Vitamin-e

The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil

We all know that chia seeds are good for our health, but did you know that they also have many benefits for healthy skin? Not only are chia seeds packed with vitamin E – which is essential in fighting against the ageing process – but there are also a few different ways this miracle product can help your skin when applied topically.

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Vitamin E

If you want the secret to soft, smooth skin, look no further than vitamin E. It is essential in decreasing those existing lines and wrinkles and is so quickly absorbed by the body. Chia seed oil is packed with high volumes of vitamin E to repair the skin and give it a nice, youthful glow.

All skin types

Who knew that chia seed oil is ideal for all skin types? Even those suffering from extremely sensitive skin can use this product on a daily basis without the fear of imminent breakouts. Simply use 2-3 drops for your face and neck, then pat it gently until your skin soaks it up.

Antioxidants

Just like other natural skincare products, chia seed oil is known for its antioxidant properties. It’s packed with high volumes of phyto-nutrients which assist cell-turnover and keep the skin looking its best at all times.

Omega-3 fats

This super-food is also rich in omega 3 fats which is essential for a healthy body, skin and mind. Since the serum is so concentrated, just a few drops in the morning and night is enough to nourish even dehydrated skin types.

Hydration

Did you know that chia seed oil has been clinically proven to hydrate super dry skin? Incorporate it into your daily skincare routine after toning, but before moisturising, for best results.

The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil

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May 29, 2015

Recognising Premenstrual Syndrome

A staggering 85 per cent of women with a menstrual cycle have at least 1 symptom pertaining to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual Tension (PMT). This is according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. With such a high number of women experiencing some indication of PMS, it’s important to be aware of what yours are and if they are serious enough to seek medical help.

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Symptoms

Symptoms usually present 1-2 weeks prior to menstruation and may continue until the commencement of your period. Each woman is different. Symptoms can present in isolation or in combination. They may be physical, which includes the following;

  • Acne or outbreak of pimples
  • Stomach problems; such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation
  • Feeling tired and worn out
  • Headache or migraine
  • Backache
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Insomnia
  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Appetite changes or food cravings – chocloate is popular
  • Weight fluctuations

For many women, emotional changes are common. These not only affect the individual, but can have a significant impact on their relations with others. The most common emotional symptoms include:

  • Tension, irritability, mood swings, or crying spells
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Trouble with concentration or memory

Treating symptoms

If you have identified one or more of these symptoms; treatment is available. There isn’t a one size fits all solution, so working out what assistance is best for you, is recommended. Lifestyle changes, medications and alternative therapies may be a viable solution.

Lifestyle changes

A healthy lifestyle, will not only assist PMS symptoms, but will improve your overall health and well being.

  • Exercise at least 3 times a week
  • Eat healthy and avoid salt, sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol, particularly when experiencing symptoms
  • Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night
  • De-stress, such as gardening, yoga, meditation; whatever works
  • Throw the cigarettes away! You know they are slowly killing you

Medications

Pain relievers, reduce pain. Loads of women avoid pain meds, but the stress which pain can place on the body, can often override any health benefits of avoiding medications. It’s very much a personal choice. Some PMS associated pain is due to inflammation, cramps, headache and backache. Meds, which reduces these symptoms include ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen and asprin.

Alternative therapies

Vital vitamins and minerals are lacking in many busy peoples diets. Multivitamins are a great source for all round extra protection. For combating PMS symptoms: vitamins D, B-6 and E are all effective. Folic acid, magnesium and calcium are also recommended.

What next

If you find that you’ve made some changes and your symptoms are still apparent; you will need to visit your GP. The GP, will ask you to track your symptoms. Using a simple PMS tracker will help the GP establish if you have PMS and if it’s mild, moderate or server. Only 3-8 percent of women have severe PMS; known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). For these women, PMS is severe and disabling.

Most women will have a very mild to moderate indication of PMS. Avoid suffering in silence. Most treatment is relatively simple. So, come on ladies; what do you have to lose?

