Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Cows milk is nature’s perfect food for a baby cow just as human breast milk is nature’s perfect food for a human baby. Humans are the only species that drinks the milk of another species and continues to drink milk past infancy. And most adults in other parts of the world to do not consume much dairy. Continents with the lowest dairy consumption, ie. Asia and Africa, have the lowest rates of osteoporosis. And milk has never been shown to reduce fracture risk.
Many cows are given growth hormones and these get passed on to us when we consume their products (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and meat). You don’t have to be a genius to realize hat this cannot be healthy to consume. All I have to do is take a look at all the young girls who are reaching puberty at younger and younger ages, fully developed with their periods at ages where they shouldn't even have to think about that time of the month.
In order to keep milk production of milking cows at a high level, the cows are kept pregnant all the time. This is good for milk production and for keeping the cost of milk down, but bad for our health. A pregnant cow naturally has very high levels of estrogen, progestins, androgens, and other hormones, which get passed through to their milk. It is this high concentration of hormones that is troublesome.
If you do choose to drink milk, it really is worth it to pay the additional price for organic. At least with organic milk you can be assured that there are no added growth hormones and the cows are supposedly raised grass fed in open pastures as opposed to grain and protein fed in pens.
If you absolutely have to drink some milk, I suggest lowering your intake. I know it's really really difficult. I love ice cream, cheese and yogurt VERY MUCH and have a tendency to over do it sometimes. If I have yogurt as a snack during the day, then I will pass on the cheese in the evening during dinner. I don't know if I could ever not have dairy completely, but have reduced my intake by fifty percent during the last year. I also buy organic as much as possible.
Now if you want to really take a leap of faith I would suggest removing all dairy products from your diet for 30 days. On day 31 have a big glass of milk, a grilled cheese sandwich, a big bowl of ice cream, etc. Just load on the dairy and see how you feel. Many people who completely remove dairy for 30 days report a variety of symptoms strangely disappearing. Coughs, stomach distress, migraines, so it’s worth a try if you have health concerns that you can’t seem to shake.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
A few times a year (which is a few too many) I go through a period of time of losing more hair then other times.
According to researchers, hair grows steadily in winter while shedding starts increasing in spring and reaches its maximum in fall to have 100 hairs shed in a day. The shedding also affects rate of hair re-growth.
The rate of seasonal hair shedding and hair re-growth can vary from person to person. Some people are prone to shed large amounts of hair but they soon can have their hair growth restored through quick hair re-growth with the change of season.
Losing your hair at any age can be a very traumatic experience, men and women find this experience can ruin their confidence and make them look years older. There are many reasons why your hair starts to thin out. Illness, medications, alopecia, menopause, and simply through your genes.
Here are some tips to give the illusion of fuller hair-
- Adding a deeper color
- Thickening hair shampoos
- Dry shampoo for days you don't have time to wash
- Don't brush it while it's wet (if you can help it)
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Longchamp first launched in 1948 and is a French leather and luxury goods company. They have been successful all over the world and most people who purchase Longchamp bags for the first time are very likely to repurchase.
They have great travel totes and luggage that are available at Nordstrom, Bloomingales and various boutiques. Here's a tote that I think is great for the summertime.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
who happens to my favorite artist (and not because her name is similar to mine).
According to Billboard, Adele topples Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' to reclaim the pole position on this week's album chart, moving 88,000 more copies and pushing her total domestic sales to 1.03 million. The year's second-biggest album, Mumford & Sons' 'Sigh No More,' is a distant second, having sold 645,000 copies.
The popularity of '21' can mostly be attributed to the success of its long-simmering lead single 'Rolling In The Deep,' which the singer-songwriter has described as a "dark bluesy gospel disco tune." Last week, after a slow climb up the charts, the song leapt from No. 17 to No. 10 to become Adele's first U.S. top ten hit. It remains at No. 10 on this week's chart.
The singer begins her first proper solo tour of the North America on May 12 with a month-long sweep across the country that will take her to 23 major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto. The trek begins in Washington, DC, and ends in Nashville, Tenn.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Quit smoking. It's that simple.
Bags under your eyes-
You are 4 times as likely as nonsmokers to report feeling un-rested after a night's sleep.
It is an autoimmune-related skin condition that can show up even if you never touch a cigarette, but if you do smoke your risk for the scaly skin condition goes up significantly.
According to a 2007 study, if you puff a pack a day for 10 years or less, psoriasis risk goes up 20 percent; 11-20 years and your risk is 60 percent higher; and for those who pass the two-decade mark, the psoriasis risk more than doubles. (Even secondhand smoke during pregnancy or childhood is linked to a higher risk.)
Nicotine stains teeth, so not only are you spending money on cigarettes, you have to add in the cost of whitening your teeth! That can run up to a thousand dollars depending on how many treatments you need.
Premature aging and wrinkles-
Smoking accelerates aging and on average smokers look 1.4 years older than nonsmokers. (I think that is being generous). Smoking hampers the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking supple and healthy.
The nicotine in cigarette smoke can not only make your teeth (and the walls of your home) brown, but it's also notorious for staining fingers and nails as well.
As if the wrinkly skin wasn't enough, smoking hurts your hair too. Experts think the toxic chemicals in smoke can damage the DNA in hair follicles and generate cell-damaging free radicals as well.
The end result? Smokers have thinner hair that tends to go gray sooner than nonsmokers. That is, if they have any hair at all. Men who smoke are about twice as likely to lose their hair as nonsmokers, after taking into account factors that increase the risk of baldness, such as aging and genetics, according to a 2007 study in Taiwan.
Nicotine causes vasoconstriction, a narrowing of the blood vessels that can limit oxygen-rich blood flow to the tiny vessels in the face or other parts of the body. This means your wounds will take longer to heal and you’ll have scars that are bigger and redder than you would if you didn't smoke.
Smoking puts you at greater risk for all kinds of dental problems, including oral cancer and gum disease. According to a 2005 U.K. study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, smokers are up to six times more likely than nonsmokers to develop gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
Natural glow is gone-
Ever notice how smokers' skin sometimes seems off? A 1985 study came up with the term Smoker's Face to describe certain facial characteristics, such as wrinkles, gauntness, and a gray appearance of the skin, caused by smoking.
Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discolored. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.
Several studies have found that smokers do not heal as well after surgeries such as face-lifts, tooth extractions, and periodontal procedures.
For reasons that aren't entirely clear, smokers are more susceptible to infection with human papillomavirus, a large family of viruses that can cause warts—including genital warts.
While genital warts are caused by sexually transmitted types of HPV, smoking is also a risk factor. Even taking the number of sex partners into account, women who smoke are nearly four times as likely to have genital warts as nonsmokers.
Smoking is a leading cause of cancer, including lung, throat, mouth, and esophageal cancer, so it should be no surprise that cigarettes can also increase your risk of skin cancer.
The nicotine found in cigarettes damages the fibers and connective tissue in your skin, causing it to lose elasticity and strength.
Cigarettes can be an appetite suppressant, and often smokers have a lower body weight than nonsmokers. However, a 2009 study in the Netherlands found that smokers had more visceral fat than nonsmokers. This deep fat pads internal organs and can accumulate in your midsection, ultimately increasing the risk of other diseases, such as diabetes.
More than half of Americans will have developed some degree of cataracts by age 80. Cigarette smoking can increase the risk of cataracts by putting oxidative stress on the lens of the eye.
I absolutely love wearing white. It is my favorite (non) color and love how it looks clean, fresh and crisp during any time of year.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
What do you regularly buy at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? Which one do you favor?
I love all berries, especially when they pretty and plump. They make me happy.