What not to do to keep your skin glowing?


One might be aware about what to do to keep skin healthy and glowing. But then there are things that shouldn’t be done, to keep your skin fine too!

  1. AlcoholAvoiding alcohol is especially recommended when the skin disease is on the face or head, where heat will naturally rise more rapidly and affect one’s appearance. Rosacea, acne, seborrheic or atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are the most likely to affect the face.
  2. Spices: This one might be a known fact for our India based readers! Hot pepper, black pepper, ginger and garlic are also contraindicated, as are all the “gingerbread house” spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. This means avoiding chai teas, ginger teas, hummus, Thai food and the like. Of all of these, garlic seems to give the worst flare-ups of redness, burning and itch.
  3. Smoking: Smoking is something that should be avoided for much more serious reasons – it kills. It affects skin too. Cigarette smoking is strongly associated with psoriasis, especially pustular psoriasis of the palms and soles. Quitting will often improve the condition. Teenage acne, as well, is adversely affected by smoking. Teens already have a great deal of naturally occurring ‘heat’ in their lungs and stomach, as evidenced by their loud voices and voracious appetites – this is a sign of health and vitality during a time of great growth. However, smoking and drinking will push this lung and stomach heat over the upper limit of ‘normal,’ turning it into the red fire of acne.
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    Before & after the smoking. It shows how smoking affects our skin!

    Just quitting smoking will not help your lungs. You need to de-toxify it too!

  4. Oil, Shellfish and Tropical FruitsGreasy fried foods and bad oils are even worse, and should be avoided. Shellfish and fatty fish like salmon should be avoided for the same reason as oils, not only by weepy skin sufferers, but by anyone whose skin is red or itchy at all. Tropical fruit may also irritate. Mango, papaya, pineapple are the worst, while banana seems to be fine!

    Although, fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables have got plenty of benefits!

  5. Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Products: Gluten, sugar and dairy are only a problem for a very small proportion of people with skin disease, and that they do not need to be avoided by the vast majority of sufferers. It may be that avoiding these foods will improve digestion, but rarely will this translate into an improvement of the skin disease.

 

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Quick cheat sheet to know what to avoid, if you’re on a Gluten Free Diet!

 

Watch how McDonald’s french fries are made!
Green tea, mint tea, salad, fruit, and clean, light meals, freshly prepared, are best. White pearled barley and beans are excellent at draining away excess mucus and dampness if the skin is oozy. Mung beans and aduki beans are wonderful at this, and all three of these substances double as “herbs” which are found in many skin prescriptions. When the eyes and face are red and itchy, jasmine, chamomile, mint and chrysanthemum teas are very soothing.

Find out about 5 great benefits of Amla!

Changing one’s diet is not easy, and changing it forever is harder still. For some, a dietary change may bring new problems: tension, stress, guilt, binge eating, excessive self-control, and of course, hunger! These may have a more detrimental impact on our health than the eliminated foods. Listening to your own body is essential. For skin disease sufferers, adjusting the diet a little to avoid heat is a good idea. In combination with a cooling herbal treatment, a change of diet might be just the thing to cure a persistent skin disease.

 

(Source: Vitality Magazine)

 

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How can you benefit from Juices?

There are plenty of benefits of raw fruits and vegetables.


Before we even begin telling you what we have in store for you about juices, let us first make the definition of juice clear.
Juice is a liquid that is naturally contained in fruit and vegetables, as per USFDA. So here we do not mean the processed and packaged factory manufactured juices that have plenty of added sugar and preservatives added to them. We are talking strictly about the old-school method of juice extraction from fruits and vegetables.

Talking of school, Indian schools have been directed to sell NO JUNK FOOD by FSSAI. Read More about what why how’s!

And a WARNING!! The list of juices might not include juices best fit for sweet toothed people!

  1. Apple Juice: Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber. It aids in appetite control and improves digestion. Pectin reduces cholesterol and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
    Apples are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid and pantothenic acid. They have a very high mineral content, which is beneficial for the health of your skin, hair and fingernails. Apple skin is a source of quercetin, an antioxidant that keeps the heart and lungs healthy. Apples also contain a huge number of protective compounds – flavonoids, which are absorbed by the body and help make lung tissue healthier and more resistant to disease. So the old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ still holds true to this day. It helps reduce the risk of lung cancer while helping to boost resistance to respiratory illnesses.
  2. Beet Juice: Beet greens contain an abundance of chlorophyll, vitamin A and C. It also has a high mineral content, being especially rich in calcium and potassium. Beets contain fiber, vitamins C and K. Also rich in folate, which we all know as folic acid, a natural substance which aids in preventing certain birth defects and heart disease.
    The betaine in beet juice stimulates the function of the liver cells and protects the liver and bile ducts. Beets are an excellent way to detoxify and renew the blood with minerals and natural sugars. It helps reconstitute the blood, bringing important sustenance to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. For all the women out there, did you know that beet juice helps alleviate menstrual disturbances and menopausal symptoms? There is more. It’s a powerful kidney and blood cleanser. So stop worrying about its sugar content, it’s natural sugars.
  3. Broccoli: Broccoli is a potent anti-oxidant which has been proven to protect against cancer. It is loaded with Vitamin C, more so than oranges, that we should all be consuming as much as possible – especially to prevent cancer. A chemical called Sulforaphane is in broccoli, it has been shown to kill peptic ulcers and gastritis.
    A scientific fact for you to ponder on as you drink one of our broccoli raw juice combinations: Broccoli resonates energetically at 300MHz!! Compare this to our bodies that start to become diseased if its cells are resonating below 50MHz and a cancer cell resonates between 0 and 30MHz.

    Fact for you! There are good bacterias fighting bad bacterias in your gut so that you can lose weight! Help Them Win!!

  4. Cabbage: Red or Green, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable along with cauliflower, kale, cress, bok choy, broccoli and a few other green leaf vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have long been praised for being healthy and important additions to one’s diet. Sources recommend a minimum of 3-4 servings of cruciferous vegetables a week. WebMD names these veggies: “The Super-Veggies” because of all of the nutrient goodness locked inside:
    “…they all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are important to your health (although some have more than others)…One of the big reasons to eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables is that they may help to lower your risk of getting cancer.” (WebMD)
    Red Cabbage known as purple cabbage, is darker in color than it’s green counterpart, because it has a higher “concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contribute to red cabbage containing significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage.” Anthocyanin Polyphenols are pigment compounds found in many plants that lend them their characteristic colors and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and potentially protective properties.

    Did you know Amla / Indian Gooseberry is translated as Nectar of Life in Sanskrit

  5. Carrots: The three most important elements of carrots are beta-corotene, vitamin A and phytochemicals. There is powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. With that said they also improve muscle, soft tissue and skin health. While reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, while boosting immunity and protecting the skin against sun damage.
    Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. because of falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties. The high levels beta-carotene also act as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It helps slow down the aging of cells. Beta Carotene is also converted into vitamin A in the liver, which helps our retina. Carrots are good for the eyes. Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. This vitamin helps prevent premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone. Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fiber in carrot juice helps clean out the colon and waste movement. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein. The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots binding with bile acids.

For the more comprehensive list go to: Raw Juice Guru