Lavender In Mineral Powder Makeup

 
 

Lavender Plants In Rows

 

There is a bewildering array of cosmetics available to those who want to look their best (and that must be nearly everybody!) but one of the priorities must be to find a healthy makeup for skin. Mineral powder makeup uses natural ingredients to work with the skin for optimum benefits.

This means mineral powder makeup uses ingredients not previously associated with cosmetics. One of these is lavender.

Lavender has always been associated with perfume and aromatherapy to encourage good sleep and reduce anxiety but other uses are now becoming better known. Extracts from this plant have now been found to combat respiratory disorders, remove lice from the hair, help digestion, relieve pain and help the immune system but research has also shown lavender has benefits for the skin too.

The oil from lavender has antiseptic and antifungal properties and can be used to treat disorders such as acne, psoriasis, athlete’s foot, inflammation, wounds, cuts and sunburn. It has been found to help the formation of scar tissue.

Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties and encourages better circulation so, when it is used in a healthy makeup for skin, there is reduced redness and blotchiness. Skin benefits from a better distribution of oxygen and the improvements in circulation promote this too.

This medicine cabinet in a bottle was reported as far back as 1910, when French chemist Rene Gattefosse discovered how immediately plunging a burned hand into lavender oil allowed the burn to recover quickly without scarring. Having said that, the ancient Greeks and Romans would introduce lavender oil to their baths and use it as incense.

Extracts from this useful plant can also combat the effects of stress and external toxins as well as smelling great. One starts to wonder why any makeup line would not include lavender in its ingredients.

Generally lavender oil is hypoallergenic so is useful for mineral makeup powder for those with sensitive skin. If you are looking for a makeup to benefit your skin, then it would be useful to find one that includes lavender in its ingredients.

Take a look at the new line of Proto-col Baked Mineral Cosmetics, which use lavender oil extensively.
 
 

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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Avoid Toxic Cosmetics

More information has come to light that seems to support the idea of using all natural makeup to look good. There has been increasing concern over recent years over the toxicity of the skin care and cosmetic products we all use day-to-day.

In the USA, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been spearheading the drive and has produced some useful healthy skin tips.

Basically they recommend looking for beauty products with as simple as possible ingredients list on the bottles or tubes. Always avoid those containing synthetic products, particularly fragrances.

Sadly the beauty industry is generally unregulated so it is better for us all to understand what we are putting on our skins. The advent of the Internet means we can research products and their ingredients more easily. Do not take claims of all natural makeup, for example, as trustworthy; marketing claims may not be all they appear to be.

Vote with your money. Once you have identified the best products to use, buy them and avoid the unhealthy ranges. This means the producers who genuinely have the health of your skin in mind will prosper and those who do not will suffer.

In any case, why keep your conclusions to yourself? Share your own healthy skin tips online so others can benefit from them.

Visit The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics website to find out more.

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Healthy Skin Tips: The Benefits Of Vitamin E

Vitamin E has been included in a number of products, including sunless tan lotions and healthy makeup for skin, so clearly has some benefits to our complexions. But what are they?

This vitamin has a function as an antioxidant. It prevents the build-up of free radicals in the body and thus it prevents cell damage. This can also mean a reduced risk of cancerous growths and damage to DNA. Vitamin E also supports the immune system and encourages the production of CD4 cells (to kill interloper cells naturally) and certain antibodies to promote the body’s defences against disease.

Sometimes antioxidants are also formed when the body breaks down fat to create energy. Healthy levels of vitamin E protect against this effect, particularly as it is fat-soluble itself.

This vitamin also helps the recovery from injuries, especially damage to the muscle, but this benefit also extends to the healing of the skin after injury or burns and the prevention of an excess of scar tissue forming. It may also have a beneficial effect on shingles, eczema, skin ulcers and cold sores. Overall it helps promote good skin health.

Vitamin E may well help to prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries and so reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. There are studies that suggest it could also prevent cataracts, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease as well as even reducing the ill effects of menopause and PMS.

