How the Mediterranean Diet Prevents Premature Aging

The Mediterranean Diet for Anti-Aging

The Mediterranean Diet is popular approach to a more nutritious lifestyle. Today we will discover how this popular diet may help decrease the development of  chronic disease, and premature health conditions associated with the aging process.

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There are a variety of studies that discuss the negative effects that chronic inflammation has on the body. Such as increasing the risk of developing a chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. Chronic systemic inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in premature aging issues and autoimmune disease.

Not to mention the fact that the incidence of chronic disease is rising and occurring in many adults at younger than average ages.  This means that people could live longer lives while struggling with health issues, therefore decreasing the ability to live an independent and healthy life. Continue reading “How the Mediterranean Diet Prevents Premature Aging”

The Top 5 Anti-Aging Products You Need in Your Skin Care Routine

When you are working on preventing or even treating the beginning signs of aging, the skin care products you use and the way that you take care of your skin is just as important as getting regular anti-aging skin care treatments. Using high-quality products with a higher percentage of key active ingredients that are designed to penetrate into the skin barrier is key. 

Your skin care regimen doesn’t have to be complicated in fact it’s pretty simple. Making sure  you have and consistently use these 5  essential skin-care products is a surefire way to address, and prevent any of your aging concerns.

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Good Skin Exfoliator

Exfoliation is a much-needed process in any and every skincare routine. Having weekly exfoliation session at home will increase cellular turnover which promotes smooth healthy skin that is bright, clear and helps to flush out pore-clogging dirt and debris that can lead to breakouts and cause the skin to look dull. Exfoliation is also wonderful at assisting in better penetration of active ingredients from other skin care products such as serums and masques.

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Preventative & Corrective Masques

Masques are terrific products when used weekly. They work to infuse anti-aging ingredients into the skin barrier to nourish, hydrate and prevent key aging signs.

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Targeted Treatment Serum

When you are looking to treat and address specific anti-aging issues your best bet is to invest in a quality serum. Serums are full of active ingredients that have a small molecular structure to ensure the key ingredients are able to penetrate the skin barrier.

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Sunscreen/SPF

One of the most important skin care products that you can include within your skin care regimen. Often this is the most overlooked product. Daily use of SPF will help prevent overexposure to the sun's rays. Sun damage accounts for a majority of aging-related issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, loose sagging skin, sun spots and skin texture issues. Not to mention the fact that regular SPF application and avoiding tanning beds can help decrease your risk of developing skin cancer.

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Eye Product

Dark circles, puffiness and those fine crepey lines that form around the delicate eye area are frustrating to deal with especially when applying makeup. This is when a good eye product can come in handy. An eye cream or eye serum can address many of the issues listed above and improve the hydration and appearance of the undereye area.

Recommended Products

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Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque

This remarkable 2 in 1 product hydrates and plumps the skin while removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Key ingredients are hyaluronic acid and papaya and pineapple fruit enzymes.

Clarity RX Daily Fruit Mask

Clarity RX Daily Fruit Mask

One of my favorites because it literally smells like a tropical dream and you have to remind yourself to not eat it.
It contains antioxidants that protect skin from free radical damage and pentapeptides that encourage collagen formation.
Nourishing oils moisturize and hydrate. This is the perfect masque for those that are struggling with dry/dehydrated skin.

Iluma Lightening Serum

Image Iluma Intense Brightening Serum

I have used this serum in the past to decrease the appearance of my post breakout dark spots and it helped to fade away those stubborn spots.
Natural and botanical skin lighteners reduce dark spots and sun damage.
Willow Bark Extract brightens skin giving it a healthy glow.

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Image Prevention Moisturizers SPF 30-50

The Image Prevention family of moisturizers not only hydrate the skin but also protect from harmful UV rays.
A broad spectrum sunscreen and moisturizing product comes in a variety of formulations for every type of skin from dry, oily, and combination there is also a tinted formula for those that want a tiny bit of coverage.

Clarity RX Easy on the Eyes Cream

Eye Product

This serum based product addresses the key signs of aging that become present in the undereye area.
Dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Is suitable for all skin types

Good skin care doesn’t have to be rocket science or hard work. Finding the right high-quality products that work for your skin and work for your budget is where you should place your importance. Working with a skin professional is a great way to learn more about your skin, what treatments will work best for you, what products and skin care regimen you should follow. Don’t skimp on your skin health make sure you’re practicing a well-rounded wellness regimen. Remember prevention is key!

