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My Morning Routine for Success

How would you like to leave your home each morning relaxed and as fully prepared as you can be for the day ahead? Yes, we all know that unexpected happens, but if you have a routine it will provide the confidence and calm to withstand almost anything that comes your way. It will give you the best chance of a day that flows as peacefully as possible.

1. Rise & Shine. Awaken before the sun rises so I can watch it fill the sky with beauty. Take slow deep breaths, express gratitude for the day ahead, my health, and my eyes which are able to take in the beauty before me.

This morning’s beautiful sunrise!

2. (Optional) Oil Pulling.  This is something I put in my routine about a year and a half ago. My teeth are whiter, gums have stopped receding and are healthier, sinuses are clearer and I’m staying very healthy. (Click on the photo to take you to my post on how to oil pull.)

http://imlookingfabulous.com/2014/09/25/oil-pulling/

Organic Coconut Oil for morning Oil Pulling

3. Read. I read quite a few inspirational passages, a devotional, the newspaper, an online newspage, the weather forecast, and a few other items. Reading is preparation for topics to chat with someone I meet, small talk with others before a meeting begins, and just plain being knowledgeable about what’s going on around me and in the world.

http://www.students4bestevidence.net/start-here/what-are-the-key-steps-in-ebm/

My, what you can learn reading the News!

4. Check In. I check personal emails, my blogs, and post in my Facebook group for my Apriori Beauty team.

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Checking my online updates!

5. Meditate. I meditate for about 10 minutes. Cup of coffee in hand, sipping, closing my eyes, quieting my brain, and thinking about some of the inspirational devotions I’ve read, and just listening to what God would like to say to me each morning. Again, breathing slow and deep, relaxed and calm.

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Ahhhhhhhhhh!

6. Get dressed and ready to go!

No matter what the day holds, my routine gives me the best shot at starting off on the right foot. You and I know it can stay that way, improve or go downhill in a hurry, but knowing I leave my house in a great frame of mind, and as ready as I can be, helps me start off in a great way.

Now it’s your turn to share what your morning routine includes that helps you prepare for the day!

 

Low Vitamin B12 in the Brain Affects Memory

Vitamin B12 plays a very important role in neurological function, affecting memory and balance when blood levels are low. A new study shows impressively low levels of B12 measured in the brain were related to decreased neurological function and memory impairment in the elderly, as well as those with autism and schizophrenia.

“These are particularly significant findings because the differences we found in brain B12 with aging, autism and schizophrenia are not seen in the blood, which is where B12 levels are usually measured.” said Dr. Richard Deth, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Pharmacy. “The large deficits of brain B12 from individuals with autism and schizophrenia could help explain why patients suffering from these disorders experience neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms.”

http://healthxwellness.com/nutrition/supplements/vitamin-b12-sources/

Food Sources of Vitamin B12

What foods have the most Vitamin B12?

“…Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products and wild-caught fish. Leafy green vegetables, beans and peas also provide some B vitamins, but if you eat an all vegetarian or vegan diet, vitamin B12 is one of the nutrients your body is most likely deficient in, as it is naturally present in foods that come from animals, including meat, fish, eggs, milk and milk products.” (From Dr. Mercola – his article is interesting in that he discusses in greater detail the effects of diminished B vitamins and elevated homocysteine for increased Alzheimers and brain shrinkage.)

Interestingly, Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal proteins. Meat and dairy is good for you, and it is probably a good idea to find a vitamin supplement if you don’t eat much of either.

“Both autism and schizophrenia are associated with oxidative stress, which also plays an important role in aging, and oxidative stress may underlie the decreased brain B12 levels observed in this study.”

I hope the next studies will include the effects of taking antioxidants on levels of B12 in the brain, and individual sources of antioxidants effects. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find a particular fruit, vegetable, or even chocolate, to be extremely beneficial in diminishing oxidative stress in the brain?


Story Source:

The quotes in this post are taken from ScienceDaily.com which was reprinted from materials provided by Nova Southeastern University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Yiting Zhang, Nathaniel W. Hodgson, Malav S. Trivedi, Hamid M. Abdolmaleky, Margot Fournier, Michel Cuenod, Kim Quang Do, Richard C. Deth. Decreased Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 in Aging, Autism and Schizophrenia. PLOS ONE, 2016; 11 (1): e0146797 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146797

Blue, Green Clays Kill Skin Bacteria

Blue and green clays have long been known, together with other clays and “muds,” to have cleansing and healing properties. The minerals within the different clays act on skin cells to pull out impurities and break down bacteria. Mud baths have a reputation for being cleansing and restorative, and now have scientific evidence to back up testimonials and claims.
Looking specifically at blue and green clays, scientists at Arizona State University have deciphered the mechanisms by which these clays break down and destroy pathogenic bacterial cells in the skin.