Clearly vitamin E has many interesting uses, although not all of them have been proved beyond doubt yet. Nonetheless this vitamin is a very useful component of quality nutritional health supplements and other health products.

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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Titanium Dioxide

 

 

Mineral powder makeup is promoted as a healthy makeup for skin as it contains natural ingredients that work with the skin and promotes its health. Other more traditional cosmetics often simply cover the skin and prevent its normal functions.

One ingredient regularly used in all natural makeup is titanium dioxide.

This substance is a natural sunscreen as it absorbs, reflects or scatters ultra violet light and naturally offers a protection of SPF20. Titanium dioxide also gives whiteness to all natural makeup and reduces its transparency.

There have been some reports that titanium dioxide might be carcinogenic. A carcinogen is any substance that encourages cells to malfunction and to become cancerous. There have been several studies recently in an attempt to understand if the substance represents a risk or not.

In 1985, a study with the snappy title “Pulmonary Response of Rats Exposed to Titanium Dioxide by Inhalation for Two Years” discovered that rats exposed to titanium dioxide dust for six hours a day, five days a week for two years did develop slight lung tumours. However another study in 2004 discovered that the same exposure had no effect on other rodents or indeed on larger mammals (such as humans) so there is a danger peculiar to rats alone. This conclusion had also been formed following another study by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Food and Health organization in 1969.

In any case it would be extremely unlikely that any human would be exposed to the high levels of titanium dioxide used in these studies. One could say that too much of anything would be bad for us.

One type of titanium dioxide that has been causing some concern in recent years is the use of nanoparticles of the substance. Indeed, there is concern about the use of nanoparticles, or microscopic particles, of any substance.  Some evidence shows that small enough particles of a material could penetrate the cells, leading to a fear of cancer creation. It may be wise to treat any cosmetics using this technology with caution.

In conclusion it is always wise for any consumers to be informed about the products and their ingredients being used on the skin. In general it still seems that any cosmetics using small amounts of titanium dioxide represent healthy makeup for skin.

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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Propylene Glycol And Cosmetics

In trying to discover why all natural makeup is a healthy makeup for skin and why cheap cosmetics cause skin reactions, one has to examine the ingredients in each.

One of the significant substances in cheaper traditional cosmetics is propylene glycol. This is added to skin products as it prevents drying but is found in many products used on the body such as cosmetics, lotions, deodorants, shampoos, hair conditioners and even toothpaste. Unfortunately it is also found in anti-freeze, brake fluid, paint, cigarettes, car de-icer, pet foods, laundry deodorants and even some processed foods.

It is an alcohol produced by fermenting yeast and carbohydrates and does exist in different forms. Therefore the type of propylene glycol found in cosmetics is slightly different to those in more industrial products.

In 1991 the American Academy of Dermatologists reported on a study that showed even small amounts of the industrial propylene glycol causing skin irritation. The US Department of Health and Human Services has even produced a Material Safety Data Sheet on this chemical, which states that it may cause eye and skin irritation as well as nausea, headaches and intestinal problems after prolonged exposure. Other studies suggest more severe effects may be possible including lover and kidney damage.

So why do we put it in cosmetics?

The short answer is that propylene glycol is cheap. When creating a new inexpensive cosmetic it is good to be able to claim it prevents drying of the skin. However this means it is also prone to interfere with the natural processes of the skin.

The website PropyleneGlycol.org explains the substance is used in over 4000 cosmetics products and gives lipstick its texture, helps combine the oil and water in body lotions, ensures shampoo foam and keeps fragrances smelling for longer. The site claims there is a very low level of toxicity and it is possible to ingest anything other than small amounts.

The propylene glycol is used to transport active ingredients in products and the website maintains it is quickly changed into lactic acid in the body and excreted through the urine. To be fair they also state there are no ill effects from small amounts of the pharmaceutical chemical. The various regulatory bodies around the world have deemed the substance to be safe although in Europe its use is restricted to mostly non-food applications.

However this debate does not answer the question about skin irritation. Propylene glycol is undoubtedly foreign to the body and as such should be treated with suspicion. Many cheaper traditional cosmetics block the pores and add nothing to the skin, which needs to breathe to be healthy.

