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Good Cosmetic Makup and Bad Makeup.


Wearing makeup has pros and cons. It can hide minor imperfections, even out complexion problems, and SPF makeups can help protect your face from harmful UV exposure, but just recently, it has been discovered that some makeups can do more harm than good to your complexion and overall health.

As we have said many time before in our Body Care blog posts and articles, what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body because everything you put on your skin gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream bypassing the protective qualities your liver has when you digest something through your stomach. Therefore, what you put on your skin is actually more important than what you eat.

Zuii organic makeup lineChemicals used in skin and body care products get absorbed by your skin and end up directly in your bloodstream. This really adds to your body's already taxed burden of eliminating toxins, and often this leads to damage in the form of age spots, tired, old-looking skin, a ruddy, unclear complexion and a general overall unhealthy look and feel. Cosmetics cause irritations and allergic reactions for many people who are not immediately aware that these problems are coming form their body care products. Some people never consider or discover that their cosmetics are the cause of their allergies, rashes, hives or poor health.

Therefore, if you are going to wear makeups and use cosmetics, it is best for your health and long term appearance to use cosmetics that will benefit your skin rather than make it look worse by causing long term damage. Cosmetics made with organic ingredients of course are best. Plant-based and mineral-based main ingredients will actually add nutrients to your skin rather than robbing your skin of its vitality. Ingredients such as green tea used in a lot of natural cosmetics, and pycnogenol are powerful antioxidants so they actually help to reverse chemical damage and environmental damage. Retinal A and vitamins C & E, if they are from a natural source, will help your skin look younger longer, while toxic chemical ingredients will rob your skin of it's youth, vibrancy and can actually cause age spots and wrinkles as recently discovered. Chemicals will also rob your skin of its elasticity leading to wrinkles at a much younger age.

Rosehips are wonderful for reducing wrinkles and lightening age spots because they are very high in vitamin C and contain a natural collagen. When applied to the skin on a daily basis, you will notice a difference in reduced wrinkles, reduced age spots and tighter skin naturally. Yes, you can use the rosehips out of your garden. Wild rose hips are even better.

organic rosehip oilMake Your Own ROSEHIP COLLOGEN BUILDER and AGE SPOT REDUCER:

Collect the rosehips in the fall. While they are fresh, grind them up in a coffee grinder and dry them well by spreading them out on a plate or cookie sheet and dry in the oven on a very low temp no higher than 300 degrees. You want to preserve their nutrients by drying them at the lowest temp possible. If you live in a dry climate, you may be able to dry them just by leaving them sit on a counter as long as they are spread out well on a plate or cookie sheet. Just make sure they are COMPLETELY DRY or they will get moldy very quickly.

Make a very strong extract out of them by putting 1 Tbsp ground rosehips in a small jar with a lid and adding just enough boiling water to cover by about 1/2 inch. Let sit overnight, then every day, twice a day, apply the extract to your face by dipping your fingers in the jar and rubbing it all over your face. Let it air dry do not towel it off. It is safe enough to get close to your eyes where the worst wrinkles usually are. Keep the extract refrigerated for up to a week. If it starts to smell a little fermented or gets moldy, brew up another batch. If you make small batches at a time, you can make a couple handfuls of rosehips last for months. You should see a noticeable improvement in the glow, tightness and lightening of age spots in about 2 weeks to a month.

All of the photos associated with this article are good brands of makeup, but with the ever-increasing demand for mineral and organic makeups, there are a great many good brands out there. Look for plant based ingredients and mineral pigments with added vitamins, herbs and essential oils. Stay away from any ingredients you can't pronounce.

And by the way, the best natural skin moisturizer on Earth is still grapeseed oil. It's thin and soaks in quickly, has powerful antioxidants, feeds your skin, moisturizes great and lightens age spots too, and you can buy the food grade grapeseed oil from the store for a fraction of most cosmetic moisturizers that won't benefit your skin nearly as much. So it doesn't smell pretty (it actually doesn't smell much at all), it will make your skin pretty without making you sick or aging you before your time, and that is the best reason to use it.




