antioxidants

Quick fact. Ready?
Green tea is amazing. Not only does it contain many polyphenols and antioxidants, but it aids in weight loss by boosting metabolism. By a compound known as EGCG, it also may help to reduce high cholesterol and by lowering LDL levels in the blood, thus reducing risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.

Now THATS pretty amazing.

Quick fact. Ready?
Green tea contains special compounds that can help reduce anxiety.

How? An amino acid that it contains called L-Theanine is able to cross the blood brain barrier and inhibit neurotransmitters that are associated with anxiety.
Get yourself a cup of soothing green tea and drink up!

Quick tip. Ready?
One should aim to have 6-8 servings of veggies every single day, ideally in every colour of the rainbow.
When you get the chance, try switching up the old vegetable routine and adding something new into the mix! Ever tried bitter melon? Eggplant? How about turnip? The options are endless, so get creative!

Luxury Baths, DIY-Style 🛀

Haha, yeah i’m not much of a DIYer. There’s a million different products out there designed to be added to a bath that will actually have an effect. My recommendations:

  • Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution (i like the lavender scented ones)
  • Anything Lush (luxury bath oils run ~$3.50)
  • Aveeno Active Naturals Soothing Bath Treatment
  • Fresh Sake Bath (will change your life)
  • Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak
  • Laura Mercier Creme Brûlée Honey Bath

However, I don’t think bath DIYs are a bad idea! Unlike facial skin, the skin on the body tends to be thicker and less sensitive. I think if you’re going to do DIY, body care is well suited to that.

  • Oatmeal has a long history of being used in baths to soothe skin.
  • Milk contains lactic acid, which provides a mild exfoliation to the skin.
  • Essential oils provide aromatherapy.
  • Red Wine or Sake provide antioxidant and fermented goodness. Extra relaxing. (save a glass for yourself 😉 )
  • Apple Cider Vinegar makes your bath water more acidic, which keeps your skin at a balanced pH. It’s also antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
  • Honey is antimicrobial, antioxidant, and moisturizing.
  • Green Tea is antioxidant rich and soothing.

Enjoy, and try not to get bath water on your face!

Originally posted by deadlymedusa

smoothie bowls are pure magic 💛 

I had a bit of an unhealthy day yesterday … which is okay! but today it’s important for me to eat pure, unprocessed food to make sure it doesn’t effect my skin.  A big bowl of fruit + antioxidants is a perfect way to start off :) 

Quick fact. Ready?

Sufficient antioxidants are so important for one’s health, especially because of their protection against damaging oxidation in the body.
Oxidation causes damage to cellular structures.
This leads to inflammation and cellular malfunctioning.
And an accumulation of cellular malfunctioning? That can lead to a multitude of chronic diseases like cancer, CVD, and osteoporosis.

Get enough antioxidants, friend. Take care of your body and every single cell that it houses.