Seaweed for Health and Beauty

seaweedIs seaweed  really a superfood?  I certainly hoped   it was true.  Recently I had a bad flu that turned into  pneumonia.  As soon as I left the hospital, I started  to research super foods that could promote healing.  Seaweed was at the top of  almost  healthy food list and its powers seemed endless.  I found claims that seaweed could:

Cure cancer Prevent Alzheimer’s Lower blood pressure Reduce risk of stroke Detox the body Lower risk of breast cancer Clear the lungs Soothe a hangover Seaweed 101

There are more than three  main types  and 10,000 varieties of seaweed,  all with varying nutritional profiles.  Brown seaweed  like Kombu and Wakame are used in soups and stir fry dishes; red seaweed like nori is pressed into … Continue Reading…

Cooking for Health and Beauty

Cooking for health and beauty at TuscookanyAlthough I write about health and beauty I need to confess that I rarely manage to  eat those  5-7 daily servings of  fruits and vegetables.   I buy them, search for  low calorie recipes, cook them up– and then only   eat a bit or two.  They  just didn’t taste that appealing.   French recipes add too much  butter and cream,  while Asian recipes add lethal amounts of salt.  However  the Mediterranean style of eating  in Italy, Greece and Spain  is packed with healthy anti-aging ingredients.  In fact  the Mediterranean  diet is packed with  olive oil, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables.   I realized that I really needed to up my skills and learn to cook in  this … Continue Reading…

Peppermint Health and Beauty Benefits

peppermint candy canesTo me peppermint candy canes  are the utimate symbol of winter holidays.  And it turns out that peppermint is an entire  medica chest in a single package.  Peppermint for health and beauty is made  from the leaves  of the peppermint plant that grows widely  in Europe and North America. The  oil is extracted from the leaves and is helpful in four main areas:

For Your Tummy:

Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic that relaxes  muscles in the colon to relieve cramps. Canadian styudies have shown that this  tea can very helpful for IBS ( irritable bowel syndrome)

 For Colds and Allergies

The menthol found in peppermint is a standard and effective treatment for congestion  due to either respiratory infections or allergies. Menthol actually  increases production of … Continue Reading…

Beauty Powers of Pumpkins

pumpkins for health and beautyIt’s that time of year when  pumpkins and apples are  stacked  high on  roadside  farm stands and cinnamon  drenched desserts are  on every menu.  Turns out that  all these three iconic symols of autumn are packed with health and beauty benefits.

Pumpkin– Inside and Out

One cup of cooked pumpkin  has three grams of fiber, zero cholesterol and sodium, 100% of vitamin A and 20% of vitamin C, and 10% of potassium, copper, manganese, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6– and all for just 50 calories.

Most of the pumpkin we eat in the US comes from cans.  It retains most of its nutritional payload  and is  much easier to use.  Just make  sure that you  purchase  plain canned pumpkin  not canned pumpkin pie filling which … Continue Reading…

Goat’s Milk for Health and Beauty

Goats Milk Question:  I’ve  been hearing a lot of buzz about goat’s milk.  People are saying  its easier to digest and goat’s milk soap is better  for your skin.  Since its more expensive than regular  milk and regular soap, do you think its worth it?

Answer: Goat’s milk is packed with benefits. It has more calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium than cow’s milk.  Due to the high fatty acid content, goats milk is easier to digest.  In fact 50% of people that are lactose intolorant are able to drink goats milk.

Goats Milk and Your Skin

Goats milk contains twice  as much caprylic  acid as cow’s milk.  This fatty acid is also found in coconut oil and one of the reasons  for thecoconuts  health and beauty benefits.   Goats … Continue Reading…

Honey Health and Beauty Benefits

Question:  My neighbor  has diabetes and she puts honey on her foot to heal  a cut.  How crazy is that?

Answer:  Given that  sugars like honey  should not be part of a diet for diabetics, the idea  of honey  wound treatment is bizarre, but here’s the shocker– its actually a good treatment option.  Honey is  a centuries old remedy for a wide  variety of skin problems. It  contains an astonishing number of beneficial ingredients including carbohydrates, different forms of vitamin B, minerals( eg calcium, zinc, and potassium) antioxidants, lactic acid , and powerful flavinoids.  These  components  give  honey powerful  antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory  powers.

Some studies have shown that honey can heal burns, ulcers and wounds while other research  has indicated that it  stimulates the production of fibroblasts. These are the fibers that  go on to  become collagen and elastin. Seriously.

Not All Honey is Alike

Some honeys … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoI am so happy to be hosting Fashion Flash this  first sunny  week in spring.  Our bloggers have been  exploring new options for  their life and health and I feel sronger  just reading their tips  and  tools:

* Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of Best of Everything After 50 has a great fitness tip… just in time for your spring shape-up.

* Fashion and Beauty blogger Pamela Lutell  has entered the new world of video blogs for women 40 and beyond.  Join her and subscribe to her channel.

* Josephine of Chic at Any Age  nails  the best  looks for traveling in style

* Melanie from Society Wellness has prepared a shopping list of high energy  whole foods.  Print it and take it with you on … Continue Reading…

Pumpkin– the Holiday Beauty Food

pumpkinsPlump, round and orange pumpkin are virtually synonymous with fall.  Carved into gouls for Halloween  or baked  into pies for  Thanksgiving, pumpkins are a staple  when leaves turn red and gold.

No question that pumpkins are adorable, but are they healthy?  Short answer, yes.  Pumpkins are packed  with beta carotene and vitamin A.  Even better, 4 oz of roasted pumpkin   clocks in at less than 40 calories.  By comparison, the same size portion of  roast potatoes add up to  tktk.  Pumpkin also has respectable amounts of vitamin C.  Despite  its stringy texture , it is  not a good source of fiber.

Adding Pumpkin to Your Menus

When selecting pumpkins for eating, rather than carving look for small, firm and deeply orange pumpkins. WHen making pies, most people use canned … Continue Reading…