We are the Only Animals That Cook Our Food.

Which is why you probably need enzyme supplements, especially if you are over 40.


Fresh, raw foods contain enzymes necessary for digestion. When we cook, process and package food for long shelf life, those enzymes are destroyed. Enzymes are destroyed at very low heat levels, so when all we eat are cooked foods, our digestive system has to overcompensate for the lack of enzymes by producing high amounts of stomach acid. When this less-than-adequate adjustment starts to fail from overuse, we experience numerous digestive problems that ultimately lead to poor health, inflammation and disease.

As Dr. Howell said in his book on enzyme nutrition, "A person's life span is directly related to the exhaustion of their enzyme potential. And the use of food enzymes decreases that rate of exhaustion, and thus, results in a longer, healthier, and more vital life.”
Now add to this the fact that 95% of human diets are devoid of enzymes because we cook our food and eat foods that stress out our digestive system.

But the problems don't end with higher levels of stomach acid. The meal now enters the small intestine largely undigested. This forces the body to compensate yet one more time by forcing the pancreas to pump out huge quantities of digestive enzymes to break down this largely undigested mush. Over time, this greatly stresses the pancreas, until it ultimately can no longer keep pace and starts producing fewer and fewer enzymes. This leads to tremendous inefficiencies in the extraction of energy and nutrients from your meals, is physically exhausting, and on top of everything else, the undigested food provides a vast breeding ground for all kinds of parasites and harmful bacteria as it moves through the intestinal tract and into the colon. Is it any wonder that over 60 million people in the United States are affected with digestive disorders?

Assuming you're not eating a mostly raw, thoroughly chewed diet - since 90% of the population is not - regular supplementation with digestive enzymes minimizes the assault on your stomach, reduces the overproduction of hydrochloric acid, takes stress off the pancreas, maximizes the extraction of energy and nutrients, and prevents the draining of the body's energy reserves -- all by providing the enzymes required for digestion as nature intended. In other words, a well-designed digestive enzyme supplement just may be one of the best insurance policies you can give your body to enjoy a long and healthy life.

Nature intended that you eat enzyme rich food (all live foods have enzymes present in them that promote their own breakdown) and chew it properly so that it thoroughly mixes with your saliva (which is also enzyme rich). If you do that, the food enters your stomach laced with digestive enzymes. These enzymes then "predigest" your food for about an hour -- actually breaking down as much as 75% of your meal.

In healthy digestion, it is only after this period of "predigestion" that hydrochloric acid is introduced to the process (along with the enzyme pepsin, which is secreted in the stomach). This acid/pepsin mix inactivates (but does not destroy) most of the enzymes used in predigestion and then begins its own function of breaking down any undigested protein content left in the meal, turning it into an amino-acid-rich concentrate. Note: stomach acid and pepsin only work on the digestion of proteins. They are not involved in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates.

When this part of the process is finished, the concentrate moves on to the small intestine, where the acid is neutralized by the highly alkaline bicarbonate released from the pancreas, the inactivated digestive enzymes are reactivated, and the pancreas introduces (along with the bicarbonate) whatever small amount of digestive enzymes (proteases, lipase, and amylase) that are needed to finish the digestive process. As digestion is completed, nutrients are then passed through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.

The bottom line is that before any of the food you eat reaches your body's cells, all the protein is broken down into amino acids, fats into fatty acids, and carbohydrates into glucose -- or at least they should be. That's what nature intended. Unfortunately, most of us don't live our lives as nature intended!

That’s the long-term benefit to taking enzymes with every meal, but short term benefits can also be experienced immediately by eating raw foods. Benefits such as:

1.) Significant reduction in stomach acid, heartburn and acid reflux caused by the stomach having to produce much more acid in order to compensate for the lack of enzymes in the diet.

2.) Relief from gas, bloating due to better digestion of carbs.

3.) Improved digestion of lactose products and possibly even alleviation of lactose intolerance.

4.) Alleviation of food allergies caused by poor digestion.

