This Moment

Posted in This Moment with tags , , on December 16, 2010 by Your SkinChick

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment you want to pause, savor and remember.

“This Moment” is a ritual found on Life inspired by the Wee Man adopted from SouleMama which I then kidnapped from Sarah-Jane

This Moment

Posted in This Moment on December 10, 2010 by Your SkinChick

This Moment –

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

“This Moment” is a ritual I found on Life inspired by the Wee Man adopted from SouleMama.

The Truth About Calcium and Osteoporosis

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by Your SkinChick
The Truth About Calcium and Osteoporosis
By John Robbins, author of ‘Diet for a New America’

This is great information.  I hope
25% of sixty-five year old women in the United States are diagnosed with osteoporosis. For a person technically to qualify for this label, it means she has lost 50- 75% of the original bone material from her skeleton. That is 1 out of every 4 women of sixty-five years old has lost over half her bone density! Today, more deaths are caused by osteoporosis than cancer of the breast and cervix combined. 

Unfortunately, the loss of calcium and other minerals from the bones is a gradual process which goes on steadily for a long time before it becomes evident. There is no flashing red light to warn us that our bodies are losing calcium. And it is usually not apparent until loose teeth, receding gums, or a fractured hip show how brittle and chalky the bones have become. The end result of the skeletal structure’s gradual erosion is calcium-deficient bones that may break with the slightest provocation. Even a mere sneeze may crack a rib. 

One of the reasons the decreasing bone density is hard to detect until it reaches such as unfortunate stage, is that even in extreme cases of osteoporosis, the calcium level of the blood is usually normal. In the body’s ranking of needs, the blood level of calcium takes definite priority over the bone level of calcium. The body needs calcium for vital operations, such as controlling muscular contractions, blood clotting, transmission of nerve impulses and other utterly essential tasks. When the body needs to supply calcium to the blood for any reason, it acts as if the bones were a ‘bank’ of stored calcium, and through a series of biochemical reactions a ‘check’ is drawn on the calcium bank. Your body draws calcium from your bones to supply calcium to your blood. 

I used to believe that bones lost calcium only if there was not enough calcium in our diets. The National Dairy Council is the foremost spokesman for this point of view, and the solution they propose, not all that surprisingly, is for us all to drink more milk and eat more dairy products. In fact, the dairy industry has of late spent a great deal of money promoting this point of view; and it does seem logical. But modern nutritional research clearly indicates a major flaw in this perspective. Osteoporosis is, in fact, a disease caused by a number of things, the most important of which is excess dietary animal protein! 

The correspondence between excess animal protein intake and bone resorption is direct and consistent. Even with very high calcium intakes, the more excess animal protein in the diet the greater the incidence of negative calcium balance, and the greater the loss of calcium from the bones. 

One long-term study found that with as little as 75 grams of daily protein (less than three-quarters of what the average meat-eating American consumes) more calcium is lost in the urine than is absorbed by the body from the diet – resulting in a negative calcium balance. This is true even if the dietary calcium intake is as high as 1400 milligrams per day, far higher than the standard American diet. 

Summarising the medical research on osteoporosis, one of the nation’s leading medical authorities on dietary associations with disease, Dr. John McDougall, says: 

“I would like to emphasize that the calcium-losing effect of protein on the human body is not an area of controversy in scientific circles. The many studies performed during the past 55 years consistently show that the most important dietary change that we can make if we want to create a positive calcium balance that will keep our bones solid is to decrease the amount of proteins we eat each day. The important change is not to increase the amount of calcium we take in.” 

Osteoporosis Around the World 

Throughout the world, the incidence of osteoporosis correlates directly with animal protein intake. The greater the intake of protein, the more common and more severe will be the osteoporosis. In fact, world health statistics show that osteoporosis is most common in exactly those countries where dairy products are consumed in the largest quantities – the United States, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

Nathan Pritikin studied the medical research on osteoporosis, and found no basis at all for the Dairy Council viewpoint: 

African Bantu women take in only 350 mg. of calcium per day. They bear nine children during their lifetime and breast feed them for two years. They never have calcium deficiency, seldom break a bone, rarely lose a tooth… How can they do that on 350 mg. of calcium a day when the (National Dairy Council) recommendation is 1200 mg.? It’s very simple. They’re on a low-protein diet that does not kick the calcium out of the body’. 

At the other end of the scale from the Bantus are the native Eskimos. 

If osteoporosis were a calcium deficiency disease it would be unheard of among these people. They have the highest dietary calcium intake of any people in the world – more than 2000 mg. a day from fish bones. Their diet is also the very highest in the world in protein – 250 to 400 grams a day. The native Eskimo people have one of the very highest rates of osteoporosis in the world. 

In March, 1983, the Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported the results of the largest study of this kind ever undertaken. Researchers in Michigan State and other major universities found that, by the age of 65 in the United States: 

• Male vegetarians had an average measurable bone loss of 3% 

• Male meat-eaters had an average measurable bone loss of 7% 

• Female vegetarians had an average measurable bone loss of 18% 

• Female meat-eaters had an average measurable bone loss of 35% 

Keeping our PH- levels in check 

Keeping our blood at an essentially neutral pH is top priority for our body. If our blood were to become too acidic we would die. Accordingly, if the diet contains a lot of acid forming foods (meat, dairy, sugar and processed carbohydrates), then the body, in its wisdom, withdraws calcium from the bones and uses this alkaline mineral to balance the pH of the blood. Meat, eggs and fish are the most acid-forming of the foods, and hence the ones that cause calcium to be drawn from the bones to restore the pH balance. Most fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, generally yield an alkaline ash, and so require no depletion of calcium stores from the bones to maintain the neutrality of the blood. 

