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Healthy Glowing Skin – At Home Tips

 

There are many products on the market that claim to have the answer to healthy skin.  The majority of these products contain many harmful chemicals and others are too expensive for the average person to afford.

 

Fortunately, creating healthy skin doesn’t require the help of commercially marketed products. There are many at-home tips and tricks available to get the desired results from your skin.

 

You may be pleasantly surprised at how easy, effective, and inexpensive some of these tips are.  When you save money, then you can justify buying organic food to improve your skin from the inside out.  I just had to slide that in since our diet plays such a major part in how our skin looks.

Healthy Glowing Skin

Healthy Glowing Skin

 

Try these tips for healthy glowing skin the easy, at-home way:

 

Create natural masks – There are many elements in nature that can help give your skin the healthy look you want. Some of those items may already be in your kitchen or garden! If you want healthy, glowing skin, here are some ideas for making natural facial masks:

 

  • Prepare regular oatmeal (not instant – preferably organic), let it cool, and then apply it to your face for about 30 minutes. Once you rinse it off and dry your face, you’ll instantly feel the benefits of the exfoliating properties of natural oatmeal.

 

  • Crack open an egg, discard the yolk, and briskly beat the white until just before it forms soft peaks. Then, apply it to your face for 30-45 minutes. While it’s on your skin, you’ll feel your skin start to tighten.  When finished, spritz the egg white with water and remove with cool water  on a cotton ball. Using an egg mask once a week will give you healthier looking skin and is wonderful for crow’s feet.

 

  • Raw Aloe Vera is another great option for creating a homemade mask. Simply rub the gel onto your face and let it stand for about half an hour.   Aloe Vera is good at removing blemishes and cleansing the skin of impurities.


Use a daily facial wash – A daily face wash made from 1/2-cup cold milk (yogurt if your skin is dry), 1 tablespoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of witch hazel will ensure your face is moisturized and cleansed of bacteria, grease, and impurities that can contribute to unhealthy skin, pimples and blemishes.

 

Puffy Baggy Eye Treatment – Most of us have heard that cucumbers help those puffy eyes.  Several thin slices over each eye while you are lying down relaxing can make a major difference in your appearance.  But did you know that raw potato skins (preferably organic) help tighten puffy baggy eyes also?  Try it!  Do the same as with the cucumbers and rejuvenate your eyes!

 

Lip Wrinkles – Mash up 1/4 cup of papaya and generously apply to lips and surrounding areas or use 1/4 cup of papaya juice and apply with cotton balls. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water.

 

Use clean linens – Your hygiene habits can determine how healthy your facial skin will become. It’s important to always use clean linens. Face cloths and pillowcases that are exposed to your skin need to be free of bacteria so the germs aren’t transferred to the face.  It’s beneficial to change pillowcases and face cloths at least twice a week.

 

These are easy tips that can give you the skin you want without breaking the bank.  And you just may see results faster than with products found on the market, and you will be avoiding dangerous chemicals!  Try these techniques today and enjoy that healthy, glowing skin you’ve been seeking.

 

Relax and Pamper Yourself Naturally,

Gail Seignious

Probiotics Are Critical For A Healthy Gut and A Strong Immune System


Probiotics are friendly bacteria (the good guys!) that help your body to thrive on many levels. Most people don’t realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, and a strong immune system is your number one defense against ALL disease.  Maintaining a healthy gut is critical if you want to enjoy the benefits of optimal health.



In Greek, the term probiotic means “for life,” and these friendly bacteria help you to digest and assimilate your food.  They have a major influence on hundreds of your genes to improve your immune system and protect you from disease… and that, my friends, leads us to…

 

Genetic Expression – Epigenetics is a field of medicine that shows how your choices play a significant role in how your genes are expressed. This exciting therapy could change the future of medicine!

 

Just imagine the possibilities if you could change the instructions to your cells by “unplugging” the not so good guys and “plugging in” the healthy genes.  Making healthier choices with food and beverages and your lifestyle habits could get you “plugged in” to those healthy genes!  Then you will naturally have more protection against chronic disease and illnesses.


Researchers have discovered that by drinking a probiotic-rich beverage, you influence the activity of hundreds of genes in a healthy way.   One way to do this is to start adding probiotics foods and beverages into your diet to build up the “good guys” in your gut and support your healthy genetic expression.

 

If you want to supercharge your health with friendly bacteria, I highly encourage you to check out Jordan Rubin. His battle and triumph over Crohn’s disease has resonated with millions around the world and is one of the most dramatic natural health stories ever told.  His new company will be producing some of the healthiest probiotic foods and beverages possible, as well as true “GreenFed” beef.

 

Good Germs = Great Health!  Get Started!… and Be Blessed!

Gail Seignious

You might also be interested in The Benefits of Cultured (Fermented)Vegetables.

Quick Body Mass (BMI) Calculator

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a tool to estimate your body fat.  Just enter your height and weight at the bottom of the image for an inexpensive screening method.  The range of 18.5 and 24.9 is considered an ideal BMI for adults although the BMI may read too high for athletes or those with large, heavy muscles or it could read too low for the elderly who have lost muscle mass.



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The Digestive System

 

Your digestive system is an amazing system where the food you ingest is transformed into a form that can be assimilated into the circulatory system for delivered to and utilization by the various tissues in your body.

 

 

How Can Colon Hydrotherapy Help?

Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty, the blood is dirty, and so on to the organs and tissues…it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.”   …Bernard Jensen D.C., N.D., Ph.D.