Alternative Valentine’s Day Activities

Developing an Alternative Mindset

It’s February! The month of love and romance. I believe this is a common misconception regarding this month or season.  If you are single this day of love makes you even more aware of the fact that you’re single which can be irritating and upsetting. If you are attached the pressure to be super romantic or to get treated like a princess can create stress and place unrealistic expectations onto your partner. How about approaching Valentine’s holiday with an alternative mindset? Instead of focusing on making it a big romantic production celebrate the people and friends that mean the most to you in your life. I am suggesting some non-traditional activities that you can try this Valentine’s Day. These activities work if you’re single, married or somewhere in between.

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Smash Your Health & Fitness Goals!

How to Conquer Your Health & Fitness Goals for 2018

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year that you were going to improve your health and fitness? Perhaps you even made it a step further and joined a gym. Did you declare that you were going to start a new diet? Maybe you decided to try eating “clean” or going keto. You’re ready, this year it’s different. But let’s be honest it’s more of the same. According to Statistic Brain, 32.4% of people make weight-related New Year’s resolutions. Yet only 9.2% of people actually succeed at accomplishing their New Year’s resolution. A whopping 48.4% of people find infrequent success with sticking to and achieving their resolution. Whereas 42.4% of people fail at successfully achieving their resolution every single year. Continue reading “Smash Your Health & Fitness Goals!”

Maintaining Health & Wellness During the Holiday Season

The holidays, although fun and full of quality time spent with close friends and family, can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Due to strained budgets, overindulging in special holiday treats, having to deal with family drama, or perhaps dealing with the loss of a loved one. Whatever the reason the holidays, for some can bring or cause much stress and unhappiness. Below I have compiled a few of my favorite tips on how to maintain your sanity during this holiday season.

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3 Tips on How to Age Gracefully

Our environment is saturated with convenience. Due to our fast paced, high stress, high demand lifestyle, we live in the fast lane, and this has made it a necessity for us to reach out and turn to products and foods that are cost-effective and efficient. While this may spare us a few minutes in our busy schedule, helping us get on to the the next thing swiftly, do we stop to think how our dependence on these things could expose us to potential health risks and pre-mature aging? Continue reading “3 Tips on How to Age Gracefully”

Accomplish Your Goals & Achieve Balance

Rush. Panic. Stuff food in your mouth. Rush some more. Get stuck in traffic, now you’re going to be late to work. Does this sound like your daily routine? What if I told you that you can successfully manage your time and be able to sit down have breakfast with your family, leave in enough time to not get caught in obnoxious traffic and beat your boss to work. Continue reading “Accomplish Your Goals & Achieve Balance”

Become Faster & Get Stronger

Living a healthy lifestyle will require us to find activities that we love to do and that challenges us to continue improving and becoming better. For me those activities are cycling, trail running, sprinting, dancing, and various forms of weight training. My love for endurance based fitness and resistance based fitness can seem like an oxymoron to die hard endurance enthusiasts that swear off the weight room because of the “perceived” bulk that comes with heavy resistance training, while hardcore lifters wouldn’t dream of spending a ton of time working on increasing their cardiovascular fitness because of the precious muscle that is lost when you undergo strenuous endurance based training. Yet what if there was indeed a way to include both fantastic training styles into your workout regimen to reap the benefits of both styles of training. Continue reading “Become Faster & Get Stronger”

Flexibility Training and Why it’s Important for Wellness

Define flexibility

What do you think of when I mention the word flexibility? I can tell you what I thought about when I heard the term flexibility; and it typically involved a super slender and super bendy girl that was organic and practiced yoga three times a day and used words like harness your chi, and talked about aligning chakras. This is my attempt at being funny but I’m pretty sure that this is a misconception that a lot of people attribute to flexibility. In reality though this is just one of the various activities a person can participate in to become more flexible and help with elongating and extending the muscles and the tissues surrounding the joints. In this blog I will be explaining the different types of flexibility training and give you practical realistic was to incorporate flexibility into your workout routine. Continue reading “Flexibility Training and Why it’s Important for Wellness”

Night Running Safety Tips

This past summer I finally committed myself to become better at running and to get over my absolute hatred of it. I thought that it would be a torturous experience but soon found out how much I love and enjoy running when I can run at a gait that is comfortable for me and that I can endure for a prolonged period of time. This summer I also found myself looking for ways to beat the Texas heat when I wanted to take my running sessions outside, and discovered that running in the evenings was the perfect time and was the perfect temperature outside. Running in the evenings can be scary and even dangerous when the proper safety precautions aren’t taken so here are a few tips that I know helped me during my few evening runs. Continue reading “Night Running Safety Tips”