Give your mum a gift to make her glow!

So as we approach Spring 2019 (despite the weather) its a good time to assess our health needs. I seem to be surrounded by friends suffering from colds and viruses at the minute and thankfully have not succumbed to any of them yet (I credit this to my regular use of Liposomal Vitamin C!)

With March also comes Mother’s Day, the perfect time to treat your mums to something different rather than the usual flowers & chocolates. As a single mum I normally get hand made gifts which I love but for my own mum (a breast cancer survivor, 10 years clear) I like to give her health related presents and normally an additional treat that I put thought into (I am still thinking!)

Below are some ideas for your mum, I have included some of my favourite skin care products too as who doesn’t love glowing skin to hide the tiredness of chasing around after our kids!

First up is from Magnitone. If you haven’t heard of them they sell a range of products and devices for your skin. I recently purchased a daily cleansing & toning skin brush and have fallen in love! It’s so easy to add to your skincare routine and perfect for busy mums as its all over in a minute (literally) and my skin feels so soft and smooth after using. After just one week I can notice improvements in my skin which is a dream for me as I suffer from dry skin on my face which has dramatically improved. These devices are £90 RRP but at the time of writing Look Fantastic have them on offer at a bargain £63. Perfect for mum or yourself, get dropping those hints to your partner and/or kids now!

A great all rounder product for women is Quicksilver Scientific Dr Chris Shades Thrivagen. A liquid herbal blend that can support the female endocrine system. Thrivagen can help support regular menstrual cycles, balanced mood and immunity, resilience, endurance, and healthy sleep. This is a great energy booster and so its perfect for mums on the go, whether that may be at work or chasing after little ones all day and crashing at night. Priced at £53.95 and uses a liposomal delivery system for higher absorption.

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SkinGlo Collagen is up next, what’s great about this one I hear you ask, well… it really works. My dry skin on my face and arms has cleared up using this and my Magnitone brush. My mum has even complimented me saying my skin looks good lately and when I put my make up on its not going patchy, I actually have achieved a bit of a glow. It has a lovely exotic fruit taste so no need to worry about it tasting like seaweed (I have tried some that do!) and uses liposomal technology to give the product up to 8 times higher absorption to the bloodstream than other supplements. I love this product so much that I will be stocking it in the near future but for now you can buy direct from SkinGlo it costs £54.99 for a one off purchase of 14 sachets or you can select a subscription option. They also do a version for men which can be seen on their website as well as reviews of the product.

I don’t know about anyone else but I often walk into a room and forget why I’m there or attempt to put the milk in the tea cupboard. I found that once I became a mum this forgetfulness increased and as I work full time I often have to be reminded of things. The solution to this same in the form of Revive Active Mastermind. This product was actually formulated in collaboration with the University of Northumbria – the Brain Performance Nutrition Centre and I find it really helps with mental clarity for me. Mastermind has become a popular product with University students to help their focus when revising for exams but for us mums it can help when we are trying to multitask! Currently on sale at £28.13 at the time of writing. Normal RRP is £37.50 

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Another amazing product is Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I have searched high and low for a cleansing balm that I really love for my skin and finally got my answer in this product. It comes with a handy cleansing cloth and my skin always feels so clean & fresh after each use. The great thing about this balm is it lasts ages thanks to the fact that you only need to use a small amount each time and it smells divine thanks to the essential oils. Perfect for boosting your skin and getting a dewy look. This cleansing balm can also be used on clean skin as a mask or overnight treatment but mostly I use it at night time or when I come home from work to let my skin breathe. At £47 it may seem pricier than other cleansers on the market but there’s a reason for that… its better! Can be purchase from a multitude of beauty sites all for the same price including Cult Beauty

Finally, I know I bang on about Vitamin C a lot but only because it really is the most important vitain in my opinion, mostly because our bodies don’t make it naturally yet it is a vital supplement for our diets. A lovely gift for mum or yourself is Sufficient C. It contains an impressive 200mg Vitamin C per scoop and is 100% water soluble. There is also added benefits from Green Tea extract and Bromelain. The benfits of this product are increased hydration, immune system support, reducing inflammation and is high in antioxidants. Sufficient C is Non GMO, sugar free, vegan and caffeine free. It comes in two sizes, 250 mg or a handy 125mg travel sized pot. There are price options for bulk buying on this one but prices start at £20.45 for one 125 gram pot.

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I hope everyone has a lovely Mothers Day this year and at the very least gets a little lie in!

 

Opinions are all my own and Magnitone, SkinGlo and Emma Hardie or any supplier did not give me products to review (sadly).

And as always these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

Alkaline Water & the process of aging

Aging, as described by Alkalife founder Sang Whang in his book Reverse Aging, is the accumulation of acidic wastes within our body. Our body must maintain slightly alkaline pH levels to survive. Our blood pH value is 7.4 at the artery and the cellular fluid pH value is 7.2 to 7.3. In spite of the fact that our cells produce acidic wastes constantly, the body fluids maintain this alkaline pH. Our body is an amazing surviving machine.

Our body tries very hard to dispose of acidic wastes. Most of these wastes come out of our body through urine and perspiration. That’s why urine is acid in general (the pH value fluctuates between 4.6 to 8 depending upon what the body is dumping) and the skin surface is acidic. The acidic skin surface kills most of the germs and viruses that it comes in contact with. In order to reduce acidity of the blood, our lungs remove carbon dioxide (CO2) and exhaust it through breathing. Carbonic acid H2CO3 becomes water H2O when CO2 is removed. This is perhaps the fastest way to reduce blood acidity. The pH value of blood in the veins fluctuates widely depending upon the waste products dumped into them.