 

According to The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT), colon hydrotherapy can:

1. Cleanse the Colon: Toxic material is hydrated in order to create a way for it to leave the body so the body can heal itself.  Even debris built up over a long period is gently hydrated.  This is a rejuvenation treatment to the body.

2. Exercise the Colon Muscles: The build-up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functioning.  The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristalsis (muscular contraction) by which the colon naturally moves material.

3. Reshape the Colon: When challenging conditions exist in the colon, they tend to alter its shape.  The gentle action of the water, coupled with massage techniques of the colon therapist, help to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state.

4. Stimulate Reflex Points: The colon connects to every system and organ of the body by reflex points.  The hydrotherapy stimulates these points thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way.

Colonoscopy Preparation Using Colon Hydrotherapy

Dr. Joseph Fiorito, Chief of Gastroenterology – Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital is the first hospital in Connecticut and around the nation to offer an alternative method to cleanse the bowel to prepare for a colonoscopy — one that is  more convenient, quicker and eliminates having to drink a gallon of liquid laxatives the night before.

“Patients now have a choice,” said Joseph Fiorito, M.D., chief of the Section of  Gastroenterology, a nationally recognized program at Danbury Hospital, the regional medical center and university teaching hospital.

Common Causes & Symptoms of Constipation

Common Causes of Constipation:

  • Low dietary fiber – The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average American eats an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber per day.
  • Lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly).
  • Some medications can cause constipation, including:  pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum and calcium, blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers), anti-parkinson drugs, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, anti-convulsants.
  • Dehydration – Plenty of water can hydrate the colon softening the bowel movements and allowing them to pass.  Caffeine, cola and alcohol dehydrate the colon.
  • Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging and travel.
  • Abuse of laxatives which can become habit forming.
  • Antibiotics can completely eliminate the good bacteria.
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement may result in losing the feeling to have one.
  • Processed, devitalized foods that are low in fiber or bulk.
  • Tobacco,  coffee, sugar and alcohol upset the digestive process and nerve responses.
  • Specific diseases or conditions:  neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine conditions, as well as systemic conditions.
  • Conditions in the colon or rectum that can suppress, squeeze or narrow the intestine or rectum:  Intestional obstruction, adhesions (scar tissue), diverticulosis, tumors, colorectal stricture, Hirschsprung’s Disease or cancer.
  • Problems with intestinal function includes idiopathic (of unknown orgin) constipation, functional constipation (the bowel is healthy but not functioning properly) as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Some Symptoms of Constipation:

  • Hard, compacted stools that are difficult or painful to pass.
  • Straining during bowel movements.
  • Infrequent bowel movements.
  • Tummy aches that are relieved by bowel movements.
  • Blood in stools due to tearing of hemorrhoids and anal fissures.

Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy is widely used to naturally detoxify the body of toxins which facilitates the digestive system in improving, maintaining and restoring the colon to optimum health.  It is a safe and effective method to remove waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs.

 

By introducing purified warm water into the colon several times during a session, waste material is softened and loosened allowing the body to release through natural peristalsis.  Colon hydrotherapy is best used in combination with adequate nutrient and fluid intake as well as exercise which increases the opportunity for optimum health.

 

The colon has been referred to as the sewer system of the body.  It is the place where we store the waste material that most of us would rather not think about.

 

The American Cancer Society reports that “Colon Cancer is the #1 cancer for men and women in America.”  There are over 100,000 colostomies performed every year!

 

Colon Hydrotherapy is not only about constipation, it is also about embracing a lifestyle that contributes to vibrant health and can be part of a healing or a maintenance program helping to accomplish much toward cleansing, toning and rebuilding the health of one’s colon.

 

Dr. Bernard Jensen states, “Constipation is often referred to by those who have studied the situation as the “modern plague”.  Indeed, it is the greatest present-day danger to health.  Intestinal toxemia and the resulting auto intoxication is a direct result of intestinal constipation.”

 

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, “Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.  More than 4 million Americans have frequent constipation, accounting for 2.5 million physician visits a year.”

Chew Your Food – Have Better Digestion!

 

Chew Your Liquids and Drink Your Solids is an old saying that is worth it’s weight in gold.

In today’s world most of us are so rushed that we rarely ever take the time to sit down and enjoy a meal.  If you start to observe people eating, you will be shocked at how they gobble down their food…and then complain about gas, bloating and an upset stomach!  It’s mind boggling to me now but I know I use to do the same thing!  Learning to slow down and chew your food will improve your digestion.

Digestion actually begins with our sense of smell and chewing your food not only breaks down the food so it can pass through the digestive system a little easier, allows digestive enzymes to mix with the food to help break the food down further, and gives you a much better opportunity to be able to absorb your nutrients!

Chewing your food...slowing down, being thankful and enjoying your meal…can truly change your life.   Why not make a conscious effort to enjoy your meals for the next week and see if you don’t feel better?  Try to appreciate the meal, the flavors, the colors, the aroma and taste.  When you eat too fast you really miss out on this experience…and it truly is an experience to enjoy every aspect of your food.  And, of course, the more you can focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds the better!

 

Happy chewing!

Gail Seignious

Dr. Norman Walker
"The key to health is simple: If we do not eat the kind of food, prepared properly, which will nourish the body constructively, we not only die prematurely, we suffer along the way."
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Hippocrates

"Natural forces within us are the true healers."

"Let thy food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."

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