Many people do not wear any makeup at all as they find it irritates their skin and a few studies have traced this back to the use of products containing propylene glycol.

All natural makeup or mineral cosmetics however use natural ingredients to add nutrition to the skin as well as make the wearer look good.

Of course every purchaser of cosmetics will make up their own mind (if you will excuse the expression) but generally the healthy makeup for skin would seem to be an all natural makeup.

 

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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Free Radicals And Antioxidants

 

Girl doing exercises on Morro Strand State Beach, California

 

Have you ever read any health information, such as tips to beautiful skin, and seen references to ‘free radicals’ and ‘antioxidants’ and not been sure what these are?

Here are a couple of very short explanations.

Free Radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that have at least one unpaired electron and in the body these are often oxygen atoms. This means the incomplete atoms bounce around the body with high energy and damage any cells with which they come into contact. Often these damaged cells also produce their own free radicals following the collision.

The best known antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E. These protect cells from the damage wrought by free radicals by donating one of their own electrons and stabilising them.

Antioxidants are very stable so are not diminished or damaged by contact with free radicals.

So one of the tips to beautiful skin is protect your skin from free radicals by applying products containing antioxidants.

To find out more, why not go to the HealthCheckSystems.com website?

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Nutritional Health Supplements: The Importance Of Teenage Nutrition

 

Most parents fear their children’s teenage years and the connotations involved. The expectations involve rows, late nights, puberty, boyfriends or girlfriends and so on and yet the biggest problems are likely to involve the significant physiological changes that take place.

Teenage years are those in which growth accelerates and the body sets itself up for adulthood. This is the time to ensure their nutrition is as it should be and perhaps consider if nutritional health supplements are needed. The body needs to be properly prepared for the stresses placed upon it during this time.

Of course another feature of this life stage is rebellion so many wise parents set up good eating habits early as the core of good nutrition. But however canny parents are, the goodness or otherwise going into their offsprings’ bodies needs to be understood, as is the demand their bodies have for the nutrition.

One key need for growing teenagers is for iron. A study in the United Kingdom showed that 13% of adolescent boys and 27% of girls the same age have low levels of iron. Iron is needed to help the blood carry oxygen to the muscles, an important function as teenagers are, and should be encouraged to be, very active. Adolescent brains are under great stress too, with growth and school examinations, and iron helps the brain function. We should not forget as well that iron is essential to the function of the immune system.

Young women particularly find their levels of iron will deplete after menstruation.

Foods that are good sources of iron include red meat but alternatives exist in the form of dried fruit, bread, breakfast cereals and green leafy vegetables. Although diet is the best source of all nutrients, nutritional health supplements can also be considered.  Eating vitamin C rich foods (such as citrus fruit) or nutritional health supplements will also help the absorption of iron but interestingly tea is to be avoided. The tannins in tea have been found to interfere with iron intake so perhaps a fruit juice would be better.

With the growth spurt experienced by teenagers, it is hardly surprising that calcium is also an important substance during this time.  Calcium is essential to bone development and research has shown effective bone development in adolescent years has a significant impact on future skeleton strength. Studies have suggested a 5% increase in teenage bone mass can result in a 40% decrease in bone fractures later in life.

The brittle bone disease, osteoporosis, can be largely avoided in later years by foresight in nutrition during the teens. Regrettably the UK National Diet And Nutrition Survey Of Young People Aged 4-18 Years has shown that 25% of teenagers have calcium levels lower than the recommended level. This infers a later bone health problem.

As well as nutritional health supplements, of course, good sources of calcium include dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese.

As always there is no substitute for a healthy diet and regular meals are essential to health for a teenager.  Unfortunately the adolescent’s usual foods of choice tend to be fatty and sugar-rich foods and drinks.  In fact the best foods they can consume would be starchy carbohydrates (bread, rice, potatoes), lots of fruit and vegetables, dairy products and two servings of protein (meat, fish, eggs) per day. Six to eight glasses of fluid a day are useful too and don’t forget that regular exercise, which helps fitness, cardiovascular health and bone growth.

