Sunday, April 23, 2017

Introducing: Kaolin Micro Exfoliant

Exfoliating is an essential part of any beauty routine and a ritual that should be incorporated weekly. It is the process of removing buildup from the surface of the skin, minimizing the appearance of pores, refining the skin’s texture and creating an overall smoothness and suppleness.

An even greater benefit of exfoliating is that all of your wonderful toners, serums and moisturizers can penetrate more deeply once you’ve prepped the skin for optimal absorption. Sounds like a pretty important step to include, would you agree?

While some exfoliators on the market contain harsh ingredients that can be too rough on the skin—leading to dryness or sensitivity—others have the perfect combination of gentle ingredients to help revive dull skin, revealing a more smooth, even-textured and radiant complexion. We’re excited to announce that our new exfoliating scrub fits this gentle category!

Meet: Kaolin Micro Exfoliant, a creamy exfoliating facial scrub formulated with hydrating aloe vera, gentle surfactants from saponified oils, detoxifying green kaolin clay, silica-rich diatomaceous earth crystals, antioxidant-rich green tea extract and a wonderful blend of invigorating essential oils.

Not only does this facial scrub cleanse and detoxify impurities from the skin, it creates a rich exfoliating experience that replenishes minerals, stimulates for a healthy glow, and instantly leaves skin feeling flawless and restored.

Let’s explore some of the key ingredients in our new Kaolin Micro Exfoliant and how they beautifully renew the look of your skin:

Aloe Vera Juice

Many of our products contain a base of aloe vera juice and for good purpose. Aloe contains over 75 nutrients alone including: amino acids, which support the skin’s integrity, vitamins like A, C and E which are all powerful antioxidants, and beautifying minerals calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc and polysaccharides, which have deep hydrating effects on the skin. The naturally occurring ‘saponins’ in aloe also deliver a mild, cleansing action helping to remove impurities from the skin even more effectively.

Saponified Oils

Our gentle, pH balanced surfactant derived from coconut oil and plant starches/ sugars (also known as Sodium Lauryl Glucoside Carboxylate) enhances the exfoliating experience of this facial scrub, transforming it into a powerful cleanser and exfoliator in one. This natural plant-based surfactant contains excellent hydrating and moisture-binding properties. Like all of our cleansers, this scrub will not strip the skin’s natural oils and will not leave the skin feeling dry, tight or sensitive.

Diatomaceous Earth

What could be more earthy than Diatomaceous Earth? Made from fossilized “diatoms” (microscopic algae-like organisms from over 30 million years ago) this naturally formed sedimentary mineral rock is derived from rivers, lakes and oceans around the world. It’s chalky, micro-crystalline substance is 85% silica, which plays a vital role in promoting beauty and resilience within the skin. It gives a unique feel to our Kaolin Micro Exfoliant formula, with just enough granular texture to remove buildup from the skin, without being aggravating or potentially causing micro-tears (like other manual exfoliants can). In addition, silica improves the appearance of firmness and tightness in aging skin.

Green Kaolin Clay

Like all clays, kaolin remineralizes the skin, helping to soften, condition and rejuvenate its appearance. It also helps to absorb excess oils and toxins, while refining the look of enlarged pores. Kaolin makes a great addition to this formula, because what is an exfoliating scrub without deep cleansing and purifying benefits? Learn more about this incredibly versatile ingredient here.

Green Tea Extract

We’ve all heard about green tea and it’s potent antioxidant activity, so it only made sense to add our in-house extract of green tea leaves into this formula to help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can accelerate the aging process in the skin. Rich in polyphenols, green tea helps protect the skin from environmental stressors, resulting in reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Green tea has a profound impact on the skin!

Essential Oils: Lavender, Sage and Lemongrass

Aroma makes a formula go round. It’s true though, if you’re going to make exfoliating a skin care ritual, the scent has got to agree with you! We carefully selected our favorite essential oils of lavender, sage and lemongrass to give this scrub with a fresh, earthy and invigorating touch.

Essential oils are concentrated organic compounds extracted from plants that harness amazing healing properties. Lavender provides a calming effect on the skin, relieving any temporary discomfort. Sage stimulates the skin (and mood) and also delivers antioxidants. Lemongrass, with it’s uplifting scent, acts as a defense for the skin by eliminating impurities, keeping it clear and glowing.

