Health Tip: When to Chew Gum

Mar 22, 2013 by

Did you know? Chew gum after meals, not on an empty stomach. Chewing gum stimulates gastrointestinal juices which can lead to ulcers if chewed before meals. So remember to always chew after meals to help aid in digestion.

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Hair Tip: Detangling Long Hair

Mar 20, 2013 by

Detangling Long Hair can sometimes take forever and/or lead to breakage. Especially if you’re using a brush or fine tooth comb. The best way to untangle those knots is by using a wide tooth comb, which is much more gentler on the hair! You will also need a detangling spray. If you don’t have a detangling spray, than you can simply make one. In an empty spray bottle, fill with distilled water and one teaspoon of a light silky conditioner. Shake and spray. With your wide tooth comb, carefully comb, starting at the ends and work your way up to the base. Remember, combing or brushing at the roots first can create more tangles and potentially break the hair. Good luck!

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Soak Your Nuts and Seeds

Mar 6, 2013 by

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Why should you soak your nuts and seeds? There are many benefits to soaking nuts from digestion to enhanced taste. When nuts are soaked, they become softer and much more easier to chew. Moist nuts will increase enzyme production making them easier to digest. Also, soaking will allow the tannins to release giving the nuts a smoother, more buttery taste.

Soaking seeds are very important, because enzyme inhibitors are present in the shell. By soaking seeds, they will begin to sprout causing the release of enzyme inhibitors(natural bug repellant) and also creating more bio-available nutrients. The sprouted seeds are easier to digest and more nutrients are absorbed by the body. Sprouting definitely adds more energy to the seeds.

Nuts and seeds can be soaked for 20-30 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice(neutralizes enzymes). To really add moisture and to guarantee they sprout, it’s best to do overnight in the refrigerator. Remember, consuming dry nuts will rob moisture from the body and potentially lead to constipation. Always soak before you eat. Good luck!

 

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Green Tea for Health and Beauty

Feb 28, 2013 by

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For thousands of years, the Chinese have used green tea for many health benefits, from longevity to weight loss. The power of the plant Camellia Sinensis, lies in the leaves, which contain a powerful anti-oxidant known as EGCG(Epigallocatechin Gallate). EGCG has been shown to protect the heart, lower LDL cholesterol, fight infection, prevent tooth decay, cardiovascular diseases, and more.
Cosmetic giants like Estee Lauder and Amore Pacific also use green tea attract in their products. The skin benefits they say, are protection against free radicals as well as DNA repair and protection. Therefore, adding green tea to a daily regimen, internally and externally will definitely delay the symptoms of aging. So sip or apply away.
 
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Digestive Enzymes For Beauty

Feb 19, 2013 by

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Digestive enzymes are not only great for internal health, they’re also great for healthy skin, nails, and hair. Many of Hollywood’s A-List celebs take supplemental enzymes or use cosmetic products formulated with them to slow or reverse the signs of aging. So how do they work?

Enzymes are found in plants and animals,  but when exposed to heat they are destroyed.  Eating a diet that is mostly raw will supply the body with enzymes that will help break down food into smaller particles to allow for better absorption of nutrients. For those who cook their food, digestive enzyme supplements are a great addition to meals. A healthy internal system leads to healthy skin, hair, and nails. You are what eat.

When applied topically to the skin, enzymes break up dead lack luster surface cells to reveal healthier skin cells. Bromelain and papain are enzymes found in fruits, often used in cosmetic products like masks and serums to clarify the skin and soften lines and wrinkles. Combining enzymes into a daily cosmetic regime can allow moisture and active ingredients to penetrate deeper and work more effectively.

I personally take enzyme supplements almost daily. When I know I am going to consume meals low in them, I pop 2-3 pills depending on how large the meal is. Most of my friends swear by the weight loss potential of supplementing with digestive enzymes. I’ve never been overweight, so personally I can’t say if that’s true or not.

Photo by Jason Little

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Makeup for Black and White Photography

Feb 11, 2013 by

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Model: Anna Volkoff

Doing makeup for black-and-white photography sounds like it’d be a piece of cake, right? Truthfully, it’s not. Most of the time, the model(s) in the photos look like there’s no structure to their face or body. People forget to add dimension and life after they’ve slathered on all that foundation. So pretty much, black-and-white photography can wash a person out. Doing makeup that is soft and subtle, usually doesn’t work… unless the person was born with perfect bone structure, which will show nicely on camera.

So simply put, contour the heck out of that face and body! Contour with deeper shades of bronzers and blushes. Using matte colored powders work great because they look more naturally. Using too much shimmer can make areas look very white and sparkly. When doing lips, go for deeper shades that will show up on camera. Unless you have small lips, then I recommend lining the lips with a deep liner and follow with a natural or bright colored lipstick to create fullness.

For eyes that pop, fill those brows in with a brown shade to draw more attention to the eyes. Also, add color to that crease, but make sure to blend. A hard line can be seen if colors are blended – but some people do like that look. For those who have a hooded lid, wear plenty of eye liner. The darker the eye liner, the more focus will go to the eyes. False or individual lashes are great to make the eyes look bigger… and finish with black mascara to really make the eyes pop.

The key to black-and-white is creating dimension! Contour, contour, contour.

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