5.) Increased energy levels overall due to getting more nutrients out of your food and causing less stress to your body just trying to digest what you are putting in it - which is it’s #1 use of energy.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS: Medications that reduce stomach acid. These are a Band-Aid on a bigger problem. You should never try to prevent the stomach from doing what it is suppose to do, and the stomach, when all else fails, will do whatever it takes to break down your food because not doing so can result in death.
Therefore, you should look at acid reflux, ulcers, bloating, gas and other stomach discomforts as an early warning sign your body is sending you that you need to change your eating habits. Covering up these bodily signals and messages by only treating symptoms with medications will surely lead to bigger, more severe problems if the underlying issue is not resolved or addressed.

The importance of pH, and what about enteric coating.

Let's now elaborate on two important reasons that we've already alluded to for making sure that your enzyme supplement begins working in the stomach. They are concerned with signaling. The amount of enzyme predigestion that takes place in your stomach is a key factor (along with the volume of food in your meal and the current pH level in your stomach) to two crucial signals sent to your body.

• First, the less predigestion that takes place, the more stomach acid your body will produce to compensate for the lack of predigestion.  The more predigestion that takes place, the lower the requirement for stomach acid. This has profound implications for both acid reflux disease and for the ability of your body to produce sufficient stomach acid as you age. Overproduce in the short term and you'll burn out your ability to produce in the long term.

• Second, the less predigestion that takes place in the early stages of digestion, and the more stomach acid released in your stomach as a result, the greater the amount of bicarbonate and pancreatic enzymes that your pancreas will be forced to produce to compensate. The net result is that the greater the workload on your pancreas in the near term, the less it will be able to produce as you age.
Some formulators actually enteric coat their digestive enzymes, ostensibly to protect them from stomach acid. But this is counterproductive -- the result of book learned theory, not real world experience. If the enzymes are enteric coated, they won't begin working until they reach the intestinal tract. Yes, an argument can be made that this makes sense for some systemic, proteolytic enzyme formulas--especially if they contain serrapeptase--but not digestive enzymes. The primary role of digestive enzymes is to work in predigestion. If the enzymes are enteric coated, that can't happen. While it's true that they will help digest the food once it reaches your intestinal tract, without working in the stomach, they will have no influence on the signaling mechanisms that slow down the release of excess stomach acid or the overproduction of bicarbonate and enzymes by the pancreas. As we discussed earlier, that's a crucial benefit you're looking for from your digestive enzyme supplements. Enteric coated digestive enzymes, by definition, do not provide it.

raw foodsWhy vegetable-based enzymes are better than animal-product enzymes.

• They are more consistent
• They are less likely to be contaminated with pesticides and xenoestrogens
• They are less likely to contain prions -- a concern relative to mad cow disease and its human manifestation: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

We should now understand what Dr. Howell meant when he said that a person's life span is directly related to the exhaustion of their enzyme potential, and that the use of food enzymes decreases that rate of exhaustion, and thus, results in a longer, healthier, and more vital life. At a minimum, you should now understand why it's important to use a good digestive enzyme supplement with each and every meal you eat -- particularly any meal that contains either processed or cooked food.

How many enzymes should you take? Well, that depends on the strength of your formula and the size of your meal. If one capsule works for most of your meals, you may find you need to take two when you overindulge, or even four with your Thanksgiving feast.

When to take enzymes.

The simple answer is to take them just before you start eating so that they start releasing even as the first mouthfuls of food are entering your stomach. This sends a signal to your body that enzymes are present and begins to train your body to hold back on the stomach acid for the 40-60 minutes as nature intended and to cut back on the amount of pancreatin it needs to produce.

If you forget to take your enzymes before you start eating, they can still be of some use after you eat -- depending on the size of the meal and how heavy it is and if your formula contains acid stable protease. In fact, you may find that you can still get a notable benefit, although no signaling benefit, taking digestive enzymes 3-4 hours after eating a large, heavy meal -- you know, the kind that feels like it sits in the stomach like a giant piece of lead for hours!

