Health & Beauty Tips – Week of June 13th

Beauty Tip- For A More Youthful Appearance, Don’t Neglect Your Hands

      Other than putting on a little hand cream daily, most women don’t include their hands in their daily beauty regime. A dead give-away of someone’s age can be their hands. Thinning skin and age spots are two major concerns.

 

 

Follow these simple steps and you will soon notice younger looking hands:

  • Protect your hands. A pair of good old-fashioned rubber gloves is essential when doing the dishes or housework. Gardening gloves are also essential for those who like to plant or work in the yard.
     
  • Exfoliate! Your hands need to be exfoliated just like your face. Sugar makes a wonderful exfoliator. Mix about a teaspoon or two of sugar with a small amount of coconut oil (just enough to make a paste). You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender or peppermint are nice) if you like. Rub into hands for about a minute making sure you get the cuticles. Then wet hands with a little mild soap and rinse.
     
  • Moisturize. Coconut oil makes a great hand cream. It is best used at night since it is an oil. It absorbs into the skin well and smells nice too.
     
  • Apply sunscreen frequently. Apply a sunscreen to your hands and forearms just as you would your face. The sun is a major source of “age spots.” I have not been able to find a good all natural or organic hand cream that has a sunblock so I use a natural sunblock as my hand cream. Burnout clean clear zinc oxide sunblock from www.brenditasbodyworks.com contains no harmful chemicals and has zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is very safe and blocks both types of harmful UV rays. If you find it too heavy then apply your regular hand cream and then apply sunblock to the back of your hands and forearms.

 

Health Tip- Colors of the Rainbow in your Child’s Food, No Pot of Gold at the End

      Skittles, fruit loops and Kraft cheesy macaroni are just some of the thousands of food items that contain synthetic food dyes. For years it has been debated that synthetic food dyes can cause or exacerbate behavioral problems in children. Much of this has been dismissed until recently when the FDA

 

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Green Tip- Avoid Farmed Salmon for a Healthier You and a Healthier Planet

       This data comes from Jane Houlihan, senior vice president for research of the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that has examined the subject of farmed salmon vs. wild caught in detail. She states the following:

“Nearly all salmon Americans eat are farm-raised — grown in dense-packed pens near ocean shores, fed fish meal that can be polluted with toxic PCB chemicals*(see footnote for definition of PCB’s), awash in excrement flushed out to sea and infused with antibiotics to combat unsanitary conditions. Some salmon are raised on farms that use more sustainable methods, but you can’t tell from the packaging.
Eating farmed salmon occasionally is not a great health concern, but risks can add up if you eat salmon often. But the long-term environmental damage caused by the industry is substantial. We recommend wild salmon over farmed whenever possible.”

 

 

Dental Tip- Separating Fact from Fiction

      Myth: If I have a toothache, placing an aspirin tablet next to the tooth will relieve pain.

Fact: At-home toothache remedies won’t correct your dental problems. Putting an aspirin tablet in direct contact with the soft tissues of your mouth will not help relieve a toothache, and can lead to painful chemical burns — don’t do it!

 

*PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are highly toxic industrial compounds. They pose serious health risks to fetuses, babies and children, who may suffer developmental and neurological problems from prolonged or repeated exposure to small amounts of PCBs. These chemicals are harmful to adults as well. Although they were banned from manufacture in the United States in 1977, PCBs are slow to break down and can persist in the environment at dangerous levels.