“Lynda Williams, a clay-mineral scientist at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)… (explains) “One metallic element — chemically reduced iron, which in small amounts is required by a bacterial cell for nutrition — tricks the cell into opening its wall. Then another element — aluminum — props the cell wall open, allowing a flood of iron to enter the cell. This overabundance of iron then poisons the cell, killing it as the reduced iron becomes oxidized.””

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells.

“After testing dozens of samples, Williams and her team identified a blue-colored clay from the Oregon Cascades that proved to be highly antibacterial. The research reported in the paper shows that it works against a broad spectrum of human pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).”

This is an incredibly useful discovery, with a vast horizon of applications. When someone is diagnosed with CAMRSA (Community Acquired Methcillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or MRSA, besides treatment with the potent antibiotic Vancomycin, and the possibility of a boil or abcess requiring incision/draining and packing with antimicrobial poultices, could we now apply a blue or green clay to the wound? Can these types of clay be ingested, and if so, how will the clay know where to find the brewing infection? Will regular mud baths prohibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria on the skin’s surface, useful as a preventative treatment, especially for someone who has had MRSA in the past? Is there a possibility of increased iron levels in the blood, or iron toxicity with regular use?

I have been using a blue and green 3-clay masque twice a week on my face for over a year now. It is useful to detoxify my skin, as well as remove dead skin cells. Every week or two, it will result in the development of a deep acne cyst. This particular clay masque acts to purify the skin by pulling pollutants from it. And pull pollutants, it does.

There are three types of clay in it — Kaolin, Bentonite and French Montmorillonite clays.  Each clay is high mineral content, exfoliates, stimulates blood circulation, and removes debris from pores.

They help to chelate (attach to) heavy metals, remove toxins from the skin, and aid the skin in guarding against future oxidative environmental exposure.

There’s also the added plant based ingredients of Chamomile, Green Tea, Ivy, Goji Berry, Caffeine and Cucumber, plus hydrating Hyaluronic Acid.

It’s a lovely 3- Clay Masque call Pure Detox Masque.

Story Source:

The above quotes are from a post reprinted from materials provided by Arizona State University. The original item was written by Robert Burnham. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Keith D. Morrison, Rajeev Misra, Lynda B. Williams. Unearthing the Antibacterial Mechanism of Medicinal Clay: A Geochemical Approach to Combating Antibiotic Resistance. Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 19043 DOI: 10.1038/srep19043

Arizona State University. “How blue and green clays kill bacteria.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 January 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160111121446.htm>.

Easy Diet to Lower Dementia Risk

Research studying specific dietary effects on Alzheimer onset from Rush University, has been listed in the top rankings by U.S. News and World Report among diets specifically aimed at brain health. . The MIND diet, developed by Martha Clare Morris, ScD, a nutritional epidemiologist from Rush University, is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and DASH blood pressure reduction diet, and has been shown to be very effective in maintaining brain health with aging. Lowering the risk of Alzheimer disease onset by 53 percent for those who followed it precisely, and 35 percent less risk for those following it moderately, it is also being ranked as the easiest diet to follow.

http://www.sportsnutritionvlog.com/2014/07/01/functional-foods-recent-evidence-part-2/

DASH Diet Food Pyramid

“The MIND diet has 15 dietary components, including 10 “brain-healthy food groups” and five unhealthy groups — red meat, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food. To adhere to and benefit from the MIND diet, a person would need to eat at least three servings of whole grains, a green leafy vegetable and one other vegetable every day — along with a glass of wine — snack most days on nuts, have beans every other day or so, eat poultry and berries at least twice a week and fish at least once a week. In addition, the study found that to have a real shot at avoiding the devastating effects of cognitive decline, he or she must limit intake of the designated unhealthy foods, especially butter (less than 1 tablespoon a day), sweets and pastries, whole fat cheese, and fried or fast food (less than a serving a week for any of the three). Berries are the only fruit specifically to be included in the MIND diet. “Blueberries are one of the more potent foods in terms of protecting the brain,” Morris says, and strawberries also have performed well in past studies of the effect of food on cognitive function.”  Quoted from Science Daily’s article titled “MIND Diet Repeatedly Ranked Among the Best”, released January 5, 2016.

