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.
Plump, 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… →
The 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… →
This 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… →
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… →
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… →
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.