PMS Tracker: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/PMS-symptom-tracker.pdf

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October 23, 2014

10 Foods High In Vitamin E

Not only will a vitamin E deficiency leave you feeling tired and lethargic, but it can also lead to poor health and a variety of illnesses. While it is difficult to eat your fruits, vegetables and everything else in between, remember to sneak a few of these foods into your diet in order to look and feel your best. Eating a variety of foods high in vitamin E helps to protect the body against heart disease, poor skin, eye damage and even cancer.

Spinach

This leafy green is packed with calcium, folate and vitamin E to keep your body looking and feeling it’s best. Add some fresh spinach to a salad or sandwich if you want to disguise its taste.

Almonds

Raw almonds are filled with 7.4 milligrams of vitamin E, which only means you need a small handful each day. Avoid almonds which are roasted since they are only packed with added sugar and preservatives.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin and sesame seeds boast high volumes of vitamin E, and even just 1/4 cup will give you about 80% of the recommended daily intake. Sprinkle over your morning breakfast for an extra bit of texture and flavour.

Kale

What isn’t kale good for? Other than being high in a number of other nutrients, kale is filled with vitamin E. If you find the taste rather bitter, try and boil about half a cup and add into your meals.

Avocado

Add some avocado to your salad, sandwich or even as guacamole to enjoy all the health benefits. Avocados are packed with good fatty-acids which have anti-inflammatory properties, fibre, potassium and even vitamin C.

Olives

Feel free to incorporate olive oil into your cooking, but don’t forget to enjoy some olives as well. One cup of olives will give 20% of the recommended daily intake.

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables since it helps to detox the body in a natural way. Although it doesn’t contain large volumes of vitamin E, broccoli will still provide around 4% of the recommended daily serving.

Papaya

Not only does papaya contain large volumes of vitamin C, but it is also packed in vitamin E as well. Serve as a snack, smoothie and salad for an extra health-kick.

Hazelnuts

Whether you enjoy raw hazelnuts or hazelnut milk, they both provide almost 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E. Enjoy as a snack, or use as the milk in your cereal each morning.

Wheatgerm oil

Plant oils are fantastic sources of vitamin E, and can be used in cooking and the overall preparation of food. Sunflower and wheat germ oil are extremely rich in vitamin E, and can even offer 100% of the daily recommended intake in just one tablespoon.

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August 4, 2014

Top 8 Heart Healthy Foods

Want to improve your cardiovascular system one bite at a time? Cutting down on dangerous fatty foods is one way to make this happen, but indulging in plenty of greens, fruits and legumes will fill your body with essential nutrients to stay fit and healthy. Here are eight healthy meals which are sure to pull on your heart strings.

Salmon

What isn’t salmon good for? Filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which are perfect for maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system. Serve salmon grilled, smoked and seared to gain all the necessary vitamins and nutrients.

Raisins

Filled with antioxidants, this snack is perfect to curb any sugar cravings throughout the day. Raisins also have healing properties which fight against inflammation, and help to protect the body from bacteria.

Flaxseed

Sprinkle ground-flaxseed powder onto your yoghurt, cereal and everything in between to get a daily serving of omega-3 fatty acids. Unsaturated fats such as those found in flaxseed and salmon help to fight against heart disease.

Whole grains

Not only are whole grains filled with fibre for a healthy digestive system, but those who eat more are less at risk of suffering from heart disease. Whole grains contain antioxidants and phytoestrogens which also decrease cholesterol levels.

Almonds

Next time you’re feeling hungry, why not snack on a handful of almonds instead? They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fibre, and polyunsaturated fats to regulate the digestive system, clear skin and improve the state of your heart.

Red wine

Yes, you are reading correctly! Red wine is filled with catechins which improves the amount of good cholesterol in your heart.

Broccoli

Sulforaphane is found in broccoli which is proven to unclog arteries and decrease the chance of stroke or imminent heart attack. Add broccoli to your meal at least 2 times a week to enjoy all the benefits.

Beans

Beans are filled with soluble fibre which target the build-up of cholesterol in the heart. These are the same benefits which are also found in red wine.

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July 31, 2014