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Each of them serve a beautifying purpose, and each of them are environmentally friendly and 100% natural. Straight from nature. No synthetic chemicals applied.
1. Milk and Honey – Bathe Like an Egyptian
If it was good enough for Cleopatra, it's good enough for you.
You may have heard of Cleopatra. She ruled Egypt. She was beautiful. And she bathed in milk and honey.
As cliche as it may sound, bathing in milk and honey is a fantastic way to get soft, supple skin – all over your body. The lactic acid in milk is very exfoliating, and honey is softening, moisturizing, and all-around beautifying.
The key is to use full-fat milk (or powdered milk) and pure honey. Full-fat milk will not only exfoliate the skin, but it will also moisturize.
How to take a milk and honey bath: Pour 1-2 cups of milk (or 1/2 c. full-fat powdered milk) and 1/2 c. honey under running, warm water. Swish around to mix, and hop in. Close your eyes and imagine 5 beautiful servant men fanning you with palm leaves. Repeat as necessary.
For full effect, brush your skin lightly and in circular motions with a dry brush or a washcloth before getting in the bathtub.
2. Soak in Champagne or Red Wine
My skin ... it's full of stars.
It may not be economically feasible to soak in wine or champagne daily, but this bath is a decadent (and highly effective) treat for any skin type. In fact, the veritable Teri Hatcher swears by her wine baths as antiaging and skin softening.
The polyphenols in red wine are incredible antioxidants (read: antiaging) and the tartaric acid in champagne lightens skin and helps reduce discoloration and fine lines. Both red wine and champagne are also great for cleansing pores and then reducing their appearance.
Lest you think this is still a wasteful idea, let it be known that bathing with either of these two heavenly liquids after they’ve gone flat or turned is still a very beautifying experience.
So never again will you have to throw out that last cup of champagne or wine that’s sat alone in the back of the fridge. Now, you can bathe in it. Genius!
How to take a wine or champagne bath: Simply pour a glass (or more) of red wine or champagne into your running bath. Soak for 20 minutes. Feel extravagant.
3. Rejuvenate with Epsom Salts – Sexier Than You Think
This stuff makes you feel sooooo good.
Want to feel like you just left a full-body massage given by a man named Hans Hermann (nickname: The Austrian Biceps) without leaving your house? Soak your body in some epsom salts.
Here’s the coolest thing I know about epsom salts: Scientists have proven that your body actually soaks UP the magnesium in epsom salts when you bathe in it. So taking a bath in them is akin to getting a good dose of magnesium.
What does magnesium do? It relaxes you. It soothes aching muscles. It regulates blood pressure. It regenerates and heals skin cells.
And soaking in epsom salts themselves? It reduces swelling, helps heal bruises, and detoxifies your system handily.
So even though the words “epsom salts” may make you think of old ladies in knee-high stockings getting lectured by their doctor, trust me, it’s sexier than you think.
(For the record, any time I ever actually take a bath, epsom salts are ALWAYS involved. Usually, I will add several drops of peppermint essential oil, too.)
How to take an epsom salt bath: Add 1-1/2 to 2 cups epsom salt to your running bathwater. If desired, before adding the salt to your bath, drop in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to the epsom salts. Stir well, and then add to the bathwater.
4. Customize Your Bliss with an Herbal Bath
Bathe in herbal tea with or without essential oils.
There are a thousand different ways you can take an herbal bath, and each of them are decidedly healing and relaxing.
You don’t need to run out to the store for dried herbs to take a relaxing herbal bath, by the way. You already have perfect options in your kitchen cabinet right now:
Or, of course, you could use things like lavender, rose petals, calendula, orange peels … the list goes on and on.
- Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent – GREAT for people with oily skin or back acne
- Rosemary: Relaxing and great for alertness, also astringent and clarifying
- Peppermint: Energizing (or relaxing) and clarifying
- Chamomile: Extremely relaxing and calming – perfect for dry or irritated skin
- Green Tea: Energizing and mood stabilizing – also antioxidant, antiaging, and very healing for any skin type
How to take an herbal bath: While you could make little herbal bath bags, my new favorite way is to brew a very strong tea ahead of time using the herbs (and essential oils, if I want an extra kick). Brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea. Strain and add it to your running bathwater. Then, take the remaining brewed herbs and place them in the middle of a washcloth. Gather the washcloth together at the top and tie tightly with a string or a hair tie. Leave it in the bath as you soak, and then scrub well with it before getting out of the tub.
5. Soften and Soothe the Oatmeal Way
Oatmeal: The sunburn-windburn-dry skin-everything itchy healer.
Back in the olden days, when I was a medical transcriptionist, nearly every doctor I had the pleasure of listening to recommended Aveeno baths to the patients who had sunburn, rashes, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis … anything itchy, really.
Would you like to know the only active ingredient in Aveeno soothing baths? Oatmeal. That is all.
And it’s not just for people with dry and itchy skin. Oatmeal is also great for acneic skin, oily skin, and aging skin.
It’s just … softening. Soothing. It caresses your body and makes it feel brand new.
You want to bathe in it. Trust me.
How to take an oatmeal bath: Fill a knee-high nylon or thin sock without holes with 1/2 to 1 c. of oatmeal (not quick cooking or instant). Tie tightly at the top. Place it in your warm bath, with you, and squeeze it softly every so often to release the oatmeal “water.” Before leaving the bathtub, scrub your entire body lightly with the sock. To clean: Over a trash can, turn the sock inside out and scrape all of the oatmeal off the outside, then rinse well with warm water. Wash as normal.