While the Dead Sea Scrub may officially be discontinued (yes, we miss it too!), we are super excited to offer an even more sustainable and impressive formula to our line. This is a tried and true product by our entire team, with morning exfoliation gatherings in our office bathroom. We absolutely love the immediate results, but more importantly, the longer term ones.

Do you love the Kaolin Micro Exfoliant? Let us know in the comments below!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Discover the Secrets of the World’s Healthiest, Longest Living People

By Our Friends at Food Revolution

Why do people in some regions live longer — and healthier — than others? This is a question upcoming Food Revolution Summit speaker and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner wanted to answer.

Buettner identified five geographic areas where people live the longest. He named these areas “The Blue Zones,” and found that even though residents of these areas live in very different parts of the world, their diets and lifestyles have many things in common.

If you want to add years to your life, and also life to your years, then this is information you need to pay attention to and apply in your life.

What are the most effective ways to achieve longevity?

Science tells us that most of us have the capacity to make it well into our 90’s, largely free from chronic disease. But life expectancy in the U.S. is only 78 years, and recently it’s been going down.

Meanwhile, many of us fear aging because our elders often live in chronic pain and suffering. But the people in the Blue Zones show us that it doesn’t have to be this way. For many of them, it’s normal to live vibrant and full lives into their 90’s and beyond.

In this inspiring 20-minute video, you’ll hear Dan Buettner debunk common myths about longevity. You’ll also learn where the Blue Zones are, what and how the people eat and live, and the most significant thing you can do to apply their principles in your life.

9 things you can learn from people living in Blue Zones

A team of researchers and scientists worked together to search for evidence-based commonalities among all the places with the highest life expectancies.

Here are the nine things they found in common. These lessons can help you — and those you love — live longer, healthier, and happier lives:

Move naturally. People in Blue Zones move throughout their day. They walk, grow gardens, and are active without thinking about it.

Have a purpose. According to research, knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to 7 years of extra life expectancy.

Finds ways to slow down and deal with stress. Everyone deals with stress, but people in Blue Zones have routine ways of dealing with it, including napping and getting together with friends.

Eat less. The Okinawans have a saying to remind them to stop eating when they are 80% full. This 20% gap can make a difference between losing weight or gaining it.

Eat plant-strong. The vast majority of the food eaten in Blue Zones is derived from plants. They eat what we would call “whole foods” rather than processed foods. Buettner says beans are a cornerstone of many of their diets.

Drink in moderation or not at all. People in all Blue Zones, except Seventh-day Adventists in California, drink 1 to 2 glasses of red wine per day, often with a meal and with friends. But they never drink to excess. (And the Seventh-day Adventists generally don’t drink alcohol at all.)

Have faith. Almost all centenarians interviewed belonged to some faith-based community.

Put loved ones first. People in Blue Zones put their families first. They keep aging parent and grandparents nearby and invest in their children with time and love.

Be social. Join or create social circles that support healthy behaviors.

Want to learn how to implement these Blue Zone principles to improve your life?

Dan Buettner is a speaker in the 2017 Food Revolution Summit. He and 23 of the world’s top food and health experts are sharing their latest, breaking insights about food, health, and the future of life on Earth.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The 6 Best Face Masks of 2017

When you walk into the Annmarie Skin Care bathroom, you’ll see our entire line of skincare products—this is so great because many of us workout at lunch or get ready for our evenings before we leave so it’s comforting to know that we have access to our regular routine—but you’ll also see a bunch of products from other companies.

Now, we like to call this “research” when we’re wearing face masks from other organic and non-organic companies around the office but if there’s one thing about me you should know it’s this: I tell it like it is. And the truth of it is that we’re skincare junkies.

Most skincare companies wouldn’t dare write an article about amazing facial masks from other companies, but as you know we’re not most skincare companies. When it comes to products, we obviously love what our products do and we use them on a consistent basis but our line is small and we don’t live in an organic skincare vacuum. We know there are other great lines out there and sometimes we want to play with those too. Here are our top facial masks!

Dr. Alkaitis – Organic Beautifying Mask

Like most powder to paste masks, the consistency is a bit tricky to get just right. Since oats are the base of this face mask (rather than the usual clay) it went on to the skin kind of thick and goopy. We recommend adding a bit water to the mix once the mask is on the skin to help with the spreadability.