Modern teenage complications have made things more difficult. Peer pressure and mass media has lead many young people to turn to methods of slimming. As always, a healthy diet and moderate exercise will always produce the ‘perfect’ for anyone but fad diets are employed too often. These frequently reduce the nutrients going into the body and can sometimes even result in eating disorders.

The twin eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia, affect 1.6 million people in the UK and some 6 to 11 million in the US. Although particularly a female problem, it also affects a significant number of males. If you suspect your teenager is suffering from this dangerous affliction, please get professional help immediately.

Teenage nutrition can be a fascinating subject and a good way to ensure your children understand what they should be eating is to get them interested in preparing and cooking food from an early age. In this way they can learn to look after themselves in later years and realize what good food is like.

It is in that period between childhood and adulthood that a young person needs the best nutrition to set him or her up for life. Whether from a healthy diet or using nutritional health supplements, it is worth getting the input right.

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Natural Diet Supplement: Nutrition And The Immune System

When discussions take place about nutrition and the need to use a natural diet supplement, the immune system will always be mentioned at some point.

Having a healthy immune system is essential to the wellbeing of the human body. It is very likely that we see off many illnesses without even knowing about it; indeed, some experts think the immune system defeats some cancers leaving us blissfully unaware that anything has happened.

So what elements do we need to have in our diet or, if necessary, in a natural diet supplement to ensure we have the best immune system possible?

Perhaps the best-known substance for boosting the immune system is vitamin C. This vitamin is traditionally credited with defense against, for example, the common cold.

This reputation is well deserved as vitamin C encourages the production of white blood cells and antibodies, which are the prime defense against infection. What is perhaps less well known is this vitamin also helps increase supplies of interferon. Interferon is well named as it coats the surface of cells and interferes with the entry of viruses.

Vitamin C also increases levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) in the body and prevents fat forming in the arteries thus warding off cardiovascular problems. There is also some evidence this vitamin will reduce the chances of the most numerous cancers: namely, breast, prostate and colon cancer.

Let us now turn to vitamin E. This vitamin is less well known as C but is just as effective and should be included in a good natural diet supplement.

Vitamin E may well slow down the decline in the immune system normally associated with ageing. It promotes the cells that attack germs, cancer cells and destructive bacteria. It has also been shown, in a study carried out by the Harvard School Of Public Health, to reduce the chances of heart attack by half.

More publicity has been given to Omega-3 fatty acids but few people understand them. In fact they promote phagocytes, which are white blood cells that deal with aggressive bacteria. Previous generations knew this and this would explain why doses of cod liver oil were so popular and why many people now take an Omega-3 natural diet supplement.

Another substance that encourages the production of white blood cells is zinc. It also helps produce more antibodies and cells to reduce the incidence of cancer.

Elderly people are often deficient in zinc and this weakens the immune system. There is some evidence that zinc may reduce infections but the results are still inconclusive. Equally it is wise when taking a natural diet supplement to ensure the dosage of zinc is controlled as an overdose can actually inhibit the immune system

Another bonus to the immune system is the group of phytonutrients known as bioflavenoids. These protect the cell membranes from environmental pollutants, covering the surface so toxins are unable to get access. Bioflavenoids also help to prevent clots and fat in the arteries.

Phytonutrients, incidentally, are plant-derived nutrients that are essential to sustain human life.

Lastly, carotenoids are a family that work together to aid the immune system. Perhaps the best-known member is beta carotene. Beta carotene also works to produce infection-fighting cells and reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol in the arteries. In this way it helps to reduce the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks. The body uses cells called macrophages to attack cancer and beta carotene stimulates these cells.

Vitamin A also has such anticancer properties and boosts the immune system, which is not surprising as it is constructed from beta carotene. It is theoretically possible to overdose on vitamin A but is unlikely as the body only produces the amount it needs.

Clearly the levels of these immune system boosting substances should be maintained for good health. The ideal method is always to do so through a balanced diet but there will always be situations or lifestyles when a goodnatural diet supplement will be needed. The priority is to ensure our immune systems are in top condition.

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