From a quick glance, the diet seems heavy on grains and vegetables, very light on (meat) proteins, and dairy. I would like to know if those following this diet strictly are taking any vitamin supplements, and are monitoring their vitamin and mineral levels, especially those like Vitamin B12 and Calcium.

I hope there are more research results coming on the longevity and mobility of those who follow the MIND diet closely, as well as overall health and well being long term. For now this is such a great find, easy to apply as the recommended foods are readily accessible, and no prescription required!

Bye Bye Microbeads

Microbeads are now a thing of the past. Once advertised as a great way to mechanically exfoliate your skin, research from Oregon State University has found them to negatively affect the environment. Once microbeads have worked to remove your dead skin cells, they don’t dissolve, and as they float away through your plumbing, they move along out to the ocean where sea life consume them. Microbeads then become a part of the food chain when we eat fish and other sea creatures who ingest the beads. This is something I really don’t want to think about too long. You, either?

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/30178/20150918/8-trillion-tiny-microbeads-enter-water-sources-each-day-scientists.htm

Now there is a ban on products containing microbeads, which leads all of us regular mechanical exfoliators to proclaim “now what will we do?”

I have a great remedy, even better than microbeads, and it’s been around a long, long time – think even your great, great grandmother used it! It’s granulated sugar. Yes, sugar.

Sugar scrubs and sugaring have been shown to be excellent exfoliators, and as lovely as massaging sugar over our skin sounds, it is wonderful in case some slips into your mouth (versus a microbead!). The most wonderful thing I love about the effectiveness of a sugar scrub, besides that it really does move the old skin cells along beautifully, preventing ingrown hairs and giving a much smoother shaving experience, is that is melts as you massage it into your skin. No more fish ingesting beads!

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/product/?i=14

Apriori Beauty’s Sugar Beet Crystal Scrub!

I love the Sugar Beet Crystal and Enzyme Activated Scrub from Apriori Beauty. Great for your face and body. Very, very gritty, giving you an excellent exfoliation, and dissolves as you continue to massage it around.

Testimonial:

The Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is my little heaven in a bottle! I have found that when I exfoliate correctly and hydrate my skin with the nutrients in the entire Celloxylin line, my skin is finally normalized. I received a facial the other day and the therapist must have asked me four times, “What products do you use?” I am so happy with my results..!

Happy New Year!

To an Amazing New Year!

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Cheers to a Fabulous 2016!

Spring-Summer 2016 Fashion

Chanel Spring 2016 is showing vibrant colors, bold prints, flowing fabric and many layers.

Love the setting, but not the eye shadow. Interesting shoes, matching bolero hats, and classic Chanel.

Enjoy!

Chanel 2016 Spring-Summer Ready to Wear Show

Melanoma – Quickly Learn Your Risk

Melanoma is serious, which is why any way to find out if we could be at a higher risk for it is a good thing.

http://www.lookfordiagnosis.com/mesh_info.php?term=Nevus&lang=1

A mole (nevus)

“Researchers at King’s College London have investigated a new method that could be used by General Practitioners to quickly determine the number of moles on the entire body by counting the number found on a smaller ‘proxy’ body area, such as an arm.”

The number of moles on a particular area of the arm can be used to pretty accurately determine the risk for developing melanoma. In the absence of suspicious moles, this is a very simple way to send a warning to go see a dermatologist on a regular basis so he/she gets to know your moles, has a diagram of their location on your body and description of them documented. Over time, if they change or new ones form, your doctor will have a clearer idea of how to care for them and when to biopsy or remove.

“Scientists found that the count of moles on the right arm was most predictive of the total number on the whole body. Females with more than seven moles on their right arm had nine times the risk of having more than 50 on the whole body and those with more than 11 on their right arm were more likely to have over 100 on their body in total, meaning they were at a higher risk of developing a melanoma.”

I will be counting mine and letting my Dermatologist in on this new research finding, as well.

Start counting yours, too!

“Scientists also found that the area above the right elbow was particularly predictive of the total body count of moles. The legs were also strongly associated with the total count as well as the back area in males.”

