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

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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…

Pomegranate- The Antioxidant Rock Star

antioxidant rich pomegranatesThe gorgeous red color of a pomegranate seems to shout health and beauty.  Nutritionally pomegranates have  decent amount of vitamin C and fiber, but its the uber  payload of antioxidants that have given them a rock star status.  Lots of foods have antioxidants, but pomegranates have lots of differen types of antioxidants.   Each day  we are assaulted by free radicals from a range of sources including pollution,  alcohol, stress, sunlight, smoking and junk food. Different types of free radicals need different anti-oxidants and pomegrantes antioxidnts include catichins, anthrocyaninins, tannins, polyphenols,flavinoids and ellagic acid.  This is a serious list of free radical fighters and there is an equally serious list of potential hea lth benefits.

 A Pomegrante for Your Heart

Reseach has suggested that pomegrantes can lower bood pressure, reduce cholesterol, … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday for Anti-Aging, Fashion and Fitness Tips!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty.  I love this anti-aging  site because it explains why  diet and exercise routines that kept us trim and fit in our twenties no longer work and offers  great  tips  that deliver  after forty.  And to keep it real, Shawna shares  inspiring stories  of her clients.

Breakthrough Study on Sunscreens and Anti- Aging

Just in time for beach season an important article published in Annals of Internal Medicine  has good news and bad news about  how we protect  our skin from the sun. Past   research has shown that sunscreens  can protect individual skin cells, but this landmark study from Australia showed that IRL situations  a broad spectrum sunscreen  can slow skin aging.  A total of 1000 adults  were divided into study groups that  were … Continue Reading…

Budget Beauty Guide:Moisturizers

I often get the sense  that  my friends have an almost mystical faith in moisturizers.  While they avoid taxis and  stagger home  from Costco  with 10  pounds of rice, they  have faith that a $300 moisturizer  is the key to beautiful  young skin.  If  only it  was that easy.

First, a little back story.   Water is essential  for healthy skin.  It promotes normal  metabolism   and keep skin cells organized and flexible.  The mission of a moisturizer is to simply help the skin maintain a healthy water balance. The  most basic   water and oil formulas act  like Saran Wrap to prevent  evaporation of water from the skin.   And the  simplest moisturizers will do  just that.  But there are three affordable and effective ingredients which  crank up   water attracting and holding powers in a moisturizer.  Hyaluronic … Continue Reading…

Melon Season is Here!

Nothing says the start of summer like the piles of round sweet melons  in supermarkets and farm stand tables.  Melons, including honeydew, watermelon, persian and casaba, are low calorie, affordable and offer a range of vitamins and minerals.

Waterrmelon is mostly water but its red flesh is a great source of   cancer fighting lycopene.  Cantaloupe  is the nutritional  rock star of the melon world.  The sweet rich orange  flesh is packed with  beta carotene, potassium, vitamin A ( 80% of RDA) and vitamin C ( 60% of RDA).  Since  both of these vitamins are closely linked  to  smoother less  wrinkled skin,  cantaloupes   should be part of  beauty diet.

In recent years there have been outbreaks of illness linked to cantoloupe contaminated during storage.  To reduce problems buy whole rather than cut-up … Continue Reading…

What is a ” Green Cosmetic”? Should I Care?

April 22 is Earth Day  which is a yearly reminder that this is the only world we have and need to take care of it.  Online or IRL there is a heavy buzz for green or environmentally concious products.  There is no shortage of opinions about the definition of “green” but the one that works for  me is simple– it should be as beneficial  for the planet as it is for you.

There are green options for practically every  product we use daily.  Recently I was sent  a new brand of skin skin products called Previse.  I usually don’t try out product lines but Dr Marmur ( my Dr Marmur,  is the medical advisor),  so I was in–  and its everything a green treatment line should be.

The green creds start with the packaging.  The bottles were protected … Continue Reading…