It did not feel super tight once it dried (a characteristic of most powdered masks) and was not messy or flakey. Interestingly, there was no special sensation while wearing the mask. It isn’t super stimulating and it doesn’t feel immediately tightening or cooling.

However, once it’s rinsed away the skin is left feeling soft and nourished, which makes sense to us because this mask is made with incredibly nutritive ingredients. It leaves you with a fresh face—looking how you feel when you eat something delicious, nutritious and healthy!

May Lindstrom – The Problem Solver

There was a little bit of back and forth about this one in the team and we settled it by saying that it’s for people with sensitive and blemish-prone skin. For people that have other issues this facial mask is still lovely, but it’s definitely targeted for those of us with oily skin and sensitivity to over exfoliation.

First off, this mask smells divine. The clove, nutmeg, cinnamon concoction is invigorating and stimulating to the senses. This mask is warming and cleansing, and certainly pulls out extra oils—this is one of those where you can see the sebum spots as the mask dries.

Making this mask is really easy, it only takes a little bit of water to get the perfect consistency and even though the powder is super fine it has a wonderful micro-exfoliating property as you scrub it away.

Josh Rosebrook – Cacao Antioxidant Mask

This is one of our all-time favorite antioxidant masks. It came to us directly from a visit with an esthetician so we knew it was great before we tried it.
It smells of velvety, rich chocolate and its texture was a bit thick so putting it on dry is a challenge. Pro tip: add a bit of water to the skin and put the mask on your fingertips and the slip is great! It dries quickly and evenly without an intense tightening effect and leaves the skin feeling super clean and rejuvenated.

It does flake off if you leave it to dry completely and it can certainly stain so this face mask is best used before a shower.

Leahlani – Honey Love (Three in One)

Hands down a favorite facial mask! The consistency is a bit gritty, gooey and thick, like any crystallised honey, but once applied with a little water to dilute it, it goes on really smooth. We leave this on for at least 20 minutes (usually longer). The honey and noni make this formula into some nourishing magic!

The best part, is that it can be used 3 ways. So, you can use it as a cleanser, an exfoliator and a mask. Abby uses this mask on a regular basis and says that she typically applies it as a mask, gently exfoliates it off, washes thoroughly and pats her skin dry.

The results: beaming, glowing skin. Our skin shines after this exfoliating mask. Skin is left soft, supple and very hydrated!

Mahalo – The Petal Mask

Of all of the face masks on this list, this one goes on the smoothest and easiest. The smell is amazing, with a name like ‘petal mask’ and the soft pink color you’d expect something really flowery and light but this is much more herbal than we expected—in a good way.

It feels really delicate and nourishing when it’s on and totally detoxifying. Afterwards our skin felt as silky and smooth as a flower petal. The name really captures the essence and beauty of this mask and we could absolutely experience its handmade integrity 🙂

Annmarie Skin Care – Purifying Mud Mask

Okay, I know that we’re here to talk about other companies’ masks but as I’m writing this, I can’t stop thinking about the Purifying Mud Mask (I think that’s a pretty good sign). Our mud mask is amazing because it’s so simple. It can be used on its own or added to other ingredients.

It doesn’t get too tight on the skin while it dries but it’s super effective in pulling out impurities. We like mixing it with raw honey instead of water, it’s a little messy but it goes on easily and adds an extra level of hydration and when you wash it off it, it leaves your skin feeling clean and soft.

What’s your favorite mask? Let us know in the comments!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kaolin, What it is and How You Can Benefit from this Versatile Ingredient

White clay, Kaolinite, China clay, French Green clay—this ingredient has such a long history of use in so many different industries that it has a whole slew of common names.

The main component of kaolin, as we call it, is the mineral kaolinite. It is mined all over the planet from China to Europe to the US. Pure kaolinite is bright white, though kaolin clay often has other minerals present that add slight coloration to the clay, most often it has a pinkish hue from iron oxide or a greenish color from decomposing plant material. In general, the brighter white the kaolin clay, the better quality it is considered.

Because of its abundance as a mineral all over the world and it’s beautiful bright quality, kaolin is thought to have been used as one of the first clays used to make pottery by our ancestors. The other historical uses of this clay involve health and beauty.