Read more about this research at Science Daily

…where they describe a mole as being a nevus (- usually dark brown and basically flat).

 

Peptides for a Younger Looking You

Ever wondered what those magical ingredients were in your anti-aging products and what they actually did to decrease aging’s effects on your skin? Peptides are one of anti-aging’s most desired ingredients, because of the effects they have on the natural support structures within your skin. They are short sequences of amino acids linked by peptide bonds that are similar in structure to proteins, but shorter in length.

Peptides

They play a significant role in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Collagen and elastin are the flexible lattice within the skin that helps maintain its structure and youthful elasticity. Some also block the transmission of nerve signals to facial muscles. [Read more…]

New Celloxylin Epic – Instant Wrinkle Reducer

Epic is about to smooth  your wrinkles off your face! Seriously. Instant Wrinkle Reducer for sure!

I’ve been testing it out for about a year, and cannot wait to be able to use more than just a little sample of it!

Available for Sale: November 30th, 2015

Where to buy: From me and my Online Store!

 

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/products

This is MY neck! I am sold on my results – my neck still looked great the next day! (I took the photos myself with my iPhone – no doctoring of photos – these are my actual results!)

 

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/products

Look at my ))(( and droopy eyelids!

 

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/products

Now look after about an hour of #Epic Serum – check out the almost disappeared )( and my eyelids are totally lifted!!

1 – 3 Glasses of Champagne for Healthy Brains

Wine gives me a headache, and I’m not one for sugary drinks – mixed drinks and sodas alike. But pour me a nice glass of champagne and all is well.

http://www.thorntonwine.com/champagne-facts

Champagne Please!

There are research findings now it seems that show 1 – 3 glasses of Champagne PER DAY has wonderful health and memory boosting benefits! Did you see – PER DAY!

“New research shows that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with aging, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia. [Read more…]

What Stains Your Teeth?

One of the benefits I’ve experienced with daily oil pulling has been whiter teeth. My teeth were set up to stain due to enamel damage from cemented-on braces / headgear / rebelling-from-the-pain-and-ugliness-by-not-brushing-for-days back a few decades ago (before there was such a thing a motrin). With eroded enamel, a love for coffee, blueberries, …make that ALL berries, and chocolate, my teeth were a yukky yellow. Then I began daily oil pulling and within a few months I noticed the stains lifted, and my teeth a nicer shade of white (not the bright white of laser bleached, mind you).

Yellow to White Teeth

Recently, WebMD posted a really nice pictorial of what the common causes of teeth stains are which you can flip through by clicking What Stains Your Teeth?

Some of the common culprits we all know are: [Read more…]

Ultrasound Speeds Wound Healing

A recent study using ultrasound therapy on wounds of diabetics and the elderly has shown some very promising results for decreasing time for healing. This will be such a great treatment, especially for those with diabetes, who have poor circulation, with wound infections which sometimes progress into very serious infections.

“Healing times for skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, scientists from the University of Sheffield and University of Bristol have found.”   – Science Daily

How does Ultrasound Wave Therapy Work? [Read more…]

Online Shopping Tip

The other day, when I was in Costco for an eye exam, I had the most lovely experience! The waiting room was filled to overflowing, the wait long, but my optometrist had Andrea Bocelli playing which was very smart of her. Then I started to chat with a woman who was getting anxious with the long wait, as she needed to be home for her new dishwasher delivery. Which was the beginning of our conversation.

http://www.montvalehealth.com/womens-wellness/

Chatting in the Waiting Room

What woman does not get excited for a new dishwasher? Turns out she has three sons, one majoring in electronic dance motion, one wanting to be a professional drummer, and one hoping to be admitted to Juliard. She has her plate full. We had such a lovely and very funny conversation, with Andrea in the background, that when she was called I was very sad to see her go! [Read more…]

Autumn

Living in a drought-stricken area means we’ve had a few years of dry and warmer-than-usual weather. Believe it or not, we do get fall colors here when our normal cold, rainy season is upon us. This year, the leaves have dried up and died before they could turn a pretty hue of yellow, orange, or red.

Sigh. Sweaters, jackets. I do so love fall. Watching leaves turn their vibrant hues, then fall to the ground, calling in the coldness of winter, blankets, hot mugs of yummy drinks, soup, and chili.  Mmmm.

So here are a few photos I’m meditating on which help me feel like we’ve had just a little bit of fall! [Read more…]

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