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Anti-Aging and Anti-Inflammatory: Silica

There is a popular Chinese saying that if one eats a plentiful amount of seaweed and sea vegetables, the hair grows stronger, thicker and blacker (which is always heavily sought after for Asians, as black voluminous and thick hair was a sign of beauty and youth). Though sea vegetables do wonders for the body and hair, there is another mineral Mother nature created that is often overlooked and not talked about as much—silica. Silica is a trace mineral that strengthens the body’s connective tissues – muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone – and is vital for healthy skin and bones.

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Body Art: Temporary and Permanent Tattoos–What’s the Risk?

Though the younger generations of our modern times (those around the age of 35 and younger) would strongly argue that body art and tattoos are a popular trend and well accepted style to sport on the surfaces of the skin, there are definite more traditional, religious and conservative minds that frown at the thought of anything creating permanent marks on the body. As what some would say is  “becoming a fast mark of the 21st century” and “more than 30 percent of people under the age of 30 has one permanent body art tattooed onto the skin,” it is no wonder personal expression and free spirits can be confused with rebellious youth of new generations gone awry.

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Our Immune System Disasters: Making Us Sick

A healthy immune system can defeat invading pathogens, but it is exactly that: an entire synergistic and working system, not a single entity. In order for people to optimize immune function, balance and harmony from a holistic viewpoint and approach is required.

The most obvious part of the immune system is what you can see. For example, the largest and first basic defense system to our immunity is our skin, since it acts as the primary boundary between germs and your body. Skin is tough and generally impermeable to bacteria and viruses.

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Baking Soda: Not Just for the Fridge. Shrink Cancer, Eliminate Gout, Arthritis Pain and Ultimate Teeth Whitener

Most people know of the common household staple, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) as something that deodorizes the fridge, is added to baked goods and makes those 5th grade volcano science projects super neat to watch when combined with vinegar, but decades of continued studies are revealing baking soda’s amazing natural abilities to fight infectious diseases, increase athletic performance, diminish acne, shrink cancer, clear the complexion, prevents foot odor and athletes feet, relieve heartburn and indigestion, kill off colds, influenza, and acid reflux (just to list a few).

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Good to Know Health Facts and Findings

Live happier and healthier: A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine notes that, “People who tend to think positively may reduce their risk of dying from heart related conditions and stroke by over 55%!”

Better skin? A study from Colorado State University at Fort Collins found that eating an excess of food that spike insulin levels (cake, soda and white bread) as well as refined carbs and fried foods may stimulate hormones responsible for oil overproduction and clogged pores. Cut back on the junk foods for a zit and wrinkle free face.

Get more zinc and possibly more love: oysters are packed with zinc, a mineral that enhances the immune system. One large oyster supplies a day’s worth of zinc, which also repairs and maintains muscle tissue. Many people do not get enough zinc in their diets and may leave themselves at risk for lowered immune system. Oysters are also a classic aphrodisiac for both men and women. Eat organic and fresh oysters a few times a month!

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Get Rid of Cellulite and Have Glowing Skin: Skin Brushing

As the largest eliminatory organ on the human body and helps to detox the toxins away from the body, it is no wonder people obsess over the tone, tightness, color, age and health of the skin. From the forhead to the back of the lower legs, everything from expensive cremes, body butters, lasers, skin wraps and saunas are used religiously by people of all ages, in hopes that we obtain our perfect idea of outer, ageless beauty: Beautiful and glowing, cellulite and vein free skin.

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Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

One of the most amazing sources of anti-inflammatory properties on the planet, coconut oil is being hailed for its many healing capabilities. Not only is it anti-aging for the outside skin, hair and nails, it is repairing for the internal body as well. Read the infograph below to understand an overview the many ways coconut oil is what I consider a superfood:

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Hard vs. Soft Water: Benefits, Disadvantages and Personal Preference

There are many different types of people with many different types of opinions when it comes to the type of water we choose to drink, cook, bathe and clean with in our homes. Mixed reports about the benefits of hard water as compared to soft water intertwine with personal preferences of how water should clean and how it should feel on our face and skin, complicate the definitive question of which is better. As confusing as it may seem, there is no definitive answer, as both sides of the water fences have pros and cons. Let’s look into the differences of both hard and soft water and then you can decide which type best is suits you and your family.

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The Hidden Crap In Toliet Paper and Baby Wipes

I never really paid attention to the amazing luxury of toilet paper until I traveled abroad to Asia for a few years and realized that to most of the Chinese people, if you are out in public and need to use the restroom, you better be prepared and equipped with (1) money to use public restrooms and (2) your own toilet paper. In Japan and other parts of the world, they have bidets and wash cloths to hygienically clean yourself after bowel movements. I think it is very important to bring attention to the topic of toilet paper because it not only may be a cause of skin rashes and inflammation (as a symptom of an allergic reaction to the dyes, fragrances and preservatives used in the manufacturing of the toilet paper), the soft, white and plush tissues are a detriment to our environment, as well.

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The “E”mazing Vitamin E: Roles, Benefits and Sources

According to the National Institutes of Health, Vitamin E is a “fat soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant.” Vitamin E has many beneficial roles, but its main six are to protect the brain, blood, skeletal, muscular, skin and bodily organs from the harmful effects of free radicals which are known for causing a variety of health concerns. The term vitamin E encompasses a group of eight compounds, called tocopherols and tocotrienols, that comprise the vitamin complex as it is found in nature.

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