In fact, kaolin clay has proven itself to be useful for every part of our evolution. We still use it in pottery, health, and beauty but it’s even found its way into the paper industry. A thin layer is often brushed on as a final coating for paper to give it a smooth texture and bright white color.

We’re not sure how it’s possible that such a versatile and safe ingredient exists, and in such abundance at that, but it does and we’re thrilled that we’ll be introducing it in our up and coming product!

Internal uses of kaolin

Kaolin has been used internally to help with the digestive system. Because the clay doesn’t breakdown and isn’t absorbed into the body, it’s very useful in issues like ulcers, sores, and swelling because it coats the inside of the whole digestive tract. The digestive tract has natural acids and bacterias that can exacerbate these types of issues and the kaolin coating helps protect the epithelial lining and allows the body space to heal itself.

Although it is considered safe to consume, this ingredient is all about the dosage. The clay is absorbent so it’s helpful with issues like diarrhea and has the potential to improve conditions like IBS and leaky gut. Pharmaceutical companies even use it in their medications to make the chemical constituents easier on the stomach and to control absorption rates.

On the flip side, eating too much kaolin can cause constipation and long term internal use can make it difficult for the body to absorb certain nonessential minerals (minerals that we have to consume) from food because of how well it coats the lining of the digestive system.

People exposed to the powder in large quantities long term, like mine workers, can develop lung issues because the powder can get into the air and get stuck in the lungs when it’s breathed in.

External uses of kaolin

When we find pure elements that we know were used by the ancients, we always wonder, “how did they figure out to use that?” This time, we imagine a potter, hands covered in the wet clay—maybe even mixing up some working clay from the dry mineral and adding a bit too much water. A little bug lands on her cheek and she reaches up instinctively to brush it away, spreading some of the clay across her face. Later on, she scrubs it off and her face is soft and beautiful in that spot. Tah-da! A new beauty ingredient was discovered. Since then, it has been used in cleansers, shampoos, toothpastes, and beauty products abound. Here are just some of the benefits:

Cleansing and detoxifying. Kaolin gently cleanses and pulls impurities from the pores without causing redness.

Helps with oily skin. Kaolin is absorbent so it absorbs excess oils and it can help balance the oil production when it’s used over time.

Exfoliating. Because it doesn’t completely dissolve in water and makes a really nice paste, the crystals in the clay make a really great exfoliant.

Stimulating. Kaolin is stimulating to the skin and with long term use, can offer a toned and tightened appearance.

Gentle. Kaolin is a really gentle clay that can be used with any skin type, including those people with sensitivities to scrubs and cleansers.

Do you use Kaolin? Let us know how in the comments!

References:
Aspen. “10 Beauty Benefits of Kaolin Clay for Skin, Hair and More.” Beautymunsta. N.p., 20 Dec. 2016. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.

Charl. “What is Kaolin Clay? Benefits, Powder, Skin, Side Effects, Properties of China /White Clay.” DurableHealth. N.p., 19 May 2016. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.

“KAOLIN: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.

“Minerals.net.” Kaolinite: The clay mineral kaolinite information and pictures. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

7 Science-Based Ways Play Makes You a Better Person

by Alexandra Jamieson, CHHC, CAPP

As a 29-year-old PhD candidate in biology at Columbia University, Denise struggled with chronic stress that reared its ugly head as headaches, weight loss resistance, and as she described it, “being ridiculously uptight in social situations.”

I sensed that tension during our first meeting. As a health and life coach, I teach clients how play takes us out of our heads and encourages our bodies to take the lead.

I told Denise I wanted her to play more. As a serious student and scientist, she initially feared play meant her (mostly male) colleagues wouldn’t take her seriously.

I appealed to her through what understood best: Science. Studies show how good play is for us.

“Scientists are discovering that playing is a key activity you need to change habits because it takes us out of our comfort zone in ways that reset our attitude to life in affirmative, creative, and solution-oriented ways,” I told her. “Playing is a form of improvement.”

I brainstormed ways Denise could use play in her otherwise-serious academic life and maintain credibility. In fact, I reasoned, play would make Denise a better researcher and colleague.

Here are the 7 science-based ways play helped Denise that likewise can make you a better person.

