As the holiday season draws to a close, many of us start to think about how to eat more healthfully in the New Year and perhaps try and lose those few extra pounds that might have crept up on us over the holidays. If healthy eating and cooking are on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, the NakedTruthNutritionist and EdibleNature are here to help you at every turn.
Whether you’re looking for organic bulk spices, natural supplements or the best advice on how to cook healthy weekday meals, we are here to help.
Make 2014 the Year of the Healthy, New You!
Bright winter sun can be deceiving — it may be cold, but the sun is still strong, and rays still penetrate skin even if you’re not getting a sunburn. Protect your face with a moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 15.
Deterioration of vision is an inevitable part of aging– in that way, it is much like getting gray hair. We can protect our eyes to some extent by wearing sunglasses to block ultraviolet rays, avoiding smoking, and getting frequent exercise to keep blood vessels in the eyes in good working order. Certain nutrients can, it seems, slow deterioration and the progression of certain diseases.
- Vitamins C and E, or taking supplements of those vitamins and beta-carotene — all antioxidants — may slow the development of cataracts.
- Zinc and copper impede the development of macular degeneration.
Loss of elasticity and fat, plus thinning skin, compound the problem and contribute to small folds in the lids. Eye shadows and cleansers can dry, too. Use a light eye cream in the morning and a rich cream at night; tap the eye area lightly with your finger until the product is absorbed to stimulate circulation. Use a gentle, hydrating makeup remover or cleanser. Mineral eye shadow can also help nourish delicate eyelids.
Sun exposure and aging diminish skin’s elasticity; UV rays and pollution cause inflammation and cell damage. As a result, repeated expressions (smiling, squinting) form creases. Look for products with:
Stress and poor diet can weaken blood vessels, which may break, creating a bruise-like undertone around the eye area. Eat foods rich in vitamin K, because it helps fortify blood-vessel walls. And use a daily topical treatment with vitamin K. Or try “plumping up” thin skin with a fast-absorbing oil, such as jojoba.
Formerly called Siberian ginseng, eleuthero ginseng has a long history of use by athletes, military personnel, and cosmonauts of the former Soviet Union due to its energy-enhancing properties. Buy products standardized for eleutheroside content, follow dosage recommendations, and wait six to eight weeks to evaluate the effect.
Asian ginseng is esteemed as a sexual energizer for men. American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is valued for its stress-protective properties. Buy products standardized for ginsenoside content, follow dosage recommendations, and don’t expect to notice results until after six to eight weeks of regular use.
Protection from toxins begins with minimizing your exposure to them — drinking purified water, eating lower on the food chain and pesticide-free food when possible, not ingesting toxic substances, not smoking, and not living near hazardous sites such as toxic-waste dumps. You also can help support the liver, the organ responsible for processing toxins. If you indulged more than you should have over the holidays, consider some herbal teas and supplements that might help you body with detoxification.
Astragalus has a long history in Chinese medicine, where it’s used to ward off colds and flu. Dr. Weil often recommends it to people who “get whatever’s going around,” to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, to those with immune deficiencies, and to everyone during flu season. Look for standardized extracts in capsules and take them as the label directs.