In spite of its high calcium content, milk, due to its high protein content, and high acidity, appears actually to contribute to the accelerating development of osteoporosis. The occurrence of this disease in the United States has reached truly epidemic proportions, and the promotion of dairy products as an ‘answer’ to the suffering of millions seems, not only self-serving, but absolutely immoral and downright dishonest. 

Source: Excerpt taken from Robbins, J 1987, Diet for a new America. HJ Kramer & New World Library, California. 

Maybe ‘Got Milk?’ should be updated to ‘Got Veggies?’
Source: http://www.foodmatters.tv/ 

We all live a very busy life style and thank goodness we have Juice Plus because most of us don’t get the recommended fruits and veggies.  Send questions about Juice Plus to Jan Naylor-Smith at janjuiceplus@gmail.com .  She is very knowledgeable and super friendly. 

Cheers to good health

Great Make-up time saving tricks

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 by Your SkinChick
Got a need for speed?  Here are Interesting Tricks for you!

Conceal Flaws in a Flash

Covering up blemishes and dark under-eye circles is the fastest way to look perfectly polished. I recommend Arbonnes velvety formula that dries to a powdery soft finish, $22.50, on pimples because it won’t slide around on oily areas. Dab on a small amount — it’s easier to add more than take excess away — onto the spot and blend with your ring finger. “For under-eye circles, I like to let the concealer dry down for about three minutes on the darkest parts before blending,” “It lets the pigment cling onto that specific area instead of dispersing evenly.”

Brighten Your Eyes

It takes just a few steps to make eyes look more vibrant after a long day at work before going out — or after a long night out before heading to work. First, applying shadow and liner to only the upper lids, in colors that complement your eyes. This means copper or bronze for blue eyes, shades of plum for green eyes, and deep blue-violet for brown eyes. Follow up with a skin-toned liner on the inner rims of the lower lids (try Eye liner Pencil in Toffee, $18), and you’ll look deceptively well-rested.

A Multitasking Mama!

Using just one product will save you time on makeup application because there’s no need to blend or deal with smudges. Use your fingers to swipe a creamy, slightly shimmery color (try Sheer Glow Highlighter, $40) onto eyelids, then blend along the cheekbones for added definition. Dab a little onto the lips and follow with clear gloss. That’s it — you’ve got a glowing face in no time at all, and with minimal effort.

Quick pucker upper!

Want fuller looking lips, try this trick: Rub the side, not the pointy tip, of your liner along the borders of your lips. “This looks more natural than drawing around the edges to make them look larger,” she says. “Plus it takes less time than trying to get the line perfect.” Follow with a color that’s a touch brighter than natural. But forget matte and cream — it’s all about the gloss. A supershiny one with reflective, shimmery particles (like Arbonne clear Lip Polish, $22) helps make lips appear plumper.

Makeup Bag Must-Haves

Whether she’s painted a face full of makeup or dabbed on the bare minimum, these are a must have. Mattifying powder and Sheer Glow highlighter. A quick dust  of the mattifying pwer takes away shine on the nose and forehead (try Arbonne Mattifying Power, $25) anytime you need it without messing up your makeup. Finally, highlighter like sheer glow, $40, blended in a sideways U-shape from the temples onto the cheekbones, will catch the light and make your face look chiseled and polished.

It’s amazing, but the smallest and quickest makeup tricks can have the biggest impact on your look!

Eco-Certification:

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 by Your SkinChick

At Arbonne we are celebrating 30 years of pure, safe, and beneficial. I’m so proud to represent this company. Dd you know that Arbonne has a botanical farming community in Switzerland that is Eco certified – Organic in 80 countries around the world. It’s bigger than USDA Certified Organic. I am so impressed.

Eco-Certification: A Foundation for Effective Green Marketing Futurelab – An international marketing strategy consultancy

Dark Circles

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 by Your SkinChick
The best bet for dark circles under the eyes could be an anti-congestion nasal spray. Seriously. This isn’t one of those hemorrhoid cream-type cures, there is a real medical evidence here. The primary cause of dark circles is a blocked nose. According to the Mayo Clinic, when your nose is congested, veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose become widened (dilated) and darker. Doctors often regard dark circles as an indication of allergies.

Anyway while you try to figure out the best way to free flow nasal passages, there are some creams that may help diminish the appearance (but not the underlying cause). There are also some ingredients to avoid. Actually hemorrhoid cream will help a bit because its purpose in life is to constrict swollen blood vessels. But it smells disgusting, usually contains petrolatum and is way too harsh for under-eye skin. Retinol users beware. Over use can cause the skin tissue to become ‘vascular’ and over stimulate the capillaries.

Vitamin C and or K will help. However, both of these can be drying and should be combined with good moisturizing ingredients. A good eye cream that helps to build up collagen – under-eye skin is particularly thin – is a good idea.  check out www.arbonne.com/re9advanced
look for the RE9 corrective eye creme

Did you know

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2009 by Your SkinChick

“Did you know…During winter, the environment is constantly challenging the skin’s ability to maintain its moisture and stay soft? Low humidity in the air increases skin’s dryness, and wearing heavy clothes leaves less room for the skin to breathe. Even long, warm showers can dry out the skin and deplete its natural oils. All of these factors make it important to rid the skin of dead, dry cells through regular exfoliation, revealing new, supple skin. Once the skin is clear of the dead, dry cells, moisturizing will maintain that smooth, silky feel.”