That’s why we only talk about the artery blood pH value, which is fairly constant. With all these efforts to dispose of acidic wastes, we still make more wastes than our body can get rid of. In the meantime, the body must maintain alkalinity in the body fluids to survive. The secret is to convert some of the liquid acid into solid acid. If substance is not dissolved into water, it does not influence the pH value of the water. Some examples of these solidified acidic wastes are: cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, kidney stones, urates, phosphates, etc.

Cholesterol is incompletely burnt carbohydrate. Cows don’t eat cholesterol-rich food yet they are full of cholesterol because they don’t exercise and don’t burn carbohydrates completely. Acid coagulates blood! This is the fundamental problem that comes from the accumulation of acidic wastes. Build up of acid clogs up capillaries and prevents smooth blood circulation. Body organs create all kinds of problems when blood circulation is cut off. It is amazing how the various body organs recover once blood circulation is restored, unless permanent damage is done.

Even if the circulation is not completely cut off, when the amount of blood supplied is reduced, the organs function poorly and aging symptoms appear. Build ups of too much cholesterol and plaques in the artery can cause stroke, as we know very well. Most of the degenerative diseases are caused by too much acidic wastes somewhere in our body that slows down blood circulation. Depending upon where our body accumulates the acid, disease symptoms are different.

However, the causes are the same: too much acid. Modern medicine is concerned with the treatment of symptoms rather than the elimination of the causes of diseases. The primary place where we accumulate solid acidic wastes in our body may depend on the individual’s genetic makeup. This may explain why some of the degenerative diseases are hereditary. Diabetes itself is not hereditary. What is hereditary is the accumulation of solid acidic wastes around the pancreas.

If we do not allow wastes to accumulate around the pancreas, there will not be diabetes in that family even if family members reach the age of 50 or 60. Cancer cells are acidic while healthy cells are alkaline. Cancer is though to be the result of acidic wastes accumulation. Uric acid crystals in the joints cause gout. Uric acid comes from nitrogen in proteins. In Korea, gout is referred to as “the rich man’s disease”. At one time in Korea only the wealthy could afford to eat meat. When phosphoric acid or sulfuric acid is created by the oxidation of nutrients that contain phosphor and sulfur, the strength of the acid is too strong for the body to take.

To overcome this problem, our body removes calcium from our skeleton to make phosphate or sulfate which is a much weaker acid. Urates and phosphate in kidney stones are the combination of acid and calcium. This is how osteoporosis develops. Simply taking calcium pills does not help much because calcium does not dissolve well. Vitamin D helps dissolve calcium.

Dr. Sebastian has successfully treated osteoporosis by administering potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) to his patients (1). Our lungs remove CO2 from potassium bicarbonate and potassium hydroxide (KOH) remains. Potassium hydroxide is a strong alkaline, which kicks out ionized calcium from urates, phosphates and sulfates to restore calcium to the skeleton. (Diluted potassium hydroxide is the major ingredient of the patented Alkalife). We take vitamins, mineral supplements and trace minerals with the hope of improving our health.

However, if the body acid/alkaline balance is not maintained well, the body cannot absorb these things well and we wind up throwing them out. One way to help your body combat deteriorating health caused by aging is to drink alkaline water and maintain an alkaline diet rich in vegetables and fruits.

Below I have included a handy chart of foods and their pH value to show what foods you should be eating more of and those its best to restrict!

 (1) Drs. Sebastian et al “Improved Mineral Balance and Skeletal Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women Treated with Potassium Bicarbonate”, New England Journal of Medicine June 23, 1994

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Glutathione (GSH) our bodies master defender

Glutathione (GSH) has been considered our bodies most important antioxidant as it is found in all of the cells of the human body, yet most us do not know what it is or what it does.

Currently medical interest in GSH is on the increase and research is beginning to show the benefits of it in treating many conditions. Studies have begun to demonstrate the protective antioxidant, detoxifying, immune boosting, and healing properties of GSH throughout the body.

So what is Glutathione?

Glutathione (GSH) is an important antioxidant in plants, animals and fungi. GSH is capable of preventing damage to important cellular component’s caused by oxidative stress from the likes of free radicals, peroxides and heavy metals. GSH is our bodies master defender and protector of our immune system, Our bodies create its own glutathione but things such as stress, bad diet, toxins, infections and aging deplete the levels making it unable to do its job properly. When working correctly your bodies Glutathione system acts as a ‘sticky magnet’ to all of the toxins in our body which it then flushes to our bile and stool to be carried out. As we age or if we become ill, our glutathione levels most likely become deficient.

Studies have shown that that elevated levels of Glutathione can help increase our mental and physical function and even for making our energy metabolism run well.

Glutathione is also great on the run up to Christmas when the inevitable office party leads to a few too many tipples! Due to its detoxifying properties supplementing GSH can helps raise the levels that alcohol depletes in our livers when we have over indulged!

How to boost your GSH levels.

Eating a diet high in antioxidants is a good way to boost GSH levels, raw peppers, apples, bananas, onions, spinach, garlic, broccoli and potatoes are great sources of glutathione.

Exercise! Doing regular exercise can increase the levels of Glutathione in our body and it also boosts our immune system.

Supplemental/nutritional compounds that can be taken include;

Alpha Lipoic Acid– highly important to our cells and aids in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. Again oxidative stress can deplete ALA levels in our body. ALA is useful at recycling the Glutathione in our bodies and supporting the Glutathione system.

Vitamin C & E – These can work together to recycle glutathione

Liposomal Glutathione GSH
– Liposomal delivery prevents gastrointestinal degradation and assures high absorption into the blood, but it also appears to be capable of targeting the intracellular space and even further into sites within the cells such as mitochondria or nuclei. Combining GSH and liposomes for optimal absorption and bioavailability would appear to be a great combination as it should insure a very high (if not complete) absorption into the blood of the Glutathione.

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