127 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. Links to the articles about these foods can be found below.
Of course, there are many other nutritious foods other than those that we have included on our list that we feel are wonderful, health-promoting foods; if there are other whole foods - such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, etc - that you like, by all means enjoy them. Just because a food is not on our list doesn't mean that we don't think that it can be included in a diet geared towards the Healthiest Way of Eating as long as it is a whole, natural, nutrient-rich food.
To find out why some of your favorite nutritious foods are not included in our list, read The Criteria Used to Select the World's Healthiest Foods.
FruitsEggs & Low-Fat DairyBeans & LegumesPoultry & Lean Meats
Nuts, Seeds & OilsGrainsSpices & HerbsNatural SweetenersOther
FAQs about the World's Healthiest Foods
Criteria for The World's Healthiest Foods
Among the thousands of different foods our world provides, the majority contain at least several of the nutrients our bodies need but to be included as one of the World's Healthiest Foods they had to meet the criteria listed below.
The criteria we used will also help you understand why some of your favorite (and also nutritious) foods may not be included on our list. For example, Readers have asked why pomegranate, a very nutritious food, is not included on our website. While pomegranates taste great and are rich in vitamins and flavonoid phytonutrients, they are still rather expensive which makes them not as widely available to many people.
1. The World's Healthiest Foods are the Most Nutrient Dense
The World's Healthiest Foods have been selected because they are among the richest sources of many of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health. We used a concept called nutrient density to determine which foods have the highest nutritional value.
Nutrient density is a measure of the amount of nutrients a food contains in comparison to the number of calories. A food is more nutrient dense when the level of nutrients is high in relationship to the number of calories the food contains. By eating the World's Healthiest Foods, you'll get all the essential nutrients that you need for excellent health, including vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, fiber and more for the least number of calories. Read more about Our Food and Recipe Rating System.
2. The World's Healthiest Foods are Whole Foods
The World's Healthiest Foods are also whole foods complete with all their rich natural endowment of nutrients. They have not been highly processed nor do they contain synthetic, artificial or irradiated ingredients. And whenever possible, The Healthier Way of Eating recommends purchasing "Organically Grown" foods, since they not only promote your health, but also the health of our planet.
3. The World's Healthiest Foods are Familiar Foods
The World's Healthiest Foods are common "everyday" foods. These include the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meats, fish, olive oil, herbs and spices that are familiar to most people.
4. The World's Healthiest Foods are Readily Available
Although there are many foods that are exceptionally nutritious, many of them are not readily available in different areas of the country. The World's Healthiest Foods are foods that the majority people can easily find at their local market.
5. The World's Healthiest Foods are Affordable
We have selected foods that are not only familiar and available, but also affordable, especially if you purchase them locally and in season. This is also the time when they are the freshest and of the best quality.
6. The World's Healthiest Foods Taste Good
The World's Healthiest Foods are also some of the world's best tasting foods. We have created recipes using the World's Healthiest Foods that do not overpower, but enhance, the unique flavor of each food. Each recipe provides a flavor adventure so you can discover new ways to experience and enjoy the great natural tastes of these foods.
Thank you, dark chocolate, for making us feel good—not guilty—about dessert. Dark chocolate is filled with flavonoid antioxidants (more than 3 times the amount in milk chocolate) that keep blood platelets from sticking together and may even unclog your arteries.It may also help with weight loss by keeping you feeling full, according to a study from Denmark. Researchers gave 16 participants 100 g of either dark or milk chocolate and 2 hours later offered them pizza. Those who consumed the dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories than those who had milk chocolate, and they were less interested in fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Try a chocolate with 70% or more cocoa. Two tablespoons of dark chocolate chips with fresh berries as a midafternoon snack or after-dinner dessert should give you some of the heart-healthy benefits without busting your calorie budget.
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Read more: http://www.prevention.com/print/27166#ixzz2Svp8Xi6H
Why I can’t smoke weed, as told by animals
By Carmel Lobello 175 days ago
First I’m like, Oh this is fun, let’s eat cookies…
Then someone says something funny and I’m like, Oh man, this is so great…
NOW... 4 the progression of events afterwards, click on the link below... :))))
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by Clayton Beatty - Surf'n'Snow Fitness
It's the start of another month and that means time for your monthly training calendar.
If you are doing one of our training programs, simply print out the calendar attached to this email and write in your weekly workouts to keep on track.
If you are a member of the Surf 'n' Snow Fitness High Performance Club you can download the new Online Training Camp Workouts and watch the exercise videos here.
Surf and Snow Superfoods List
Superfoods is a word that gets throw around a lot these days and depending on who you speak to will depend on what foods this refers to.
Below I am going to give you a superfoods list which comprises of nutrient dense foods that can help you achieve you fitness and performance goals. This is not a comprehensive list, however you should try and get in a variety from each of these categories on a regular basis...
Vegetables and Fruits
- Lean red meats
- Salmon & other fresh fish
- Organic Free Range Eggs
- Low fat plain yogurt
- Protein supplements
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
- Mixed Berries
- Mixed beans
- Whole Oats
- Mixed nuts
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fish oil
- Flax Seeds (Ground or Meal)
- An additional food that is great for good healthy fats is coconut oil
- Fish oil
- Protein powder/shakes
If you combine these sorts of healthy foods with an athletic strength & conditioning program, you can redefine your body and perform better in the surf or on the snow.
Are you going to train smart, eat well and play hard this month?
Go on, I challenge you :)
Eat the superfoods above, do a training program below...
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