Play helps you reach your ideal body weight.

Science shows relaxing can reduce emotional eating and help women lose weight. Rather than dive into comfort foods in times of stress, I encouraged Denise to approach eating and cravings by focusing on how she felt in the moment. She began making decisions that helped her feel relaxed, happy, and stress-free, which eventually helped Denise reach her ideal weight. That’s the great gift of play: The promise of feeling completely at ease in your own body and fully trusting you’ll make decisions that support this state of ease and flow.

Play makes you more creative.

Studies show playful adults tend to be more witty, creative, and curious. Play allowed Denise to tap into her artistic (or as she called it, “non science-y”) side to foster creativity and take a break from writing her dissertation. She took up sketching, which she once found pleasure in but had abandoned with school.

Play makes you more resilient.

Another study looked at 898 students from 3 universities found playfulness helps you better adapt when you’re facing stressful situations, fostering resilience in the bargain. At our third session, Denise said that resiliency made her more vulnerable and less fearful of her overly critical dissertation committee.

Play makes you smarter.

For 254 mostly female psychology students, being playful meant higher grades and inspired extra reading that helped those students ace an exam. Researchers concluded play helps you embrace challenges and aim higher.

Play helps you cope better.

That same study found play could be a coping strategy that helps you be more successful. Denise became less fixated on her grades. Instead, she did the best job she could and then let go of the situation.

Play makes you a more empathetic person.

Studies show playfulness helps you loosen up a tense situation and better understand where other people are coming from. You take the microscope off of yourself and widen your perception to those around you as well. That’s what makes improv teams work so well together! Denise began to better understand the pressure other PhD students felt, which meant she got less irritated when they didn’t meet her admittedly stringent standards. She also got less snappy with her girlfriend, creating a healthier relationship.

Play cultivates a sense of hope.

Playing and being playful creates positive emotions, which can improve your well-being. “In this topsy-turvy political climate, who among us doesn’t want to cultivate more hope?” Denise asked at one point. I couldn’t agree more.

I’d love to show you more ways to incorporate play into your day to become more productive, healthier, happier, and more alive! Join us for a the first ever global day of play for Women!

You can take the Play Pledge and have fun on Saturday, April 29th: www.HerPlayDate.com

As the best-selling author of Women, Food & Desire, co-creator and co-star of the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, and highly-sought-after wellness expert for thousands, Alexandra Jamieson has made it her mission to empower women to create epic lives–by honoring their cravings and kicking body shame to the curb.

 

References:

“Being playful and smart? The relations of adult playfulness with psychometric and self-estimated intelligence and academic performance.” Being playful and smart? The relations of adult playfulness with psychometric and self-estimated intelligence and academic performance. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

Fredrickson, Barbara L. “The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology: The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions.” The American psychologist. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2001. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

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Manzoni, G. M., F. Pagnini, A. Gorini, A. Preziosa, G. Castelnuovo, E. Molinari, and G. Riva. “Can relaxation training reduce emotional eating in women with obesity? An exploratory study with 3 months of follow-up.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2009. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Beautiful Voices: Heidi Niespodzany

Beautiful Voices is our ongoing blog series that highlights inspiring, empowering women. Our most recent Beautiful Voice is Heidi Niespodzany. See what she says when Annmarie asks her some questions about her own personal beauty.

My name is Heidi Niespodzany. I’m 26, a born and raised Wisconsinite, and one of my favorite things to do is be active outside. I was raised on a farm but have lived in the city of Milwaukee for 11 years and now wonder how I ever lived in the country! Planting my garden and cooking are therapeutic to me. I sell real estate and could spend an entire afternoon picking out designs and home decor. Studying naturopathic medicine is a side hobby that I’d possibly consider going back to school for down the road – there’s so much to be discovered.

What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge in life thus far was watching my mother struggle with cancer throughout my childhood and losing her at the age of 13. I always tell people my father buried his heart with hers, as he became abusive once she was gone. I overcame this challenge by removing myself from the situation and surrounding myself with great people. I used my athletic abilities to earn a scholarship and the opportunity to attend college to earn my degree. I’m proud of the strong, independent business woman I am today.

If money was no object what would you be doing?

If money was not an object, I would go to school for naturopathic medicine .. and of course, travel the world. Australia, France, the Netherlands .. you name it.

