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Bone Health, Collagen and Mineralization

Bone Health, Collagen and Mineralization
Bone up on your Bone Knowledge Most people know that bone is made of minerals, like calcium. But despite well-intentioned folks taking huge calcium pills daily, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will have an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer, combined! We clearly have not given our bones everything they need. In some cases, a terrible diet is to blame. But...

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Sweet Treatment: Using Mānuka Honey to Care for Your Skin

Sweet Treatment: Using Mānuka Honey to Care for Your Skin
Do you remember when “face masks” were something you smeared on your face to soothe and soften it, not something you grab with your keys and wallet every time you leave the house? Let’s revisit those good old days, with a collection of DIY Mānuka honey-based skincare products. Honey is a popular ingredient for the skincare kind of face mask (the other kind not so much). But not all honey is the same. When bees in New Zealand sip the nectar of M...

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Let Your Natural Beauty Shine Through

Let Your Natural Beauty Shine Through
We all want to look our best, so it’s natural to experiment with a new lipstick or hair color. But sometimes beauty is just a matter of getting out of the way and letting your natural splendor shine through. If your skin, hair, and nails are healthy, they’ll naturally look good. Even your legs can look better with a little TLC. (We’re looking at you, varicose veins.) What do your hair, skin, and nails have in common? Collagen. Like the sprin...

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Health is Beauty

Your diet is written all over your face. Okay, that might sound extreme, but it’s actually quite true. Your genes do play an important role as well, but your skin tone, complexion, and the hydration of your skin are under your control. Plus, it has a lot more to do with what you put into your body than what you slather on your skin. You can spend $100s or even $1000s on the latest and greatest beauty products and skin treatments, but not...

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7 (+1) Spring Skincare Tips

7 (+1) Spring Skincare Tips
Winter can do a real number on your skin. Between the cold, dry air outside and the hot, dry air inside, your skin can resemble the Sahara by the time it’s over. The mild days of spring have probably already brought some relief, so now’s the time to seize the day and finish the job. To help your skin stay healthy this spring, follow these 7 tips for everyone — plus a bonus tip for folks with varicose veins. 1. Exfoliate Your skin is constant...

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Manuka Moisture Balm

Manuka Moisture Balm
Banish dry cuticles, dry lips and more with this miracle moisture balm. Made with natural moisturizers like mānuka honey and plant butters, this do-it-yourself homemade balm is multi-purpose and customizable. Have you already jumped on the non-toxic train? By DIY-ing this salve, you can ensure there are no dangerous compounds on your skin. It’s even safe to eat! You may also find making your own personal care products can be cost-effective ...

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Detoxifying Manuka & Spirulina Scrub

Detoxifying Manuka & Spirulina Scrub
What a way to wake up or wind down. Much like starting your day with lemon water stimulates your liver, this simple scrub stimulates your skin’s detoxifying pathways. Mānuka honey provides a powerful antibacterial compound called methylglyoxal. This compound correlates to the MGO number found on mānuka honey packaging. An MGO number of 250 or higher has more antibacterial properties. Spirulina, usually associated as a superfood supplement tin...

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part VI

DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part VI
This mānuka honey face mask is perfect for skin that is oily or prone to clogged pores. Activated charcoal is an inexpensive wonder ingredient that can absorb oils, dirt, and impurities. The mānuka honey will draw moisture into your skin while fighting unwanted microbes for a dreamier complexion. For more information on how manuka honey benefits the skin, see our first post in the series. DIY FACE MASK # 5: MĀNUKA HONEY + CHARCOAL MASK (...

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part V

DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part V
Is there anything more intoxicating than the smell of melted chocolate? While it tastes divine, chocolate’s rich antioxidant and nutrient content in this face mask are amazing for skin showing the effects of aging or UV damage. The mānuka honey will draw moisture into your skin while leaving it supple, radiant and more elastic. For more information on how manuka honey benefits the skin, see our first post in the series. DIY FACE MASK # 5:...

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part IV

DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part IV
Love to glow? Then try this face mask perfect for all skin types. Rich in nutrients, fatty acids and chlorophyll, spirulina is perfect for brightening, detoxifying and nourishing dull, tired skin. Spirulina also encourages quick skin cell turnover while mānuka honey moisturizes and provides powerful anti-microbial action. The result is a brighter, more radiant complexion with only two ingredients. This mask is gentle enough to apply daily an...

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DIY Winter Manuka Honey Face Mask

DIY Winter Manuka Honey Face Mask
In this mask recipe, mānuka honey is paired with the free-radical-fighting and antioxidant-rich matcha tea powder, the calming and cleansing qualities of oatmeal and the soothing power of aloe for a combination that can refresh and revitalize aging and/or dry skin. For more information on how manuka honey benefits the skin, see our first post in the series. Three more face mask recipes are coming over the next few weeks. Stay tuned! ...

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series - Part II

DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series - Part II
Our second manuka face mask is enhanced by the powerful antioxidant-rich & skin brightening properties of turmeric and by the acne- and dark-spot-fighting power of cinnamon. This mask is also perfect for rejuvenating dull-looking skin for a brighter complexion. For more information on how manuka honey benefits the skin, see our first post in the series. DIY FACE MASK # 2: MĀNUKA HONEY MASK (For Acne-Prone Skin, Dull Skin And/Or Dar...

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