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Whole Living: Sugar and Your Skin - Not So Sweet
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   
You know that sugar adds inches to your waist, exacerbates the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, and causes all sorts of health issues,  but did you know excess sugars in your diet could also be aging your skin prematurely?   Anyone who knows me, or uses my skin care products knows I love honey for skin care and have used it personally for years – but for my diet I steer away from sugars and have for many years now.  I didn't make this change to my diet for my skin but I am certain my skin has benefited. 

 

Healthy, young looking skin depends on healthy cells.  Healthy cells are elastic and retain their vital moisture (water). Things that damage the health of skin cells cause the problems that leads to unhealthy looking, wrinkled, dull skin.  Eating excess sugars causes a spike in blood sugar, more than your body needs for energy at that moment, and all that excess sugar goes looking for a new home.  Besides your waist its finding it’s way to all sorts of organs in your body to wreak havoc.  Your skin is one of those organs it finds its way to.   In your skin this excess sugar in your blood leads to a process called glycation.

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Healthy Living: Ayurvedic Interventions for Anxiety and Insomnia
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   

            Anxiety and insomnia are common maladies of today’s society. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans experience some type of anxiety disorder.  Of these 40 million people, only one-third receive treatment. As a result many people have symptoms of worry, self-consciousness, feelings of panic and fear; physical symptoms such as feeling sick to your stomach, heart pounding, and muscle tension.  Another common symptom is insomnia (ADAA). Insomnia itself is a chronic diagnosis and up to 35% of adults have had brief symptoms of insomnia (Heffron, 2014).  Symptoms of insomnia include: fatigue, inability to focus, poor memory, mood disturbance, daytime sleepiness, low energy (Heffron, 2014). Many people miss work due to the effects of insomnia. Heffron (2014) reports an estimated $63 billion dollars a year is lost due to poor work performance and missed days due to insomnia.  As stated earlier only one-third of people seek treatment for these disorders.  Many people do not realize they have an illness that has effective treatments.  Others fear their family and friend may criticize them if they seek help (American Psychiatric Society).

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Paleo Living: From The Inside-Out - Get REAL About Detox and Adjustment [Part 1]
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

The Truths about DetoxificationWe have all heard the word detox; a scary word associated mostly with abuse or over consumption of drugs or alcohol. In reality, it is a natural bodily function that occurs whenever a substance (good or bad) enters the body. The longer the exposure to a substance, the longer the detox timeframe. A short exposure also can lead to detox, but the timeframe may be shortened and the “effects” not as severe.

I will give an example from my background in anesthesia. I witness “detox” every day I practice.  Anesthesia is a foreign substance in your body- an alteration to your “normal” if you will. Once anesthesia is stopped, you slowly return to a conscious state. Physiologically, the drugs are metabolized and the concentration decreases. Most drugs and chemicals are lipophilic- they love fat. Drugs tend to like to accumulate in adipose (fat) tissue and just hang out there. The longer the drug exposure (anesthesia), the higher the levels of the drug in the adipose tissue. Equilibration occurs when the level in the blood stream is equal to the level in the adipose tissue.

Ok, the procedure is over, the drug is shut off or discontinued.  You wake up slowly, and feel groggy. Why??

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Whole Living: What Is A Healthy Diet? The Importance of Love
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

Recently I've been thinking a lot about what a healthy diet truly is.  In my training to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach I studied over 100 different dietary theories and diets.  In school we heard lectures from dozens of leaders in the field of diet and health from major universities like UC Davis, Harvard, and Yale, and from leaders in various dietary theories ranging from Atkins to vegan.  Each one of these experts gave strong and compelling arguments and evidence to support their approach. I am not a disciple of any one theory and I believe there are many valid healthy choices we can make. The science of nutrition is really pretty young, new discoveries are made constantly; I find it fascinating to follow the science.  There are some basics to a healthy diet that I believe are fundamental;  drink more water, eat less sugar, less processed foods & avoid hydrogenated oils altogether. But beyond this I think the best answer on what a healthy diet is: it depends.  We are all unique; there is no one size fits all.

Some of my family have recently enthusiastically adopted a new diet where they have excluded all things gluten, wheat & dairy. While they don’t have specific medical reasons for this diet they are feeling better since following it.  I love them dearly and am so happy that they have taken an active role in their health and

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Healthy Living: 4 Basic Steps for Healthy Skin
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   

Basic Natural Skin Care InstructionsThere are four basic steps that must be taken when caring for your skin: cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting. It is important to address each step so that your skin is cared for properly and so that it looks and feels as healthy as possible. There are other specialty steps that you can take if you have specific concerns like crow's feet or age spots, but those will be discussed in another article.

 


The first step is cleansing your skin. This is an important foundation step because if your skin is not clean, your pores can become clogged, which can lead to pimples.  Choose a gentle cleanser made for your skin type that won't strip your skin and leave it dry. You can use cream based cleansers, liquid soaps, handmade bar soap (which is much more gentle than store-bought 'detergent bars'. You can even use oil to clean your face. Yes, oil! As strange as that might sound, many people use oils like rice bran or olive oil to clean their face.

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