Where and when do you feel most at peace?

I feel most at peace when I’m decorating my home, riding my bike or sitting at the end of a pier in the morning drinking my coffee. I love to be outside.

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty to me is formulated by good habits. Lots of sleep, clean organic eating, H20 + H20 + H20, removing makeup before bed, flossing your teeth, cleaning your sheets .. the little things that are sometimes hardest to do.

What makes you feel beautiful?

I’m 6’0 but I feel beautiful when I wear high heels. I feel like a model.

What do you do when you want to pamper yourself?

When I want to pamper myself I sleep in, draw a hot bath with essential oils, wear a charcoal mask with ACV followed by the AnnMarie Moisturizing Mask and listen to relaxing music. Wisconsin winters are brutal so it’s a great way to start out the week. Sometimes I’ll paint my nails while I sit in the bathtub too.  I consider it my free spa day at home… I clearly don’t have kids yet 😉

What’s your favorite beauty secret or tip?

My favorite beauty tip is that less is more. Always.

How does Annmarie’s mission fit into your lifestyle?

AnnMarie’s mission fits my lifestyle because I agree with many of Kevin’s health/medical beliefs. I don’t think we can outsmart science, but I’m a true believer our habits make us who we are. Incorporating health all the way down to our face/body products is a small tweak that can lead go big changes.

Isn’t she beautiful?

Much Love,
Annmarie Skin Care

(If you’re interested in being featured as one of our Beautiful Voices, please email us at newyou@annmariegianni.com.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

7 Reasons to Eat More Citrus

Guest Post by Danette May

It almost seems silly to look for reasons to eat more citrus. After all, it is so delicious! But citrus has unique benefits that set it apart from other types of fruit.

Whether you prefer to eat oranges or grapefruit or another variety, here are the things you need to know about citrus.

Citrus fruit comes from flowering trees and shrubs. The different fruits that we have today are all hybrids from three species: the mandarin orange, the pummelo and the citron. The plants that they grow from have evergreen leaves and the fruits have leathery rinds that need to be peeled to reveal the fruit below.

Citrus fruits have segments and inside each one is pulp. The fruit is considered mature when it is done growing, but it is not ripe until the inner starches turn to sugar and the acid levels fall. The best way to tell when it’s ripe is by the softening flesh and change in color.

Besides their great taste, citrus fruits are also known for their strong fragrance.

Citrus is good for you in so many ways. Here are just a few:

Citrus protects your heart.

Citrus is loaded with flavonoids. These are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. They protect us against heart disease by improving blood flow through our arteries. They boost good HDL and prevent bad LDL cholesterol from forming.

Citrus heals the skin from the inside out.

Citrus is very high in vitamin C. A single orange has more than 100% of the recommended daily dose, and organic oranges may have even more. Vitamin C is another antioxidant that synthesizes collagen. It helps our bodies to heal wounds and to form the strong cells that bind our bones, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. It also helps us to absorb the iron in our food and has been shown to cut the time and symptoms of the common cold.

Citrus is high in folate.

Folate helps our bodies to synthesize DNA. It has also been linked to reduced risk of depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Citrus helps widdle your waistline.

Citrus holds a lot of water and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Both help you feel full longer, and that can help you lose weight. It can also help you avoid constipation. Grapefruit, in particular, has been linked to boosting weight loss efforts.

Citrus is a powerful flavor enhancer.

It can help you to cut down on your use of salt.

Citrus may help you live longer.

A study showed that elderly men and women who ate at least two servings of citrus per week had a reduced mortality rate than those who ate it less than once per week on average.

Citrus won’t spike your blood sugar.

Oranges and grapefruit both have low glycemic index scores. Eating one does not cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

If you are going to add more citrus to your diet, it is important that you do so with whole fruit rather than juice. Most juices you can buy at the grocery store are loaded with sugar.

A great way to boost your citrus intake is to add it to salads. Orange sections are delicious with dark greens, beets, fish and other healthy foods.

If you’re looking for deliciously healthy and simple recipes to incorporate more citrus in your day, grab a copy of Danette’s cookbook that’s filled with over 150 quick and easy fat burning recipes. Click here to order Bikini Body Recipes.

Yours in health,

Danette May

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