March 2010 Newsletter
March 1, 2010 By Billy
As dreary winter weather transitions into a fresh new spring season, we also start to venture out to enjoy the energizing and revitalizing resources of nature. Sunshine is essential for the growth and fortification of all living things – and after a long winter, it is received with a warm welcome!
Changes in weather tend to bring changes elsewhere – like our skin. This doesn’t have to be the case, and our skin should reflect the positive aspects of seasonal change and sunshine. With a few changes of our own, we can achieve healthy, beautiful skin year-round!
4 Keys to Beautiful Skin!
- More Vitamin E!Rich in natural antioxidants, Vitamin E helps protect the skin from damage by free radicals, reactive oxygen-based chemicals widely linked to disease and aging.
Olive oil is one of the best sources of Vitamin E! Not all olive oils are created equally, so be sure to use cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, and consume it raw (the Vitamin E is destroyed when cooked). Use it in sauces, dressings, or use it to replace butter on your toast. I put it on in the shower (head to toe!), as it is far superior to other skin care products. To use in the shower: rinse, massage in to the skin, rinse another couple of minutes, and then towel dry – not greasy at all!
This is dually benefiting – when you experience the range of benefits a warm olive oil massage can deliver to your overall well-being and especially your skin. Remember that, in addition to feeding your body Vitamin E, a massage helps increase circulation, flush toxins from the body, and tones the skin, keeping it looking soft and smooth and supple.
To further supplement your Vitamin E intake – Billy’s Sprouted Almonds are also high in Vitamin E. 200 calories of almonds contain 45% daily recommended value!
- More Zinc!The mineral zinc is present in every part of the body and has a wide range of functions. It helps with the healing of wounds and is a vital component of many enzyme reactions. Zinc is vital for the healthy working of many of the body’s systems. It is particularly important for healthy skin and is essential for a healthy immune system and resistance to infection. Sufficient consumption of the Zinc is a priority in preventing acne. High-ranking sources that are readily available are: buffalo, beef and lamb. Good sources for vegetarians include beans and lentils, yeast, nuts, and seeds. Pumpkin seeds provide one of the most concentrated vegetarian food sources of zinc.
And to further supplement your intake of zinc: Stinging Nettles and Icelandic Kelp in my Infinity Greens formula are excellent sources!
- More Silica! You are what you eat! Silica is a one of the 6 trace elements that are vital for your body. It strengthens the muscles, tendons, nails and ensures healthy young looking skin. Silica gives elasticity to your skin and makes it soft and supple. Only trace amounts of this mineral are required by the body, but it is essential to use only organic, unprocessed sources to ensure its effectiveness. The Infinity Greens formula includes the herb containing the highest source of this mineral: Horsetail.
- More Chlorophyll! Loaded with more essential nutrients and iron than most foods that we consume, Blue green algae is rich in protein, beta carotene, vitamin B-12 and chlorophyll. It is the perfect anti-aging food! Its high concentration of antioxidants means our bodies can combat more free radicals and toxins, which would otherwise be excreted through the skin, causing redness, inflammation and acne. Blue green algae is also the densest and highest quality form of protein on earth. Protein is the main building block for healthy hair, skin and nails.
The exciting news here? The Infinity Greens formula you take on a daily basis is 50% greens (E3 Klamath Algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, and Stinging Nettles). The remaining skin-revitalizing ingredients: 23% herbal complex blend, 8% antioxidant blend, 6% sea vegetables, 5% essential fatty acids, 4% probiotics, 4% enzymes, ginger and shilajit.
Spring has sprung – and so has our renewed sense of health. Following these key steps to achieving healthier skin are all readily available on the recipes page (especially the smoothies!).