And finally, keep liquids with your meals to a minimum. Liquids with your meals dilute all aspects of digestion-- enzymes in your saliva, digestive enzymes, stomach acid, and pepsin released in the stomach. And it exhausts your body, forcing it to compensate by packing more amylase in your saliva, releasing ever greater amounts of stomach acid and pepsin, and stressing your pancreas to release larger and larger amounts of pancreatin to pick up the slack. Other than a few sips of liquid while eating, drink your liquids between meals, not during.

Calcium Supplements and Enzyme Connection:

Instead of taking calcium supplements as we get older to prevent oseoporosis, what we should be taking are enzymes with every meal. Calcium needs enzymes in order to be absorbed by the body, so actually, our loss of calcium for bones as we age has more to do with our lack of enzymes than our lack of calcium. Most people eat more than enough calcium without supplements, it's just that without enzymes, it doesn't get utilized by the body much at all.

Fun Experiment.

There is an easy experiment you can perform (that will work with any good digestive enzyme formula) and that will actually let you see the benefit of enzyme supplementation in just a few minutes.

Make 2 really small bowls of oatmeal. Let them cool until they start to set and are only slightly warm to the touch. (If they are too hot, it will destroy the enzymes.) Mix a couple of digestive enzyme capsules into just one of the bowls of oatmeal.
Keep mixing. Note: this mimics the action of the stomach which is continually squeezing, mixing, churning, and grinding the food that you eat.
In 30-60 seconds, if the formula you are using is any good, there should be a pronounced difference in the oatmeal. Whereas it was previously congealed, lumpy, and had a stick to your ribs consistency. It will, now that the enzymes have begun to work, look quite different. It will have the consistency of watery gruel. Which version of the oatmeal would you rather have work its way through your body: the one that's stuck to the bowl like cement, or the watery gruel that's undergone predigestion? Which oatmeal do you think is less stressful to digest?

Video versions of this oatmeal experiment are posted all over the internet. Most of the people who talk about it on those demos have no idea what's actually going on and misrepresent the facts. They claim that it is proof that their enzymes are better than anyone else's and that it shows how quickly enzymes can digest your meal. It actually shows neither of those things.

Any reasonable digestive enzyme formula, and even some that are not that reasonable, will do the trick. All it takes is having some amylase in your formula, which most do. Technically, what's happening is that oatmeal consists of mostly beta glucan, a soluble fiber. When the oats encounter hot water, these beta-glucans begin to absorb water and swell. They form a loose three-dimensional network, trapping water into a soft gel, thus giving the oatmeal its congealed appearance. The test does not show that the enzyme you are using can break down protein (that takes longer), or even other complex carbohydrates for that matter. But most importantly, it doesn't even show whether or not the enzymes can then break down the disaccharides and trisaccharides produced by the amylase into glucose, which is what your body can actually use. You need glucoamylase in your enzyme formula to do that.

Does that make the test meaningless? Not at all. It actually demonstrates several important things.

Digestive enzymes really do something. They are not a placebo.They work quickly. In seconds, they break down the simple carbs. Give them a full 40-60 minutes as they would have in the stomach, and 70% of that oatmeal truly would be digested.
And finally, the visual difference in the two versions of the oatmeal truly does give you a sense of how much less stressful it is to your body to digest a meal that has been eaten along with digestive enzymes versus one that has not.

At the very least, hopefully this article will give you some new-found respect for your stomach so you quit abusing it.

Resources: Jon Barron, founder of the Baseline of Health® Foundation and currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the prestigious Health Sciences Institute.


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Foods That Heal: Melons.


There are various varieties of melons these days including a seemingly endless variety of watermelons and cantaloupes. When it comes to melons however, the most nutrient-rich are going to be the ones with the most color: that is the melons that are the most red or orange. Melons with green flesh do not offer as many vitamins or therapeutic qualities.

Therapeutic Properties: Cantaloupe is a good anti-oxidant and high in beta-carotene. Watermelon can help boost resistance to the sun's damaging rays and is also an anticoagulant and antibacterial.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Cantaloupe - beta-carotene, some calcium. Honeydews are pretty good for potassium and vitamin C. Watermelon - doesn't offer much nutritionally. Their highest nutrient is vitamin A at 565IU per cup.

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